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New death registry rollout may improve vital statistics

The state of Texas is giving new life to a system that records how people die, and Texas doctors are optimistic it will be easier to use and will lead to more accurate death records, which collect vital data used to monitor public health.

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Chuck Shepherd's News of the Weird

Wait, What?

Ikea has taken advertising in a whole new direction with its recent print ad for a crib. The ad, which appears in the Swedish magazine Amelia, invites women who think they might be pregnant to urinate on the paper to reveal a discounted price. “Peeing on this ad may change your life,” the ad reads at the top of the page. “If you are expecting, you will get a surprise right here in the ad.” Adweek reported that the agency behind the gimmick adapted pregnancy test technology to work on a magazine page.

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Annie's Mailbox

Dear Annie:

I am a 32-year-old married man with two children. I am trying to come to terms with my childhood. I grew up in a dysfunctional family, with an alcoholic father and a mother who had numerous affairs.

My elder brother, “Michael,” was my world. He is only three years older than I am, but he practically raised me. He is the one who got me dressed and ready for school every morning, fed me, helped me with my homework, and tucked me in at night.

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Brenda Cannon Henley

Thinking of relatives, family members far and near, old and new neighbors, co-workers, and even long ago classmates and teachers, perhaps some of the water between these relationships has been muddied over the years, and it just might be one or the other parties ought to seek and ask for forgiveness. It is a difficult thing to do. It is hard to simply say, “I was wrong. Please forgive me.”

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Richard Alderman

Q. If I cancel a retail purchase, in this case furniture, within the 72-hour cancellation period, does the store have the right to keep my deposit? The contract does state that the customer shall forfeit the deposit to the store.

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