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Rays’ bats come alive in 11-2 rout of Red Sox

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The Tampa Bay Rays spent their longest game in team history playing in wind, rain and chilly temperatures in Fenway Park. It certainly felt a lot better coming away with a win. Steven Souza Jr. hit a three-run homer, Jesus Sucre drove in three runs and the Rays beat the Boston Red Sox 11-2 on Sunday. The Rays beat the Red Sox for the second time in three games – and just the sixth time in the last 20 meetings…

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Ann W. Madsen: Where are the champions for women?

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As this Mother’s Day approaches, I find it particularly ironic to be advocating for the same support for women as our founder did four decades ago. Helen Gordon Davis opened this nonprofit to help women who needed extra support just to survive — serious counseling, intense skills development, assistance to the homeless and domestic violence populations, legal advice, financial guidance and the restored confidence to lead independent lives. She advocated for and was successful in persuading the state Legislature to…

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Florida retailers expect record breaking Mother’s Day in 2017

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Florida retailers believe moms will get a lot of love this year, as consumers are set to spend record numbers for Mother’s Day in 2017. According to the Florida Retail Federation (FRF), consumers will spend more than ever on gifts for Mother’s Day this year, reaching $23.6 billion. The state’s leading retailer trade association expect a whopping $186.39 per mom on average this year, up from last year’s $172.22 average. “We are extremely encouraged by the record high projections for…

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Ronald McDonald House pampers stressed out moms of sick kids for Mother’s Day

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Moms all over the world were the center of attention Sunday in one of the most sentimental holidays of the spring season — Mother’s Day. For those moms staying at the Ronald McDonald House, Mother’s Day is like any other day. They spend untold hours at the hospital,  waiting and attending to a critically ill or injured child, hoping for good news that he or she will recover and go home soon. In those families, Ronald McDonald House becomes the…

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Mother’s Day spending expected to top near-record $21.4B

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Mother’s Day shoppers are expected to spend more $21.4 billion on gifts in 2016, nearly matching last year’s record-setting sales figures. A survey released Monday by the National Retail Federation estimates 84 percent of consumers will buy gifts for Mother’s Day, with the average family expected to spend $172.22 celebrating their matriarchs this year. The figure is just shy of 2015’s $172.63 average, but remains $10 higher than 2014 numbers. “It’s wonderful to see families wanting to celebrate and honor…

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Independence Day? To some, July 4 is Barbecued Spareribs Day

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To most Americans, July 4 is Independence Day. But on Marlo Anderson‘s calendar, it’s also Caesar Salad Day and Barbecued Spareribs Day. Anderson is the mastermind of the National Day Calendar, an online compendium of pseudo-holidays that has become a resource for TV and radio stations looking to add a little levity to their broadcasts, among others. The 52-year-old co-owner of a VHS digitizing company in North Dakota started the calendar in 2013 and soon realized the site could also…

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Bill Day’s latest: Mother’s Day

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Everyone has one, and few can deny that the most cherished figure in a person’s life is their mother. Bill Day’s latest observes Mother’s Day, a holiday honoring maternity in all of its forms — especially our own Mother Earth, mother to us all. Held in the U.S. on Sunday, Mother’s Day is a holiday with a history as interesting and diverse as its subject matter. According to the History Channel, the American version of Mother’s Day began with social activist Anna Jarvis.…

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