Here’s What’s Open, Closed In St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG, FL — Martin Luther King Jr. Day falls on Mon., Jan. 18 this year, and a variety of services will be closed in St. Petersburg on the day.

In addition to closures, the 35th annual MLK Jr. Dream Big Parade will be held virtually with guest speakers due to the coronavirus pandemic. Monday’s parade will stream online at MLKDreamBig.com starting at 11 a.m.

King’s birthday is Jan. 15,

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Here’s how to register for the COVID-19 vaccine in Florida

In the final days of 2020, people in Florida 65 and older began receiving their first shots of the coronavirus vaccine, but when and where those doses became available have varied from county to county.

As of Dec. 28, Florida was vaccinating only three priority groups: Health care workers, long-term care facility staff and residents and people 65 or older. The health care group includes EMTs and paramedics as well

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Here’s how to watch violinist rock star Lindsey Stirling’s Christmas TV special

Here’s how to watch violinist rock star Lindsey Stirling’s Christmas TV special

The BYU grad is aiming for an ‘engaging’ mix of ‘music-video esthetics’ and live performance

(Sydney Takeshta | courtesy of Lindseystomp/Concord Records) Electronic-dance violinist Lindsey Stirling has produced a Christmas TV special, “Lindsey Stirling: Home for the Holidays,” which she will offer as a pay-per-view livestream on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020.

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Is ‘rainscaping’ the next new yard trend? Here’s how to make your yard water-friendly.

Water is arguably the most important ingredient of a successful garden.

Not enough can slowly kill even the most drought-tough plants, while too much can rot roots and lead to the same outcome.

A hose (along with money to cover the water bill) is an antidote to the problem of not enough water.

However, it’s much harder to head off trouble from excess water after a heavy or prolonged rain

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Here’s Why You Should Add Newell (NWL) to Your Portfolio Now

Newell Brands Inc. NWL is worth giving a shot right now as its sound fundamentals and growth efforts look impressive. The Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) stock boasts of a VGM Score of A and a long-term earnings growth rate of 2.9%. Topping it, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2020 and 2021 earnings is pegged at $1.69 and $1.62 per share, indicating a rise of 32% and 10.2%, respectively, in

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You can cut down your Christmas Tree from a National Forest. Here’s how.

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The Electoral College is only getting worse

The Electoral College is a political abomination. As I have written before, rather than protecting the influence of small states, it grants overwhelming power to a handful of states that randomly happen to have a close partisan balance, which are mostly fairly large. Worse, it allows popular vote losers to win — which has happened twice in the last 20 years.

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Looking for a Christmas tree? Here’s where you can get a Utah public lands permit this year

SALT LAKE CITY — Now that Thanksgiving is over, the remaining holidays of the year are in sight.

Many Utahns have already started decorating for Christmas. Given all that has happened in 2020, who could blame anyone for celebrating the season early?

But for those of you who haven’t started decorating and are maybe still searching for the right tree, you can find one around several public land areas throughout

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Here’s where to cut your own Christmas tree near Colorado Springs

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — If you’re looking for a way to get the family out of the house this holiday season, why not try cutting your own Christmas tree? Here’s what you need to know about tree cutting near Colorado Springs.

The first step is to decide where you’d like to go. The closest area to Colorado Springs is northwest of Woodland Park, in the Pikes Peak Ranger District.

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Here’s why Thanksgiving is always on the fourth Thursday of November

Thursday is a weird day for a holiday, right? Sure, some companies give their employees the Friday after Thanksgiving off, but many don’t, which means Americans across the country are lugging their turkey-filled bodies back to work after inhaling every piece of food in sight the day before.

A famed publisher even wrote to President Herbert Hoover in 1929, asking him to *please* move the holiday to Friday so we

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I’m a Doctor and Here’s How to Avoid Catching COVID-19

As coronavirus cases and hospitalizations hit record numbers, you’re being told that being outdoors is better than indoors. But is it safe to go outside? How do you know you won’t get the virus? How do you become infected with COVID-19? What can you do to stay safe? As a doctor, I’m asked these questions all the time. Here are the top ways to avoid catching coronavirus. Note that there

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I’m a Doctor and Here’s How to Never Catch COVID

As coronavirus cases and hospitalizations hit record numbers, you’re bring told being outdoors is better than indoors. But is it safe to go outside? How do you know you won’t get the virus? How do you become infected with COVID-19? What can you do to stay safe? As a doctor, I’m asked these questions all the time. Here are the top ways to avoid catching coronavirus. Note that there is

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Students needed access to technology. Here’s how one county helped out

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — This school year, the classroom has been the kitchen table for most children. In low-income schools in Birmingham, the pandemic has exposed longstanding issues and created new challenges with technology access and equity.

Sheila Tyson worked to get technology into the hands of students who needed them (WIAT Photo)
Sheila Tyson worked to get technology into the hands of students who needed them (WIAT Photo)

“The children did not have internet at home, nor cable. And I was like, ‘Are you joking?’”

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Need a little Christmas? Here’s 20 events to cheer you up

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Once again, the miniature train at Watson Park will be transformed into Wichita’s take on the Polar Express

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In the middle of summer, officials with Wichita’s Botanica Gardens decided the city’s premier holiday light display would include a new socially distanced option this year.

“We had lots of discussions, and we just knew we had to have Illuminations and were determined to make it work,” said Kathy Spillman,

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Here’s what you need to know before voting in Iowa

Going into Election Day, Iowa has already broken previous election records. Secretary of State Paul Pate reported Monday morning that 2,095,580 had registered to vote in the state leading up to the 2020 election. By comparison, the last high watermark for registration was 2016 when 1,996,153 were registered to vote.

Further breaking records, more people are voting absentee than ever before in the state’s history. As of Monday morning, 1,036,409

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Trump and Biden campaigns have stopped in and near Lancaster County 11 times since late 2019; here’s where | PA Power and Policy: Pennsylvania State News



Election 2020

Election Day is less than a week away.

Presidential candidates, President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden, have recently ramped up campaign efforts in hope of swaying any undecided voters.

President Trump visited Lancaster County on Tuesday, Oct. 26, and his wife, First Lady Melania Trump, visited the county just a day later. 



2020 Lancaster County Voters Guide: Contested races, candidate stances, poll information and more

The county has also seen recent visits from Vice President Mike Pence and

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Proposed Staunton Greenway plan needs citizen input. Here’s how.

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Gypsy Hill Park in Staunton. (Photo: Monique Calello/The News Leader)

STAUNTON – Do you want more recreation routes for walking or cycling in Staunton? Here’s your chance to have your voice heard. 

The Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee wants the community to share their input on a greenway plan in Staunton through an online survey. The committee has proposed four greenway routes in the city. 

The survey

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Here’s what is happening (so far) this Halloween | Local

Halloween planning is underway in the Yakima Valley, with decorations going up on private homes and in public places. It won’t look the same this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, with a quiet Barge-Chestnut neighborhood the most obvious difference.

Trick or treating is considered a high-risk activity by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, so residents in that Yakima neighborhood are discouraged from handing out treats this year.

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Thousands rallied at the Capitol, but CHP didn’t enforce COVID-19 rules. Here’s why

Part rally, part concert and part worship session, the gathering that brought thousands to the west steps of California’s Capitol building over Labor Day weekend flew in the face of pandemic-related mask and social distancing requirements, as seen in photos and video clips circulating online.

Yet the “Let Us Worship” event in Sacramento was permitted by state law enforcement, and it proceeded for its full allotted time slot of 5

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I’m a Doctor and Here’s How to Not Catch COVID-19

Our long, hot summer has now arrived. And COVID-19 or not, we all need to get outside. Here’s the problem: after the tedious incarceration of lockdown, going outside suddenly seems scary, with coronavirus outbreaks in 26 states. Is it safe to go outside? How do you know you won’t get the virus? How do you become infected with COVID-19 outside? What can you do to stay safe? As a doctor,

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Cottagecore is all over the internet. Here’s where to experience it in California

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A picnic lunch surrounded by rolling hills. Bouquets of wildflowers and baby barn animals. Not a laptop or cellphone in sight.

If this imagery is soothing to you, you’re not alone. Welcome to cottagecore, a sunny corner of the internet where you can immerse yourself in an idealized, rose-tinted version of country living. Think Taylor Swift posing among the brambles in her

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