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FRI, SAT, SUN, February 17, 18, 19, 2012

The Beach Boys, celebrating 50 years in the business, were honored at the Grammy Awards.  There were a few telltale signs that ol' Father Time has taken his toll, though -- like surf boards with safety rails... IV tubes that outnumber the guitar cords... and the lyric change from "I get around" to "I barely get around."

N.A.S.A. has opened bidding for a company to build "space taxis" to deliver astronauts to orbiting space station.  Actually this is NASA's second invitation for bids.   A New York taxi company was awarded the contract, but it had to be canceled.  The prototype models smelled too much of urine and Christmas tree deodorizers.

New Hampshire is about to pass the first law allowing businesses to refuse service to non-heterosexual married couples.  There are a few exemptions, though -- Ikea, the Pottery Barn, manufacturers of tight jeans or loafers with tassels and scalpers of tickets to Broadway musicals.

An inventive judge in Florida sentenced a man he'd found guilty of spousal abuse to take his wife to the Red Lobster to celebrate her birthday.  Unfortunately, they were back in court within a week.  Seems she ordered the all-you-can-eat popcorn shrimp for herself and the Crayons and coloring book for him.
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