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PagelO POST-GAZETTE, MAY 6, 2011 * News Briefs (Continued from Page i) I heard the Obama Admin- istration is looking into the surge in pump prices. I guess he sees the 2012 campaign looming on the horizon. When prices were getting hiked during the Bush years, Democrats all blamed the White House. Luckily, the Democrats on Capitol Hill are too nice to Obama and the Republicans, sur- prisingly, are too. Instead of gloating that America wants to be Brazil's biggest customer when their oil company finds all that oil down off American shores, we should be allowing our oil companies to do just that. Why do we continually want to buy oil from here being sold to us from Rio or over there somewhere else? I don't often agree with Pastor John Hagee, but America is truly leaderless at the moment. Where is the Republican alternative or is America headed toward four more years of nothingness disguised as leadership. Cracking Down on Non-profit Cash Not for profit board mem- bers may no longer be able to collect compensation for their volunteer work under new legislation up on Bea- con Hill barring such pay- ments. Announcing the re- sults of an investigation into compensation for board members of four health in- surers recently, Attorney General Martha Coakley has announced the filing of a bill forcing such compen- sations to run through her office for approval. Of the four companies in- vestigated, Blue Cross Blue Shield and Fallon Commu- nity Health Plan have volun- tarily stopped board pay- ments. Both Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and Tufts Health Plan have not. These two companies reportedly have argued that their work is "unique" and "complex" since they compete against private companies. However, Coak- ley seemingly doesn't be- lieve they are different than any not-for-profit in the state. Said State Representative Martha Walz, serving on these boards is prestigious in its own right and adding, in many ways I regret this legislation is necessary." Fewer Military Benefits for Puerto Ricans I wrote about this story a few years back concerning military spouses and veter- ans in Puerto Rico who re- ceive fewer health benefits than their counterparts in the states, even though Puerto Rico is part of the United States and Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens. That means that, like all is- land spouses whose soldier husbands or wives are killed in action would get less than fully paid health insurance -- simply for living some- where on Puerto Rico. This unequal treatment from the U.S. Department of Defense in its health care policy also extends to the 22,000 island military retir- ees under 65 years of age and their families. The rea- son given by the Pentagon is that Puerto Rico is consid- ered an "overseas" location. Military re~tirees and survi- vors in Hawaii and Alaska are treated the same way as Puerto Ricans. Folks have been trying for years to get the Pentagon to redress the situation.but they say, the agency is just following federal law. What- ever happened to equal protection under the law? Shouldn't all Americans be treated equally? What law is the Pentagon following? Surely not the U.S. Consti- tution, eh? Thank God, my cousin Paul, who was an officer in the U.S. Air Force during the '80s, was born and raised near San Juan, luckily he relocated to Arkansas where he has more rights than he would have had he stayed in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico. Changing the current sta- tus quo seems like a no- brainer to me but perhaps the problem lies in Washing- ton, D.C. where to many no-brainers are running things. ..... ~ ........ 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Songwriter/ producer Tony Hiller, who has written hundreds of jazz and pop standards, was at the helm to guide Wine- house. Hiller also penned four new tracks, including the swinging "Rush Of Love To The Heart," the pretty "Tell Me," the smooth "Nights," and the confident "No More Broken Hearts." Winehouse pours out his heart with the 1938 much- recorded "Please Be Kind," plus Antonio Carlos Jobim's "How Insensitive," the spir- ited "Day By Day," and the 1931 Bing Crosby classic "I Apologize., Mitch with a tip of the cap to Frank Sinatra with one of the latter's less- known jazz songs "Close Your Eyes," the silky smooth stan- dard "You Go To My Head," and his personal interpreta- tion of "April In Paris." Winehouse will surely get props from daughter Amy for this CD! SCREAM 4 - SOUNDTRACK Lakeshore Scream 4 is the fourth episode in the Scream thriller series. Along with the suspense and intrigue of this slasher film, comes an eleven-song soundtrack fea- turing European and Ameri- can artists. Sweden's Indie Rock band The Sounds, open with "Something To Die For" and "Yeah Yeah Yeah;" Nor- way's Ida Maria delivers "Bad Karma;" Australia's The No- vocaines stick it to you with "Cup Of Coffee;" Denver's The Chain Gang Of 1974 contributes "Make My Body;" a pair from Scream film com- poser Marco Beltrami, titled "Don't Mess With The Origi- nal" and "Jill's America." London-based alternative pop band 6 Day Riot does a nice job on "Run For Your Life," Raney Shockne serves up the popular "Axel F;" along with "On Fire" from Ameri- can rockers Locksley; Seattle indie rocker Say Hi provides the heat for "Devils;" and the finale "Denial" is from Can- ada's Stereo Black. There's much more to Scream 4 than the sound! LEE DEWYZE - LIVE IT UP 19-R CA American Idol Season 9 winner Lee DeWyze follows up the success of his album's first single, "Sweet Serendip- ity" with his second single, the sincere confession "Beau- tiful Like You," the only album song he didn't write. The success of "Sweet Ser- endipity" was amazing, and paved the way for this album. Lee's creations in- clude the title cut "Live It Up," trailed by the reflective "It's Gotta Be Love," a musi- cal love letter titled "Dear Isabelle," and pleads his case via "Stay Here." Lee's headlining tour will bring him to Boston's Brighton Music Hall on July 1. "Me And My Jealousy" is a true con- fession, hitting new heights of love with "Brooklyn Bridge," the surreal "Weight- less," the chill of "Earth Stood Still," and puts the fin- ishing touches on an excel- lent debut with the tender thoughts of "A Song About Love." Bc wise and give Lee DeWyze a listen, it's a fine album! BLACK STONE CHERRY - BETWEEN THE DEVIL & THE DEEP BLUE SEA Roadrunner Black Stone Cherry's Be- tween the Devil & the Deep Blue Sea is Southern rock at its best. The Kentucky- based band fronted by Chris Robertson has a sound that is appealing -- rough, with smooth edges. A dozen tracks laden with mean-sounding guitar riffs to pick your favorites from, the first single, "White Trash Mil- lionaire," getting down with "Killing Floor," the infectious "In My Blood," the power- ful "Such A Shame," the fleeting "Won't Let Go," and hit the halfway mark with the heavy beat of "Blame It On The Boom Boom." Black Stone Cherry will be appearing at The Pal- ladium, Worcester, MA on May 17. Tasty Cherry cuts continue via, "Like I Roll," the questioning "Can't You See," along with the high energy of "Let Me See You Shake," the apologetic "Stay," plus "Change" and end with the pretty "All I'm Dreamin' Of." No pits in this Black Stone Cherry! ,! 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