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Iconic tree damaged by storm

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This summer’s severe weather outbreak has claimed its latest victim – an iconic Ohio tree featured in “The Shawshank Redemption.” MansfieldNewsJournal.com reports that the oak tree was “heavily damaged” during an afternoon storm last Friday. High winds took a toll on the already fragile tree, nearly splitting it in half. Though “The Shawshank Redemption” is set [...] [Read More]
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God beats Congress in poll–is anyone surprised?

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By Kelsey Williams, SFGate.com A new poll found that most Americans think God is doing a pretty swell job running things. The same can’t be said for Congress. A Democratic polling company, Public Policy Polling, conducted a survey of 928 Americans, and found that 52 percent of voters approve of the deity with only nine [...] [Read More]
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FBI: “Credible lead” found in D.B. Cooper 1971 hijacking case

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The FBI says they are investigating a new, credible lead in the infamous, 40-year-old D.B. Cooper hijacking case, according to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. All investigators would reveal is that they had found a connection between the thief D.B. Cooper and a new suspect.  Using an unidentified object belonging to the new suspect, the FBI is […] [Read More]
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MTV turns 30, doesn’t look a day over 29

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The letters MTV stand for Music Television, and while there’s not that much music on MTV anymore, that was hardly the case when the cable network launched 30 years ago today. MTV changed the music business despite a rocky start, according to an interview with original VJ Mark Goodman RollingStone.com: In the earliest days, MTV was [...] [Read More]
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