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For 2/24/10 editions
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READER CALLOUT: SPRING GARDENING TIPS.
POLL QUESTION IDEA: Would you buy a Toyota these days?
NEW-TEMPLATE TIPS: Managing related content in your carousel.
NEWSPAPERS: Canton creates print newspaper positive ad 'Must-Have Mobile Device of 2010.'
LEDE: Apply now for the 2010 leadership program, LEDE.
MORNING MINUTES: Includes Word of the Day, Web Site of the Day, Number to Know, This Day in History, Today’s Featured Birthday and Daily Quote.
HOME HELP: Weekly home and garden rail, with tips on growing roses, how to use glaze in a painting project, the benefits of a heated towel rack, and more.
HOME PAGE: Lava lamps are still hot.
FAMILY TIME: Weekly family rail, with tips on outdoor fun, reviews of previous “Alice in Wonderland” content and more.
OSCAR PARTY: Having an Oscar party? Here’s how to make yours a winner - A bowl of popcorn and a big-screen TV just won’t cut it on Oscar night. Not if you’re having guests over to watch the 82nd Academy Awards ceremony March 7. By Kathryn Rem of the State Journal-Register.
ELDER ABUSE: Physically dependent on caregivers, fragile seniors prime targets of abuse -- At least Judy Groteler still has her pets ‹ four dogs, six birds and a cat, to be exact. The 69-year-old widow says she needs them more than ever after someone disguised as a caregiver allegedly stole thousands of dollars from her while she was recovering from a broken neck. Bob Blancato, national coordinator of the Elder Justice Coalition, expects more stories like this as the elderly population grows amid a bad economy.
RAISING AWARENESS: Elder abuse a growing concern -- An estimated one in 10 adults older than 60 are abused every year, according to the National Institute of Justice. The grim truth is most of the perpetrators are family or friends of the victim.
ENERGY-EFFICIENT HOME: Energy-efficient home includes rich aesthetic environment - SMITHFIELD – Down a gravel road that cuts through steep wooded river bluffs along the Spoon River is a passive solar home with international provenance. With input from Mother Earth News, books and friends, the home rose from a footprint positioned in a small clearing to capitalize on views and the transit of the sun across a winter sky. In the middle of summer, the sun does not enter the house at all. By Clare Howard of the Peoria Journal Star.
MICHELLE TEHEUX: Counting down the days until spring - The first day of spring is March 20. I wish I could hibernate until then. Is it just me, or has this winter been colder, snowier, slushier, and all-around more “miserabler” than normal?
FRANK MULLIGAN: Squirrels of wisdom - In all due deference to groundhogs, nature’s truest rodent barometer is the noble gray squirrel.
LOST IN SUBURBIA: Three strikes and I'm out - This year I had resolved to lose weight and get in shape. What would have been a better use of my resolution was to promise not to kill any more appliances. By Tracy Beckerman.
BOILING POINT: Canadians whip up chicken stew -- Chicken stew with whipping cream? Leave it to our friends to the north to create hearty stews. With the harsh weather they enjoy (or suffer), Canadian stew is a weekly comfort necessity.
DIANA BOGGIA: Bedtime for youngsters need not be a struggle for parents -- Consistency isn¹t always easy for parents. Giving in can be so much easier Š for the moment. But in the long run, consistency is truly a gift to a child.
Young children are concrete thinkers and thrive on sameness and repetition in order to learn and grow.
GARY BROWN: Who needs a doctor these days when we have the Internet — When I woke up one morning last week my hand hurt. So I took full advantage of what modern medical technology has to offer. I checked the symptoms out on some of those diagnose-yourself Web sites on the Internet.
5 THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND: This week’s suggestions: Watch the end of the Winter Olympics, catch one of the new movies, celebrate International Sword Swallowers Awareness Day, observe National Tooth Fairy Day and get ready for Read Across America Day.
- Localize it: List any Read Across America Day events, list any sword swallowing happenings, enter your own big local event, etc.
SUDOKU FEBRUARY: Puzzles for February (582-609) are available for download. Previous puzzles are linked to in this file, or visit our Puzzles category.
SUDOKU MARCH: Puzzles for March (610-644) are available for download. Previous puzzles are linked to in this file, or visit our Puzzles category.
FLICKS: Damon has become an all-American hero -- What’s Flicks looking forward to in the near future? Despite a natural disinclination toward war-on-terror movies, “Green Zone” is at the top of the list. Matt Damon is Flicks’ hero.
OSCARS: Follow the link below to see our collection of Oscars-related content. If your paper has something that would work on a national scale, please send it to us via Zope or e-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
BOOK NOTES: Checklists a matter of life or death, says 'Checklist Manifesto' author - Checklists, writes Boston surgeon and author Atul Gawande in his book “The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right,” are considered by many to be beneath us. Yet Gawande proves, without a doubt, that checklists — cognitive safety nets — save lives, millions of dollars and untold heartache, whether the task is flying an airplane, building a skyscraper or operating on an adrenal gland. By Rae Francoeur.
GRANLUND CARTOON: Ron Paul wins presidential poll.
GRANLUND CARTOON: Guns now allowed in national parks
BRITT CARTOON: On Toyota. Will be posted this evening.
LICCAR CARTOON: Obama's attempts at enacting health care reform
LICCAR CARTOON: Federal deficit reaches new heights
BRUCE COULTER: The few, the proud, the cover-up - I’m one of the nearly 151,000-plus Marines and dependents who between 1957 and 1987 was exposed to, among other carcinogens, benzene, a cancer-causing chemical found in tap water at Camp Lejeune and now registered with the Camp Lejeune Clean Water study.
LLOYD GARVER: No senior moments? -- Utah State Sen. Chris Buttars suggests that for many students, 12th grade is a waste of time that costs the state millions of dollars. At first, he suggested that the state cut out 12th grade altogether. Since then, he dialed it back to propose that senior year be optional. If kids are goofing around and wasting time in school, I don't know that this behavior should be rewarded by telling them they don't have to go to school.
PETER CHIANCA: Google is making us even more stupider - There are those who insist that Google, despite being an unfettered source for infinite information, is actually making us all stupid. This would explain A LOT.
RICK ROGERS: New sports to add to Winter Olympics -- I don¹t know about you, but I enjoy watching the Winter Olympics more than its summer counterpart. Maybe it¹s because the idea of ski jumping off a ramp, doing 10 flips in the air on a snowboard in the half pipe, or flying down a course at cheek-flapping speeds on a sled are just so far-fetched from reality for me that it fires up my curiosity.
KENT BUSH: GOP needs someone to take the wheel -- The problem for the GOP is that they have a common enemy but no friends. There is only so much political and popularity pie, and everyone is trying to secure their own piece.
CURT SMITH: Louise Slaughter, media in the tank for the left -- For half a century, every poll has shown a media far to the left of mid-America: often jaundiced and condescending; above all, hypocritical. As Congresswoman Louise Slaughter shows, bias remains the elephant in the media¹s room.
EDITORIAL: A need for nuclear energy - The national debate on nuclear energy has been a fascinating study in fear. Nuclear power in the United States has languished as the result of fears of meltdowns, waste disposal controversies and financial concerns. But our thirst for electricity has not stopped, instead, it has grown exponentially. The advent of computers, smart phones, multiple appliances in our homes and new commercial applications has drained our electric capacity and now threatens to seriously jeopardize our economic future. An editorial from the Freeport Journal-Standard.
Business / Ag
DAVE RAMSEY: Weekly financial Q&A, with questions on managing pro-sports career and life insurance.
CREDIT CARD LAWS: Changes help customers, but spend responsibly and beware of hidden fees -- Plastic is the new green. It’s fast. It’s easy. It’s self-indulgent. But Americans’ love-hate relationship with their credit cards has gotten them into some murky waters in the ocean of debt. New credit card laws, which went into effect Monday, are designed to give cardholders a life jacket.
BIT BITS: Weekly business rail, with tips on business credit scores, BBB warning about time shares and more.
SMALL BIZ: Recession puts entrepreneurs on guard -- Entrepreneurs are a trusting lot, but not as trusting as they used to be. The recession has had an effect on potential collaborators and clients that Maria Miranda, an advertising executive, likened to “comic book radiation” experienced by The
Incredible Hulk and others.
MAKING CENTS: Planning can bring dreams to reality - As a professional financial adviser, I am here to break the news that dreaming is good. Your personal dreams are merely a vision for your future. Where most people fail is in connecting the dreams to what they need to do in order to make those dreams reality. By John P. Napolitano.
CHECKOUT LANE: Those looking for a pet urged to adopt from shelter - Treasa Downey, director of the Scituate (Mass.) Animal Shelter, says people should consider shelter pets. “We don’t encourage people buying dogs ... from pet stores (because) we want people to think adoption first.” By Lana Lagomarsini.
- Localize it: Talk to shelters/adoption centers in your town to get their quotes, information, etc.
FINE PRINT: Fine Print: Understanding the details of the new credit card laws - The new Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act took effect Monday, and you're probably wondering what it means for you. If you're like most credit card holders, you probably don't read much into your credit card's terms and conditions. Well now is the time to change that - at least to find out how those terms may be changing in light of the new CARD Act. By The Patriot Ledger.
JOB FAIRS: High employer turnout at job fairs ‘a good sign’ - ROCKFORD – Area colleges are seeing robust attendance at their career fairs as companies looking to hire are turning to recent grads for their staffing needs. As the economy recovers, companies that need workers are trying to get them on the cheap, said Kelly Cooper, director of career services at Rockford College. That means either getting fresh-out-of-college workers or bringing on interns to fill out the employee rolls. By Sean F. Driscoll of the Rockford Register Star. To localize: Are local job fairs seeing a higher turnout from employers?
NASCAR PAGE: Daytona in the desert.
GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY: Jack Riley led U.S. to Olympic hockey title in 1960 - “Once bitten, twice shy,” goes the popular maxim. But anyone who knows Jack Riley knows that hardly describes the 89-year-old hockey legend. So why then did the Marstons Mills resident turn down an invitation this year to appear in Vancouver to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first United States Olympics hockey gold medal won by the 1960 team he coached? By Don Sherlock.