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End of an Era – Temple-Inland is Sold to IP

It's official. International Paper has bought out Temple-Inland, and that's not all.  IP is already planning to sell off all Temple-Inland facilities. This has everybody in this corner of Texas wondering what's going to happen now.

Will new owners shut everything down and turn Diboll into just one more desolate wide spot on Hwy 59?  No one knows.

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Magazine Calls Occupiers to Recreate 1968 Chicago

Adbusters, the radical, the Vancouver-based anti-consumerist magazine credited by many media outlets for launching the Occupy Wall Street protests, is calling for 50,000 protestors to “Occupy” the G8 summit in Chicago in May.

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Brit Soldier Charged With Stealing Saddam’s Butt

Soldiers have always brought "booty" home from their wars, but this is ridiculous.  For thousands of years generals unable to pay with cash or gold recruited soldiers with the promise of all the booty they could bring back.

So why is anybody upset with this former English soldier who took the word "booty" literally?  He brought one of Saddam Hussein's buttocks home after the 2003 Iraq war that knocked Saddam out of power.

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Historic Prison Rodeo Arena Demolished

Another piece of Texas history is falling under the wrecking ball.  The historic arena where the Texas Prison Rodeo was held for more than 50 years is being demolished to make way for...for...who knows what.  Something to be decided later.

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Doomsday Clock Ticks Closer to Midnight

Those who keep track of these things say the world is closer to apocalypse than most people know.

The Doomsday Clock, a figurative timepiece used as a barometer of humankind’s fate, was moved one minute closer to midnight on Tuesday, the first time it has been nudged forward since 2007.

It is now 11:55, five minutes before Doomsday.

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Birther Alert: Was Eisenhower Born in Tyler?

President Barack Obama isn't the first president to have his birthplace questioned.  A lot of people in Tyler, Texas say President Dwight D. Eisenhower, our 34th President, claimed he was born in Tyler for most of his life.

So how did Denison, Texas get to be known as "Eisenhower's Birthplace"?

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