Michael and Steven Roberts are business moguls navigating the global recession, but they say the lessons they have learned could be applied to any business owner. “We’ve had to do the entrepreneurial shuffle,” says Michael, chairman and CEO of the Roberts Cos., based in St. Louis, Missouri. The two African-American brothers and business leaders estimate […]


Ask someone for the qualities of a good manager or leader and you’re likely to get a laundry list of attributes — all of them positive character traits. Good communicator, inspirational, problem solver and cool under pressure are likely to be on anyone’s short list. But what about those other qualities? Let’s call them the […]

Pop singer Lady Gaga took to the web Friday, telling Congress “to do your job” – calling specifically on Sens. John McCain, Mitch McConnell, James Inhoffe, and Jeff Sessions to vote on the defense authorization bill, which includes authorization to repeal ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ after a Pentagon review. Republicans have been blocking the bill […]

Lindsay Lohan acknowledged through Twitter postings Friday night that she failed a recent drug test, but the actress said she’s “working hard to overcome” her drug addiction. Lohan’s supervised probation for a 2007 drunken driving conviction requires frequent drug tests. The judge warned her last month any failure could send her back to jail. “Regrettably, […]

Cellphone battery dead? No problem: Just borrow a charger from a friend. Oh, wait — you can’t, because your friend doesn’t have the same phone as you, and his charger won’t work with your phone. That annoyance will end next year, for Europeans at least. Thanks to the efforts of the European Commission, most cellphones […]

Actor Idris Elba is enjoying an interesting kind of fame right now. In one camp are the people who loved his hard-core performance as Stringer Bell in the critically acclaimed HBO series “The Wire” and his comedic role as new boss Charles Miner on “The Office.” In the other are the people who can’t seem […]


Lance Armstrong’s bid for an eighth win in the Tour de France came to a sorry end on a dramatic eighth stage of the Tour de France won by Andy Schleck of Luxembourg. Australia’s Cadel Evans took over the race leader’s yellow jersey, leading Schleck by just 20 seconds, with defending champion Alberto Contador in […]


To his congregants, he lived the humble existence of a pastor. But a high-flying Connecticut priest was charged this week with first-degree larceny in the theft of almost $1.3 million from his church’s coffers to fund a lavish double life that included swanky hotels and male escorts, said Capt. Chris Corbett of the Waterbury Police […]


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Eating too much sodium can push your blood pressure into the danger zone. Now, researchers are reporting that eating too many sweets–or drinking too much soda–may have a similar effect. People who consume a diet high in fructose, a type of sugar and a key ingredient in high-fructose corn syrup, are more likely to have […]


It seems straightforward enough: Managers manage. Workers work. But in the real workaday world, managing your manager can be critical to success and happiness in a job. “Frankly speaking, making sure you have an effective relationship with your boss and managing that relationship is probably one of the most important things you can do for […]