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Articles from the November 24, 2016 edition

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  • Keep Your Wallet Stuffed – U.S. Consumers To Benefit This Thanksgiving Thanks to Lower Grocery Prices

    Vildana Hajric|Nov 24, 2016

    Americans have at least one thing to be thankful for this year: the average Thanksgiving meal will cost less thanks to lower grocery prices. In its annual survey of Thanksgiving dinner prices, the American Farm Bureau Federation reported this week that the average price of a meal for 10 has fallen compared to last year. The group surveyed grocery store prices, excluding coupons and promotions, and found lower prices for items such as turkey, pumpkin-pie mix, carrots, celery, and milk. A...

  • Thanksgiving Day Facts from the U.S. Census Bureau

    U.S. Census Bureau|Nov 24, 2016

    In the fall of 1621, the Pilgrims - early settlers of Plymouth Colony - held a three-day feast to celebrate a bountiful harvest. Many regard this event as the nation's first Thanksgiving. The Wampanoag Indians in attendance played a key role. Historians have recorded ceremonies of thanks among other groups of European settlers in North America. These include the British colonists in Virginia as early as 1619. The legacy of thanks and the feast have survived the centuries, as the event became a...

  • Kauai Recognized as a "Best of the World" Destination in 2017 by National Geographic

    Zane|Nov 24, 2016

    Today, National Geographic Traveler magazine announced the results of its coveted "Best of the World" list, which features 21 must-see destinations in 2017. Kauai, Hawaii's Island of Discovery, is just one of three locations from the United States and the only Hawaiian Island showcased. "It's a great honor for Kauai to be recognized by National Geographic Traveler and such an esteemed group of travel professionals," said Sue Kanoho, executive director of the Kauai Visitors Bureau. "With Kauai's...

  • SNL Pokes Fun at Donald Trump's Promises, Kellyanne Conway's Regrets

    Observer Staff|Nov 24, 2016

    2/21/2016: Saturday Night Live began with a 6 minute segment with Alec Baldwin reprising his role as Donald Trump. The actor no doubt has steady work for the next 4 years. Kate McKinnon, who last week did a moving rendition of Hillary Clinton singing "Halleleujah" by the recently deceased Leonard Cohen, Now plays Conway. I suppose any role with a blond woman is hers. "You're the reason I got elected," says Baldwin as Trump. "I think about that every day," says McKinnon wistfully, as Conway....

  • Bel Air Church to Supply Thanksgiving Meals for 13,000

    Zane|Nov 24, 2016

    Bel Air Church (a.k.a. Bel Air Presbyterian Church) is providing 1,300 Thanksgiving meal boxes that each feed 10 people. For almost 30 years, the congregation has come together to pack food baskets for struggling families and individuals throughout the Los Angeles area. These are distributed to Bel Air's local missionary partners, including the Los Angeles Mission, Hope Gardens Family Center, Children's Hunger Fund, and local churches, organizations, and families throughout greater Los Angeles....

  • Magical Weekend for Harry Potter Spinoff "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them"

    Vildana Hajric, Observer Staff Writer|Nov 24, 2016

    J.K. Rowling's "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," a prequel to the Harry Potter blockbuster franchise, made its silver screen debut on Thursday night, grossing $75 million domestically during its opening weekend. The Warner Bros. film, starring Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne as a magizoologist who travels the world seeking magical creatures, had a total budget of $180 million. Pre-release tracking had predicted around $90 million for the weekend, according to Box Office Mojo. The movie, bas...

  • "A Little House Christmas" is a beautiful and charming alternative to such well known standards as "A Christmas Carol."

    Ron Irwin, Observer Staff Writer|Nov 24, 2016

    Evolving into an annual event at the Sierra Madre Playhouse, "A Little House Christmas" is a beautiful and charming alternative to such well known standards as "A Christmas Carol." It is set in the late 19th century in rural Kansas. A small but loving family, the Ingalls family shares a small cabin across the river from the town. Christmas is fast approaching and excitement and anticipation fills the air. In advance of the Christmas holiday the family gathers with friends for some square...

  • Breitbart Accuses Betsy DeVos, Trump Education Secretary, of Supporting Common Core

    Sarah Storkin, Observer Staff Writer|Nov 24, 2016

    Breitbart news accuses President Elect Donald Trump's choice to lead the Department of Education, as a supporter of Common Core. Amway co-founder Betsy DeVos is a billionaire known for her philanthropy. She's also a grandmother and a person who has been involved in educational groups and causes for a long time. Trump promised to do away with common core, which is a popular opinion among his conservative, rural, blue collar base. This from "Anti-Common Core grassroots groups of...

  • Feed lettuce to a giraffe, watch Penguins, then walk on the beach, all in an afternoon.

    Sabine Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Nov 24, 2016

    In the scintillating Pacific Coast's cradle, where palm trees soar and cactus flowers bloom, the Santa Barbara Zoo rises boldly to smile at the oil tankers encroaching from the horizon. In this 30-acre, 146-species sanctuary, people of all ages can learn about the last remaining gems of magic on our planet – the animals of each of Earth's corners – and can be inspired and empowered to protect them from human-controllable threats, such as the burning of fossil fuels. As a bonus, the Santa Bar...