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This week is going to be ‘hot, hot, hot!’

hot 600With the forecast for this week expected to hover around 90 degrees, the Shelby County Health Department (SCHD) is strongly advising residents to take precautions against heat-related illnesses. 
 
“We are particularly concerned with the very young, elderly, and individuals who suffer from certain medical conditions (such as heart disease or high blood pressure) who tend to be at a greater risk,” said Helen Morrow, M.D., health officer for the SCHD.

A new chapter for retirement

sims1 600John F. Kennedy once said, “Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” This is certainly true of preparing for retirement. If we continue to expect that the ways of the past will see us through to our futures, we will be left behind. The methods that helped prepare us for retirement are quickly disappearing, and we must start using others.
 
Today’s companies are rewriting the retirement rules for working Americans. Traditional pension plans, which gained prominence in the 20th century, are rapidly disappearing because of the high costs involved in funding them. Some corporations are defaulting on their plans, and an increasing number
of companies have underfunded or at-risk plans.

Tea Party Republican Tim Scott takes another step toward history

scotts 600In the wave of news about Virginia voters sweeping House Majority Leader Eric Cantor out of office and into the unemployment line, the media failed to pay much attention to Sen. Tim Scott’s (R., S.C.) overwhelming victory in last week’s Republican primary.
 
The 48 year-old Scott won 90 percent of the vote over challenger Randall Young, who reportedly did not campaign after filing as a candidate. Scott is one of two African Americans in U.S. Senate. The other is Sen. Cory Booker (D., N.J.), who was elected to office last October.

Revenge is sweet: Spurs crush Heat to win NBA title


spurs 600Seconds ticked off the clock and LeBron James sat at the end of the Miami Heat bench with his head in his hands. Reserve center Udonis Haslem had his arm draped around James’ shoulder, as it was clear the three-peat championship run was over.
 
Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker spent the entire year answering whether they were too old to make a run to the finals. All year they fielded questions about their stamina and their colossal collapse in last year’s game 6.