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And Here's My First Blog Entry!

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Let me preface this with a FYI: this is my first ever blog entry (for whatever that's worth)!

So, for my inaugural blog I thought I'd write about three headlines from today's show that especially caught my attention; a survey that made me (and Steve) laugh, another that provoked pride, and a story that made me cringe.

I'll begin with the bombshell announcement from one of the biggest retailers and pharmacies in the country: As of October 1st, CVS will stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco related products. This is unprecedented in that CVS will become the first chain of pharmacies to make such a move. The president and CEO, Larry J. Merlo, explained the decision saying this is "the right thing for us to do for our customers and our company to help people on their path to better health." I say kudos and congrats to Mr. Merlo and anyone else who had a hand in this decision. Although the percentage of Americans (18-19%) who smoke has dramatically decreased from the 1960s, smoking (and its effects) still kills an estimated 480,000 people every year. Sure, CVS execs say the move will cost them about $2 BILLION a year, but I think a company that's predicted to report more than $132 BILLION in revenue in 2014, can handle this just fine. We'll see if the other big retailers follow suit. In the meantime, I can say I'm proud to have a CVS card.

Then, there's the story that has many of us shaking our head: George Zimmerman is going to fight rapper DMX in a charity celebrity boxing match. Here are some of the tweets I've received from viewers: "Sad that he (Zimmerman) gets associated with the word "celebrity." "Hope DMX beats the ---- out of him." And, "Wouldn't be America if there wasn't a monetary value put on something like this. The charity will gladly accept those funds." Here's the thing: the charity hasn't been identified yet. Since this so-called fight is going to happen whether we like it or not, what about Trayvon Martin's family collecting the money or, at the very least, choosing the charity? Just a thought. Another thought, today would've been Trayvon's 19th birthday.

And, I saved the laugh for last. In the 8am hour, I just happened to get assigned to read the latest survey from Match.com: Just how far singles are willing to go in their search for love. So, as I started to read the latest stats from the single world, I, the only unattached one at the desk, pointed out that I'm sure it was merely coincidental that the producers stuck me with the story. Wink Wink. Hint Hint. Steve got a good laugh at this. So did I. As for the survey, Match says singles spend about $60 a month or $720 a year on dating. Hey, when my Romeo finally appears, every penny I've spent will be worth it.

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