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Doggin’ around 

Some people find portions of our local television news programs disheartening. The emphasis on weather is what disturbs me. How many lives are truly affected by the weather? Why is it so damned important? If I hear the phrase “dog days of summer” one more time, I might go out and violate some lawn-watering ordinances. Anyway, there are other varieties of dog days this summer. First, the new line of action figures based on Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs are in stores now. View them at www.mezco.net if you are itching to see Harvey Keitel and the gang in the trademark black suits. There is even a doll of the police officer who gets his ear cut off with a razor blade — with the severed ear included. Second, for you hip-hop perverts, is Snoop Doggy Dogg’s “Doggystyle” DVD (produced by Hustler magazine) featuring traditional rap videos with naked porn stars instead of the more respectable tiny-bikini-clad video models. This multimedia extravaganza is $26.99 at www.bigapplevideo.com.

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