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For 9/24/09 editions
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SHOESTRING LIVING: Check out our new weekly frugal column, Shoestring Living, part of our growing Stretched portfolio. This week: Groceries on a budget. For more info about Shoestring Living, check out ghnewsroom.
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Casey Laughman: Showcasing some nice work on a big story.
Q&A: New health Web site launched by the State Journal Register.
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.
FAMILY TIME: Weekly family rail, with tips on after-school health, a review of “Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs,” another scary book and more.
RELIGION NEWS: Oral Roberts University out of debt -- Weekly religion rail, with items on Oral Roberts University, the church that houses Shakespeare's grave, getting to know a Christian rapper, and more.
DAVID ROBSON: Help those plants take root this winter -- As the season ends, gardeners make every last ditch effort to keep plants for as long as possible. We’ll cover tender annuals with sheets and blankets and start shifting pots around, all in an attempt to prolong the inevitable.
NECOLE SIMS: How a group of Florida football players became my heroes -- Sports figures are constantly being held up as heroes to youths across the world. Why are they considered heroes? Because they can make a basket, throw a football or hit a golf ball? What do I think of when I think of a hero? Someone who has dealt with adversity and come out better for it. I met such a group of men recently.
PHYSICIAN FOCUS: Don't let back pain get you down -- Taking proper care of your back isn't something most people learn in school or even at an annual checkup. Yet low back pain affects approximately four out of five Americans and is the leading reason for missed work, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.
DR. MURRAY FEINGOLD: The call in the middle of the night -- As a general rule, phone calls in the middle of the night are not good for your mental health. The chances that such a phone call bodes good tidings is unlikely.
DR. JEFF HERSH: Something fishy is good for you -- What are the health benefits of fish oil, and how much fish do I need to eat to get them? Is tuna packed in oil better for you than tuna packed in water because of the extra fish oil?
DARIN ST. GEORGE: Tips for planning ahead -- I know that it is a worn-out cliche, but "If you fail to plan you plan to fail" can't be passed over as nonsensical blather.
5 THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND: This week’s suggestions: Check out “Fame,” “Surrogates” or one of the other movies opening this week; celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day (or Fish Amnesty Day); celebrate apples and Johnny Appleseed; read; and catch some Seth MacFarlane cartoons.
- LOCALIZE IT: List local places to hunt and fish under the "Gone fishin'" item, list apple-picking places (if any) under "Gone apple pickin'" and add your paper's contact information under the books item.
SUDOKU: Puzzles for September (435-462) are available for download. Previous puzzles are linked to in this file, or visit our Puzzles category.
SNEAK PREVIEW: 'Fame,' 'Surrogates' and other new movies -- What's old is new again as a "Fame" remake arrives in theaters this weekend.
'BRIGHT STAR': Director Jane Campion’s star is again shining brightly -- Writer-director Jane Campion, whose best-known film is the award-winning "The Piano," takes on the subject of the romance between British poet John Keats and his neighbor Fanny Brawne in "Bright Star."
WIZARD OF OZ: Off to screen the 'Wizard' - Toto may not recognize the yellow brick road - "Oz" is going hi-def. On Wednesday at 7 p.m., the film classic will be shown nationwide in 450 movie theaters for the first time ever in high-definition. By Bob Tremblay.
THE FARR SIDE: Emmy Awards beat a few expectations -- Neil Patrick Harris was almost legendary as host of the 61st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.
VIDEO VAULT: Zesty dialogue makes 'Wall Street' thrilling -- Whatever you think about Oliver Stone’s politics or his take on history, you have to admit: The man knows how to tell a story.
JIM HILLIBISH: 'New Beatles' not the band we’ve known for all these years -- New Beatles vs. Old Beatles. Some of us are having trouble with this. I have to tell you where I’m coming from. The Beatles were our church of the 1960s. We worshipped them. We tithed our extra cash to them. I still have nearly all of their music. I roll it out on days I feel like an old fart. The survivor Beatles are older than me, and I feel fine.
ASSEMBLY OF DUST: Assembly of Dust gets help from top-notch talent -- Assembly of Dust’s new album “Some Assembly Required” might be better described as Assembly of Dust & Friends; each of its 13 songs draws from a pool of top-notch guest talent, from jazz guitar wizard John Scofield and Woodstock icon Richie Havens to Vermont rocker Grace Potter and banjo master Bela Fleck.
ALBUM REVIEW: 'The G Files,' by Warren G -- Warren G and Dr. Dre combined in the early years of the 1990s to bring gangsta rap to the masses with their debuts, but while Dre went on to discover Eminem and continue making massive
hits, the originator of "the G-Funk Era" has been largely missing in action. So "The G Files" should do decent sales on the nostalgia factor alone.
WIT’S END: New humor cartoon: Blowing lint in the ear.
O'MAHONEY CARTOON: On the appointment of Paul Kirk to Ted Kennedy's Senate seat.
GRANLUND CARTOON: On Kirk being appointed to Kennedy’s Senate seat.
GRANLUND CARTOON: On parents dressing like their kids.
KEVIN FRISCH: Everything old is ‘no’ again.
KEVIN HAAS: In your face, Facebook - You can treat Facebook in many ways: a means to connect with friends or associates, perhaps a way to promote a business. I’ve always treated Facebook the same way politicians treat a question with a simple yes or no answer — I’ve avoided it.
EDITORIAL: Agency turf battles threaten national security - When it comes to turf wars there's one area that ought to be off limits, and that's public safety. Sadly that lesson appears not to have set in with two federal agencies, the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. According to the draft of a Justice Department investigation into how the two offices conduct their business as they track down bombers and follow the trail of explosions around the country, the FBI and ATF push, shove and squabble like a couple of kids trying to get to the head of the line. An editorial from the Peoria Journal Star.
SENATE SEAT: Longtime Kennedy ally Paul Kirk will temporarily fill Senate seat - Paul G. Kirk of Marstons Mills has been appointed interim U.S. senator by Gov. Deval Patrick. He will fill the seat left vacant by his longtime friend Sen. Edward Kennedy who died in August. Kirk will serve until a special election to fill the seat is held in January. By John Basile.
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'LOVE SPUD': Missouri woman gives heart-shaped potato to Obama -- A tiny heart-shaped potato has made Independence, Mo., resident Mary Apple an overnight sensation after an unexpected television appearance with President
BOMB SUSPECT NABBED: Decatur man arrested for attempting to bomb Springfield federal building - SPRINGFIELD – A Decatur man was arrested Wednesday on charges he tried to use a vehicle bomb to blow up the federal courthouse in downtown Springfield. Authorities were in on the alleged plot from the beginning, and as a result, Michael C. Finton, 29, actually parked a van containing only fake explosives. Finton appeared made his first court appearance Wednesday afternoon in the very building he allegedly wanted to destroy. By Bernard Schoenburg of the State Journal-Register. Will be updated.
Business / Ag
DAVE RAMSEY: Weekly financial Q&A, with items on widow's finances and automobile pricing.
MAKING CENTS: Ensure you have enough coverage -- The most common group benefits offered by employers are health insurance, life insurance and disability insurance. In most cases, the group health insurance is adequate for a family's health care needs. But questions arise when we look into group life insurance and group disability insurance. By John P. Napolitano / The Patriot Ledger
CHECKOUT LANE: Tips for getting a facial -- Susan Perry, owner of Susan Perry Skin Care/Day Spa in Plymouth, Mass., says warding off wrinkles can help you gain competitive advantage at work. “Age discrimination is out there. You want to look fresh and young in the workplace.” By Brent Lang / The Patriot Ledger
FINE PRINT: Renters fleeced by phony landlords -- The Better Business Bureau has noticed a surge in bogus rental listings on online classified ad sites such as Craigslist that are intended to scam people out of their deposits. The Patriot Ledger
BIZ BITS: Weekly business rail, with items on breast-cancer awareness at work, BBB advice on “friendly” fraud and more.
KEEP IT GREEN: Landowners work to preserve farmland -- In the midst of fruit trees and evergreens, several ponds and corn stalks, Keith Jackson’s 60-acre piece of land is devoid of urbanization. And by signing a lease agreement with the state of Ohio, Jackson is doing all he can to ensure that housing subdivisions and commercial developments never take root on this farm.
To localize: Does your state have easement agreements that restrict property usage? Is there property in your county that is preserved as farmland? Check with state Department of Agriculture, and speak to farmers
PRO FOOTBALL PAGES: Check out this week’s pages. Versions available: national, New York, Patriots, Bears, Chiefs and Rams.
NASCAR PAGE: Lessons from Loudon
COLLEGE FOOTBALL NATION: Weekly college football column. Leads with item on Miami, Michigan, Washington and others showing strength they haven’t displayed in quite some time. By Eric Avidon.
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