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27th Annual Red Ribbon Campaign Now Through October 26 [VIDEO]

Have you heard about the Red Ribbon campaign?  It gives people the opportunity stand up against substance abuse.

National Family Partnership sponsors the Red Ribbon week celebration, while the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council works to maintain community awareness through October 26.

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Which States In America Consume the Most Beer?

Well boys, we have to say that we’re a little disappointed in your beer drinking abilities these days since a recent report by the Beer Institute claims that beer consumption in the United States is down for th

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Is There Significant Meaning to Numerical Sequences on the Calendar?

Today's date:  10/11/12!

Are you a numbers person?

Do you get charged up about the psychology surrounding numerical sequences?

My good friend, Peter Levitrolos III (not Peter Levitrolos II), is planning to celebrate the "dirty dozen" on 12/12/12.

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Gas is Cheap in Lufkin, By Comparison Anyway

Sure, California has its benefits. The weather is gorgeous, movie stars abound, and there are plenty of hotties walking up and down the street.

But how can anyone afford to live there? Be glad you live in East Texas, where drivers are enjoying some of the cheapest gas in the country

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Texas Rangers Fans are On Edge Today

Even if you’re not particularly a baseball fan, you may appreciate the drama today. It’s making national news.

The Texas Rangers have been leading their division almost the whole baseball season, and now after 161 games, the Rangers and A’s have identical records, and today’s game will decide who the division champ is, and who gets the better playoff spot. It’s come down to the wire.

Are you nervous today? I am!

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Kids Cost How Much?

They’re out with those numbers again, about how much it costs to raise a child from age 0 to 17.

Parents will swallow hard. The US Dept. of Agriculture says it takes $234,900 to raise a kid, including food, shelter, and necessities. Depending upon your definition and your child’s definition of necessities, it could be $2 million, right? A kid has to have his Wii.

Texas is actually one of the cheapest places in the US to raise a child.

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Newsworthy Events From Around The Country Not Making Headlines

While you were sleeping last night and each news network was discussing whom will be running the country in two months, you may have missed some of the other headlines being buried on a back page byline, or as a fast 30 second filler story leading into an episode of "Hawaii 5-0".

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Where’s The Beef? [VIDEO]

This may not be big news in New Hampshire, Minnesota, or Alaska, but here in Texas, where meat rules, the price of hamburgers may be rising to the point where you'll need to charge admission to your next BBQ.

Soon to follow is expected to be a worldwide shortage of pork products, as the United Kingdom's National Pig Association (NPA) announced an "unavoidable" shortage in 2013.

What's causing the problem?  The worst U.S. drought in 50 years for starters.  Adding to the conflict is a report that a global failure of maize and soya harvests have contributed to over-the-top pig costs.

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Another Weird “Holiday”, Gomer Pyle Day – September 25 [VIDEO]

Well, Gol-l-l-l-l-l-l-l-e-e-e-!

A gas station attendant from Mayberry decides to join the Marines, and his good pal Andy Taylor decides to accompany him to boot camp on his first day of enlistment.

That was from an Andy Griffith Show episode that was actually the "pilot" for Gomer Pyle, U.S. M. C., debuting in May of 1964.

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Premiere Comedian Bill Murray Turns 62 [VIDEO]

Bill Murray, one the immortal comedy kingpins who catapulted Saturday Night Live into the longest running television show, blew out 62 candles on September 21.

While he's not aging as well as Richard Gere, he was still in prime form when appearing on one of the late nighter's recently.  Can't rightfully remember which one, but Letterman pops into my mind right now.

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Lubbock Museum Kills Two Mules For Public Display

Here's a story buried in the depths of obscurity, that is sure to stir controversy, and have animal rights activists gearing up for a protest.  Of course, it won't help the steadfast wrangling of each parties position, now that I brought it to light.

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Old Chinese Dessert Has Celebration TODAY!

Do you believe in luck over knowledge when it comes to surviving games of chance?  For example, I happen to know someone who proclaims to be a wizard when it comes to picking the ponies.  Have even accompanied him to Louisiana Downs, where I observed some minor magic.

I believe that no matter how intuitive one is, being a Svengali at the track likely results from the marriage between luck and knowledge.

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