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YouTube: "The Last of Us - Alternate Ending (2nd Secret Deleted Ending)"

GTA V: I hope this heads-up will save someone a lot of wasted (actual) time and (virtual) money

Possible SPOILERS below (unless you've already completed 21 percent of the game. If you've passed 21 percent, then they're not spoilers)...

I'll tell you the "what" (non-spoiler), then the "why" (spoilers) further down this page.

Here's how I wasted a whole bunch of time and money during the first 21 percent of my first play-through (I'm planning to start over from the beginning):

I upgraded two character's cars, spending each of their savings, thinking these vehicles would be safe in the character's safe-house garages. (After all, the game tells you to store your vehicles there, and it is a safe-house, so the player will naturally feel like the safe-house garage is a good place to store a vehicle they've invested a lot in.)

These vehicles are not safe in the safe-house garages. Do not upgrade your vehicles until you've purchased a separate garage for each character. These are separate from the garages attached to the safe-houses.

So buy a garage ($30,000), upgrade your vehicle, and then store it in the new garage.

Here's why (spoilers below)...

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SPOILERS:

I had spent almost all of the fortune Franklin had accumulated, tricked out a sports car in every way possible, parked it in his safe-house garage (in the run-down neighborhood where Franklin starts out), and went on a mission. The mission ended with a gift of free rent at a luxury property Michael had just purchased. Franklin got a phone call telling him about his new residence, and stating that a crew had already moved all of Franklin's belongings to the new house. But they hadn't moved everything. The garage at the new place was empty, and the garage at the old place would no longer open.

Something similar happened to Michael. Right after spending most of his money on a vehicle upgrade, he got a message from his son saying he borrowed the car, and would return it someday.

So I'm starting over, but not only because I accidentally wiped out two of the three characters' savings. I also want to see if Franklin can avoid the green motorcycle. I've tried blowing that thing up, riding it into the ocean, and leaving it in bad neighborhoods, but it always ends up back in my driveway. My million dollar cars are not safe in the safe-house garages, but this damn bike keeps following me around like a homeless dog!

White sororities admit black students at U. of Ala

Source: CBS News (AP)

Black women are joining traditionally white sororities at the University of Alabama amid efforts to end racial segregation within Greek-letter social groups, the head of the school said Friday.

University President Judy Bonner said 11 black students and three students from other minority groups received bids, or invitations, to join a historically white sorority. Of that group, four black students and two students from other minority backgrounds have accepted those invitations. Bonner said. She expected the numbers to rise as the academic year continues.

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The university's Greek organizations have been segregated by race since the first black students enrolled and created social organizations. One oversight organization has been composed of white sororities and the other composed of minority sororities. Only a handful of blacks attempted to join the historically white Greek groups at Alabama, where there are also historically black fraternities and sororities.

But that system came under scrutiny when the campus newspaper, The Crimson White, reported allegations this month that two prospective black members were passed over by all-white sororities because of pressure from alumnae, and in one case, an adviser. The coverage caused a wide-ranging debate, even prompting Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, an alumnus, to say that fraternal organizations should choose members based on their qualifications, not their race.

Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57604001/white-sororities-admit-black-students-at-u-of-ala/

NYT: Administration Orders New Step to Curtail Stiff Drug Sentences

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/20/us/politics/administration-orders-new-step-to-curtail-stiff-drug-sentences.html?_r=0

WASHINGTON The Obama administration on Thursday expanded its effort to curtail severe penalties for low-level federal drug offenses, ordering prosecutors to refile charges against defendants in pending cases and strip out any references to specific quantities of illicit substances that would trigger mandatory minimum sentencing laws.

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"By reserving the most severe prison terms for serious, high-level, or violent drug traffickers or kingpins, we can better enhance public safety," Mr. Holder said. "We can increase our focus on proven strategies for deterrence and rehabilitation. And we can do so while making our expenditures smarter and more productive."

The policy applies to defendants who meet four criteria: their offense did not involve violence, the use of a weapon, or selling drugs to minors; they are not leaders of a criminal organization; they have no significant ties to large-scale gangs or drug trafficking organizations; and they have no significant criminal histories.

On Thursday, the Justice Department ordered prosecutors to apply that new policy retroactively to defendants who are already in the system but who have not yet been sentenced. It was not immediately clear how many pending federal drug cases would be affected.

Antarctica's Stunning Secret

http://www.weather.com/video/antarcticas-stunning-secret-38568

I don't know why they're calling it a "secret," other than to give the video a catchy title. But the video shows what's leaking from underneath some of the glaciers in eastern Antarctica.
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