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   Happy Black Friday, everyone. Let's start with our own story from the Opening Day of Christmas Shopping Season:
- Local shoppers out early for bargains - Samantha Maziarz Christmann/The Buffalo News
   Rose Silver left Toronto for Amherst at 4 p.m. Thursday in search of a $198 laptop computer from Best Buy. By 1:15 a.m., she was third in line with 175 people behind her, about a dozen of them camped out in tents and sleeping bags.
   "It's demented is what it is," she joked, her legs wrapped in a garbage bag for extra warmth. "But why did I do it? Because it's a very, very good deal."
   Or:
- Project promotes talking, not shopping, on Friday - AP/The Buffalo News
   A national oral history project is trying to start a new tradition for Black Friday. Instead of hunting for bargains, StoryCorps suggests families sit down together and talk about their lives on a National Day of Listening.

   Other stories on the day from:
- The Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World: Let's make a deal
    Retailers aggressively push sales as Americans expected to spend less
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The Los Angeles Daily News: Bring it on!
    Frugal mood grips shoppers but many are ready to brave the Black Friday
- The Washington Examiner: Credit cards show no mercy
- The Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Gazette: Savvy consumers finance holidays with layaway, savings clubs
- The Detroit News: Retailers tap into power of social media
- The Baltimore Sun: U.S. PIRG launches Web site to identify dangerous toys [It's here.]
- The Virginian-Pilot: If you're like most local workers, today's a holiday, too
- The Huntsville (Ala.) Times: Holiday workers glad for job
   Which links to the L.A. Times story that was on the front page of The Buffalo News and several other papers today:
- Jobs bill becomes a priority for Democrats
   The renewed push to create jobs is driven by a recognition that the $787 billion economic-stimulus program enacted in February is not a sufficient remedy for an unemployment rate that stands at 10.2 percent. Nearly 16 million people were unemployed as of October, and 3.49 million jobs have been lost since January, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

   And here is today's official song: [Takes a couple of minutes to get started. It's worth waiting for.]


-- George Pyle/The Buffalo News

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