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4/18/11
 
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On GHNewsroom.com

WAKE UP CALL!: Have local restaurants served alcohol to kids?

INNER CIRCLE: Evaluating begins this afternoon

CIVIL WAR: Letters from the front show reader content not new


Niche

MEMORIAL DAY PAGE: Helping children of fallen soldiers

KIDZBUZZ: Learn about compound nouns

FARM LIVING: Small-farm success stories, a look at vertical farming

SUMMER BOOMERS: With an outdoor entertaining menu plan, advice on going digital with albums and home movies, and tips on family vacations

SALUTE TO NURSES PACKAGE: A page and marketing collateral for the May celebration

EASTER PAGE: Make an edible Easter basket
-- CALLOUT FOR EASTER PHOTOS

MOTHER'S DAY PAGE: Jewelry for mom

NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER PAGE: About the holiday, May 5


News

GULF OIL SPILL ANNIVERSARY CONTENT: Text and photos from last year's coverage


Lifestyles

HEALTH WATCH: Safest Families in America content -- weekly Health Watch with items on the Safest Families in America contest, critical errors in teen car crashes, antibiotic resistance and more. By GHNS

WAYNE L. WESTCOTT: When stretching, don't bounce -- During the low-effort stretching exercise, we cooled down to the point where our previous warm-up activity had totally lost its effect. Perhaps even more problematic, our stretches were typically performed with bouncing, ballistic movements. The Patriot Ledger (Mass.)
* Localization tip: Get exercise tips from a local track coach.

DR. RICHARD M. BASS: Spring allergy facts  -- Dr. Richard M. Bass, professor of otolaryngology at Southern Illinois School of Medicine, provides the details on what to watch out for when it comes to spring allergies. Q: What are the different types of spring allergies? State Journal-Register (Ill.)
* Poll idea: What kind of spring allergies do you have?

BULLYING BULLETIN BOARD: Help when your child is being cyberbullied - Bullying has always been a school issue, so it’s logical to turn to our child’s school for help if our child is being cyberbullied. But is the school the right place to turn? By Dr. Elizabeth Englander, GHNS columnist.

GO GREEN: Check out our package of May Go Green stories, by Allecia Vermillion, GHNS writer.

JEFF VRABEL: Have you tried the Bacon Maple Sundae? - "You're welcome for your next column," my friend Bradshaw said with great satisfaction upon sending me a news story about Denny's new Bacon Maple Sundae, which, as of press time, had killed 239 people in test markets in Iowa. Ha! I'm just kidding, Denny's fans and lawyers. By Jeff Vrabel, GHNS columnist.

KEVIN FRISCH: Tick tock on the (debt) clock -- The only time you’re ever likely to see Ke$ha and Rep. Tom Reed appear in the same sentence: The freshman House Republican is touting a clock of his own, and he may be onto something. Reed wants the House to install a real-time display of the United States’ gross national debt right there in its chamber. Messenger Post (N.Y.)


Entertainment

KEANU REEVES: Keanu Reeves stars in and produces new film ‘Henry’s Crime’ - Amid rumors that Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter are getting together for another installment in the “Bill & Ted” series, Reeves has taken a step up the filmmaking ladder. By Ed Symkus, Patriot Ledger.

MORGAN SPURLOCK: Documentarian Morgan Spurlock takes aim at advertising industry - The hardest part of making a movie has nothing to do with good actors or a believable script or an imaginative director. The hardest part is finding the money to make the movie. Morgan Spurlock, who made himself unhealthy for “Super Size Me” and never found Osama Bin Laden in “Where in the World Is Osama Bin Laden?” decided to share that struggle in his newest documentary, “Pom Wonderful Presents The Greatest Movie Ever Sold,” where his target is the advertising industry. By Ed Symkus, Patriot Ledger.


Opinions

GRANLUND CARTOON: Rash of tornadoes in the U.S. By Dave Granlund, GHNS cartoonist.

BRITT CARTOON: Donald Trump's new apprentices. By Chris Britt, Springfield, Ill.

EDITORIAL: Hoping for just result, fewer distractions in Blagojevich trial 2 - This week brings with it the opening of the retrial for former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich on a host of charges, including his alleged attempt to sell to the highest bidder the U.S. Senate seat held at the time by Barack Obama. For good measure U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald has tacked on a slew of other charges: racketeering, extortion, bribery, mail fraud. By The Peoria, Ill., Journal Star.

EDITORIAL: 150 years on, Civil War reminds us to listen to our 'better angels' - Last week, more than a few Americans marked the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War. Easy as it may be to relegate this conflict that killed more than 600,000 to history texts and early black-and-white photographs, there have been plenty of opportunities lately for teachable moments. By The Peoria, Ill., Journal Star.

EDITORIAL: No fan of Barry Bonds or his behavior, but feds have bigger fish to fry - In the end, after eight years of investigation and who knows how much in the expenditure of taxpayer dollars, baseball player Barry Bonds was convicted last week of being ... well, we're not exactly sure. Being nebulous under oath? By The Peoria, Ill., Journal Star.
* Poll idea: Ask readers if they think Bonds should face a retrial.


Business / auto

AUTO BITS: Five tips to find the best car for you - Weekly auto rail, with car-shopping tips, Car Q&A with Junior Damato and more. By GHNS.
* Localization tip: You can do a Q&A with a local mechanic, or have a mechanic (or mechanics) provide you with a tip of the week.

GREG ZYLA: 1958 Plymouth Fury - the famous movie car - I am a Plymouth fan who once owned a 1958 Plymouth Fury. I know this car received a lot of promotion from the movie "Christine," but was it really ahead of the competition as the ads said back in 1957 when the new design arrived? By Greg Zyla, GHNS columnist.
* This column contains a letter from Massachusetts.

SHOESTRING LIVING: Retirement plan primer - Only 69 percent of workers reported that they or their spouse has saved for retirement, according the 2010 Retirement Confidence Survey. There’s no doubt that the sluggish economy is the primary reason for decreased savings, but could it be that retirement plan confusion plays a part as well? Here are the basics about the four most common types. By Molly Logan Anderson, GHNS columnist.