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A Few Leftovers
Larry Hagman, 81, has died from throat cancer. Known as one of the meanest villains on TV, playing J.R. Ewing, Hagman died Friday in a Dallas hospital surrounded by family and friends, including Linda Gray. Southfork will never be the same.
Today is Friday, Nov. 23, the 328th day of 2012 with 38 to follow. This is National Flossing Day.
Hope you had a GREAT turkey day!
Your Friday Forecast is a shoppers delight. Mostly sunny. Hi low/mid 60s. BIG CHANGES this weekend. Afternoon highs low/mid 40s and very breezy on Saturday.
An estimated 15,300 people attended the annual StellarOne Drumstick Dash fundraiser in downtown Roanoke on Thanksgiving morning.
A record number of runners came out to the Lynchburg Turkey Trot Thursday. Almost 2,500 were on hand. The race is billed as Lynchburg's largest family reunion, and one family had 19 family members running.
The Roanoke Rescue Mission cooked for 1000 folks on Thanksgiving Day. Meanwhile, the Red Cross Mobile kitchen - based out of Roanoke - prepared thousands of meals in New York for victims of Hurricane Sandy.
The Alleghany Sheriff's Office is investigating after a woman was found stabbed to death at the Holiday Inn Express in Covington
Thursday was the Peaks of Otter's last big event before the lodge and restaurant closes its doors this Sunday. Peaks of Otter management served about 1600 yesterday.
Small business Saturday is tomorrow. Don't forget about the "little guys" this holiday season. It may just be your best shopping.
NFL fans were treated to a Thanksgiving Day feast on the field. Houston 34, Detroit 31 in OT, RGIII and the Redskins held off Dallas 38, 31. The Jets had a meltdown Thursday night , losing to New England 49, New York Jets 19.
The Va. Tech/UVA game is going to be chilly on Saturday. With the cold air invasion arriving by tomorrow. Temps at kick-off in Blacksburg will be around 36 degrees with some sunshine and possible flurries. 4th quarter temps around 38. Dress warmly.
In 1889, the first jukebox was placed in service in the Palais Royal Saloon in San Francisco.
In 1919, the first play-by-play football game broadcast by radio in the United States described Texas A&M's 7-0 shutout of the University of Texas.
In 1936, Life magazine made its debut.
In 1943, the U.S. Marines took control of the Gilbert Islands from Japanese forces following a fierce 76-hour battle.
In 1945, World War II rationing ended in the United States on all foods except sugar.
Cuttin' Cake Today
singer Bruce Hornsby 58; actress-singer Miley Cyrus 20; TV's Nicole :"Snooki" :Polizzi 25; comedian Steve Landesberg 67
Joke of the Day
What did the fish say when it swam into the wall? A. Dam!
Smarter Than Question
Putting the kids to bed is the second most stressful thing a parent can do. What is number one? The Number One most stressful thing for a parent is "taking the youngsters to the grocery store."
Two were sent home on a LIVE X-Factor last night. Arin Ray, 17, and 13 year old Beatrice.
Here's the leaderboard for the Top 8:
1. Carly Rose Sonenclar
2. Tate Stevens
3. Vino Alan
5. Diamond White
6. Paige Thomas
7. Fifth Harmony
8. Cece Frey
Halle Berry's ex-boyfriend Gabriel Aubry was arrested for investigation of battery Thursday after he and the Oscar-winning actress's current boyfriend got into a fight at her Hollywood Hills home.
The NBC series "Community" will finish the season without Chevy Chase. Sony Pictures Television said Wednesday that the actor is leaving the sitcom by mutual agreement with producers.
Emma Roberts is reportedly considering stepping into the thigh-high boots originally worn by Aunt Julia Roberts in a bid to play Vivian — a streetwalker with a heart of gold — in a remake of the 1990 Richard Gere-assisted hit Pretty Woman.
"Dirty Jobs" host Mike Rowe says Discovery Channel has canceled his U.S. reality series, "Dirty Jobs," after eight seasons.
Friends and family remembered actor Sherman Hemsley at his funeral Wednesday in Texas by showing video clips of him as George Jefferson, the TV role that was his best known. About 150 people attended the service at a church in El Paso. Hemsley, 74, died of lung cancer on July 24, but a fight over his estate delayed his burial.
Tonight is the Holiday Bash at the Roanoke Civic Center Exhibit Hall with Jim Quick & Coastline, The Kings and Project 4. Doors open at 6P. Music starts at 7P.
TV's Marathons to enjoy leftovers
As if overdoing it on your dinner isn’t enough on Thanksgiving, TV networks also give you plenty of opportunities to overindulge in many of your favorite movies and shows by airing marathons of all sorts over the Thanksgiving weekend.
Bond Movie Marathon – Nov. 22 at 12am-Nov. 24 at 5:30am on Syfy. If Skyfall got you excited about revisiting the other James Bond movies (or discovering them for the first time), you are in luck with this two-day (with a break at 8pm on Nov. 23 for WWE Smackdown) airing of various 007 titles, which includes the first two Daniel Craig appearances as Bond (Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace); the very first Bond film (Dr. No with Sean Connery); and more.
House Hunters and House Hunters International Marathon – Nov. 23 at 6:30am-Nov. 24 at 3am on HGTV.
Storage Wars Texas Marathon – Nov. 23 from 8am-3pm on A&E.
Fringe Marathon – Nov. 23 at 10am-Nov. 24 at 3am; and Nov. 24 at 10am-Nov. 25 at 3am on Science.
Duck Dynasty Marathon – Nov. 23 at 3pm-Nov. 24 at 4am on A&E.
Law & Order: SVU Marathon – Nov. 24 at 1pm-Nov. 25 at 2am on USA Network.
Extreme Couponing Marathon – Nov. 25 from 2pm-8pm on TLC.
Storage Wars Marathon – Nov. 25 at 4pm-Nov. 26 at 4am on A&E. Episodes of Storage Wars Texas and Storage Wars.
Sex and the City Marathon – Nov. 25 at 5pm-Nov. 26 at 2am on Style Network.
Pawn Stars Marathon – Nov. 25 from 7pm-11pm on History.
News from Nashville
Congratulations to Jake Owen and his wife, Lacey, on the birth of their first child, Olive Pearl Owen on Thanksgiving Day.
Kenny Chesney kicked off the Salvation Army's "Red Kettle" Campaign with a terrific performance during the Cowboys/Redskins game in Dallas.
Martina McBride kicks off her "Joy of Christmas" tour in Atlanta tonight. She's in Roanoke Sunday night at the Roanoke Performing Arts Theatre.
Little Big Town are bringing it on home this season with the Child Hunger Ends Here campaign. They hope to raise awareness raise awareness that nearly 17 million children in the U.S. are hungry.
25 year old Greg Bates studied music business at Nashville's Belmont University, graduating in 2010. Bates got Nashville harmonica legend Charlie McCoy to play on his album, including a song called Lost in Caroline. That bass harmonica was the one you hear on "The Boxer" by Simon and Garfunkel.
Buck Owens' 1963 recording of "Act Naturally" is among the latest inductees in the Grammy Hall of Fame.
Taylor Swift is in Japan this Thanksgiving. She says she's thankful for so much, especially family. Trace Adkins and Martina McBride kicked off the holiday season in NYC at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Tracy Lawrence helped feed Nashville's homeless Thanksgiving Day, serving up over 500 turkeys for Nashville Rescue Mission.
Craig Morgan will light the tree at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville tonight, kicking off a series of holiday-related events.
Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley say their upcoming album represents equal parts where both men come from.
Lar's This & That
Is Black Friday a waste of time?
It's possible, according to the editor of DealNews.com who says you can get amazing deals throughout the month of November. Experts say sales will reach $11 billion today.
Here are five myths about Black Friday 2012:
Show Me The Bargains for Black Friday. Shopping on Black Friday is no different from shopping any other day of the year
BF is chaotic and it requires a strategy before setting foot in the store. Without goals, you'll make impulse buys on items that may not deals at all.
There's no need to go to the brick-and-mortar stores on Black Friday
Most BF deals are available online but some are in-store offers only. "Door Buster" deals are in-store only.
BF and Cyber Monday are the only major shopping days of the year
Black Friday is the biggest day for retailers, followed by the Saturday before Christmas. Green Monday, the Monday after Cyber Monday, is slowly becoming a top shopping day, too.
BF offers the best specials...period.
Not true. Toys are cheaper starting on Cyber Monday and winter clothing is less expensive in January. Holiday decor is cheaper closer to Christmas, along with brand-name electronic items. The very best deals on HDTV's show up just before the Super Bowl.
Yet ANOTHER list: 10 ITEMS NO ONE SHOULD BUY ON BLACK FRIDAY
Game consoles without a bundled item
If you're looking to buy any of the major video game consoles this holiday, you're likely to get more bang for your buck by opting for one that comes with a few extras.
Brand name HDTVs
Don't expect the best deals to be tagged with name brands. Typically, the rock-bottom prices will mostly apply to third-tier manufacturers. Instead, brand name TVs tend to see their best price of the year in January and February as manufacturers look to clear stock in preparation for new models in the spring.
The latest digital cameras
There's no shortage of digital camera deals around Black Friday, but keep in mind that the premium current-generation models are just a few months away from being replaced by a new line of 2013 options. If you're eyeing a brand new digital SLR, it's recommended you wait until February or later when it becomes an "old model."
While not typically on anyone's "To Buy on Black Friday" list, Christmas decor tends to end up in-cart on impulse buys. But deals on Christmas items get better the closer we get to the holiday itself — and of course are the best after the holiday.
For several years running, office supply stores like Office Depot and OfficeMax have released Black Friday ads in the hopes of encouraging an uptick in business. Unfortunately, these deals are generally no better than those seen throughout the rest of the year.
Jewelry and watches
Much like Christmas items, there will be lots of sales advertising shiny, metallic objects perfect for him or her. But the discounts on jewelry around the winter holidays are no better than those around Valentine's Day, when baubles are at their most in-demand.
If winter apparel is on your list, it's smarter to hold off until January, when those items are added to clearance sales that take much deeper base discounts.
Apple iPad mini
The long-awaited iPad mini will set you back at least $329, and if it follows the price pattern of its distant predecessor, the first generation iPad, it won't see a discount until several months from now.
Microsoft surface RT tablet
If Surface sales are weak, the tablet may instead go the way of the BlackBerry PlayBook, wherein we'll see its price fall considerably by the spring.
Many will likely be discounted for Black Friday, and it may feel pretty good to get your shopping done early, but you won't love that sinking feeling you'll get when you see those toys discounted for less about two weeks before Christmas
Watch Santa's Reindeer
You can watch Santa's reindeer 24/7 on the ReindeerCam.com website and with the ReindeerCam app for iPhone & iPad. You'll see what they're up to on Santa's farm at the North Pole.
A new survey by Travelodge reveals that men spend 81 minutes a day on personal grooming, including cleansing, toning, moisturizing, shaving, styling hair and choosing clothes. Other findings"
- women spend an average of 75 minutes a day on personal grooming
- on an average morning, men spend 23 minutes in the shower, compared to 22 minutes for women.
- men spend 18 minutes on their daily shaving regime, compared to 14 minutes for women despite them having to trim legs, armpits and their bikini line.
- men spend an average of 13 minutes choosing their outfit for the day while women spend 10
Scoot over Rover
A couple were Christmas shopping at the mall on Christmas Eve and the mall was packed. As the wife walked through the mall she was surprised to look up and see her husband was nowhere around. She was quite upset because they had a lot to do. Because she was so worried, she called him on her cell phone to ask him where he was. In a calm voice, the husband said, "Honey, you remember the jewelry store we went into about 5 years ago where you fell in love with that diamond necklace that we could not afford and I told you that I would get it for you one day?"
The wife choked up and started to cry and said, "Yes, I remember that jewelry store."
He said, "Well, I'm in the bar right next to it."
Is It Possible To Be Too Close To Your Dog
No, according to Yahoo's Angela Thompson, but other's may see it differently. Here are five signs other others think you and your dog are too close:
You are never out of your dog's sight
You have fallen over your dog more than twice in the past day
You use your dog to corroborate a story ("but my dog saw it, too")
You know whether your dog's trip outside requires a waste bag
You share a special language with your dog
Here are a few random facts about Thanksgiving.
The first Thanksgiving featured shrimp and deer, but no turkey . . . it was prepared for 140 people by just four women . . . Thanksgiving wasn't a public holiday until 1863 . . . green bean casserole didn't exist until 1955 .
The Power of the Cellphone
Here are four (scientifically proven!) ways it’s messing with your health.
1. Your Cellphone Is ... Destroying Your Ability to Focus
You don’t own your phone—it owns you. Researchers in Finland found that most people obsessively check their menu screen, news, e-mail, and apps, even though the likelihood of seeing new and interesting information keeps decreasing. "The more you do it, the less you gain," says study author Antti Oulasvirta, Ph.D.
Your move: Oulasvirta recommends setting specific times to touch base with your touchscreen, such as on the hour—or half hour if the withdrawal is too much.
2. Your Cellphone Is ... Making You Sick
All that tapping, typing, and swiping may make your touchscreen as germy as your computer keyboard, according to a study published in the Journal of Applied Microbiology. "We found that about 20 percent to 30 percent of viruses on a glass surface similar to a smartphone screen will transfer to your fingertips," says study author Tim Julian, Ph.D. And it’s a short trip from there to your mouth or eyes.
Your move: If your phone has Gorilla Glass (many do, including the iPhone) and it’s not coated to resist fingerprints or glare, you can safely clean the screen with a disinfecting wipe, like Clorox’s. Also avoid texting and crying, so you have no reason to wipe your eyes.
3. Your Cellphone Is ... Hurting Your Eyes
The combination of holding your phone too close and staring at a sadistically small font can lead to eye strain, headaches, dry eye, and blurred vision, according to research from the SUNY State College of Optometry.
Your move: Increase the font size to twice the smallest size you’re able to read, says study author Mark Rosenfield, O.D., Ph.D., and maintain a distance of at least 16 inches between the screen and your eyes. If you’re reading for longer than a few minutes, take regular 20-second breaks.
4. Your Cellphone Is ... Causing You Stress
You bought your phone so you’d be accessible 24-7, but now you never seem to have time to unwind. Why? Because you’re never unreachable, you’re constantly expecting to be reached. In fact, a University of Worcester study showed that this constant stress can actually trick people into believing that their phone vibrated from a new text or e-mail even when no messages came in.
Your move: Start by shutting off your phone for an hour every day, and slowly work your way up to 2-hour breaks. And, no, while you’re sleeping doesn’t count.
Weird, But True News
A Florida man faces multiple charges after a Florida Highway Patrol trooper noted he was not wearing a seatbelt. According to an arrest report, the trooper could see the seatbelt dangling in the retracted position. The driver stared at the trooper and "began to laugh uncontrollably," pointing at him. When the trooper attempted to pull him over, the man continued to drive, throwing a bag of food out of his window at the patrol car. As the pursuit continued, the driver began waving a knife out the window, then he through it at the patrol car. One word, "genius".
Staying Healthy Today
Easy ways to boost your holiday cheer
--When snow arrives - have fun by building a snowman. Just 30 minutes will send your happiness levels soaring by as much as 47% according to researchers at the Univeristy of Texas.
--Perk up singing Christmas carols. Singing floods your body with natural antidepressants, plus sends extra nourishing oxygen to your muscles, relaxing them. Plus, singing is good for your immune system, helping you with the sniffles.
--The next time you get a pounding headache, grab a candy cane. Studies show peppermint oil will help relieve head pain as effectively as 1000 mg of acetaminophen.
--Too many holiday cookies or glasses of eggnog? Calm your stomach with a cup or two of ginger tea.
Good News Story
Customers of an Oregon coffee shop that suffered two recent armed robberies organized a "cash mob" to show support and leave big tips at the cafe. Jenifer DeWolfe, a regular customer at Black Rock Coffee Bar in Portland, said she organized Sunday’s "cash mob" – a group of customers who "mob" a business with purchases to give a financial and morale boost to the company – at the cafe to show support for Black Rock following a pair of armed robberies October 27th and November 7th. Daniel Brand, whose family owns Black Rock, said he and his employees were overjoyed by the show of support. I hope you do something "nice" today. It may be as simple as opening a door for a mom loaded with packages and trying to push a stroller. Look for something "good" to do.
Lar's Thought of the Day
People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built. Eleanor Roosevelt