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Noted and passed - Dec. 9, 2013

Posted: December 6, 2013 9:41 a.m.
Updated: December 9, 2013 5:00 a.m.

• A new study shows that dementia is going to be even a bigger problem than originally thought, estimating that 135 million people will have the disorder by 2050; that’s a 17 percent increase above previous predictions. Dementia -- with Alzheimer’s Disease being the best known type -- has stubbornly fought the best efforts of scientists to discover a cure or a way to slow the progression. These new figures are a stark reminder that for all its advances, medicine is still an inexact science.

• The U.S. economy might still be struggling, but you’d never know it by watching advertisers snap up spots for the Feb. 2 Super Bowl; they’ve all been sold out nearly two months prior to the game. Advertising industry experts estimate that 30-second ads cost up to $4 million, proving the businesses still have the cash to go after football fans. The game will be played in New Jersey.

• The Ford Mustang is 50 years old, a milestone that will make a lot of baby boomers in Kershaw County realize how quickly time has passed. When Ford came out with the radical design in 1964 -- long hood and short trunk -- it revolutionized the car business and became a hot item to have not only among young people but middle-aged adults as well. The company is adding some new twists to the Mustang for the 2015 model year, and no doubt is causing a great deal of nostalgia among those in the senior set.

• The hoopla in the college football coaching business revolves around those involved in the national championship chase, but it was entirely fitting that last week Duke’s David Cutcliffe was given the Walter Camp Award as the national coach of the year. It was voted on by other major-college coaches and sports information directors, and Cutcliffe won for steering the Blue Devils out of a long period of futility and ineptitude to a 10-win season. There were those who doubted Duke would ever have a strong football team again. Cutcliffe proved the naysayers wrong and is richly deserving of the award.

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