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THURSDAY, September 15, 2011

Forking over one of the highest prices ever paid for a restaurant rating service, Google shelled out $200 million for Zagat.  They weren't the only interested buyer.   They had to outbid Charo who misread the offer and thought it said "Cugat."

The Professional Golfers Association has signed a nine-year contract with both CBS and NBC.  Viewers may find the new deal a tad confusing, though.  NBC will televise the first nine holes, and CBS the back nine.

Every major airline has instituted fare increases at least ten times since January.  They're not all greedy, though.  At Delta, if your luggage is overweight because it's stuffed with the extra cash needed for your ticket, it flies free.

Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson admits that a suspected marijuana dealer is a member of the church in which he serves as pastor.  Maybe you've heard of it -- Our Lady of the Perpetual Munchies?
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