Signs of a heart attack in women

Heart attacks are the number one killer of people in the United States. High blood pressure, lack of exercise and age are often all contributing factors. But it’s important to realize that men and women are different in this scenario. Neither gender has the same symptoms. This article only pertains to those symptoms of women. While heart attacks are never pleasant, it’s good to be prepared. Learn how to spot an attack when it comes on.

First, there is heavy discomfort in the chest. It feels like the chest is squeezing. For women this may appear all throughout the chest; for men, it most commonly occurs on the left side. It feels as if the chest is getting tighter and more compact. This may be lead to a shortness of breath. You find yourself gasping for air, especially as you lie down on a bed or the floor. Cold sweats may break out as you come over with a clammy feeling.

Another symptom may be a pain the neck, jaw or back. It’s important to note that women can have pain in either arm, whereas men generally have pain only in their left arm. When a woman has severe back pain related to a heart attack, it spreads to the arms. This pain can often be so severe that it awakens you from a restful sleep. It could appear in your neck or jaw as well, but don’t overlook it. It’s not because you slept on your pillow wrong or you didn’t floss the night before. This pain is real and you need to call 911.

Unusual fatigue is another common symptom. Many women have a busy routine. They hustle their children to school and activities, hold down a job and take care of the house. But suddenly you feel like a two-ton truck ran over you—and backed over you again. This heavy fatigue could be a sign of a heart attack. Unusual fatigue comes on when tasks like making the bed make you tired. While you aren’t overexerting yourself, even the lightest of activities is too much. If you feel chest pains, sit down. Take a breath and relax. If they get severe, call an ambulance.

Pain may also occur in (or around) your stomach. When women have heart attacks, it’s common to have nausea and vomiting. There may also be a pain in the belly or above the belly button. This pain is not related to indigestion and should not be overlooked. Instead, it is pain that has spread from your chest. Your body is trying to warn you that you are in danger of having a heart attack. Likewise, this will not be an isolated pain. At this point, you most likely have pain somewhere else in your body.

Finally—and this shouldn’t be a surprise—you have anxiety. You’re scared or nervous about what may happen. Maybe you’re alone or your spouse isn’t home yet. Your phone may be in another room. There are all kinds of scenarios at which a heart attack could claim a life, but don’t allow it to claim yours. Your life is worth living. Do whatever you have to do in order to get help. Use your voice. If you have strength, bang or beat on something. Get into the ambulance and get to the hospital. Heart attacks are surprised killers, but you don’t have to be its next victim.

editor@urbanmediatoday.com

UMT Sports Update

 

Here’s what’s happening in the World of Sports….

 

 

                              National Football League

 

 

  1. Steelers Make Roster Moves-The Pittsburgh Steelers signed two tryout players that participated in the team’s rookie mini-camp, it was announced Tuesday. The two additions to the roster are linebacker Matt Galambos and tight end Phazahn Odom. To make room on the 90-man roster, the Steelers released cornerback Devonte Johnson and tight end Ryan Malleck.

 

  1. Steelers Rookie Mini-Camp Ends-A total of 51 rookies attended Steelers rookie mini-camp which includes 6 former Pitt Panthers (RB James Conner, TE Scott Orndoff, S Terrish Webb, K Chris Blewitt, S Reggie Mitchell and LB Matt Galambos) and a former Panther (WVU RB Rushel Shell) it was a combination of draft picks, undrafted free agents, and try-outs. Next up will be the regular team’s minicamp before training camp in July.
  2. Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger seriously considered retirement-That is, according to former Steelers OT Willie Colon who told sports talk show PFT Live that the Steelers Pro-Bowl QB wasn’t just ‘all-talk’ when he was considering retirement after the 2016 season. “I got to sit down and talk to him and one thing he told me is he did take it seriously,” Colon said. “He’s dealt with a lot of injuries.” Colon also mentioned that the strength of his offensive line will determine if Big Ben will consider playing in 2018.
  3. Pacman pleads guilty, apologizes for behavior- Bengals cornerback Adam Jones pleaded guilty Tuesday to a single misdemeanor charge from an altercation after two other charges were dropped as part of a plea agreement.
  4. Seahawks Perfect Place for Kaepernick-Defensive end Michael Bennett said Tuesday that Seattle would be the “perfect place” for quarterback Colin Kaepernick to sign. Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll also said free agent Quarterbacks Robert Griffin III, and Kaepernick is options to back up starting QB Russell Wilson.

 

 

                                National Basketball League

 

  1. Eastern Conference Final is Set-With the Boston Celtics beating the Washington Wizards in Game 7 Monday Night, defending NBA Champion Cleveland finally has an opponent in this year’s Eastern Conference Final as they will take on those Celtics led by NBA MVP Candidate Isaiah Thomas. The matchup begins Wednesday at 8:30 in Cleveland.
  2. Abdul-Jabbar says ‘One and Done’ wrong for basketball-NBA Great Kareem Abdul-Jabar says that former UCLA HC John Wooden would have disliked how the one-and-done era has changed the college basketball game that the Bruins ruled under Wooden. “He wouldn’t have been able to do it now,” Abdul-Jabbar said Monday in an interview at The Associated Press headquarters. “It’s a totally different circumstance now. Kids aren’t going to college to get an education and play ball. It’s one or the other.”

 

 

                                   Major League Baseball

 

  1. Jeter gets number retired by NY Yankees-In a special ceremony over the weekend, the NY Yankees honored former SS Derek Jeter by retiring his #2 and putting a plaque of him in their Great Hall. Jeter’s #2 is the 21st number retired by the franchise and is the final single digit to be honored by the Yankees.
  2. Pirates-Despite their 3-game winning streak, the Pittsburgh Pirates still find themselves in last place, 3 games behind surprising 5th place Chicago. The team knows they have to keep the wins coming if they’re to get out of a spot that they haven’t been in since their 105-loss team in 2010.

 

College Basketball

 

  1. Pitt to Host Montana and UC-Santa Barbara in Legends Classic -The University of Pittsburgh men’s basketball team will host Montana (Monday, Nov. 13) and UC-Santa Barbara (Wednesday, Nov. 15) in opening round games of the 11th annual Legends Classic as announced Tuesday. Game times and television designations for opening round games will be announced at a later date. Pitt opens the 2017-18 season Friday, Nov. 10 at Navy in the Veterans Classic before returning to the Petersen Events Center for the two Legends Classic contests.

 

 

National Hockey League

 

  1. Pens beat Capitals 1-0; even seriesThanks to a late goal by forward Phil Kessell and superb goaltending by G Marc-Andre Fluery, the Pittsburgh Penguins have evened their Best-of-Seven Eastern Conference Finals against the Ottawa Senators. The series resumes Wednesday night in Ottawa.

 

 

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NBA: The Boston Celtics advance to the Eastern Conference Finals

The Boston Celtics beat the Washington Wizards 115-105 in game seven of the NBA Eastern Conference Semi-Finals on Monday Night. Isaiah Thomas led the way with his 29 points and 12 assists and the Celtics got strong support from the bench in the form of  Center  Kelly Olynyk and his 26 points.
The Celtics and Wizards had played each other 11 times this season and in each game, the home team has come up victorious. That held true on Monday night, But the Wizards did not go down without a fight. The Washington dynamic duo of Bradley Beal and John Wall looked pumped and ready to play and play they did. Wall scored 18 points while finding his open teammates for 11 assists. Beal had a herculean effort scoring 38 points while playing 44 minutes of the game.
But all was not as Thomas and the Celtics caught fire at the end of the third quarter and seemed to be gaining momentum and energy from the crowd. Boston down by six points outscored the Wizards 22-5  to take the lead in the final quarter. In the second half of the game, the Celtics outscored the Wizards 62-50 and sent Washington packing.
Boston head coach Brad Stevens had to be happy with the bench support that came up big in the win. Besides the 26 points from Olynyk, Marcus Smart added 13 points and Jaylen Brown added 9.Six Celtics in total scored in double figures including Al Horford’s’ 15 and Jae Crowder’s fourteen.
The Celtics the number one seed in the Eastern Conference now move on and face the second seed and defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers. During the regular season, the Cavaliers have won 3 out of the 4 games played. Two of the Cav’s wins against the Celtics were blowouts, The lone loss was by four points on Bostons home Court. Wednesday night the top seeds in the East will tip off  Game one in Boston.
Tonight the Celtics have a chance to improve their future before the current season ends. Boston Co-Owner Wyc Grousbeck will represent the Celtics in New York for the annual NBA Draft lottery.  Boston because of the 2013 Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett trade with the Brooklyn Nets will have the best shot at winning the number one overall pick in this years NBA Draft.
2017 NBA Lottery Odds
TEAM NO. 1 (%) TOP 2 (%) TOP 3 (%) TOP 4 (%) TOP 5 (%)
Boston Celtics (via Nets) 25.0 46.5 64.3 >99.9 >99.9
Phoenix Suns 19.9 38.7 55.8 87.7 >99.9
Los Angeles Lakers 15.6 31.3 46.9 *Note2 *Note2
Philadelphia 76ers 11.9 24.5 37.8 47.7 82.7
Orlando Magic 8.8 18.5 29.1 29.1 55.3
Minnesota Timberwolves 5.3 11.3 18.3 18.3 18.3
New York Knicks 5.3 11.3 18.3 18.3 18.3
Sacramento Kings *Note3 6.1 9.9 9.9 9.9
Dallas Mavericks 1.7 3.7 6.1 6.1 6.1
New Orleans Pelicans 1.1 2.4 4.0 *Note4 *Note4
Charlotte Hornets 0.8 1.7 2.9 2.9 2.9
Detroit Pistons 0.7 1.5 2.5 2.5 2.5
Denver Nuggets 0.6 1.3 2.2 2.2 2.2
Miami Heat 0.5 1.1 1.8 1.8 1.8
(Odds Chart from ESPN.COm )  NOTE:

1. BOS can swap first-round picks with BKN.
2. LAL will send first-round pick to PHI if it falls outside top 3.
3. PHI can swap picks with SAC inside top 10.If SAC pick falls out of top 10, it will go to CHI.
4. NO will send first-round pick to SAC if it falls outside top 3.
Talking about the rich getting richer, But there is still the task at hand and that is getting past the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Trevin A  Jones
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Change Your Life And Become More Fit!

Getting in shape has tons of benefits, such as preventing illness and injury, but it can also help you gain strength, gain confidence, and look better. In fact, most people have no idea how to get started on a program to become fit. The following article will give you some tips on how to start a fitness program.

Set up your weightlifting routine around your fitness goals. If you are trying to create large, bulky muscle you’ll want to do more weight, but with longer rest periods between sets and between workouts. If you are trying to develop lean muscles with high endurance, you want to lift less weight, but do it more often and with shorter rest times.

When looking for another way to improve fitness sometimes one needs to look no further than their pet dog. By taking the dog on walks around the neighborhood or specific trails an individual can increase the amount of exercise they and their pet get. Apart from all the extra exercise and the benefits from that one will strengthen the bond between owner and their pet.

To become more fit, you need only put one foot in front of the other. Walking is an excellent way to improve your aerobic fitness level. You will get your heart pumping and muscles working. You can start small, walking a little bit more every day. Your body will adapt, and soon you will be able to walk miles and miles.

Do not think of the process of getting fit as a short-term exercise with a cut-off date. Fitness is a long-term commitment. In fact, it should be a permanent one. When building a fitness routine consider not just the immediate benefits but whether or not the routine is one that can be sustained indefinitely. Fitness is for life, not just for bikini season.

To stay fit it’s important to break bad food habits. While a healthy diet contributes greatly to overall fitness, it can be one of the hardest goals to achieve. Most people enter a fitness program accustomed to eating unhealthy foods. This is a habit that can be broken. The quicker the fitness enthusiast acclimates to a healthy diet the faster cravings for junk food will disappear.

A good tip to help you lose weight is to exercise moderately. A lot of people make the mistake of going too hard at first. They’ll do over two hours of cardio in one session and pretty soon they’ll burn themselves out. It’s best to go with a more moderate workout routine.

It’s important to replenish your body’s sodium levels when you exercise, so make sure you aren’t letting them dip too low. Most sports drinks contain plenty of sodium, or you can add an electrolyte supplement to water. Keep an eye out for any symptoms of low sodium, such as headaches, muscle cramps, and disorientation.

A good nutritional tip is to keep eating healthy even when you’re trying to put on muscle. A lot of people think they can eat whatever they want when they try to gain muscle, but that kind of reckless eating will only result in fat gain. Instead, keep eating healthy as you normally would.

Use your workout equipment in an order to see maximum results. The order should be dumbbells first, regular barbells second and machines last. Doing exercises in this order will ensure that you don’t get fatigued too early in your workout, by engaging in the more labor-intensive equipment first. This also works your muscles out, from smaller to larger.

You can prevent illness if it is really difficult for you to exercise during the week or if you just don’t do it at all by adding two 20 minute aerobic or weight workout sessions to your weekly schedule. This small amount of exercise can help you avoid sick days.

When shopping for shoes for your fitness workouts, try going at the latter part of the day. This is because, at the end of the day, your feet swell and are at their largest. You should leave at least half an inch between your toe and the end of the shoe.

Giving a part of your home or your car a deep cleaning will not only improve the look of your house or vehicle but burn a lot of calories. Going to the gym or setting a time to exercise is not always necessary when you keep active and do high-intensity activities.

Before you begin squatting heavy weight, you must practice squatting with proper form. First, you should stand in front of a bench. Then, as you squat down, you should imagine that you are about to sit down. As your butt touches the bench, push back up. Attempt this with a light bar and as you improve gradually increase your weight.

When you are doing your working routine, try not to use a weight belt. Constantly using a weight belt can actually weaken the muscles in your lower back and abdominal muscles. Use it only when you are going to do maximal lifts in exercises including overhead press, deadlifts, and squats.

A great fitness tip that can help you lift more weight is to start developing your weaker muscles. Sometimes it’s your weaker muscles that are preventing you from increasing the weight you can lift. By developing these weak muscles, you’ll be surprised at how much more you can lift.

The fitness of your chest if very important when dealing with structure and form while working out. If you want to achieve a balanced workout, you must work your chest as well as your other muscle groups. If you only work out your chest, these muscles will grow stronger disproportional to the rest of your muscles.

Walking is one of the best ways to maintain good fitness. It is a low impact exercise so it is easy for people of all ages. You can incorporate it easily by walking to the places you frequent that are near you. Walking provides a fantastic aerobic workout if you maintain an appropriate pace.

As a fit individual, you enjoy a world of benefits for both your mind and body. Use the information shared here. By following these tips, you will soon see your fitness level start to improve. editor@urbanmediatoday.com

2017 Election in Pennsylvania Information

B-PEP is primarily a volunteer organization which relies upon the dedication of people who donate an incredible number of hours to an organization that they truly believe in because of its ability to “uplift” our communities by providing “hope” and a sense of purpose and empowerment. http://www.b-pep.net/

The League of Women Voters of Greater Pittsburgh, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

The success of Democracy doesn’t depend on a few persons who do great things, but on many persons who do small things faithfully.

— Maud Wood Park, First LWVUS President

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Wilkinsburg Mayoral Primary Attracts Committed Community Activists

The Borough of Wilkinsburg is a small municipality on the eastern Border of the City of Pittsburgh, which has been economically troubled for a number of years, losing almost half its population since 1940.

Rarely heard from except in cases of crime or decay, a number of residents are fighting to restore the borough to its former state as a community of families, thriving businesses and clean, safe streets. Three of those concerned residents have thrown their hats into the ring to replace Mayor John Thompson.

Andre Scott, former legislative aid to Pennsylvania State Representative Ed Gainey, has lived in the borough for 22 years. A 2000 graduate of Wilkinsburg High School, Scott earned an Associate Degree in Psychology from Community College of Allegheny County, a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Sociology from Duquesne University. He recently returned to his studies, earning a Master’s Degree from the University of Phoenix. A pastoral assistant at Mulberry Community Church, Scott looks forward to establishing a counseling practice of his own.

Scott purchased a home 10 years ago, where he resides with his two sons and one daughter, in order to be close to his mother, and his extended family, who also live in Wilkinsburg. In addition to direct advocacy for the borough during his tenure on Gainey’s staff, including coordinating the transition of Wilkinsburg High School Students into Pittsburgh Public Schools’ Westinghouse High School, Scott serves on the board of the Sanctuary Project, is Secretary of the Wilkinsburg Community Development Corporation, and a member of its Governance Committee.

Marita Garrett, a partner and lead outreach consultant with ADMINTRINSIC, a consulting firm she co-founded located in Wilkinsburg to help businesses and communities work, and work together, more efficiently. A native of Akron, Ohio, Garrett earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Master’s from Chatham University. She is currently a member of the Wilkinsburg Borough Council, and serves as its Vice-President, and is a Democratic Committeeperson serving Ward 1, District 5.

Garrett is a member of a number of community organizations, including serving on the Allegheny Regional Asset District Board, as Vice-Chair of the Congress of Neighboring Communities (CONNECT) and as part of the Young Elected Officials Network. As part of her tenure on Council, Garrett serves on the Public Safety Committee and has worked with the Vacant Homes Tour. She also hosts “Community Conversations” to bring residents together to address issues facing the Borough.

Michael Johnson is a fourth-generation Wilkinsburg resident, and graduate of Wilkinsburg schools. He is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Opening Doors for Kids, Inc., and a co-founder of Community Choice Pittsburgh, Inc. Johnson is also in his second year as a member of the Wilkinsburg School Board, where he serves as Treasurer and has served on the Community Relations and Building and Grounds Committees. He has received the endorsement of the Democratic Committee for the position.

The single father of two sons is active in the community, working in community gardens, hosting a Christmas Dinner and Toy Giveaway for neighbors, creating the Wilkinsburg Youth Commission and hosting job fairs for teens and for the community.

Through their work in and with the community, all three candidates see a pressing need to unite their constituents in order to, as Garrett says, make Wilkinsburg “not the ‘next best thing,’ or ‘up and coming,’ but a better and improved version of itself.”

Although the position of Mayor in this Borough is a part-time post, paying what would otherwise be considered a “stipend,” all of the candidates concur that the biggest problem is that the community is considered by some to be unsafe due to blight, gaps in retail throughout the business district, and, while decreasing steadily, high rates of crime.

The problems are so intertwined, the Mayor’s main responsibility of overseeing the police department becomes a responsibility for all three, and unifying the community is a common solution for all three.

“I’m from Wilkinsburg, my family is from here, and I remember as a kid, there was no ‘this organization’ or ‘that organization,’” Johnson says. “Everyone worked together, and it was a beautiful place to live. Everyone looked out for the next one.”

“The ‘bodies’ here don’t work together, the school board, borough, development company, don’t work together,” Scott says. “That’s something I would like to help foster.”

“The main deterrent to people moving back is taxes and image,” Scott says. “They have to have someone they can trust in office. The tax base is a collective effort because the borough has a very high percentage of single-family and individual homes. We have to have everyone engaged in the community.”
“Wilkinsburg is not so large that we can engage in ‘a tale of two cities,’” Scott says regarding those in more affluent neighborhoods of the borough who feel they are holding up the weight of taxes in the city. “If they would engage in the other areas, the business district, the parks, other things of that nature, it could uplift the whole borough.”

Garrett’s vision is “a healthy and thriving Wilkinsburg, in every sense, for all neighbors to enjoy, with equitable access to quality food markets, successful small businesses, youths playing in the parks. A neighborhood where we all know [each other] and interact peacefully, not based on Wards, or what part of the Borough we live in.”

“We have to make those people [in more affluent parts of town] happy again,” Johnson says. They have disassociated themselves from the rest of Wilkinsburg — that’s the feeling you get when you go there. We have to start to build relationships, friendships, that will invite those people back to us.”

“I’m going to do so much that they are going to be proud, they will say, ‘We live in Wilkinsburg,’” Johnson says. “I intend to show some serious change so people will feel proud to live here.”

“Wilkinsburg could be a beautiful place,” Johnson says. “Walking around the community, seeing the beautiful homes we have… we could spread that through the whole community.”

Access to resources is a hurdle to be overcome. Garrett has worked as a council member and business owner to obtain grants and other funding to address blight and create community meeting sites.

Scott feels his experience working with Gainey gives him the advantage in this aspect, however.

“I want to put all my resources and experience into the borough I live in,” Scott says. “There are resources available, but everybody doesn’t know how to touch them, how to have access to them. I’d like to make that a more open process, a more collaborative dynamic.”

Working with Gainey, Scott says, enabled him to establish relationships with people using his own skill set, so he “could be able to reach out without too much kickback.”

“By the nature of having state-level experience in government, I can bring that to Wilkinsburg,” Scott says. “I have relationships with the County Executive [Rich Fitzgerald] and with DeWitt Walton [the area’s representative on Allegheny County Council], and having those relationships will hopefully help to attract resources to the borough.”

Johnson sees his important connections as those within the community.

“I think Wilkinsburg is really coming alive right now,” he says. “I’m not the type to badmouth Council or the current Mayor, I just think it’s time for some new blood. These are great individuals.”

Speaking of his opponents, he says he would like to form a team and work together, to stay involved.

“Money, signs, those things don’t vote. I reach out to voters, I’ve knocked on over 5000 doors and am meeting these people,” Johnson says, adding that it motivates him to want to do more. “I write down the things people tell me, and they are all becoming a part of my blueprint. And I get a lot: We need some work. Hearing from these residents, we need change, and I want to make sure we get the safety. I want to make sure my kids are safe when they go to the park, and one of the things I will enjoy doing is working with the community and the police force.”

“I want to work with this police force,” Johnson says. “I want to make sure they have everything they need. I want them to have the training, I want them to have the best equipment, I want to make sure our force is a strong force, and I want them out here in the community.”

Johnson says he “wants fewer police officers in the building, and more out on the streets. When I pick my kids up at the library, I see all the police cars all lined up, and I think that’s ridiculous. The main concern of seniors is that they are afraid to go outside, they never see a police presence. When they call, it takes forever for them to come…”

Garrett, currently a member of the Borough’s Public Safety Committee, says she works with Police Chief Ophelia Colman and officers to “increase public safety and awareness opportunities for residents to combat crime and violence.”

Scott agrees that community involvement with the police force is important to increasing perception of the community as safe and well-protected.

“I have a history over the last few years in police-community relations. I’ve been doing ‘meet the beat cop’ series in each zone, where the officers get to meet the business owners and residents,” Scott says. “We can develop more of a humane approach to each other, because it’s very difficult to police or to be policed, by people you don’t know. That would be my first task.”

Scott says he knows Chief Coleman does a number of outreach activities on her own, but would “make sure the community knows she is a positive person, and they can support her” as he would.

Johnson envisions the police force as a kind of ambassador for good, based on a program he discovered in his research, which rewards good behavior rather than serving as a punishing force.

“Police officers could ride around the community with these little discount cards, or trading cards, and give them to a child if they see them doing something positive,” Johnson says. “Then, each month, say, whoever has the most cards or whatever gets something special. Build a positive relationship with the police, how it was years ago when they used to give out baseball cards.”

Johnson also envisions keeping youth out of trouble by keeping them busy with community service activity, like regular cleanups or working on the community’s existing “Stone Soup Garden,” and feels volunteers would be more likely to join in if they were invited by the Mayor himself.

“More people will want to get involved if it’s not just ‘that guy up the street,’” Johnson says, laughing. “I’ll be able to get more people to help me fix this place back to what we want it to be again.”

“I am going to reunite this community,” Johnson says. “They don’t have to like me, but they are going to be proud of Wilkinsburg. I want people to ride down Penn Avenue and say, ‘I remember when this wasn’t here.’”

“Having new buildings us a nice concept, but we need to have healthy people as well,” Scott says. “We can’t just have a new store, and the people around it aren’t able to utilize it and their homes are falling down around them.”

“I would like to be accessible to the community,” Scott says. Citing the number of meetings, he says, “People just have different schedules. If we as a community can commit to a process where one says ‘Okay, I’ll go to this meeting, and report back out to the collective, we will have more information-sharing and more knowledge so it’s not a separate, us-and-them thing. We have to come together as a community to make this a better place to attract more people.”

“My primary focus is the safety of the citizens, but we also have to provide services for the people who live here,” Johnson says. “Win or lose, I still get to do what I do to help people in this community. My kids live here, and they’re watching.”

By Nancy Hart

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The San Antonio Spurs Roll Past Houston in the Playoffs, Golden State is Next.

Thursday night in the NBA Western Conference Semi-Finals, the San Antonio Spurs were missing two of their key components as they faced the Houston Rockets. Tony Parker ( who is out with a torn quadricep) and Kawhi Leonard (who sprained his ankle in game five). Do you think that made a difference?

 

Not one bit, the final score was 114-75. San Antonio came out firing, as big man LaMarcus Aldridge picked up the slack and scored a season-high 34 points while grabbing 12 rebounds. You would have thought that the Rockets facing elimination from the playoffs (down three games to two) would have the advantage since the game was being played in Houston. That was not the case, the Spurs had six players score in double figures and the Rockets only had three players putting up at least ten points.

 

Houston appeared to look sluggish and one would wonder was the Spurs defense that intense or did the Rockets give up. Out of respect for the Rockets and the fact that we are talking about the playoffs, I would say San Antonio stepped up on defense and let their offense take care of itself. The Spurs defense was so good that “The Beard” ( James Harden ) only shot two for eleven from the floor and finished the game 19 points below his average points per game (29.5). Harden’s 10 points was a season low for him and after the game, he took responsibility for the loss.

 

The lone bright spot for the Rockets was Trevor Ariza stepping up and scoring 20 points (nine above his average per game) and playing all but 11 minutes of the game. Clint N’Dumba-Capela tried to help by contributing 15 points, but that was simply not enough. The Spurs looked like a well-oiled machine that could not be stopped. San Antonio took control of this game from the beginning leading 61 to 42 at the half and never looking back. Aldridge got plenty of support from Jonathon Simmons ( playing for the Injured Leonard) with his 18 points. Patty Mills scored 14, Pau Gasol 10, Danny Green 10  and rookie guard DeJounte Murray added 11 points off the bench.

 

The Spurs now face the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference final and in order for this machine to continue rolling they will definitely need Leonard back. Sunday the San Antonio and Golden State tip off game one of the final in Oakland and without Kwahi, the Spurs don’t stand a chance.

 

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Ray Jr on Sports

  1. Steelers sign Draft Picks-As Rookie Mini-Camps begin, the NFL has started signing their newest additions to contracts, which includes the Pittsburgh Steelers who came to terms with 3rd Round pick James Conner on a 4-year deal, 7th Round pick LB Keion Adams, 6th round pick LS Colin Holba and on Tuesday, they signed 5th round pick CB Brian Allen. To be honest, you can never expect any holdouts from these round of draft picks.
  2. Steelers Remaining Draft Picks-To no surprise the top draft picks remain simply because it’s just easier to sign the lower rounds. But I can’t see the Steelers having issues out of 1st round pick LB TJ Watt, 2nd Round pick WR JuJu Smith-Shuster, and their second 3rd round pick, CB Cameron Sutton and 4th round pick Joshua Dobbs. Plus, holdouts are a waste of time in my opinion. It’s the rookie who usually ends up looking foolish, not the team in those situations.
  3. Conner’s Signing-To be honest, everything this kid does will be news, and it’s pretty refreshing because it’s positive news. You can guarantee that he will make the team and serve as the top backup to starter Le’Veon Bell. I think they have a shot of resembling the 1-2 punch of Barry Foster and Bam Morris in 1994 and the 1-2 punch of Jerome Bettis and Duce Staley. That’s pretty exciting.
  4. Steelers Rookie Numbers-The Steelers issued numbers to their rookies this week, giving Conner #30, Watt #90, Dobbs #5, Adams #99, Allen #29, Sutton #20, JuJu Shuster #13 and #49 to Holba. What does this mean in the month of May? Nothing because they have a chance to change those numbers before the season starts if they like.
  5. Steelers Start Selling Individual Game Tickets-Haven’t been to a Steelers game yet? Well here’s your chance as the team announced that individual game tickets will be for sale June 9th.
    Fans may buy up to eight tickets total per household, in any combination, for any of the eight regular-season games. There is no ticket limit for either of the team’s preseason home contests. And please remember that this is the Steelers we’re talking about: there are only a limited amount of tickets which are expected to sell out quickly.
  6. NFL Denies Gordon Reinstatement Bid-You think player talent is above suspensions? Think again: The NFL denied former Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon’s reinstatement bid which means that he hasn’t played since 2014. Remember: At one point, he was the NFL’s most productive WR, until the failed drug tests came. That alone should keep Steelers WR Martavis Bryant on the straight and narrow road. Gordon can re-apply in the October.
  7. Cardinals Cut reinstated LB-Another example of how suspensions can prove costly. Arizona Cardinals LB Daryl Washington was suspended in 2014 for multiple violations of the NFL’s substance abuse policy and was conditionally reinstated the same day as Bryant. But the Cardinals chose to part ways with him. Hope he learns.
  8. Bears Release WR Eddie Royal-The 9-year veteran was cut by Chicago on Thursday. Apparently, he didn’t live up to the success that he had in Denver where he was also a pretty good return specialist. I think a team will give him a look.
  9. Darelle Revis Status? The veteran still hasn’t been signed to a team yet despite rumors of him possibly returning to the New England Patriots whom he won a Super Bowl with in 2015. It’s also suggested that Revis consider moving to Safety. I think it can work. I still wish the Steelers would get him. Why? Shock Value. The Steelers had a decent secondary in 1994 and they still added veteran Tim McKyer. I think they should do it again.
  10. Cutler Joins Fox-I didn’t think it would happen, but Fox apparently took the bait and signed former Bears QB Jay Cutler to do media work with Fox. Not sure why folks think it’s easy for players to transition from the football field to the broadcast booth, but it is what it is. I wish Cutler the best.
  11. Sports Network Mistakes-In a brief flashback, Cutler’s signing reminded me of when Monday Night Football added comedian Dennis Miller to their lineup in 2000 (when they were still on ABC) and when ESPN added Rush Limbaugh to their Football lineup in 2003. Both were downright horrible, especially Limbaugh who was fired for controversial comments to former QB Donovan McNabb. Wow.
  12. NBA Playoffs-While defending NBA Champ Cleveland and runner-up Golden State await opponents in the Conference Final games, it’s still expected that these 2 teams will meet again in the Finals for a 3rd straight time. I think it’s great for the sport as it proves who the game’s elite teams are. Of course, some folks will complain, but such is life in sports. You can’t please everybody.
  13. Spurs Leonard out vs. Rockets-First they lost G Tony Parker, now San Antonio loses star F Kawji Leonard will miss Game 6 vs. the Houston Rockets due to an ankle injury. He really must be injured if Leonard will sit this one out. Not a good sign for the Spurs.
  14. Kobe Bryant reaches out to young players-I really like this as Bryant is setting a true example of how veterans should do it. A year after he retired, he’s remained in contact with several current players, including Boston Celtics G Isaiah Thomas, especially when is sister lost her life in a car accident. Bryant said he was inspired to do this by of all people, Michael Jackson.
  15. Lavar Ball doesn’t want Bryant speaking to his Son-Seriously, I want this man to be quiet. He reminds me of the annoying parent who is always making noise at their kids games, except Ball is making noise in the media boasting about his son Lonzo Ball who declared for the NBA draft after a college career at UCLA. Ball said he doesn’t want his son to talk to Bryant, but to be his own player. He previously said his son was better than Michael Jordan and LeBron James. I hope this kid gets drafted, maybe then will his father tone it down…
  16. Pirates get swept by the Dodgers-To no surprise, the Pirates keep losing games. This time they get swept by the Dodgers in Los Angeles. The Pirates are now 14-20 and remain in last place in the NL Central and will now travel to Arizona to face the Diamondbacks, who are looking pretty good in the NL West Division.
  17. NL Central Standings-Seriously, who would’ve thought that the defending champion Chicago Cubs would be in 5th place in the division? Not me. But they are there with the St. Louis Cardinals in first place, followed by the surprising Cincinnati Reds and the Milwaukee Brewers. Other than the Pirates, it’s still early.
  18. Penguins eliminate Capitals-I honestly thought they would do this after getting embarrassed by Washington in Game 6. Most thought the Penguins were done, but that’s not how defending champs respond. They played Game 7 and beat the Caps 2-0 to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals where they will play the Ottawa Senators.
  19. Marc-Andre Fleury-I admit I’m a Matt Murray fan, but Fleury has really impressed me in these playoffs, especially after eliminating the Caps. I guess there’s justification to the Penguins not trading him at the Trade Deadline, especially since Murray got hurt. Impressive.
  20. Chris Berman’s wife killed in car crash-Very sad news, to say the least as ESPN legend Chris Berman lost his wife Katherine in a 2-car accident earlier this week. Prayers and condolences to the Berman family.

 

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Have Trouble Even Boiling Water? Check Out These Simple Cooking Tips For Help!

What’s the greatest meal you’ve ever eaten? It probably didn’t take you long to recall that delicious meal. Now, what if you could cook the most delicious meal you’ve ever eaten or better yet, be the source of someone else’s greatest meal? Here are a few cooking tips to make that a reality.

To prevent your homemade pizza from becoming soggy with all of the juicy toppings you add, lightly coat the bare dough with olive oil. Pizza sauce, peppers, and meats can all weigh down a pizza dough and cause it to be soggy even after baking so be sure to brush on a bit of olive oil for a crispier, firmer pizza!

Substitute Greek yogurt for mayonnaise in creamy salad dressings. If you are on a diet or just trying to eat healthily, you can still make creamy salad dressings with healthy ingredients. Just substitute the mayonnaise in them with a low-fat Greek-style yogurt. This will make the dressing much healthier.

Sharp knives are essential in any kitchen. Dull knives not only are ineffective, but they’re also dangerous! If you have to work on forcing a dull knife to go through something, you’re much more likely to accidentally cut yourself in the process than with the one quick, clean cut of a sharpened knife.

A good thing to remember regarding cooking is to store your ingredients and spices in a cool dark place and not on top of your stove. This is because humidity and light tend to cause spices and herbs lose their flavor. This is one of the things new cooks tend to forget.

Herbs and spices have a powerful impact on the quality of your cooking. To preserve these important, expensive ingredients, keep them in a cool, dark place with minimal humidity. All too often spices are left near ovens and sinks. The heat, light, and moisture in such places leach the flavor out of high-quality spices.

Keep a few cut up, washed, and prepared vegetables in your freezer. This will reduce your prep time when you’re cooking a recipe. Onions and peppers are great to freeze. Just buy them fresh, wash and cut them when you have time, and store them in individual zip lock bags.

If you are looking to save time for cooking dinners because of your busy schedule, being prepared beforehand can make all the difference. Having ingredients already prepared and measured out to be cooked, as well as having the meat thawed out can save you valuable time when it comes to making dinner for the family.

When cooking, many people forget about proper care for the spices that they use to season their food. All spices should be stored in a cool dark place and never above a stove. The reason for this is because storing spices in areas where there is a lot of heat, light, or humidity will cause them to lose their flavor.

Always have a lot of napkins handy when you are cooking in the kitchen. You never know when a spill will occur, so always prepare for the worst. Purchase thick napkins that can hold a lot of liquid if you want to get the most absorption when cleaning up a mess.

Ginger roots can be used for several dishes so it’s worth learning how to store them. For a few days, you can just put them in the refrigerator’s vegetable drawer. For a much longer storage, freeze the unpeeled ginger root and cut the piece you need while it is frozen.

Get creative when you cook your food. Cooking is an art-form. You should not limit yourself to the usual flavors and combinations. Try adding different fresh vegetables in place of canned vegetables. Use varieties not found in canned vegetable mixes. You will soon find your meals have much more flavor.

To save money and improve your health, cook the recommended portion sizes and plan your meals ahead of time. Meat is one of the most expensive ingredients on your plate. By eating the appropriate portion sizes you can be sure that your family is getting plenty of vegetables and whole grains. editor@urbanmediatoday.com

UMT Sports Update

 

Here’s the latest in the world of sports…..

 

 

National Football League

 

  1. Jerome Bettis out as ESPN Analyst-In a continued cost-cutting process, the Entertainment and Sports Network (ESPN) announced that they have relieved Steelers Hall of Famer Jerome Bettis of his analyst duties on Monday. He joins Trent Dilfer, Danny Kanell, and Ed Werder among the recognizable NFL media people who have lost their jobs at ESPN.
  2. Steelers sign 5th Round draft pick-The Steelers signed one of their 2017 draft picks, agreeing to terms with 5th round pick CB Brian Allen. The Utah product stands 6-3 and is looked upon as a project for the Steelers as they continue to fix their secondary.
  3. Patriots, the only team favored in 2017-In a week of slow NFL news, it is reported that the defending champion Patriots are favored in all of their games in the 2017 season. Which means that every one of their opponents is underdogs.
  4. Colts will retire Manning jersey and unveil a statue in October-Now that he’s retired, future Hall of Fame QB Peyton Manning has begun reaping honors beginning with the Indianapolis Colts who plan to retire his #18 jersey and unveil a statue in October. Manning was a 3-time NFL MVP with the Colts (who drafted him in 1998) and won a Super Bowl with the Colts in 2006. He will also be put in the team’s Ring of Honor.

 

 

 

National Basketball League

 

  1. Cavs, Warriors Advance to Conference Finals-To no surprise, the last 2 NBA Finals representatives as earned a spot in their conference’s respective finals as defending NBA Champ Cleveland swept past Toronto to head to the Eastern Final while Golden State swept past Utah to advance to the Western Final. Both teams have yet to lost a playoff game.
  2. Other NBA Matchups-The Cavs and Warriors will have to wait for opponents because the other 2nd round matchups aren’t settled yet, especially in the East where the Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards are tied 2-2 with Game 5 on Wednesday in Boston. The West matchup between the Houston Rockets and San Antonio Spurs has yet to be decided as well.
  3. 2008 Celtics want to reunite with Ray Allen-He was part of the ‘Big 3’ with Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce and they led the Boston Celtics to the 2008 NBA Championship. Allen eventually left to play with the Miami Heat which caused some division and now the Celtics want to reunite with Allen, but say he has to make the first move. As part of “Area 21” segments during TNT’s playoff coverage, Garnett hosted Pierce, Rajon Rondo, Kendrick Perkins, and Glen Davis on Monday night. They admitted they were hurt by how Allen left, but that time heals all wounds.

 

 

              

                                                     Major League Baseball

 

  1. Pirates Struggles-They’re in last place, are without Gold Glove OF Starling Marte for 80 games (suspension), have been struggling on offense and pitching and now the Pirates will be without young pitcher Jameson Tallion as he had surgery for suspected testicular cancer on Monday. The recommended treatment plan for Taillon is pending further testing and is on the 10-day disabled list.
  2. Braves release former slugger Ryan Howard-He’s the Philadelphia Phillies all-time HR leader and after losing his power, 1B Ryan Howard signed a minor-league contract with the Atlanta Braves with hopes of making it back to the Big Leagues. But those hopes came to an end when the Braves terminated Howard’s contract after hitting only .184 with an HR and 5 RBI with minor-league affiliate AAA Gwinnett.

 

 

College Basketball

 

  1. Pitt Basketball loses another player-In a tumultuous offseason for Pitt basketball, the team has lost another player as redshirt junior Rozelle Nix announced that he’s leaving the team as a graduate transfer. He’s the 6th Pitt player to depart and that now leaves the team with 4 scholarships available. Pitt Head Coach Kevin Stallings has until May 17 to fill those scholarships.

 

 

                 National Hockey League

 

  1. Penguins fall hard to Capitals 5-2, will now play Game 7 in DC-They were up 3-1 and it looked like a trip to the Eastern Conference Finals was booked, but Pittsburgh Penguins then fell 4-2 in Game 5 and were defeated 5-2 in game 6, forcing a Game 7 in Washington Wednesday night. Both teams were in the same situation in 2009 with the Penguins winning and eventually hoisting the Stanley Cup a month later.

 

 

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Sources: www.espn.com, www.nbcsports.com, www.pittnews.com