Black Friday 2015 Sales: Fanatics Best Sports Gear Deals

Its that time again. Black Friday 2015 is here.

And, as expected, there are thousands of online deals to be had, including at sports gear and apparel stores Fanatics and FansEdge.

Each website is ushering in the holiday shopping frenzy with big sales beginning Friday, which include discounts and free shipping on your favorite teams merchandise.

Fanatics and FansEdge have gear and apparel for the following: NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, College, NASCAR, Golf, UFC, WNBA, Soccer, Olympics, Arena Football and Lacrosse. The sites also sells collectible memorabilia.

With thousands of items for men, women and children, youll surely find what youre looking for this holiday season on either site.

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Obscure Chinese web servers at the end of your connections? It’s legit, and …

Netcraft has issued an update to its regular rating of the worlds most-used web servers and found two Chinese nginx forks on the rise.

The usual suspects top the charts: Apaches out in front with 86,528,264 active sites, a 49.99 per cent market share. nginxs 27,855,455 users give it 16.09 per cent share. Microsoft and Google come in third and fourth with 9.99 per cent and 7.62 per cent respectively.

New organization helps Nampa businesses

“It grew out of a discussion between myself, the TECenter and Nampa City where we brainstormed about all the resources Nampa was lacking and through those conversations we identified there was a lack of networking opportunity,” Beth Ineck, Nampa director of economic development said. “We found people were having to commute into Boise or Meridian to get these services.”

The Nampa Entrepreneurs Organization has partnered with the Small Business Development Center, the Women’s Business Center and the Small Business Administration to create the organization. It  has hosted two events. At one event, held at the Dewey Restaurant and Lounge, the restaurant owner described everything he had to do to open his business.

We asked them to stand up and tell their story and what their challenges were,” Ineck said. “Just to get people thinking about what they have to do.”

The organization’s next event is in January at Peppershock Media.

Educational material and event information can be found at its Facebook page.

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Sioux Falls urging residents to recycle cooking grease

SIOUX FALLS, SD – The city of Sioux Falls is urging residents to recycle the grease resulting from holiday cooking.

People are being asked to not throw used grease in the garbage and not pour it down the drain. Instead, residents are asked to take the cooking oil to the Household Hazardous Waste Facility in Sioux Falls.

Residents of Lake, Lincoln, McCook, Minnehaha and Turner counties can dispose of the unwanted oil for free at the facility. The oil will be recycled as a renewable fuel.

Fire officials are also asking residents to be mindful of becoming distracted or even falling asleep while preparing a meal on the stove. The National Fire Prevention Association says 40 percent of home fires start in the kitchen, and the leading cause of kitchen fires is unattended cooking.

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Organization helps homeless families into homes of their own

Cynara Atherely prepared a Thanksgiving dinner in a home she never thought shed have.

I lost hope for a minute,” the mother told Channel 9.

She and her two kids left their home because of domestic violence and stayed with relatives, but were homeless.

Channel 9 learned the number of kids in Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools who dont have a home of their own, whether theyre staying with family, in shelters or even on the streets, is growing. At the end of 2014, there were 4,131 homeless children in CMS. 

Our children are our most vulnerable residents here in Charlotte and theyre in homeless situations due to no fault of their own and we needed to do something, said Cheron Porter with the Charlotte Housing Authority.

That’s when CHA partnered with CMS and an organization called A Childs Place to start a new initiative named A Stable Home.

So far, the program has helped 14 families with housing, including Cynara and her children. When Cynara told her kids in July theyd have a home of their own, she immediately noticed a difference.

To me, they changed a lot. They have more smiles. They feel more comfortable. They have more confidence in themselves, she told Channel 9.

Organizers of A Stable Home say thats the ultimate goal. When children have a home, theyre not missing school and are more focused in classes.

Cynara already had a job before the program and has since gotten a promotion. She says having a home in which to raise her kids has given her more motivation to work harder so they can have a better life.

Im just happy theyre happy, Cynara said, “and I am thankful.

Right now, A Stable Home is working to get two more Charlotte families into a home of their own.

Alabama Power Service Organization kicks off Christmas Angel program Featured

Alabama Power employee Gray Shumate and Oakman High School student Bradley Swann load a bicycle that will be given to a local child on Christmas morning. Daily Mountain Eagle – Jennifer Cohron

A group of Alabama Power employees spent the first part of their Thanksgiving week buying Christmas gifts for more than 200 local children.

The Alabama Power Service Organization’s Gorgas Chapter worked with officials at the Salvation Army of Walker County and Walker County Department of Human Resources to identify children needing assistance and compile their wish lists.

Twelve children from the Sumiton area and 10 children whose families have been affected by recent layoffs in the mining industry will also receive gifts as part of APSO-Gorgas’ inaugural Christmas Angel program.

“Our employees are a part of and dedicated to the communities we serve. The Christmas Angel Program is one of our favorite events of the year. Shopping for children in need is fun and rewarding,” said plant manager Valerie Wade.

Funds for the project came from the annual Gorgas Golf Tournament that was held in the spring. APSO-Gorgas raised $25,000 this year to spend on Christmas gifts.

Alabama Power employees Terri Black and Becky Cannon planned shopping trips to Jasper Walmart on Monday and Tuesday in which APSO members, their spouses and children bought, bagged, labeled and loaded the gifts that will be distributed through the Salvation Army and local DHR.

Christy Roberts and Yolanda Guerra, who work in supply chain management at Alabama Power, described the experience as “enjoyable” and “rewarding.”

“Knowing these gifts will bring a smile to each of their faces makes my heart smile,” Guerra said. “Being a single mom, I know times can get hard, but I am thankful that God has blessed me with a great company to work for that allows me to give back to the community through APSO. I hope all the kids have a Merry Christmas and look forward to more experiences like this.”

Roberts added, “It is a blessing to be able to help.”

Sharrie Bankston, who works in administrative support, was also part of the group of 30 shoppers representing Alabama Power who came out on Monday followed by 25 on Tuesday.

“I felt so blessed, and it brought such joy to my heart to know that I could be a part of a child having a gift to open on Christmas day,” Bankston said. “I’m so thankful I could join my co-workers and daughter in such an amazing, but at times very emotional, experience.”

Watch Bears-Packers on NBC Sports Live Extra

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Not everyone is currently crowded around a TV. For those of you who arent, you can still see the Thanksgiving NFL nightcap.

The Bears-Packers contest can be seen atNBC Sports Live Extra. You also can watch the game by downloading the NBC Sports Live Extra app.

After a couple of snoozers to start the day, heres hoping the Bears give the Packers all they can handle, while you keep giving your gullet all the food and drink it can handle. And then some.

Virginia Family Sues PETA After Organization Euthanized Dog

A family in Virginia is suing animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) for more than $7 million in damages after two employees allegedly took away a little girls dog in October 2014 and euthanized it. The family says the chihuahua, Maya, was intentionally stolen.

Court papers filed Monday in Norfolk allege trespassing and emotional distress, reports Wavy TV, an NBC affiliate in Virginia. Maya was a Christmas gift from Wilber Zarate Llaven to his daughter Cynthia in 2011. The Zarates say PETA employees lured Maya away from the family mobile home on Oct. 18 2014 and loaded her in the back of their van.

According to the lawsuit, a security video shows a PETA worker seizing the dog off the porch, after first trying to have two children in the neighborhood help lure it down.

PETA was reportedly invited to that area to help residents dealing with abandoned dogs and said Maya had been accidentally taken as part of a round-up of stray animals, according to Wavy TV. PETA was fined $500 in February by the Commonwealth of Virginia because it did not keep the dog alive for the length of time required by law.

Earlier this year, the group released a statement referring to the killing of Maya as a tragic mistake and said it immediately suspended the employee responsible and later fired them.

We want to hold them accountable for what they do and we look forward to a trial in this case, Zarate family attorney William Shewmake told the affiliate by phone Tuesday.

PETAs general counsel Jeffrey S. Kerr said in a statement that the lawsuit was filled with outright fabrications.

It is a money grab against a charity that had been called in to help a community, did its best, and made one tragic mistake for which it has tried hard to make amends, he said. Those efforts have been refused. PETA will mount a vigorous and aggressive defense.

[Wavy TV]