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Santa Claus takes credibility hit, poll finds

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Santa Claus’s credibility has taken a bit of a hit this year, but Americans of all political stripes still believe in Christmas by overwhelming numbers, according to a new poll released Monday by Public Policy Polling. And if there is a divisive issue this time of year, it apparently involves the phrase “Happy Holidays!” While Democrats mostly said they could take or leave the phrase, a significant portion of Republicans say they’re offended by it. The poll, taken last Tuesday…

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Baseball Santa has been benched in St. Pete

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For almost two decades, the holiday light fest at Straub Park celebrated baseball as well as the season with a display showing Santa Claus playing baseball. But last year, baseball Santa was sent to the dugout. And he’s not back this year. It appears that, at least for the future, Santa has been benched. City officials say baseball Santa’s disappearance has no hidden message about the future of the Rays in St. Pete. “Oh, no, no, for heaven’s sake, it’s…

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What’s in a name? Ask the folks in Two Egg, Florida

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What came first, the Chicken or the Egg — or make that the Two Egg? The answer is the Alaska town of Chicken came before the Florida town of Two Egg, by about 30 or so years. But they are neither first nor last in the country’s long list of odd-named places. In Pennsylvania, you’ll find Intercourse, Virginville and Blue Ball. In Louisiana, if you’ve had too much of Moonshine, you can always visit Cut Off. The list goes on:…

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NORAD prepares to track Santa’s journey

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Peterson Air Force base is getting ready for its annual holiday mission — tracking Santa’s storybook sleigh ride around the world. The North American Aerospace Defense Command has been working for weeks to tackle the one-day mission. Miles of wire, dozens of computers and 157 telephone lines will greet hundreds of volunteers Thursday, The (Colorado Springs) Gazette reported. Volunteers will be answering calls from an estimated 125,000 children around the globe looking for Santa’s whereabouts. “We keep adding stuff every…

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Poll: Americans trust Donald Trump most to fight War on Christmas; GOP down on Festivus

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Americans are becoming less and less concerned about the “War on Christmas,” a new survey from Public Policy Polling finds. In 2012, PPP found 47 percent of voters nationally believed that such a thing existed to only 40 percent who didn’t. Now just 37 percent of voters believe in the War on Christmas to 42 percent who say it doesn’t exist. There’s the predictable party divide with Republicans believing 56/26 that there is a war and Democrats believing 26/55 that…

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Americans for Prosperity goes digital to keep lawmakers in check during holidays

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Much like Santa Claus, Americans for Prosperity Florida will be checking its “naughty list” this Christmas. And if the conservative group gets its way, lawmakers shouldn’t expect too much quiet time during their break before the Legislature convenes next month. “Typically, lawmakers think they can escape the pressures of calls from their constituents to do what is right over the holidays,” AFP-FL Director Chris Hudson said. “They are wrong if they think their actions will escape taxpayers’ attention this year.”…

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Disney World plans to end Osborne Family Christmas lights

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Darth Vader’s in. Santa Claus is out. Walt Disney World on Friday announced this will be the last year of the Osborne family’s Christmas lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights has been a Christmas tradition at Disney World for the past 20 years. Disney officials say the theme park is unable to put on the lights after this year because of plans to use the space for new Stars Wars and Toy Story themed…

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