Macy's CEO Terry Lundgren shakes hands with 92-year-old Rose Syracuse Richardone at her party on Sept. 5, 2012. (Photo: Kent Miller Studios, Macy's Inc.)When Rose Syracuse Richardone started working at Macy's, women's wool cardigans cost $2.14 each. Cotton gabardine raincoats for girls were $2.98, old ads show; twin-size sheets were $1.11 and stainless steel flatware was just 16 cents per piece, on sale.
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A lot has changed since then, and Richardone -- who retired on Wednesday at the age of 92, after a record-breaking 73 years of service in the N.Y. flagship store -- has seen it all.
"Rose is an hourly worker. She clocked in every day," Robin Hall, Senior VP of the Macy's Parade and Entertainment Group, told Yahoo! Shine in an interview. "It's just a passion of hers to be here. She's not a person who seeks attention. She just loves to work."
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Born in Pennsylvania, Rose Syracuse and her family moved to New York when she was just a child, so that her brothers wouldn't have to end up working in the coal mines. The family settled down in Brooklyn, where they
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- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Women Who Shine – Thu, Sep 6, 2012 2:22 PM EDT
Macy's CEO Terry Lundgren shakes hands with 92-year-old Rose Syracuse Richardone at her party on Sept. 5, 2012. (Photo: Kent Miller Studios, Macy's Inc.)When Rose Syracuse Richardone started working at Macy's, women's wool cardigans cost $2.14 each. Cotton gabardine raincoats for girls were $2.98, old ads show; twin-size sheets were $1.11 and stainless steel flatware was just 16 cents per piece, on sale.Read More »from After 73 years, Macy's longest-serving employee retires
Alana Thompson and her family, from TLC's Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.The first time I watched "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" on TLC, I was appalled. It wasn't the mud bogging or the Redneck games that got me, though I'll admit that watching people bob for raw pigs feet was kind of gross. It wasn't the way the mom washed her hair in the sink, the constant fart jokes, or even the stark contrast between the picture-perfect beauty pageant world and their ramshackle house down by the railroad tracks that made me uncomfortable.Read More »from Why Do People Love Honey Boo Boo?
What got me was the way the show seemed to glorify all of the things that make so many people cringe about our country -- and how fans are flocking to it.
Critics were horrified when "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" debuted earlier this year. The 7-year-old star, Alana Thompson, chugs Mountain Dew mixed with Red Bull before beauty pageants and struts around saying things like "A dollah makes me hollah!" (her over-the-top antics on "Toddlers and Tiaras" helped her land her own show). The entire family looks like a train wreck, from morbidly
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Work + Money – Tue, Sep 4, 2012 4:34 PM EDT
First lady Michelle Obama stands during a soundcheck on Monday, Sept. 3, in preparation for the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) As she prepares to speak tonight at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, First Lady Michelle Obama says that her goals for the 2012 election campaign are much the same as they were in 2008.Read More »from Michelle Obama: "We Have so Much More in Common in This Country"
"Four years ago, millions of people across this country came together and elected the leader they knew would stand up for them in office," she told Yahoo! Shine in an interview hours before her speech. "I want people to know that Barack is still that leader. He is still driven by the core values and principles that made him want to do the incredibly tough job in the first place."
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Since becoming the first lady, Mrs. Obama has honed her speaking skills and sharpened her focus. Though people still criticize her for comments made in the last election cycle (particularly the one about finally feeling proud of her country), she has largely avoided controversy, focused on family
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Work + Money – Thu, Aug 30, 2012 9:42 AM EDT
The dads try to deal while the moms are away in Lifetime TV's reality show, The Week the Women Went.Last summer, BBC television producers sent all of the women in Yemassee, South Carolina, away for a vacation along the Florida Coast. While the 100 or so wives and mothers relaxed at a resort, completely cut off from their families, the men and children stayed home to fend for themselves -- with a film crew capturing their efforts for a reality TV show, "The Week the Women Went."Read More »from "The Week the Women Went": Who is to Blame If the Men Can't Cope?
"I knew it was going to be a nightmare," Darnell Wilson, 35, told the Los Angeles Times. "I didn't fool myself for one minute."
Why a small town in the American south? The producers were looking for a place where traditional gender roles are the norm, executive producer Jon Kroll explained.
"It's fish out of water, it's gender politics, it's seeing how the other half lives," Kroll told the Los Angeles Times. "It's a conceit with so much potential."
The show, which airs on Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET on the Lifetime channel, is based on a BBC program that ran in Canada in 2007 and 2008. It bills itself as part
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Parenting – Wed, Aug 29, 2012 12:16 PM EDT
Little kids love music, but these identical twin sisters really know how to rock out to a good song.
"Daddy's going to play them a little song while they're eating their peas," their mom says in the video, which was posted earlier this month. As the first notes fill the room, the 11-month-olds give each other a delighted grin and then start rocking and bopping in their high chairs, babbling along with the music and smiling at each other from time to time.
Daddy sure has one appreciative -- and adorable -- audience!
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- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Fashion – Tue, Aug 28, 2012 3:14 PM EDTposing for the camera, wearing a bright red blouse and black-and-white patterned capri pants. She smiles and laughs, tossing her brown hair in the wind-machine generated breeze. As one of the stars of "Push Girls," the Sundance Channel reality show, she's at ease in front of the camera. She's also in a wheelchair, unable to move most of her body.Angela Rockwood is
"In reality, I shouldn't even be here," she told The Huffington Post in June. "So the fact that I still have my body… I may not be able to move it in the way that I want to, but the fact that I'm still in this vessel, still living and still here, talking to you, communicating and sharing all of my experiences and living this moment… I'm just very grateful for that."
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Born in Clovis, New Mexico, Rockwood grew up in the Philippines, Spain, and Guam, thanks to her military family. Her exotic looks -- she's of Thai and German descent -- helped her launch her Read More »from Quadriplegic "Push Girls" Star Angela Rockwood Makes Her Modeling Comeback
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Work + Money – Mon, Aug 27, 2012 9:16 PM EDT
Sandra Fluke testifies before the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee in February. She talked to Yahoo! Shine about why women's issues are everyone's issues. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Both major political parties are determined to win over women voters, but as the Republican National Convention participants deal with hurricane conditions in Tampa this week, the Democrats are starting a storm of their own, launching a new program highlighting the ways they say the GOP has fallen short with women.Read More »from Sandra Fluke: "Women's Issues" Not Just About Reproductive Rights
Dubbed "Romney/Ryan: Wrong for Women," the week-long series of events sports a roster of high-profile female politicians, a former Bain Capital employee, White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett, and women's health activist Sandra Fluke, who was branded a "slut" by Rush Limbaugh after she was barred from testifying before a congressional committee about birth control access earlier this year.
The Democratic push is about more than just reproductive health issues, Fluke told Yahoo! Shine in an exclusive interview on Monday.
"I think it's much more than reproductive health issues," Fluke says. "That is very critical for women, and we've heard a lot about that.
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Work + Money – Fri, Aug 24, 2012 1:56 PM EDT
A Grand Prairie, Texas, Burger King is being sued for religious discrimination after a Christian teen wasn't allowed to wear a skirt instead of pants to work. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)A Texas teenager is suing Burger King for religious discrimination, saying that the fast food giant fired her, a conservative Christian, for wearing a long skirt, rather than uniform pants, to work.Read More »from Christian Woman Fired from Burger King for Wearing Skirt Instead of Pants
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Ashanti McShan was a 17-year-old high school senior when she applied for a job as a cashier at the Grand Prairie Burger King in August 2010, according to the lawsuit filed on her behalf this week by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. During her interview McShan, who is a Pentacostal Christian, said that her religious beliefs forbid women to wear men's clothing, so she would need to be able to wear a long back skirt rather than the standard-issue uniform pants. The Burger King employee interviewing her "assured her that she could wear a skirt to work," the lawsuit says.
But when she arrived for orientation, another store management told her that she could not wear a skirt "and that she had to leave the store,"
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Parenting – Thu, Aug 23, 2012 4:43 PM EDT
A new 9/11 coloring book features terrorist trading cards.A year after the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, a coloring book company has published a new book for kids about terrorism. It's called "We Shall never Forget 9/11, Volume II: The True Faces of Evil-Terror" and, among the black-and-white outlines of memorials and military men, it features collectible trading cards with photos and information about terrorists around the world.Read More »from New 9/11 Coloring Book Features Terrorist Trading Cards
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"This is not the type of book that you would give to a pre-Kindergarten child, to put in his backpack and send him off to school," Wayne Bell, the publisher of St. Louis-based Big Coloring Books Inc., told Yahoo! Shine in an interview. (He is quick to point out that it's more of a "graphic coloring novel.") "This is a teaching and learning tool that's rated PG-13."
"A lot of people seem to think that there's a disconnect with the public in general when it comes to teaching children about terrorism and terrorist activity," Bells adds. "A lot of people want to
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Financially Fit – Thu, Aug 23, 2012 12:56 PM EDT
A new study says that kids get about $65 a month in allowance. Is that too much?When it comes to allowances, American kids are pulling in more than a little pocket change. A new survey says that they're getting an average of $65 a month to spend as they like, above and beyond the things their parents buy for them -- and just 1 percent of parents say their kids put any of it into savings.Read More »from Survey: Kids Get $65 a Month in Allowance. Too High, or Just Right?
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"These findings make clear that it can pay to be a kid," said Jordan Amin, chair of the American Institute of CPAs' Financial Literacy Commission.
According to a national survey for the American Institute of CPAs by Harris Interactive, 61 percent of parents surveyed said that they give their kids an allowance, and 54 percent of parents said that they started doing so when their kids were 8 years old. Eighty-nine percent of parents surveyed said that they require their kids to earn their allowance by doing chores -- at least an hour of them a week, though most kids did about 6 hours a week worth of work for their money.
Sixty-five dollars a