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WAKE UP CALL!: Could the PlayStation Network hack affect your family?
LEDE: Follow the final day of the GH leadership seminar
ROYAL WEDDING: Customize your site; here's how
FATHER'S DAY PAGE: Gifts kids can make for Dad
MOTHER'S DAY CALLOUT: For readers' photos of them and their moms
MOTHER'S DAY PAGE: Jewelry for mom
SUMMER COOKBOOK: Grilled entrees, fruit and veggie dishes, cool desserts
FLAG DAY PAGE: 10 facts you may not have known
PROM CALLOUT: For readers' photos
MEMORIAL DAY PAGE: Helping children of fallen soldiers
SALUTE TO NURSES PACKAGE: A page and marketing collateral for the May celebration
NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER PAGE: About the holiday, May 5
HOME HELP: Don't be afraid to prune roses -- weekly Home Help with items on how to prune rose bushes, the launch of Facebook Deals, how to plant blueberries and more. By GHNS
HEIRLOOM VEGGIES: Heirloom vegetables offer variety of flavors, colors -- Heirloom-lovers rave about the taste. At their best, heirlooms are bursting with juices and unique flavor. At their worst, they can be persnickety. Sometimes an heirloom seed doesn’t yield anything. Sometimes it produces a taste that’s more strange than delectable. Bob Wheaton/ Daily Telegram (Mich.)
FIRST-TIME GARDENING: Gardeners share first-time vegetable garden advice -- And after some 40 years of gardening, Floyd and Arrah McMahon are doing what they advise first-time vegetable gardeners to do: Start slow, start small. Pam Adams/ Peoria Journal Star (Ill.)
SPRING GARDENING: Spring vegetable gardening schedule for temperate climates - It’s time to prepare the plot for spring vegetable planting — and next year, you can probably start even earlier. Here is a quick summary of how to prepare the garden, and when to plant your vegetables. By Steve Graham, Networx.
JUDI LEAMING: Gooseberry Patch recipes -- Food Columnist Judi Leaming turns to old favorites from the Gooseberry Patch recipe collection, including Mexican Potato Soup, Strawberry-Apple Pie, and Tiger's Eye Brownies. Dover Post (Del.)
BASEBALL PLAYER RECIPES: Hit a home run with these dishes - Baseball has a lot in common with good cooking, according to Julie Loria, co-owner of the Florida Marlins and author of a new book that highlights the culinary skills of big league players. By Kathryn Rem, Springfield, Ill.
KATHRYN REM: Details on the royal wedding cakes -- Like many cash-strapped brides and grooms, Prince William and Kate Middleton are skimping on the reception food. Instead of a traditional sit-down meal following their Friday nuptials in London, the prince and his new princess have arranged for finger food at their lunchtime wedding reception. State Journal-Register (Ill.)
JOAN ENDYKE: GMA proposes front-of-package food labels -- The Grocery Manufacturers Association and the Food Marketing Institute, trade organizations for the food industry, launched Nutrition Keys, their voluntary program for front-of-package labeling, when they could not agree on labeling with the FDA, which is expected to present its version later this year. Patriot Ledger (Mass.)
ONLINE DATING: Divorcees find love, recommend online dating -- More and more single men and women are turning to the Internet to help them find true love. In today’s world, it’s possible to trade the awkward pick-me-up lines for an in-depth survey that lets the computer decide who is compatible. Shannon Tebben-Sandoval/ Pekin Daily Times (Ill.)
* Poll idea: Where did you meet your spouse or significant other: online, in a bar, mutual friend or in school?
HOBBIES: Doctor says hobbies make us happier -- For people of any age, hobbies should be something that does not create anxiety but rather creates pleasure and allows enjoyment. Otherwise, your hobby can also become a stressor in your life, which takes the fun out of it. Julie Schimmelpfennig/ Pekin Daily Times (Ill.)
* Localization tip: Interview local professionals for their opinions. Interview local residents who have taken their hobbies to the next level.
KENT BUSH: A little bit of levity among this week's news -- Now they think the 1,000-foot tunnel that allowed about 500 members of the Taliban to escape from a Kandahar prison might have been an inside job. Not since Andy Dufresne used a rock hammer to etch his way out of Shawshank has such an elaborate plan been hatched to get someone out of jail. Augusta Gazette (Kan.)
LOST IN SUBURBIA: When bad dust bunnies happen to good houses - As a card-carrying cleaning fanatic, I have to admit, I’m not really a fan of dust bunnies. I can’t really think of anyone who is, actually, and personally, if I were a bunny, I would be truly offended that something that is the equivalent of a dirty indoor tumbleweed would be named after me. By Tracy Beckerman, GHNS columnist.
5 THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND: This week’s suggestions include having a royal wedding party, observing Arbor Day, celebrating National Go Birding Day and more.
* Localization tips: If there are any large-scale royal wedding parties or the like planned, please insert those; also list any Arbor Day events and any other big local happenings.
PETER CHIANCA: No way to treat a Lady Gaga - There comes a time in every columnist’s life where he must take a stand, one way or another, on Lady Gaga. If Walter Winchell were alive today, I’m reasonably sure he would agree with me. By Peter Chianca, North Shore, Mass.
CHERYL MILLER: ‘Atlas Shrugged’ — not so this critic - What “Atlas Shrugged” offers is a story line that resonates with many ordinary viewers who work or want to work for a living. By Cheryl Miller, Messenger Post, N.Y.
MICHELLE TEHEUX: ‘Atlas Shrugged’ - a show to skip - I read “Atlas Shrugged” as a teenager. I enjoyed the story but knew there was something wrong with it, something I just couldn’t put my finger on. Later, I read an essay in which the author pointed his or her finger directly at what I would say is the central problem of the book: there are no children, frail elderly, severely handicapped or developmentally disabled folks of any age in the book. Ayn Rand’s world would work pretty well if the world were populated entirely of intelligent, physically healthy adults. By Michelle Teheux, Pekin, Ill.
GRANLUND CARTOON: GOP field of 2012 candidates. By Dave Granlund, GHNS cartoonist.
GRANLUND CARTOON: Drivers then and now. By Dave Granlund, GHNS cartoonist.
EDITORIAL: What's the point of keeping Gitmo open any longer? - From the beginning, something didn't feel quite right about the prisoner camp at Guantanamo. With the release of new information from Wikileaks provided by another source to the New York Times and some other publications, that feeling just got an exclamation point. By Peoria, Ill.
JERRY MOORE: Both sides must give some to lower national debt - The debate over how to reduce the national debt has pitted conservatives against leftists regarding taxation. Both sides must give some on their ideological concepts to craft a realistic plan to regain control over our debt. By Jerry Moore, Chicago.
DAVE RAMSEY: Don’t go back into debt - Weekly financial Q&A, with advice on car payments. By Dave Ramsey, GHNS columnist.
MAKING CENTS: Have strategy when applying for insurance - If you are thinking about applying for life or long-term care insurance in the near future, you should be aware of some underwriting idiosyncrasies and procedures. By John P. Napolitano, The Patriot Ledger.
CHECKOUT LANE: Choosing a fishing rod not a snap decision - When choosing a fishing rod, the most important factor is what type of fishing you plan to do. By Shaunna Gately, The Patriot Ledger.
* Localization tip: Talk to a local fishing expert and add their tips and quotes. You also could do a sidebar or breakout on the best fishing spots in your area.
CHECKOUT LANE: Listen up - here's how to pick the best car stereo - Taking some time to listen to the quality of your current car stereo system before you buy a new one will help you decide the kind of upgrade you want to make, said Lauren Littlefield at My Audio Sports in Kingston, Mass. By Shaunna Gately, The Patriot Ledger.
* Localization tip: Talk to local car stereo experts and add their quotes and tips.
National budget 4.27.11
GateHouse News Service National Budget