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Thanksgiving trumps Black Friday for deals

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Thanksgiving could be the best day to shop all year. An analysis of sales data and store circulars by two research firms contradicts conventional wisdom that Black Friday is when shoppers can get the most and biggest sales of the year. Turns out, shoppers will find more discounted items in stores that are open on Thanksgiving. For example, there are a total of 86 laptops and tablets deeply discounted as door buster deals at Best Buy, Wal-Mart and others on…

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Today on Context Florida: Thanksgiving edition

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Today on Context Florida: For Thanksgiving, Chris Timmons reminds us, as Americans, to remember the gratitude for what we have: We still are the richest country in the world; we still do enormous good in global hotspots with our military presence; we still are the most generous country in the world. We can still revive an ideal of this country as free, fair-minded, tolerant, productive, gainful to all and generous. We can never attain it, Timmons says, if we forget the…

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Adam Putnam: Thank farmers, ranchers for ample Thanksgiving bounty

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For most Americans, food scarcity is when we wait till the last minute and the exact brand of low-fat, gluten-free, heart healthy, fair trade, organic, local, hand-crafted marshmallow is sold out, forcing us to ‘make do’ with an inferior sweet potato casserole topping. Though the grocery stores may temporarily run low on the must-have holiday ingredients, there’s never a concern about the availability of food itself. We often take this vital element of Thanksgiving for granted because we are blessed…

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Travelers take to roads, skies for Thanksgiving

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The big Thanksgiving getaway went into full swing Wednesday with drivers delighted by the lowest November gas prices in years and many airline passengers undaunted by terrorism fears and long lines at security checkpoints. At the White House, President Barack Obama said there is no “specific and credible” intelligence indicating a plot against the U.S. and assured anxious Americans: “While the threat of terrorism is a troubling reality of our age, we are both equipped to prevent attacks and we…

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Thanksgiving runs precede major calorie fest

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The average American adult will consume about 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving Day. According to the Calorie Control Council, a traditional Thanksgiving spread consists of about 3,000 calories while Americans indulge in another up to 1,500 in appetizers and drinks. Worse, the council estimates that 45 percent of those calories come from fat. That means most people consume more than two times the recommended daily caloric intake with just one meal and exceed the recommended fat intake by 3.5 times. Thanksgiving…

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DCF program sends Florida foster children “Home for the Holidays”

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Nearly 1,400 Florida children in foster care will spend Thanksgiving with their families and loved ones as part of a Department of Children and Families initiative. The “Home for the Holidays” initiative, announced by DCF Secretary Mike Carroll Wednesday, will reunite 1,025 children with siblings, parents and extended family for Thanksgiving. “We often take for granted the family and friends around the Thanksgiving dinner table. For children in care, the opportunity to be reunited with family or adopted into a…

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This Thanksgiving, Florida politicians have much to be grateful for

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From the diners and town halls of Iowa and New Hampshire to the Governor’s Mansion in Tallahassee and from … to Charlie Crist’s waterfront condominium in St. Petersburg, politicians across Florida will gather at Thanksgiving dinner tables to celebrate the most American of holidays. Before they dig into dishes of stuffed Florida zucchini and yellow squash Parmesan and Florida snap beans with caramelized onions and mushrooms, and scalloped Florida potatoes (recipes courtesy of Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam), these elected officials and candidates will share with…

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