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Where are the vice capitals of each state?

The teams at FindTheHome and FindTheCompany wanted to identify the best city in each state to free yourself from inhibitions. To do this, we used 2015 Dun & Bradstreet data to calculate the Vice Score, which aggregates the density of gambling establishments, liquor stores, adult entertainment venues, dating and escort services, and body piercing and tattoo shops per 10,000 people.

Holidays

6 great values for Mother’s Day gifts

It's time to honor that special woman in your life. Mother's Day is approaching, and whether you are buying for your mother, your wife, or both, consider some inexpensive alternatives or ways to save money on classic Mother's Day gifts.

Family

Ask Mr. Dad: The downside of praise

Dear Mr. Dad: I'm almost embarrassed to say this, but I'm sick and tired of hearing parents tell their kids that they're "awesome," or "amazing" or "incredible," or any of the other overused words people use these days. The fact is that most kids aren't any of those things. I'm wondering whether we're doing damage to our society with our non-stop praise. What's your take on this?

Family

Ex-etiquette: Find a compromise for Mother's Day celebration

Q: My biological mother died when I was 5-years-old and two years later my father married a wonderful woman who raised me and has always made me feel loved. I regard her as my mom, even though I will never forget my biological mother, but each year when Mother's Day rolls around, my aunt (my mom's sister) wants me to visit the cemetery where my mother is buried and completely disregard Judy. On Mother's Day, of all days, I want to acknowledge Judy for what she has done for me, but it causes a problem every year. What's good ex-etiquette?

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Ranking the states: K-12 spending per student

When it comes to state funding of public schools, it's clear that not all states are created equal. For a variety of reasons, such as the prevalence of successful businesses or the median income in a given area, spending on K-12 students varies greatly from state to state, or even county to county.

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World-renowned statue, 'Our Lady of Fatima', at St. Francis Catholic School

On May 2, 2016, the world-famous International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima made its way through St. Francis Catholic School on Hilton Head Island, with the entire student body taking part in a procession with the precious piece from the gymnasium to St. Francis by the Sea Catholic Church. 'Our Lady' was sculpted in 1947 by Jose Thedim. Why is the statue such a colossal deal across the globe? Carl R. Malburg, the director of the International Pilgrim Virgin Statue Foundation, explains. (Note: 'Our Lady' will be on display for the public on May 3 at John Paul II Catholic School in Ridgeland from 8-11 a.m., and at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Beaufort from 6-10 p.m. On May 6, it will be on display at St. Gregory the Great Catholic School in Bluffton, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.)
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