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WAKE UP CALL!: White Christmas isn't likely this year
GHNEWSROOM FAVORITES: Top GHNewsroom blogs of 2011
BEST OF THE DAY: Readers help map Christmas lights
JANUARY RADARFROG PAGE AND PROMO ADS: Save on winter fitness apparel
KIDZBUZZ PAGE: The history of the Christmas tree
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2012 JOBS OUTLOOK PAGES: Two broadsheet pages on industries that are hiring, and on changing workplaces
CUTEST BABIES CONTEST PAGES, ADS AND COLLATERAL: http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/ghns_pages/house_ads/x1622884798/Cutest-Babies-promo-ads-and-collateral
STOCKS: Buy the dip in cloud computing stocks: analysts -- Several analysts believe the dip in cloud computing stocks over concerns about Europe is unwarranted. By Chris Ciaccia, The Street
HOLIDAYS: Personal finance really is fun and games -- Gifts under the tree this year can sneak in some money-based education. By Jonathan Blum, The Street
SOCIAL MEDIA: Why Google+ is essential for your business -- This particular social hasn't exactly caught on with users. But here's why you should be on it anyway, and how. By Laurie Kulikowski, The Street
AUTO: Chevy's top 10 trucks of all time -- GM has been making Chevy trucks since 1918. Here is the company's own list of its 10 best and most significant. By Ted Reed, The Street
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CHRISTMAS CONTENT: Pages, callouts, features and more
SHOESTRING LIVING: Shedding new light on your holiday décor - This year, it took weeks of kids clamoring at my lap, begging to put up our holiday decorations to motivate me. While a gorgeous tree, white lights and a roaring fire fill me with holiday spirit, the idea of getting it all out, with the kids in tow, and creating a fresh look with a decade’s worth of old items overwhelms me a bit. And finding ways to love what I’ve got in new ways so that we have an updated holiday look can make the season even more special. By Molly Logan Anderson, GHNS.
JEFF VRABEL: The worst Christmas song in the history of Christmas - I've come to find the relentless repetition of Christmas songs as part of a tradition and its oft-weighty schmaltz as part of commonly accepted holiday cheer. Except for one song. Paul McCartney's "Wonderful Christmastime" is the single worst song ever written by anyone, or anything, ever. By Jeff Vrabel, GHNS.
* Poll/callout idea: Ask readers what they think the worst Christmas song is. "Wonderful Christmastime"? "Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer"?
LORETTA LAROCHE: You can defend yourself against ‘tongue fu’ - When the holiday season rolls around, there’s a good chance you’ll have to spend time with people who do or say things that can get under your skin. Columnist Loretta LaRoche has a suggestion: Try to see what might otherwise bother you as potential sitcom material. By Loretta LaRoche, The Patriot Ledger.
HEALTH WATCH: Safe salting -- weekly Health Watch on salting your driveway and sidewalks, Lipitor's campaign against generics, meditation and more. GHNS
BARBARA MURPHY: The vitamins in my life -- A friend of mine recently sent me an email thanking me for being one of her vitamins –– vitamin F. At first, I wondered what exactly she was getting at. I’ve been called a lot of things in my time, but as far as I know, no one has ever referred to me as their favorite vitamin. News-Tribune (Md.)
JOAN ENDYKE: Healthy Santa snacks -- Halt the Christmas baking! Santa is boycotting cookies this year! According to Mrs. Claus, she and Mr. Claus (and the elves, of course) are changing their eating habits and wanted to let the children know. For The Patriot Ledger (Mass.)
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BOOK NOTES: Best bets for gift books - Books make excellent holiday gifts. Box up a book with a pair of slippers and a bottle of wine and you’ve given a gift of sheer pleasure. Of the 35 books I reviewed this year, two-thirds were nonfiction and many were written by authors from New England, where Book Notes originates. If you are shopping for gifts and want to support your local, independent bookseller, here are a few books matched with reader types to help you present the perfect book to each loved one. By Rae Francouer, Cape Ann, Mass.
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BRITT CARTOON: Time for the GOP to meet Newt Gingrich under the mistletoe. By Chris Britt, Springfield, Ill.
GRANLUND CARTOON: Patriots ride Broncos -- Dave Granlund on the Patriots' win over the Broncos. GHNS
EDITORIAL: Kmart secret Santas a great way to spread cheer -- In a moving display of the kindness of others, some angels among us have apparently landed in a rather unlikely place: the Kmart layaway counter. For some struggling moms and dads who have been touched by their random acts of kindness this holiday season, these secret Santas arrived just in the nick of time. Herald News Editorial Board (Mass.)
* Callout idea: What are other creative ways to donate to or help families in need before Christmas?
EDITORIAL: Cellphone ban isn’t the way to fix distracted driving problem -- The recommendation last week from the National Transportation Safety Board that states should ban the use of all cellphones, including hands-free models, while driving came about 10 years too late. Maybe 20 years. Holland (Mich.) Sentinel
KEVIN FRISCH: ‘And away we go ...’ -- But since Republican primary voters don’t seem to be interested in moderate candidates, I suggested a phrase attributed to television pioneer Ernie Kovacs, “Nothing in moderation,” be the party campaign slogan. Messenger Post (N.Y.)
* This is Kevin Frisch's last column for GateHouse Media.
RICK HOLMES: Echoes of 1996 -- There have been 56 presidential elections in our nation’s history, and just about every one of them has been compared to the others. Historians and political junkies are always seeing the next election as a replay of some earlier match. MetroWest Daily News (Mass.)
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Business / auto
AUTO BITS: Worried about an older relative's driving? - Weekly auto rail, with tips on dealing with an elderly family member whose driving skills are declining, Car Q&A with Junior Damato and more. By GHNS.
* Localization tip: You can do a Q&A with a local mechanic, or have a mechanic (or mechanics) provide you with a tip of the week.
GREG ZYLA: Plymouth Barracuda and Ford Fairlane - We’re into our mailbag again this week. Here we go. By Greg Zyla, GHNS.
* This contains letters from Ill.
SILVIO CALABI: Hyundai’s Accent: serious stocking-stuffer - We’ve gotten so accustomed to heaping praise upon new vehicles from Korea (from Hyundai and Kia, that is) that when one that’s only ordinary shows up, we don’t quite know what to do with it. But after a few days in the saddle, it became clear. Yes, the car spoke to me. By Silvio Calabi, GHNS.
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CHRIS GILL: IndyCar, WGI needs to just get a deal done for 2013 -- After more than a year apart, the IZOD IndyCar Series and Watkins Glen International are talking again, with plans to pick up the conversation in the new year. Since IndyCar’s last visit to Schuyler County in July 2010, the series has undergone somewhat of an epiphany. Corning Leader (N.Y.)
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