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Embed codes for some NDN videos that you can add to your Zope stories on these topics:

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HOME HELP: Lawn mower maintenance -- weekly Home Help with items on lawn mower maintenance, All America Selections' of tomatoes, the Kobo eReader Touch and more. By GHNS

VACUUM: Do you know your vacuum cleaner attachments? - Most vacuum cleaner attachments spend more time collecting dust than removing it. Neglect the funny brushes and wands no more, and clean more of the house with your vacuum. Here is a guide to getting more use out of the standard vacuum attachments. By Steve Graham,

LOST IN SUBURBIA: See no bugs, hear no bugs - "In Florida we have these other annoying bugs." “What are they called?” “No-see-ums.” By Tracy Beckerman, GHNS columnist.

FOURTH OF JULY RECIPES: Trading Post: Fourth of July recipes -- More than 78 million Americans attended a barbecue last year, according to the Statistical Abstract of the United States, and a lot of those cookouts took place on Independence Day. Here are a couple of recipes that are suitable for this weekend’s get-together. Kathryn Rem/ State Journal-Register (Ill.)

JULY FOURTH RECIPES: Kathryn Rem: Bake red, white and blue for July Fourth  -- It’s not hard to add a little patriotic pizzazz to July Fourth celebrations. Make ice pops or cookies in star shapes. Decorate desserts with red, white and blue candies or icings. Here's four festive recipes for the big day. State Journal-Register (Ill.)

THE BEER NUT: Grilling with craft beer  -- Just because it's summer and you're outside doesn't mean you have to revert to drinking boring, mass-produced, flavorless lagers. Craft beer is still the way to go. I fired up the grill and cooked some Samuel Adams Boston Lager Cuts, a steak designed by Dickson's Farmstead Meats in New York City. Norman Miller/ MetroWest Daily News (Mass.)

SON VOLUNTEER: Dad’s cancer diagnosis inspires son to volunteer -- “It is a beautiful thing for him to choose to do,” Ralph said. “Especially for a 29-year-old. He is volunteering to work with older people. I’m old enough to know that old people can get cranky. It’s great that he goes in there and gets the patients talking.” Philip Johnson/ Peoria Journal Star (Ill.)

KENT BUSH: Ethiopia brings a quick change of perspective -- I boarded a plan for Ethiopia with my tail between my legs and singing harmony to a chorus of “woe is me.” Then I spoke to one of the program directors at our adoption agency. Cutbacks in the Ethiopian adoption laws have led to many agencies cutting back, too. Augusta Gazette (Kan.)


5 THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND: This week’s suggestions are five ways to celebrate this Fourth of July. By GHNS.
* Localization tip: This file should be localized as much as possible: list any big local parties, fireworks shows, etc.

TRANSFORMERS REVIEW 1: Movie review: ‘Transformers’ is a long, loud explode-a-thon - "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" is another huge, cacophonous calamity in which the Autobots and Decepticons face off. By Dana Barbuto, The Patriot Ledger.
* Facebook idea: Link to both these “Transformers” reviews and ask fans who they agree with more.

TRANSFORMERS REVIEW 2: Movie review: Michael Bay delivers a battle for the ages with new 'Transformers' - All too often a movie will be judged based on the film that preceded it. I believe that will be the case with the latest from Michael Bay's "Transformers" franchise. By Gary Darling, Maryville, Mo.
* Facebook idea: Link to both these “Transformers” reviews and ask fans who they agree with more.

QUICK HITS: Tweet-length album reviews - Recent albums from Lady Gaga, 'Weird Al' Yankovic, The Airborne Toxic Event, The Paul Speidel Band and more, evaluated in 140 characters (give or take a few). By Peter Chianca, North Shore, Mass.
* Facebook idea: Ask fans to give their own tweet-length reviews of these albums.

ALBUM REVIEWS: Recent and recommended - At what point does an artist have so many influences on display that he rises above them to become something completely unique and interesting in his own right? I’m not sure, but I think Montreal’s Daniel Isaiah has passed it. Read about his debut album, along with reviews of recommended recent releases from Let's Wrestle and Don Rosler. By Peter Chianca, North Shore, Mass.

NEW VOICES: Kevin Basko rises out of ‘The Atmosphere’ - Anyone who’s heard Rebecca Black’s “Friday” (or anyone over a certain age, anyway) has probably feared for the future of popular music, and humanity, not necessarily in that order. But just when you’ve about given up, you hear an album like “The Atmosphere” (Dreamland, NSB) by 18-year-old songwriter, guitarist and vocalist Kevin Basko, and all is right again with the world. By Peter Chianca, North Shore, Mass.


GRANLUND CARTOON: Fireworks injuries. By Dave Granlund, GHNS cartoonist.

EDITORIAL: Use common sense with fireworks - We wish everyone a happy and safe Independence Day holiday. By Neosho, Mo.

MICHELLE TEHEUX: Proposed circumcision ban brings discussion  -- The proposed circumcision ban in San Francisco has at least accomplished one thing: It has brought attention to an issue that is seldom talked about outside childbirth and parenting circles. Pekin (Ill.) Daily News


DAVE RAMSEY: Contribute to 401(k)? - Weekly Q&A, with advice on 401(k)s and debt, and a husband who can’t seem to save. By Dave Ramsey, GHNS columnist.

MAKING CENTS: How much life insurance is enough? - Last week's article received so much attention that I'm going to go a little deeper on the topic of life insurance. This week the focus is figuring out how much life insurance is enough. By John P. Napolitano, The Patriot Ledger.


DIAMOND DIRT: The NL East just got interesting - What do you get when you replace a cry baby (Jim Riggleman) and bring in an old-school veteran (Davey Johnson)? A buffed-up NL East Division. By Dominic Genetti, Hannibal, Mo.