Suffolk Public Library holds reading challenge to raise money for non-profit

Suffolk, Va. – Suffolk Public Library is one of four Virginia libraries that may receive money from billionaire investor and Shark Tank personality Mark Cuban.

The inaugural Beanstock Winter Reading Challenge, which is sponsored by Cuban, will have close to 100 libraries from across the country participating in the challenge.

Suffolk Public Library will kick off the Suffolk Reads Winter Reading Challenge with BookApalooza on Saturday, January 6, 2018.

The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the North Suffolk Library.  All ages can attend, and there will be a variety of reading related events as well.

The challenge’s goal is to raise money for First Book, a nonprofit that provides new books and other essentials to children in need, according to Suffolk Public Library.

Cuban has challenged participating libraries to meet a collective goal of reading at least one million minutes and 50,000 books during the month of January.

If the goal is achieved, Cuban will donate $25,000 to First Book. He will also donate $10,000 to libraries that are the top-performing in their area, or donate to a non-profit in their area.

Suffolk Public Library says that its goal is to read 3,000 books between January 1 and January 31, 2018.

The library is also offering prize opportunities as an incentive for people to log books at the library.

Suffolk Public Library say anyone who logs books during Suffolk Reads will be entered into the grand prize drawing and the winner will get to choose from a Suffolk Staycation, Out of Town Adventure, and a

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In an interview with CNBC, prominent investor Richard Bernstein shared his views on global equity markets and how to make money in 2018. In the previous part, we saw that he advised investors…

Richard Bernstein on making money

In an interview with CNBC, prominent investor Richard Bernstein shared his views on global equity markets and how to make money in 2018. In the previous part, we saw that he advised investors to stay invested in the market as long as corporate earnings are accelerating.

Bernstein on Making Money in the Market in 2018

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Bernstein also said that the best way to make money in the market in 2018 is to watch fundamental factors. The global economy is showing synchronized growth. Major economies such as the United States (SPX-INDEX), Europe (N100-INDEX), Japan (EWJ), India (INDA), China (FXI) (YINN), and the United Kingdom (UKX-INDEX) are showing economic improvement. Consumer activity, which is an important measure of economic growth, is also improving gradually.

According to Bernstein, as long as fundamental factors are supportive and earnings are accelerating, investors should invest in global equity markets, and this will be key to making

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New Year’s Eve concert to raise money for Bury St Edmunds women’s refuge

A charity concert is being held on New Year’s Eve to raise money for the Bury St Edmunds women’s refuge.

The event is being held on Sunday, December 31 at the Hunter Club in the town from 8pm until late.

Poster for New Year's Eve charity concert in aid of the Bury St Edmunds women's refuge

Poster for New Year’s Eve charity concert in aid of the Bury St Edmunds women’s refuge

The concert will feature bands Sun Scream, Thin Lizard and Kyanos, with DJ sets also being played throughout the night.

Advance tickets cost £10 and those bought on the door will be £12.

To book a ticket, email Louise Green on

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Colorado is using pot tax money to save programs funded by big tobacco settlement

Alabama has certified the result of Doug Jones’ upset Senate victory, clearing the Democrat’s path to Washington just hours after his Republican rival filed a lawsuit asking for a new election.

On Thursday afternoon, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, Attorney General Steve Marshall and Secretary of State John Merrill – all Republicans – signed off on election results from all 67 counties. After late-counted provisional and military ballots were added to the total, Jones defeated Republican nominee Roy Moore by 21,924 votes out of more than 1.3 million cast.

Moore, the first Republican to lose a Senate race in Alabama since 1992, had attempted to stop that vote from being counted. Late Wednesday night, the former state judge filed a legal complaint alleging “election fraud,” and asked the state to consider holding a new election.

In the complaint, filed in state court, Moore’s campaign argued that Alabama would “suffer irreparable harm if the election results are certified without preserving and investigating all the evidence of potential fraud.”

Moore’s campaign cited rumors of election fraud that had already been investigated and refuted by the Alabama secretary of state, argued that high Democratic turnout in key areas was statistically unlikely, and reported that Moore himself had taken a polygraph test – an attempt to disprove allegations that he made unwanted sexual advances on teenagers when he was in his 30s.

Moore’s lawyers filed the complaint at 10:33 p.m. Wednesday night, and announced it to reporters less than two hours later. Early Thursday morning, Merrill’s office said that it

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Aspen Ski Co. employees donate money to create mountain climbing safety videos

Denver hit the top of the top 10, the mediocre middle and scraped the bottom of many, many lists in 2017.

The Mile High City is the top city to be a homeowner and sell a house. We live in the least-obese state in America. And we’re the No. 2 metro area for beer drinkers, thanks to Coors, 70-plus craft breweries and the Great American Beer Festival. Denver also received a shout-out this year from one of the best of the best lists: U.S. News World Report named Denver the second best place to live in the United States.

Not all were positive though. Denver is the worst city to find love with the city being “home to the most passive men in America,” says The Great Love Debate podcast. We are ranked 107th out of 125 cities for fastest mobile data speeds (that’s not good).

For better or for worse — or in this case, for data-driven research or publicity hunters — Denver and Colorado are showing up on more and more lists. There are reasons behind the rise. A big one is that there are just more lists period, said the listmeister himself, Bert Sperling, who since the 1980s popularized some of the nation’s most talked about lists. Sperling’s “Best Places to Live”-type lists were featured in Money magazine for years.

“These types of lists fit perfectly with the whole distribution of content on the internet, not only because they’re easy to understand, but you have this

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Celebrities share holiday photos

Celebrities shared photos from their holiday weekend on social media. Some stars posted snaps of silly Christmas sweaters, while others shared pictures from family gatherings. 

Will Smith called out his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, for making him wear an “ugly a**” Christmas sweater. 

A post shared by Will Smith (@willsmith) on Dec 24, 2017 at 4:58pm PST

He wrote, “Somebody Please Help! Jada makes us wear these Ugly A** Sweaters for Christmas… She’s Doin’ Too Much! And she’s just gettin’ Started.” Later, he shared a photo of the whole family, including his fashion-forward children, Jaden and Willow Smith, wearing decidedly uncool sweaters. 

Tryna get some photos in before these sweaters start Itchin’! I’m starting to feel it already. @treysmith0011 we wish you were here.

A post shared by Will Smith (@willsmith) on Dec 24, 2017 at 7:54pm PST

Reese Witherspoon shared a photo of her three kids and two nieces. 

From our family to yours… Merry Christmas everybody! ❤️ #ChristmasEve

A post shared by Reese Witherspoon (@reesewitherspoon) on Dec 24, 2017 at 7:01pm PST

Mariah Carey thanked Santa for visiting her twins. 

Merry Christmas!!! Thank you Santa and the reindeer for stopping by!  See you next year! ✨🎄🎅🏽❤️🦋

A post shared by Mariah Carey (@mariahcarey) on Dec 25, 2017 at 3:54am PST

Serena Williams shared a photo of

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It’s early in the flu season, but it’s shaping up to be a nasty one

NEW YORK — As the holiday season continues, the U.S. is also entering peak flu season. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, up to 650,000 people worldwide could die from complications of the flu.

Earlier this month, 3-year-old Rami Ibrahim had a flare up of asthma, but he didn’t improve with treatment.

“He had a minor cough but he thought it was his asthma,” said his mother, Dania Shaban. “So it wasn’t anything that was shouting out this is the flu for him.”

The diagnosis was flu, and the virus was attacking his lungs, causing him to spend a week in intensive care.

“He was sedated, he had a tube down his throat, he had a tube in his nose, he had three or four IVs,” said Shaban.

It’s very early in the flu season but it’s shaping up to be a nasty one. Texas is one of 23 states already seeing high flu activity, more than double the number from the week before.

Dr. Mary Healy is an infectious disease expert at Texas Children’s Hospital


Dania Shaban and Rami Ibrahim

“We’ve had more positive tests over the last couple weeks,” said Healy. “So it looks like we’re really starting to get into the season in earnest and that certainly seems to be the trend nationally as well.”

What concerns experts is the flu season that

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