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Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray helps Chef Tim Devine, right, package turkeys for Thanksgiving at Food and Friends, a non-profit organization that provides meals and groceries to people living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-challenging illnesses, Washington, D.C., Monday, November 24, 2014. Food and Friends will deliver almost 900 turkeys and sides which will total about 3500 meals. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray helps Chef Tim Devine, right, package turkeys for Thanksgiving at Food and Friends, a non-profit organization that provides meals and groceries to people living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-challenging illnesses, Washington, D.C., Monday, November 24, 2014. Food and Friends will deliver almost 900 turkeys and sides which will total about 3500 meals. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Men wearing fake pregnant bellies rest near a fountain after posing for advertisement photos for a baby product brand while a boy runs past outside a shopping mall in Beijing on Aug. 13, 2011. (Associated Press) **FILE**

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Rep. Connie Morella and Mayor Marion Barry answer questions from the press after the mayor payed her a visit on Capitol Hill on Feb. 18, 1997. (Kenneth Lambert/The Washington Times)

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Mayor Marion Barry tours Beers Elementary School in Southeast on Jan. 22, 1998. (Joseph Silverman/The Washington Times)

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Former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry, with House Speaker Newt Gingrich and D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton during one of their many D.C. budget sessions during the long summer months in 1995. (Ross D. Franklin/The Washington Times)

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Mike Amoroso of Deltona, Fla. was asked to leave a Planet Fitness when his pro-life shirt offended another customer. (Image: ABC Orlando screenshot)

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Withings Pulse. If you are looking for versatility in a fitness band look no further. The Withings Pulse boasts a "wear it your way" tracker. Wear it as a watch or in a pocket as a pedometer. With a built-in altimeter, heart rate monitor and two-week battery life, it stands out among the world of fitness trackers. Curious about your level of fitness as this year comes to a close? Pick up the Withings Pulse on their website and major retailers. Prices range from $99 to $120. (Photo courtesy of Withings)

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Striiv Touch Fitness Band. Those familiar with this column may recognize this gadget. I reviewed the Striiv Touch a little while ago and have to say, it has helped me keep my physical activity on track. Wear it as a watch or fitness band or both. Plus, it alerts you to incoming calls when synced with your smart phone and can make the sometimes challenging (time to get my steps in) fun with its interactive game on the connected application. The Striiv Touch is available for purchase on the company website and at major retailers for $80.

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Jennifer Lawrence stars as Katniss Everdeen with Liam Hemsworth as Gale Hawthorne in "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1." There's a lot that doesn't add up in the latest entry from the first half of the final book in the series of popular young adult novels. (Lionsgate via Associated Press)

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"Foxcatcher" director Bennett Miller spoke with The Times at the Cappella hotel in the Georgetown area of Washington, D.C. (Eric Althoff/The Washington Times)

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Children lined up for food outside a small hut at an orphanage in the jungle, 8 hours outside Kampala, Uganda. In the lower right corner is then-5-year-old Kinji. (Photo courtesy of the author.)

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President Obama is mobbed by a crowd following a speech on immigration reform at Chamizal National Memorial Park in El Paso, Texas. [Associated Press]

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AeroPress: This should help even the most discerning commuter get going, especially as this cold spell is upon us. The AeroPress offers a personal touch to your morning coffee. Use the coffee you want to use, grind up the beans yourself or get it pre-ground, it's up to you. With a scoop of coffee, hot water and 20 seconds you get one fresh cup of coffee at a fraction of the cost of the chain coffee places in a fraction of the time. AeroPress is available at leading retailers. Prices range between $25 and $60. (Photo courtesy of Aerobie)

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The Architect of the Capitol Stephen Ayers gives an update on the completion of the scaffolding and the start of repairs for the U.S. Capitol Dome Restoration Project at the roof of the U.S. Capitol Building, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Jon Stewart on Tuesday night railed against Obamacare "architect" Jonathan Gruber and the Democrats trying to distance themselves from him since comments resurfaced in which he insulted American voters. (Comedy Central)

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Castaway island: Home of Fiji's official gourmet food ambassador, Lance Seeto (photo: Outrigger Hotels & Resorts)

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Mark Paffrath, a Navy veteran who worked at a hotel outside St. Louis, said he was fired from his job after posting pictures on Facebook that showed dozens of Homeland Security vehicles parked in the hotel's garage. (KTVI)

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2015 FORD MUSTANG GT500 - Any car with 662 hp for less than 60 grand is a real performance bargain, even if all it could do was drive in a straight line. The Shelby GT500, however, not only accelerates with alarming brute force, but it turns and stops surprisingly well, too, making it a hoot at the track. True, the unrefined interior and lumpy ride aren’t pleasant, but the GT500 is as bad-ass as anything on the road. While the 2014 model remains on sale, its replacement based on the new Mustang won’t arrive until 2016.

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2014 PONTIAC GTO 'The Judge' -The concept car is rumored to have 614 horsepower at the rear wheels. Since it's based on the new Chevrolet Camaro, we would venture to guess there's a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 engine under the hood.