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Month: July 2021

Md. and Va. tax-free shopping holidays coming in August

Every August shoppers in Maryland and Virginia get a break from paying sales tax on certain purchases related to the new school year and colder seasons, and those dates again are fast approaching.

Every August, shoppers in Maryland and Virginia get a break from paying sales tax on certain purchases related to the new school year and colder seasons, and those dates again are fast approaching.

Virginia kicks off its sales tax holiday Aug. 6 for a three-day period, and Maryland follows with a week of savings that begins Aug. 8.

Both jurisdictions have different promotions, but the good news

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Las Vegas’s $2 Billion Wedding Industry Is Back : NPR

Brendan Paul (center) poses in front of newlyweds Jess Sandoval and Alana Stroebel at the Graceland wedding chapel in downtown Las Vegas.

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Brendan Paul (center) poses in front of newlyweds Jess Sandoval and Alana Stroebel at the Graceland wedding chapel in downtown Las Vegas.

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Brendan Paul has got the look. The dyed black pompadour. The bedazzled suit. The sunglasses. He’s an Elvis impersonator and, on a recent Wednesday, he’s guiding two young women – Jess Sandoval and Alana Stroebel – through

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Gap’s Yeezy Partnership Grabs Media Attention

Gap’s partnership with Kanye West has brought the mall mainstay significant media attention. Shutterstock.

The multi-year team-up with Kanye West’s Yeezy brand saw Gap garner $34.9 million in media impact value  since its announcement in June of 2020, according to marketing software firm LaunchMetrics. The company determines media impact value through an owned algorithm that calculates the impact that various media mentions and placements has for a brand.

The news is a promising sign for the American mall staple, which hopes the partnership will bring it back into the fold of fashion relevance.

Earlier this year, the company said it 

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Polk County Police Show Off Seized Jewelry After Drug Trafficking Arrests

“Can ya’ll make a rap song about this?” The Polk County Sheriff said during a press conference.

The Polk County Police Department arrested over two dozen people as a resulted of a reported 16-month long sting operation. According to Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd, investigators confiscated a notable amount of evidence from the scene that included $88,000 in cash, $89,000 worth of jewelry, and $283,000 worth of narcotics and drug paraphernalia.


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Other than stating the facts of the arrest, Judd made a concerted effort to mock the suspects that were arrested. “That’s right, they thought they were

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‘Loving being 60’: Texas pageant contestants show age is just a number

DALLAS, July 27 (Reuters) – Piano teacher and grandmother of seven Kimberly Ghedi used to think 60 was a death sentence.

But since reaching that milestone, the 63-year-old started working out, got married – and entered the Ms. Texas Senior America beauty pageant in Dallas on Saturday.

She won.

“My self-image has changed, because I feel like there’s beauty in the wrinkles and I feel like there’s a lot to be said about being a woman that’s mature,” she said.

The pageant, for women between 60 and 75 years old, featured baton twirling, belly-dancing, a rendition of Lee Greenwood’s “Proud

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Afterpay Sees BNPL Pact As Brick-and-Mortar Booster

For most Americans, buy now, pay later (BNPL) is still mostly an online shopping experience. That is where they first encountered the increasingly popular payment method and because BNPL offers in physical locales are less common. But Afterpay is looking to change that as the brand struck a deal with Westfield shopping centers in the U.S., teaming up to bring malls into the 21st century with joint investment in building customer experiences at Westfield shopping centers across the U.S. Starting of course, with Afterpay’s specialty — BNPL payments are now available at in-store locations like Lush Cosmetics, Aldo, The Children’s

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