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Noted and passed for Nov. 29, 2010

Posted: November 26, 2010 3:04 p.m.
Updated: November 29, 2010 5:00 a.m.

* With professional football playoffs set to begin soon, along with college bowl games, there’s one statistic that tells the tale as far as how many advertisements and dead time there are during TV game telecasts. A recent examination of one NFL game that took more than four hours to play revealed that the ball was in play less than 11 minutes. That’s a lot of time to eat and sip. Watch those calories!

* We side -- as noted recently -- with strict airport security, but the fact that the Transportation Security Administration might soon unionize is disturbing. A provision in the law that allows airports to opt out of TSA participation and hire private screeners might become a popular option if such unionization occurs; Orlando’s high-traffic Sanford International Airport is one of the latest of several in the United States to take that step.

* Former U. S. House of Representatives Majority Leader Tom DeLay of Texas, after recently being convicted of illegally funneling corporate campaign money to certain candidates, said the verdicts were a “miscarriage of justice.” DeLay could face a long prison term but probably will serve little or no time. He’s just the latest to declare his innocence despite being convicted. Ho hum.

* The president of Boise State University, which is fighting for a chance to play in the BCS national championship football game, has taken exception to a statement by the Ohio State president that non-major-conference schools such as Boise State play “Little Sisters of the Poor” schedules. Bob Kustra of Boise State was fighting mad about Ohio State prexy Gordon Gee’s declaration. Perhaps an old-fashioned fistfight between the two would be great half-time entertainment at the national title game.


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