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Want to ‘reduce emotional indigestion’ this holiday season? Report says be positive, self-aware, flexible

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From a contentious election to a litany of tragedies, it’s safe to say 2016 has been a stressful year. And this, according to a recent report from Queendom.com and Psychtests.com, could lead to “potentially unpleasant discussions around the dinner table this holiday season, aided and abetted, perhaps, by one too many cups of eggnog.” Researchers at the company released a report Monday looking at traits that could come in handy this season and “reduce emotional indigestion.” “The holidays are generally…

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Christmas is a-comin’ and the geese are gettin’ hacked

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With 11 shopping days ‘til Christmas, Yahoo dropped a lump of coal into the stockings of 1 billion of its users with news that their accounts had been “breached.” That’s tech-speak for “bad guys forged your cookies” — and they are not talking about the sweets you leave next to Santa’s glass of milk. Worse, bad guys have Yahoo’s “proprietary code” — and they are not talking about Pitbull’s million-dollar “trade secret.” For purposes of this holiday migraine, cookies and…

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Salvation Army feeling chill at Red Kettles, donations down this Christmas

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One charity in Florida might be feeling a bit of winter chill, as people in the Tampa Bay area are keeping wallets and purses closed at iconic Salvation Army Red Kettles this season. As the holidays approach, Salvation Army donations are down by more than 12 percent across the Tampa Bay Area, according to Capt. Andrew Miller, Area Commander for The Salvation Army of Tampa and Hillsborough County. “With less than three weeks left before Christmas, we’re hoping that shoppers will…

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Rick Scott won’t give state workers extra day off

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott is ending a holiday tradition this year: Giving state workers an extra day off. A spokeswoman for Scott said Tuesday that the governor will not be closing state offices an additional day around the Christmas holiday. Scott for five straight years had ordered state offices to be closed an extra day in recognition of the hard work of state employees. Three times Scott had given state workers Christmas Eve off when it fell on a weekday.…

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Florence Snyder: Postcard from Halloween

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How did Halloween come to be first runner-up to Christmas among holidays that excel at separating families from their money? We can thank people like John Murdy, creative director and executive producer of Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood. In an interview with Marketplace Weekend’s Eliza Mills, Murdy recalls growing up in the ’70s, when Halloween was just a small treat on the run-up to winter. Murdy was just 10 years old, but already developing tricks that would help elevate…

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What happened to St. Pete’s Baseball Santa?

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The holiday display in downtown St. Petersburg is coming down as festivities for the New Year begin. But there’s one display that was already missing from years in the past: Baseball Santa. Residents who flock to downtown to catch a glimpse of the spectacular light display featuring icicles dangling from trees and several large light-up figures may have noticed the Santa shown pitching a ball to an awaiting elf with a bat is no longer there. According to the city,…

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Jeb Bush donates $2,000 to Tampa Bay’s Metropolitan Ministries

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Christmas is all about happy endings, and no story about the holidays would be complete without one. What happened to Metropolitan Ministries is no different – a sad tale with a very happy ending, brought upon, in part, by Jeb Bush. As you may remember, the week before Christmas, someone made off with a trailer filled with $4,500 worth of toys for needy families. Metropolitan Ministries was already short more than 6,000 gifts for teens and infants of the nearly 19,000…

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