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Announcements / Re: New European Data Retention Laws
« Last post by Desiree on May 23, 2018, 02:53:06 am »
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Announcements / New European Data Retention Laws
« Last post by Alan on April 12, 2018, 12:35:40 pm »
Next May, Europe‚Äôs new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force, replacing the 1995 EU Data Protection Directive. It ushers in a new era, unifying data protection rules across Europe, strengthening the rights of EU citizens and placing new obligations on all organisations that offer goods and services online.  This post describes the data that holds on individuals, and explains how they may specifically change any settings that they think is wrong.

From May 2018 data will be held in five places

  • General site visitors - whether members of the forum or not have basic information about their location, ip address, browser used stored in Google Analytics.  This data will be held for 14 months before being erased.
  • Members of this forum have information about themselves stored in the database that powers this forum.  This database is located in a secure hosting environment in the United Kingdom with sole access to the account available to the member "Alan" (see;u=4 ). Every post in the forum is initially linked to the member who made it.  Any member can access and edit their profile, or - if they so wish - completely delete their account.    Deleting an account will remove all information about that user, and will remove their name (and other contact data) from any post that they made.
  • Members who participate in chat, football or air hockey leave references to their user account on the forum in the databases, for these application.  Their username (not actual name) and in the case of football only - their e-mail address are kept in the database.  If any user would specifically like this data to be anonymised (it cannot be removed entirely) please contact Alan with a Personal Message on this site.
  • Backups are made of all the database are made on a daily basis, and retained on the server for a period of two months.  The only use of this data is to recover the operational databases in the event of failure.
  • Copies of the backups are transferred to Alan's Home and retained in a secure server for a period of  6 weeks. The only use of this data is to recover the operational databases in the event of loss of the main server.
Continuance of this site is dependant both upon Melinda Doolittle's continuing to allow the use of the domain name, which she owns, and Alan's continuing ability to make available a server to host the site.  If either of these stop,
all data (including backups) will be deleted.
Melinda Related Discussions / Melinda Doolittle - Oklahoma City
« Last post by Desiree on April 02, 2018, 12:18:39 am »
Oct 12-13, 2018

TWO NIGHTS!   banana dance
Melinda Related Discussions / Re: Melinda Doolittle, Cabo and NYE (again!)
« Last post by Desiree on December 02, 2017, 02:05:30 am »
Nope.  There are no dancers.  Just the three former American Idol contestants who are singing.
Melinda Related Discussions / Re: Melinda Doolittle, Cabo and NYE (again!)
« Last post by ghopper on December 01, 2017, 01:06:21 am »
Is this the same DWTS crew as in past Cabo New Year's Eve events?
Melinda Related Discussions / Melinda Doolittle, Cabo and NYE (again!)
« Last post by Desiree on November 23, 2017, 02:50:48 am »
Looking for a way to celebrate the end of 2017? Grand Velas Los Cabos announces Jesse Tyler Ferguson, one of the stars of Modern Family, will act as master of ceremonies of its star-studded New Year's Eve party. Taking place on the resort's oceanfront, open-air terrace, the party will also feature performances from American Idol stars Justin Guarini, Kimberly Caldwell, and Melinda Doolittle before a fireworks display to ring in the new year.

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Melinda Related Discussions / Philadelphia Thanksgiving Parade 2017 - Melinda Doolittle
« Last post by Desiree on November 23, 2017, 02:48:45 am »
ABC6 TV will probably stream the parade on their website.  Parade starts at 8:30 am ET.  They also have a mobile app.
Melinda Related Discussions / Magnificent Mile Lights Festival - Melinda Doolittle
« Last post by Desiree on November 08, 2017, 10:27:52 pm »
CHICAGO, Nov. 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ The BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival invites visitors to two days of free, family fun to celebrate the start of the holiday seasonNovember 17 & 18culminating in an unforgettable tree-lighting parade.

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Celebrity appearances include Asher Angel, star of the Disney Channel's "Andi Mack;" singer-songwriter, Alec Joseph; American singer, Billy Gilman;American Idol finalist, Melinda Doolittle; jazz singer, Shemekia Copeland; and country music trio, Temecula Road, presented by Southwest Airlines.

Santa Claus soars down the route on a float from Walgreens to officially signal the start of the holiday season. The Lights Festival draws to a grand conclusion with a spectacular fireworks display over the Chicago River.

The nationally-televised event will be hosted by ABC 7 Eyewitness News Anchors Alan Krashesky and Cheryl Burton on Saturday, November 18 from 6 7 PM CST on ABC 7 Chicago and 7.2, with anchor Terrell Brown capturing the magic from the street. The broadcast opens with a performance from the cast of Broadway in Chicago's Margaritaville, and closes with a performance from American Idol winner, Taylor Hicks.

The Lights Festival parade will also be streamed LIVE on, and will then be available on-demand on the ABC7 Chicago website. The broadcast will air in more than 90% of markets around the United States throughout the holiday season, with repeat airings in multiple markets. Viewers can find their local broadcast times at or check their local listings to relive the magic.

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