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NOTE: GateHouse News Service will syndicate two items to your carousel next week. On Wednesday you will see a piece on tax time, with links to helpful websites for last-minute filers and tips from The Street experts. On Friday you will see an item on the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, with links to historical information and NDN video on anniversary events and the 3-D re-release of the 1997 movie.
Also, a print page on the Titanic anniversary will be posted to GHNS by Wednesday.
STORY IDEA: Vacant houses costing your community?
BEST OF THE DAY: Suburban Chicago group gets blogger to post from Masters
TITANIC: Story ideas, pages for the Titanic's centennial
NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER QUARTER PAGE: 4 ways to celebrate
NASCAR PAGE: 10 to watch at Texas
KIDZBUZZ: Learn about instruments with 'Peter and the Wolf'
SPRING HEALTHY LIVING: Exercise without pain, living with diabetes and managing menopause
EARTH DAY CALLOUT: http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/reader_callouts/x698043188/Reader-callout-Earth-Day-drawings
GO GREEN: Renewable energy, a look at the EPA, 8 ways to recycle and more
SALUTE TO NURSES: Types of nursing, the needed education, non-hospital fields that need nurses
APPLE: Can the bears get to Apple? -- Apple remains in charge when it comes to pricing power. By Jason Schwarz, The Street
More from The Street at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business
TITANIC RADIO: Titanic remembered: Radio technology saved lives in 1912 disaster - The Titanic’s radio had been down and there was a backlog of messages from Cape Cod – “See you soon,” “Pick you up in New York” – waiting to be delivered. While radio operators in nearby ships took off their headphones and went to bed late on April 14, 1912, a Marconi employee on one of those vessels, the Carpathia, sent a message to the “unsinkable ship” reminding them of the growing pile of correspondence. “They replied, ‘We struck a berg, save us,’” said Barbara Dougan, educational coordinator at Cape Cod National Seashore. “It was a lucky fluke.” By Doreen Leggett, Wicked Local Cape Cod.
FAMILY TIME: What to do if you suspect a child is being mistreated or abused - Weekly family rail, with tips on what to do if you suspect a child is being abused, a review of Mo Willems' new book and more. By GHNS.
* Localization tip: Any of the first three items can be localized – ask a local family counselor to provide a tip of the week, ask movie-going parents to give reviews of movies or ask youngsters to send in book reviews.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Cooking for one -- weekly Food for Thought with tips on cooking for one, how to freeze berries, "The Mom 100 Cookbook" and more. GHNS
MOREL MUSHROOMS: Morel mushroom festivals adjust to early spring -- Morel mushroom festivals around the country have either adjusted its schedule to account for spring’s early appearance, and others have been canceled. Chris Young/The State Journal-Register (Ill.)
DOUG OSTER: The rise of bittercress -- There's no mistaking a weed like bittercress this time of the year, as it's everywhere. This airy, low-growing plant sports tiny white flowers reaching 6 inches to a foot tall. Scripps Howard News Service
ASK THE PLUMBER: Matching bath-fixture finishes should be simple -- The finish on the faucets and accessories will be brushed nickel. But my tub mixing valve, drain, showerhead and toilet handle are all chrome. How do I address all that, and does this mean changing the entire mixing valve in the wall as well? Scripps Howard News Service
101 IDEAS: Neutral rooms that wow -- Pump up neutral hues. To avoid a monochromatic color scheme, bump the color of your wall up or down one shade on the color wheel to create a 3-D effect. Scripps Howard News Service
BUTTONED UP: 10 easy spring-cleaning shortcuts -- We scoured the cleaning universe, inspected the latest and greatest products, and we spoke with experts to find useful shortcuts that will make your spring-cleaning job easier. Because who wants to spend more time than you need to cleaning? Scripps Howard News Service
GARDENER: Debunking myths about planting trees, woody shrubs -- There are lots of gardening myths out there. Take planting trees and woody shrubs, for example. They don't need a deep planting hole; they don't need organic matter or fertilizer amended to the soil; and they don't need to be pruned back to "balance" the foliage of the plant with its traumatized, transplanted roots. Scripps Howard News Service
HOME STYLE: Adding star quality to interior spaces -- Infuse interior spaces with star quality by adding some kind of statement piece, like a unique architectural element, head-turning furniture or a pop of unexpected color. By working in just one "wow!" feature, you can transform your room and transfix your guests. Try one of these five ideas. Scripps Howard News Service
INTERIORS: Fireclay brick tile is versatile for indoor, outdoor use - What would you think of using brick on your floors? How about your walls? There is a fireclay brick that seems to have good possibilities for many uses, so let's talk about it. By Rosemary Sadez Friedmann, Scripps Howard News Service.
YARDSMART: Five factors will help you successfully sow seeds - Growing plants from seed sown directly into the soil looks easy, but can be downright frustrating for beginners because there are so many ways a seed can fail. Sometimes failure results from a problem with the seed itself. Other times the weather can interfere. And other factors can come into play, too. By Maureen Gilmer, Scripps Howard News Service.
HOBBIES: Use vintage embroidered fabric scraps for embellishments - I'm always on the lookout for lovely bits of fabric, lace and embroidery when I'm at a flea market. I have a big linen closet that is no longer used for linens; it now houses all of my precious bits of fabric finds. I like to buy single napkins that are beautifully embroidered and dish towels that may have a delicate stitched border. Even if the rest of the fabric is stained or in tatters, I'll find a way to use the good parts eventually. By Dena Fishbein, Scripps Howard News Service.
More in food and family at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle
AMY GEHRT: Women to play prominent role in presidential election - The protracted Republican presidential primary race is wrapping up, leaving Mitt Romney poised to claim victory. But even with a win all but assured, that doesn’t mean it is smooth sailing for the presumptive nominee. By Amy Gehrt, Pekin, Ill.
MATTHEW CASEY: Education in America: Doing less with less - Year after year, studies continue to find that American students trail their international peers in academic achievement. However, American students have long remained among the world leaders in one category: vacation. By Matthew Casey, Medford, Mass.
* Poll idea: Ask readers if they think the school year should be longer.
PETER COSTA: Campaign trail littered with verbal mistakes - I’ll bet you $10,000 that Mitt Romney will make a gaffe as his campaign continues in the late summer and fall. Vice President Joe Biden can misfire any time he speaks. Misstatements and verbal miscues occur in presidential races because politicians are forced to talk all day, every day. By Peter Costa, Lincoln, Mass.
KENT BUSH: There is always value in effort - Maybe I’m on the wrong side of this issue, but I’m glad Tiger Woods gets mad when he plays poorly. It makes me feel good knowing that his only smiles come after rare good shots and those smiles are only recognizing the mockery his current game is making of his former game. By Kent Bush, Augusta, Kan.
More in cartoons and columns at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions
Sports / outdoors
DIAMOND DIRT: Throwback uniforms are nice alternates - I must admit it’s pretty cool. There’s just some things about baseball that fade away over time, and the vintage uniforms are one of them. It’s a nice little touch and marketing ploy for fans. If I was in Texas, I’d surely like to try and snag Astros tickets for a Friday night. It’d be a nice, nostalgic game to attend. By Dominic Genetti, Hannibal, Mo.
ALLISON B. HUDSON: Was Sean Payton’s appeal a shocker? -- Last Thursday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell listened to New Orleans Saints Head Coach Sean Payton’s appeal to the harsh punishment Goodell placed on Payton that affected the entire team as well as fans. Donaldsonville Chief (La.)
JESSE MURPHY: Fishing, from a different angle -- I'm sure this will not come as breaking news to any fishing enthusiasts out there who happen to be parents, but here it is anyways. Once you have children, and they become involved in fishing trips, your days of fishing are basically done. Maryville (Mo.) Daily Forum
More in NASCAR and baseball at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/sports
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GateHouse News Service National Budget