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It's Black Friday, and while most Americans are sleeping off their turkey dinners or wandering around the mall in search of a deal, I'm at work.

I decided I should organize the files on my computer, my emails and notebooks.

In my email inbox, I found some tips from the Better Business Bureau about how to avoid scams on Cyber Monday. The email was sent about a year ago, but much of the advice still rings true.

  • Check a seller's reputation and look for the "s" in the https:// in the address bar. Then, you'll know you are shopping on a secure website.

  • Pay with a credit card. If the item never arrives in the mail or if someone uses your information, you can dispute the charge.

  • Federal law requires that orders made online be shipped by the date promised, so pay close attention to the estimated delivery time to ensure you get your item before Christmas. If no delivery time is stated, stores have up to 30 days to deliver the item.

  • Print out your confirmation page for future reference and familiarize yourself with the company's return policy, especially how long you have to return an item.

I am not much a shopper, but which do you like best – Black Friday, Small Business Saturday or Cyber Monday? Why?

Here are some more random snippets of information to add to stories I've written in the past week or so:

In October, First Assistant District Attorney Eli Garza signed a dismissal for the case against Logan Curtis, a Texas A&M student charged with criminal negligent homicide.

Garza said changes that have been or will be made to the wreck site at Farm-to-Market Road 447 and U.S. Highway 87 made it hard to prove this offense beyond a reasonable doubt.

TxDOT installed flashing lights at that intersection on Jan 12, 2012 and posted a reduced speed limit signs the week of Nov 19, 2012, according to Helena Wright, a department spokeswoman.

An overpass is scheduled for letting in 2016 for $10 million, she said.

Also, a grand jury recently found that Victoria Councilman Dr. Andrew Young's actions were justified because of a "defense of necessity," Criminal District Attorney Stephen Tyler said.

Young was arrested on suspicion of assault by strangulation/family violence in October.

Here is the definition of "defense of necessity":


SOURCE: The Texas Penal Code