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Man arrested after 'stealing $500 winning lottery ticket from a FRIEND and trying to cash in with he

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Fraud suspect: Willie Jones, 28, is accused of stealing a winning scratch-off lottery card from a friend

A South Carolina woman has learned the hard way that with some friends, you don't need enemies after one of her pals has been charged with stealing her winning lottery ticket.

The Chester woman, who wished to remain anonymous, told Channel 9 that she bought a scratch-off card last month that has left her $500 richer.

In her excitement, the lucky lady started telling her acquaintances about her good fortune, including a man she considered trustworthy.

She got a phone call at work, put the winning scratch-off card down for a moment, and it was gone when she came back.

'We looked and looked for it, and couldn't find it,' she said. 'Luckily, I called the lottery so they could put a stop on it.'

Luck: A Chester woman bought a scratch-off card last month and won $500

In the frenzy that followed her win, the victim forgot to sign the back of the lottery card, which is a security step for a winning ticket. However, her quick phone call made all the difference.

A day later, sheriff's deputies said a man and a woman showed up at Bob's Food Mart in Richburg, South Carolina, and tried to cash in the winning ticket. It came up as stolen, and the pair left empty-handed.

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The couple were captured on a surveillance video at the store, and a detective recognized them. They later told officials that they were only cashing in the ticket as a favor for a friend who told them his car had broken down.

Misstep: The lucky winner forgot to sign the back of the ticket

Deputies said the man and woman had no idea the scratch-off card was stolen, and they are not facing charges.

They led deputies to 28-year-old Willie Jones, who has been charged with lottery fraud and ordered held on a $5,000 bond.

The defrauded victim said the experience has taught her a valuable lesson about how to act if she wins in a game of chance again.

Scheme: Police said Jones lied to his friends that his car had broken down and asked them to cash his winning ticket at Bob's Food Mart in Richburg

'I won't show my ticket to anyone. I'm going to cash it in right there, instead of trying to save it up,' she said.

The lottery commission is expected to grant the woman her winnings pending an investigation into the incident.


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Details about Kate's stunning gown, jewelry, hair and flowers class=clea

Posted on 2014-Aug-21 at 07:09 - 0 Comments - Post Comment - Link

Kate Middleton and an army of highly skilled seamstresses wowed fashionistas around the world Friday with an Alexander McQueen wedding gown that experts called a timeless classic.

After months of secrecy about what she would be wearing, Kate Middleton entered Westminster Abbey in an intricate McQueen wedding gown designed by Sarah Burton, a nearly-three-metres-long train and a decades-old Cartier tiara borrowed from the Queen.

With an estimated 2 billion people watching worldwide, Kate took only a few steps from the Goring Hotel into the Queen's Rolls-Royce VI with her father, Michael, at her side. A special barrier was set up around the hotel so that onlookers and photographers couldn't catch a glimpse of Middleton's dress.

Minutes later, her ivory gown was finally revealed when the father and daughter arrived at Westminster Abbey.

While walking down the long, carpeted aisle, Middleton's dress, with its lace applique for the bodice and skirt, were showcased, but Clarence House provided specific details on the bride's outfit for those who had waited months to see what is now one of the most talked-about dresses of the decade.

The dress was inspired by the Middleton family's new coat of arms, which includes acorns and oak leaves, a theme that was also included in the bride's pave-set diamond earrings. The jewelry was a gift from her parents.

The bride chose the British brand for its craftsmanship and its respect for workmanship and the technical construction of clothing, according to a statement from Clarence House.

Each piece of Middleton's dress was handmade by the Royal School of Needlework.

The design was applied by hand and individual flowers were hand-cut from lace and applied onto ivory silk tulle in an intricate procedure.

Clarence House reported that the workers washed their hands every 30 minutes to keep the lace and threads pristine, and the needles were renewed every three hours to keep them sharp and clean.

The lace came from various sources, so each piece of material was carefully picked to ensure every flower was the same colour. The fabrics were selected after extensive research by Burton's team.

The train, carried by Middleton's sister and maid of honour, Philippa, was 2.7 metres long.

Her veil was crafted out of layers of ivory silk tulle and a trim of hand-embroidered flowers.

A team of six stylists led by celebrity hairdresser Richard Ward left Middleton's hair down. Atop her glossy brown tresses, Middleton wore a halo tiara made by Cartier in 1936, which was purchased by King George VI for Queen Elizabeth. It was presented to the Queen, who was Princess Elizabeth at the time, by her mother on her 18th birthday.

Her satin shoes with hand-embroidered lace were also handmade by a team at Alexander McQueen.

Her bouquet was made of lily of the valley, sweet william and hyacinth flowers arranged in a shield shape. The flowers were said to symbolize a return of happiness, gallantry and love.

The myrtle was also carried by Queen Victoria when she married in 1858.

International fashion experts, from Karl Lagerfeld and Donatella Versace to British Vogue editor Alexander Shulman, praised Middleton and Burton's efforts, with some calling the outfit magical.

What an amazing dress; it was perfect for the bride and sent out so many fantastic messages. I felt very moved when I heard it was McQueen: a designer acknowledged as being brilliant to design a royal wedding dress has never happened before, Shulman wrote in a piece on the magazine's website.

The veil is a little flat, but because she has such a lovely face, she can afford to wear it this way. She is very pretty, designer Hubert de Givenchy told European TV stations.

Half Life 2 Gravity Gun, Angelina Jolie Clone, and Subway Jamming

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[ Business ] A viral video is one that becomes popular though the process of Internet sharing, via social media, sharing sites, or good 'ole email. Everyday we highlight some of the best that are currently viral and some that are trending that way.

Today's videos feature an awesome Yoda vs. Darth Maul Brisk commercial, spectacular under ice fishing images, cosplay highlights from 2011, and an upcoming show about 70s porn.

This is one of the most amazing things Ive ever seen. I have no idea how theyre doing it, or if its fake. Really, it doesnt matter. Just sit back, relax and prepare to be utterly amazed.

If youve played Half Life 2, youll love this video. Its great for two reasons: First, its an awesomely constructed Gravity Gun. Second, this went for $21,000 at a charity auction.

I might be alone on this, but sometimes the copy-cat is even more beautiful than the original. Being younger obviously helps too.

I had forgotten all about the Brisk commercials from awhile back. Considering I get a positive vibe from this one, it appears theyve improved on the idea.

This animated short film Devils, Angels Dating is worth the view. Some great animation, comedy, and voice acting.

The subway is like a crap shoot. Sometimes you roll the dice and get mugged, other times something quirky and fun like this happens. If were to believe this was completely spontaneous and not premeditated. Even if premeditated its still cool.

Harrison Ford is taken back by his first viewing of the Indiana Jones films **

Cosplay is a practice in which human beings dress up as their favorite characters from movies, comic books, video games, and other forms of media. Generally, most cosplay is forgettable. This video highlights the better constructed cosplay, and features good production value.

Cosplay Highlights 2011 from Angel James de Ocampo on Vimeo .

Seeing as Insomniac is one of my favorite TV shows ever, I think the formula works: Dave Attell + Mystery Science Theater + 70s porn = TV GOLD.

Gary Oldman proves just how awesome he is as he recites his lines from the less than memorable moments of his Call of Duty: Black Ops character.

** If you were perceptive enough to scroll to the bottom of the article, then you should know the Harrison Ford video is a mash-up of a japanese advertisement Harrison Ford did for the game, Uncharted 3 . If youre like me and instantly recognized the video then you got a laugh from it. And from the people in the YouTube comments section who thought this might be real.

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How To Make Creative Halloween Costumes for Couples

Posted on 2014-Aug-18 at 06:10 - 0 Comments - Post Comment - Link

Visualize this: A man and a woman each wear plain black pants. The left leg of one is tied to the right leg of the other, as in the game, "Three-Legged Race." Together they wear a giant oversized t-shirt that they've clearly had custom-made. The punch line is the t-shirt slogan: "Co-" reads one side; "Dependent" reads the other.

I saw this very unique Halloween costume once and in my mind it doesn't get any better than this--brilliant, inspired and conceptual. But hey, you can dress however you'd like come Halloween; it's the one holiday that really has a place for everyone. You can put couples costumes together using clothes you have in your closet, you can buy costumes, or you can get fancy and make your own. So if you're considering going en deux , here are some funny couples Halloween costume ideas to get you started: Well-known couples : For these creative Halloween costumes for couples , think Sid and Nancy, Boris and Natasha, Tarzan and Jane, Bonnie and Clyde, Frankenstein and his bride, Hansel and Gretel, Ken and Barbie, Hugh Hefner and Playboy bunny. Anyone remember Captain and Tennille? What's nice about dressing as a pair that is already well-known is that their iconic status does some of the legwork for you: Because people know what to expect, they fill in the blanks themselves. Be sure to know your audience: Virginia and Leonard Woolf may go over well with your book group friends and less well at the Tractor Puller Association party. Well-known couples with a twist : Have the man dress up as the female of a famous couple and the female dress up as the man. A variation on this theme is to go as a well-known gay or lesbian couple. Finally, the couple does not have to be romantically involved: Think Felix Unger and Oscar Madison. Television characters : For these, you can either go retro--Pebbles and Bam Bam, Fred and Wilma Flintstone , Barney and Betty Rubble, Jeannie and Major Anthony Nelson (aka Larry Hagman)-or current. Male and female variations on a theme : When making couples costumes for Halloween, you can also take a theme and do the male and female versions of it: Cowboy and cowgirl, priest and nun, a male and female Viking, or a couple representative of a particular decade (i.e. he is in bell-bottom pants with a velvet jacket, she in a miniskirt and white go-go boots). Costumes with a sense of humor : Many of the unique costumes listed within this article can be given a humorous twist with just a bit of imagination. For example, for the priest and nun costume mentioned above, make the nun pregnant. Or if you have a male magician, have his female assistant dress with stitch marks through her middle. Current trends : I can't really give you ideas for this category since by the time you read it, the concepts will be old. But look to the news for a current event, and run with it. Think Brangelina. Things that come in twos : Some other creative Halloween costumes for a couple are things that comes in twos: mustard and ketchup, salt and pepper. Things that go together : Think beer and lime, nut and bolt, plug and socket, sperm and egg, hot dog and bun. Playing with people's expectations can give your costumes some extra oomph in this category: Have the woman dress as the hot dog and the man as the bun. Things that oppose : Consider categories that have a built-in natural opposition to them such as Republican and Democrat and then build on the theme. Costumes in bad taste . I have to admit to liking the brazen extremes that some people will go to when dressing for Halloween. We here at HowToDoThings.com strongly recommend treading lightly when it comes to poking fun. So if your ideas run along the lines of...... Cher and Sonny (with a giant tree attached to his head) or Ryan Jenkins and Jasmine Fiore, please reconsider. If you plan to do something in bad taste, at least let it be at your own expense, and not someone else's.

Hopefully this list will help to get your own creative juices flowing so that you can create costumes that suit you and your better half (wait, that just gave me another idea.....)

Call it a 'wipe wedding'

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Susan Brennan has added four jumbo rolls of two-ply Charmin to her list of acceptable wedding dress materials.

The West Bloomfield, Mich., woman won the $1,000 top prize in a national contest last week by making a wedding dress from toilet paper, packing tape and glue. The dress took Brennan about a week to finish.

The dress -- white, of course -- features flowers along the bottom and a pleated bodice. Toilet paper feathers help accent the dress, along with a bracelet. And there's even a hairpiece.

I did techniques you could do with fabric. But instead of stitching them, I used tape and glue, a lot of tape and glue, said Brennan, 25. She called it a modern, fun, little dress.

She noted that, in the event something were to be spilled on the dress -- perhaps a flute of champagne? -- it's pretty absorbent.

Susan Bain, co-owner of Florida-based www.cheap-chic-weddings.com , said the dress stood out among about 800 entries in the Website's seventh-annual toilet-paper wedding dress contest.

She used a lot of elements in modern bridal dresses, Bain said. She made elements of it that looked like couture dresses.

Bain also noted Brennan's craftsmanship, mentioning a tag on the inside of the dress that featured Brennan's initials, SB, which were also made of toilet paper.

The dress likely won't be returned to Brennan. Bain said Ripley's Believe It or Not, a sponsor, may take the dress as it has for past contest winners to display in a Ripley's museum.

The idea for the contest is based on a similar event held at many bridal showers, Bain said.

Brennan, a Michigan State University graduate and former cheerleader living at home with her parents, said she hopes the exposure from the contest leads to a full-time job in a creative field. The wedding dress isn't Brennan's first foray into creative clothing design -- she once made a dress out of potato chip bags.

How Not to Mulligan Your Business Golf Game

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[ Business ] Spending four hours on a course with a potential client or business affiliate offers you a golden opportunity to build either bridges or chasms. Many believe that how a person conducts himself or herself on the golf course reflects how they perform in business situations. A business golfing date is a time to put your best golfing shoe forward.

According to biz etiquette experts, following these guidelines will help you build the bridge and land that deal.

1. First, if you are likely to lose your cool when your game is bad, stay off the business green altogether. If your golfing history is one of losing emotional control and acting badly, do not, repeat, do not, play business golf. You will not make a good business impression.

2. Be sure you know the rules of good golf etiquette in general. Your host will not be impressed if you make a bad impression at his/her country club or offend golfing buddies.

3. No cheating in your scorekeeping or in any other way. This is not the way to build trust.

4. When unsure about a rule, discuss it with your golf opponent. Abide by whatever is decided. Demonstrate your trustworthiness and show that you are a person who keeps your word.

5. Spend your time on the links building relationships. Avoid talking deals until the 19th hole. Experts advise that business talk during the game should be of a casual nature. Business talk should not occur before the 5th hole or after the 15th hole.

7. Dress appropriately in attire that will take you from the links to the clubhouse. Denims, sleeveless shirts and short shorts are not acceptable.

8. In business golf, invite your guest to play first at the first hole. At other holes, the person with the lowest hole score in the preceding round tees first.

9. If invited to play business golf, offer to pay green fees, cart rental, etc. If you have invited someone to play, be prepared to cover the costs.

10. Drinking alcohol is not your best choice when playing business golf. If you drink at all, drink only if the host offers, and have no more than two.

11. Prepare a handicap card and be honest about your handicap. 12. Play the best game you can. Playing badly to let the other person win can be perceived as insulting and will damage your credibility.

13. If your opponent prefers to walk rather than use a cart, you will walk also. When using a cart, join your opponent on the green when he gets out to play or to look for a ball.

14. If playing in Asia, be prepared to bet. In other countries, abide by local customs. If wagering, keep the bets at a friendly level.

15. Arrive early to get organized and to practice before tee time.

17. Avoid talking or otherwise making noise while other golfers are playing.

18. Avoid coaching or giving unsolicited advice to your opponent.

19. Plan ahead and identify business goals for the day. If you are the host, be sure to invite the right people who can make decisions. Business golf blends business and golf. Having a goal for the day is as important as during any other business meeting.

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'Fanny Wrap' Revitalizes Classic Chemise

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Q: After reading your views about not wearing sequins or rhinestones in the daytime, I am now worried about the dress I bought for my daughter's bat mitzvah. There will be a brunch after the morning ceremony, but it certainly will not continue on into the evening. (You said it was OK to wear a beaded dress in the daytime only if the occasion continued on into the evening.) My two-piece dress has an ecru lace blouse with leg-of-mutton sleeves. The stand-up collar is edged in little silver beads, and there also are silver beads on the bow at the throat. The mid-calf skirt is a collage of antique laces, also in ecru. There are no beads on the skirt. Do the steel beads disqualify this dress for the occasion?--K.K.

A: No, wear your dress with fashion's blessings. The overall effect of your two-piece dress is ecru lace--a most appropriate fabric for the occasion and the time of day. The beading is a decorative touch, not an allover design motif.

Q: Please help me find low-heeled summer shoes in size 11DD. I cannot afford to spend more than $50.--P.V.

A: Kraus of California makes leather sling-back shoes with a one-inch wedge. They are available in bone, black patent, pink, navy, pearl gray or red for $34. You can get them in full and half sizes 6-12 N; 5-12 M, W; 6-10 M, W, and 11 WW (equivalent of DD) by writing to Old Pueblo Traders, Palo Verde at 33rd, P.O. Box 27800, Tucson, Ariz. 85726.

Music is the message for reggae, hip-hop, pop artist Matisyahu

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But ask reggae, hip-hop, pop performer Matisyahu about his appearance the previous evening at Dalai Lama's One World Concert — alongside such artists as David Crosby, Counting Crows, Dave Matthews, Nelly Furtado — and his response is positive but tempered.

That's even when you ask him about the Lama, himself (Twelfth son of the Lama, the flowing robes, the grace, bald, striking, etc.), whom is considered by many to be the rock star of the spiritual world.

"With my experience over the last decade, I've met a lot of older spiritual people so I don't get so excited about things. People are people, no matter who you are — Dalai Lama or not. . . ," says the American musician born Matthew Paul Miller. "But he does great work, he does amazing things, and he does a lot of good, so I was happy to be a part of it."

Again, Matisyahu's response is indicative of the defying of expectations that he's come to be known for since he broke onto the scene almost a decade ago as a Hasidic reggae rapper and jam-band rocker complete with a look that mirrored his religious beliefs — massive beard, black suit and, often, a yarmulke.

It was, to some, interesting because of the contradictions of expectations, in relation to how he sang and how he looked, and that, admittedly, helped propel him to a certain level of stardom, and saw to it that songs such as One Love.

But now, Matisyahu is once again defying those expectations, not only physically — he's shaved the beard, cut his hair, and sports a very fresh look that some have described as more Euro — but also with his latest album Spark Seeker, which is a more polished, poppy and mainstream dance album, that still maintains some of those elements from previous efforts.

"This was the kind of record I've wanted to make for a long time and the next record will be probably very different from this one," he says. "I'm interested in lots of different types of music, I'm inspired by different types of music. . . . Every time that I get an opportunity to make a record, to me, it's an opportunity to try out something I haven't done before and to work with new people."

This time out, that included working with producer Kool Kojak, who'd previously collaborated with such artists as Flo Rida, Ke$ha, Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj. After laying down some tracks in L.A., they then when to Israel to record, inviting guests such as rapper Shyne, to help complete what would become Spark Seeker.

For the musician, having the opportunity to show off yet one more side to what it is he does, as well as to maybe dispense with any preconceived notions any fans or critics might have, was something he, not surprisingly, found incredibly freeing and satisfying.

"That's a great feeling all around, just to do what feels right, to sort of live your truth and do what's right for you and not to be concerned with how it will go over," says Matisyahu, who also recently made his acting debut in the horror film The Possession. "In my (music) and even with my lyrics, I feel people will like it, but not everyone will like every aspect of it. But it's me at the end of the day, and it's just me in certain clothing and certain garments. . . . Sometimes you want to dress up one way and sometimes you want to dress up another way."

Still, for the most part, while those garments adorning the songs on Spark are what he describes as "glossy," he still thinks the root of what he's always sung about is there.

And whether that's spirituality or merely an uplifting message, it certainly does glow through on songs such as, the gorgeous Sunshine, the electro reggae track Fire of Freedom and the gloriously positive Shine On You, which, in sound and vibe, owes as much to the California coast as it does a return to the Jewish homeland.

"I'm not Mr. Positive all the time, but I definitely do feel that's what people look for in music. And sometimes the songs come from different places but I guess in the past my music has always had that message that has faith involved in it, just hopefulness in a positive message. And it's always about what my life is about and searching for God, searching for truth, searching for happiness — whatever you want to call it. And I write about my experience," he says, noting that the secular and non-denominational acceptance of his music and his message is not something he considers surprising considering the "one love" idea reggae often espouses.

"I think that music in general is a non-denominational kind of thing, something that goes beyond the differences of what religion that you are or what your belief system is. Music is more on a soul level or spirit level thing. I mean, for me it was never about Judaism, that was where I getting inspiration from. And still, to this day I'm getting inspiration from it, but I think that that's the type of music that I make."

As for local fans, they'll get a look at the new Matisyahu with a one-off show Sunday at Temple B'Nai Tikvah.

Perhaps it's fitting that for this concert, the songs will somewhat match the current face he's sporting — stripped naked and performed entirely acoustically with just he and a guitarist.

And for his part, the musician thinks that how he looked when he broke through and the response to how he looks now — there was more written about the lopping off of his beard and locks than when Felicity got a haircut — while entirely irrelevant to his talents and what he chooses to do with them, also help underscore the message he and his music are all about.

"I guess in general I've never really thought about how to get the message across or what the easiest way to get the message across. To me, the music will get the message across regardless of what you look like. If the message is real and you have a talent for music then your words resonate with people. And it's not that important, or at least I never put a huge importance on the way that I looked or how people would respond to it," he says.

"There are certain people who are going to get caught up in appearance. Certainly some people will be more opinionated based on that. But I think for the most part, the type of fans, the people that I've always wanted to share my music with, it's really about showing that it's something that goes beyond appearance. The appearance and the source of inspiration shouldn't eliminate that. Don't judge a book by its cover, and that's kind of what my whole career has been about.

"So much more so now that I've changed my appearance again? It's that same lesson."

Matisyahu performs Sunday at Temple B'nai Tikvah (900 47 Ave. S.W.). Tickets available from jewishcalgary.org or are available at the door.


Basics not enough to land you job after high school

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And when it comes to sports, hes not one for dreaming of making it big in the NFL or MLB.

So when the Ida S. Baker senior wondered what type of career lay in his future as a middle schooler he focused on entering public service.

What other career can you get to knock stuff down and help people, he said. Ive always been thought of as a leader, so why not become a leader.

So Figueroa became one of about 40 high school students enrolled in the firefighter course offered at the Southwest Florida Public Service Academy. He also became the class president.

The academy is part of a host of career academies and programs offered across Southwest Florida to prepare todays students for careers after graduation. Whether or not students are entering college, the K-12 system is preparing them for the workforce.

Graduating high school with the basics of math, science and English under your belt is no longer enough. If students plan on making a career after graduation, theyll need to start planning now.

As we learn every child is not going to college or university or the military, Collier Schools Superintendent Kamela Patton said. We need to have a career pathway for every child.

Like Jaasiel, middle school students are required to complete a career exploration course that helps them research the different academies and programs offered in high schools and colleges.

Career academies are specialized learning centers within schools that give students a chance to directly work toward a specific profession. Its also an opportunity to receive job training and internships. Students can spend at least two years within these academies as they learn the skills needed for their career interest. The academies range from TV production and health science to finance and culinary arts.

We have academies in every single high school and theres at least an (information technology academy) in every high school, said Christian McDaniel, a teacher-on-assignment for Lees adult and career education department. In the academies the students are engaging in hands-on activities that provide true workforce skills and at the end of their program they are earning industry certifications that are nationally recognized.

--> (Page 2 of 4) The academies are directly tied to workforce needs.

Hendry County, for example, has a primarily agricultural workforce, so welding, diesel mechanics, laboratory skills, irrigation and radiology remain top fields for students, said Paul Puletti, superintendent of Hendry County schools.

To meet the needs were starting our first certification program in welding because its huge in the sugar industry, Puletti said, adding that students could earn a starting salary anywhere between $600 and $800 a week in the profession.

The business community needs graduates with literacy skills, who can follow written and oral directions, are dependable and work well with others, Puletti said.

The technical skills behind these fields may change and evolve over time, but the agricultural industry will always be in Hendy, he said.

And people will always have to eat ... Im not saying I want all our students to stay in Hendry, either. Were educating them for the world out of this county as well, he said.

Technical centers have advisory boards that meet on a regular basis to get the pulse of the business community. FGCU hosts the Teacher Immersion Program to encourage professionals to enter schools and teachers to visit area companies.

The businesses are saying they need students with soft skills. Students who are able to present an argument, dress well and communicate, McDaniel said. Thats really interesting because the businesses are not as worried about us giving students specific skills because five, ten years down the road, who knows that skill theyll need with how fast technology evolves. But if were teaching our kids how to think and giving them the soft skills to communicate well and write well, thell be set up.

Theres also the Stem@Work program from the Foundation for Lee County Public Schools that sends teams of students interested in technology and engineering businesses a chance to see day-to-day activities. There are also local businesses, like Chicos FAS, that have established relationships with local high schools to build bridges for internships and future employment for those students.

--> (Page 3 of 4) Schools are also improving the type of academies they offer each year. Collier officials is adding more academies, including engineering, to all of the districts high schools, Patton said.

We know that 20 percent of jobs in 10 years will be STEM-related jobs, Pattons said, referring to science, technology, engineering and math fields. Right now we have one engineering academy in a high school and thats wrong. Even in that one, we have 96 percent boys and 4 percent girls, so even where we have it right, we need to keep working on getting a balanced group.

Through academies students can earn a number of industry certifications, the bulk are awarded in Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite software, McDaniel said.

Per capita, our district has the highest certification pass rate, she said, adding that more than 4,200 certifications were awarded last school year to middle and high school students.

According to the state Education Department, Collier County awarded more than 460 certifications and Charlotte students earned about 170.

About 63 percent, or more than 12,800, of Lee Countys high school students are enrolled in career academies, McDaniel said.

There used to be a stigma about choosing to go to a technical school or focus on working instead of college, Patton said.

If you have certification its proof to a potential employer that you have the skills to successfully operate the software, McDaniel said. It gives them a leg up in the business industry. It can give them an advantage when theyre applying for a job.

Public Service Students who arent interested in going to college may look at public service as a career option.

The Southwest Florida Public Service Academy has the firefighter program for high school students and will soon expand to taking on criminal justice students. This spring, seniors from Ida S. Baker will begin receiving entry-level training to become police officers, said Todd Everly, director of the academy.

Instead of them being at Ida Baker and listening to someone we will give them that life experience for a semester and see how they like it, he said.

--> (Page 4 of 4) The curriculum is still being developed, but Everly said the high school students wont be treated any differently from other police recruits and theyll have plenty of hands-on activity.

The course will be similar to firefighter program that brings in seniors from Baker, South Fort Myers and East Lee County high schools. These students earn their Firefighter 1 certification that makes them eligible to volunteer at any fire department in the country, Fire Academy Coordinator Tracy McMillion said.

These students are training in confined spaces, cutting into vehicles, climbing 120-foot ladder trucks and defeating 30-foot fires, McMillion said.

Our job is to get them to overcome their fears. When someone calls 911, theres no one else but them. We tell them, Youre the hero. Youre the one who wears the cape, he said.

After graduation, the students can continue training for Firefighter 2 and Emergency Medical Technician certification, go to college, or both.

Ana Muniz, an East Lee High senior, is the only girl in the firefighter course this year. But that hasnt stopped her from wanting to pursue this career path.

I want to be pushed and they stick with me, she said. If I fall, they pick me up. Its more difficult for me than the 25 other guys. Its physically harder, but they stay with you.

The physical training is actually Munizs favorite part of the program. Shes planning to become a fully certified paramedic and firefighter after graduation, before moving to Chicago.

Most importantly, police and fire agencies are looking to hire employees across the country, Everly said.

Since 2008, when the market dropped, there were a lot of cuts and reductions, but now agencies are starting to hire, he said.

In the three years since the firefighter program began between the academy and the high schools, McMillion said hes seen an increase in local agencies recognizing the benefits the students have received.

They understand high school (graduates) can come into your agency at 18 and 19 years old and theyre able to do a 25-year career with a fresh mind and three years of experience doing firefighter skills, he said.

Why I'm Feeling Grumpy At Christmasdiv

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This is the year when I officially joined the 'Grumpy Old Women Brigade'. My nearest and dearest would probably say that I've been a paid up member for years, but I think I'm reasonable cheerful most of the time. Well until now... Now it's Christmas, I'm beginning to think they're right as I seem to be spending a lot of time moaning. Here are some of the reasons why I'm feeling grumpy at Christmas.

I know Dress Down Day's have grown in popularity over the past few years but it's not something I've ever seen in my local supermarket. There I was at 5 am yesterday morning happily doing my Christmas food shopping when I was confronted with a shop full of people pushing shopping trollies and stacking shelves dressed just like me.

Well actually that's a bit of an exaggeration. They weren't dressed quite like me. I wasn't wearing a leopard print onesie with the hood up or hot pants and tomato coloured tights or some equally hideous outfit. Okay it wasn't all the staff but it was so many I couldn't pick out who were actually staff And this is the same supermarket who's complained about mothers turning up in their pyjamas. I'm sorry I think they just lost the moral high ground. Grump, grump!

Yesterday I was waiting for a weather report though I'm not sure why when it seems inaccurate on so many occasions but there you are. However, when it did come on I managed to miss it as I was so surprised at the weather presenters appearance.

Although wearing a perfectly pleasant dress she looked like she'd just come from playing an angel in the school's nativity play as nestled in her hair was a silver coronet of tinsel. Now judging by her age she'd probably just come straight from the office party not primary school but either way she looked ridiculous. It's not Christmas Day – there are still 4 days to go! Grump, grump

Now the only person I really buy gifts for these days is either my husband or myself. Yes you heard it myself. My husband bought me three Christmas gifts the year before we were married and hasn't managed any since. Now I don't have very expensive tastes so I thought I'd treat myself to a new hot water bottle!

Yesterday I found a very nice one with a cream knitted cover with a red heart. Slight festive – but probably the wrong festival. The packaging was so tired, I suspected that it was left over from Valentine's Day but I didn't mind and was pleased that it was reduced.

However, happiness turned to irritation when I got home and found my new hot water bottle had no stopper. Yes I can return it – but not today as the shops will be hell next week I'll be stuck in cues with all the other shoppers returning unwanted, useless or broken presents. Grump! Grump!

All small inconsequential things I know but I should also add

Patronizing cooks on TV cooking some obscure dish claiming that it's made with store cupboard ingredients – Hmm not mine. I do wonder on what planet they live on ...

TV cooks who think no one's capable of cooking a turkey and keep telling us it's 'easy if we follow a few simple instructions' – Oh please been there done that for absolutely years without your help. Grump!

All the Christmas theme items in the shops: - eg Christmas vases, t- towels, aprons, tins, cake holders, Christmas cds, Christmas underwear, Christmas hats, jumpers and crummy stocking fillers. They make me feel queasy. Too many of them will probably find their way to some landfill dump in the days directly after Christmas.

People moaning about the stress of Christmas when it's self induced. Yes I know I sound a touch hypocritical, but I'm referring to the people who insist on spending huge amounts they can't afford, invite people round they don't get on with and cook Christmas dishes no one likes because of tradition.

People not bothering to say thank you for Christmas presents – say no more .... Grump! Grump!

The tinny Christmas music played by Sky when I'm trying to choose the next TV programme I want to watch. I KNOW IT'S CHRISTMAS FOR GOODNESS SAKE. I don't need reminding.

The TV adverts which alternately tug at my heart strings – lonely pensioners, abused children, cold families, the homeless followed by happy children, people enjoying themselves to excess or buying ridiculously expensive gifts. They make me feel sad, confused and irritated all at once.

So there you are. Oh yes look at this list I have definitely joined the Grumpy Old Women Brigade moaning about nothing in particular. Now don't get me started on New Year ....

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New Jersey parents demand girls' right to bare arms - in strapless dresses

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(Reuters) - A New Jersey principal's ban on strapless dresses at a junior high school dance because they would be "distracting" to boys has enraged parents, who called on Tuesday for its reversal on the grounds it violates their daughters' constitutional rights.

The dress code shreds the 14th Amendment right to equal protection since girls for the past six years have been wearing sleeveless fashions to the dance at Readington Middle School in Readington Township, New Jersey, said parent Charlotte Nijenhuis.

Parents petitioned the school board on Tuesday to overturn the policy before the June 12th dance.

The school's principal, Sharon Moffat, said in a letter last month that a "dress with straps" was the only style that would be allowed.

Nijenhuis said she called Moffat to ask why strapless dresses had been forbidden. "She told me, 'It is because it's distracting to boys and inappropriate','" Nijenhuis said.

Another parent, Michelle D'Amico, said she was "livid" that her 14-year-old daughter was being prevented from wearing the same strapless dress that her older daughter had worn six years ago. "It's completely unjust," D'Amico said.

The Readington Township School District said in a statement on Tuesday that it "has a policy regarding dress code which is being universally applied to the school day and school events. We regret that a small number of families are upset by this and we welcome their input and communication."

At least one student, Claudine Nijenhuis, 14, said she planned to defy the ban and press her right to bare arms.

"Basically by saying 'it distracts the boys' you're also saying that it is our fault on how they control their own behavior," the teenager wrote in a letter to the principal. "I will still be attending the dinner dance function, but I will also be wearing a dress with no straps."

Myths and facts about transgender issues

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We asked Debra Davis, executive director of the Twin Cities-based Gender Education Center ( www.debradavis.org ), and Walter Bockting, a psychologist in the University of Minnesota's Program in Human Sexuality, to answer some questions about transgender issues:

Sexual makeup is simple, right? Yes, if you are an earthworm. For the rest of us, sexual identity is more complex. That's because there are many components to our sexual makeup: We have our biological sex, which is the chromosomes (xy or xx) and body parts we were born with. We have our gender, which is who we think we are (male/female/or some combination). We have our sexual orientation, which is who we are romantically attracted to (heterosexual, gay, lesbian, bisexual, asexual). And we have social roles and behaviors, which are how we present ourselves to others in the way we dress, talk and act.

Are transgender and cross-dresser the same thing? No. Transgender is an umbrella term that includes anyone who feels different about their gender. A cross-dresser falls under that umbrella and describes someone who enjoys dressing in the clothing of the opposite gender, and may or may not be gay.

Do most transgender people have gender-reassignment surgery? No. Most transgender people do not undergo surgery, primarily for health or financial reasons [although some health plans do cover it]. Female-to-male surgery is imperfect, requiring many surgeries at a cost of $50,000 to $200,000. [This may include a hysterectomy, radical mastectomy and chest contouring.] Male-to-female surgery is far better developed and easier. One surgery may be all that is needed, at a cost of $17,000 to $35,000. People who fall under the transgender umbrella who have the desire to have surgery, even if they never do, are called transsexuals.

So what do they do instead? Some do nothing. Some change their names and clothing and take hormones. Estrogen, for example, creates breasts, softer skin and the loss of body hair, although it does nothing to alter a deep voice. Testosterone creates facial and body hair, a drop in voice, muscle mass and some balding, if there is male-pattern baldness in the family.

Are transgender people gay or lesbian? No. Transgender people are straight, gay, lesbian and bi-sexual. Bockting's research suggests that, among male-to-female transgender people, 27 percent are attracted to men, 35 percent are attracted to women and 38 percent are attracted to men and women. Among female-to-male transgender people, 10 percent are attracted to men, 55 percent are attracted to women and 35 percent are attracted to men and women.

Is life always lonely for people who choose to transition? The fear of being lonely, unlovable and, more practically, unemployed is realistic, mostly at the beginning. Sixty percent of transgender people in one 2006 study were unemployed, for example. Many relationships end during and after transition. Dating can be painful; several people interviewed said it was nearly impossible to find understanding partners. Very few people are comfortable being in a relationship with a transgender person, Davis said. It's not us. It's everybody who struggles with people like us. It's lonely. It really is.

But many transgender people do fine over the long term, in life and in love, Bockting said. Keys to success are finding a supportive community and professional help to steer them along. As people find their comfort zone and begin to date and learn how to be open about who they are, Bockting said, they actually do very well.

Chinese chocolate gag named Edinburgh Fringe's funniest joke

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LONDON (Reuters) - Heard the one about the Chinese chocolate bar? Comedy fans at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival did and named it the best joke of the global arts extravaganza.

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LONDON (Reuters) - Heard the one about the Chinese chocolate bar? Comedy fans at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival did and named it the best joke of the global arts extravaganza.

English comedian Rob Auton won the Dave Award for his one-liner - "I heard a rumour that Cadbury is bringing out an oriental chocolate bar. Could be a Chinese Wispa."

The quip about the company's Wispa bar was shortlisted alongside 19 others by British television channel Dave, then submitted to a public vote.

The Scottish capital more than doubles in population in August when the Fringe combines with the up-market Edinburgh International Festival and other events focused on books and art.

2. Alex Horne - "I used to work in a shoe-recycling shop. It was sole-destroying."

3. Alfie Moore - "I'm in a same-sex marriage ... the sex is always the same."

4. Tim Vine - "My friend told me he was going to a fancy dress party as an Italian island. I said to him 'Don't be Sicily.'"

5. Gary Delaney - "I can give you the cause of anaphylactic shock in a nutshell."

6. Phil Wang - "The Pope is a lot like Doctor Who. He never dies, just keeps being replaced by white men."

7. Marcus Brigstocke - "You know you are fat when you hug a child and it gets lost."

9. Bobby Mair - "I was adopted at birth and have never met my mum. That makes it very difficult to enjoy any lapdance."

10. Chris Coltrane - "The good thing about lending someone your time machine is that you basically get it back immediately."

Astronaut selling the wrong stuff

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The lawsuit, filed in Miami federal... Email Print Astronaut Edgar Mitchell on the surface of the moon during the 1971 Apollo 14 mission.

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The lawsuit, filed in Miami federal court on Wednesday, accuses Edgar Mitchell of illegally possessing the camera and attempting to sell it for profit.

In March, NASA learned that the British auction house Bonhams was planning to sell the camera at an upcoming Space History Sale, according to the suit.

The item was labeled "Movie Camera from the Lunar Surface" and billed as one of two cameras from the Apollo 14's lunar module Antares. The lot description said the item came "directly from the collection" of pilot Edgar Mitchell and had a pre-sale estimate of $60,000 to $80,000, the suit said.

Mitchell was a lunar module pilot on Apollo 14, which launched its nine-day mission in 1971 under the command of Alan Shepard. The sixth person to walk on the moon, Mitchell is now retired and runs a website selling his autographed picture.

He has made headlines in the past for his stated belief in the existence of extraterrestrial life.

"All equipment and property used during NASA operations remains the property of NASA unless explicitly released or transferred to another party," the government suit said, adding NASA had no record of the camera being given to Mitchell.

The suit said the government had made repeated requests to Mitchell and his lawyer to return the camera but received no response.

Mitchell's lawyer, Donald Jacobson, said NASA management was aware of and approved Mitchell's ownership of the camera 40 years ago.

"Objects from the lunar trips to the moon were ultimately mounted and then presented to the astronauts as a gift after they had helped NASA on a mission," Jacobson said.

Bonhams said in an emailed statement that the camera had been slated to be auctioned off in May when it learned about the ownership dispute from NASA. The auction house withdrew the camera from sale "pending further discussion between NASA and the consignor," a Bonhams spokesperson said.

The government is asking the court to stop Mitchell from selling the camera to anyone, to order its return and to declare that the United States has "good, clean and exclusive title" to the camera.

Roberto Verino brings his Spanish style to New York

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NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - Amid curtains of black lace and silk rose petal-covered carpets, Spanish designer Roberto Verino showed a 25-year retrospective of his work that he hopes will launch him into the American market.

His mostly... Email Print 1 of 2. Designer Roberto Verino poses for a photo during a retrospective show of his work in New York March 4, 2008. Amid curtains of black lace and silk rose petal-covered carpets, Spanish designer Verino showed a 25-year retrospective of his work that he hopes will launch him into the American market. Picture taken March 4, 2008.

Related Topics Life NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - Amid curtains of black lace and silk rose petal-covered carpets, Spanish designer Roberto Verino showed a 25-year retrospective of his work that he hopes will launch him into the American market.

His mostly black and white silk, wool and linen designs spanning a quarter of a century with some in red, gold, brown and hot pink are featured at The Gabarron Foundation Carriage House Center for the Arts on Manhattan's East Side.

The retrospective, which runs through March 10, is a long way from his atelier in Madrid. But Verino told Reuters he hopes the show will help his work catch on in New York.

"I think New York City is going to be a catapult for me to enable people to get to know my work in this globalized world we find ourselves in today," Verino said.

The veteran of the Paris and Milan runways said he dreams of showing his designs at New York Fashion Week.

"We would like to be part of it, but it will not be before we have a store here," he said.

In his 25 years in fashion, Verino said the biggest change he has seen has been in the spirit of women's clothes, especially in Spain, where he has been working.

"It's gone from being repressed. Now she's a free woman. She has her own means and she can choose," he explained.

Although he also designs men's clothes, he said he loves women's curves. His inspiration, he said, is "an emotionally and economically stable woman who works."

He described his style as "very clean and very simple." His use of lighter fabrics is due to his clients' lifestyles, not global warming.

"Today people travel from one climate to another so they need to wear very functional clothing."

A woman's black vest and pants in silk crepe and viscose, paired with an ivory organza blouse with Swarovski crystal buttons -- a style from his spring/summer 1993 collection -- looked similar to the tailored menswear looks for women shown for spring 2008 in New York.

But some clothes in the retrospective were meant for destinations more glamorous than the office or the boardroom, including a red silk and leather mini dress with neckline plunging to the navel from his spring 2004 collection, and a Frida Kahlo-inspired black silk dress trimmed with red crystals and black feathers from spring 1995.

Obama Launches More Realistic 'I Have Big Ideas Bu

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CHICAGOAfter coming to terms with the limited scope of what he can realistically expect to accomplish as president, Barack Obama announced Wednesday a new, more practical campaign slogan that will serve as the cornerstone for his 2012 reelection bid: "I Have Big Ideas But We'll See How It Goes."

"My fellow citizens, I stand here today to tell you that, if given a second term, I have very big plans for our nation's future,"Obama said during a rally at Chicago's Navy Pier."Ambitious, forward-thinking plans I will have to drastically scale down based on opinion polls, budget considerations, and political roadblocks, but, you know, I'll see what I can do. No promises, though."

"More than likely I'll have to placate political rivals until my bold agenda is a shell of what it once was."Obama added."And that's what the'We'll See'campaign is all about. Now let us go boldly forth and compromise our ideals."

Saying he intends to give certain initiatives a shot but that it's not looking very good, Obama cited lasting bipartisanship cooperation in Congress, birth-control coverage for all women, and an affordable college education for every citizen as concrete examples of ridiculous ideas that Americans need to put out of their minds, because, according to the president,"We're not living in a fantasyland here."

This years campaign bus has been dubbed the Ill Try But Its Not Looking Very Good Express.

Instead, Obama said he hopes to rally voters behind causes like holding teachers accountable for student performances"while remembering tenure provisions that protect terrible educators from getting fired,"imposing a surtax on millionaires"unless of course Republicans fight me really hard, which, in that case, what are you going to do,"and an economic stimulus bill to fund new infrastructure that"doesn't have a chance in hell of passing but sure would be nice."

"Think of the America within our reach: a nation of entrepreneurs and innovators and dreamers capable of making big plans that will eventually be crushed by acrimonious gridlock,"Obama said to smattering applause."That's the future I see for America, because, let's be honest, that's just how it's always going to be."

"Then again, you never know,"Obama continued,"If 50 or 60 key people die, there's a chance some of my policy ideas might at least make it past various Senate and House committees. Fingers crossed."

According to top campaign strategist David Axelrod, the new slogan's message may sideline older themes like hope and change, but it allows Obama to portray himself as the sensible candidate who can think big, back off that thought because it has no chance of actually happening, and then settle for something nowhere near as exciting.

Axelrod said the slogan was chosen after a brainstorming session that saw the coining of such phrases as"Change We Can Believe In If We Critically Redefine The Term,""Hope Within The Boundaries Of Common Sense And Lowered Expectations,"and"Look, Any Guy You Vote Into Office Is Going To Face The Same Bullshit Problems Every PresidentDemocrat Or RepublicanHas Faced For Decades, So It Might As Well Be Me: Obama 2012."

"'Yes We Can'really resonated with citizens because they needed hope,"said Axelrod, who was wearing a'We'll See'button that depicts a subdued President Obama weighing two options, both of which, Axelrod confirmed, are less than ideal."'I Have Big Ideas But We'll See How It Goes'resonates because people have been beaten down and know they shouldn't get their hopes up in terms of the country improving."

Many pundits have already condemned the new slogan, saying that while its language may capture the spirit of the political moment, its rhetoric is too optimistic.

"On the one hand, the slogan works because it avoids using overly presumptive words like'win,''tomorrow,''future,'or'better,'" Politico 's chief White House correspondent Mike Allen said."But using a phrase like 'We'll See'is also misleading, because it implies there is a slight possibility that something could happen. Unfortunately, voters need to realize that, at this point, nothing they could ever envision for the futureand I seriously mean nothinghas any chance of ever becoming a reality."

Iran police warn 122,000 over un-Islamic dress

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Share this Email Print An Iranian policeman speaks with a woman who was arrested during a crackdown to enforce the Islamic dress code in Tehran July 23, 2007. Iranian police have warned 122,000 people, mostly women, about flouting strict Islamic dress codes since April and nearly 7,000 of those attended classes on respecting the rules, a newspaper said on Thursday.

Related Topics World TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iranian police have warned 122,000 people, mostly women, about flouting strict Islamic dress codes since April and nearly 7,000 of those attended classes on respecting the rules, a newspaper said on Thursday.

Such crackdowns, on the women as well as on men deemed to have haircuts considered too Westernized, are an annual event and usually last a few weeks. But this year's measures have been longer and more severe than in recent years.

Some government critics see the crackdown as part of broader measures to quash dissent in the media and other areas. Others see it as part of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's efforts to revive values from the early days after the 1979 revolution.

"Since the beginning of the crackdown from Ordibehesht (the Iranian month that started in April), 122,000 people have been given a warning for improper dress and 6,947 of them have taken part in guidance classes," the daily Jomhuri-ye Islami reported.

Some women, particularly in cities during the hot summer months, test the boundaries of the dress codes requiring a woman's hair to be covered and the shape of her body to disguised by a loose coat by wearing skimpier outfits.

The conservative newspaper, quoting a Tehran police commander, Reza Zaraei, said 2,422 people were detained. It was not immediately clear what happened to those detained, but in the past some had been held for a few hours.


Barbers have been told not to offer Western-style haircuts, including spiked hair, or plucking eyebrows. Iran's conservative politicians regularly rail against the "immoral" influence of the West on Iran and its culture.

Zaraei said 80,000 bottles of liquor, banned in the Islamic Republic, were also seized.

He said 482 people were arrested for taking part in mixed parties. Men and women are not allowed to mix at close quarters in Iran, unless they are family members.


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obedience 1829 , Various, The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction [1] : Poor fellow! how happy would a companion make you, to whom you could relate your battles, bouts, and courtships; but mum is the order, and Jack is used to an implicit obeyance of head-quarter orders. 1912 , W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell, Flying Machines [2] : One of the instructions given by experienced aviators to pupils, and for which they insist upon implicit obeyance , is: "If your machine gets more than 30 feet high, or comes closer to the ground than 6 feet, descend at once." 1962 , Harry Harrison, Planet of the Damned [3] : The tall soldiers of Nyjord moved in ready obeyance of their commander. Etymology 2 [ edit ] Misspelling or alteration of abeyance , by association with obey .

( nonstandard ) abeyance 1897 , Dorothy Quigley, What Dress Makes of Us [4] : The disfiguring wrinkles that make many necks unsightly may be kept in obeyance by massaging.

Out-of-the-box Thinking For Bridal Shower Gift Ideasdiv

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You've been invited to your first bridal shower -- or, as one of the bridesmaids, maybe it's up to you to host one. Either way, you have good reason to be almost as nervous about it as the bride will be on her big day because you have to come up with the right bridal shower gift ideas.

Spending too little money on your gift will make you look chintzy; spending too much will make you look insincere. An overly predictable gift will make you look lazy; an overly unique gift will make you look competitive. Here are some bridal shower gift ideas that are both clever and useful:

Online shopping gift cards. While there are local shopping malls that offer cards that be can used in any of their stores, a gift card from one of the big online retailers reflects the fact that the bride or newlywed to be may not have much spare time for bricks and mortar shopping. If you're aware of the bride's hobbies, find a retailer that specializes in the products she'd be most interested in.

Customized "Opoly" games. Just by uploading some photos, you can present the bride with one of several available versions of a personalized board game based on the classic Monopoly. The Luxury Tax is replaced by the Anniversary Tax, the Chance and Community Chest cards by Get Lucky and Family Jewels, and Go Directly To Jail is replaced by In Therapy or Visit In-Laws!

A Lazy Susan. No, it's not a drink, it's a tray that rotates (as illustrated above). Whether they're made of wood or stone, have one or two tiers, or are kept in a cabinet or on a table, a lazy Susan is a bridal shower gift idea that makes storage and retrieval of small objects such as spice jars easy – and easy to keep within reach.

Stainless Steel pots. If you insist on getting kitchenware. If they're too pricey, try a cast iron skillet — but only if it's pre-seasoned or includes seasoning instructions. Will last forever, enough said.

Relationship and romance books. Not the drugstore Gothic kind. Marriage preparation literature should be more along the lines of a game plan for staying married. Look for books featuring questions about love or relationship quizzes for couples. If you order them as e-books, you could print them out, put them in a nice binder, and wrap them up with copies of them burned to a CD. At the end of the day, the very best gift you can give a bride is "job security," isn't it?

All in all, you want bridal shower gift ideas that project your thoughtfulness, sense of value, initiative, and flair for originality.

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Kanye West ruins Taylor Swift's magic moment at VMAs

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In a rare conciliatory moment, West took to his blog to apologize. In a standard all-caps message, West said: "I'M SOOOOO SORRY TO TAYLOR SWIFT AND HER FANS AND HER MOM. I SPOKE TO HER MOTHER RIGHT AFTER AND SHE SAID THE SAME THING MY MOTHER WOULD'VE SAID. SHE IS VERY TALENTED!" West — who has flipped out after losing at the VMAs, the Grammys, the American Music Awards and more — once again took umbrage when the awards process didn't go the way he wanted it to — but this time, it was on behalf of Beyonce. Beyonce, nominated for best female video for "Single Ladies," was bested by Swift, the best-selling artist of the year outside of Jackson. The 19-year-old was giddy when she won for her clip "You Belong With Me," the first award given out Sunday, and said: "I always wondered what it would be like to maybe win one of these someday, but never actually thought it would happen." But West ruined her moment when he jumped on stage at Radio City Music Hall. "Taylor, I'm really happy for you, and I'm gonna let you finish, but Beyonce had one of the best videos of all time," said West, as a shocked Beyonce looked on and the crowd began to boo. A crestfallen Swift didn't finish her speech, but the crowd applauded her anyway. She later performed "You Belong With Me" in a subway station. Swift later got a speech do-over, courtesy of Beyonce, who won video of the year for "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)." Beyonce recalled that she won her first VMA at age 17, as a member of Destiny's Child. "I remember how excited I was," she said. "I'd like Taylor to come out and have her moment." A smiling but nervous Swift then said, "Can we try this again?" before going on to thank everyone she would have thanked had West not interrupted her. Later, backstage, Swift said she had never met West and had been a fan. She declined to get into a verbal tussle with West: "I don't know him and I don't want to start anything." Instead, she praised Beyonce for giving her the stage: "I thought that I couldn't love Beyonce more and then tonight happened and it was just wonderful." The celebrity crowd was unforgiving of West. When Diddy read his name later in the show while introducing the nominees for best male video, the crowd booed, and Diddy said in mock surprise, "What happened?" The crowd responded by chanting Swift's name (T.I. ended up winning the award). They also booed his name later. West also addressed that, too, on his blog: "BEYONCE'S VIDEO WAS THE BEST OF THIS DECADE!!!! ... EVERYBODY WANNA BOOOOO ME BUT I'M A FAN OF REAL POP CULTURE!!! NO DISRESPECT BUT WE WATCHIN' THE SHOW AT THE CRIB RIGHT NOW CAUSE ... WELL YOU KNOW!!!! I'M STILL HAPPY FOR TAYLOR!!!! " The incident provided the VMAs with its traditional watercooler moment, but also completely overshadowed what had been expected to be the show's main attraction — a poignant, tender tribute to Michael Jackson by Madonna and sister Janet. Madonna gave a moving speech about her relationship with Jackson, which began when she was a youngster idolizing the then-child star, then morphed into a friendship when both were at the apex of their careers and later, grew distant. Madonna lamented the negative publicity that dogged him in his later years. "Sometimes, we have to lose things before we can truly appreciate them," said Madonna, dressed in black. "Yes, Michael Jackson was a human being, but yes, he was a king," she told the celebrity-studded crowd, which included Michael's brother Jermaine and father Joe Jackson. "Long live the king." The musical tribute began afterward, as Jackson clones dressed in some of his signature outfits recreated his famous dance moves from his videos. Then, as "Scream," his duet with Janet, appeared on a large screen, his sister came out to recreate the moves from their only video together as the crowd, including Beyonce, cheered her on. Afterward, she looked heavenward, and bowed. Jackson died June 25 at age 50. Jackson was not only an integral part of MTV's history, he also provided the VMAs with some of its most memorable moments, including his infamous smooch with then-wife Lisa Marie Presley, in 1994. The night had its surreal moments. Lady Gaga — who arrived at the show wearing a gold mask right out of "Phantom of the Opera" and with Kermit the Frog as her date — gave a typically eccentric performance of her song "Paparazzi." It started off with Lady Gaga dressed in white, on the floor, and seemed to recall Madonna's famous VMA wedding-dress performance. But it soon morphed into bizarre imagery that included a bedazzled wheelchair, Lady Gaga dancing with a crutch, and ended with her hanging as fake blood drenched her torso. Later, when she won the award for best new artist, she accepted it draped in red lace from head to toe — literally, as the lace covered her face. She ripped the lace from her face during her profanity-laden speech, which she ended by saying, "Thank you for God and for the gays." The night's best performance may have come courtesy of Pink, who delivered a high-flying version of her song "Sober" with an acrobatic, trapeze act that had her dangling from the rafters. And the night didn't just focus on music: Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner, the stars of the vampire film "Twilight," presented an extended trailer from the movie's sequel, "New Moon." A Jackson moment ended the night, however. The VMAs aired the full trailer for "This Is It," the documentary about Jackson's preparations for his comeback concerts that were to be held in London. The trailer included new footage of Jackson performing his signature moves. The film is due to come out in October.

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