Daily Archive: December 21, 2012

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Lifestyle

Enjoy the ­holidays

Christmas is one of my favorite holidays; I love to decorate and shop. I try to begin decorating the day or weekend after Thanksgiving and try to put something in each room. I spread my Black Santas throughout the house and I’ve added my own personal Christmas tree in my bedroom. With so many decorations often they don’t come down until February. I’ve noticed that Black Santas are harder to find. I spotted one the other day that I hope will be marked down by Dec. 25. My shopping isn’t quite finished but I’m getting there. When I shop for others I always seem to find more things for myself. Shopping is such a joy.

Lifestyle

My favorite things for 2012

This is as close as I can get to Oprah’s Favorite Things Show. I can’t give you the gifts, but I can tell you where to find them. I so love shopping and finding cool things to bring home. This year it was back to Station Square for some quick finds. Pittsburghers love anything Steeler related and Station Square is Steeler central. At DebWal you can find comfy Steeler slippers for cozy game watching and they also have the holiday Terrible Towel. I understand these are collector’s items. Also at DebWal I found the Three Rivers Stadium and Forbes Field Signs, great accents for the ultimate man cave. DebWal is the place for beautiful purses and the guitar purse, by Mary Frances, comes in many colors, this is for the woman who has everything.

Opinion

Not man enough? Buy a gun

by Paul WaldmanSpecial to CNN (CNN) — Marketers have long told potential customers that if you used their product, it would do more than satisfy your consumer desires, it would make you into the kind of person you want to be. You may not be young, hip, and creative, but if you buy a computer from Apple, you can tell yourself that you are. Wearing a T-shirt from Under Armour won’t actually turn you into an athlete, but it doesn’t hurt to pretend. WEAPON OF MASS DESTRUCTION–This is the real ad for one of the guns used to kill 20 children and six adults in the recent school massacre in Newtown, CT. (Facebook Photo)

Sports

ESPN suspends Rob Parker for RG3 comments

NEW YORK (AP) — ESPN has handed commentator Rob Parker a 30-day suspension for questioning the “Blackness” of Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III. TOP ROOKIE QB–Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) watches from the sideline during the second half of an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys, Nov. 22, in Arlington, Texas. The Redskins won 38-31. (AP Photo/The Waco Tribune-Herald, Jose Yau)

National

Booker won’t run for NJ gov, eyes U.S. Senate seat

by Angela Delli SantiAssociated Press Writer TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Newark Mayor Cory Booker, perhaps New Jersey’s highest-profile Democrat, has ruled out a bid for governor next year and is eyeing a run for U.S. Senate in 2014. The decision, announced Thursday on Twitter, seems to mean Booker has chosen a possible race against U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg, a Democrat who is now 88, over one with Republican Gov. Chris Christie. FILE—In this Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012 file photograph, Newark Mayor Cory A. Booker addresses a gathering in Willingboro Township, N.J. On Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, Booker ruled out a bid for New Jersey governor and is eyeing a run for U.S. Senate in 2014. Booker’s announcement on Twitter Thursday ended months of speculation over whether the Democratic Party’s biggest draw would seek to challenge Gov. Chris Christie in next year’s governor’s race. (AP Photo/Mel Evans,file)

Metro

A Second Chance brings holiday joy to kids

Christmas is a time for celebration, fun, fellowship, but most importantly family. While most kids will be opening their gifts on Christmas morning with their families in their homes, there are many kids that will not. Instead of being with their parents in their own homes, they will be with relatives or friends of the family. And instead of expensive clothes, video games and toys, some will be waking up to little or nothing. THE JOY OF GIVING—Staff members and volunteers help to separate gifts for kids at A Second Chance Inc. Holiday Celebration Dec. 15. From left: Micahla Parice, 14, of Plum; Audrey Pope, of Wilkinsburg; and Christine Watkins, of Penn Hills. (Photo by J.L. Martello) In an effort to show that love comes from all types of places and to make the holiday special for those who may not be with their parents, A Second Chance Inc. held their annual Holiday Celebration, Dec. 15 at their Frankstown Avenue location.

National

New Miss Universe says win shows confidence is all

by Hannah DreierAssociated Press Writer LAS VEGAS (AP) — The 20-year-old Rhode Islander who brought the Miss Universe crown back to the U.S. for the first time in 15 years is hoping that her quick rise through the beauty pageant ranks and an onstage stumble will show women that anything is possible. MISS UNIVERSE–Miss USA, Olivia Culpo, left, is crowned Miss Universe during the Miss Universe competition, Dec. 19, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

Lifestyle

Proper etiquette for cultural events: The do’s and don’ts

by Valencia E. Matthews, Ph.D. Patrons and attendees alike often wonder, “What is the role of the audience at a live performance?” and are at a loss to find clear answers. First and foremost, it is essential to understand that live cultural performances depend upon the audience’s synergy with the performers. The audience is in fact a part of the performance. One does not exist without the other. Therefore, it is important for audiences to understand their role in setting, and enforcing, the proper standard for appropriate etiquette when attending live cultural performances. VALENCIA E. MATTHEWS, PH.D.