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What is your favorite Garth Brooks song?

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Minutes before Garth Brooks hits the stage for a three-night run in North Little Rock, three things will be certain of Verizon Arena crowd waiting on the other side of that curtain: There will be cowboy hats. There will be cowboy boots. And the thousands of waiting fans will be counting down the seconds until Brooks plays the opening note of their absolute favorite Garth tune.

Don’t see your favorite? Leave it in the comments below.

What is your favorite Garth Brooks song?

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Garth Brooks returns to music after decade-plus departure
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What’s your take on the Serial podcast?

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Serial, a weekly podcast from the creators of This American Life, began with its first episode in early October, but it wasn’t until several weeks into the show’s run that its popularity began to really pick up. The show follows one murder case over the course of the season, which is, so far, 10 episodes in the making about the murder of Hae Min Lee, a high school girl killed in 1999. Her ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed, was charged and is currently serving his life sentence.

After a break at Thanksgiving (new episodes come out on Thursdays), the much-anticipated 10th episode of Serial became available today. It’s being called one of the most popular podcasts ever.

What's your take on the Serial podcast?

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Poll: Are you concerned about winter weather this year?

The unseasonably cold winter last year could raise concerns for this year's winter. Photo courtesy of NOAA via Wikipedia

The unseasonably cold winter last year could raise concerns for this year’s winter.
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The winter weather outlook from The Weather Channel has more below average temperatures in the forecast for Arkansas. Accuweather has Arkansas sitting in the middle of an “ice threat” zone. We want to know if this makes Sync readers nervous.

Are you concerned about winter weather this year?

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UTeach looks to stem the tide of teacher shortage

There is a real need for science, technology, engineering and math educators in America, and Museum of Discovery’s Kevin Delaney is using his star power to promote a teacher-certification program for those educators called UTeach Arkansas. In a video on the program’s website, Delaney encourages students to submit STEM-themed videos for a chance to win school supplies and tuition credit to participating universities, where they will then be certified to teach in their area of study.

In 1997, the University of Texas at Austin developed UTeach as a response to the need for more qualified teachers in the STEM subjects. The school offered scholarships and supplies for students who incorporated specific education classes into their four-year curriculum. When they graduated, in addition to receiving their desired degrees, these students were certified to teach STEM courses.

Following this model, UTeach Arkansas aims to educate degree-seeking students in order to fill the desperate need for STEM teachers while also helping employ more graduates. Many students will have jobs waiting for them immediately after graduation.

The scholarship packages include $2,500 tuition credit at participating universities, a laptop worth approximately $1,500, a graphing calculator worth around $250 and a $750 book voucher. Participating universities are the University of Arkansas, University of Central Arkansas and University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

To enter, students create a 15-second-or-less video that demonstrates a STEM concept and upload the video to Facebook, YouTube, Instagram or Vine using the hastag #UTeachARScholarship. Finalists will be judged based on accuracy, clarity and imagination, and three students will win scholarship packages.

According to a press release from UTeach: “The UTeach program is currently active at 40 universities across 19 states with a total enrollment of more than 6,700 students and more than 2,000 graduates. By 2020, the UTeach Institute projects more than 8,000 graduates will be teaching across the country.”

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Poll: Does Apple need to innovate more?

Peter Thiel, co-founder of PayPal and Palantir, thinks Apple is not separating themselves from competition.

Peter Thiel, co-founder of PayPal and Palantir, thinks Apple is not separating themselves from competition. Photo courtesy of Columbia Organization of Rising Entrepreneurs

Peter Thiel is known for his radical ideas about innovation and investing. He discourages smart people from going to college and is the basis for an eccentric character on HBO’s Silicon Valley. He is showing up in the news after discussing an array of topics with CNN. In the interview he takes Apple to task for not being the innovative company they have been in the past.

Does Peter Thiel have a point about Apple? Have they stopped making true innovations?

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