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  • Save the date ... Natura Bisse event at Balliets

    Linda Miller | Updated: Wed, Apr 9, 2014

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  • Hawaii lawmakers plow through mountain of bills

    Updated: Tue, Apr 8, 2014

    HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii lawmakers plowed through a mountain of bills Tuesday in advance of a legislative deadline, moving swiftly through their work until they hit a sex education bill that drew criticism from gay rights opponents and generated a salty debate in the state House. Lawmakers must advance policy measures by Thursday, and leaders said the burst of activity early in the week was to provide time for amendments. Proposals that don't move ahead by the cutoff date will die for the session unless legislators use arcane procedures to revive them. Lawmakers passed bills ranging from requiring lobbyist disclosures to increasing the minimum wage. Combined, the House and Senate moved hundreds of bills, sending some to

  • Excerpts from recent Minnesota editorials

    Updated: Tue, Apr 8, 2014

    The Free Press of Mankato, April 4 Voting still trumps money in politics The U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down limits on aggregate campaign contributions for individual donors likely left many voters disheartened that once again their influence in representative democracy was further eroded. The ruling makes it easy to conclude that money talks in our constitutional democracy and the Supreme Court just gave wealthy donors a megaphone. We hope voters and non-voters see it differently. The Supreme Court ruling should be a clarion call if not a three alarm fire to prompt the average voter to get even more engaged in not only voting but grass roots democracy.

  • Marian Anderson's concert dress goes on view in DC

    Updated: Tue, Apr 8, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — For the first time, the dress Marian Anderson wore to sing at the Lincoln Memorial 75 years ago after being denied access to a Washington concert hall because she was black, is going on display at the Smithsonian. On Easter Sunday 1939, the classical singer accepted Eleanor Roosevelt's invitation to give a public concert and wrapped herself in a fur coat that cold day after she was kept out of Washington's D.A.R Constitution Hall. Beneath the coat, she wore a striking orange-and-black ensemble and carried herself with pride, historians said. The outfit she wore to make history was uncovered among the late singer's belongings and put on display Tuesday at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American Histor

  • PVH Corp. invests in Lagerfeld parent company

    Updated: Tue, Apr 8, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — PVH Corp., the company behind the Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger brands, has become a minority shareholder in fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld's namesake company. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. PVH said Tuesday that the investment in Karl Lagerfeld B.V. will allow it to benefit from growth of the designer's brand. The deal includes giving PVH first dibs on licensing the brand for North America. Lagerfeld has primarily been focused in Europe and Asia. The company is trying to expand rapidly and says it has been opening a new store every three weeks over the last six months. PVH, based in New York, is one of the world's largest apparel companies.

  • Peter Som collection for Kohl's in stores Thursday

    Linda Miller | Updated: Tue, Apr 8, 2014

      Good news if you’ve been waiting to add new spring pieces to your wardrobe. Peter Som’s limited-edition collection for Kohl’s lands in stores April 10. Many of the pieces can be mixed and matched; others are just easy to wear, especially when Oklahoma’s temps heat up but you still want to look pulled together.

  • Wails, sobs: Rwanda marks 20 years since genocide

    Updated: Mon, Apr 7, 2014

    KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Displaying both pride and pain, Rwandans on Monday marked the 20th anniversary of a devastating 100-day genocide that saw packed churches set on fire and machete-wielding attackers chop down whole families from a demonized minority. Bloodcurdling screams and sorrowful wails resounded throughout a packed sports stadium as world leaders and thousands of Rwandans gathered to hear of healing and hope. "As we pay tribute to the victims, both the living and those who have passed, we also salute the unbreakable Rwandan spirit in which we owe the survival and renewal of our country," said President Paul Kagame. Kagame and U.N.

  • Lands' End starts trading as public company

    Updated: Mon, Apr 7, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Lands' End shares are falling in its first day as a separate public company after being spun off from Sears. The company's stock dropped $2.17, or 6.8 percent, to $29.50 in Monday morning trading. Lands' End was publicly traded before Sears Holdings Corp. purchased it in 2002 for nearly $2 billion. Sears hasn't had much success with it though, and announced in December that it was going to spin off the clothing business as a separate company by distributing stock to its shareholders. It closed on the spinoff on Friday. Sears received gross proceeds of $500 million from the separation. That consisted of a cash dividend paid by Lands' End to a subsidiary of Sears Holdings before the spinoff.

  • It's Oklahoma Fashion Week ... check out the schedule

    Linda Miller | Updated: Mon, Apr 7, 2014

    Oklahoma Fashion Week kicked off Sunday with Media Day. It’s going to be a busy, stylish week that will culminate with designer fashion shows on Saturday at Devon Tower. FYI: Get your tickets now for that event. Go to oklahomafashionweek.com. And check out Oklahoma Fashion Week’s Facebook page, too.

  • NY judge: ex-fiance can keep $53K diamond ring

    Updated: Sun, Apr 6, 2014

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A text message to his jilted fiance has cost a western New York man $53,000. Louis Billittier Jr. broke up with his bride-to-be in 2012, sending the bad news by text message. When his girlfriend, Christa Clark, replied angrily, he texted back, "Plus you get a $50,000 parting ring. Enough for a down payment on a house." Those fateful words convinced a state Supreme Court judge that the ring was no longer involved in a marriage contract, but was now a "parting gift." Billittier had sued Clark to get the ring back. But the Buffalo News (http://bit.ly/1ifeguL ) reports that Judge Russell Buscaglia ruled last week that Clark was entitled to the white gold, 2.97-carat diamond ring or its fair market val

  • Linen fashion show in Oklahoma City will raise funds, spirits for 'Miracle' kids

    By Heather Warlick, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Apr 6, 2014

    Marianne’s Rentals on April 15 will stage a glamorous linen fashion show in which Miss Oklahoma Kelsey Griswold and other pageant title holders will model exquisite gowns formed from table linens. Twenty-two children from the Children’s Miracle Network will get to participate in the fashion show, walking the runway with models. The show will benefit Children’s Miracle Network and Miss Oklahoma Pageants.

  • Helen Ford Wallace: Parties, Etc.: April 6

    By Helen Ford Wallace hwallace@opubco.com | Published: Sun, Apr 6, 2014

    OCG&CC President's Ball, English Speaking Union Dinner, OU Winners, Spring Golf Luncheon

  • Black women worried about Army hair regulations

    Updated: Fri, Apr 4, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — New Army regulations meant to help standardize and professionalize soldiers' appearance are now coming under criticism by some black military women, who say changes in the hair requirement are racially biased. The Army earlier this week issued new appearance standards, which included bans on most twists, dreadlocks and large cornrows, all styles used predominantly by African-American women with natural hairstyles. More than 11,000 people have signed a White House petition asking President Barack Obama, the commander in chief, to have the military review the regulations to allow for "neat and maintained natural hairstyles.

  • Penney teams up with Elle Macpherson for lingerie

    Updated: Fri, Apr 4, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — J.C. Penney is hoping that some supermodel magic will win over shoppers in the lingerie department. The beleaguered department store chain is launching an exclusive lingerie collection in the U.S. with a partnership with Elle Macpherson, who along with Christy Turlington, Cindy Crawford and others defined a new generation of supermodels in the 1980s. The collection will be in 300 of Penney's 1,100 stores starting April 11. Penney says it will wait to see how the brand fares before deciding whether to roll it out to its other stores. The collection, called The Body by Elle Macpherson, which refers to her nickname, offers bras and panties in mostly cotton. Its emphasis is on the smoothest, most precise f

  • Smell this: Bond No. 9's newest scent Hudson Yards

    Linda Miller | Updated: Fri, Apr 4, 2014

    Bond No. 9 is known for scents named after iconic streets and neighborhoods in New York City. Broadway, Park Avenue, Wall Street, Chinatown, Bleecker Street, Madison Square Park, Brooklyn, Central  Park. Just to name a few. But for spring 2014, the brand has chosen an inspiring location.

  • Havaianas and Mara Hoffman team up

    Linda Miller | Updated: Thu, Apr 3, 2014

    Need a reason to buy another pair of flip-flops?  Havaianas and Mara Hoffman have partnerned on a limited-ediiton collection of the colorful footwear, according to Women’s Wear Daily. You can choose from four prints, which were featured in Hoffman’s most recent resort collection.

  • Scramble for plus-size prom gowns

    Published: Thu, Apr 3, 2014

    Maria Giorno has nothing against long gowns with high waists and flowing fabric — dresses that are designed to camouflage curves on plus-size women, according to The Associated Press. But the New Jersey high school senior had no interest in buying a loose-fitting style for her senior prom, even though it was all she could find in a size 16 or so at nearby stores. So many stores, Giorno said, "never have anything that's a little more sexy or a little form-fitting, or anything like that for my age." Clothes shopping for plus-size teens can be frustrating in general, but shopping for a dream prom dress can be a tear-inducing, hair-pulling morass of bad design and few options — especially for girls who want a dress that hugs the body instead of tenting it, the AP reports.

  • Old habits at Samsung, LG embarrass them abroad

    Updated: Thu, Apr 3, 2014

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — When Samsung unveiled a new smartphone at the storied Radio City Music Hall, the Broadway-style spectacle was memorable not for technology but for a cast of giggling female characters who fantasized about marrying a doctor, fretted about eating too much cake, and needed a man's help to understand how to work the phone. The stereotypes were blatant even for an industry where skimpily clad booth babes are a staple of trade shows and high-level female executives are a rarity. A backlash spread online as the event, live-streamed on the Internet and broadcast in Times Square, unfolded.

  • Husband-and-wife doctors facing fraud indictment

    Updated: Wed, Apr 2, 2014

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Two doctors who run a Little Rock medical clinic are facing a federal indictment for $1.2 million in alleged health care fraud. A grand jury on Wednesday indicted Drs. Robert Barrow and Angela Barrow. The two are husband and wife. Both are charged with one count of conspiracy and six counts of health care fraud. Robert Barrow also faces four counts of making false statements in relation to health care matters. Prosecutors say the Barrows affiliated their practice with a massage therapist, whose services were improperly billed to health insurance companies as physical therapy. The indictment says the Barrows split the proceeds with the massage therapist. Claims to Medicare and a private i

  • Prom dress shopping perilous for plus-size girls

    Updated: Wed, Apr 2, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Clothes shopping for plus-size teens can be frustrating in general, but shopping for a dream prom dress can be a tear-inducing, hair-pulling morass of bad design and few options — especially for girls who want a dress that hugs the body instead of tenting it. Operation Prom, which offers free donated dresses to girls in need in eight states, has to hunt for plus-size dresses. Online options for plus-size prom dresses have proliferated in the past decade. But shopping that way for an already difficult fit, along with restrictive return policies, can feel risky. Stephanie Mekhjian manages David's Bridal in Fort Worth, Texas. She estimates 20 to 25 percent of her prom customers wear sizes 18 to 22, including