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Make Birthdays Un-FUR-gettable with New Warm Fuzzy Wishes(TM) Cards from American Greetings
CLEVELAND, Sept. 30, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Consumers fell in love with our award-winning Warm Fuzzies™ gift bags (even mega pop star Miley Cyrus was photographed carrying one!), and now they can send that same furry awesomeness in a birthday card. Celebrate the coolest people you know with the coolest new card invention from American Greetings, a leader in continuously delivering the most exciting greeting card and gift packaging innovations in the industry. Warm Fuzzy Wishes™ are the latest new-to-the-world collection of greeting cards, and they're ready to party! Each card in this fuzz-worthy collection features a winning combination of long, brightly colored fur, googly eyes and a hilarious song. With fun, festive illustrated icons and simple, silly messages, Warm Fuzzy Wishes are un-FUR-gettable! Warm Fuzzy Wishes are available in a rainbow of colors – aqua with a frothy mug of beer giving birthday cheers, green with a boom box sharing wishes for an old-school awesome birthday, orange with a tasty taco sending spicy birthday greetings and pink with a delicious cupcake delivering a sweet birthday.
Source: Globenewswire Website

The Best Blotter Items of the Year (and then some)
It's been a while since we put together a Best of The Blotter collection, and we figured what better time to gather a group of 2015's craziest stories of criminals, cops and kooks than in the Best of Charlotte issue. This year, we've even crowned a Best Blotter Moment (see sidebar for an interview with the man who "kidnapped" Homer the Dragon). But first, we've gathered a categorized list of the moments we had the hardest time passing on to you in 2015 because we were rolling on the floor of the newsroom in tears of laughter (and sometimes fear). These folks are committed to their craft, and most of them should probably be committed. All stories are according to reports pulled from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department files.
Source: Clclt Website

Is the traditional Christmas card officially dead?
TORONTO – Is 2014 the year Christmas cards officially died? While some traditionalists continue to send annual holiday cards, the practice – which began some 170 years ago – continues to decline as well-wishers go digital. According to Canada Post, lettermail has declined steadily for the past six years. The crown corporation doesn’t track greeting cards specifically, but said volumes of lettermail (which includes cards) saw declines of 5.1 per cent (or 175 million pieces) in the first three quarters of 2014 compared to the same period in 2013.
Source: Globalnews Website

Opinion Is there anything more depressing than a holiday e-card?
Remember when holiday e-cards were all the rage? In today’s installment of “op-eds from Christmas past,” we revisit Meghan Daum’s 2009 column, “The real message of e-cards.” OK, people, what is it with the electronic greeting cards this holiday? Why are you sending me jpegs of the Himalayas accompanied by phrases I recognize from yoga class ("Peace to you and all living things . . .")? Why am I being asked to download elaborate animation videos featuring singing snowmen or a Nativity scene with a manger that looks alarmingly like a tiki cabana? Why have my otherwise intelligent and dignified friends Photoshopped their faces onto the bodies of dancing Santas? Why, if I don't open these cards right away, do I have to endure auto-generated reminders that I am a thoughtless and terrible person who does not care about my friend enough to sit through 60 seconds of flash animation sugarplum fairies?
Source: Latimes Website

A Cancer Survivor Designs the Cards She Wishes She’d Received From Friends and Family
Los Angeles–based designer Emily McDowell was diagnosed with Stage 3 Hodgkin’s lymphoma at age 24, enduring nine months of chemo and radiation before going into remission. “The most difficult part of my illness wasn’t losing my hair, or being erroneously called ‘sir’ by Starbucks baristas, or sickness from chemo,” McDowell writes on her website. “It was the loneliness and isolation I felt when many of my close friends and family members disappeared because they didn’t know what to say, or said the absolute wrong thing without realizing it.” The 38-year-old designer has been cancer-free ever since. But the emotional impact of the experience lingered, inspiring her to design a newly launched series of Empathy Cards—emotionally direct greeting cards that say the things she wanted to hear when she was ill.
Source: Slate Website