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WAKE UP CALL!: Will readers travel this holiday weekend?

STORY IDEAS: Final Harry Potter movie out July 15

GATEHOUSE NEWS INSIDER BLOG: More kids content offered on GHNS



-- Fourth of July page

JULY RADARFROG PRODUCTS: Save on oil changes, school supplies, grilling out
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SUMMER HEALTHY LIVING: How to avoid and treat sunburn and heat illness, fresh fruit juice recipes and what to know about new sunscreen labels

SUMMER DRINK RECIPES CALLOUT: Send your favorite cold beverage recipes


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-- Giffords makes first public appearance: Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords attended a NASA ceremony in Houston honoring her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly - her first public appearance since being shot in January. Jeff Glor reports. Source: CBS
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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Dinner with the family -- weekly Food for Thought with items on a new survey that reveals why kids like eating with their families, a recipe for Fourth of July cake, the Beer Nut and more. By GHNS

CRITICS' CUPBOARD: Bundaberg Pink Grapefruit Sparkling Drink (non-alcoholic) -- Find out if this product is worth buying for your family.  Jennifer Mastroianni and Saimi Bergmann/ Canton (Ohio) Repository

RECIPES: Grilling dessert brings out the flavor of summer  -- Meat, seafood, pizza, veggies, even fruit and lettuce taste great on the grill. But how about cake? You bet. Pound cake is ideal for grilling because it is dense and firm. Hill uses it for his interpretation of strawberry shortcake. Jennifer Mastroianni/ Canton (Ohio) Repository
* Comments idea: What kind of unexpected foods have you put on the grill? Leave your suggestions, stories and recipes in the comments field below this story.

FAMILY TIME: 5 ingredients for a memorable family vacation - Weekly family rail, with family vacation tips, a review of “Cars 2” 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.

DR. MURRAY FEINGOLD: Sit up straight - Since time immemorial, parents have pleaded, cajoled and demanded that their children, usually adolescents, stop slouching and stand up straight. Usually to no avail. By Dr. Murray Feingold, MetroWest, Mass.

DR. JEFF HERSH: Protect your head with a helmet - Q: I have a really hard time getting my kids to wear their bicycle helmets. Is it really worth the trouble? By Dr. Jeff Hersh, MetroWest, Mass.

GARY BROWN: Trust your eyes when predicting weather -- Worried, you obtain a weather forecast and go out into the good light armed with a favored meteorologist’s best guess. This is a person who is trained at breaking the bad news to you. Canton (Ohio) Repository

KENT BUSH: An unscripted final step of adoption  -- I have rarely been as wrong as I was when I imagined what the scene would be like when they brought our 4-year-old son to us. We almost slept right through it. Augusta Gazette (Kan.)


MOM AND AUTHOR: Author of mystery books multitasks as mom and law professor -- “This is what I have to do to balance the book while being a mom,” said McLean matter-of-factly when she found her daughter and called back. Her second novel, “Under Fire,” was released last week. Jody Feinberg/ The Patriot Ledger (Mass.)


GRANLUND CARTOON: Peter Falk tribute. By Dave Granlund, GHNS cartoonist.

GRANLUND CARTOON: On the New York gay marriage law. By Dave Granlund, GHNS cartoonist.

EDITORIAL: Evolution in opinions and in the law -- New York has now become the largest state to legalize same-sex marriage by act of the state Legislature. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who pushed hard for the measure, signed it into law shortly after a state Senate vote Friday night. The MetroWest Daily News (Mass.)


JERRY MOORE: Blagojevich verdict must motivate us to root out corruption - A federal jury found former Gov. Rod Blagojevich guilty on 17 of 20 criminal counts today, ending a lengthy legal process. What I hope we gain from this experience is a renewed commitment to clean up government on every level. By Jerry Moore, Suburban Life, Chicago.

AMY GEHRT: The Blago verdict is in -- Guilty on 17 counts. With that proclamation Monday afternoon, jurors in Rod Blagojevich’s corruption retrial brought a more than two-year saga one step closer to resolution. Pekin (Ill.) Daily Times
* Poll idea: How many years in prison should Blago be sentenced to: 1-5, 5-10, 10-15, 20 or more?  

GRANLUND CARTOON: Rod Blagojevich convicted. By Dave Granlund, GHNS cartoonist.

BRITT CARTOON: Blagojevich and Ryan share a cell. By Chris Britt, Springfield, Ill.

BRITT CARTOON: Blagojevich reacts to the guilty verdict. By Chris Britt, Springfield, Ill.

EDITORIAL: May Illinois' fourth felonious governor be its final one - So Rod Blagojevich is one corrupt cat who does not own nine lives after all. By Peoria, Ill.

EDITORIAL: Justice at last for Illinois, Blagojevich - Since that fateful day in December 2008, when then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich was arrested by federal authorities at his home before dawn, we have waited for the moment that arrived Monday with his conviction on a wide range of corruption charges. By Springfield, Ill.

EDITORIAL: Rod Blagojevich guilty verdict provides no joy for Illinois - There’s no reason to celebrate Rod Blagojevich’s conviction on 17 of 20 counts in his federal corruption trial. We should lament what could have been. By Rockford, Ill.