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Pittsburgh’s Downtown tops ranking of small to midsized cities

By Tom Fontaine
The Golden Triangle is America’s best downtown among small to midsized cities, according to a report released Monday by a Tennessee-based marketing company. “Downtown has made ...

Coping with kids: Poli Sippy Cup solves drinking problems

By Tribune-Review
Sippy cups: Can’t find the right top; can’t find the right bottom. There’s a crack; the spout is chewed up, leaking or clogged with residue. The new Poli spillproof sippy cup solves all those problems with a patented, easy-to-clean, no-parts-to-lose ...

Prepare for when your presence will embarrass your kid

By Heidi Stevens
It has come to my attention that I’ll soon mortify my children. Chaperoning field trips, lingering at birthday parties to chat, singing all the words to “Uptown Funk,” these are things I do for everyone’s enjoyment. Not for long. I checked ...

Living with Children: Are teen’s panic attacks about school?

By John Rosemond
Q uestion: My 13-year-old son has developed overwhelming anxiety about going to school. This began a year ago and has gotten steadily worse. At this point, he fights me every morning about going to school, and even if ...

Volunteer potters lend time for Empty Bowls Dinner fundraiser

By Natasha Lindstrom
Kyle Houser is proud of his growing collection of handmade bowls that mean more to him than utility or art. Each time he uses one to ...

Ex-etiquette: Not her role to reveal details of Dad’s divorce

By Jann Blackstone
Q uestion: My husband and I have been married for 10 years. He has adult children from a previous marriage. We have a 9- and 10-year-old together. His adult children have begun to ask why their dad and mom ...

Men become focus of stores’ personal service efforts

By JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
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 ...

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 ...