Monthly Archive: December 2012


‘It’s Complicated’

When you think about your future, you can see yourself clearly. You’ll have a great place to live, filled with all the things you love. You’ll work a job you enjoy, maybe travel a little, and spend time with family. One day, you’ll even retire somewhere warm.


Fashion shows to spotlight mentoring

A menswear runway fashion show will set the tone for Pittsburgh fashion shows in 2013 while spotlighting a successful mentoring program that has been serving hundreds of youth in need since 2003. HIM will take place Sunday, Jan. 13 at 3 p.m. at Diesel Club Lounge on the South Side and will feature special music, a cookie buffet, and chic raffle items. It is conceived and produced by Pittsburgh fashion icon LaMont Jones, an award-winning fashion critic, consultant, and stylist.


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.


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,” (


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)


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)


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)