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Maya Angelou, Poet and Author, Dies at 86 [VIDEO]

Maya Angelou, author of 'I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,' died at her home in North Carolina on Wednesday morning. She was 86.

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Rent-A-Gent

I can't stay up late enough these days to watch Nightline on ABC. Well, to be honest, I never watched it very often when I could stay up that late. But I saw this story online, and it looked interesting. Not because I fancy myself the type of guy they're looking for (besides, I signed a "non-compete" with my wife, Sweetie), but because I'm always fascinated by stories with a different "twist" on the way things have been done before. So, when I saw this story about a company that hires out "gentlemen" to ladies for two hours at a time (with no hanky-panky involved), I thought it was blog-worthy.

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Ham Radio Gaining New Respect

With smart phones, computers, and even landline telephones relying more and more on the Internet, what happens in a disaster that damages cell towers and other infrastructure?

Amateur radio operators spring into action. A method of communication--once thought to be dying off due to the increasing speed and popularity of the World Wide Web--is gaining new respect and unprecedented growth, especially in situations where the only available means of emergency communications is good "old-fashioned" ham radio.

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Teacher Fired for Breaking Up Vicious Fight Between Students [VIDEOS, POLL]

A teacher in Detroit is getting an education in how not to intervene. A teacher in the city's Pershing High School has been fired after she broke up a fight between two students with a broom.

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National Day of Prayer Tomorrow

The National Day of Prayer will be at noon Thursday at DeLeon Plaza in downtown Victoria, 101 N. Main St.

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Powerful Video: Mayflower, AR Man Saves Injured Girl

This video will put a lump in your throat! After tornadoes ripped through Mayflower, Arkansas (near Little Rock) on Sunday night, neighbors jumped in to help with rescue and recovery efforts. This video shows Mayflower resident Nick Naylor's rescue of a severely-injured 4-year-old girl, and an interview where he tells what happened that night.

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Map: Where to Live to Avoid a Natural Disaster

From tornadoes to wildfires, floods to hurricanes, Texas has its share of natural disasters. But, have you ever wondered where in the Lower 48 states one is least likely to encounter such calamities? Well, of course, a study was done to figure out the answer to that question. Check out this map, and see if you don't think that the benefits of life in Texas outweigh the "risks" here in the Lone Star state!

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Video: Mayflower Arkansas Tornado Drone Footage

Having spent nine years in northeast Arkansas, the killer storms last night brought great concern, as we have so many friends there. Thankfully, the worst of the storms passed to the north of our former hometown of Jonesboro; but sadly, other areas were devastated. Check out this amazing aerial footage (shot from a 'drone') of some of the destruction near Mayflower, AR.

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#PrayForArkansas – Justin Moore, Darius Rucker + More Offer Prayers to Families Affected by Tornadoes

Over a dozen people in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Iowa were killed after a wave of storms and tornadoes tore through south-central United States. Many of the deaths were in Faulkner County, Ark., as a powerful twister flipped cars and tore through houses. Justin Moore — a native of Poyen, Ark., about one hour south — was one of a number of country stars to offer prayers on Sunday night and Monday.

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Documentary Screening: “A Fragile Trust”

“A Fragile Trust” is a documentary that tells the story of how Jayson Blair, a journalist at The New York Times, became known as the most infamous serial plagiarist of the modern era. A free screening of the documentary will be at 6 p

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Heartbleed Hit List: Passwords You Need to Change Right Now

This has been a big news story for the past day or so: an encryption flaw (basically, a "hole" in the security of some websites) called the "Heartbleed" bug has been discovered. The initial reports I heard made it sound like you needed to change ALL of your website passwords; but apparently, that's not the case. Here's a breakdown of which of the websites' passwords you should change, and the ones you don't necessarily need to.

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4 Dead, 16 Injured in Fort Hood Shooting

Four people, including the gunman, were killed and 16 others injured in a shooting at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas Wednesday evening.  Fort Hood officials said the gunman was a soldier who had been receiving mental health treatment and that he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

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