Daily Archive: December 28, 2012

Business

How you can use Kindle to generate free business leads

by J. S. Rizzo and V. M. SantoroFor New Pittsburgh Courier Imagine Amazon sending you business leads regularly and even paying you to do so. Why would they do it? “Amazon is desperate for reading material and you can publish your content for free as Kindle books,” says V. Michael Santoro, a managing partner with John S. Rizzo of Globe On-Demand, an Internet technology company. The two are also the co-authors of, “Niche Dominance: Creating Order out of your Digital Marketing Chaos,” (www.NicheDominance.com).

Lifestyle

The Annual Queen’s Luncheon

The members of the Harriet Tubman Guild Inc. feel that they stand on the shoulders of Harriet Tubman. On Dec. 8, at the Doubletree Hotel in Monroeville, hundreds enjoyed The Annual Queen’s Luncheon. Shirley Douglas, host of the PJ Talk on PCTV, served as mistress of ceremony. Flo Wilson and the Old School Band provided a beautiful holiday soundtrack while a delightful lunch was enjoyed. HARRIET TUBMAN QUEEN—Rev. Sharon Quarles crowned by outgoing queen, Carmen Davis. (Photo by Debbie Norrell)

National

U.S. gun support runs far deeper than politics

by Paul J. WeberAssociated Press Writer BRYAN, Texas (AP) — Adam Lanza’s mother was among the tens of millions of U.S. gun owners. She legally had a .223-caliber Bushmaster rifle and a pair of handguns, which her 20-year-old son used to kill 20 children and six adults in 10 minutes inside a Connecticut school. GUN LOVER– In this Dec. 19 photo, gun store owner Dave Burdett talks about gun rights as he displays a hand gun in his store in College Station, Texas. Burdett, who owns an outdoors and adventure shop across the street from the sprawling Texas A&M University campus in College Station, says his affinity for guns is rooted in history, not sport. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

National

First Black EPA Administrator Jackson steps down

by Kevin Freking WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration’s chief environmental watchdog, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, is stepping down after a nearly four-year tenure marked by high-profile brawls over global warming pollution, the Keystone XL oil pipeline, new controls on coal-fired plants and several other hot-button issues that affect the nation’s economy and people’s health. FIRST BLACK EPA CHIEF– This photo April 17, 2012 photo shows Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson during an interview with The Associated Press at EPA Headquarters in Washington. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf, File)

Entertainment

AP critics pick the year’s best movies

by The Associated Press(AP)-The top 10 films of 2012, according to AP Movie Critic Christy Lemire: 1. “Argo” — Directing just his third feature, Ben Affleck has come up with a seamless blend of detailed international drama and breathtaking suspense, with just the right amount of dry humor to provide context and levity. He shows a deft handling of tone, especially in making difficult transitions between scenes in Tehran, Washington and Hollywood, but also gives one of his strongest performances yet in front of the camera. The story of a rescue during the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis sounds like eat-your-vegetables cinema, and mixing it with an inside-Hollywood comedy sounds impossible, but Affleck and screenwriter Chris Terrio pull it all off. THE HUNT FOR BIN LADEN–Jessica Chastain plays a member of the elite team of spies and military operatives stationed in a covert base overseas who secretly devoted themselves to finding Osama Bin Laden in Columbia Pictures’ gripping new thriller directed by Kathryn Bigelow, “Zero Dark Thirty.” (AP Photo/Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc., Jonathan Olley, File)

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Lifestyle

Fashion Watch: DIY Glamour Shoes

When I saw Thrifty Tyra’s story on do it yourself glamour shoes I said to myself, “self you have been thinking about this for a long time why haven’t you tried it?” Needless to say Thrifty Tyra beat me to the punch so I have to give her all the credit. I thought this idea would be so great for someone like me who has trouble finding glamorous narrow shoes.

Lifestyle

2012 styles that made our heads turn

by Samantha CritchellAP Fashion Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Every year fashion offers up the good, the bad and the ugly. But what the industry is really built on — and consumers respond to — is buzz. Here are the top moments of 2012 that made our heads turn: BEYONCE’S BACK-FROM-BABY BODY– This May 7, 2012 file photo shows Beyonce Knowles at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute gala benefit in New York. Some new mothers claim they feel sexier than ever. Beyonce was living proof at the Met Gala. Beyonce’s skin-tight, largely sheer—save the bodice beading and feathered fish-tail train by Givenchy announced that Ivy Blue Carter’s mom wasn’t going to hold back. (AP Photo/ Evan Agostini, file)

Entertainment

What is jazz?

by Jonathan BatisteSpecial to CNN(CNN) — What is jazz? This is an impossible question, and one with many answers. Having spent more than a decade as a jazz artist, I’ve garnered some insights. As a youngster growing up in New Orleans, surrounded by the city’s sounds and rhythms, I was influenced by a wide variety of music: brass bands, blues, ragtime, R&B, soul, rock ‘n’ roll, Dixieland and more. JONATHAN BATISTE