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WAKE UP CALL!: How does your county rank in health?
GATEHOUSE INCUBATOR: Oak Ridger in Tennessee launches
MAY FAMILY: Get in to horseback riding, bike with the family, gifts for grads
NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER PAGE: About the holiday, May 5
SALUTE TO NURSES PACKAGE: A page and marketing collateral for the May celebration
APRIL RADARFROG COUPON BOOK: Save on energy bills with better landscaping
APRIL RADARFROG PAGE: Save on dining out
EASTER PAGE: Make an edible Easter basket
-- CALLOUT FOR EASTER PHOTOS
SPRING CALLOUT: For readers' seasonal photos
EARTH DAY CALLOUT: Ask for kids' Earth drawings
RELIGION NEWS: Facebook removes Third Palestinian Intifada page -- weekly Religion News on Facebook's removal of a group/page advocating violence against Israel and the Jewish people, "Unfamiliar Fishes" by Sarah Vowell and more. By GHNS
GARY BROWN: Is it spring, yet? -- As I write this, it’s snowing. That’s sad, since we’re officially in spring. We should be walking dogs and waving at neighbors and letting the sun shine on our faces, not catching snowflakes on our tongues. Canton (Ohio) Repository
* Poll idea: Does it feel like spring yet?
KATHRYN REM: How to prepare your family for a natural disaster -- The recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan are reminders that disasters of vast magnitude can happen anywhere and any time, and communication may be essential to survival. State Journal-Register (Ill.)
* Localization tip: Insert quotes and tips from your county's emergency management offices. Include links to where readers can sign up for emergency alerts, listen to disaster coverage on the radio and find their SAME code.
JIM HILLIBISH: How to build a container garden -- Gardening gloves are a must. You’ll need a trowel, garden scissors, a watering can and, of course, a selection of containers and soil. The shovel and rake stay in the garage. Canton (Ohio) Repository
* Callout idea: Send us pictures of your container garden.
50 DISHES BY 50: Calamari that will tickle your taste buds -- I learned this about calamari when I made it for the first time this week: Raw tentacles creep me out. Here's how I got around it. Jennifer Mastroianni/ Canton (Ohio) Repository
READER'S GUIDE: 'O: A Presidential Novel,' ‘The Omnivore's Dilemma,' 'Virtually Yours' and more -- "The Omnivore's Dilemma" by Michael Pollan, "O: A Presidential Novel" by Anonymous, "Virtually Yours: the Dangerous Powers of the e-Personality" by Elias Aboujaoude and more good spring reads. Susie Stooksbury/ The Oak Ridger (Tenn.)
MICHELLE TEHEUX: Better book addiction through technology - I am addicted to reading. Addicts will do anything they can to get their hands on a fix, and I’m the same with books. There isn’t a room in my house that doesn’t have books in it, and the volumes that won’t fit in all the book cases are stacked up in corners or stuffed in boxes in the attic. And now I've discovered e-books. By Michelle Teheux, Pekin, Ill.
* Poll idea: Ask readers if they prefer reading e-books or traditional formats.
BRIAN MACKEY: 'The Conspirator' takes fresh look at Lincoln assassination -- Bill Holderman said this was the first movie made by The American Film Co. He said they hoped it would lead to other films about events in America’s past. “The Conspirator” is an auspicious beginning, and more films like it would be a welcome change of pace at the multiplex. State Journal-Register (Ill.)
* Poll idea: Will you see this movie in theaters?
SNEAK PREVIEW: 'Insidious,' 'Hop,' 'Source Code' and others -- "Hop," "Source Code," "Insidious" and other sneak previews into movies opening this week. Al Alexander/ Patriot Ledger (Mass.)
‘INSIDIOUS’ REVIEW: Movie review: Lack of originality haunts 'Insidious' - "Insidious" comes to a theater near you from the horror tag team of director James Wan and screenwriter Leigh Whannell, whose resumes include that heartwarming example of violence porn called "Saw." By Bob Tremblay, MetroWest, Mass.
JAMES GUNN: Director James Gunn wants to surprise you with 'Super,' his twisted take on a superhero - Tell James Gunn that his movie “Super” isn’t what you expected and he’ll flash you an ear-to-ear smile that could melt glaciers. Part comedy, part drama and overflowing with tongue-in-cheek violence, "Super" is the story of hard-luck short-order cook Frank D’Arbo (Rainn Wilson), whose wife (Liv Tyler), a recovering addict, has relapsed and run away with a charming drug dealer (Kevin Bacon). Frank has a spiritual awakening and decides to become a vigilante superhero to save her. By Dana Barbuto, The Patriot Ledger.
STAY TUNED: Behind every ‘Good Wife’ is a good investigator - “The Good Wife” (CBS, Tuesdays, 10 p.m.) is a series set in Chicago about lawyers and lawyers who want to be politicians. Given the fact that politicians and lawyers are two types of professionals that most people love to hate, you might assume that viewers would rather watch a reality show where they can love to hate real people. But “The Good Wife” is a top-rated, award-winning show. By Melissa Crawley, GHNS columnist.
FARR SIDE: Chris Brown should have taken the high road - Actions sometimes speak louder than words, especially if you’re Chris Brown. Brown made news last week for throwing a chair at a window in his dressing room at the studios of “Good Morning America.” By David T. Farr, Sturgis, Mich.
SARA BAREILLES: Q&A with singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles - Sara Bareilles spoke about school a cappella, her creative process and what it’s like to have to play the same song over and over again. By Brian Mackey, Springfield, Ill.
GRANLUND CARTOON: USA and the world -- Dave Granlund cartoon on the United States and the rest of the world. GHNS cartoonist
GRANLUND CARTOON: GOP 2012 presidential hopefuls. By Dave Granlund, GHNS cartoonist.
BIZ BITS: How to overcome job interview jitters - Weekly business rail, with job-interview tips, BBB advice on greening your business and more. By GHNS.
* Localization tip: You could include a weekly tax tip from a local expert, have a business-related Q&A with a local expert or do a “business of the week” feature in which you highlight a local business.
National budget 3.31.11
GateHouse News Service National Budget