Stories by Leanne Italie

Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014

'Sex' offers parents tips on THE talk

NEW YORK - One of the first things Al Vernacchio does in his high school Sexuality and Society class is stand at a podium in a sweater vest and tie surrounded by a wall packed with slogans.
By Leanne Italie

Saturday, Aug 23, 2014

5 trends for fashionable fingertips

NEW YORK - Move over, studded bracelets and chandelier earrings. Right now, it's all about nails.
By Leanne Italie

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Cork finding its way into the fashion world

Cork. It's not just for wine stoppers and bulletin boards anymore. Cork has found a larger place among shoes, handbags, jewelry and other fashion accessories.
By Leanne Italie

Saturday, May 31, 2014

These days, divorces can mean getting a cake and eating it, too

NEW YORK - Divorce, it seems, has turned into a party - cakes and all.
By Leanne Italie

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Stylist says white can be right all year long

NEW YORK - It might require a tad more attention to detail, but with care just about anybody can wear white at just about any time of the day or year.
By Leanne Italie

Saturday, May 10, 2014

4 ways college graduations have changed

NEW YORK - There's still plenty of pomp and circumstance, inspiring words from speakers and tossing tassels, but graduating from college today is very different from a generation ago.
By Leanne Italie

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Dress shopping can be tricky for plus-size teens

NEW YORK - Maria Giorno has nothing against long gowns with high waists and flowing fabric - dresses that are designed to camouflage curves on plus-size women.
By Leanne Italie

Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013

Play time is important for parents, too

NEW YORK - Silvana Clark spent 10 years as a parks and recreation supervisor, yet when it came time to raise children, there were certain things she just didn't love to play.
By Leanne Italie

Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013

At 65, Loggins finding new ways to keep making music

NEW YORK - Logic, it turns out, isn't always the way to go, at least not for Kenny Loggins.
By Leanne Italie

Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013

Coffee table books suitable for gift-giving

Coffee table books are among the most satisfying gifts to give at Christmas
By Leanne Italie

Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013

Schools criticized for bans on dreadlocks, Afros

Some schools have banned dreadlocks, Afros, mohawks and other hairstyles they say are unacceptable and potential health hazards.
By Leanne Italie

Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013

TV bingers develop relationships with shows

NEW YORK — Maggie Edinger, 26, is in a cozy relationship. It’s predictable and relaxing. That’s her relationship with Law & Order, plus spinoffs. She remains on the hunt for an ...
By Leanne Italie

Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012

Debate surrounds doll that breast-feeds

A breast-feeding doll whose suckling sounds are prompted by sensors sewn into a halter top at the nipples of little girls has caught some flak since hitting the U.S. market.
By Leanne Italie

Saturday, Aug 25, 2012

Decision to have children isn't easy

NEW YORK - Ken Budd fell for his high school sweetheart all over again when they reconnected after college. Both were 25 when they married.
By Leanne Italie

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Fans of celebs play new games

Fantasy sports leagues are big business online, drawing more than 33 million fans. Now, celeb watchers have a handful of their own Web sites to draft "teams" and trash talk their friends.
By Leanne Italie

Sunday, July 15, 2012

More women riding motorcycles

The number of women motorcycle operators in the U.S. has increased slowly to about 7.2 million of about 27 million overall in 2009, according to the latest survey by the Motorcycle Industry Council.
By Leanne Italie

Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012

Staying out of the ring: Barely half of adults wed

Trend watchers note that barely half of all adults in the United States are married.
By Leanne Italie

Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011

For some, weight loss can lead to cash

NEW YORK - Neil Ylanan eats for a living and travels constantly as a food expert. Toss in those sleepless, sluggish early years of fatherhood, and he was dealing with significant weight gain.
By Leanne Italie

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Baby boomers finding love online

On eHarmony.com, people 50 and older are one of the fastest growing segments among its more than 33 million users worldwide. The same goes for competitor Match.com, which said about 25 percent of ...
By Leanne Italie
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