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BOOMERS & BEYOND: Our quarterly tab gets into some holiday content (for release in November or December), with recipes for delicious holiday treats, putting the personal touch on your holiday cards and dealing with grief during the holidays.
NFL PREVIEW TAB: Check out our 2009 NFL preview, with copy from the pros at Pro Football Weekly.
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MORNING MINUTES: We've expanded what we're offering in Morning Minutes to provide your paper with more options and to give your readers a couple more interesting tidbits. It now includes Word of the Day, Web Site of the Day, Number to Know, This Day in History, Today’s Featured Birthday and Daily Quote.
COTTON CANDY: It wouldn’t be a fair without cotton candy - It’s one of the simplest treats you can snag at the local fair – sugar. Cotton candy, the fluffy, sticky, sweet concoction, has been a fair staple for more than hundred years. It made its debut as Fairy Floss at the Paris Exposition in 1900. By The Patriot Ledger.
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STUTTERERS: Stutterers struggle to fight feelings of helplessness - GALESBURG – Shaina Stephens sometimes struggles to speak about her stuttering condition. It’s not because of the severe condition the 21-year-old Galesburg native has had since she was 4 years old. It’s because sometimes even children make her feel dumb. Other times, she feels helpless. Stephens took a hit to the head while running through her house as a youngster. Although experts have not officially connected the events, she said she developed a stuttering problem just two weeks later. She has been living a nightmare ever since.
5 THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND: This week’s suggestions: Head to the theater for some scary movies; check out this week’s sports offerings; celebrate some famous writers’ birthdays; celebrate some famous musicians’ birthdays; observe More Herbs, Less Salt Day; and celebrate National Toasted Marshmallow Day.
SUDOKU: Puzzles for September (435-462) are available for download. Previous puzzles are linked to in this file, or visit our Puzzles category.
AT THE MOVIES: Check out our collection of movie content this week: Flicks column, features on Rob Zombie and Ang Lee, movie reviews and more.
ROB ZOMBIE: Director/musician Rob Zombie talks about “Halloween 2,” new album. By Gary Darling.
SHERI MOON ZOMBIE: Actress (and wife of Rob Zombie) Sheri Moon Zombie talks about her role in “Halloween 2.” By Gary Darling.
BOOK REVIEW: The Passionate Olive: 101 Things to do with Olive Oil - For many of us who love food and cooking, curling up with a new cookbook is a cherished time to be savored. Between ramped-up and revived recipes, inspiring ingredient combinations and cutting-edge culinary techniques, most cookbooks are all-you-can-read buffets of information – letting readers pick and choose exactly what they wish to devour. “The Passionate Olive” by Carol Firenze not only offers some great recipes, it also features ways to “improve your life, love and health.” In her book, Firenze fulfills her promise to share “101 Things to Do with Olive Oil.” But it’s evident her love and appreciation of olive oil goes beyond a simple how-to guide. By Lori Kilchermann of the Freeport Journal-Standard.
SNEAK PEAK: 'Taking Woodstock,' 'Halloween 2' and other movies opening this week. By Al Alexander.
FLICKS: Laughable horror flicks don’t merit trip to theater - Usually I do some shred of research for this column. This week, why bother with two dried out husks posing as horror/suspense blockbusters and a gloriously ironic money grab wrapped in a nostalgic Woodstock burial shroud? By John Meo.
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FARR SIDE: When can Michael Jackon rest in peace? By David T. Farr.

VIDEO VAULT: Blind faith in moviemaking turns into tale of epic failure in 'Audience of One.' DVD column by Will Pfeifer.
WHITNEY HOUSTON: Album review of 'I Look to You,' by Whitney Houston. By Patrick Varine.
GRANLUND CARTOON: On West Bank settlements.
MATTHEW CASEY: Compassion for terrorists? - Compassion is among the noblest of all human traits, but it should be tempered by common sense, not driven by misguided naïveté. No good can come from recognizing the humanity of someone capable of such an inhuman act.
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LLOYD GARVER: There are geriatric programs now that encourage medical students to spend 10 days or so in a nursing home -- as a patient. They are given a "pretend" disease and diagnosis, and if that means living in a wheelchair and eating a special diet, that's what they do. I think this is a great idea and will give these men and women more empathy for their patients once they become doctors. But I don't think it goes far enough.

PHILIP MADDOCKS: With the financial crisis over, the super wealthy no longer have to worry about the other 99.99 percent.
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MICHAEL WINSHIP: Even Camelot needed health care - In Edward Moore Kennedy’s name, it’s time to do the right thing, the big thing; time to revive flagging support and step up to universal reform.
MICHAEL TORTORICH: Remembering Katrina - Hurricane Katrina is not something any American should ever let sail into the sunset of their collective memory.
WOOD ON WORDS: Sometimes, protest can be a positive thing - Is “anti-war protester” a double negative of sorts? Since “anti-” means “against” and “protest” means “to object to,” doesn’t that make an anti-war protester someone who objects to being against war? There’s nothing wrong with the logic here, but it’s insufficient grounds for banning this common phrase.
ELIZABETH DAVIES: It’s time to let Brett Favre go.
KENT BUSH: 100 million Trekkies can't be wrong.
THIS WEEK IN WEIRD: Bad-behaving drivers, a naughty neighbor and more in this week’s edition.
GIMME AN ‘OW:’ Cheerleaders trying to reduce injury risk -SPRINGFIELD – There’s no way to put it delicately: Cheerleading can be hazardous. Cheerleading and cheerleading safety have been getting a lot of media attention recently because of the release of the 26th annual study “Catastrophic Sports Injury Research: Fall 1982-Spring 2008” from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  The study found that a major factor in the increase of catastrophic injuries to female athletes was due to cheerleading, which now involves gymnastic-type stunts. The number of emergency-room visits made each year due to cheerleading injuries more than quintupled from 1980 to 1997. By Tamara Browning of the State Journal-Register. To localize: Check with local schools to see if they’ve have an increase in cheerleading injuries.
NASTY SAND: Study: Playing in the sand could make you sick - University of North Carolina researchers recently released a study that found that many people – especially children – are more likely to get gastrointestinal illnesses after playing in the sand, than those who do not. By Jessica Bartlett, Patriot Ledger.
- LOCALIZE IT: There is one local reference - swap that out for a comment from a beachgoer in your area.
Business / Ag
DAVE RAMSEY: Weekly financial Q&A, with items on asking for a raise at work and emergency funds.
BIZ BITS: Weekly business rail, leads with protecting yourself from computer-related injuries.
MAKING CENTS: Investing with emotion causes strife - While in money market funds, collecting a paltry rate of interest, you are in fact on the sidelines because you are watching the action on Wall Street wondering if you made the right move. Those of you who fled to the money markets at any time before the bear market started its dramatic turnaround felt like a genius. Now, after an unprecedented and rapid rebound in equity prices and money market rates about as close to 0 percent as possible, you feel like the class dunce. By John P. Napolitano.
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FINE PRINT: First-time home buyers are running out of time to get tax credit - Potential first-time home buyers who are wondering whether they should get into the market to take advantage of the $8,000 tax credit shouldn’t wait much longer. By Jon Chesto.

CHECKOUT LANE: Tips when shopping for antiques - When buying antiques, you should expect to make mistakes, furniture dealers say. That’s why it’s important to get a piece you love, rather than one you think will accrue in value. By Brent Lang.
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SCHOOL SPENDING: Parents backing off on back-to-school spending - Those who plan on heading to the mall for some back-to-school shopping this week may have a little more elbow room while perusing the racks of clothes and shelves of school supplies. According to the National Retail Federation’s 2009 Back to School Consumer Intentions and Actions Survey, conducted by BIGresearch, the average family with students in grades kindergarten through 12 is expected to spend $548.72 on school merchandise, a decline of 7.7 percent from $594.24 in 2008.
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- LOCALIZE IT: Talk to stores, parents in your area to see if the trend holds true
NASCAR: Chief contenders as the Chase nears.
MEMORIES OF A TRAGEDY: Memories of Marshall tragedy stick with Illinois receivers coach Pry - CHAMPAIGN -- It's more than a movie or a feel-good story to Jim Pry, the Illinois receivers coach. Marshall University. Huntington, W.Va. The fall of 1971. Devastated by a charter plane crash that killed 75 players, coaches and fans of Marshall football plus a crew of five on Nov. 14, 1970, a school and community pieced together their emotions and a team. Pry, a junior-college transfer who had three former teammates die in the crash, was a junior reserve quarterback at Marshall in 1971. By John Supinie of GateHouse News Service.