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Elizabeth Steiner Hayward

You have a $300 payment coming from the state of Delaware

money in handsPhoto byPhoto by igal Ness (Unsplash)onUnsplash. Here's some good news: you likely have a $300 check coming from the state of Delaware, as long as you filed a tax return in either 2021 or 2020. (source) Last spring, Delaware lawmakers agreed to send $300 to any residents who filed a tax return in the state in 2020 or 2021. While the state hoped to send all of these payments out to individuals by now, the Delaware Department of Finance said that many taxpayers have been left out. As many as 150,000 Delawareans may still be waiting on the $300 rebate, finance secretary Rick Geisenberger told Delaware Public Media.
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Eagles wideout leaves Titans game early with shoulder injury

Eagles receiver Quez Watkins injured his shoulder late in the third quarter and was forced to exit the game against the Titans. Watkins injured his shoulder on a gadget play that eventually went to him for a 3-yard gain on one of the last plays of the third quarter. Watkins walked into the locker room as the fourth quarter began.
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Thousands of dead seals wash up on Russian shore

Around 2,500 dead seals were found off the Russian coast of the Caspian Sea, officials said Sunday. The cause of the stunning mass death was unclear, authorities in the Russian province of Dagestan said, speculating it was likely due to natural causes. Initial regional reports Saturday said 700 dead seals were found off the coast before the number later ballooned to 2,500, according to the Russian Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. In a statement, Zaur Gapizov, head of the Caspian Environmental Protection Center, said the seals were likely dead for a couple weeks. There was no sign they were killed or tangled up in fishing nets, he said.   Federal Fisheries Agency experts and prosecutors examined the coastline and collected data for lab research, which did not immediately spot any pollutants. Mass seal deaths connected to natural causes are not unheard of. Kazakhstan, which has a long Caspian coastline, reported there were at least three similar incidents this year. The number of seals in the Caspian range from about 70,000, according to the Caspian Environmental Protection Center, to as much as 300,000, the fisheries agency has reported.  With Post wires

Mistletoe: The origin of the popular Christmas tradition

Mistletoe is a staple of the holiday season that ancient Greeks used as a healing herb to cure menstrual cramps, disorders of the spleen and other illnesses. Roman naturalist Pliny the Elder found that mistletoe could be made into a balm that could be used for ulcers, epilepsy, and poisons. Mistletoe blossoms even during the coldest weather and during the first century AD, the Celtics and Druids considered it to be a sacred symbol of vivacity.

Pregnant woman and her companion get caught between carnival cars at the county fair

*This is a work of nonfiction based on actual events I experienced firsthand; used with permission. Sometimes it's called The Spider, The Scrambler, Twister, Sizzler, Octopus, or Merry Mixer. As someone who's afraid of nearly all amusement park rides, The Spider is one of the only rides I actually enjoy, or at least I did until my friend and I nearly got knocked out by one.