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    By: KDKA-TV News Staff MONROEVILLE (KDKA) – Typically, when Santa comes to “tahn” he brings Pittsburgh kids the toys in a sleigh. READ MORE: Monday Is Deadline Day For Pitt Students, Faculty, And Staff To Be VaccinatedToday, though, he got some help from local tow truck drivers. Dozens of companies gathered to drop off gifts at Magill’s Towing in Monroeville. READ MORE: Part Of Fifth Avenue Shuts Down As Film Crews Work On 'Rustin'Organizers say this is a family effort for all of the companies, drivers, and everyone else who is involved. “A bunch of great, great people with their families, staff, employees, multiple businesses are out here today, trying to help some kids out for the holidays,” said Joey Janicky, the founder of Tows For Tots. MORE NEWS: Former Pa. Lawmaker Pleads Guilty To Double-Dipping ReimbursementsThis marked the sixth year for Tows For Tots and organizers have seen it grow every year.
    Pop star Mariah Carey’s jolly, love-it-or-hate-it tune “All I Want for Christmas is You” is the first-ever holiday song to go from Platinum-selling to Diamond, according to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). “This December, ‘All I Want for Christmas is You’ became the first and only holiday single to take home the RIAA’s coveted Diamond Award (in recognition of ten million sales and streaming units in the United States),” the RIAA said in a statement Friday. ????#AllIWantForChristmasIsYou is the first RIAA Diamond holiday song in recorded music history! ???? Congratulations to @MariahCarey and her @ColumbiaRecords @SonyLegacyRecs team! ✨???? pic.twitter.com/vdo2urguPR — RIAA (@RIAA) December 3, 2021 “The continued love for my song never ceases to amaze me and fill my heart with a multitude of emotions,” Carey said. “It blows my mind that ‘All I Want for Christmas is You’ has endured different eras of the music industry.” “The RIAA DIAMOND award?! Wowww! I’m so fortunate to have the greatest fans on Earth, my Lambily, who continue to support my legacy. I love you,” the singer added. The song, which was...
    (CNN)Republican Rep. Thomas Massie of Kentucky released a holiday portrait on Twitter on Saturday that features him and six family members in front of a Christmas tree. But instead of posing with wrapped presents or perhaps a family pet, each person is gleefully holding some type of gun beneath the words, "Merry Christmas! ps. Santa, please bring ammo." Dean ObeidallahAt another time, using guns and ammunition to mark the birth of Jesus Christ -- known as the "Prince of Peace" who preached a message of love -- likely would've rankled at least some Christians and gun control advocates. But given that this photo was shared just days after a horrific shooting at Michigan's Oxford High School, in which a 15-year-old is accused of killing four fellow students, it should be insulting to all Americans who value life and decency. Massie's comment to "please bring ammo" is all the more disturbing given that the accused Oxford gunman was reportedly searching for ammunition on his phone the day before the shooting, which raised alarm for school officials. I find it difficult to...
    A MAN who dresses up as Father Christmas says some of his family are still in the dark about his alias. Michael Facherty has been donning Santa Claus attire over the festive period for 35 years but it's a well-kept secret. 5'My family don't know I dress up as Santa - I've kept it a secret for years'Credit: Michael Facherty 5His grotto is currently closed but that doesn't stop him from bringing joy to othersCredit: Michael Facherty Known as 'Henley Santa', Michael started out his Father Christmas career after playing the figure for his children's school. But his grandchildren have no idea. He told the Daily Star: "No, none of them know I'm Santa. "Some of my grandchildren say to me 'you really like Christmas, don't you' and I just nod my head." He believes his 11-year-old grandchild will start to get suspicious soon. His Santa Grotto is closed again due to Covid restrictions this year so will make Zoom calls and go door-to-door. The family man will normally take Christmas day off from...
    The Bulloch County Animal Shelter is hosting an adoption event, “All They Want for Christmas is YOU!”, this Saturday, December 11, 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Adoption fees will be waived at the event. All adoptable pets available will be spayed/neutered, and will have received a microchip and vaccinations, including rabies. Microchips will be available for personal pets for $10. Santa will also be at the event to take pictures with you and your pet. Everyone is invited to make s’mores and decorate stockings for all the pets at the shelter. BCAS says their goal is to give every pet at the shelter a new home for Christmas, and they can’t do it without you! Your little ones, or the kid in yourself, can also enjoy making smores or spending some time decorating stockings for our fur-babies that will be placed on their kennels thru our the shelter! These will be for when Santa comes back to deliver any extra treats. So come join us for a little holiday fun...
    WITH the ghost of our Christmas past hanging over us, no wonder we’re all desperate for festivity this year. But many fear the Omicron Covid variant means plans may not be straightforward. 5Here, we answer key questions to help ensure everyone, from grans to kids, has a Covid-safe ChristmasCredit: Shutterstock Early findings suggest existing vaccines should work. But masks are again mandatory in shops and on public transport — prompting fears of tougher steps to come. In the last week, I have been flooded with reader questions about how to stay safe at Christmas. The good news is, a few simple steps and honest chats mean we can all get round the dinner table safely. Here I answer key questions to help ensure everyone, from grans to kids, has a Covid-safe Christmas.  5A few simple steps and honest chats mean we can all get round the dinner table safely, says Dr ZoeCredit: Lancton Q) IS it OK to ask my guests to take a lateral flow test the day before they come? A) Absolutely. You are family and   it’s...
    For Arthur THE national outpouring of rage, despair and grief for Arthur Labinjo-Hughes has been heard by ministers. The inquiry announced yesterday into who let down that defenceless boy and why — and the role played by lockdown — is absolutely the right thing to do. 4There can be no more hand-wringing, no empty repeat of that dreaded phrase “lessons learned”Credit: PA 4Sun readers will be demanding, too, that the Attorney General’s review of evil stepmother Emma Tustin’s sentence ends with a deserved whole life tariff.Credit: PA Sun readers will be demanding, too, that the Attorney General’s review of evil stepmother Emma Tustin’s sentence ends with a deserved whole life tariff. Disciplinary action against the social workers who repeatedly failed to listen to family members must be the bare minimum of any recommendations made. They would be fortunate to cling to their jobs — just as Solihull director of children’s services Louise Rees was lucky to retire on a full pension before Tustin’s trial. Having ordered such an inquiry, Boris Johnson must make it count. There can be no...
    Massie also strongly pushed back when Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) criticized the photo, an indication that Massie is not backing down in the face of sharp criticism.
    Fox Nation hosts will kick off the Christmas season on Sunday with an hour-long special filled with holiday festivities as they participate in the third annual All-American Christmas tree lighting at Fox Square. "Fox & Friends" co-hosts Steve Doocy, Ainsley Earhardt and Brian Kilmeade will join hosts Abby Hornacek and Lawrence Jones as they count down to the big reveal.  "When we walk in at three and four o’clock in the morning on weekdays to go to work, the music is so orchestral, so dramatic, and so big, it just puts you in the Christmas spirit as you walk through the crossroads of the world," Doocy said on the spirit surrounding the tree. The red, white and blue themed tree measures 50-feet high filled with 10,000 glass ornaments, 100,000 lights and took over 21 hours to assemble.  "Rockefeller Center is famous for having a Christmas tree," Doocy said. "Now we have two of the biggest Christmas trees in Rockefeller Center." 5 THINGS TO WATCH ON FOX NATION THIS DECEMBER The hosts will provide an exclusive look original holiday specials focused...
    The Portsmouth Public Library would like to recommend these book titles. Each title is available to borrow with your library card! For more book recommendations or information on applying for a library card go to www.yourppl.org or call 740-354-5688. Sad Janet by Lucie Britsch is for any reader looking for an unconventional holiday read! Janet works for a rundown dog shelter, wears all black, listens to The Smiths, and is trying to rid herself of her passive-aggressive boyfriend. She is full of anxiety, and between her meddlesome family and absent friends, she finds herself full of sadness, also. Then one summer, she hears about a pill that can give even cynics like herself a taste of happiness. This might be exactly what she needs to make it through the holidays without stabbing anyone with a candy cane! With her family planning an intervention, her boyfriend leaving, and Janet just trying to survive the holidays, she makes the decision to give everyone what they want. The results end up being life-changing, and not quite what anybody could have expected. Readers may...
    CANADIAN singer and songwriter, Michael Bublé, is well known for his jazz and soul inspired music, as well as his Christmas cheer. On November 10th, he announced the date and guest list for his anticipated Christmas special this year. 2Michael Buble's Christmas Special on NBC When is Michael Bublé's Christmas 2021 special? Michael Bublé's NBC one-hour special is scheduled to air on Monday, December 6th at 10pm ET/PT. The Christmas special will also celebrate the 10th anniversary of Buble's popular holiday album, Christmas. Executive producers for the special include, Lorne Michaels, Bruce Allen, Erin Doyle and Bublé. In 2015, Bublé told People that, "the truth is, no matter where I am or what I'm doing, for me, my joy is being with my family and that's what the holidays are to me." Most read in EntertainmentSTANDING BY Anna with Josh at child pornography trial as 'Jill and Jedidiah to testify'THIRD TIME DAD Baby mama claims she conceived while Tristan was still dating KhloeMUSICIAN GONE Grand Ole Opry singer dead at 89 from vascular dementia'A WHOLE FOREST' Kourtney ripped for having 'like...
    Ball State (6-6, Mid-American) vs. Georgia State (7-5, Sun Belt), Dec. 25, 2:30 p.m. ET LOCATION: Montgomery, Alabama TOP PLAYERS Ball State: WR-KR Justin Hall, 61 catches, 613 yards receiving, five touchdowns; averaging 34.5 yards on 10 kick returns with a 99-yard TD. Georgia State: RB Tucker Gregg, 899 yards rushing, nine touchdowns. NOTABLE Ball State: The Cardinals are playing in consecutive bowl games for just the third time in program history, the last coming in 2012 and 2013. Georgia State: The Panthers are the only school in the FBS to play four ranked opponents on the road. They went 1-3, losing at North Carolina, Auburn and Louisiana-Lafayette before defeating then-ranked Coastal Carolina 42-40 on Nov. 13. LAST TIME Ball State 31, Georgia State 21. (Sept. 2, 2016) BOWL HISTORY Ball State: First appearance in the Camellia Bowl, 11th in school history. Georgia State: First appearance in the Camellia Bowl, third straight bowl game under coach Shawn Elliott. ___ More AP college football: https://apnews.com/hub/college-football and https://twitter.com/ap_top25 Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights...
    Donald Trump shared some harsh words for President Joe Biden in a Saturday night interview, claiming his Democratic rival will take the United States to 'a point where the country can’t come back.' He continued hammering the 79-year-old commander-in-chief on Sunday when he released a new ad claiming 'Joe Biden stole Christmas.' It comes as Biden grapples with a supply chain crisis and record inflation leading to empty shelves and high prices for frustrated Americans going into the holiday season. 'This country has tremendous potential, tremendous, but we’re giving it away, and there’ll be a point where the country can’t come back, and we can never allow that point to be reached,' Trump, 75, told Fox News. He was speaking to host Mark Levin to promote his new picture-heavy coffee table book Our Journey Together, filled with images from his four years in the White House. The $75 book goes on sale December 7.  Trump lashed out at Biden in an interview on Fox on Saturday night, pointing out that even former Obama officials criticized his handling of the economy...
    FRANKLIN, Wis. -- With linked arms and deep breaths, the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies marched in a local Wisconsin parade Saturday, the group's first public appearance since an SUV plowed through a holiday event in Waukesha two weeks ago, killing four of its members."We really decided that we needed to do this for them," said Sharon Millard, who has been a member of the group for seven years.The Dancing Grannies, a holiday fixture in Wisconsin for nearly 40 years, are a joyful twist on America's expectations that parades are supposed to feature mainly school-age dance troupes.The group grew out of an exercise class in 1984, with dozens of women, most ranging in age from their mid-50s to mid-70s, cycling in and out of the group over the years. They have only one requirement: You need to be a grandmother.MORE: 'Mama, are you OK?' In Waukesha, minutes of terror recounted at Christmas parade EMBED More News Videos At least six children injured when an SUV plowed through a Christmas parade in suburban Milwaukee are listed in critical condition. But tragedy struck the...
    Crown Media Sister Swap The Hallmark Channel’s movie, “Sister Swap: A Hometown Holiday,” premieres on Sunday, December 5, at 8 p.m. Eastern. Encores will then air throughout the season. The movie stars Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Mark Deklin, Kevin Nealon, Keith Robinson, Ashley Williams, and Anna Holbrook. Read on to learn all about where the movie was filmed and the cast involved.‘Sister Swap: A Hometown Holiday’ Was Filmed in Utah“Sister Swap: A Hometown Holiday” was filmed in Utah, with some scenes shot in the Vancouver, Canada, region. The movie was filmed under the working title “Christmas at the Madison.” In March, Fox 13 reported that the two movies would be filmed back-to-back in Utah in April. The cast talks about filming in Utah in this Hallmark interview too. Williams-Paisley said she loved shooting the movies back-to-back in Utah. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Kimberly Williams-Paisley (@kimberlywilliamspaisley) IMDb reported that some scenes were also filmed in Vancouver, in addition to Salt Lake City, Utah. The movies were filmed from April 12-May 22 and from June 5-July 5....
    FRANKLIN, Wis. -- With linked arms and deep breaths, the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies marched in a local Wisconsin parade Saturday, the group's first public appearance since an SUV plowed through a holiday event in Waukesha two weeks ago, killing four of its members."We really decided that we needed to do this for them," said Sharon Millard, who has been a member of the group for seven years.The Dancing Grannies, a holiday fixture in Wisconsin for nearly 40 years, are a joyful twist on America's expectations that parades are supposed to feature mainly school-age dance troupes.The group grew out of an exercise class in 1984, with dozens of women, most ranging in age from their mid-50s to mid-70s, cycling in and out of the group over the years. They have only one requirement: You need to be a grandmother.MORE: 'Mama, are you OK?' In Waukesha, minutes of terror recounted at Christmas parade EMBED More News Videos At least six children injured when an SUV plowed through a Christmas parade in suburban Milwaukee are listed in critical condition. But tragedy struck the...
    GOP Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) waves around a tiny handgun at a 2020 pro-gun rally.Bryan Woolston/Getty Fight disinformation. Get a daily recap of the facts that matter. Sign up for the free Mother Jones newsletter.On Saturday, Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) posted a holiday-themed family photo to his Twitter account. The image featured a decorated Christmas tree, Massie’s smiling wife and kids, and…seven guns that appear to be a mix of semi-automatic rifles and machine guns. “Merry Christmas!” he wrote. “Santa, please bring ammo.” Merry Christmas! ???? ps. Santa, please bring ammo. ???? pic.twitter.com/NVawULhCNr — Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) December 4, 2021 Massie shared the photo less than a week after prosecutors charged 15-year-old Ethan Crumbley for allegedly killing four people and wounding seven at his high school in Oxford, Michigan—the deadliest such shooting in the US this year. That timing, mixed with the jarring visual, evoked a barrage of criticism from Massie’s fellow lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, as well as from gun advocates. (Massie’s last brush with public condemnation came in August, when he wrote another tweet...
    ANTI-LOCKDOWN riots have erupted in Belgium as protests sweep across Europe over fears Christmas could be cancelled due to Covid. Belgian cops were forced to use water cannons and tear gas to keep protesters at bay as they descended on the capital, Brussels, to protest against sweeping new Covid restrictions introduced on Friday. 10Belgian riot police stand in position as clashes erupt during a demonstration against new Covid rulesCredit: AFP 10Demonstrations turned violent when protesters threw fire crackers and a bike at policeCredit: Rex 10Crowds could be heard chanting 'Freedom!' as they marched towards the EU's headquartersCredit: Getty 10Hundreds descended on the Belgian capital, BrusselsCredit: Rex The crowd was heard chanting "Freedom! Freedom!" and held placards which read "everyday fascism" emblazoned with yellow stars as they marched towards to EU's headquarters. The demonstration turned violent when 100 rioters threw rubbish and other objects, including a bicycle and fire crackers, at police. The intense public backlash comes after the government tightened restrictions for a third week in a row - forcing kids as young as six to wear face masks and...
    (CNN)US Rep. Thomas Massie is drawing criticism after tweeting a photo of him and his family holding guns in front of a Christmas tree, just days after four teenagers were killed in a school shooting in Michigan."Merry Christmas!, ps. Santa, please bring ammo," read the Saturday tweet by the Republican representative from Kentucky, which showed everyone in the photo holding various types of guns.Merry Christmas! ???? ps. Santa, please bring ammo. ???? pic.twitter.com/NVawULhCNr— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) December 4, 2021 The reaction of parents who have lost children in school shootings was swift. "@RepThomasMassie, since we are sharing family photos, here are mine," tweeted Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter Jaime was one of 17 people who died in the 2018 shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida. "One is the last photo that I ever took of Jaime, the other is where she is buried because of the Parkland school shooting.".@RepThomasMassie, since we are sharing family photos, here are mine. One is the last photo that I ever took of Jaime, the other is where she is buried because of the...
    Getty The National Christmas Tree Ring in the holiday season by watching President Biden light the national Christmas tree during the 2021 National Tree Lighting, which airs Sunday, December 5 at 8:30 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT on CBS. If you don’t have cable, here are several different ways you can watch a live stream of the 2021 National Christmas Tree Lighting online for free:Heavy may earn an affiliate commission if you sign up via a link on this pageAmazon PrimeAmazon Prime subscribers (Prime comes with a 30-day free trial) can watch a live stream of their local CBS station via the Prime Paramount+ channel (“Premium” plan). You can try both Amazon Prime and the Paramount+ Channel at no cost with a free trial right here: Prime Paramount+ Free Trial Once you’re signed up for the Prime Paramount+ Channel, you can watch the 2021 National Christmas Tree Lighting live on the Amazon Video app, which is available on your Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV or Fire Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, any device with Android TV (such as a...
    MOUNT HEALTHY, Ohio -- A Dunkin' employee in Ohio received the surprise of a lifetime from one loyal customer: a fully furnished home.Suzanne Burke, a loyal customer at her Cincinnati-area Dunkin', sparked a friendship with employee Ebony Johnson three years ago at the restaurant's drive-thru.When Burke noticed that her favorite employee hadn't shown up for work in weeks, she began to worry and learned that Johnson and her children were evicted from their home."When she experienced this hardship, I wanted to see if I could help her improve her life and the life for her kids and make sure that they had a stable house so that she could continue to provide excellent service she does at Dunkin'," Burke said.Burke found organizations to help the family find a home and partnered with a staging designer, who decorated the space for the holidays.Johnson cried and smiled when she walked into her new, fully furnished place, hugging Burke and others who made this possible."Oh my God, we're so happy ... I'm so thankful to be back in a home," she said.And her...
    ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. -- A North Carolina mom is raising questions after her daughter checked out a Christmas book from her school library that featured Santa Claus carrying a sack stamped with a Confederate flag.Latoya Martin, from Rowan County, said her 8-year-old brought home a book titled "Redneck Night Before Christmas" to read with her family."It broke my heart," Martin said.She said the book from Mount Ulla Elementary School's library showed at least five images of the Confederate flag and a man holding a gun.Martin said the flags drawn across Santa's sack were covered with Post-it Notes, which tells her that someone knew it would be offensive but left it on the school's shelves anyway."How many homes has the book been in and nobody has reached out to the school?" she said. "How did it come into my hands?"In an email, the school's principal told Martin that she was shocked to learn that this book was in the library as well. The principal said Mount Ulla Elementary received the donated book at the beginning of the year from another school...
    THIS is the moment a school’s Christmas performance went very wrong as fireworks suddenly exploded sending children fleeing for the lives. Kids and grown ups were left screaming as the unplanned pyrotechnic displayed erupted in a storm of blasts, bangs and sparks. East2west News 3 Children cheer as the first of the fireworks goes off harmlessly East2west News 3 However – it becomes clear all is not well as the blasts are huge East2west News 3 Parents are seen ducking for cover as the school play becomes a warzone Booming explosions sound like a warzone as parents are seen covering their ears as the kids standing on stage dressed as Santa try to flee. The terrifying footage captured the blind panic as people desperately attempted to find safety from the fireworks. It is understood it was captured just as the children’s performance was about to begin at the school in Kazakhstan. Parents can at first be heard cheering and music is playing as the group in their festive outfits prepare to starting dancing...
    Social media debated on Saturday whether Rep. Thomas Massie of Kentucky is on the naughty or nice list thanks to a new Christmas photo he shared. The Kentucky representative posted on Twitter a photo of him and what appears to be his family in front of a Christmas tree, with all seven of them holding guns. "Merry Christmas!" Massie wrote on social media. "ps. Santa, please bring ammo." OXFORD VIGIL FOR HIGH SCHOOL SHOOTING VICTIMS ERUPTS IN PANIC AFTER ATTENDEE FAINTS Merry Christmas! ???? ps. Santa, please bring ammo. ???? pic.twitter.com/NVawULhCNr— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) December 4, 2021 The post comes four days after a deadly shooting at a Michigan high school that left four dead and seven wounded. Massie's post sparked controversy, with some condemning his post for being insensitive after Michigan's tragedy. If you are running against this a-shole please contact me I will give you dough. https://t.co/DMy9Jl6yBT— Anthony Scaramucci (@Scaramucci) December 5, 2021 Oh look, it’s Y’all Qaeda— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) December 4, 2021 .@RepThomasMassie, since we are sharing family photos, here...
    Anyone who has ever shared their home with a furry companion knows our four-legged friends are all unique and special. But some have stranger habits than most, with a collection of the oddest ones collated in an online gallery by Bored Panda. Among the pawsome pets are a dog who demands their human reads to them, and another canine who has a special love for lettuce.  There are also some unusual cats, including a moggy who loves having her teeth brushed and another who can't resist joining in when her human does planks. Here FEMAIL shares some of the cutest - and strangest - pet behaviours you'll ever see. This dog's human is a roofer, and the canine climbs the ladder to keep him company while he works - often shocking passersby According to one poster, their cat loves having her teeth brushed, and will even cry if their human won't brush them for her This pooch suffers from a lifelong weaker back leg, so instead of lifting up his other leg when he needs to pee, he simply does...
    As we move into a greener world, so too will our approach to holidays. We’ll start lighting up the night with colorful bulbs run on renewable energy. We’ll focus on local ingredients and seasonal harvests that fit the time. And, gone will be the days of disposable, plastic decorations that we buy year after year. Seeing as it has been a year, a couple of years really, of so much change and adaptation, perhaps now is the perfect time to start implementing the new approach to Christmas festivities. A great place to start is one of the central puzzle pieces to any good Xmas celebration: the tree. Check out this article for ideas on how to make your Christmas tree itself more eco-friendly. For decorating it with eco-conscientious ornaments, this is the place to be. Natural Materials Christmas festivals of long ago relied heavily on simply bringing in festive natural materials from outside. Berry-laden sprigs of holly, pine cones, cinnamon, twigs of silver birch, dried flowers, and all sorts of other natural materials can liven up the Christmas...
    LA MIRADA, Calif. -- A California homeowner known for his holiday decorations based on the movie "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" may soon be fined if he doesn't remove the latest addition to his display.This is the fourth year the 1989 holiday classic has taken over Jeff Norton's front yard in La Mirada, a city in southeast Los Angeles County."You know, as a kid, we loved this movie. We really gravitated with it as a family, and it just kind of grew on us. And then I had that fantasy to really build into it and got out one day and started putting lights on the house, and one thing led to another," Norton said.Every year, Norton's street closes down. He said he welcomes hundreds from across the nation nightly to walk up to the Griswold-inspired scene. Every year, he adds more to the elaborate holiday display."From the motorhome to the police scene to the Ford Taurus with the tree," Norton said.It takes countless hours of online shopping, weeks of labor and even painting his house permanently to get it just...
    Who knew that delicious food and beautiful flowers could be combined into such a delectable Christmas gift idea?  The owners of Wow Bouquet, Tim and Diana Valishin, appeared on "Fox & Friends Weekend" on Sunday morning, Dec. 5, to share their gourmet offerings for the Christmas season — and what caught everybody's attention most of all was the chocolate-covered pineapple selection. Co-owner Diana Valishin said she created her first food-flower combo two years ago for a birthday party. "Everybody said ‘wow’!" she said — hence, the company name. The offerings from Wow Bouquet are a combination of fruit and flowers "and anything you can imagine that's edible," added Tim Valishin. CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEA: THIS COFFEE COMPANY HELPS VETERANS, FIRST RESPONDERS, AND MORE One popular Christmas offering from Wow Bouquet this year is a tray of mouth-watering chocolate-covered fruits surrounded by gorgeous red roses.  "You can pull it out and eat [the fruit] right away," noted Tim Valishin. CHRISTMAS AND WHAT IT REALLY MEANS: TIPS FOR KEEPING US ROOTED IN FAITH Fresh fruit covered in chocolate and adorned by red roses? ...
    CASES of the Omicron Covid variant have today leapt up 53 per cent with a further 86 infections reported in the UK - bringing the total to 246. It comes after an expert warned travel measures hurriedly put in place to combat the spread of the "super strain" are already too late to stop a wave of cases. 1A further 86 Omicron cases have been reported in the UKCredit: Dan Charity The UK Health Security Agency has now confirmed even more cases of the mutant variant have been recorded today. An additional 86 cases of the Omicron strain have been reported in the UK - with 68 of those in England. That's a 53 per cent rise in just a DAY as the total has risen from 160 to 246 in the last 24 hours. Earlier today, government adviser Professor Mark Woolhouse said it is "too late" to make a "material difference" in stopping a break out of cases. UKHSA has already warned the mutant variant is “transmitting rapidly and successfully" after first being identified here a week ago. The surge in...
    SAN JOSE — When she heard that the new COVID-19 omicron variant had been detected in South Africa, the first thing that came to mind for San Jose resident Anna Aistrich was a meme based on the 1993 film “Groundhog Day.” Showing a photo of Bill Murray, whose character lives through the same day over and over again, the text said: “It’s new variant day. Again.” “This is the bed we made,” said Aistrich, a public health professional and mother of two kids enrolled at San Jose Unified. Without better vaccination rates, “We’re going to be dealing with this probably for years.” Ever since South African scientists first alerted the world to the new variant in Nov. 24 — with a sharp spike in cases that set off alarm bells around the world — omicron has quickly been identified in more than 35 countries and at least 12 states. On Wednesday, California scientists reported the nation’s first infection in San Francisco; the next day, cases were reported in New York, Minnesota, Colorado and Hawaii. And then, on Friday, Alameda County...
    IT'S tough to know what to buy loved ones at Christmas, realistically how many ties will your dad be wearing now we all work from home, and does your sister actually need another Boots gift set? One woman decided to tackle this dilemma head on by penning a powerpoint presentation with details of the Christmas presents she would like. 4Jacqlyne showed followers her family's Christmas tradition of putting their Christmas requests on a Google docCredit: tiktok / Jacqlyne Con 4She then explained that her sister had taken it one step further with a PowerPoint presentationCredit: tiktok / Jacqlyne Con The extensive list featured some high ticket items, including an iPhone 13, Apple Watch and a "real puppy". Her sister Jacqlyne took to TikTok to share the funny message with her followers. She said that as a family they usually have a shared Google doc where they upload their requests. But younger sister Jolyssa, thought this wasn't enough detail for her loved ones so upped the ante with a slide deck. Jacqlyne said: "Let me show you guys how...
    A baffling new seek-and-find puzzle has tasked challengers to find the diamond ring amongst the Christmas presents in a festive scene. The vexing challenge has been created by UK-based store Ramsdens Jewellery to try and help Britons get into the festive spirit.  With only one hidden symbol to find, puzzlers will have to look extra closely at the fiendish puzzle to spot the ring.  And with a generous 35-second record to beat, could you become the fastest puzzler to complete the challenge?  Scroll down for the answer  Can YOU find the diamond ring in this Christmas scene? UK-based store Ramsdens Jewellery has created a baffling new seek-and-find puzzle With so many gifts underneath the Christmas tree, spotting the hidden ring in the festive scene can be quite tricky.  Only the most eagle-eyed amongst us will be able to spot the diamond ring within the 35-second record.   RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Celebrity spoof artist Alison Jackson who hires lookalikes... Kate Middleton and Prince William will 'of course' buy... Busy mother of two-year-old who...
    Kate Middleton and Prince William will give Christmas presents to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's children Archie and Lilibet this year, a royal expert has claimed.    This is despite the reported rift between brothers Prince William and Harry, which the Duke of Sussex discussed earlier this year in his interview with Oprah Winfrey whereby he described their relationship as 'space'.   Royal Correspondent author and broadcaster Katie Nicholl, author of Harry and Meghan: Life, Loss, and Love, alleged the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will give gifts to their whole family - including their nephew and niece  'Yes, of course [they will send presents]. They give gifts to the whole family and that includes all of their nieces and nephews,' she said, speaking to OK! magazine. Katie Nicholls' comments come amid speculation that Harry, 37, and Meghan, 40, will not be spending Christmas with the rest of the Royal Family.  Kate and William with their children, Prince Louis, Princess Charlotte and Prince George , pictured last December attending a special pantomime performance at the Palladium Theatre Harry and Meghan pictured earlier this year with...
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