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Win tickets to Alabama!!

    Everything Country Froggy 100.3 reminds you that while you’re finishing your Christmas shopping, don’t forget that the legendary Alabama’s coming to the Times Union Center in Albany, Sunday January 20th to celebrate their 50th anniversary! Next week, when you hear a Christmas classic from Alabama, call in to win your tickets! Wake up with Ben…

The Froggy Days of Christmas have returned!

  The Froggy Days of Christmas are back!!! If you haven’t finished your Christmas shopping yet or if you want to reward yourself then Everything Country Froggy 100.3 invites you to wake up with Ben Ryan & at 7:30 he’ll let you know what the prize pack is for the particular day. Then you’ll fill…

Stewart’s Shops Holiday Match Program returns!

  Everything Froggy 100.3 is proud to once again be working with Stewarts Shops for their annual Holiday match program. Stewarts Shops have been helping children in this community for many years now and need your help to keep this going. When you stop by your neighborhood Stewarts Shops, drop your change into the container…

Kenny Chesney returns to Albany!

    Kenny Chesney Songs for the Saints 2019 Tour Adds Dates including May 9th at the Times Union Center in Albany! Taking The Music To The Fans with More Cities + Venues NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Focusing on smaller venues and markets not directly impacted by his massive stadium tours, Kenny Chesney sought to make his…

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NY AG: Trump Foundation agrees to dissolve amid lawsuit

The New York Attorney General’s Office announced the Trump Foundation has signed a stipulation agreeing to dissolve the foundation under judicial supervision on Tuesday.

Last month, a court decision allowed a lawsuit filed by Attorney General Barbara Underwood to move forward.

The lawsuit seeks millions in restitution and penalties and prevent President Trump and his three eldest children from serving on boards of other New York charities remains ongoing.

Attorney General Underwood released the following statement:

“Our petition detailed a shocking pattern of illegality involving the Trump Foundation – including unlawful coordination with the Trump presidential campaign, repeated and willful self-dealing, and much more. This amounted to the Trump Foundation functioning as little more than a checkbook to serve Mr. Trump’s business and political interests.

Today’s stipulation accomplishes a key piece of the relief sought in our lawsuit earlier this year. Under the terms, the Trump Foundation can only dissolve under judicial supervision – and it can only distribute its remaining charitable assets to reputable organizations approved by my office.

This is an important victory for the rule of law, making clear that there is one set of rules for everyone. We’ll continue to move our suit forward to ensure that the Trump Foundation and its directors are held to account for their clear and repeated violations of state and federal law.

The Attorney General filed the stipulation with the court today; it is awaiting the judge’s signature.

 

Trump’s safety panel seeks to revoke school discipline rules

President Donald Trump’s school safety commission is proposing a rollback of Obama-era guidance that was meant to curb racial disparities in school discipline.

The commission was led by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and made dozens of policy recommendations in a report released Tuesday. Trump created the panel in March following the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

Among the commission’s chief proposals is a rollback of 2014 guidance discouraging schools from suspending or expelling students or reporting them to police. The guidance was created after a finding that black students faced severe discipline far more often than whites.

But the commission says the guidance left schools afraid to take action against potentially violent students.

The panel’s report does not encourage schools to arm teachers and other school employees but provides guidelines if they choose to.

NY AG reaches settlement with Charter/Spectrum on misleading internet speeds

The New York Attorney General’s Office announced it reached a record $172 million consumer fraud settlement with Charter/Spectrum for defrauding customers.

As part of settlement, Charter is required to implement major precedent-setting marketing and business practice reforms.

The Attorney General’s Office says that Charter has also made substantial network enhancements following its investigation.

The settlement includes direct restitution of $62.5 million for over 700,000 active subscribers, who will each receive between $75 and $150, as well as streaming services and premium channels, with a retail value of over $100 million, at no charge for approximately 2.2 million active subscribers.

In 2017, the Attorney General’s office filed a detailed complaint in New York State Supreme Court, alleging that Charter had failed to deliver the internet speed or reliability it had promised subscribers in several respects.

Charter issued this statement following the settlement:

“We are pleased to have reached a settlement with the Attorney General on the issue of certain Time Warner Cable advertising practices in New York prior to our merger, and to have put this litigation behind us.  Charter has made, and continues to make, substantial investments enhancing internet service across the state of New York since our 2016 merger, as acknowledged by the Attorney General in this settlement.  We look forward to continue providing the best TV, Internet, Voice and Mobile products to our customers, and to bringing broadband to more homes and businesses across the state.”

Christmas trees and their decorations have evolved

In the story of St. Boniface, a Thunder Oak decorated with lit candles and gilded apples was glowing in the dark forest one Christmas day in 8th century Germany. The pagan god Thor was to be appeased with a human sacrifice. But Wynfred, an English Christian missionary later to be known as St. Boniface, split the giant oak into four parts with one stroke of an ax, revealing a small fir tree nearby … the first Christmas tree, perhaps.

SOME ARBOREAL HISTORY

The exact origin of the Christmas tree isn’t known, but for centuries, people have had the urge to decorate trees at this time of year.

In ancient Rome, decorated trees were part of the festival of Saturn, celebrated beginning Dec. 17. The Paradise Tree of the Middle Ages was a fir tree hung with red apples, a prop used in the Biblical play telling the story of Adam and Eve. That tradition was moved into homes after the “miracle plays” were banned in the 15th century. In Germany, a written record from 1604 describes trees decorated with paper roses, apples, and figures of Adam and Eve and a serpent.
The custom of decorating trees at Christmas gained popularity in the British Empire in 1841 when Queen Victoria and Prince Albert celebrated the birth of their first son with a decorated tree at Windsor Castle.

AND NOW FOR SOME LIGHTS

In the late 19th century, gas jets and then electric lights were tried as replacements for candles.
According to the National Electrical Contractors Association, the first electric Christmas lights were lit in 1882, three years after the incandescent bulb was invented. Edward Johnson, a friend and partner of Thomas Edison, hand-wired 80 “patriotic” red, white and blue bulbs and wound them around a rotating evergreen tree in his home. In subsequent years, publicity (such as Grover Cleveland lighting the White House tree with electric lights) and electrification in rural areas made electric Christmas tree lights more popular.

THE TREE

The “technology” of the tree itself has also advanced over the years, mostly to adapt to warmer and drier homes. Firs, spruces and some pines were found to be the best evergreens at holding onto their leaves under these conditions, both for looks and to reduce the fire hazard from dry leaves indoors.
Another way to offset the effects of today’s drier homes is to put the tree in the coolest spot, or at least not right where an air duct spills hot air out into the room. Spraying the tree with an anti-transpirant such as Wilt-Pruf also helps. Keeping the base of the tree in water — after making a clean cut — allows water to enter the base to replace moisture lost through the needles. A couple of tablespoons of bleach in the water inhibits bacterial growth which clogs the stems.

Still, Christmas trees — and Christmas — don’t last forever. You may be heartened to know that the residents of Christmas, Florida, live up to their name by maintaining a year-round Christmas tree.

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