Travel headaches for Christmas travelers

Travel headaches for Christmas travelers

Travelers setting out for the holidays could face trouble, with anticipated Christmas Eve snow around the Great Lakes states and heavy rain expected along the East Coast. National Weather Service meteorologists predicted rain that would turn into snow for some parts of Missouri to Michigan, with several inches expected Wednesday in portions of Illinois. Officials […]

Gifts cross philosophical, religious lines

Gifts cross philosophical, religious lines

Christmastime is here and a new poll reveals the cards and gifts that are part of celebrating the holiday are ubiquitous, even among those who don’t share the Christian beliefs behind the story of the Magi who gave the first Christmas gifts. According to the Associated Press-GfK poll, 77 percent of Americans plan to exchange […]

Kissing under the…err…pot branch?

Kissing under the…err…pot branch?

That’s not mistletoe. From new marijuana strains for the holidays to gift sets and pot-and-pumpkin pies, the burgeoning marijuana industry in Colorado is scrambling to get a piece of the holiday shopping dollar. Dispensaries in many states have been offering holiday specials for medical customers for years — but this first season of open-to-all-adults marijuana […]

Merry Christmas from Capitol Hill Blue

Merry Christmas from Capitol Hill Blue

Merry Christmas from all of us at Capitol Hill Blue and our sincere wishes for a happy and safe holiday along with a Happy New Year. This Christmas is more special than ever for our founder, long-time newspaperman and photographer Doug Thompson, who left the hospital on Christmas Eve after a long stay from a […]

Shoppers spending disappoints retailers during holiday

Shoppers spending disappoints retailers during holiday

U.S. shoppers spent cautiously this holiday season, a disappointment for retailers who slashed prices to lure people into stores and now must hope for a post-Christmas burst of spending. Sales of electronics, clothing, jewelry and home goods in the two months before Christmas increased 0.7 percent compared with last year, according to the MasterCard Advisors […]

Storm loaded with snow, tornadoes headed East

Storm loaded with snow, tornadoes headed East

An enormous storm system that dumped snow and sleet on the nation’s midsection and unleashed damaging tornadoes around the Deep South began punching its way toward the Northeast on Wednesday, slowing holiday travel. Post-Christmas travelers braced for flight delays and a raft of weather warnings for drivers, a day after rare winter twisters damaged buildings […]

Christmas presents from Mother Nature: Storms, hurricanes

Christmas presents from Mother Nature: Storms, hurricanes

Forecasts of snow, sleet and freezing rain threatened to complicate Christmas Day travel around the nation’s midsection Tuesday as several Gulf Coast states braced for a chance of twisters and powerful thunderstorms. A blizzard watch was posted for parts of Indiana and western Kentucky for storms expected to develop Tuesday amid predictions of up to […]

‘Fiscal cliff’ worries last minute shoppers

‘Fiscal cliff’ worries last minute shoppers

Retailers may not see a sales surge this weekend as ho-hum discounts and fears about imminent tax hikes and cuts in government spending give Americans fewer reasons to open their wallets in the last few days before Christmas. The acrimonious debate in Washington over how to avoid the so-called “fiscal cliff” is one of a […]

Screwing the boss apparently wasn’t all that great

Screwing the boss apparently wasn’t all that great

Former Playboy playmate and Hugh Hefner plaything Izabella St. James isn’t too kind when it comes to talking about belly bumping with the legendary founder of Playboy Magazine. Besides saying that Hef lets his dogs poop in the Los Angeles mansion because they are not house trained and keeps his playmate girlfriends on a $1,000 […]

Winter storm heads for Washington, DC

Winter storm heads for Washington, DC

A rare white Christmas in parts of the South was complicating life for some travelers as airlines canceled hundreds of flights, while snow was predicted for the nation’s Capital and travel authorities warned of potentially dangerous roads. The National Weather Service said the storm could bring 6 to 10 inches of snow to the Washington […]