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Men become focus of stores’ personal service efforts

By JoAnne Klimovich Harrop 6:15 p.m.
Michael Joyner needed a professional beard trim. A friend told him about Mister Goods & Grooming, a men’s full-service barbershop in Lawrenceville, which offers everything from ...

The Word Guy: Astute readers pounce upon misused words

By Rob Kyff
See whether you can spot the errors in these excerpts from newspapers and magazines: 1. “Every student ... started out under Weene’s tootiledge.” Was he a trumpet teacher? (submitted by Paul Burton, Staten Island, N.Y.) 2. (From a restaurant review) “I ...

Cafe Con Leche helps Pittsburgh’s Latino community meet wider audience

By JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
Tara Sherry-Torres is a welcoming soul. Making people at ease is one reason she founded Cafe Con Leche, a company that hosts events bringing together members ...

Hax: Wife’s transformation into overanxious parent puzzles, saddens man

By Carolyn Hax
Adapted from a recent online discussion: Hi, Carolyn: My wife has morphed into someone I hardly recognize. Before the births of our two kids, she was funny, easygoing and a joy to be around. After kids, she is consumed ...

What is 200 calories? Make an app comparison

By Elizabeth Chang
The New York Times’ data-driven site The Upshot published an item called “What 2,000 Calories Looks Like” that had Facebook and Twitter buzzing in late December. The piece focused on how customers could easily eat a full day’s worth of ...

Living with Children: Equality in custody rulings not fair to kids

By John Rosemond
Equality under the law is a uniquely American principle, one that no freedom-loving person would oppose. However, the manner in which said principle is applied to the issue of child custody treats children as property, like pieces of furniture ...

Ex-etiquette: Ex’s family is close to mother of their kids

By Jann Blackstone
Q uestion: When a son divorces, should his family stay in contact with the ex-wife? The son has a new lady in his life, and almost every member of the family is keeping in contact with his ex. ...

How to have indoor fun to get through winter

By The Washington Post
There are many things you can do to get through the dull, dark days of winter. Here are a few ideas from Sarah Maraniss Vander ...

Author: You can live like a rock star, thrive

By William Hageman
You may not sing like Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler or play the guitar like Dave Navarro of Jane’s Addiction fame. But you can have something in common with a lot of rock musicians: a healthy lifestyle. No one knows that better than ...

Western Pa. college venues popular wedding settings

By Kellie B. Gormly
When Krista Boyer got engaged to Ryann Bradley, the couple immediately knew where they wanted the wedding: St. Joseph Chapel at Seton Hill University. “We decided ...

New apps update email or help out at tax time

By Hayley Tsukayama
App reviews: Outlook Microsoft has updated its Outlook app for iOS and Android devices, adding many productivity features that can improve the way you use email on your phone , especially your work email. It adds a lot of features ...

Arnold: Going to the dogs can result in health, happiness

By Tribune-Review
An annual tradition in our household is watching the Westminster Kennel Club dog show. For two nights each February we’re riveted to the television to see whether the pug, poodle, Pekingese or Papillon will win “Best in Show.” ...

Hax: When artwork no longer touches heart in a good way, return it to artist

By Carolyn Hax
Adapted from a recent online discussion: Dear Carolyn: My boyfriend of six years and I broke up, and there is no chance of a reconciliation. While we were together, his mother made a painting for me and got it framed. ...

Lane: Stop procrastinating, start producing

By Sandra Lane
In honor of National Procrastination week — yes, there is such a thing — March 1-7 this year, this column is dedicated to overcoming the age-old practice of putting things off. When it comes to being more productive, ...

Cold weather closes Pittsburgh Zoo through Friday

By Tribune-Review
The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium will be closed through Friday because of the frigid weather forecast, just days after it reopened following renovations. The zoo had closed from Jan. 4 to Feb. 13 to allow crews to perform construction and ...

Coping with kids: Some assembly required for these bulding systems

By Tribune-Review
Building systems come in a huge variety of styles, shapes, materials and levels of difficulty. Captain Toad: Treasure Hunter: (Nintendo) Nintendo has given quite a few Mario stars their own games. These include Yoshi, Luigi, Princess Peach and now, ...

Living with Children: Both sides irrational about vaccines

By John Rosemond
First, a full disclosure: I have been vaccinated against measles, mumps, diphtheria, rubella, whooping cough, smallpox and shingles and have had none of these maladies. At one time or another, my wife received all of these same vaccinations. Our ...

Ex-etiquette: Man breaks rules by ‘testing the waters’

By Jann Blackstone
Q uestion: I lived with a woman for four years. I loved her more than anything, but I was attracted to someone else I had lived with even before her and made the mistake of going with the attraction. ...

Hax: Mom’s death prompts reader to consider making life-altering changes

By Carolyn Hax
Adapted from a recent online discussion: Dear Carolyn: My elderly mom passed away last week after a short illness. My father and only sibling died years ago, so now I find myself unexpectedly feeling alone. (I have other relatives, ...

How to be a successful craft blogger

By The Associated Press
It may look easy and lucrative from the outside, but popular craft bloggers say their work requires long hours and commitment. The pay? Well, sure, that’s pretty good — after you get established. But successful craft bloggers say they treat ...