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Is It Okay For Teachers To Spank Our Children? [POLL]

When I was in junior high school I was sent to the principle's office for a paddling. It still stings today. I don't remember what I did to deserve a whack on the butt but I do remember that I thought it was excessive punishment for kids. Now, a 63-year-old elementary school teacher in the San Antonio Texas has been arrested and charged with knowingly causing injury to a child, a third-degree felony.

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Now That Spring Is Here, Isn’t It Time To Take Down Those Christmas Decorations?

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!  My Christmas decorations came down in January.  Now I'm thinking about what spring flower decoration to put on my front door.  As I drove around the Utica area this weekend, I saw lots of Christmas decorations still up.  What's the deal with that? This is April.

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Ten Reasons Why It’s Better To Be Living in 2013 Than 1613

When I flew to Florida last week I thought "Wow, I cannot believe we're able to do this." If this were the 1600s it would take days on horseback just to travel a few hundred miles. Also thought I'd probable be dead in my 40s from some incurable disease. The only reason why I'd want to live in the 1600s rather than today is to avoid a mass shooting. Other than that, we've got it good these days and here are ten reasons why.

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Utica-Rome Metro Voted The 11th Most Miserable City In The Nation For 2012!

Maybe it's the fact that the Utica-Rome Topix anonymous gossiping pages are the most active one in the nation, or maybe it's this nasty weather we're always plagued with, but after a Gallup 'wellbeing' poll, the Business Insider has ranked the Utica-Rome metro area the 11th most miserable city in the nation! Well, look at the bright side... We're not the worst. Yet.

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Driving Pet Peeve: Taking Up Multiple Parking Spaces

If I asked you to tell me some of your biggest driving pet peeves, I'm sure you've have plenty to share with me.  Lately, one of mine has to be people who take up multiple parking spaces for no apparent reason other than laziness or poor parking skills.

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Victoria’s Secret PINK Targeting Teens and Tweens With Their New ‘Bright Young Things’ Underwear Line?

Recently a mom took her young 9-10 y/o girl to a Victoria's Secret PINK store to buy some unmentionables and created a firestorm among concerned parents so this latest bit from every woman's favorite underwear giant is really flipping some wigs too.

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Florida Homeowners Group Bans Outdoor Playing For Kids

The old saying "kids will be kids" apparently doesn't wash with a Florida homeowners association. The directors of the 48-unit townhouse development, Persimmon Place, is proposing a new set of rules that, according to SFGate.com, is most definitely not kid friendly. Just how restrictive is it?

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What Are the Best Cities for 2013 College Graduates?

After getting their diplomas, a lot of college graduates decide to head to the big city to try and make it big.

The question that arises, though, is which city is the right one?

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Iraq, Ten Years After The U.S. Lead Invasion, Was It Worth It? [POLL]

It's been a decade since the U.S. lead invasion of Iraq and still today the region is torn between progress and chaos. Our country made an investment of about $1.7 trillion and the loss of 4,487 American troops. When considering the cost of an additional trillion to care for the veterans of the war over the next decade one asks, "Was it worth it"?

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For a Limited Time Burger King Will Offer A Turkey Burger

Let me start out by saying that this is an item that should be a permanent part of their menu. If McDonald's or Wendy's adds a turkey burger to their permanent menu, I anticipate it to be a tremendous success. For now, Burger King is the first to offer the new sandwich as part of its limited-time offers for Spring. It's appears most fast food joints are making an effort to cater to health-conscious diners.

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Viral Video – Man Wrestles Shark Away From Kids On A Beach, Gets Fired!

So, 62-year-old Paul Marshallsea of South Wales was on vacation in Queensland, Australia is just mozeying along and notices a shark a tad too close to some kids and decides to walk over, grab the shark with some other brave passersby and literally wrestle it away from the children (the grab is at :14 sec in). You'd think he'd be branded a hero, but his work fired him for the act... Why?

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The TSA Has Revised The Knives On Planes Policy And The Flight Attendants Are Not Happy

My dear friend Linda is a flight attendant and yesterday she posted on her facebook page a lengthy opposition to the TSA policy now allowing passengers to carry small knives onto planes. The vice president of the flight attendants union agrees with her and she has said that the new policy is "outrageous."

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