Since I have no idea what is going on with the other post getting closed even before it was posted let's try again. I need to exclude a category from this loop. I have searched through the archives and tried several things, but couldn't find one that worked right. For the record I want to exclude category 17. The loop in question is the chronological posts in the lower left column at http://bradstinyworld.com
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