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For 8/20/09 editions
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NIE KIDZBUZZ PAGE IS BACK: Our first NIE page of the new school year is about Hawaii’s 50th anniversary of becoming a state. The page features interactive elements and the chance for kids in your area to respond to questions about an upcoming topic.
LOCALIZATION TIP: Motorcycle accidents are on the rise, and officials and riders themselves urge safety.
Daily Telegram offers Cover It Live for health care forum.
NFL PREVIEW TAB: Check out our 2009 NFL preview, with copy from the pros at Pro Football Weekly.
MORNING MINUTES: We've expanded what we're offering in Morning Minutes to provide your paper with more options and to give your readers a couple more interesting tidbits. It now includes Word of the Day, Web Site of the Day, Number to Know, This Day in History, Today’s Featured Birthday and Daily Quote.
FAMILY TIME: Weekly family rail, with a review of “Bandslam,” a look at myths about teen drivers who head to college and more.
SLEEP – IT’S GOOD FOR YOU: ROCKFORD – You eat right, work out and have reined in your bad habits. Still, you run out of energy by mid-afternoon. If that’s your story, you may be guilty of the most overlooked, unhealthy practice in America — getting too little sleep. People who function on less than seven to eight hours of sleep each night are making life more difficult than it needs to be, said Dr. Jonathan O’Neil, a neurologist and sleep medicine specialist at Rockford Health System. By Geri Nikolai of the Rockford Register Star.
RAMADAN REVEALED: Muslims prepare to celebrate Islam's holiest month - As the Muslim population in the U.S. has grown, the Islamic holy month of Ramadan has become a fixture on the nation’s religious calendar. But most non-Muslims remain unfamiliar with Ramadan’s meaning and practices. Here's a primer. By Lane Lambert, Ledger.
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- LOCALIZE IT: Substitute or add quotes from Muslim leaders in your area.
BEER NUT: Redhook has quantity and quality - Breweries are sometimes overlooked for various reasons the quality may not be up to snuff, or the beer is a little too hard to get. For Redhook, neither of those are an issue. By Norman Miller.
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GREEN THUMBS UP: Star performing shrubs in the late-summer landscape -- While some plants may be languishing due to the damp, dreary weather during June and July, others have positively flourished with Mother Nature’s delivery of abundant moisture. Have the members of the hibiscus and hydrangea family ever been more beautiful?
CAROL BROOKS BALL: End-of-summer blues -- When my children were little, I
sometimes couldn’t wait for September. Funny thing happened, though: The
kids grew older and so did I.
AMANDA JACOBS: Sometimes more than a Band-Aid is needed - Have you ever wondered whether or not a bandage would be sufficient treatment for your illness or injury? Well, don’t worry — the good folks at Band-Aid have got you covered. Each box of Band-Aid bandages bears the following message: “For medical emergencies seek professional help.” Well, thank goodness — I can imagine how many problems that’s solved. After all, I think it’s better to be overly cautious than not cautious enough.
5 THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND: From a couple of cool movies to celebrating a senior in your life on Senior Citizen’s Day, check out these ideas. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x1886171121/5-Things-to-Do-This-Weekend-Aug-21-23
SUDOKU: Puzzles for August (407-434). Previous puzzles are linked to in this file, or visit our Puzzles category.
KATHRYN REM: A tour of filmmaker Hughes’ Chicago spots - CHICAGO – On the day I snapped a photo of the Winnetka house where the movie “Home Alone” was filmed, director John Hughes died. I had wanted to visit Hughes movie locations for years. But it was only this month that motivation and unused vacation time intersected, propelling me north for a long weekend in and around Chicago, the city so beautifully showcased in many of Hughes’ films.
BLACK CROWES: Black Crowes flying again – finally - The once-chart-topping southern blues and folk-rockers almost hung it up for good earlier this decade, only to reunite and push through a series of sometimes-frustrating lineup changes to get to where they are now, which is making some of their best music ever. By Chad Berndtson, Ledger.
BASTERDS REVIEW: Tarantino goes to war with 'Inglourious Basterds' - The Good, The Bad and The Nazi. That could be the subtitle for Quentin Tarantino's latest foray into sweet and tender filmmaking, "Inglourious Basterds." By Bob Tremblay.
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SNEAK PEAK: 'Inglourious Basterds' and other movies opening this week. By Al Alexander.
FLICKS: It’s open season on Nazis in “Inglourious Basterds” -- The wideworldinterwebnets tells me Quentin Tarantino’s new movie, “Inglourious Basterds,” is a remake of a cornball movie of the same -- well, similar -- name, in 1978, or 1977, depending which version you’re talking about.
ALBUM REVIEW: 'Nowalataz,' by 14KT -- Michigan producer 14KT stakes his claim among in-state brethren with "Nowalataz," channeling the soul stylings of J. Dilla but putting his own spin on disjointed, hip-hop soul beats.
ALBUM REVIEW: 'Speak,' by Michael Olatuja -- Toward the end of "Speak's" first track, "Ma Foya," Nigerian-born bassist Michael Olatuja brings what is a fairly tradition-rooted afro-beat jazz number into the modern age, as a nasal synthesizer weaves its own melody through the congas and whirling bass. It's a recurring theme throughout "Speak," as Olatuja peppers otherwise lite-jazz grooves with a bit of modern spice.
GRANLUND CARTOON: Obama's vacation
GRANLUND CARTOON: On Afghanistan elections.
GRANLUND CARTOON: Symptoms of the health care debate
O’MAHONEY CARTOON: On Barney Frank's health-care forum.
LICCAR CARTOON: Health care reform changes like putting lipstick on a pig
LLOYD GARVER: The government wants to dine with you -- I recently learned there is a proposed provision in the health care bill called The Affordable Health Choices Act. This has to do with insisting that restaurants put on their menus caloric and other nutritional information about the food they serve. Why haven't I seen crazed people (some with their precious legal guns), screaming their opposition to the government telling them what to eat?
EDITORIAL: Favre in purple just doesn't seem right - Why doesn’t Brett Favre just admit that he wants to keep flinging footballs for as long as a team will have him? Favre’s on-again, off-again retirement plans probably baffle even the closest members of his family. An editorial from the Rockford Register Star.
BULLYING LAWSUIT: Gay teen sues school district over harassment -- The New York Civil Liberties Union, the New York State affiliate of the ACLU, has filed a federal lawsuit against the Mohawk Central School.
LOST EVIDENCE: Video, audio lost in murder case; mother accused of smothering daughter -- A North Carolina sheriff's office has lost the recordings of of a Deerfield, N.Y., woman admitting to investigators that she smothered her infant daughter, prosecutors say.
FOOT FETISH: Attention, shoppers: Beware of the foot-licker - Cambridge, Mass., Police are on the lookout for a middle-aged foot-licker with a penchant for accosting high-heeled shoppers outside a Whole Foods. By Erin Smith.
OIL HAWK: Hawk found last month drenched in oil-like substance ready to fly again - After weeks of caring for two red-tailed hawks who were found drenched in an oil-like substance, wildlife expert Marcy Jeppe plans to release one of the birds this Saturday. By Sandra L. Churchill, Enterprise.
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TRANSPLANT LADY: Woman dies 21 years after heart-lung transplant that gave her a taste for beer - Claire Sylvia, who was the first person in New England to undergo a heart-lung transplant, has died at age 69, 21 years after the operation. Her story received worldwide attention after she claimed that she inherited characteristics of the young man whose organs she received, including a taste for beer. By Dennis Tatz, Ledger.
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GATES: Gates arrest panel chairman: Cambridge committee to produce 'something tangible' - Chuck Wexler knows a bit about bettering police departments. As executive director of the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) — or what he calls the Washington, D.C.-based police think tank — Wexler has worked around the globe with policing projects seeking ways to deliver services more efficiently to different communities. Wexler can now add Cambridge to that list. By Jillian Fennimore, Cambridge.
Business / Ag
DAVE RAMSEY: Weekly financial Q&A, with items on house short sales and credit checks.
BOSE AND BECK: Bose drawn into flap over Glenn Beck's 'racist Obama' comment - Bose Corp. has found itself involved in a mudslinging public relations flap that has liberal and conservative activists at loggerheads over statements of conservative Fox News talk show host Glenn Beck. By Dan McDonald, MetroWest.
PAUL A. EISENSTEIN: Chevy Volt rated at amazing 230 mpg -- There’s little doubt American motorists want to get better fuel economy, and in today’s competitive market, manufacturers are racing to respond. The 2011 Chevrolet Volt, it turns out, will carry a government rating of 230 miles per gallon. No, that’s not a typo. It really is 2-3-0, as General Motors has announced
to much fanfare.
BIZ BITS: Weekly business rail, with a tip about cybercrime, BBB warning about a lottery scam and more.
CHECKOUT LANE: Here’s the rub about choosing shampoo - Sue Canavan, owner of Aura Salon in Quincy, Mass., advises to people to get a recommendation from a hair salon about what shampoo would be best for their hair. By Brent Lang, Ledger.
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MAKING CENTS: Give volatile investments needed time - Running projections to see if you are adequately funded for retirement can create a gratifying feeling if the calculations work out. Knowing that your lifestyle can be maintained or enhanced feels good. But it still doesn't tell you exactly what accounts you should be withdrawing from and in what sequence or amount. By John P. Napolitano.
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NASCAR: Saturday night slugfest – previews the race at Bristol.
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