Daily Archive: July 6, 2013



Chill out with do-it-yourself summer wine coolers

In this image, from left, a watermelon Bellini, white chiller, dark island cooler, rose tinted glasses wine coolers with a watermelon Bellini behind them. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) by Michelle Locke Associated Press The wine cooler has a bit of an identity problem. Is it a wine spritzer? A wine cocktail? Sangria? And what about that wild child moment in the ’80s when it was the hottest thing on the party scene? Luckily, this cocktail conundrum is easily solved. As Gertrude Stein might put it, wine cooler is wine spritzer is wine cocktail is sangria. And the versions being whipped up today have nothing in common with the cheap, mass-produced products of 30 years ago (which thankfully went the way of shoulder pads).



No Black homicides in June…29 of 40 murders Black lives

KEEPING THE PEACE—City Council members stand with “Community Difference-Makers” and organizers of the “Juneteenth: Stop the Violence” event at the proclamation ceremony during the City Council meeting on June 24. For the first time in years, the numbers for Black homicides have stayed the same for two consecutive months. While June had two homicides, neither of them were Black individuals? Has the message of a zero tolerance for violence in the Black community, finally reached the right individuals? Has the community finally decided to take a united stand and say this behavior is unacceptable?



Outsourced UPMC workers protest cuts

FAIR SHAKE—Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner is halted by building security as she tries to deliver a letter on behalf of outsourced UPMC transcriptionists to CEO Jeffrey Romoff. (Photo by J.L. Martello.) A month after they were told their transcription jobs would now be handled by an outside company, and days before the layoffs became official, medical transcriptionists from UPMC, joined by union and community activists, former UPMC workers and Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner rallied outside company headquarters demanding to be treated more fairly.



Cover to Cover: ‘Decadence’ by Eric Jerome Dickey

You’ll try anything once. You’re daring when it comes to a new restaurant, new clubs, new fashion, pretty much anything. Something different for your plate? Bring it on. An activity you’ve never done before? You head the line. New technology? They call you First-Adopter. Being open to new adventures keeps life fresh and exciting. And, as you’ll see in the new novel “Decadence” by Eric Jerome Dickey, embracing new experiences can also fulfill fantasies.



Bruins get Iginla this time, ink 1-year-deal

Pittsburgh Penguins’ Jarome Iginla is surrounded by reporters as he cleans out his locker at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh June 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) BOSTON (AP) – After the Boston Bruins failed to get Jarome Iginla at the trade deadline, they grabbed him in free agency.