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For 5/26/09 editions
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GATEHOUSE PLUS: The GateHouse Plus site will disappear next week, and the Niche division will not be able to retrieve any content from it. The site has not been updated for more than a year. New Niche content is available on GateHouse News Service/Niche. http://www.ghnewsroom.com/article/gatehouse-plus-site-be-terminated
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NIE PAGE: Our KidzBuzz page is going on hiatus for the summer. The last page will come out June 8, and pages will resume Aug. 17.
Memorial Day front page gallery.
MORNING MINUTES: This includes a little “today in history,” as well as Word of the Day, Web Site of the Day and Number to Know. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/morning_minutes
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Here’s our weekly food rail. Leads with: How does KFC's grilled chicken compare?
FOOD PAGE: Garlic mustard
COOK LIKE A DESPERATE HOUSEWIFE: Visit the “Desperate Housewives Online Kitchen,” which has recipes from Bree, Edie, Gabrielle, Lynette, Susan and other characters. SPRINGFIELD
SUMMER READING: Summer reading programs help kids maintain, develop much-needed skills
To localize: Speak to educators and librarians in your community. What types of programs and clubs are they planning? Why do they feel it's
important.Speak to kids who plan to participate in a summer reading club. Supplement with a list of summer reading programs offered in your town.
DIANE MCDONALD: Why is graying hair something to hide and change? - Sometimes the decision to color is an experiment, sometimes to cover up graying hair and sometimes just to “go blond.” Recently, my own blond experiment went wrong. Very wrong.
Ledger, on wire now
KRISTI HODSON: Importance of a good night's rest
SHAYNE LOOPER: Guilt gets an image makeover
PET TALK: Stress disrupts cat's behaviors
5 THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND: Memorial Day weekend activity suggestions.
UP: Director Pete Docter knows the prescription for good movies, and it's on full display in Pixar's new film, "Up." By Ed Symkus. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x702306188/Pete-Docter-knows-the-prescription-for-good-movies-and-its-on-full-display-in-Up
SUDOKU: Puzzles for June (numbers 337-371) are posted: http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/puzzles/x342396407/Sudoku-puzzles-337-371-June-puzzles
SUDOKU: May puzzles (309-336) are now posted: http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/puzzles/x360589249/Sudoku-puzzles-309-336-May-puzzles
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SUMMER MOVIE PREVIEW: Hollywood’s blockbuster season kicks off with
big-budget action. History has shown us that when the economy is down, movie receipts are up – way up. And Hollywood is fully prepared to take advantage with a summer line-up that offers a little something for everyone. LEDGER/ Alexander
BABYLON 5 CREATOR: 'Babylon 5' creator speaks about failure, future of media at MIT - Middle-aged, irreverent, innovative and bold, J. Michael Straczynski is no joke, even though he doesn't hesitate to make a few. Creator of the popular sci-fi TV series "Babylon 5," known to many as his initials, JMS, spoke to a packed MIT lecture hall on Friday for the second annual Julius Schwartz Lecture hosted by the school’s comparative media studies department.
CNC, on wire now, with photo
MICHAEL WINSHIP AND BILL MOYERS: Rx and the single payer. President Obama has everything he said was needed for single payer universal health care — Democrats in control of the executive branch and both chambers of Congress. So what’s happened to single payer? MESSENGER POST, NY
PETER CHIANCA: Who knows what's in store in NYC? My wife and I took our daughter to the American Girl store in New York City for her 10th birthday recently. Why? Because apparently we were hit on the head and woke up thinking money is growing up the side of our house, like the vines on the wall in Wrigley Field. CNC, on wire now
GARY BROWN: Where is your ‘Greatest Place to Stand on Planet Earth?’ Voting has begun online for the contest.
JEFF VRABEL: The pain of a do-it-yourselfer - This was supposed to be a column about something newsy, but I've spent the entire afternoon stripping paint off of a set of bunk beds that will eventually inhabit my son's bedroom, when I am done with this project, in 300 years. And I cannot feel most of my fingers.
EDITORIAL: Cosmic repair job reminds us of what's possible - As Pekin, Ill. native Scott Altman eased the space shuttle Atlantis in for a landing on Sunday, he was doing more than returning the crew of seven; he was wrapping up a 13-day mission that reminds us all of the once-unthinkable possibilities that America's space program and the people who work for it turn into realities. An editorial from the Peoria Journal Star.
EDITORIAL: Effective leaders are flexible - President Barack Obama has reversed himself in recent weeks. Is he waffling? Is he indecisive? Is he changing his philosophies? Was he lying? The answer is none of the above. He’s learning. An editorial from the Freeport Journal-Standard.
EDITORIAL: Litterers just don't care - What is it that makes some people think it’s OK to throw empty soda cans or candy wrappers from a moving car, stomp out a cigarette on a city sidewalk or drive out into the woods and dump old tires and car batteries into a drinking water reservoir? Herald News
VOLUNTEERS SUPPORT TROOPS: A small assembly line came together in Sandy’s Sewing Center recently as owner Sandy Ranson and eight volunteers set out to make at least 100 neck coolers. The coolers are filled with absorbent crystals that are wetted and then put on soldiers’ necks to keep them cool in high temperatures. The volunteers are among many local groups who’ve taken on goodwill projects to benefit deployed soldiers. SPRINGFIELD To localize: What projects do local volunteers do to support deployed members of the military?
ADJUSTING TO CIVILIAN LIFE: Soldiers return from Iraq, prepare to adjust to civilian life - Sgt. 1st Class Robert Hornbrook, 38, a 20-year member of the Special Forces who has dodged bullets, roadside bombs and rocket-propelled grenades, is preparing to “switch gears” and pursue a private career for the first time in his adult life. Ledger, with photos
MOSQUITO SEASON COMING SOON: Buzzing, biting, pesky skeeters - Mosquito experts say the intensity of this season, running until about mid-September, looks to be in line with the past few years. But the wet spring, which facilitates larvae growth, could mean it is going to be a bit worse. Ledger, with photo
TORNADO SEASON: Are you prepared for tornado season? Here are some tips.
Business / Ag
WHERE TO PUT IMMEDIATE-CARE CLINICS: Local hospitals are staying closer to home to improve access to health care rather than partner with retail outlets and open convenient-care clinics in grocery stores and shopping malls. Across the country, patients are seeking medical treatment for sore throats, ear infections and other ailments at clinics housed in Wal-Mart Supercenters and Walgreens pharmacies. Health systems in the Rock River Valley have gone the route of opening their own convenient/immediate/prompt care clinics inside physicians’ offices, which they deem more affordable and reliable. Rockford. To localize: Are local hospitals opening clinics at physicians' offices as opposed to retail stores?
SEED COMPANY STICKS TO ITS ROOTS: The yields have changed. The technology has changed. The ownership has changed. But one Pekin company is sticking with what it started doing 100 years ago: Making seed for farmers. O.J. and Arthur Sommer founded their company in 1909 with their 10 best ears of corn. That humble collaboration resulted in the formation of Sommer Brothers Seed Co., a family business that became one of the top seed-producing centers in the country. PEORIA
BIZ BITS: Weekly business rail, with tips for graduates, how to pick America’s best farmers market and more.
MAKING CENTS: Only immortals don't need insurance or a will - We've all heard the horror stories of friends or family dying without taking care of some of the financial or legal details. Still, this area of personal finance causes the same procrastination tendencies as going to the dentist or starting a diet. Ledger
CHECKOUT LANE: Unfolding some myths about futons - When you hear the word “futon,” you may think of the shaky metal contraptions used by college students. But futons can be appropriate for places other than a dorm room. Ledger, Onufrak, with photo
NASCAR PAGE: Mid-season review: Best & Worst.
JANE MILLER: Penske never wavered in support of Helio Castroneves
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