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Is Texting Bad for the Future of Democracy?

Don't laugh.  A recent Nielsen study shows that Americans between the ages of 13 and 17 exchange, on average, 3,417 text messages a month.  That’s one every eight minutes during the waking day, and that's just the average.  Many people send and receive even more texts than that.

A growing number of scientists and sociologists say this national addiction to cell phone technology is not just bad for those who're doing it.  It's also bad for the future of our society and our form of government. Read on.

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Elderly Couple’s Leap Day Wedding Is One for the Record Books

While some women observed the centuries-old tradition of proposing to their men on Leap Day, an elderly couple used the occasion to tie the knot — and it seems to have landed them in the record books.

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Arizona May Outlaw Cursing by Teachers

The Arizona State Senate is debating a bill that would punish teachers who use foul language in their classrooms.  The bill, as written, would prohibit the same language the Federal Communications Commissions prohibits on television.

So, the late George Carlin's famous "seven words you can't say on TV" may be the "seven words teachers can't say at school," at least in Arizona.

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Photo courtesy University of North Dakota
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Battle Over ‘Fighting Sioux’ Name Goes On

In the face of a controversy that has embroiled the entire state, the University of North Dakota will continue to use its contentious nickname, the "Fighting Sioux."

Even so, many school fans are growing weary of the seven-year fight over a name many people think is demeaning to Native Americans.

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day was first celebrated on February 2, 1886 in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, but the legend of the groundhog’s prognosticating prowess was first established a year later. A group of devoted followers went to Gobbler’s Knob to spread word that the little rodent had special powers to determine the length of the winter.

If the furry mascot emerges from its cave only to scamper back in without spotting its shadow, we should rejoice: Winter would be ending soon. However, if the sun that morning allows the groundhog to see its shadow the winter weather will go on for an additional six weeks.

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Controversy Over Proposed Mosque in Longview

It's reported that some people in Longview are upset over the prospect of having a Muslim mosque in their neighborhood.  The residents insist however, that they have nothing against the Islamic religion.

They don't want the traffic and noise a mosque will create.

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Blair Witch Actress Finds New – Illegal Career

Remember Heather Donahue?  None of the millions of people who saw her in The Blair Witch Project movie will ever forget her. Donahue has left show business for a new - and in some places - illegal career.  She grows marijuana for a living, legally, and she's doing very well.

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Ohio Landlord’s Controversial ‘White Only’ Pool Sign Ignites Anger [VIDEO]

A Cincinnati landlord who was found in violation of Ohio law when she posted a “white only” sign at her swimming pool wants the state’s Civil Rights Commission to reconsider and reverse its ruling.

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