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CNN Opinion: Why Dean Martin's still so cool
Years after his death, Dean Martin's relaxing singing voice is still a presence on TV, in shopping malls and restaurants.
April 24th, 2012
01:20 PM ET

CNN Opinion: Why Dean Martin's still so cool

By Bob Greene, CNN Contributor

A few years ago a group of us were having dinner at a steakhouse, and among the people at the table were the terrific sports columnist Mike Downey and his wife, Gail Martin. The manager of the place came over to say hello; introductions were made.

At one point in the evening I was making my way to the men's room and ran into the manager again. I said to him, "That Gail Martin you met? I think you're probably familiar with her late father."

"Who was her dad?" the man said.

"His first name was Dean," I said.

Within minutes the taped music that had been playing in the restaurant stopped, and a new tape was substituted - a Dean Martin tape. Any steakhouse worthy of the name has his music on hand.

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Texting teens learn to talk face to face
Lori Kelman (right) helps student Rebecca Smith and other teens improve fundamental communications skills lost to texting technology with her program, Enhancing Teen Communication.
April 24th, 2012
12:23 PM ET

Texting teens learn to talk face to face

(CNN) - It's an often-observed teenage obsession: texting. Kids today spend an awful lot of time bent over cell phones sending text messages to each other. In fact, you can observe them sitting within normal talking distance from each other yet instead of talking, they'll be texting a conversation.

"I see that the kids are so involved in texting that they shy away from communicating face-to-face," said Lori Kelman, founder of the program 'Enhancing Teen Communication.'

"They bury themselves in text, hide behind texting, will say things through text that they wouldn't in a million years say to somebody face-to-face. That's not a good thing," Kelman said.

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CNN Interviews: Ex-Hole guitarist talks 'Letters to Kurt'
April 24th, 2012
12:14 PM ET

CNN Interviews: Ex-Hole guitarist talks 'Letters to Kurt'

Former Hole guitarist, Eric Erlandson, talks to CNN's Kyra Phillips about his new book, "Letters to Kurt." The book includes mostly creative writing and thoughts inspired by Nirvana frontman, Kurt Cobain, who was a close friend of Erlandson and committed suicide 18 years ago.

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