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For 2/25/10 editions
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READER CALLOUT: SPRING GARDENING TIPS.
READER CALLOUT IDEA: With Easter and Passover near, what do you believe?
CHIT-CHAT: The Patriot Ledger's Chit-Chat Q&A.
POLL QUESTION IDEA: Would you buy a Toyota these days?
LEDE: Apply now for the 2010 leadership program, LEDE.
MORNING MINUTES: Includes Word of the Day, Web Site of the Day, Number to Know, This Day in History, Today’s Featured Birthday and Daily Quote.
RELIGION NEWS: Weekly religion rail, with items on a Vatican yearbook, a look at a book about enlightenment, getting to know an early leader of the Restoration Movement, and more.
FAMILY TIME: Weekly family rail, with tips on outdoor fun, reviews of previous “Alice in Wonderland” content and more.
OSCAR PARTY: Having an Oscar party? Here’s how to make yours a winner - A bowl of popcorn and a big-screen TV just won’t cut it on Oscar night. Not if you’re having guests over to watch the 82nd Academy Awards ceremony March 7. By Kathryn Rem of the State Journal-Register.
MARINE’S WORKOUT: Year of sweat pays off for Marine vet - BELVIDERE – Workers at Anytime Fitness have grown accustomed to looking out the front windows of the Belvidere gym around 3 p.m. for a navy blue Ford pickup truck featuring a Chicago Bears magnet on its rear. Day after day, it’s Dave Slezak they’re waiting to see arrive. A year ago, Slezak, 53, made a vow to himself to get in better shape after an injury left him unable to work out for six months. He started with the goal of going to the gym for 90 days straight, moved the goal up to 365 days, and now hopes for 500 days in a row. Thursday marks his 365th day in a row. By Betsy Lopez Fritscher of the Rockford Register Star.
HULA HOOP EXERCISE: New workout generating a lot of hoopla - Fitness instructor Allyson Makiej is introducing students to hula hoop training as the latest exercise regimen targeted to tone muscles, gain balance and lose weight. By Peter Costa.
GREEN THUMBS UP: Creating outdoor rooms in the landscape -- A well-designed property should be both functional and aesthetically pleasing, an extension of your indoor living areas. In the landscape, the sky and the mature tree canopy form the roof; shrubs, walls or fences serve as the walls; and ground covers, grass or hardscape function as the floor.
DAVID ROBSON: Giving buds on branches a kick start - The snow has been covering and insulating the ground, making it difficult for some of our early spring bulbs to make themselves known. Without the snowdrops and winter aconite showing, we’re limited in what we can bring indoors. Sure, we can purchase some tulips or paper white narcissus to go along with the amaryllis. But there may be another option.
GREENSPACE: Gardening the cheap hobby you can eat -- Vegetable gardening increased 19 percent last season as 43 million folks chose it as a hobby that also saves money. Then the newcomers went to the store and were shocked to find all the expensive gardening paraphernalia. It doesn’t have to be that way.
5 THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND: This week’s suggestions: Watch the end of the Winter Olympics, catch one of the new movies, celebrate International Sword Swallowers Awareness Day, observe National Tooth Fairy Day and get ready for Read Across America Day.
- Localize it: List any Read Across America Day events, list any sword swallowing happenings, enter your own big local event, etc.
SUDOKU FEBRUARY: Puzzles for February (582-609) are available for download. Previous puzzles are linked to in this file, or visit our Puzzles category.
SUDOKU MARCH: Puzzles for March (610-644) are available for download. Previous puzzles are linked to in this file, or visit our Puzzles category.
SNEAK PREVIEW: 'children of Invention,' 'Cop Out' and other new movies -- Tze Chun's film-fest favorite is about a Chinese family looking to get back on its feet after divorce, a foreclosure and a Ponzi scheme.
BUDDY COMEDY: Willis, Morgan cop to being funny duo – It’s not too difficult to picture Bruce Willis playing a cop. He’s done it numerous times, as far back as in all of the “Die Hard” films, and as recently as in last year’s “Surrrogates.” Yet his portrayal of veteran NYPD cop Jimmy Monroe in the new Kevin Smith comedy “Cop Out” isn’t exactly what you’d expect.
FLICKS: Damon has become an all-American hero -- What’s Flicks looking forward to in the near future? Despite a natural disinclination toward war-on-terror movies, “Green Zone” is at the top of the list. Matt Damon is Flicks’ hero.
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BOOK NOTES: Checklists a matter of life or death, says 'Checklist Manifesto' author - Checklists, writes Boston surgeon and author Atul Gawande in his book “The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right,” are considered by many to be beneath us. Yet Gawande proves, without a doubt, that checklists — cognitive safety nets — save lives, millions of dollars and untold heartache, whether the task is flying an airplane, building a skyscraper or operating on an adrenal gland. By Rae Francoeur.
BRIAN MACKEY: A pair of earplugs is worth a lifetime of hearing - I’ve been to a lot of big concerts in my life, for business and pleasure, and the one thing that unites country stars, alt-rockers, rappers and oldies acts is an unwavering commitment to sonically punishing audiences with ear-splitting sound levels.
THE FARR SIDE: Lady Antebellum has staying power -- Lady Antebellum is the band of the land right now. The country trio’s latest album, “Need You Now,” is huge. So far, it’s the biggest album of 2010, and the title track has
crossed over into mainstream pop, heading toward No. 1.
GRANLUND CARTOON: Federal regulations on the fishing industry.
GRANLUND CARTOON: Guns now allowed in national parks.
CHARITA GOSHAY: Tiger Woods isn't the only one to swing and miss – Tiger Woods literally had not left the podium last week before there began a national post-mortem of his timing, sincerity and motive. Of all the things
Woods wedged into his 13-minute mea culpa, the point most striking and perhaps most ignored was his admission that he faltered after abandoning his Buddhist faith.
WENDY MURPHY: Delahunt cannot pass buck on botched Bishop probe - U.S. Rep. William Delahunt has exacerbated public suspicion over the 1986 Amy Bishop investigation and raised new questions about HIS role in the decision to set Bishop free.
EDITORIAL: A momentous time for Scouting - There's no denying that the Illinois House chamber in recent years has become more renowned for its partisan bickering than for its more lofty ideals. On Monday night, though, the House was packed to capacity with not a whiff of acrimony or cynicism as more than 60 young men from throughout central Illinois were recognized for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout. The annual ceremony was especially poignant this year because it came as the Boy Scouts of America marks a yearlong celebration of its 100th anniversary. An editorial from the State Journal-Register.
EDITORIAL: New credit card law doesn't eliminate need to be a savvy consumer -- Some good news for consumers came this week when the federal Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure Act took effect. But the new rules mean that even thrifty credit-card users who typically pay off their monthly charges in full will have to be vigilant.
EMPLOYMENT BILL: Unemployed? New Senate bill promises some help -- If you’re among the multitude of unemployed workers in the nation, help might be on the way in the form of a Senate bill passed Wednesday. A bipartisan measure sponsored by Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, the bill seeks to give businesses an incentive to hire the unemployed.
Business / Ag
DAVE RAMSEY: Weekly financial Q&A, with questions on managing pro-sports career and life insurance.
CREDIT CARD LAWS: Changes help customers, but spend responsibly and beware of hidden fees -- Plastic is the new green. It’s fast. It’s easy. It’s self-indulgent. But Americans’ love-hate relationship with their credit cards has gotten them into some murky waters in the ocean of debt. New credit card laws, which went into effect Monday, are designed to give cardholders a life jacket.
BIZ BITS: Weekly business rail, with tips on freelancing, a BBB warning about the BBB label and more.
SMALL BIZ: Recession puts entrepreneurs on guard -- Entrepreneurs are a trusting lot, but not as trusting as they used to be. The recession has had an effect on potential collaborators and clients that Maria Miranda, an advertising executive, likened to “comic book radiation” experienced by The
Incredible Hulk and others.
MAKING CENTS: Planning can bring dreams to reality - As a professional financial adviser, I am here to break the news that dreaming is good. Your personal dreams are merely a vision for your future. Where most people fail is in connecting the dreams to what they need to do in order to make those dreams reality. By John P. Napolitano.
CHECKOUT LANE: Those looking for a pet urged to adopt from shelter - Treasa Downey, director of the Scituate (Mass.) Animal Shelter, says people should consider shelter pets. “We don’t encourage people buying dogs ... from pet stores (because) we want people to think adoption first.” By Lana Lagomarsini.
- Localize it: Talk to shelters/adoption centers in your town to get their quotes, information, etc.
FINE PRINT: Fine Print: Understanding the details of the new credit card laws - The new Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act took effect Monday, and you're probably wondering what it means for you. If you're like most credit card holders, you probably don't read much into your credit card's terms and conditions. Well now is the time to change that - at least to find out how those terms may be changing in light of the new CARD Act. By The Patriot Ledger.
ANTIQUES ROADSHOW LAWSUIT: 'Antiques Roadshow' files infringement suit against Illinois company - SPRINGFIELD – The producer of the popular PBS television show “Antiques Roadshow” is accusing an Athens-based company of illegally trading on the TV program’s name and trademarks. A lawsuit filed by Boston-based WGBH Educational Foundation in federal court in Springfield on Tuesday says Jeffrey A. Parsons, THR & Associates and their operation, Treasure Hunters Roadshow, are usurping the public television show’s goodwill, trademarks and treasure-chest logo. By Chris Dettro of the State Journal-Register.
NASCAR PAGE: Daytona in the desert.
WOMEN'S HOCKEY: Gold-medal winner pulling for U.S. in women's showdown with Canada -- Lisa Brown-Miller knows what it’s like to skate for an Olympic gold medal in ice hockey. She knows what it’s like to proudly wear one
around her neck, too. Brown-Miller played forward on the 1998 United States women’s team that took first at the 1998 Nagano Games. It is the last time the U.S. claimed gold.