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Pee-resistant walls will return fire if you pee on them

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A Jacksonville-based company has figured out a way to repel liquids – a tool useful in thwarting public urinators. Surfaces painted with the pee-proof paint will have some of that pee splashed right back at them. Take that, pee-pee bandit. The company behind the masterful pee-thwarting paint is Ultra-tech. It’s formulated to create a rough surface with little hills and valleys. That keeps liquid from adhering to the surface and sends it flying right back to where it came. In…

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Mitch Perry Report for 7.20.15 – Chattanooga is the latest mass killing in U.S.

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Good morning, everyone. Not to start the week off on a rough note, but can we reflect for a moment on what happened at those two military sites in Chattanooga last Thursday? As we all know by now, a naturalized citizen from Kuwait ended up killing four U.S. Marines and one sailor and wounded two others. There are reports that Mohammod Abdulazeez killed because he was upset over the United States’ policy in the Middle East. In reaction, Rick Scott signed an executive…

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Ken Hagan looking at possible run for Tampa mayor in 2019

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Longtime Hillsborough County Commissioner Ken Hagan says he’s considering a run for mayor of Tampa in 2019. “I’m encouraged everyday to consider running for either mayor of Tampa or a constitutional seat,” Hagan said on Tuesday. Having just been re-elected to his District 5 countywide Commission seat last year, he admits he’s not in any hurry to consider running for any new office, but confesses that “it’s definitely something I’m going to take a look at.” The 47-year-old Tampa native…

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‘Game of Thrones’ to live stream premiere in San Francisco

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The U.S. premiere of the fifth season of “Game of Thrones” will be held at a palatial building in San Francisco, aptly suited for the television show about a mythical kingdom. But the City by the Bay is also a leading tech hub and HBO plans to give “Game of Thrones” fans access to the red carpet event Monday by streaming it live on the show’s Facebook page. Many of the series’ stars will attend the event at the War…

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Unemployed restaurant critic: ‘I find neither shame nor deprivation in food stamps’

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A heartbreaking, heart-warming story from Ed Murrieta: A butcher shared with me the advice his dairy-farmer father fed him: Stay in the food business and you will always eat. I’ve worked in the food business for a good chunk of my life — first in my parents’ restaurants, then as a food writer and restaurant critic, followed by post-culinary-school stints as a baker and food-marketing consultant, then again as a restaurant critic, and, until this past fall, as publisher of…

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Unemployed restaurant critic: ‘I find neither shame nor deprivation in food stamps’

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A heartbreaking, heart-warming story from Ed Murrieta: A butcher shared with me the advice his dairy-farmer father fed him: Stay in the food business and you will always eat. I’ve worked in the food business for a good chunk of my life — first in my parents’ restaurants, then as a food writer and restaurant critic, followed by post-culinary-school stints as a baker and food-marketing consultant, then again as a restaurant critic, and, until this past fall, as publisher of…

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Follow the bouncing balls

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My personal Kirsten Dunst sent me a link to this amazing (amazing in an American Beauty sense) video of 250,000 multi-coloured ‘superballs’ bouncing down the streets of San Francisco. The beautiful track that sets the mood for the commercial is “Heartbeats,” performed by José González from his critically acclaimed debut album, “Veneer.” If you do take the time to view this litle slice of heaven, be sure to view the extended version of this video.

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