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  • football fansWith the Super Bowl now less than a week away, the media hype machine is shifting into high gear. The two teams competing in the game, the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers, are slated to arrive in Dallas, the site of the game, today. Celebrities renowned for their partying ways are flocking there as well to host glitzy, high-end liquor-sponsored soirees, and scores of Americans are beginning to make weekend plans for taking in the biggest spectacle in all of sports. But should they be worried about going into cardiac arrest?

    That's what a new study published in the journal Clinical Cardiology warns: that the enhanced consumption of booze, fatty food and fandom-related stress on Super Bowl Sunday is a toxic recipe for the average human heart. But let's not hold off on the guacamole just yet -- the gist of the report stems from a study of Los Angeles-area residents following a single Super Bowl featuring the then-Los Angeles Rams more than 30 years ago.

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  • AP11013117849The decorated Army veteran who authorities say wanted to blow up a Dearborn, Michigan mosque has served time in federal prison for death threats against George W. Bush and a Vermont veterans' center.

    Sixty-three year-old Roger Stockham pleaded insanity after he threatened to blow up a veterans' center in Vermont in 2002 and threatened then-President Bush, The Detroit News reports. He claimed to be a local terrorist named "Hem Ahadin" in threatening calls.

    Stockham was released from federal prison in 2005, after the warden certified he had recovered from his mental illness. Just two weeks ago, he referred to himself as "Hem Ahadin" in posts on Facebook again, according to the The Detroit News.

    Stockham is a Vietnam Army veteran with a long history of mental illness, according to newspaper clippings gathered by Current Events Inquiry. In 1979, Stockham was accused of kidnapping his son from a foster home and then crash-landing a stolen plane in Los Angeles. In 1981, authorities were on a man hunt for him when he escaped a mental hospital after sending threatening letters to President Jimmy Carter. In 1985, he was suspected of planting a bomb at the Reno, Nevada airport.

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  • AP0610260143Fans of the addictive sandwiches of Chick-fil-A who also support gay marriage are facing a dilemma: Should one follow the dictates of the stomach or the conscience?

    The privately owned chain, famous for closing on Sundays in deference to its founder's evangelical Christian values, donates to many Christian causes, scholarships, and organizations through its charitable arm.

    But when a Pennsylvania restaurant donated sandwiches and brownies to a Harrisburg meeting of The Pennsylvania Family Group, a group that works to outlaw gay marriage, pro-gay marriage bloggers and gay rights organizations went on the offensive. The news quickly trickled into the mainstream. Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton wrote about it, and so did the food blog Grub Street, with the headline "Chick-fil-A is anti-gay."

    President Dan Cathy posted a video response to the company's Facebook page in early January, no doubt hoping to quell the controversy. "Chick-fil-A serves all people and values all people," Cathy said, adding that the donation did not serve as a political endorsement. UPDATE: Cathy now says Chick-fil-A will no longer donate to any organizations that take a political stand on marriage.

    Thousands of people chimed in on Chick-fil-A's Facebook page, many of whom said they would support the chain even more because of the donation and the controversy around it.

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