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Ohio Bill Would Establish ‘A Christmas Story Family Day’ In Ohio

Representative Terrance Upchurch of Cleveland and Representative Tom Patton of Strongsville are sponsoring House Bill 623, which would designate November 18th as “A Christmas Story Family Day” in Ohio because that was the date in 1983 when the movie was released in theaters.

The film tells the tale of a little boy and his quest to get a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas.

The movie used a house on West 11th Street in Tremont that is now a museum for the fictional family’s home and shot several scenes at Public Square.

Depp-Heard Trial

A marriage therapist testified in the Johnny Depp-Amber Heard defamation trial yesterday that the volatile couple engaged in “what I saw as mutual abuse.” So they are basically both toxic people who should never had gotten together. Now they have to sort out everything.

Elon Musk Trying To Buy Twitter With Hostel Take-Over

Twitter – In a filing yesterday with the Securities & Exchange Commission, Elon Musk announced that he has made a $43 billion hostile takeover bid for Twitter, offering $54.20 per share in cash. “I invested in Twitter as I believe in its potential to be the platform for free speech around the globe, and I believe free speech is a societal imperative for a functioning democracy,” Musk, who already owns 9.2% of the company, wrote in his letter to Twitter Chair Bret Taylor.  Elon Musk mocks Mark Zuckerberg the ‘Sun King’ for his total power over Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram and says if his $43b takeover of Twitter is approved he would open up the app to the public to ensure free speech.

Kmart Shoppers React Sadly To The News That Only Three Stores Now Remain Open

This weekend, the Kmart in Avenel, New Jersey will close its doors permanently.  This will leave just three Kmart stores will open in the United States.

The Kmart stores left in America are in Westwood, New Jersey; Bridgehampton on Long Island, and Miami. Since 1994, Kmart will have closed or sold off 2,320 stores in the United States.

At its peak, Kmart had 2,323 stores and over 300,000 employees in the US.

“Kmart was part of America,” Michael Lisicky, an author who has written several books on U.S. retail history, told the AP. “Everybody went to Kmart, whether you liked it or not. They had everything. You had toys. You had sporting goods. You had candy. You had stationery. It was something for everybody. This was almost as much of a social visit as it was a shopping visit. You could spend hours here. And these just dotted the American landscape over the years.”

NFT of Jack Dorsey’s first tweet – ‘just setting up my twttr’ – which former Twitter CEO sold last year for $2.9m is listed for $48m but gets a top bid of just $277

The NFT, or non-fungible token, reads ‘just setting up my twttr,’ which Dorsey tweeted in March 2006 – making it the first message in the social network’s history.  Dorsey put the NFT up for auction last year and it was purchased for $2.9 million by Iranian-born crypto entrepreneur Sina Estavi.