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State Attorney General Agrees With Yakima Legal Team on Pot Ban – Dave’s Diary

All the insults and acrimony should die down a bit now that the Attorney General of Washington State has given his opinion that local communities like Yakima do have the right to make land use decisions that include banning recreational marijuana.  The AG’s opinion was released this morning and it tracks exactly with Yakima’s city legal team of Jeff Cutter and Mark Kunkler.  Well done gentlemen.

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Brain Training Can Keep You Sharper Longer — Dave’s Diary

Training drills can make you faster, stronger, better at certain skills so why not better with your brain?  A first-of-its kind study finds that older adults who engaged in brain training drills retained measurable benefits up to 10 years later, suggesting that such interventions may help stave off impairments of aging that rob seniors of their independence.  That’s reason enough right there to hit the old mind gym!  Which is where, by the way??  Consider these finding as reported by the Boston Globe.

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Books Lead List of What We Do With Our Leisure Time — Dave’s Diary

Are you looking to change some habits in the New Year?  Not necessarily "resolutions" but maybe some personal "evolution"?  Good idea!  Here are some numbers on what other people are doing and maybe you will join them.

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YVCC Dental Hygiene Program Hosts Annual Sealant Day

The Yakima Valley Community College Dental Hygiene Program is hosting their annual dental sealant day on Saturday, February 8, 2014 from 9:00am – 1:00pm.

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Brain Circuts Well Served With A Walk — Dave’s Diary

We are often told to walk a mile in another person’s shoes in order to get their perspective but it seems walking a mile just might make you smarter.  The health benefits of walking are well known as being good for your heart, lungs, muscles, blood pressure and bones but.  a daily dose of a 30 minute brisk walk benefits the brain as well.

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Nice Guys Finish Last & Mean Girls Too — Dave’s Diary

In the line at the bank window, nice guys really do finish last.  Researchers from Notre Dame, Cornell and the University of Western Ontario have found that those who are nice at work -- that is, in the sense of being agreeable -- make less money than people who are mean.

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More Americans Hopeful for 2014 — Dave’s Diary

Three days into 2014 and how’s it going?  Ok, Ok, too early to tell but you are optimistic, right? Nearly half of us are.

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Protect Yourself From the Flu Virus This Holiday Season

December is a time ripe with get-togethers such as company holiday parties, family functions or gathering at crowded shopping malls and the flu virus will be primed to take advantage.

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Christmas Trees Can Be Beautiful and Deadly

When pulling the holiday decorations out of storage, it is also a good idea to dust off some common sense safety tips to ensure that your winter wonderland stays safe.

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Slightly Overweight Folks Live Longer — Dave’s Diary

My wife has become an exercise fanatic and she is really fit and quite strong.  So much so that I have taken to minding my P's and Q's around her.  Not really...not YET...but she is really transforming her body and mind.  I am quite proud and happy for her.  She would love for me to join in her journey.  So do I dare show her this as my excuse?

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