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By Pam Parker Erie Times-News staff blogger
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Posts tagged ‘Associated Press’
Posted: March 18th, 2014

chocolate chipsFinally, a study I won’t make fun of.

Yesterday, the Associated Press reported that pills with all those good nutrients in dark chocolate might have the ability to prevent heart attacks and strokes.

The four-year study has 18,000 participants — why oh why didn’t they call me?

This is no joke. The study quoted Dr. JoAnn Manson, of Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

Who are the sponsors – you guessed it – chocolate manufacturers — Mars Inc., famous for M&M’s and Snickers — and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. Why Mars? It patented extraction of cocoa flavanols and converts them into capsules.

The study will also analyze multivitamins — no chocolate in there. To read the full Associated Press report on NPR, click here.

More healthy stories from NPR — a fascinating story on how doctors in Ann Arbor used a 3-D printer to replicate a baby’s windpipe and save his life. Read it here. More health stories: Do iPads help or harm your toddlers? and look out for the Mumps Outbreak at Ohio State University. Theres a big drop in colon cancer — 30 percent in people 50 and older — read about it here.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is mom to three, stepmom to three and GramPam to one.

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Posted: January 5th, 2013

FILE – In this April 14, 2011 file photo provided by Zipcar.com, Zipcar Chairman and CEO Scott Griffith stands with a Zipcar Mini-Cooper before the opening bell at the NASDAQ Market Site in New York. Avis is buying Zipcar for $491.2 million, expanding its offerings from traditional car rentals to car sharing services. The boards of both companies unanimously approved the buyout. (AP Photo/Zipcar.com, Craig Ruttle, File)

In an Associated Press story, AVIS  (they try harder, remember that from old advertising jingles?) bought Zipcar — a car sharing business that went public in 2011 and hit profitability last year.  The 12-year-old Zipcar company made out big in the $491.2 million deal. Here’s the full story If you have a relative who lives in a big city, you know how valuable Zipcars are. It’s high tech rentals by the hour or day — cheap. It starts with an annual membership, and rates are around $7.50 an hour – including gas, insurance and 180 miles a day.

And they are nice cars — Audis, Minicoopers and more are in Pittsburgh. No waiting in line at an airport or elsewhere to get one. The cars are usually parked in the city, and the user holds a Zipcard membership card above the card reader on the door. The locks open and voila — you’re on the road.

AVIS has high-tech rentals — now that’s trying harder.  Zoom Zoom.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and step-grandmom to one.

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Posted: July 27th, 2012


Where did the summer go? But here we are! It’s back to school time and time to shop! Here’s what’s hot and what’s not and what the heck is going at my fave store JCP?


J.C. Penney is changing its pricing … again!

According to the Associated Press:

“The moves come at a time when shoppers — and investors — have voiced confusion over Penney’s pricing strategy, which was spearheaded by CEO Ron Johnson when he took the helm in November. In May, Penney’s stock plunged nearly 20 percent in its biggest decline in four decades after the retailer posted a larger-than-expected quarterly loss and a 20-percent drop in revenue on poor reception from shoppers for its pricing strategy.”

Well I’m confused. But I’m still shopping there.  And now for fun:
TLC’s Kim Williamson quotes Chicago-Tribune writer Ellen Warren who warns of fashion fades for 2012 — in funny style. What not to wear:
  • Capes — unless you’re Superman, you don’t need one.
  • Shorts with tights — blending of summer and winter really doesn’t work.
  • Toning sneakers — Sketchers won’t be happy to hear this, these are the lazy way of exercising.
  • Platform stilettos — Voted the top Stupid Style pick of the year by Chicago-Tribune readers, this trend begs for an orthopedic surgeon or a clip for America’s Funniest Home Video.

Now here are my faves that will stay in style:

Feminine frills — lace, ruffles, peplums and more 80s stuff are in. Good because I have bought my share of lace this year, and I am wearing it!

Accessories — Bangles, brooches and bags — oh my! Costume jewelry is our friend — break out Grandma’s stuff — or buy some new stuff that looks old!

Prints — bring ‘em out — not just the animals — get those stripes, paisleys and more.


National Retail Foundation’s Back-to-School Survey has the 10 biggest trends and most of them are nothing new, but here’s one that caught my attention.

  • About 25 percent of college students will be living on campus this year, a record — the most since the survey started.  And they will be buying stuff for apartments and dorms. I am the parent of one of those, so haul out your garage sale stuff because we will not be buying new to haul up and down stairs. Do kids ever live on a first floor?

Pam Parker is the mother of two college graduates, stepmom of two more and has one in college righ now. She is also the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.

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