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Thursday, February 14, 2008 - 5:37pm

Did any of you get a chance to watch the finals of the Westminster Kennel Club competition? Well, it was delightful! Precocious and so precious was the baying, bouncing, and barking beagle named Uno, and he had won! He apparently was a consistent crowd favorite and as his handler indicated, "He's a people's dog". The sold-out crowd chanted his name and roared when he was pronounced the winner.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2008 - 9:34am

In 1975, a whiz-bang headline writer for the New York Daily News captured the essence of what then-President Gerald Ford did (at least as most New Yorkers viewed it) when he refused to provide federal aid to spare the city from financial insolvency.

"Ford to City: Drop Dead." 

And now again, as a lame-duck president proposes $200 billion in Medicare and Medicaid cuts, a New York hospital association and a labor union have purchased a full-page ad in the New York Times.

"Bush to NY Hospitals: Drop Dead."

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Monday, February 11, 2008 - 10:23am

With February 14th looming near, I was encouraged to read that at the Story Brook University in New York, "functional magnetic-resonance imaging" can analyze the brain while you're looking at a photo of your true love. The machine records changes in oxygen levels of the blood feeding the brain. If there's a high level of freshly oxygenated blood in certain areas of the brain, there's an indication that the brain is more active in that area.

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Friday, February 8, 2008 - 11:17am

On the Moody's album, "To Our Children's Children's Children," there is a song "I Never Thought I'd Live to be 100."  Well, here's a cheap steal of that theme -- this is my 100th blog posting since opened shop last year.

Thanks for your readership. I try to diversify topics, but politics inevitably dominates (just earning my pay, boss).

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Thursday, February 7, 2008 - 9:45am

They're working on a special Highway 99 offramp to the UC Merced campus, but in the meantime you trek across some seedy and some spanking new parts of the city to get to the land where the mascot is a Golden Bobcat.

Bam. There it is. Like a space station on Mars. Dozens of buildings -- labs researching things like stem cells, "student quarters" named after Valley counties, gyms that don't smell like sweat, a digital library with a Starbucks ambiance. It sits on a fraction of the land dedicated to the campus'  future and to planned communities around it.