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The ‘Hot Hand,’ Revisited

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Sunday, July 22, 2012
Category: Sports


Basketball players take one, two, or three free throws after a foul is called, but the usual number is two. Players tended to make 70 to 80% of their second shots, and they made more of their second than first shots (as they homed in on the target), the study found.

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Syria′s many new friends

Sunday, July 22, 2012
Category: World


Where have these friends been hiding for the past 50 years? What were they doing in 1967 when Israel seized the Syrian Golan? What support did they send to more than 100,000 Syrian citizens when Israel demolished their villages and expelled them from their homes? What was their reaction to Israel′s illegal annexation of the Golan in 1981? Have they taken a stand against the 30 settlements that Israel planted on property stolen from Syrians? Are they calling for sanctions against Israel until it withdraws from Syrian territory, dismantles its settlements and permits Syria′s Golan citizens to return home? You know the answers.

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South Carolina funeral home to sell Starbucks coffee

Sunday, July 22, 2012
Category: Odd


Robinson Funeral Home is undergoing its fourth addition and will feature a first for Easley -- Starbucks coffee. A new lobby will lead to an area where baristas hired by Robinson will discreetly serve Frappuccinos to mourners and the public alike.

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Fading the Vig: A Gambler’s Guide to Life: $100 Hand of Blackjack, Foxwoods Casino

Sunday, July 22, 2012
Category: Games


Card counting isn’t mathematically very complicated. You keep a running tally in your head of the high cards versus the low cards. Low cards add to the tally, high cards subtract from it. The higher the number the more favorable the conditions for betting; the idea being that a shoe with a high concentration of high cards in it will deal out more winning hands than a shoe with low cards.

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