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For 6/25/10 editions
 
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Notes

WAKE UP CALL!: Time to worry about whooping cough?

WEB CUBE MOMENTS OF THE WEEK: Great examples of carousels, photo galleries


Niche

READER CALLOUT: Have readers send in summer drink recipes

HOW TO MAGAZINE: Annual tab has tips on fitness, recycling, finding a job and more

FOURTH OF JULY PAGE: Safety tips for grilling, boating and handling fireworks

READER CALLOUT: Ask readers for their photos of Fourth of July fun


News

ENDANGERED BIRDS: Fragile plovers expected to migrate to oily Gulf -- With its large bay area, beaches and salt marshes, Massachusetts is a primary nesting ground for many endangered coastal water birds, particularly the piping plover. However, the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico puts these birds at great risk. By Jack Zietman of North Shore Sunday.

BP BOYCOTTS: BP gas station owner discourages boycotts -- It is impossible for some people to separate the name British Petroleum from the oil leak disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. But when a man began protesting in front of a British Petroleum service station in Massachusetts last week, the station's owner launched his own campaign. By Mary Ford of the Hingham Journal.

KOREAN WAR: Korean War veterans have vivid memories of their service -- Some 6.8 million Americans served on active duty during what has become known as the "Forgotten War." However, many veterans of the Korean War remember it well. By Catherine Groux of The Patriot Ledger.

THIS WEEK IN WEIRD: Ohio man arrested on warrants after he flips off police, would-be thief tackled in grocery store checkout aisle and more in this week's edition.
*Localization tip: If your paper has a weird news item that’s not already in this file, feel free to add it. And please don't forget to send any weird items to the news service.*


Lifestyles

ASK DOG LADY: Teach puppy it's not OK to jump -- Dog Lady offers behavioral advice to the owner of a dog that jumps, and helps a new stepmom.

NATTY AND NICE: Fashionable finds to protect you from the summer sun -- Summer is here and it's time for fun in the sun. These products will help you play safely. By Kristine Lundblad of the MetroWest Daily News.

GREEN THUMBS UP: Plant annual flowers for summerlong color -- Homeowners continue to manicure their lawns and gardens for their backyard summer events, and for those who love flowers, we are always on the lookout for just a few more colorful accents to highlight our living spaces or add a touch of color to an all green shrub border. By Suzanne Mahler.

KITCHEN CALL: Capers, American-style -- Capers are the green flower bud of a shrub that grows wild around the Mediterranean. In spite of their foreign heritage, they lend themselves well to all-American steak and potatoes. To me, potatoes and capers meet in a literary way. By Linda Bassett of North Shore Sunday.

ANNE PALUMBO: Anybody else get goofy before traveling? -- Why do I give a hoot about my sock drawer before I travel? I have no idea. I’m curious if any of you do strange things before you travel. I ask because I do, and I’m tired of wondering if there is something seriously wrong with me, above and beyond my everyday peccadilloes. So please share.

WOOD ON WORDS: Words sound as good as they smell -- People attending a dance who just stand or sit around watching are sometimes called “wallflowers.” This informal term, usually applied to girls, is apparently adapted from actual plants of the mustard family that often grow on walls or cliffs.

LOOKING UP: Summer nights - short but glorious - The arrival of summer seems to bring the most star watching. Campers and other vacationers, as well as those living in the countryside, are most likely to spend time outdoors to see the stars.  After all, it is the warmest time of year, and we can enjoy the heavens above without freezing. By Peter Becker.

KENT BUSH: Confounding canine hard to live with - Dogs are supposed to be man's best friend. Mine is the bane of my existence. I find myself wanting to watch "101 Dalmatians" just so that I can get some new ideas on how to deal with this confounding canine.

PICNICS: Pack baskets with TLC when munching outdoors - Summer is the time to start thinking of how to pack a delicious — and smart — picnic.
*Localize by adding local picnicking spots, maybe adding quote from local expert.*


Entertainment

REEL DEAL: Never too old to play with 'Toy Story' pals -- In the first “Toy Story,” 15 years ago (which feels more like 15 minutes ago), Andy was an imaginative little guy with a toy box team. The boy and his toys have had a lot of adventures – together, and when no one’s looking, all on their own. But playtime’s mostly over now that Andy’s all grown up and going to college. By Robert McCune of the Independent.

BRET MICHAELS: Brush with death motivates Bret Michaels -- Bret Michaels says a key reason he won TV’s “Celebrity Apprentice” in May is that he doesn’t underestimate anyone – including himself. On the night of April 21, Michaels, who just a couple of weeks earlier had undergone an emergency appendectomy, was hospitalized with a brain hemorrhage. The initial assessment from doctors was less than encouraging. By Alan Sculley of The Patriot Ledger.

DEADHEADS: Phil Lesh is taking the music Furthur -- Furthur, the latest project from former Grateful Dead members Bob Weir and Phil Lesh, has just kicked off its summer tour. By Kevin Fuller of the Messenger Post.

ALBUM REVIEW: 'Hiromi in Love,' Hiromi Kanda -- It’s pretty hard to screw up an album if you have a modicum of talent and you’re working with some of the most recognizable pop standards ever composed. But Japanese-born singer Hiromi Kanda doesn’t just do them justice; she really makes them brand new for listeners in her latest CD “Hiromi in Love.” By David Rogers of GateHouse New England.

FARR SIDE: Bring closure in case against Jackson doctor - Friday marks the first anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death — a day I can truly say the music died. By David T. Farr.

MOVIE REVIEW: Irish eyes smile on magical ‘Ondine’ - Yes, the man behind “The Crying Game” and “Michael Collins” has gone all soft and fluffy on us. It’s somewhat disheartening, but at least he’s not using a terminally ill 10-year-old girl in a wheelchair to toy with our emotions. By Al Alexander.

MOVIE REVIEW: Edgy comedy ‘Cyrus’ makes most of its quirksome threesome - I’ve never been a fan of film’s mumblecore movement or its chief purveyors, Mark and Jay Duplass. The whole idea of twenty-somethings prattling on about their mundane lives in improvised scenes shot with handheld digital cameras makes me cringe. With this in mind, it was with great trepidation that I walked into the Duplasses’ “Cyrus,” the story of a slightly crazed 21-year-old new-age musician who has grown much too close to his mother. By Al Alexander.

DUPLASS BROTHERS: New territory for filmmakers Jay and Mark Duplass - Ever since the Coen brothers burst on the scene in the mid-1980s with “Blood Simple,” sibling filmmakers have become somewhat of a rage. You have the Wachowskis, the Hugheses and the Farrellys, just to name a few. But the bros sharing the closest DNA with the imaginative, freewheeling Coens are Jay and Mark Duplass, brothers who are considered the fathers of a growing film movement called mumblecore. By Al Alexander.


Opinions  

EDITORIAL: Don’t forget those who fought in the ‘Forgotten War’ - Sixty years ago today, the armies of North Korea crossed into the South and started the Korean War. Although technically defined by our nation as a “police action,” the conflict was just as deadly and just as brutal as a formally declared war. But does anyone remember it? By The Hillsdale (Mich.) Daily News.

EDITORIAL: Korean War has much significance -- Sixty years ago today, the Korean War began. Often referred to as the “forgotten war,” there are 36,574 reasons why it shouldn’t be. That is the number of American servicemen who died in the conflict that lasted until July 27, 1953 — although officially North Korea remains “at war” with the United States, having never agreed to its ending. From the Norwich (Conn.) Bulletin.

LLOYD GARVER: The diary of Judge Feldman -- Dear Diary: Well, it's been a pretty heady time for me. A few days ago, I blocked that presidential six-month moratorium on deep-water drilling. That's right, I overruled the president of the United States. How cool is that? I got your "separation of powers" right here, Obama.

CHARITA GOSHAY: Random thoughts, from 'Big Butter Jesus' to LeBron -- The ginormous Jesus statue that burned down near Cincinnati was such a homely piece of work, I’m thinking the lightning strike that destroyed it may not have been a coincidence.

ELIZABETH DAVIES: We have to defend, protect our children -- We work so hard to keep our children safe that it becomes unfathomable to consider torturing them. The numbers tell us otherwise: Child abuse happens, and it happens with disgusting frequency.


Sports

WORLD CUP: U.S. success at World Cup draws in new fans -- Despite having Colombian ancestors, Camilo Arredondo never closely followed professional soccer. That is until Wednesday, when Landon Donovan scored a decisive goal in stoppage time to send the United States into the next round of the World Cup. By Brian Benson of The Patriot Ledger.
*To localize: How is the popularity of World Cup soccer showing itself in your community? Are youth soccer coaches seeing more interest in their programs? Are bars and restaurants seeing an increase in business? If there are World Cup-themed events in your community, list them in a breakout box.*