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Wednesday, December 5th

Wednesday, December 5th



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Grant had a great story today about employee appraisals. Almost half of employees think that their boss is dishonest during appraisal processes, while a third think the whole process is a waste of time, according to research by productivity body Investors in People. A fifth had had appraisals that they said were unfair.

Employees also attacked the seriousness with which the increasingly common appraisal process is taken by employers. A quarter said their managers saw it as just a 'box ticking' exercise, while a fifth said they believed their boss did not even think about the appraisal before entering the interview room.

Amanda, always on the Brad Pitt watch, found a story about an upcoming movie. Russell Crowe is pinch-hitting for Brad Pitt. Crowe has taken over the lead role Pitt backed out of in "State of Play," the political thriller co-starring Helen Mirren, Edward Norton, Robin Wright Penn and Jason Bateman. Crowe will play a former political consultant who is now a journalist investigating a murder linked to a congressman whose campaign he once ran.

Plus this one was just too weird for words. Law enforcement authorities have discovered that people are willing to go to great lengths to get high, including a troubling new method that features a frightened toad. "Toad smoking," which is a substitute for "toad licking," is done by extracting venom from the Sonoran Desert toad of the Colorado River. The toad's venom — which is secreted when the toad gets angry or scared — contains a hallucinogen called bufotenine that can be dried and smoked to produce a buzz.

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Don't forget - we'll carry the Mitt Romney speech live tomorrow morning at 8:30 on Utah's Morning News.

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