Author Archives: Michael Puente

New Legends on the Wall

It’s uncertain if the paths of Vivian Carter and John Maniotes ever crossed. It wouldn’t have been impossible for Maniotes to have at least heard of Carter, who was a pioneer in rhythm and blues radio in the 1950s in Gary.

One thing is for sure: Both will forever be entwined. Carter and Maniotes are the latest inductees into the South Shore Wall of Legends, …

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Health Care Reform

It’s been nearly a year since a majority of the then-Democrat-controlled Congress approved President Barack Obama’s controversial health care reform package. But debate hasn’t stopped over the law that goes into full effect in 2014.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 provides health insurance coverage for about 30 million Americans who don’t have it. But one of its more thorny aspects is …

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Legal Q&A

Disputes arise in every type of business—big or small, new or established. Disputes can develop between a business owner and employee or with an independent contractor. And litigation is always costly.

For instance, a dispute could arise over Internet use at work, about what’s being posted and how that might affect a business’s reputation.

How to keep your company from getting embroiled in legal tangles …

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Women Who Lead

In June 2008, after a long, grueling campaign for the Democratic nomination for president, Hillary Clinton finally conceded to Barack Obama. It was a historic moment for the entire nation, but especially for American women.

“Although we weren’t able to shatter that highest, hardest glass ceiling this time, thanks to you, it’s got about 18 million cracks in it,” Clinton said in her concession speech …

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Recession = Rehab, Reuse, Renew

While some worry, scurry or otherwise run away during a recession, Pearl Mort views it as high tide.

“Anytime there’s a recession, we do best because the price of land goes down, the prices for houses go down. We can buy more houses for rent. At these times, prices go down. This is a bad economic downturn, so investors who don’t need their building need …

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Meet the Global Green Pals

Just a few weeks past Christmas, landfills are probably filling up with plastic boxes, wrapping paper, containers and parts from discarded and forgotten toys.

Malini Goel doesn’t believe that will happen with her dolls, the Global Green Pals, designed with environmentally safe materials—along with a message.

“The whole idea is conveying a message to the next generation through play. If people can learn small messages …

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