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Murder trial: Police sergeant said every second counted

An Oak Bay police sergeant believed every second mattered as he raced to a bloody crime scene on Christmas Day 2017. “My plan was to get to the apartment as quickly as possible and render assistance to anyone within,” Sgt. Michael Martin testified Thursday at Andrew Berry’s murder trial at the Vancouver Law Courts.

Here's why no one can agree on a desperately needed face-lift for Frank Lloyd Wright's landmark Dallas theater

This is an update, of sorts, about plans to restore architect Frank Lloyd Wright's 60-year-old theater nestled in Oak Lawn to its former glory. Of sorts , because at this moment I can't tell you what those plans are. Or who will oversee their execution. Or pay for them. Or how.

Feature: Australia Is Deadly Serious About Killing Millions of Cats

As for how Felis catus first arrived in Australia, no one really knows. For a long time, natural historians conjectured that the first cats may have been survivors of Dutch shipwrecks or stowaways with Indonesian trepangers in the 17th century. But genetic tests have now shown that Australia’s....

Drama Desk Award Nominations 2019: 'Oklahoma!,' 'Tootsie' Lead Nominees List

When it comes to the theater world in America, the Tonys get all the attention, but they are not the only prestigious honor bestowed upon those who write, sing, act, sew, and do the million jobs it takes to create plays and musicals. The Drama Desk Awards seek to honor the best of the best, and that doesn’t always just mean Broadway.

How can I better plan for holidays this year?

3 MONTHS AGO
I would like to start celebrating the big American holidays (Valentine’s Day, Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s). As an adult, I’ve tended to let these holidays sneak up on me and end up scrambling, half-assing, or skipping th...

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The Cold Hard 26th of December

4 MONTHS AGO
This a question about USA retailing practices. Why is it that there is such an aggressive effort to remove all signs of Christmas in brick-and-mortar stores immediately after the holiday? I had part-time jobs in retail in the late 1980s, and the stri...

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What's Carole King caroling?

4 MONTHS AGO
I'm trying to figure out the lyrics to the song Christmas Paradise by Carole King. Near the end of the song she mentions places like Rio and San Juan, but I can't figure out the first one at around 2:52. Maybe it's not even a specific place. Any ide...

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Name That Artist: 80's Xmas Hip-Hop Edition

4 MONTHS AGO
Back in the 80's I heard a song called "Too Cool For Yule" on one of KUSF's Christmas Specials and now I'm trying to figure out who the band was that did it. While listening to a Christmas Special one Sunday on KUSF back in 1986 ('87? '88?), they pla...

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Odd secret santa gift sought

4 MONTHS AGO
What's an offbeat secret santa gift I can get for someone by the 30th? Artistic punk-y person that I don't know too well. Sorry to ask another gift question - there's a lot of dead links on the wiki!
I'm stressin' out trying to figure out a secret s...

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Christmas tapas

4 MONTHS AGO
What’s a fun, special dish I can bring for a casual, quiet Christmas afternoon? Usually we have a huge Christmas meal with lasagna, several roast meats, tons of sides, fabulous desserts etc for at least a dozen people. However, this was a hard year f...

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Getting organized for Christmas - methodology?

4 MONTHS AGO
Even though I am not working (mat leave) I feel like I cannot figure out how to finish ALL THE THINGS for Christmas. I am honestly feeling what I imagine adult ADHD feels like - thoughts going in all directions, inability to begin or prioritize...I o...

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Trump Signs Executive Order Giving Federal Employees Christmas Eve Off

4 MONTHS AGO

USA Today reports that Christmas is a holiday for the federal government, but presidents have made different decisions on excusing employees on Christmas Eve when it falls mid-week. Former President Barack Obama allowed workers to go home early on Ch...

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On the Market / A not-so-cookie-cutter colonial in Fairfield

4 MONTHS AGO

The white colonial house with black shutters at 110 Old Hickory Road in the Greenfield Hill neighborhood is close to the shops, major roads, and train stations in Fairfield and Westport. The white colonial house with black shutters at 110 Old Hickory...

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a Twas the Night before Christmasa is theme of Pence holiday

4 MONTHS AGO

Christmas at Vice President Mike Pence's official residence literally jumps out of the pages of "Twas the Night Before Christmas." Every room on the main floor of the Naval Observatory represents a verse from the poem by Clement Clarke Moore, off...

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Sandra Bullock is scaling back her kids' Christmas presents

4 MONTHS AGO

The 54-year-old actress has adopted children Louis, eight, and Laila, six, and has said that whilst she used to "overdo" the number of gifts they'd receive on Christmas Day , this year she plans to just give them "three small gifts" each, because...

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NASAa s 1st flight to moon, Apollo 8, marks 50th anniversary

4 MONTHS AGO

Fifty years ago on Christmas Eve, a tumultuous year of assassinations, riots and war drew to a close in heroic and hopeful fashion with the three Apollo 8 astronauts reading from the Book of Genesis on live TV as they orbited the moon. To this day, t...

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Russian guards not in a Christmas mood on Estonian border

4 MONTHS AGO

They demanded that a cameraman from a pro-Kremlin broadcaster explain in writing why he was filming a meeting of Jouluvana, the Estonian version of Santa Claus, and Russia's alter ego, Father Frost, on the Estonian-Russian border. BNS said Abrams...

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Dying neighbour leaves little girl 14 years worth of Christmas presents

4 MONTHS AGO

A family were stunned to receive a sack of Christmas presents their late neighbour had left for their daughter for the next 14 years. The presents were brought round to the home of Owen and Caroline Williams in Barry, Vale of Glamorgan, by the daught...

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N.Y. Today: The Democrats’ Long Albany Wish List

3 MONTHS AGO
One lawmaker wants to remove Trump’s name from a state park. Another wants a longer waiting period before buying a gun. Also, how to get rid of your Christmas tree.

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Christmas Streaming Sends Nat King Cole and Mariah Carey to Billboard’s Top 10

3 MONTHS AGO
The Atlanta rapper 21 Savage opened at No. 1 after a brief trip through the social media outrage cycle in a week heavy on holiday listening.

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How to Throw Away Your Christmas Tree

3 MONTHS AGO
You don’t want your tree to end up in a landfill. Let it have a second life as compost, a barrier for erosion or food for goats.

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6 Flights in 3 Days: A Flight Attendant’s Dad Finds a Way to See Her on Christmas

3 MONTHS AGO
When Hal Vaughan learned that his daughter had to work on Christmas, he accompanied her on her entire route.

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Trump, Santa and Truth

3 MONTHS AGO
Readers have fun with the news that the president asked a 7-year-old whether she still believed in Santa.

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What Does an Official Christmas Tree Say About a Country?

3 MONTHS AGO
Rome’s puny tree last year was the sorriest of holiday sights. But this year’s lush, lavishly decorated thing is much worse.

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In a Season of Boys’ Choirs, a Question: Why No Girls?

4 MONTHS AGO
The tradition of all-boy church choirs goes back centuries. But now some are asking if it’s time for a change.

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9 Months Until Christmas

1 MONTHS AGO
Greetings one and all! Today marks 9 months until Christmas Eve. Can you believe how quickly the time is going? Believe it or not, we are entering the dark days of Christmas for the year. Officially,...

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10 Months Until Christmas

2 MONTHS AGO
Greetings! It is a bit of a sad day for us here at the North Pole. Today the reindeer begin their journey back to their homeland. Contrary to popular belief, reindeer are not native to the North...

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11 Months Until Christmas

3 MONTHS AGO
Greetings, friends! Just 11 months from today we’ll be celebrating Christmas Eve. I know that sounds like a long time to you. But for those of us here at the North Pole it does not feel so far...

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50 Weeks Until Christmas

3 MONTHS AGO
Hi Everyone! There are now just 50 weeks left in our countdown to Christmas! It’s that crazy? Now, I know it seems like Christmas was just a few weeks ago. But honestly, even here at the North...

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350 Days Until Santa’s Launch

3 MONTHS AGO
Howdy, tracker elves and fans of Santa! My name is Elf Max. Some of you know me better as the lead site support elf at SantaTrackers.Net. My job here is to keep you informed of the countdown to...

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Elves Added to Staff at SantaUpdate.com

3 MONTHS AGO
Greetings! I know it is early for news of Christmas 2019 but, hey, I’ve got news! Santa is letting no grass grow under his feet. By his direction I am adding several new elves who will...

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Happy New Year!

3 MONTHS AGO
Greetings! Santa called me into his office today. It is time for my annual review. Santa is always very kind. But I don’t mind telling you that having an annual review is never my favorite...

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Study: More Young Kids Going to ER After Swallowing Batteries, Coins, Toys

-1 DAYS AGO
More and more young children are being admitted into emergency rooms across America because they have swallowed batteries, toys, coins, and other items, according to a new study. One researcher, Dr. Danielle Orsagh-Yentis, the lead author and a gastr...

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Murder trial: Police sergeant said every second counted

-1 DAYS AGO
An Oak Bay police sergeant believed every second mattered as he raced to a bloody crime scene on Christmas Day 2017. “My plan was to get to the apartment as quickly as possible and render assistance to anyone within,” Sgt. Michael Martin testified Th...

Read more...

Here's why no one can agree on a desperately needed face-lift for Frank Lloyd Wright's landmark Dallas theater

-1 DAYS AGO
This is an update, of sorts, about plans to restore architect Frank Lloyd Wright's 60-year-old theater nestled in Oak Lawn to its former glory. Of sorts , because at this moment I can't tell you what those plans are. Or who will oversee their executi...

Read more...

Feature: Australia Is Deadly Serious About Killing Millions of Cats

-1 DAYS AGO
As for how Felis catus first arrived in Australia, no one really knows. For a long time, natural historians conjectured that the first cats may have been survivors of Dutch shipwrecks or stowaways with Indonesian trepangers in the 17th century. But g...

Read more...

Drama Desk Award Nominations 2019: 'Oklahoma!,' 'Tootsie' Lead Nominees List

-1 DAYS AGO
When it comes to the theater world in America, the Tonys get all the attention, but they are not the only prestigious honor bestowed upon those who write, sing, act, sew, and do the million jobs it takes to create plays and musicals. The Drama Desk A...

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Dart Announces Annual Award Winners for Top Company Driver & Top Contractor

-1 DAYS AGO
EAGAN, Minn. April 25, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Dart Transit Company, in its 85th year as one of America's leading nationwide transportation service providers, recently presented its annual awards for the Company Driver of the Year and the Contrac...

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Holiday season in Egypt: Celebrating, in different ways

-1 DAYS AGO
Tis the season, not for Christmas, but rather for spring, which brings with it a set of national holidays in Egypt. This year, the holiday calendar means that many people can bridge their way through them and enjoy a 10-day break from work. Thursday ...

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