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  • Baby Charlie protesters to rally as hospital reports threats

    Baby Charlie protesters to rally as hospital reports threats

    Sunday, July 23 2017 4:00 AM EDT2017-07-23 08:00:44 GMT
    Sunday, July 23 2017 10:20 AM EDT2017-07-23 14:20:56 GMT

    Activists supporting the baby's parents will gather Sunday outside the High Court in London where legal proceedings will resume Monday with new medical evidence expected.

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    Activists supporting the baby's parents will gather Sunday outside the High Court in London where legal proceedings will resume Monday with new medical evidence expected.

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  • Miss Hospitality 2017 crowned in Hattiesburg

    Miss Hospitality 2017 crowned in Hattiesburg

    Sunday, July 23 2017 12:45 AM EDT2017-07-23 04:45:53 GMT
    Emma Grace McGrew of Booneville is crowned the 2017 Mississippi Miss Hospitality in Hattiesburg Saturday night. Photo credit WDAM.Emma Grace McGrew of Booneville is crowned the 2017 Mississippi Miss Hospitality in Hattiesburg Saturday night. Photo credit WDAM.

    The new Miss Hospitality has been crowned in Hattiesburg.  She is Emma Grace McGrew, 18, of Booneville. 

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    The new Miss Hospitality has been crowned in Hattiesburg.  She is Emma Grace McGrew, 18, of Booneville. 

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  • State flag debate will likely reach a boiling point in Biloxi

    State flag debate will likely reach a boiling point in Biloxi

    Saturday, July 22 2017 11:00 PM EDT2017-07-23 03:00:16 GMT

    The next seven days, issues such as the state flag, and race relations will be debated in Biloxi.

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    The next seven days, issues such as the state flag, and race relations will be debated in Biloxi. 

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  • After Craigslist scam, man can't enter his own home

    After Craigslist scam, man can't enter his own home

    Saturday, July 22 2017 8:29 PM EDT2017-07-23 00:29:14 GMT
    Saturday, July 22 2017 8:29 PM EDT2017-07-23 00:29:14 GMT

    The people inside rented the home from a mystery person on Craiglist. As the law stands, because they refuse to leave, Keith Mills now has to go to court to prove he’s the rightful owner.

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    The people inside rented the home from a mystery person on Craiglist while owner Keith Mills was on vacation.. As the law stands, because the renters refuse to leave, Mills now has to go to court to prove he’s the rightful owner.

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  • "Community Rocking" for new year at Hattiesburg High School

    "Community Rocking" for new year at Hattiesburg High School

    Saturday, July 22 2017 8:02 PM EDT2017-07-23 00:02:53 GMT

    "Families make up the community, parents make up the community," said Boney.  "We know, through research, when the community and parents are involved in schools, students perform better." "It's an exciting time," Boney said.  "We want parents to know we need them to be involved and we want students to know we are headed for success and we will have a good school year."

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    "Families make up the community, parents make up the community," said Boney.  "We know, through research, when the community and parents are involved in schools, students perform better." "It's an exciting time," Boney said.  "We want parents to know we need them to be involved and we want students to know we are headed for success and we will have a good school year."

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  • Checkpoints lead to two drug arrests in Perry County

    Checkpoints lead to two drug arrests in Perry County

    Saturday, July 22 2017 7:27 PM EDT2017-07-22 23:27:28 GMT
    Checkpoints lead to 2 drug arrests in Perry County. Photo Courtesy: Perry County Sheriff's OfficeCheckpoints lead to 2 drug arrests in Perry County. Photo Courtesy: Perry County Sheriff's Office

    Checkpoints set up by the Perry County Sheriff's Office led to two drug arrests on Friday night. Perry County Deputies set up driver license checkpoints on Old River Road and Pumping Station Road. One arrest was made on each road, according to a post from the Perry County Sheriff's Office Facebook Page.  Deputies arrested Channing Rodriguez Carter, 31, for felony possession of a controlled substance (marijuana), and Joseph Ryan Scronce, 32, was arrested for ...

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    Checkpoints set up by the Perry County Sheriff's Office led to two drug arrests on Friday night. Perry County Deputies set up driver license checkpoints on Old River Road and Pumping Station Road. One arrest was made on each road, according to a post from the Perry County Sheriff's Office Facebook Page.  Deputies arrested Channing Rodriguez Carter, 31, for felony possession of a controlled substance (marijuana), and Joseph Ryan Scronce, 32, was arrested for ...

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  • 'Home Alone' dad John Heard dies at 71

    'Home Alone' dad John Heard dies at 71

    Saturday, July 22 2017 10:26 AM EDT2017-07-22 14:26:16 GMT
    Saturday, July 22 2017 5:56 PM EDT2017-07-22 21:56:33 GMT

    John Heard appeared in numerous movies and television shows throughout a lengthy acting career, but it was his role as the father of Macauley Culkin's character in two "Home Alone" films that gained him notoriety.

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    John Heard appeared in numerous movies and television shows throughout a lengthy acting career, but it was his role as the father of Macauley Culkin's character in two "Home Alone" films that gained him notoriety.

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  • "Superhero Saturday" held for Liquori Tate Memorial Foundation

    "Superhero Saturday" held for Liquori Tate Memorial Foundation

    Saturday, July 22 2017 4:38 PM EDT2017-07-22 20:38:11 GMT

    Scooby-Doo, Captain America and other superheroes were at JavaWerks on Saturday to help raise money for the memorial foundation for a fallen Hattiesburg Police Officer. Officers Liquori Tate and Benjamin Deen were shot during a traffic stop on May 9, 2015, on East 4th Street.  Both officers later died at Forrest General Hospital from their injuries.  So far, three people have been sentenced in their murders. 

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    Scooby-Doo, Captain America and other superheroes were at JavaWerks on Saturday to help raise money for the memorial foundation for a fallen Hattiesburg Police Officer. Officers Liquori Tate and Benjamin Deen were shot during a traffic stop on May 9, 2015, on East 4th Street.  Both officers later died at Forrest General Hospital from their injuries.  So far, three people have been sentenced in their murders. 

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  • One killed, four injured after head-on collision on I-59 near Purvis

    One killed, four injured after head-on collision on I-59 near Purvis

    Saturday, July 22 2017 4:12 PM EDT2017-07-22 20:12:16 GMT
    This vehicle was involved in a three-car fatal accident on I-59 near Purvis Friday night. Photo credit WDAM.This vehicle was involved in a three-car fatal accident on I-59 near Purvis Friday night. Photo credit WDAM.

    Mississippi Highway Patrol said a Hattiesburg man was killed after driving the wrong way on I-59 Friday night. Master Sergeant Brent Barfield, Public Information Officer for MHP Troop 6, said James Dawkins, 58, was driving northbound in the southbound land of I-59 when he collided head-on with another vehicle.  The accident happened around 11:00 p.m. near mile marker 52 in Lamar County.  Dawkins died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash. Barfield said the 21-yea...

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    Mississippi Highway Patrol said a Hattiesburg man was killed after driving the wrong way on I-59 Friday night. Master Sergeant Brent Barfield, Public Information Officer for MHP Troop 6, said James Dawkins, 58, was driving northbound in the southbound land of I-59 when he collided head-on with another vehicle.  The accident happened around 11:00 p.m. near mile marker 52 in Lamar County.  Dawkins died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash. Barfield said the 21-yea...

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  • Man critically injured after Jones County electrocution

    Man critically injured after Jones County electrocution

    Saturday, July 22 2017 3:29 PM EDT2017-07-22 19:29:49 GMT
    Photo courtesy: Jones County Fire CouncilPhoto courtesy: Jones County Fire Council

    A Friday afternoon electrocution in Jones County left one man critically injured. The electrocution happened at Pitts Swabbing Service on Highway 84 East when a man operating an oil derrick reportedly came into contact with a high voltage cable, according to a press release from the Jones County Fire Council. After part of the vehicle came into contact with the cable, the man was electrocuted by tens of thousands of volts and sustained significant burns. The man was a...

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    A Friday afternoon electrocution in Jones County left one man critically injured. The electrocution happened at Pitts Swabbing Service on Highway 84 East when a man operating an oil derrick reportedly came into contact with a high voltage cable, according to a press release from the Jones County Fire Council. After part of the vehicle came into contact with the cable, the man was electrocuted by tens of thousands of volts and sustained significant burns. The man was a...

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  • Lamar County supervisors focus on changing fire district lines

    Lamar County supervisors focus on changing fire district lines

    Saturday, July 22 2017 2:37 PM EDT2017-07-22 18:37:25 GMT
    Since House Bill 469 was signed into law, Lamar County Supervisors are already focusing on redrawing district fire lines in the county to better serve the citizens. “That law was passed to give the board of supervisors the authority to redraw fire district lines, as necessary to improve the fire ratings and fire services to the citizens,” said Lamar County Administrator Jody Waits. This week, supervisors focused on three areas in the county. “There have been ongoi...More >>
    Since House Bill 469 was signed into law, Lamar County Supervisors are already focusing on redrawing district fire lines in the county to better serve the citizens. “That law was passed to give the board of supervisors the authority to redraw fire district lines, as necessary to improve the fire ratings and fire services to the citizens,” said Lamar County Administrator Jody Waits. This week, supervisors focused on three areas in the county. “There have been ongoi...More >>
  • breaking

    2 jailed, charged with armed robberies, other felonies in Hub City

    2 jailed, charged with armed robberies, other felonies in Hub City

    Saturday, July 22 2017 9:42 AM EDT2017-07-22 13:42:02 GMT
    Thaddieus Cooper. Source: HPDThaddieus Cooper. Source: HPD

    Two Hattiesburg men are behind bars, facing felony charges in connection to multiple crimes in the Hub City. 

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    Two Hattiesburg men are behind bars, facing felony charges in connection to multiple crimes in the Hub City. 

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  • One dead, four injured in three vehicle wreck near Purvis

    One dead, four injured in three vehicle wreck near Purvis

    Saturday, July 22 2017 3:52 AM EDT2017-07-22 07:52:25 GMT
    This vehicle was involved in a three-car fatal accident on I-59 near Purvis Friday night. Photo credit WDAM.This vehicle was involved in a three-car fatal accident on I-59 near Purvis Friday night. Photo credit WDAM.

    One person was killed and four others were injured in a three-vehicle accident on Interstate-59 near Purvis late Friday night.  

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    One person was killed and four others were injured in a three-vehicle accident on Interstate-59 near Purvis late Friday night.  

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  • Player of the Pine Belt: Purvis' CJ Bolar

    Player of the Pine Belt: Purvis' CJ Bolar

    Friday, July 21 2017 11:56 PM EDT2017-07-22 03:56:13 GMT

    When you're a highly recruited wide receiver, there are plenty of players with plans on denying you the opportunity to what you do best. Maybe even your own teammates.

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    When you're a highly recruited wide receiver, there are plenty of players with plans on denying you the opportunity to what you do best. Maybe even your own teammates.

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  • Preliminary competition for Miss Hospitality Pageant held Friday

    Preliminary competition for Miss Hospitality Pageant held Friday

    Friday, July 21 2017 10:04 PM EDT2017-07-22 02:04:17 GMT
    The preliminary competition for the Mississippi Miss Hospitality Pageant was held in Hattiesburg Friday night. Photo credit WDAM.The preliminary competition for the Mississippi Miss Hospitality Pageant was held in Hattiesburg Friday night. Photo credit WDAM.

    Twenty-five young women from across Mississippi took the Saenger Theater stage Friday night during the preliminary competition of the annual Mississippi Miss Hospitality Pageant. 

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    Twenty-five young women from across Mississippi took the Saenger Theater stage Friday night during the preliminary competition of the annual Mississippi Miss Hospitality Pageant. 

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  • 'Superhero Saturday' to benefit Liquori Tate Foundation

    'Superhero Saturday' to benefit Liquori Tate Foundation

    Friday, July 21 2017 7:03 PM EDT2017-07-21 23:03:27 GMT
    The event will benefit the Liquori Tate foundation. Source: WDAMThe event will benefit the Liquori Tate foundation. Source: WDAM

    Pine Belt area law enforcement officers will gather with comic book and TV cartoon fans Saturday to raise money for a foundation that honors a Hattiesburg police officer killed in the line of duty. "Superhero

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    Pine Belt area law enforcement officers will gather with comic book and TV cartoon fans Saturday to raise money for a foundation that honors a Hattiesburg police officer killed in the line of duty. 

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    Hub City man jailed in connection to shooting incidents

    Hub City man jailed in connection to shooting incidents

    Friday, July 21 2017 3:00 PM EDT2017-07-21 19:00:16 GMT
    Tedarron Price. Source: HPDTedarron Price. Source: HPD

    A Hattiesburg man is behind bars in connection to a pair of shootings that happened in the Hub City. 

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    A Hattiesburg man is behind bars in connection to a pair of shootings that happened in the Hub City. 

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  • Police: 8 dead in truck, 20 dire in immigrant smuggling case

    Police: 8 dead in truck, 20 dire in immigrant smuggling case

    Sunday, July 23 2017 5:50 AM EDT2017-07-23 09:50:46 GMT
    Sunday, July 23 2017 10:21 AM EDT2017-07-23 14:21:26 GMT

    Eight people have been found dead in a tractor-trailer outside a Walmart in Texas in what police are calling a tragic human trafficking case.

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    Eight people have been found dead in a tractor-trailer outside a Walmart in Texas in what police are calling a tragic human trafficking case.

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  • Trump: USS Ford is '100,000-ton message to the world'

    Trump: USS Ford is '100,000-ton message to the world'

    Saturday, July 22 2017 3:30 AM EDT2017-07-22 07:30:57 GMT
    Sunday, July 23 2017 9:51 AM EDT2017-07-23 13:51:31 GMT

    President Donald Trump will help commission the USS Gerald R. Ford, a $12.9 billion warship.

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    President Donald Trump will help commission the USS Gerald R. Ford, a $12.9 billion warship.

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  • Police dog bites toddler during search of home

    Police dog bites toddler during search of home

    Sunday, July 23 2017 4:46 AM EDT2017-07-23 08:46:53 GMT
    Sunday, July 23 2017 4:46 AM EDT2017-07-23 08:46:53 GMT

    The toddler had to get six stitches on her back where the dog bit her.

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    The toddler had to get six stitches on her back where the dog bit her.

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  • Police: Parents gave newborn drugs to cover up addiction

    Police: Parents gave newborn drugs to cover up addiction

    Sunday, July 23 2017 1:52 AM EDT2017-07-23 05:52:55 GMT
    Sunday, July 23 2017 1:52 AM EDT2017-07-23 05:52:55 GMT
    Colby Wilde, 29, and Lacey Christenson, 26, face four counts each of child endangerment and felony drug charges. (Source: Utah County Sherriff’s Office/KUTV/CNN)Colby Wilde, 29, and Lacey Christenson, 26, face four counts each of child endangerment and felony drug charges. (Source: Utah County Sherriff’s Office/KUTV/CNN)

    The baby’s mother used heroin and prescription pain medication during her pregnancy, and the baby was born addicted to drugs, police say.

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    The baby’s mother used heroin and prescription pain medication during her pregnancy, and the baby was born addicted to drugs, police say.

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  • Spicer out, Sanders and Scaramucci rise in Trump shake-up

    Spicer out, Sanders and Scaramucci rise in Trump shake-up

    Saturday, July 22 2017 3:20 AM EDT2017-07-22 07:20:28 GMT
    Saturday, July 22 2017 5:53 PM EDT2017-07-22 21:53:07 GMT

    As Sean Spicer prepares to leave White House, Sarah Huckabee Sanders to take over as press secretary and Anthony Scaramucci as head of the presidential communications team.

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    As Sean Spicer prepares to leave White House, Sarah Huckabee Sanders to take over as press secretary and Anthony Scaramucci as head of the presidential communications team.

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  • Trump Jr., Manafort may be interviewed privately by senators

    Trump Jr., Manafort may be interviewed privately by senators

    Saturday, July 22 2017 3:20 AM EDT2017-07-22 07:20:43 GMT
    Saturday, July 22 2017 2:41 PM EDT2017-07-22 18:41:07 GMT

    Avoiding subpoenas to testify before Congress, Trump Jr. and Manafort consider undergoing private interviews with Senate investigators.

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    Avoiding subpoenas to testify before Congress, Trump Jr. and Manafort consider undergoing private interviews with Senate investigators.

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    Back to School Guide

    Back to School Guide

    Find all your Back to School needs here! 

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    Find all your Back to School needs here! 

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    Hurricane Season

    Download the WDAM First Alert Weather App to stay on top of the latest information this Hurricane Season. 

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    Download the WDAM First Alert Weather App to stay on top of the latest information this Hurricane Season. 

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    Recalls

    A look at recalls issued by manufacturers.More >>
    A look at recalls issued by manufacturers.More >>
  • Blood Bowl

    Schedule for Blood Bowl Bash

    Schedule for Blood Bowl Bash

    Thursday, July 20 2017 5:47 PM EDT2017-07-20 21:47:53 GMT

    It is time for the annual Blood Bowl Bash!  Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment by visiting www.bloodhero.com or by calling 1-877-UBS-HERO. 

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    It is time for the annual Blood Bowl Bash!  Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment by visiting www.bloodhero.com or by calling 1-877-UBS-HERO. 

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  • Thin Blue Line

    Remembering our fallen officers

    Remembering our fallen officers

    Two Hattiesburg Police officers lost their lives May 9, 2015.

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    WDAM LawCall

    WDAM LawCall

    Friday, December 18 2015 2:22 PM EST2015-12-18 19:22:31 GMT
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    WDAM LawCallTM  is hosted by the Mississippi personal injury law firm of Reeves & Mestayer, WDAM LawCall is a live legal call-in show featuring guest attorneys from across the state. Reeves & Mestayer, PLLC focuses on personal injury law including tractor trailer, car wreck and general injury.  The firm has a special emphasis on Jones Act cases.   Now viewers in Hattiesburg & the Pine Belt can watch Law Call on WDAM ABC.  Pine Belt viewers c...

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    WDAM LawCallTM  is hosted by the Mississippi personal injury law firm of Reeves & Mestayer, WDAM LawCall is a live legal call-in show featuring guest attorneys from across the state. Reeves & Mestayer, PLLC focuses on personal injury law including tractor trailer, car wreck and general injury.  The firm has a special emphasis on Jones Act cases.   Now viewers in Hattiesburg & the Pine Belt can watch Law Call on WDAM ABC.  Pine Belt viewers c...

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  • Health

    The Dish

    The Dish

    Find the latest health violations at Pine Belt restaurants here. 

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    Find the latest health violations at Pine Belt restaurants here. 

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    Rebuild, Recover, Together

    Rebuild, Recover, Together

    A large tornado destroyed parts of the Pine Belt Saturday morning. 

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    A large tornado destroyed parts of the Pine Belt Saturday morning. 

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  • What happens when you blend frozen rosé wine with simple syrup? You get the hottest frozen drink in the South. This summer, it seems you can’t walk into a bar or scroll ...
    What happens when you blend frozen rosé wine with simple syrup? You get the hottest frozen drink in the South. This summer, it seems you can’t walk into a bar or scroll ...
  • Wishing you could duplicate that icy cup of cold brew your favorite coffee shop serves up? Good news: you don’t need to be a trained barista to master this skill. All yo...
    Wishing you could duplicate that icy cup of cold brew your favorite coffee shop serves up? Good news: you don’t need to be a trained barista to master this skill. All yo...
  • There’s a story behind this quick and easy how-to demo on milkshakes. 14 years ago Kia Usher traveled to New York City and fell in love with Italian ice. After years of ...
    There’s a story behind this quick and easy how-to demo on milkshakes. 14 years ago Kia Usher traveled to New York City and fell in love with Italian ice. After years of ...

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