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    A New York family broke its own world record for most Christmas lights on a residential property with a display of 687,000 lights. The Gay family of Hudson Valley, New York, first claimed the Guinness World Record in 2014 for the most lights on a residential property with 601,736 bulbs and has continued to break that record since. This year, the Gays hope to raise $500,000 of voluntary donations for the fire department and local charities from visitors to the drive-through display, the Albany Times-Union reported . CROWD TOLD TO REDO APPLAUSE AFTER BIDENS SHOW UP LATE TO NATIONAL CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING The yearly light display first started gaining attention outside the neighborhood when they added animation in 2007. Tim Gay, Grace Gay, and their three grown children have all worked in or studied engineering, which helps them develop the massive displays. Visitors can take a short drive through the wooded property every night between 4:45 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on weekdays and 10:30 p.m. on weekends from Nov. 26 to Dec. 28. CLICK...
    NANTUCKET (CBS/AP) – President Joe Biden and his family are spending a private Thanksgiving on Nantucket, continuing a long family tradition. The Bidens arrived on the island Tuesday night with their children and grandchildren. They’re staying at the home of billionaire businessman David Rubenstein, a family friend. They have no public events scheduled during their visit. According to Nantucket Magazine, the Bidens started spending Thanksgiving on the island back in 1975. Joe and Jill Biden were still dating when they first visited Nantucket, with Biden’s sons, Beau and Hunter, in the mid-1970s. The couple was looking for a way out of choosing which of their families to spend Thanksgiving with, the first lady wrote in her memoir. Biden was a U.S. senator back then and his chief of staff suggested they go to Nantucket. “And although neither Joe nor I had ever been, we decided that sounded as good as anywhere,” she wrote. So they packed a cooler with sandwiches and sodas, loaded the boys into the station wagon and drove six hours to the Cape, where a ferry chugged...
    PLACERVILLE (CBS13) — At a third-generation Christmas tree farm in Placerville, there is no problem that goes unsolved may it be drought, water restrictions, or wildfire — the McGee Family knows their farm is part of other families’ holiday traditions. That promise to provide the Christmas staple of a tree, made by Eli McGee’s grandparents before he was born, is what he says makes the problems and the sometimes-elusive solutions worth it. He took over the McGee Christmas Tree Farm six months ago in the spring. His father, Mike, is still his go-to for advice, but he’s making his own way, too. READ MORE: California Indian Heritage Center Narrows Architectural Firms For 2028 Opening“It’s always something, whether it’s a pest you have, or a new weed problem, or new growth problem. Farming is just figuring out what problems you have and how to solve them,” said McGee.  The impacts of California’s statewide drought are felt by McGee when he recalls how seedlings did this year. He planted some in February 2021, and 80% of those new plantings...
    (CNN)The holiday season is upon us, many of us have prepared our menus for the holiday dinners and parties. Some of you may be pulling grandma's braciole recipe steeped in tomato sauce or that creamy garlic mash your mom made every Thanksgiving. Or you may be undecided about using a tried and true roast turkey recipe your family has passed down for decades or frying something new. Whatever it is you are cooking, we all have memorable stories about the food that has been prepared and the recipes that have been passed on from generation to generation. These are those stories. The ones about a certain dessert that is now being made by their grandson or the ones about treasured recipes that were forged through war or hardship. It's not the dishes themselves that have any magical powers, but the memories that come flooding back every time we take a bite. If you aren't a fan of dates you still may want to take a biteRead MoreBarbara Rhea, 78 | Beavercreek, OHLeft: From left clockwise, Barbara Rhea's grandmother, Mildred Covert,...
    (CNN)The Bidens are expected this week to revive a longstanding Thanksgiving family tradition that goes back to 1975, opting to spend this year's dinner in Nantucket, Massachusetts. In his 2017 memoir, " Promise Me, Dad," Biden wrote that Thanksgiving was the first holiday he and his now-wife Jill spent together. The couple, and Biden's two young boys Hunter and Beau, had several invitations for Thanksgiving at the time. But Biden realized that "no matter which family we chose (to spend the holiday with), we were going to hurt somebody's feelings, which was the last thing either Jill or I wanted to do.""I was in my Senate office one day that fall, explaining this predicament to my chief of staff, and he said, 'What you need is a nuclear Thanksgiving.' Meaning the nuclear family alone. Only Wes Barthelmes was a Boston guy, so what he actually said was 'nucle-aah Thanksgiving,'" Biden wrote. "I wasn't sure what exactly he was trying to say, until he explained it might be easiest on everybody if the four of us -- me and Jill, Beau...
    Although the royal family has publicly advocated for the protection of wildlife, it is no secret that trophy hunting is deeply ingrained in the royal family’s past and has been their long-time twisted and cruel tradition. While trophy hunting is not as illegal as poaching, there is still a lot of controversy around the topic. Some people may argue that trophy hunting contributes to conservation efforts, but the truth is that many animal species have become at risk for extinction, and the overall idea is counterproductive to conservation efforts. Not only is trophy hunting inhumane and cruel, but it harms the environment as well. On average, more than 125,000 animals are killed each year for trophies. “Reports found that between 2005 and 2014, more than 1.26 million wildlife trophies were imported to the U.S. alone.” Many times, the animals targeted for trophies are at risk of being endangered, or already are. For example, lion populations have been shockingly reduced by trophy hunting. When these keystone species, which other species in an ecosystem largely depend on are removed, it can send...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Right on the heels of Halloween is the Day of the Dead.Like many events, celebrations for it have been canceled over the last year because of the pandemic, but this year, at least one celebration is back and people are loving it.It's a sense of culture that people really missed during the pandemic. But now a proper celebration returns to Unity Junior High in Cicero, where families are coming to see art made by students, which is just a part of what makes the Day of the Dead so special."It's a sense of normalcy, right? Like, look at all these people here with us. I mean, it's awesome," said Dr. Aldo Calderin, District 99 superintendent.That sense of normalcy was brought back by a long-time tradition in Mexican culture, a tradition this community chose to celebrate virtually last year because of the pandemic.RELATED: How to build an 'ofrenda' altar to honor loved ones for Dia de los Muertos"I enjoy it so much. You know, it's fun to get with the family. The little kids they love it," said...
    Even though Patti Schmidt’s sons are all adults now, they’re still willing to get dressed up for Halloween for their little sister. Schmidt, 50, of Point Pleasant, New Jersey, is a photographer with four children: sons Larry, 28, Patrick, 26, and Gavin, 22; and a 5-year-old daughter, Avery.  Since 2017, Schmidt has photographed her children wearing adorable, coordinated costumes for Halloween. BOY BULLIED FOR TONY STARK HALLOWEEN COSTUME GOES VIRAL: ‘HE’S JUST BRAVE’ "They’re happy to do it because it makes me happy, it makes their sister happy and they don’t mind," Schmidt said. "And they have each other to kind of laugh about it with." The Schmidt siblings are pictured in 2017.  (Patti Schmidt) As for Avery, Schmidt said the girl "just thinks it’s normal to have adult brothers and have them dress up with you." MOM’S HALLOWEEN MAKEUP SKILLS TRANSFORM DAUGHTERS INTO ICONIC CHARACTERS ALL MONTH Schmidt started the tradition as part of photo series called #averyintheair, because Avery’s brothers would toss her in the air to play with her. The Schmidt siblings are pictured in...
    Día de los Muertos or Day of the Dead is a Hispanic holiday celebrated on Nov. 1 and 2. Eyewitness News reporter Marc Cota-Robles talked with a local mom about how she celebrates the holiday and the importance of keeping the tradition alive for her children.Janneth Barajas has celebrated Día de los Muertos her entire life."We have always done it for as long as I can remember, since I was a little girl," she said.Her parents Cecilia and Martin Barajas immigrated to the U.S. from Michoacán, Mexico.For the past few years, her father has been a focal point of her family's alter. He passed away in 2016."I thought my kids are so small, so we have to do something to keep his memory alive, so they could always remember him because the last thing I want is for them to forget him," Barajas said.Janneth's family has kept everything as traditional as possible.They use personal items, even foods that honor and remind the family of their loved ones. Always included are marigolds and pan de muerto... bread of the dead."We laugh,...
    Weddings are supposed to be a day of untainted love and joy. But not so for Japan's Princess Mako, who has today renounced her royal title after going against tradition to marry her university sweetheart.  The issue has arisen because her long-term boyfriend Kei Komuro, 30, a lawyer with a New York law firm whom she met at Tokyo's International Christian University almost a decade ago, is a commoner.  By marrying him today, Mako, 30, the eldest daughter of Crown Prince Fumihito and niece of reigning Emperor Naruhito, has chosen love over her title, duties as a royal, and official place within the family. Japan's strict laws of succession forbid women from ascending to the Chrysanthemum Throne and force them to give up their titles if they marry commoners.  The wedding has sent shockwaves through Japan - a country where the royal family face huge pressure to conform to tradition and meet exacting standards of behaviour, with each move intensely scrutinised.   It marks a dramatic, if slow burning, departure for the princess, a graduate of Leicester University who worked at Coventry Museums, who was...
    TORI Spelling and her kids celebrated their Halloween “family tradition” WITHOUT Dean McDermott. The family affair comes as Tori and Dean are “headed for divorce.” 5Tori attended a Halloween event with her kids over the weekCredit: Instagram 5Dean skipped the family outing as the pair is 'headed for divorce'Credit: Getty On Monday, Tori took to Instagram to share a snap as she posed with their kids Stella, 13, Hattie, 10, and Finn, 9, and Beau, 4. The 48-year-old actress got into the Halloween spirit as she wore a pair of devil horns while hitting the orange carpet with her children for the Nights Of The Jack event in Calabasas, CA. Other photos in the post documented the event, which included fun jack-o-lanterns, scary light displays and a section of alien decorations. Alongside the photos, Tori wrote: “About last night ????…“Halloween immersive experiences continue. “Last night I took my kiddos to a family tradition @nightsofthejack. Most read in CelebrityKOURT OUT Kourtney's huge ring from Travis revealed as Scott is 'going crazy' over newsjaw-dropping Angelina Jolie wears bizarre chin cuff as she brings...
    ANTIQUES Roadshow fans were left spooked after a guest revealed a 'creepy' family inheritance tradition - and some even branded her a 'devil child'. Sunday's edition of the BBC show saw a lady present an antique scent bottle for valuation. 2A guest on the Antiques Roadshow spooked viewers with her family's inheritance tradition 2The lady had brought in an antique scent bottle to be valued The bottle had been made in England in the 1830s or 1840s and its top as made of 18-carat gold. The lady then revealed her family had already decided who will get their parents belongings after they are gone. She said: "In our family, we have pink and blue dots for anything that we are going to inherit from our parents. "The pink dot means the girls get it and the blue dot means the boys get it. "This scent bottle is going to be a pink dot." The scent bottle was valued at £2,500, which surprised the guest as she said: "I thought [it was worth] £50." Most read in TVBIRTHDAY GIRL Jon and...
    Dear Amy: I recently married my amazing wife and was very excited to be joining her family. Amy Dickinson  I happen to be very close friends with her sister, and I also adore her parents. It has been a wonderful experience getting to know my “new family,” but there’s one thing that really irritates me: They have a “family text” chat where all the siblings and parents text one another, with constant updates. They all live in cities across the U.S., so I understand why this is a helpful tool to stay in touch, but it goes on non-stop every day. Related Articles Ask Amy: The bride is worried about this family’s wedding costumes Ask Amy: I heard a rumor about this teacher. Should I tell someone? Ask Amy: They leave the kid with me and disappear Ask Amy: I don’t know why his wife is so upset by this news about his past Ask Amy: I’m afraid my grandson’s habit will get him ridiculed in his dorm I...
    THORNTON, Colo. (CBS4) – With fall officially here, it’s time to get lost in a corn maze. Maize in the City in Thornton kicked off all of its fall activities over the weekend. “Maize in the City is Colorado’s favorite rural fall event,” said Cristina Palombo, with Maize in the City. “This year we are actually on the west side of McKay, and we just really have some beautiful land out here for the corn maze, pumpkin field and all of our other attractions.” (credit: CBS) On Sunday, families enjoyed a sunshine-filled day at Maize in the City. “Just came out to enjoy some fall activities with our friends and their little boy,” explained Laura Olson. “I think he’s 2, and he’s having a lot of fun.” Since 2001, Maize in the City has been a favorite fall tradition for many. The family farmer grows corn to create a 20-acre maze, with stalks so high they tower over visitors’ heads as they navigate their way through. (credit: CBS) “We got lost a few times, but it was really fun,” said...
    Hobby Lobby owners Jackie and Steve Green, Hobby Lobby chief illicit importers. Connect! Unite! Act! is a weekly series that seeks to create face-to-face networks in each congressional district. Groups meet regularly to socialize, get out the vote, support candidates, and engage in other local political actions that help our progressive movement grow and exert influence on the powers that be. Visit us every week to see how you can get involved! Some items are passed down from generation to generation. They have real value. As we all noticed from Hobby Lobby, some people decide to take history from others or buy it out from under them with the money and resources they have on hand. Some families only have stories, traditions, meals, and recipes to pass down from their parents and grandparents through time. Some have music, dance, and art. Wedding dresses can be passed down as well as wedding rings. Cufflinks and pictures on the wall. Holding on to some of these items gives us a chance to talk to others about who we are, what we value, and where we...
    The Ultimate Fighter: Season 29 finalist Gilbert Urbina is looking to steal the show on short notice at UFC Vegas 35. Nothing has been easy for The Ultimate Fighter: Season 29 middleweight finalist Gilbert Urbina. He grew up watching his older brothers, Hector and Elias, try and fall short of a TUF title during their appearances on the show. But Urbina is looking to change the narrative, as he gets ready to fight Team Volkanovski teammate Bryan Battle for the TUF middleweight title and a contract with the UFC at UFC Vegas 35. Urbina made it to the semifinals on TUF by earning a big win over Micheal Gillmore, who will also compete on the UFC Vegas 35 card against Team Ortega teammate Andre Petroski. In a matchup with Tresean Gore in the middleweight semifinals, Urbina fell short as he suffered a second-round knockout. But after Gore suffered a recent knee injury, Urbina got the call on just days-notice to fight Battle in the middleweight finals, after originally planning on having to work his way back up to another shot...
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin tight end Jake Ferguson has a special understanding of his school’s football history that makes him want to leave his own legacy on the program. Growing up as the grandson of former Wisconsin football coach and athletic director Barry Alvarez will do that. So when Ferguson had the option of ending his college career last year, he never seriously considered it. There was no way he was going to go out on such a disappointing note. “I grew up a Badger,” Ferguson said. “Growing up around here, I wasn’t ready for it to end. Knowing that I’m a part of this, knowing that I could possibly do something special here is awesome to me. One of my main goals is to do something that we’ve never done, do something that I’ve never seen as long as I’ve been alive here.” The fifth-year senior’s bid to help the 12th-ranked Badgers bounce back from a 4-3 season begins Sept. 4 when they host No. 19 Penn State. Ferguson’s decision to return to school didn’t surprise his teammates...
    BREAKING away from family traditions may seem like a good idea, but for one woman it's left her locked in a battle with her mum and at her baby girl's expense. The mum turned to the internet for advice after struggling to see eye-to-eye with her difficult mother, who she claims is purposely mispronouncing her daughter's name. 2A woman has shared her fury over her mother purposely mispronouncing her little girl's name all because she broke a family traditionCredit: Getty Posting to Reddit, she revealed that she is actually named after her mother who is named after her mother and it's a longstanding family tradition that has been passed down between the generations of women. However, the woman revealed she and her mum "do not have a good relationship", so when she gave birth to a little girl four years ago, she decided to break tradition and choose an entirely new name. She revealed: "When I got pregnant with a girl, I very deliberately gave her a different name. The context of the name is also key,...
    Gabe and Daniel Arik began working in their father’s jewelry manufacturing and wholesale business when they were seven years old. Now, after opening their own store, Happy Jewelers, in Fullerton, CA in 2000 they represent the second generation of a family-owned business. In an interview the brothers related, “Although much has changed over the years, our basic philosophy has not. We continue the family tradition of providing the same superb quality, customer service, value, and level of care. We hand pick each diamond and source gemstones and precious metals from quality suppliers, because we demand the best, allowing us to offer unsurpassed quality at wholesale pricing, direct from our factory to you.” The brothers were born in Istanbul and were taught the importance of working hard toward that which you wish to obtain. Gabe still remembers his days as a child going to the bazaar on weekends selling water for a nickel. He says, “I had a business mindset at a very early age, and I was very determined and worked hard and I filled a need at the bazaar...
    . videos Mexican dancers dance to conquer the hearts of new generations Mexico City, Aug 10 (.) .- Dressed in a feather headdress of various birds and hand-woven costumes with skin and colored threads, the members of a family that practices pre-Hispanic dances dance to conquer the heart and consciousness of the new generations and preserve this tradition. “This is how we take care that this is not lost: conquering their hearts and consciences (of the new generations),” Alejandro Vázquez, who for three decades has led the Huizachtlan group of dancers from the Iztapalapa neighborhood, told .. , east of Mexico City. The rumbling of the drums during their procession is added to the sound of the shells and songs of the dancers or concheros -as they are known- dressed with a skirt, knee pads, wristbands, breastplate and a copilli -a kind of plume-, some adorned with pheasant, turkey, rooster, ostrich or artificial feathers. Vázquez is the tata (leader) of his calpulli, which is a pre-Hispanic form of organization that refers to families or clans, and has managed to involve...
    More On: viral videos This jealous dog can’t stand other pooches getting food Detroit cop filmed knocking out unarmed man with punch to the face Mom shares chilling video of ‘possessed’ daughter whose drink was spiked Orangutan rocks sunglasses after tourist drops them in zoo enclosure This family takes the cake — then flips it in the air and tries catching it for fun.  “If there’s a cake at any of our family parties, we just have to flip it,” Taylor Carney told The Post of her Colts Neck, N.J., crew’s now-trending tradition, which involves tossing the confection up with the intention of spinning it, and then hopefully retrieving it right side up. “There’s no way a cake can just sit there on the counter. Like, we have to flip it. It’s an extreme sport,” she added. Clips of Carney, 27, and more than 30 of her relatives tossing decorated sheet cakes, cheesecakes, pies and cookie and ice cream cakes have layered up over 28 million views on TikTok in less than two weeks.  “We’ve probably flipped...
    (CNN)Vismaya Nair had been married for just over one year when she was found dead in the bathroom of her husband's family's home in India's southwestern Kerala state.Initially, police had no reason to view the 24-year-old student's death on June 21 as suspicious, until her family made a complaint under the country's "dowry death" law.The law allows charges to be brought against people for causing the death or suicide of a woman within the first seven years of her marriage in which the family had promised a dowry -- gifts given to a groom's family when a couple marry.Dowries have been banned in India for more than 60 years, but the practice persists -- and not only in rural and more traditional parts of the country.Kerala -- where Nair died -- boasts some of the highest literacy rates for both men and women in India, and is generally considered a progressive state -- but it still "exhibits stark and persistent dowry inflation since the 1970s and has the highest average dowry in recent years," according to a World Bank report...
    Sofia Pozdniakova continued a family tradition of winning Olympic gold Monday, following in her father's footsteps with a victory in sabre fencing, while Cheung Ka Long won the second gold in Hong Kong's history. The Russian Olympic Committee is the name for Russia at the Tokyo Olympics and the committee itself has been prominent. Pozdniakova's father, Stanislav Pozdnyakov, is a four-time gold medalist in fencing and the president of the ROC. Her opponent in the final, fellow Russian Sofya Velikaya, is an ROC officeholder too. She chairs the athletes' commission. The final was tied 10-10 before Pozdniakova pulled ahead, marking key points with ever-louder roars of triumph. She sank on one knee after securing the win before embracing Velikaya. The two held hands and bowed to the audience of team members and other athletes. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM "When I first came into fencing, people didn't call me by my name, but as the daughter of Pozdnyakov," she said. "Obviously I'm proud to be his daughter, but we're different. Each person is an individual personality." Pozdniakova...
    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (CBS4) – If you are looking for a reason to shine up your cowboy boots and dust off your ten-gallon hat, not to worry, Cheyenne Frontier Days is back for 2021. So how do you start off the summer’s premier western event? With a cattle drive of course. Katie Upton has lived in Cheyenne a long time. She says the annual Cheyenne Frontier Days cattle drive is part of Wyoming’s heritage. READ MORE: Fourth Stimulus Check: Will There Be Another Relief Payment? “It’s a big part of Wyoming because we are the wild west,” she said. (credit: CBS) Early Sunday morning Upton and other Wyomingites gathered along the Interstate 25 frontage road in Cheyenne to see the spectacle. She says her family has been coming for many years. “It’s kind of like a family tradition.” She and her family come out every year to the same spot to wait and watch. READ MORE: CDOT Pushes Back I-70 Westbound Closure Through Central 70 Project Due To Oil Shortage “This tree gets bigger so we are getting more shade every...
    Former Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillJoe Manchin's secret Supreme Court battle could wreak havoc with Biden's 2020 agenda The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Uber - Jan. 6 commission vote delayed; infrastructure debate lingers into June MORE (D-Mo.) said she and her family will start a new Fourth of July tradition on Friday — watching video of the attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. McCaskill, an MSNBC contributor, told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” that her family would watch The New York Times’ 40-minute in-depth visual investigation of what led to the riots that led to five deaths. “We’re going to start a new family tradition in my family,” McCaskill said. “On the Fourth of July and every Fourth of July going forward, we’re going to watch that video The New York Times put together of January 6.” The Time’s investigation, called “Day of Rage: An In-Depth Look at How a Mob Stormed the Capitol,” provided a deep look into what happened on Jan. 6. The former senator shared the project to Twitter on Thursday with...
    MSNBC political analyst and former Democratic Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill announced her family’s new Fourth of July tradition will be watching The New York Times’ newly released documentary on the Jan. 6 riot. The New York Times released a 40-minute documentary on June 30 titled “Day of Rage: An In-Depth Look at How a Mob Stormed The Capitol.” The documentary compiled footage of the events that took place at the Capitol riot. The Times investigated and collected footage and police radio communications connected to the events of Jan. 6 over a six-month period, according to the Times. McCaskill said her family will watch the Times’ documentary every Fourth of July on MSNBC Friday. “We’re going to start a new family tradition in my family: on the Fourth of July and every Fourth of July going forward, we’re going to watch that video the New York Times put together of January 6,” she said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” Former Sen. Claire McCaskill: “We’re going to start a new family tradition in my family: on the Fourth of July and every Fourth...
    MSNBC contributor and former Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) said Friday she planned to start a “new family tradition” of watching the footage of January’s unrest in Washington, D.C. “We’re going to start a new family tradition in my family,” McCaskill said in the closing segment of MSNBC’s Morning Joe. “On the Fourth of July and every Fourth of July going forward, we’re going to watch that video that The New York Times put together of January 6.” McCaskill was referencing 40 minutes of documentary-style footage The Times compiled of the January events that led to a breach of the Capitol complex in Washington, D.C. She served as a two-term senator from Missouri before Republican Josh Hawley toppled her in 2018, which led to her new career several months later as a political analyst for NBC. Watch above via MSNBC. Have a tip we should know? tips@mediaite.com
    When you think of Independence Day traditions, you probably think about fireworks, barbecues, and parades. Former Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill has a new family tradition, she claimed Friday. On "Every Fourth of July going forward" she will watch the 40-minute New York Times video about the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. Asked by Willie Geist on "Morning Joe" for her thoughts heading into the Independence Day weekend, the MSNBC analyst raised eyebrows online and even a moment of awkward silence from Geist with her response. CAPITOL RIOT INVESTIGATION: PELOSI TAPS REPUBLICAN LIZ CHENEY TO SIT ON NEW COMMITTEE "We’re going to start a new family tradition in my family. On the Fourth of July and every Fourth of July going forward, we’re going to watch that video that The New York Times put together of January 6," she said. "Morning Joe" devoted extensive coverage Friday to the formation of a House Select Committee to investigate the Jan. 6 riot, when a mob of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol building during certification of President-elect Joe Biden's victory. The Times edited together news...
    ARVADA, Colo. (CBS4) – It’s a monthly tradition around Olde Town, but Thursday Nite Bites took on more meaning this week. The community came together to honor and remember fallen Arvada Police Officer Gordon Beesley and Johnny Hurley while getting back out into the heart of the town. (credit: CBS) “We’re a community. It’s super safe. We just want to be together, listen to some music and have some bites,” said Scott Spears who owns a handful of businesses in Olde Town from socks to ice cream and popular restaurants. “We felt like we wanted to get the community back together, back to Olde Town to heal together to remember. That Olde Town is much more than what happened.” READ MORE: Submerged Car Pulled From Creek In Boulder County The rain kept the crowd away early in the evening. But as sun and a rainbow appeared so did people ready to try something from nearly two-dozen participating establishments. “I was glad everyone was out here in the rain tonight and getting back out to celebrate Arvada,” said Amanda Darrow who...
    Rhode Island Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse defended his family’s decadeslong membership to an all-white private club in his home state. The Democrat called the all-white clubs in Rhode Island “a long tradition” and defended his membership to Bailey’s Beach Club in Newport last Friday during an interview with news outlet GoLocal. “It's a long tradition in Rhode Island, and there are many of them, and I think we just need to work our way through the issues, thank you,” he said. DEMOCRATIC INFIGHTING COULD DOOM BIDEN'S INFRASTRUCTURE AGENDA “I think the people who are running the place are still working on that, and I’m sorry it hasn't happened yet,” Whitehouse added when he was asked if the club had admitted any minorities since the local outlet uncovered the issue of the club’s demographics four years ago. The senator, who is in the midst of serving his third term, and his wife have been members at the club for decades, though he transferred his shares in the club to his wife years ago. His wife is now one of the largest...
    (CNN)It all began with a Lynyrd Skynyrd concert in 2013.That's the year Eric Reed got his father, Ted Reed, and his father-in-law, Bob Caldwell, concert tickets to see the Southern rock band as a Father's Day gift. "Before then, I really wasn't a huge fan of live music, but that trip was just ... I don't know, something just clicked as I'm lying there on the lawn in the amphitheater listening to "Freebird," I think, with every dad sitting there with me. I just thought, 'This is nice.'" And until the pandemic, the tradition continued for eight years, swelling to include a road trip, small-town pub pit stops and a game they've dubbed "Best of Rock."Music is ostensibly what brings Eric Reed and the men in his family together every year for Father's Day.Read MoreBut it's the meaningful conversations and quality time that motivate them to keep up the tradition."This is probably the best Father's Day gift that you can have," Caldwell said. "I get to spend time with people that I've grown to respect and enjoy and I get...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – For Jimmy Kokotas, restaurant work is a family tradition. “I’ve been in this business since I was eight years old,” he said. READ MORE: Flute Center Of New York Builds Community Through Music: Its A Family For the third-generation owner of Tom’s in Brooklyn, his establishment is more than a luncheonette. “I don’t want to overstate it, but it is a Prospect Heights landmark,” he said. “It’s been serving this community through good times and bad times for the last 80-some-odd years.” The story of Tom’s began when Jimmy’s family moved from Greece. “My great uncle came to the States. He was working here when it was Lewnes Ice Cream Parlor in the ’30s. He got drafted, went and served in World War II, came back. The people were looking to sell. He ended up buying it, turning it into a luncheonette. That became Tom’s,” he said. Jimmy’s uncle Gus later inherited the place. During his tenure, offbeat furnishings and trinkets filled in around the old-fashioned counter and classic black-and-white checkered floors. “He was always collecting...
    The funeral procession toward St George's Chapel, Windsor. WPA Pool / Pool / Getty Images Senior royals broke tradition by not wearing military uniforms to Prince Philip's funeral. The male members of the family instead wore morning coats and medals.  The decision reportedly spared Prince Harry from not being allowed to wear a uniform. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Senior male members of the royal family did not wear military uniforms while mourning Prince Philip, the late Duke of Edinburgh, at his funeral on Saturday, April 17. This break in tradition saw the men wearing morning coats and medals as they walked behind Philip's coffin to the service that took place in St George's Chapel, Windsor.  The Guardian reports that the decision was made to equalize members of the family in light of Prince Harry stepping back as a senior royal in March 2020 and giving up his honorary military titles, as he faced being one of the only male senior royals not wearing a uniform.  Meanwhile, Prince Andrew stepped back from working as a senior...
    HOLLYWOOD -- We've seen models competing on "America's Top Model," designers on "Project Runway," cooks on "Top Chef." Now, it's the "Ulti-Mutt" dog grooming competition show: "Pooch Perfect.""Pooch Perfect" lets 10 of the best dog groomers in the country show off their skills by competing in a series of 'paw-some' challenges.Rebel Wilson is the show's host and an executive producer. Dogs have always been a huge part of her family... her great-great grandmother started The Beagle Club of Australia! The family spent many weekends traveling around Australia to attend dog shows."Growing up we had a lot of family dogs that were just brilliant," said Wilson. "But, we also had a cat, who was my favorite. And she would torment the dogs... which was hilarious."It's a trio of judges who will do the tormenting on "Pooch Perfect"... voting on who stays, and who is sent to the dog house. The grooming runs the gamut, from bathing through clipping... and then anything goes!As for Rebel... well, she's not one to get her hands dirty."I actually haven't ever washed a dog. My Mom,...
    Billie Hamilton-Powell’s talent as a midwife is in her blood, and it has carried her to the top of the profession with the University of Maryland Capital Region Health. Courtesy Billie Hamilton-Powell Billie Hamilton-Powell’s talent as a midwife is in her blood, and it has carried her to the top of the profession with the University of Maryland Capital Region Health. Courtesy Billie Hamilton-Powell Billie Hamilton-Powell’s talent as a midwife is in her blood, and it has carried her to the top of the profession with the University of Maryland Capital Region Health. Courtesy Billie Hamilton-Powell (1/3) Share This Gallery: Share on Facebook. Share on Twitter. Share via email. Print. Helping women give birth is in midwife Billie Hamilton-Powell’s blood. She’s the director of Midwifery Services and Mobile Health at the University of Maryland Capital Region Health. Hamilton-Powell is part of WTOP’s continuing coverage of Women’s History Month and the voices who make a difference in our community. Her great-grandmother and grandmother were midwives when Black people were not welcomed into many white hospitals. During...
    Fact check: Sign on gendered language is from Australian cafe, not Whole Foods Market US court orders NKorea to pay $2.3 bn over 1968 USS Pueblo seizure Unique Tip If Your Car Has Automatic Headlights Ad Microsoft The Best Flashlight We've Ever Tested Ad Microsoft Expert: “This credit card is so good I signed up personally” Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/20 SLIDES © Gonzalo Martinez / EyeEm - Getty Images 1) The Easter Bunny hopped into the United States in the 1700s. For kids and adults alike, the Easter Bunny has long been a symbol of the holiday. Though the exact origins of the fluffy, long-eared mammal are unknown, History.com reports that Americans started making nests and leaving colored eggs for a mythical rabbit in the 1700s. The tradition started when German...
    After four years of House Democrat-led investigations into former President Donald Trump, congressional Republicans are itching to look deeper into allegations of access-peddling by President Biden's immediate family members. But their options are scant. Last Congress, for instance, Senate Republicans released an 87-page report by the Homeland Security and Finance committees into the business dealings of his lobbyist-investor son, Hunter Biden. However, this Congress, it is the Democrats who control the most intensive investigative powers, not just in the House but also in the Senate. "We need to understand the extent of the Biden family’s use of its connection to the president to enrich itself and any steps being taken to mitigate future self-dealing," said a Republican spokesperson for the House Oversight and Reform Committee. The dilemma, for Republicans, is how. That's because life in the minority affords Republicans very few avenues of dissent and inquiry. "The biggest thing we can do is just ask these questions," said Florida Rep. Byron Donalds, who sits on the Oversight Committee. "And in some respects, we have to rely on reporters, like...
    Although President Biden faces ethics questions about his son Hunter profiting off a memoir, the history of politicians and their relatives penning books to strike it rich or rehabilitate their image is nothing new. Set for release in April, the book chronicles the president's only surviving son's struggle with substance abuse in what the publisher calls a "deeply moving memoir of addiction, loss, and survival." The trend of writing a bestseller as a requisite for higher office began with John F. Kennedy, whose 1956 Profiles in Courage rocketed to the top of the charts and earned the then-senator a Pulitzer Prize. The series of short biographies on senators, including Sam Houston and Robert Taft, received fawning reviews from the press and was later turned into a miniseries on NBC. Similar to many who followed in Kennedy's steps, however, the authorship of his work belonged to a ghostwriter. Immediately following its release, speculation arose that Kennedy's speechwriter Ted Sorensen was the true author of the book, sparking outrage among the Kennedy family. At one point, the Kennedy family...
    A FAMILY have been sending each other the same birthday card for almost 50 years - and it’s so fragile they now hand-deliver it.  John Saunders, 33, says the tradition was started by his dad Dave, 69, in 1972 after he received one from his sister when he turned 21.  5Dave Saunders, 69, started the tradition when he was first sent the card from his sister on his 21st birthdayCredit: Kennedy News/Dave Saunders 5The card travelled from Australia for one of the family member's birthdaysCredit: Kennedy News and Media 5The well-loved card is covered with tea stains and children's scribblesCredit: Kennedy News and Media The family now have around 30 cards that they circulate between each other.  They have lines of signatures and notes to each other - with the oldest card dating back 49 years.  Many are filled with tea stains and children’s doodles.  Technical sales worker John has received dozens of similar repurposed cards since being a child, with pages being sellotaped on the back to allow for more messages.  John, of Bath, Somerset, said: “It's a lovely...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will take their oaths of office on Wednesday using Bibles that are laden with personal meaning, writing new chapters in a long-running American tradition — and one that appears nowhere in the law. The Constitution does not require the use of a specific text for swearing-in ceremonies and specifies only the wording of the president’s oath. That wording does not include the phrase “so help me God,” but every modern president has appended it to their oaths and most have chosen symbolically significant Bibles for their inaugurations. That includes Biden, who plans to use the same family Bible he has used twice when swearing in as vice president and seven times as senator from Delaware. The book, several inches thick, and which his late son Beau also used when swearing in as Delaware attorney general, has been a “family heirloom” since 1893 and “every important date is in there,” Biden told late-night talk show host Stephen Colbert last month. “Why is your Bible bigger than mine? Do you have more Jesus than...
    The only thing that actually felt normal this holiday season was a video chat with my family on Christmas day. I logged on to a Facebook video call from New York City while my mom and brother called in from California. Aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews joined from more states across the US, the UK, Canada, Qatar, and the Philippines. Finding ways to reach out over long distances is nothing new, it’s what we do in a diaspora The platforms we’ve used to keep this tradition going have changed over the past few decades. Way before Zoom became the lifeline for staying connected during the pandemic, immigrant families like mine have had to rely on whatever technology was available to stay in touch. Finding ways to reach out over long distances is nothing new, it’s what we do in a diaspora. This year, I found myself glued to the screen all Christmas morning marveling at how much taller my nieces, nephews, and god kids have gotten since the last time I saw them in person — which...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Finding some type of joy during this particular Christmas is a must, as the pandemic made the most wonderful time of the year look very different. “We normally have a big Christmas pancake breakfast and we didn’t do that,” Jennifer Harmann, in East Sacramento, said. “I mean I’m out walking McKinley Park. That’s not a normal activity.” The pandemic also cut into the normalcy of seeing family this holiday. “I’m usually jumping around between different relatives’ houses, and I can’t do that this year,” Gino Fields, in East Sacramento, said. At McKinley Park, Madison Calder was still shooting his shot of keeping one Christmas tradition alive and well this year. “Shooting hoops is typically something I’ve done with some family,” Calder said. “It’s nice to actually maintain a tradition at a time where a lot of those have gone by the wayside.” Over in South Sacramento, some were ordering up new ways to feed their soul during Christmas. “I’m having Chinese food for Christmas this year. We usually have steak or something. So, that’s why it’s different...
    Nashville explosion that damaged dozens of downtown buildings is believed to be an intentional act Morocco secures 65 million coronavirus vaccine doses from China, UK Queen Elizabeth Just Broke a 33-Year Royal Christmas Tradition © Victoria Jones/Getty Images Just like the rest of us, Queen Elizabeth's holiday looks a little different this year due to COVID-19. In fact, it's forced her to break a 33-year Christmas tradition. Every year, the British monarch traditionally spends Christmas at Sandringham House where the royal family—including her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren—join her. However, the pandemic has prevented them from celebrating at the country home this year. Instead, the Queen is spending Christmas at Windsor Castle with her husband Prince Philip for the first time since 1987. “Having considered all the appropriate advice, The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh have decided that this year they will spend Christmas quietly in Windsor,” a Buckingham Palace spokesperson announced in early December, as per ABC News. “They are fortunate to spend Christmas with their family every year, but they understand that their family will have competing...
    BOSTON (CBS) – More than 275 families in the Bowdoin-Geneva neighborhoods received care packages filled with essential household items, food for a Christmas meal and some surprises for the kids on Thursday. More than 275 families in the Bowdoin-Geneva neighborhoods received care packages filled with essential household items, food for a Christmas meal and some surprises for the kids on Thursday. (WBZ-TV) It was all thanks to the Menino family who followed the custom the late Mayor Tom Menino started 27 years ago. “We are just here to keep it going. He saw something very special in this community back 27 years ago when he became mayor. And he loves this community and he wants to make it the best he can. And since, you know, his passing, we have kept the tradition up, and we believe the same things he does,” said Tom Menino Jr. This year, the Menino family partnered with Catholic Charities for the event.
    Program that will review COVID vaccine injuries has rejected 90% of claims Waitress receives $1,500 tip from customer Why KFC is a Christmas tradition in Japan Almost every year since she was a child, Hokkaido resident Naomi has looked forward to her family's traditional Christmas meal: a KFC "party barrel" brimming with salad, cake and lots of fried chicken. © Yuichi Yamazaki/Getty Images A statue of Colonel Sanders in a Santa outfit on December 23, 2020 in Tokyo, Japan. "In Japan, it is customary to eat chicken at Christmas," says the 30-something Japanese woman. "Every year, I order the party barrel and enjoy it with my family. I like the delicious chicken and the cute picture plate that comes with it as a bonus." Naomi, who asked only to be identified by her first name, and her family are far from the only Japanese residents who enjoy KFC for Christmas dinner. Every year since the mid-1980s, life-size Colonel Sanders statues -- dressed as Santa during the holiday -- have welcomed droves of locals and tourists alike across...
    The British royal family is being grounded on Christmas, thanks to the coronavirus. The royals will be skipping their traditional Christmas Day service at St. Mary Magdalene Church due to a resurgence of the global pandemic, according to a report. It will be the first time in more than three decades that Queen Elizabeth II and her family will skip the service, The Sun reported. “Members of the Royal Family and media are advised there will be no organised royal event at Sandringham this year,” Norfolk Police said in a statement, the newspaper said. “Members of the Royal Family will not be attending the usual Christmas Day service.” The decision stems from concerns over the possible spread of the coronavirus, not just among the royals, but the thousands of loyal Brits who typically pack a paddock next to the 18th Century church, which is on the queen’s Sandringham estate. Last year, Prince George and his sister, Prince Charlotte, even mingled with the crowd. This year, the queen, 94, and her husband, Prince Philip, 99, will spend...
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