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For 9/1/09 editions
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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.
VIDEO: What’s new with the News & Interactive Division this week.
NEW HUMOR CARTOONS: This week we introduce Wit’s End, a two-column, single-panel humor cartoon by Hallmark’s Shoebox artist Chuck Ingwersen. These are perfect for your comics page or on biz, lifestyle or news pages. Check them out here on the news service:
LABOR DAY PACKAGE: Here are links to Labor Day stories and a Labor Day rail on the news service. We’ll continue to add content as we get it, so check back often.
LABOR DAY RAIL: Briefs on the history, fast facts, grilling tips.
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.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Weekly rail, leads with when we started drinking milk, an easy recipe for fresh tomato salsa, freezing for freshness and more.
FOOD PAGE: A slew of slaws
SCHOOL LUNCHES: Be smart and healthy when filling the lunch box.
FEMALE FRIENDS: Researchers examine the science of female friendship - More studies are uncovering clues about the science behind female bonding and how the drive to seek out and maintain close friendships may be an innate skill. On an evolutionary level, some believe the bonding may be linked to survival. By Nancy Reardon.
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ONCE BITTEN: Learn how to prevent bites by ticks, mosquitoes, snakes and spiders - Every year, thousands of Americans get sick or hurt after being bitten, not just by ticks but also spiders and snakes. That doesn’t even count bee and wasp stings, which can be deadly for those who have allergic reactions, like famed skateboarder Andy Kessler, who died after a wasp sting last month. By Tony Catinella.
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BLAST FROM THE PAST: Pekin man builds replica of Civil War cannon - PEKIN – One hundred and fifty years ago, a 12-pound field howitzer was a fearsome weapon. Today, a working replica of the Civil War-era cannon stands on one corner of Robert Mercer’s property, the topic of an occasional joke with the neighbors and the fulfillment of Mercer’s longtime dream. By Art Drake of the Pekin Daily Times.
TEENS AND SLEEP: Science of sleep explains why teens are so tired - SPRINGFIELD – Shelly Nielsen sees students fall asleep in class at least twice a week. “When I see teens asleep in my class, I wonder if I’m really that boring,” said Nielsen, a Springfield Lanphier High School special education teacher. “I also wonder why they’re so tired.” According to the Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, teens need at least nine hours of sleep to function properly during the day. And according to a recent study, more than 90 percent of teens say they are sleeping less than that each night. By Danielle Draper of the State Journal-Register.
SUDOKU: Puzzles for September (435-462) are available for download. Previous puzzles are linked to in this file, or visit our Puzzles category.
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.
ALBUM REVIEW: 'The Blueprint 3,' by Jay-Z -- When it comes to Not-Very-Surprising Un-Retirements, it's tempting to compare Jay-Z to Brett Favre, but it's hard to argue with what is probably Jay's third- or fourth-best record in "Blueprint 3," which augments the sound of his past with a star-studded guest list and modern production tricks.
GRANLUND CARTOON: Cheney and CIA interrogations
GRANLUND CARTOON: Scramble for Ted Kennedy’s job.
SUE SCHEIBLE: Seniors still pin health reform hopes on Kennedy Many seniors are following the fast-changing developments over health care reform that Sen. Edward M. Kennedy’s death has brought. The debate over end-of-life care in particular hit a nerve with 65-year-old Elke Baum of Rockland.
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CHUCK SWEENY: Extremes rule in health care reform debate - And now for something completely different: In the wake of Ted Kennedy’s death, I’ve been thinking about how much of the coverage focused on the fact that the senator, who served nearly 47 years in the upper chamber, worked to achieve universal health care. The goal, we’ve been reminded repeatedly, eluded him.
CHARITA GOSHAY: Kids' success in face of poverty should make believers of us all -- Formerly one of the worst-rated schools in Stark County, Ohio, Massillon's Franklin School is just two steps away from achieving an ³excellent with distinction² ranking after languishing at the bottom for seven years. The good news should help lay to rest the presumption that poor and minority kids can¹t compete academically.
EDITRIAL: Ready to face round two of swine flu? The new school year and cool weather signal more than the start of the long, slow slog into fall and winter. Both also are serving to rekindle fears of a resurgent swine flu pandemic. The virus was off the radar for most Americans throughout the summer after its abrupt appearance in April. And editorial from the Peoria Journal Star.
EDITORIAL: Kennedy was an ideal public servant -- The nation last week lost a fierce advocate for human rights, Sen. Edward Kennedy, who fought for ³the left-out and the left-behind.² There is a difference between a career politician and a public servant, and we¹ve been represented overwhelmingly by the former.
SCHOOL SAFETY: Tools aimed at threats from outside and within – Educators say the safety of all students is paramount and preparation is an ongoing process. Lockdown drills, surveillance cameras, key card systems and accurate parental information are just a few of the tools used to ensure a safe school year.
To localize: What measures do school districts in your area take to ensure students' safety? What type of drills do they require? Are there cameras, keys, metal detectors or special safety personnel? How have security measures changed over the past five or 10 years? How do schools try to get parents and students involved in creating a safe space?
UNIQUE DISCIPLINE: Ohio judge orders silence in the court ‹ with duct tape -- Canton, Ohio, Municipal Court Judge Stephen F. Belden had an unconventional tool for silencing an argumentative defendant last week ‹ duct tape. The unique confrontation played out in Municipal Court on Thursday and quickly became a topic of courthouse gossip.
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.
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.
CHECKOUT LANE: Tips for buying a kayak - Douglass Gray, owner of Billington Sea Kayak in Plymouth, Mass., advises people to try out a boat in the water before buying it. “Putting you in a boat on the showroom floor is OK if you plan to paddle around the living room, but it’s not the real world.” By Brent Lang.
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MAKING CENTS: Ignore estate tax planning at your peril - There is not a very high percentage of Americans who need worry about the federal death tax at this point. The federal government allows the first $3.5 million of net worth for each resident citizen to pass to heirs, estate-tax-free, or up to $7 million for married couples who do some basic planning. But without even a basic estate plan, couples could miss the full exemption and pay a steep seven-figure federal tax bill. 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.
NASCAR: Georgia on their minds.
DEUTSCHE GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP PICS: Taunton Daily Gazette Photographer Dave DeMelia will be shooting photos of the Deutsche golf championship in Norton starting today.
ROCKY PART 3: Marciano went from the diamond to the ring - After a failed tryout with a Cubs minor league team, Rocky Marciano turned his attention to boxing and rose to the top of the heavyweight division. Marciano, who was born 86 years ago on Sept. 1, 1923, died 40 years ago in a plane crash. By Jim Fenton.
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- With links to previous 2 parts
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