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If you liked last winter, fasten your seat belts

If you enjoyed last winter here in the Golden Triangle, the Puffman Blog has some "good"(?) news for you today. La Nina, the main factor responsible for all the cold and snow last year, is back! According to the National Weather Service's Climate Prediction Center, La Nina conditions have returned and are expected to slowly strengthen and continue throughout the winter months

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Growing Concern For Smoking

Smokers have much higher odds of developing bladder cancer than previously believed according to new research from the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Neal D. Freedman, an investigator with the institute and an author of the study claims that they have found that current smokers were four times as likely to develop bladder cancer compared with people who never smoked and that former smokers had 2.2 times the risk. While cigarettes are more typically associated with lung cancer, researchers have known for years that smoking also raises the risk of bladder cancer among both men and women. Previous studies based on people who smoked prior to the 1990's had put the risk for smokers at about three times the risk seen among nonsmokers. The researchers are speculating that this new, larger risk may be a reflection of the more toxic chemicals added to cigarettes nowadays--some of which may specifically have a link to bladder cancer.

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Did she really do it?

The murder case of Amanda Knox, an American who was convicted of killing and being involved (along with others) in the sexual assault of her roommate in 2007 was acquitted by an Italian Jury. Now, Knox has appealed her conviction for slander, as she wrongfully accused Italian police of beating a confession out of her

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I got abducted this weekend!

Well, I felt like I did after previewing the book, "Who Believes in Roswell-Discovering the Profile of the Roswell Believer." Frank Borzellieri's book is a good read if, for no other reason, the foreword was written by George Noory.

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It’s Strikingly True

"Strikingly True"! That's the title of the latest book from Ripley's Believe It or Not and I'll be giving away a brand new hard cover coffee table version of the book this afternoon (Monday) on the Puffman Show at 4:35 right after I interview Edward Meyer from Ripleys. Edward's the VP of Exhibits & Archives and he's one of my favorite guests to interview. The man i

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Legendary football coach to be discussed on Puffman Show!

Most of you know that my middle name is "sports" and I'll be adding to that legend this afternoon (Friday) at 4:35PM when I talk with John Greenburg. Greenburg probably knows as much or more about sports as I do as he already written several book on legendary college football teams and hall of fame coaches

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How you going to keep them down on the farm

My friend Gary Gollehon checked in with me today as I try to keep in contact with Gary, especially this time of year, to see what's going on with harvest. I understand that some of the custom cutters have moved north of the border into the Lethbridge area . They report that they tried the canola but it was too green at this time. They think/hope that tomorrow (Tuesday) that the spring wheat will be ready. Meanwhile down in Texas, it's still dry with no rain in sight. In fact, one of the guys says that it's hot enough that the ground temperature is so hot that it is impossible to take a drink of water from the tap, as they do not bury their lines very deep. Therefore, the ground temperature heats up the water in the pipes and gives them warm water in the cold water tap! I think we should send Mayor Bonderud down there to show them how to run a water department! There is also concern with the abandoned wheat acres that were never harvested since the ground is so hard that you can't get a danged plow into the ground, as they need to work the abandoned acres to bury the seed. Over in Oklahoma, the producers planted many acres of cotton which is considered to be a drought tolerant crop.

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Thoughts of this weekend

With this Sunday marking the 10th anniversary of perhaps the worst tragedy our country has ever experienced, I thought I would put in a call to my friend Peter Franklin, better known as the Gabby Cabby, that wacky New York City cab driver who's been a frequent guest on the Puffman Show for the past 13 years here in Shelby and before that, probably 10 years when I was working on the East Coast. I remember calling Pete 10 years ago a day or two after 911 and being relieved that he and h

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Time to fly Old Glory

This coming Sunday, September 11th, we are all being encouraged to display an American flag outside our homes, apartments, offices, and stores. I believe that all of us should make it our duty this Sunday to display Old Glory on this 10th anniversary of one of this country's worst tragedies. I found myself watching some "clips" last evening on CNN and living it all over again.

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Happy Labor Day

I hope that most of you have a chance to "put down your labors" today and enjoy this special "end-of-summer"- "start-of-autumn" day. A special salute to all the men and women who ARE working today who are in essential services such as our physicians, doctors, nurses, police and firemen, Labor Day actually began as a Canadian holiday and was later introduced to our country by Peter J

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Money and Power

"Follow the money", that's a quote from congressman Allard K. Lowenstein. My guest this afternoon (Monday) at 4:35 will be Steven S. Sadleir, author of the book "Money & Power-The Secret History". Sadleir is a best-selling author who's education and experience as an economist, international banker, fund adviser and guru enables us to clearly see how the world really works and what is really going on. He

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Obama’s secret weapon

As our lawmakers continue to posture and politicize, the deadline for resolving this danged debt crisis is drawing nearer. But while the GOP and Democratic forces debate and decline one another's proposals, my special guest at 4:35PM this afternoon (Friday) says President Obama alone has the power to prevent a default and a global financial crisis and it's not one of Jim Anderson's Grizzly Sports' free lattaes! Steven Marmon is the man with the answer and he's reported on Congress for the New York Times, wrote about finance for Money Magazine, and is the author of "The Cheaters," a forthcoming book on political sex scandals

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