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Are Vintage Corningware Casserole Dishes Worth Thousands of Dollars?

For some, white casserole dishes with blue cornflower and multi-colored floral designs bring to mind warm memories from the past. Corningware, based in Corning, New York, was founded in 1958, and through the decades its kitchenware products were popular wedding gifts.

In January 2020, ClickOrlando published a story headlined, “How to know if your vintage CorningWare is worth some serious money,” and the nostaglia-centric website Do You Remember also reported that “old Corningware dishes from the 1970s could be worth thousands of dollars.” Similar claims have been included in online advertising that, when clicked, lead to seemingly endless slideshows that require readers to click through sometimes more than 100 pages. The goal for these websites is to make more money on the ads displayed with the slideshow than it cost to run the ad that lured readers to the story in the first place. The tactic is referred to as

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  • December 5, 2020
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You can cut down your Christmas tree from a National Forest. Here’s how.

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Kenosha Shooter Kyle Rittenhouse’s MAGA-Loving Defense Team Implodes

While Kyle Rittenhouse awaits trial for killing two people at a Kenosha, Wisconsin, Black Lives Matter protest this summer, his lawyers are in prosecutors’ crosshairs.From the start of the high-profile case, Rittenhouse’s lawyers have attracted nearly as much attention as he has. Now, the 17-year-old’s main lawyer, John Pierce, is off the case, after prosecutors argued that fundraisers for Rittenhouse could act as a “slush fund” for the embattled attorney. Another prominent attorney who has associated himself with Rittenhouse, Lin Wood, also appears to have pivoted away from the case in order to focus his efforts on overturning President Donald Trump’s 2020 election loss.Rittenhouse was charged with reckless homicide after he fatally shot two people and wounded a third person at the August protest. He has pleaded not guilty and says he acted in self-defense.The Lawyer Raising Money for

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  • December 5, 2020
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Inside the studio of John T. Unger, creator of gorgeous sculptural firebowls

I first met my friend John T. Unger back in the early 2000s when I stumbled upon his amazing sculptural firebowls — crafted from the round ends of recycled propane tanks. 

I adored the meta nature of this form he invented: The bowls are crafted from a substance that’s related to fire itself (propane tanks), decorated with licking-flame patterns redolent of the paint jobs on 1950s hotrods, and are, in the end, functional containers for flame — you build a fire inside, and it casts gorgeous flame-shadows in all directions …

I love layered, functional art like this.

John became a regular and brilliant commenter on my old blog Collision Detection, a prolific blogger himself, and has continually cranked out evermore ambitious art using reclaimed materials, including a series of huge mosaics — one of my favorites is his massive American flag mosaic made from 20,000 Budweiser beer caps.

But

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  • December 5, 2020
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Defying the odds: These companies actually thrived during the pandemic

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Web Summit 2020 showcased the massive growth in tech this year.


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It’s doubtful 2020 will be remembered by any of us as a vintage year for living our best lives. As the coronavirus pandemic has raged around the world, most of us have struggled and just-about-coped rather than thrived.

But there are exceptions to that rule. As we’ve come to rely more heavily than ever on online products and platforms, many of the tech companies behind those offerings have actively thrived over the past 12 months and had their best year yet.

It’s something that was readily apparent this week during Web Summit, Europe’s biggest tech conference, which was held virtually for the first time this year. As CEOs, other top executives, politicians and even a handful of celebrities gathered

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  • December 5, 2020
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MLB Winter Meetings 2020: Yankees lose DJ LeMahieu? J.T. Realmuto’s mystery team; Trevor Bauer gets paid? Mets land a star | 10 bold predictions

Get ready for the strangest MLB Winter Meetings any of us can remember.

This year won’t involve a fancy hotel, rumors coming out of late-night conversations in the bar or lobby, or trades completed in the secrecy of hotel rooms. That was pre-COVID life. In 2020, the most interesting week of the Major League Baseball offseason will happen like most everything else in 2020: Virtually.

So get ready for even more rumors (less in-person talk means more virtual banter), some big moves and a wild week that can change the landscape of the sport for 2021 and beyond.

Introducing Yankees Insider: Get exclusive news, behind-the-scenes observations and the ability to text message directly with beat writers

Here are 10 bold predictions for the 2020 MLB Winter Meetings.

Mets land George Springer: As dots begin to connect the Mets to catcher James McCann, another shoe feels destined to drop. Why

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  • December 5, 2020
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Fenyx Rising’ is a worthy adventure wavering between cringe and charm

Aphrodite says she wants to extend her “apple care.” Hermes needs a haircut, because what a slob, right? And according to the game, Greek columns are so “played out.”

The comedy in Ubisoft’s “Immortals: Fenyx Rising” may be beyond endurance for some folks. It’s also unrelenting. Zeus and the Titan Prometheus narrate Fenyx’s entire adventure, but never shut up even for a few minutes. Every new area demands new snark from the oafish Zeus, who complains about needing to get back into shape, and that the story took too long to get to the title screen. It’s another semi-self-aware, open-world Ubisoft game with an overly long introduction. It’s a new intellectual property, albeit set in the “played out” world of Greek mythology, and built from the foundations of the “Assassin’s Creed” series. And like most Ubisoft games, the writing and character work leaves a lot to be desired.

        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

 

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  • December 5, 2020
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Covid can’t stop the holiday cookie swap

There is no crowding into a small kitchen this year, waiting for your turn with the stand mixer or the oven, and grabbing handfuls of warm treats off a buffet platter.

Like so many other 2020 events, holiday cookie swaps will look a little different in the time of social distancing.

But you can still get the sugar rush and endorphin boost of a traditional baking binge without cramming into close quarters. These pandemic-friendly cookie swap ideas will help you celebrate this time-honored holiday tradition safely — and much less stressfully.

Do a virtual swap

The easiest way to do a cookie swap in the middle of a pandemic is — where else? — online. There are a few ways to pull off a virtual cookie swap.

If you want to make a bunch of different cookies on your own, each participant in your swap can choose one recipe and

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  • December 5, 2020
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Will Kansas remote learning mean fewer snow days after 2020?

Between concerns about schools staying open and the challenges of learning remotely, teachers and students are haunted by another question that goes beyond 2020: Will snow days disappear forever?

Schools invested in both the know-how and technology to teach students remotely. In the midst of a pandemic, they had no choice.

The resulting capability to hold classes that reached into students’ homes means that heavy snows, slick roads or sub-zero temperatures don’t have to shut down virtual schooling.

But Kansas school districts are reluctant to freeze out the snow day tradition entirely.

For one thing, months of online learning have exposed the practice as less effective than in-person classes. For another, educators embrace those weather-driven, stress-free breaks just like the kids.

“Having those snow days is part of the tradition of being a student, being a teacher,” said Tom Vontz, the director of the Master of Arts in Teaching program

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  • December 5, 2020
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An escape to mountains in North Carolina



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This was supposed to be the year of the bucket-list trip for us. My wife and I had both planned to take extended time off from work as we carefully crafted our month-long adventure throughout Southeast Asia with our kids. As we watched the pandemic sweep the globe, we knew we’d have to cancel our aspirational trip to the Far East and put it off for another year at least.

Since the start of the pandemic, we’ve stayed home in South Florida almost entirely, except for a few local road trips where we could isolate safely. We canceled all other travel plans and instead refocused our energy on homeownership again. But with the colder weather arriving in

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  • December 5, 2020
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Should You Buy Annual Travel Insurance Next Year?

Should you buy annual travel insurance next year?

For Debbie Winsett, who plans several trips to Israel next year, it comes down to simple math. If she had to insure each trip individually, she’d pay thousands of dollars. But she’ll be leading several tours to the Holy Land in 2021, and there’s a more efficient, and less expensive, insurance option for that. It’s a single policy that covers everything.

“I love knowing it would cover weekend trips I might need to cancel, or random other travel throughout the year,” she says.

Winsett is part of a trend to buy annual travel insurance next year.

“We are now seeing a big shift in the market,” says Sasha Gainullin, CEO of battleface, a travel insurance site. “Annual and multitrip policies are becoming more and more popular.”

What’s annual travel

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  • December 5, 2020