Murdered Cab Drivers son won't miss Christmas

Phoenix, AZ, December 2, 2010 -- Eric Ross, a Phoenix, AZ Cab Driver and Executive Producer of is stepping in to help ensure that Brian Mann's son won't miss Christmas.

“I am personally donating the first $50.00 to start this drive,” says Ross.

Brian Mann, a Phoenix area Taxicab driver was murdered November 19, 2010 at the beginning of his shift in Phoenix, AZ.

The job of being an independent contractor taxi driver is not easy and does come with some dangers.

Ross, a former state trooper says, “At times you may pick up someone that gives you the creeps”, but most of the time people are only going from point A to point B.

After reading an article about Brian Manns family members having to host a car wash to raise funds to help with his burial expenses, I felt it was the right thing to do, start a toy drive for the child.

Brian Manns child deserves to have a nice Christmas.

“What breaks my heart”, says Ross, “I do the same thing (drive taxi), and I also have a son, and I can't imagine what this kid is going through, but he deserves a nice Christmas.” has a Brian Mann Memorial page set up where you can make an online donation.

Any excess donations will be contributed to the Phoenix Childrens Hospital in Phoenix.

You can also email with any questions.


Eric D. Ross
Executive Producer
NSN Films/
250 W. Juniper
Gilbert, AZ 85233

The Pesky Peanut, a Compelling True Story by Seattle Author, Katie Corl, Educates and Entertains Readers About the Challenges of Coping with Food Allergies

Many people do not realize that food allergy statistics in the United States are both staggering and on the rise. According to the CDC, food allergies affect over 10 million Americans, and almost 4% of America's children. The AAAI (American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology) states that the peanut allergy, in particular, is the most common cause of food-related death.

Seattle, WA, December 02, 2010 -- Seattle-author, Katie Corl, decided to share the personal story of her son Kelly’s peanut allergy in her children’s book debut – The Pesky Peanut, the first of a children’s book series dedicated to allergy awareness.

Teaching families, schools and children about food allergies in a way that is both informative and entertaining can be a challenge. The Pesky Peanut is an easy to understand, entertaining and wonderfully illustrative book that solves this tricky dilemma. It teaches an important lesson about food allergies while cleverly telling the story of Kelly and the pesky peanut. Kelly's family discovers he is allergic to peanuts at his first birthday party, when his birthday cake causes an allergic reaction requiring a visit from the paramedics.

“I developed this story as a tool to help children understand food allergies,” says author, Katie Corl. “While The Pesky Peanut deals specifically with my son Kelly’s peanut allergy, the story’s message is applicable to others as well. My goal is to take a mysterious, scary subject and make it easy to understand – helping parents and children cope and adjust to a food allergy.”

Unfortunately, there is no simple cure for food allergies. The best method for management is prevention - strict avoidance of any food that triggers a reaction. With hundreds of deaths and thousands of hospitalizations relating to food allergies every year, there is clearly a need for increased efforts at education and prevention. Look for more stories from author, Katie Corl about other challenging allergies in children down the road.

Peanut Allergy Signs & Symptoms:
An allergic response to peanuts usually occurs within minutes after exposure, and symptoms range from mild to severe. Peanut allergy is one of the most common causes of anaphylaxis, a medical emergency that requires treatment with an epinephrine (adrenaline) injector (EpiPen, EpiPen Jr or Twinject) and a trip to the emergency room.

Peanut allergy symptoms can include:
- Skin reactions such as hives, redness or swelling
- Itching or tingling in or around the mouth and throat
- Digestive problems such as diarrhea, stomach cramps, nausea or vomiting
- Tightening of the chest
- Shortness of breath or wheezing
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Constriction of airways
- Swelling of your throat that makes it difficult to breathe
- A severe drop in blood pressure (shock)
- Rapid pulse, dizziness, lightheadedness or loss of consciousness

About The Author:
Katie Corl is married with three wonderful children and lives with her husband in the Pacific Northwest. In addition to her family, she loves American History and traveling.

Where to Buy:
The Pesky Peanut can be found on via the Arundel Books:

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About Arundel Books:
Arundel Books was founded in 1984 as a fine press publisher specializing in art and poetry; three years later, they began selling rare and out-of print books. The company and its affiliates have grown over the past two decades, and now operate a retail bookstore in Seattle, two internet bookstores, and a small publishing company complete with hand-operated presses and in-house papermaking. Each of the Arundel stores has an independent mindset, and a select, diverse stock that is constantly changing and growing. For more information visit

Janine Robertson
The Pesky Peanut
Seattle, WA
USA 98118

DiMaggio. Warhol. John Lennon. Autism Fundraiser at Edgeware Gallery in San Diego December 4, 2010

Edgeware Gallery will have a unique exhibition for the holiday season "Christmas in New York: Art and Artifacts”. The offbeat show will feature art, photos, artifacts, and collectibles from the 1940's, 50's and 60's including Baseball cards and kitschy Life Magazine ads. 100% of the net profits benefit autism research. First 50 patrons on December 4 receive a free "I Love NY" T shirt.

San Diego, CA, December 2, 2010 -- On December 04, 2010, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Edgeware Gallery in San Diego will have the opening night reception for its Christmas in New York: Art and Artifacts exhibition to benefit autism. The exhibition runs through January 1, 2011.

As befitting the “art and artifacts” subtitle, the show is a potpourri of artwork (from local artists to Andy Warhol), photographs (featuring photographers from San Diego, New York and Paris ), memorabilia (including baseball cards and Life Magazine ads of such legendary Yankee and Brooklyn Dodger legends as Joe Dimaggio, Mickey Mantle and Sandy Koufax), and of course artifacts – including an actual shutter from the Chelsea Hotel.

There is no admission charge for this hybrid of a gallery show and an oddball museum, and as an added bonus, the first 50 visitors on opening night will receive an "I Love NY" T-shirt. The gift shop will feature a variety of art-related Christmas gifts including original art, jewelry, art books, notecards, arty T-shirts, Life Magazines from the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s and other collectibles.

100% of the net profits from art and gift shop sales benefit autism research.

Edgeware Gallery 4186 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116 619 534-8120 Contact:
Opening Night Hours: December 4 – 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Regular Hours: Sat / Sun: 2:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Fridays: 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Edgeware Gallery
4186 Adams Ave
San Diego, California
United States 92116
Tel: 619 534 8120
Fax: 619 563-6840