Daily Archive: December 16, 2011


I can’t decide who will get a gift!

(NNPA)—Dear Gwendolyn: I am 38 years old and my money is funny. This is the problem: I have six women friends—all on an intimate scale. I don’t know which one to give a Christmas gift. I am seriously thinking of quitting all of them and rekindle after Christmas. Well, let me correct that. I need to not rekindle until after Valentine’s Day. I hate to give one a gift and not the other five. I know that is not right but I cannot afford to make all of my old ladies happy.



Put your money on a mission

Every great business has a mission statement that defines their goals and objectives. The underlying premise of any business’s mission statement can best be explained in a phrase coined by world renowned motivational speaker Zig Zigler, “If you help enough people get what they want, you will eventually get what you want.” Most of us have been very diligent in regards to carrying out our employer’s mission thus helping them give the consumer what they want—quality services and/or products at an acceptable price. In return the company eventually gets what they want—profits from the sales of quality services and/or products that will allow them to expand, invest, and diversify so that the company will enjoy a long productive, profitable life.


Retail sales rise for sixth straight month

by Christopher RugaberAssociated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP)—Americans spent more on autos, furniture and clothing at the start of the crucial holiday shopping season, boosting retail sales for a sixth straight month. Retail sales rose 0.2 percent in November, the Commerce Department said Tuesday. That’s lower than October’s gain, which was revised higher to show a 0.6 percent increase. Still, more spending on retail goods shows the economy continuesto grow at a slow but steady pace.



:10—Here’s a shout-out to the greatest sports mind in Western P.A. second to “Smokin’ Jim” Frazier…my man “Anthony”, the sports talk show caller from “Highland Park”. This guy is always on point, amd he’s in the Locker Room now. BILL NEAL


No. 15 Pitt beats Oklahoma State at Madison Square Garden

by Jim O’ConnellAP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP)—Travis Ford went to a cliche to sum up Oklahoma State’s two trips to Madison Square Garden. “You better be careful what you wish for,” Ford said Saturday after the Cowboys lost 74-68 to No. 15 Pittsburgh, their third loss of the season and they all have come at the building known as “The World’s Most Famous Arena.” ‘CLASSIC’ MATCH UP—Oklahoma State’s Le’Bryan Nash (2) shoots over Pittsburgh’s Nasir Robinson (35) during the first half at the CARQUEST auto parts classic, Dec. 10, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II).


Crosby out again with concussion-like symptoms

by Will GravesAP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP)—Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby is out indefinitely with concussion-like symptoms. Crosby said Monday he noticed a recurrence of the problems that sidelined him for more than 10 months earlier this year following a 3-1 loss to Boston last week. SIDNEY CROSBY


12 smart ways to spend $1,200 in 2012

by Dave CarpenterAP Personal Finance Writer (AP)—Wallets are opening up this holiday season. Some of that spending will be rewarding, but some will lead to a debt hangover in 2012. Pausing to develop a spending plan can help limit impulsive credit card purchases and set your priorities for the coming year. MacBook Air


Easy tips to thwart the holiday blues

Shopping for the perfect Christmas present and cooking the perfect dinner during the holiday season can put pressure on the most organized person. However, for some people, that constant pressure turns into a little-known disease called Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD. The disorder which is also referred to as “Holiday Blues,” typically occurs between October and January and is related to psychological factors like increased family responsibilities, loneliness and financial position.