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Thursday, December 25, 2014

Google and Microsoft have joined a growing chorus of businesses that oppose Marriott's attempt to block guests' Wi-Fi hotspots in their hotel rooms. At Marriott connection rates start at $14.95 per day. In its FCC petition, Marriott and the hotel lobby argued that guests using smartphones or Mi-Fi devices could launch an attack against a hotel's network or steal other guests' credit card data or other personal information. Most of the 21 responses to Marriott's request claim the hotel industry simply wants to keep charging people exorbitant rates for Wi-Fi.

A North Carolinamother of two who was homeless moved into her first home last week. Now, Sheree Carter's Chick-fil-A coworkers in Raliehg are stepping in to make sure she and her family have the kind of Christmas they didn't think was possible. They bought her furniture, dishes and presents for her nine-year-old daughter and 15-year-old son to open Christmas morning. "I'm just overwhelmed," Carter said.

Of all the odd mutations of American culture to be exported abroad, Japan's KFC Christmas tradition may be one of the oddest. This month, KFC Japan will bring in revenue up to 10 times greater than what it earns during other months of the year. Life-size Colonel Sanders statues -- a staple in the country -- will be dressed in red attire and Santa hats. On Christmas Eve, Kentucky Fried Chicken's lines will snake down the block, and those unlucky enough not to pre-order their special chicken buckets a month in advance may have to go without KFC's signature blend of 11 herbs and spices. read more

Wesley Willis recorded this song for the 1996 Oglio Records release Rock N Roll Will Never Die. That same year Wesley performed at the KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas with Bush, Lenny Kravitz, No Doubt, Oasis and Alanis Morisette. Despite suffering from schizophrenia, Willis became an unexpected hit musician by pairing some wonderfully bizarre lyrics with standard beats on a Technics KN electronic keyboard. Here's his Christmas classic. read more

The manager of a haunted house in Deer Park, Ohio, decorated his yard with a Zombie Nativity Scene for Christmas, complete with a scarred and fanged Baby Jesus and skeletal Three Kings who had beheaded a second Magi. "I wanted a nativity scene and I worked with what I had," said Jasen Dixon. "The neighbors don't like it. My father hates it and anything bad that happens he blames it on that." read more


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