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Thousands of Santas expected in downtown Cincinnati this weekend

Published: Thursday, December 07, 2017 @ 9:00 AM
Updated: Wednesday, December 06, 2017 @ 6:31 PM

You could spend an ordinary December afternoon in downtown Cincinnati, drifting from restaurant to restaurant, eating and drinking, all in the name of the Christmas spirit and a good cause.

Or you could don the costume of the Jolly Old Elf and join an estimated 5,000 Santas for some holiday revelry.

Cincinnati Santacon, on Dec. 9 this year, is an annual event that raises money for the Cure Starts Now Foundation, an organization devoted to fighting pediatric brain cancer.

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One of 60 Santacons across the U.S., the Cincinnati event has grown exponentially, according to an organizer who wanted to be identified only as “Kris Kringle.”

“We had 27 Santas the first year,” he said. “Then 85, then 250. Last year, we had 2,000 Santas. This year, we’re expecting 5,000. For the participating bars downtown, it will be their second-biggest night of the year.”

“Kringle” said many of the Santas arrive with groups of similarly attired friends.

“The average group is about seven Santas,” he said.

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To participate, prospective Santas simply have to register at the Cincinnati Santacon website. You will pay $10, which goes to the Cure Starts Now, for your wristband.

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Once you register, you will receive an email that includes a list of participating bars and a road map. The initial meeting place is Jack Cincinnati Casino at noon. From there, you will take one of two official routes — the North Pole, which runs through Over-the-Rhine, or the South Pole, which runs through the Banks.

The website also includes a tip sheet for being Santa, which includes hints on how to keep your beard clean, how to interact with the kiddos (don’t put parents in a bind by promising little Johnny that he’ll definitely get that new Xbox this year), and generally how to behave.

“Respect the suit,” Kringle said. “We’ve had a few people overindulge (on the beer) more than they should, but we’ve had no real problems. Ordinarily, there’s nothing going on downtown at noon on a December Saturday. Then all of a sudden, you’re at the Holy Grail and there’s a 1,000 Santas hanging around. It’s crazy when you see it.”

HOW TO GO

WHAT: Cincinnati Santacon

WHERE: Begins at Jack Cincinnati Casino, 1000 Broadway St., Cincinnati

WHEN: Noon Dec. 9

COST: $10

MORE INFO: www.cincinnatisantacon.com

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LOOK: Princess Charlotte kisses Prince Louis in adorable photo by Kate Middleton

Published: Sunday, May 06, 2018 @ 3:59 AM

Royal Family Welcomes Prince Louis Arthur Charles

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Britain's Kensington Palace released two adorable photos of new royal baby Prince Louis – including one of his big sister, Princess Charlotte, giving the newborn a kiss on her birthday.

>> Royal baby now has a name: Louis Arthur Charles

The photos were taken by Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, formerly known as Kate Middleton.

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"The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to share two photographs of Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, taken by The Duchess at Kensington Palace. This image was taken on 2nd May, on Princess Charlotte’s third Birthday," Kensington Palace tweeted.

>> See the photo here

A second tweet read: "This image of Prince Louis was taken by The Duchess of Cambridge at Kensington Palace on 26th April. The Duke and Duchess would like to thank members of the public for their kind messages following the birth of Prince Louis, and for Princess Charlotte’s third birthday."

>> See the tweet here

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New boozy push pops contain more alcohol than a glass of wine

Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 10:38 AM

Buzz Pops are a frozen alcoholic drink that come in a push-up package. An eight-pack sells for $99 online.
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Buzz Pops are a frozen alcoholic drink that come in a push-up package. An eight-pack sells for $99 online.(Buzz Pops, buzzpopcocktails.com)

If you miss the summer days of cooling off with a Push-Pop, never fear!

Buzz Pop Cocktails, a Las Vegas-based company, has invented liquor-infused push pops with flavors including Lemon Drop Martini and Moscow Mule.

Each Buzz Pop Cocktail is 15 percent alcoholic by volume -- double the amount of alcohol in a glass of beer, or nearly two glasses of wine.

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The pops are infused with fresh fruit and vodka, rum, tequila or whiskey.

The company is part of a crowdfunding project that got a boost of funding from ‘Shark Tank’ original shark Kevin Harrington.

The drinks are sold online and in stores in South Carolina, New York, Colorado, Las Vegas and California.

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Eva Longoria, husband Jose Bastón welcome baby boy

Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 10:38 AM

Actress Eva Longoria has given birth to her first child, Santiago Enrique Bastón, with her husband José “Pepe” Bastón. (Photo by JC Olivera/Getty Images)
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Actress Eva Longoria has given birth to her first child, Santiago Enrique Bastón, with her husband José “Pepe” Bastón. (Photo by JC Olivera/Getty Images)(JC Olivera/Getty Images)

Actress Eva Longoria and her husband, media mogul José Bastón, welcomed their first child together Tuesday, June 19.

Giving the first photo of her son to HOLA! USA, the actress can be seen cradling Santiago Enrique Bastón. He was born at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles weighing 6 pounds and 13 ounces.

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“We are so grateful for this beautiful blessing,” the couple told the publication.

Throughout her pregnancy, the 43-year-old actress stayed busy. Posts on her Instagram page show her at various events and working on multiple projects. During that time, she also got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and had to say goodbye to her beloved dog, Jinxy, June 14.

Longoria confirmed her pregnancy in December, when she was four months along.

Santiago is the first child for Longoria. Bastón, 50, president of Televisa, the largest media company in Latin America, has three children of his own from an earlier marriage.

Bastón and Longoria started dating in 2013 and married three years later in Valle de Bravo, Mexico.

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Oprah becomes first black female entrepreneur on Bloomberg Billionaires Index

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 9:31 PM

Oprah Winfrey attends the European Premiere of 'A Wrinkle In Time' at BFI IMAX on March 13, 2018 in London, England.  
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Oprah Winfrey attends the European Premiere of 'A Wrinkle In Time' at BFI IMAX on March 13, 2018 in London, England. (John Phillips)

Media Mogul Oprah Winfrey has broken several records throughout her career, and she’s recently added another to her list of accomplishments.

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The former talk show host and founder of OWN network earned a spot on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, which lists the world’s 500 richest people.

Winfrey, 64, ranked 494 on the list, making her the first black female billionaire ever featured in the round-up. 

Winfrey’s fortune hit $4 billion this week thanks to her stake in Weight Watchers International Inc., according to Bloomberg. The company’s share has more than doubled since she partnered with the brand in 2015. 

Her ownership of the “Oprah Winfrey Show,” her cable network OWN and recent partnership with Apple have also contributed to her fortune. 

Winfrey is one of 65 women and one of six female entrepreneurs on the list. Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, ranks No. 1. 

>> Related: Apple announces multi-year content deal with Oprah Winfrey

Want to know who else made the cut? Take a look at the full index here

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