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STORY IDEA: How is the flu affecting your community?

IDEA LAB: Register-Mail (Ill.) year in review recognizes area residents who died


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WINTER BRIDE: With tips on taking advantage of winter's beauty in photography and venue locales, honeymoon ideas and giving your gown a life after the ceremony
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KIDZBUZZ: Hibernating bears



WINTER HEALTHY LIVING: Skin care,  budget-friendly (and healthy) lunch ideas and pediatrician tips for healthy kids
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MARTIN LUTHER KING JR DAY PAGE: A look at 1963, a milestone year
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The Street

TAXES: Taxpayer Advocate office identifies 'most serious' problems for taxpayers

REPORT: Apple nixes cheap iPhone chatter
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NOKIA: Lumia sales 'exceed expectations'

CONSUMER: Drinkers tip better, and bourbon's fans are the best

JIM CRAMER: Why does Dish want spectrum?

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HEALTH WATCH: Companies interested in wellness programs -- GateHouse News Service's weekly Health Watch with tips on workplace health and wellness, fructose and diabetes prevention.

SHAYNE LOOPER: Is everyone at your church nice? - If everyone at your church is nice, something must be wrong. The founder of Christianity didn’t start a country club. He opened the doors wide and invited everyone in. Proper etiquette was never a requirement for entry, and criminal records, troubled kids and colorful language never kept anyone out. By Shayne Looper, Coldwater, Mich.

SHAYNE LOOPER: Read the Bible again ... for the first time - Many people think they know what is in the Bible. Doesn’t it tell people how to get to heaven by accepting Jesus into their hearts? And isn’t there some strange stuff about how all the Christians will disappear from the earth and then, after several years of war and disaster, the world will end? By Shayne Looper, Coldwater, Mich.

CAL LORD: Subway proselytizer was persistent - You never know what you are going to see on a New York City subway train. Forget Broadway. The subway provides the backdrop for the world’s largest dramatic production. Every day, the actors change. The drama unfolds anew. From musicians playing on the underground stages to the characters who perform up close and personal, you get your money’s worth when you hop on the car to travel from one place to the next. By Cal Lord, Norwich, Conn.

FAMILY MATTERS: From battleground to well-behaved - How do you raise a well-behaved child? Yelling, bribing, negotiating, punishing or threatening won’t change unwanted behaviors because those actions don’t teach the desired behavior. By Diana Boggia, Canton, Ohio.

LOOKING UP: See Orion’s star-studded belt this winter - Step out the next clear night, in late January about 9:30 p.m., face south and look about halfway up. Bursting forth from the dark of night is the glorious stars of Orion, one of the most recognized and celebrated constellations of the entire heavens. By Peter Becker, Hawley, Pa.

GREEN SPACE: Amazing amaryllis interrupts winter doldrums - The amaryllis is quite easily grown in a pot of soil. By Jim Hillibish, Canton, Ohio.

Gary Brown: Moviegoers need to focus on big picture, not cellphones -- I was in the movie theater staring at the screen. By Gary Brown, Canton, OH.

Two Southern flavors in one easy dinner pie -- This combines two Southern favorites -- biscuits and gravy and potpie -- into one recipe. By Jim Hillibish, Canton, OH.

Five steps to Crock-Pot nirvana -- Did you get a Crock-Pot for Christmas, or are you considering resurrecting yours for the winter? By Jim Hillibish, Canton, OH.

Pressured for time? Quick cookers return with new features, safety -- There was a dent in my grandma’s ceiling above her stove, and we all knew why. By Jim Hillibish, Canton, OH.

Try a pizza with a history: focaccia -- Tired of the same old on Pizza Friday? By Jim Hillibish, Canton, OH.

Fancy up your next tuna and noodles casserole -- There’s something about tuna and noodles that screams fast and cheap. By Jim Hillibish, Canton, OH.


Guide to winterizing your body -- Without summer’s humidity, winter hair becomes dry and it feels rough. By Danielle Braff.

Keep sick days at bay -- Getting through a winter with kids usually means endless hours of cuddle time while they nurse their colds, flu and other illnesses. By Danielle Braff.

Balanced lunch on a balanced budget -- The start of a new year usually means we’re trying to do two tough things simultaneously: save money and eat better. By Wynne Everett.

Severe morning sickness -- Kate Middleton’s pregnancy announcement and hospitalization in early December gave pregnant women a new vocabulary term and a new fear: hyperemesis gravidarum. By Erika Enigk.

How to save a life -- There’s a way for people to save lives without spending any money or even much time. By Erika Enigk.

The skinny on skin care -- Wondering what those unpronouncable or flowery-sounding ingredients are in your creams and lotions? By Karina Timmel.

Staying safe in winter -- Whether you’re hitting the slopes, taking a winter stroll or building a snowman in the front yard, here are a few considerations and suggestions for staying safe and warm in the great outdoors. By Denise Mann.

Kiss your butts goodbye -- If you want to know how to quit smoking -- for good -- you may need more than determination and nicotine replacement therapies. By Dorothy Foltz-Gray.

Caring for bipolar children -- Our 17-year- old son has recently been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. By Patricia Smith.

What is bipolar disorder? -- Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder and mental illness. By Avery Mann.

Heartburn or worse? -- Common heartburn -- otherwise known as gastroesophageal reflux or GERD -- can up your risk for esophageal cancer. Here’s how to protect yourself. By Catherine Winters.

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ARNOLD: Arnold Schwarzenegger is back as a leading man - For about two decades, there wasn’t anyone much bigger in Hollywood than Arnold Schwarzenegger. Then, in 2003, he left acting for politics, with a two-term run as governor of California, which ended in 2011. He made one cameo, in “The Expendables,” during his time in office. But his new film, “The Last Stand,” in which he plays a small-town sheriff trying to hold off a small army of bad guys, marks his return to leading man status. By Ed Symkus, GHNS.

NEW MOVIES: 'Gangster Squad,' 'A Haunted House' - Check out our sneak preview of movies opening this week. By Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger.

GANGSTER SQUAD REVIEW: Movie review: Weak script can't kill 'Gangster Squad' - A smart screenwriter might have used the stylish but empty-headed shoot-’em-up “Gangster Squad” to draw a relevant correlation between the CIA’s hunt for Osama bin Laden and the city of Los Angeles’ Constitution-be-damned vendetta against famed mobster Mickey Cohen. Still, the film is never anything less than watchable, largely because of its seductively stylish look and bevy of charismatic actors. By Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger.

AUTHOR INTERVIEW: The Readers’ Writers: Educator, author and professor Siegfried Engelmann - “Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons” is the current No. 2 bestselling nonfiction book on The book was published in 1986. No. That’s not a typo. 1986. My immediate question was ‘why’ this book continues to sell more than any other written on the same or similar subject. The authors are Siegfried Engelmann, Phyllis Haddox and Elaine Bruner. By DA Kentner, Freeport, Ill.

FEBRUARY SUDOKU: Sudoku puzzles 1681-1708 (February puzzles) are available for download.

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GRANLUND CARTON: US warming trend. By Dave Granlund, GHNS

GRANLUND CARTOON: NRA and the Second Amendment. By Dave Granlund, GHNS

O'MAHONEY CARTOON: Baseball Hall of Fame. By O'Mahoney, The Patriot Ledger.

O’MAHONEY CARTOON: Sick kids. By O'Mahoney, The Patriot Ledger.

LICCAR CARTOON: Obama and small businesses. By Joe Liccar, Independence, Mo.

Maddocks: House supports Boehner’s re-election, offers speaker free trip on the Kulluk -- Eager to signal that the turmoil and division of the 112th Congress is a matter of the past, House members re-elected Representative John A. Boehner of Ohio as speaker of the House and presented him with a ticket for a free trip aboard the Shell Oil drilling rig, the Kulluk, good for its next trip through the Gulf of Alaska. By Philip Maddocks, Natick, MA.

KENT BUSH: Pastor's treatment reveals hypocrisy - Nontraditional beliefs can't be the only ones we defend. Pastor Louie Giglio feeling compelled to step down rather than giving the benedictory prayer at next week's inauguration events is far more disturbing than his comments about homosexuality during a sermon in the 1990s. By Kent Bush, Augusta, Kan.

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ERIC P BLOOM: Are you properly communicating to your staff? - As managers, one of our primary responsibilities is properly communicating with our staff. This communication could be task related, relaying announcements made by senior management, performance review oriented, or any one of many other business related topics. My question to you is: Are you properly communicating with your staff? According to extensive research conducted by Dr. Bruce Katcher, the president and founder of Discovery Surveys Inc., and author of "30 Reasons Employees Hate Their Managers" (AMACOM) the answer is a resounding “maybe.” By Eric P. Bloom, GHNS.

ON COMPUTERS: Is that a flash stick or a PC? - Used to be it took big bucks to ride new-product tech bandwagons. No more. Would a mini PC for $36 interest you? By Jim Hillibish, Canton, Ohio.

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PAUL JANNACE: Sad day for baseball - Try as it might, baseball will never dig itself out of the steroid era. By Paul Jannace, Wellsville, N.Y.

JASON FARMER: Not happy with Hall of Fame results - I understand the way Wednesday’s Hall of Fame vote went. I really do, but that doesn’t mean I am happy with it. After sitting back, watching the lead up to the announcement of nothing and then reflecting on its outcome, I knew it would be at least a day before I could be rational about how not one player was elected. By Jason Farmer, Hannibal, Mo.

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