U-B site adds college football, games sections

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We launched the new union-bulletin.com almost a year ago. Since then we have been tweaking the site and adding new features.

Over the next few months, I will use this column to introduce you to some of these new features and other Web products that we are developing.

This time around I want to tell you about two new online features you can find at union-bulletin.com.

First, if you are a college football fan -- perhaps the Cougs, Huskies, Beavers or Ducks are your team -- you'll want to check out our college football page.

You'll find photo slideshows, poll questions and the latest news and blogs covering college football with a focus on the Pac-10.

Check in throughout the week to find previews of upcoming games and recaps of Saturday's games. Point your browser to ubne.ws/collegefootball to reach the home page.

Online games are a huge industry.

You probably know someone who is addicted to World of Warcraft. Puzzle games such as Sudoku are also very popular online.

If you are looking for online games, head over to our new games page. You'll find puzzle games like web-based Numbrix which is a numerical puzzle game presented by Parade Magazine.

To solve the puzzle you must fill in the matrix so the consecutive numbers follow a horizontal or vertical path. You'll find other Web-based games such as Cooking Dash, Alice in Wonderland and various versions of Solitaire.

The games are free to play online or you can pay to download them. You'll find more than 500 games at ubne.ws/paradegames

You may also have noticed our use of shorter, odd-looking URLs which begin with ubne.ws .

The short URLs are often used online especially on social networking sites like Twitter.

They are also useful to direct people to URLs that would normally be too long to conveniently type out.

For instance, union-bulletin.com/page/sports/collegefootball can be expressed as ubne.ws/collegefootball.

As an added bonus, these URLs are also easier to remember.

Carlos Virgen can be reached at carlosvirgen@wwub.com or 526-8310.

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