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Noted and passed - Dec. 16, 2013

Posted: December 13, 2013 1:30 p.m.
Updated: December 16, 2013 5:00 a.m.

• The Chronicle-Independent offers a tip of its hat to Rigdon Boykin, Ann Bass and everyone at Kimbrell’s Furniture on completing renovations to its Camden store. The $350,000 spent on the project isn’t just an investment in the store, but an investment in downtown Camden. Camden Mayor Tony Scully called it a “transformational vision, showing us what’s possible.” We agree, hoping not only that other property owners will upgrade their buildings, but that Kimbrell’s lead will entice new businesses and developers to invest in Camden as well.

• We’re all familiar with the concept of “spin,” or putting the best possible slant on an issue. We’ll give Canadian postal officials the spin trophy this year. Commenting on a cutback which will eliminate all home delivery of mail and will require residents to pick up their mail at communal centers, a spokesman said it would have “advantages for busy Canadians.” We aren’t sure what those advantages would be, but we’ll give the spokesman an A for spin effort.

• Better conditioning techniques have extended the careers of many NFL stars -- star quarterback Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos is 37 -- but if you don’t think football is still a young man’s game, just consider that Matt Elam, Baltimore’s 22-year-old safety, recently called Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson “old.” Johnson is all of 28.

• Though the Federal Communications Commission intends to remove the restriction on cell phone conversations in airplanes, public opinion hasn’t been positive towards the change; polls indicate most people don’t want to have to put up with yakking people on a long flight. The Department of Transportation is considering adopting its own ban as a consumer issue. Most fliers will be for that.

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