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BENTONVILLE, Ark. (CAP) - Walmart and several other large retailers got a jump on the competition by kicking off "Black Friday" shopping last Tuesday at midnight without telling anybody, according to the National Retail Federation (NRF).
Interestingly, despite the fact that the retailers didn't announce that they were moving Black Friday up by well more than a week, thousands of customers still lined up outside their stores to take advantage of the sales.
"Something inside me just knew," said Carol Broadnax of Downers Grove, Ill., who said she found herself drawn to her local Target store around 11 p.m. that evening. "When I saw the hundreds of other glassy-eyed shoppers shambling toward the entrance, I knew I was on to something."
"The more retailers come to rely on that holiday push to make their bottom line, the earlier [Black Friday] is bound to become," said NRF spokesman Fred Purcell, who anticipated that by 2015 it could be pushed back as far as Memorial Day.
"The danger is of course that it will eventually move so far back that it will be after Christmas, which could actually be detrimental to sales," he pointed out.
Only one store, a Walmart in Avon Park, Fla., reported a stampede on the early Black Friday, but all stampeding shoppers were immediately dispatched by the heavily armed Walmart greeters.
PURCELLVILLE, Vir. (CAP) - When Wayne Rooney tells people what he does for a living, he's usually met with some measure of disdain, if not downright disgust. Wayne is a horse breeder, and owner and proprietor of Comestible Colt Farms in this small Loudoun Valley town.
Except Wayne doesn't breed horses for show or for racing - he breeds them for eating.
"I love every one of my horses from the moment they're born right up until they're on a plate with a baked potato and a side of steamed broccoli," says Rooney. "Splash on a little bit of A1 sauce ... whoo-wee! That's good eatin'."
BOSTON (CAP) - Embarrassed New York Times executives, in preparing for an impending sale of their New England media group including the Boston Globe, were surprised to discover this week that the Globe hadn't published a daily print edition in more than two years.
"We knew things weren't great up there, but we thought they were at least still publishing," said New York Times spokeswoman Ellen Murphy. "You'd think we'd have gotten a phone call, an email, something..."
Apparently the people at the Times weren't the only ones who failed to notice when the Globe ceased publication. A CAP News survey of 5,000 Boston-area residents found that more than 90 percent of them had no idea the Globe had stopped printing, and most of the ones that did were former Globe employees, homeless people who had been using the paper for blankets, or papier mache aficionados.
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