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Notes

WAKE UP CALL!: People are talking about Ellen, 'American Idol'

BEST OF THE WEEK: Best practices for First in Print, Web updates, ASFs


Niche

AUGUST RADARFROG PAGE, COUPON BOOK: Save on energy-efficient windows and by mending your clothes

AUGUST MOMENT IN HISTORY PAGE: Remembering Elvis, Marilyn
- NOTE: This is the last page in the monthly series

FALL BOOMERS MAGAZINE: Volunteering in retirement, travel ideas for Oktoberfest and ways to stay beautifully gray

BACK TO SCHOOL TAB: Tips on cyberbullying, when homework help is too much and how to tell whether your child has a learning disability
- More back to school content
- Back to school photos reader callout
- High school football reader photos callout


News

THIS WEEK IN WEIRD: A snake on a highway, an argument between brothers turn bad, a man steals from a dead woman and more in this week's edition.
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OIL SPILL 100 DAYS: For your weekend editions


Lifestyles

GOING CAMPING: 5 new 'must-have' camping products -- Camping is a summer adventure that never goes out of style. And now, camping gear and accessories are more ingenious, lightweight and camper-friendly. By Molly Giles of the Messenger Post.

KITCHEN CALL: Cool soup in the summertime -- Need something cool for dinner that takes little or no time over a hot stove? How about a cool soup that takes advantage of fresh vegetables so perfectly, abundantly and inexpensively at peak just now? By Linda Bassett.

KITCHEN UPGRADES: Quick, easy tips to update a kitchen -- Moen Inc. has a few suggestions for improving the look of a kitchen without breaking the bank. By Kathleen Ostrander of The State Journal-Register.

JOYCE PELLINO CRANE: Hoping for a miracle -- I repotted the spider plant about 10 days ago and it was immediately obvious that I couldn’t save it. Still, I’ve remained hopeful, putting it in a shaded corner of the deck and continuing to water it. I know I should give up the fight, but I’m not ready.

SUZETTE MARTINEZ STANDRING: Our need for God increases with age -- Often the need to bond with God grows stronger with age. I am no exception. Hard-won maturity reveals to me that joy and calamity alike are often in higher hands.

ASK DOG LADY: Divorcee finds comfort in her dog -- Dog Lady praises a caring owner, and a reader writes in about her own jumping dog. By Monica Collins.

LOOKING UP: Explore the summer Milky Way Band - As the moon fades to last quarter on Aug. 3, dark evening skies prevail giving us a deep window into the starry heavens. This time of year, the Milky Way Band is most prominent for evening watchers. If you have a good deal of light pollution in your sky, alas, the Milky Way will be difficult to distinguish. A sweep with binoculars or a small telescope, however, will reveal an abundant increase in stars as your scan takes you over this far away band of light. By Peter Becker.

LLOYD GARVER: Rich people love Goofy - According to several newspaper accounts, extremely rich people are spending their money on something that surprises me: theme parks. It just goes to show how out of touch I am with the ultra rich. I thought that those who have an extraordinary amount of money might treat themselves to things like putting an extra stamp on an envelope "just in case," showering for as long as they want or splurging at the car wash and getting that carnuba wax.

ELIZABETH DAVIES: Mom duties in the driver’s seat - When you live 10 miles to the nearest town, plenty of your parenting is done in the car. On any given day, you might catch me tooling down the highway doing a rundown of the ABCs, singing the “Itsy Bitsy Spider” or — during summer construction season — offering my vast knowledge of the inner workings of skidsteers and forklifts.

WOOD ON WORDS: 'Plug,’ ‘slug, ‘lug’ and ‘mug’ - How many times has this happened to you? You’re engrossed in something on TV, and suddenly it’s interrupted by a plug with some lug taking a slug from a mug? Welcome back to the world of “ug.” By Barry Wood.


Entertainment

MOVIE MAN: Film noir set collects eight crime classics - If any genre has benefited from the rise of DVD and Blu-ray, it’s film noir. As evidence, I offer Warner Bros.’ latest “Film Noir Classic Collection,” the fifth one from the studio. By Will Pfeifer.

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Charlie St. Cloud’ is on sentimental overdrive - Zac Efron sees and talks to dead people in “Charlie St. Cloud,” but don’t go in expecting any late-in-the-game Shyamalan-like twists to legitimize its grief-laden machinations. By Dana Barbuto.

MOVIE REVIEW: 'Schmucks' says it all - Another week, another disingenuous trifle from Hollywood celebrating the power of independent thinking. It’s called “Dinner for Schmucks,” but a more apt title would be “A Movie for Schmucks,” given how the film industry, in its infinite condescension, views its gullible customers. By Al Alexander.


MOVIE REVIEW: 'Countdown to Zero' recounts nuclear arms race -- Did you know nuclear weapons are a legitimate threat to our well-being? Shocking, isn’t it? Or, at least it is to Lucy Walker, who breathlessly spells out the obvious in her remedial but well-meaning documentary, “Countdown to Zero.” By Al Alexander of The Patriot Ledger.

MOVIE REVIEW: Even fleas will avoid 'Cats & Dogs' -- Wanna hear my new “pet” peeve? Well, I’m going to tell you anyway. It’s “Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore.” Not only does the utterly unnecessary sequel to 2001’s espionage parody “Cats & Dogs” redefine the term “heavy petting,” it presumes to treat the viewer’s mind as its personal litter box, depositing loads of animal waste. By Al Alexander of The Patriot Ledger.

HELLO DAVE: Hello Dave showcases twang -- Hello Dave has gone from playing dorm rooms to overseas tours. When it formed about 15 years ago, the band's early shows included frat parties with less-than-attentive audiences. Now, they enjoy attentive and enthusiastic audiences -- including the troops they've played for all over the world. By Danielle Hatch of the Journal Star.

JAM BAND: Umphrey's McGee mixed up and loving it -- It is a hilarious understatement to suggest that the wily lads in Umphrey’s McGee like to mix things up. The Chicago jamband, which has one of the scene’s most cultishly devoted fan followings, has a reputation for shows that twist wildly and turn on a dime. By Chad Berndston of The Patriot Ledger.


Opinions  

EDITORIAL: Get ready to pay more for a bronzed body -- We sympathize with any business struggling in this economy, but we cannot find much to complain about in a tax assessed on tanning companies. From the Rockford Register Star.

EDITORIAL: The Pentagon Papers of the war in Afghanistan? - Not since the Pentagon Papers in 1971 has a leaked military document made such a splash. We're talking, of course, about the recent, unauthorized release of 92,000 classified military documents regarding America's prosecution of the war in Afghanistan. By The Peoria, Ill., Journal Star.

PHILIP MADDOCKS: Rich contemplating whether to turn the nation over to some other class - Showing signs of fatigue and frustration amid the upheaval on Wall Street and on Capitol Hill, the rich stated publicly for the first time this week that they were considering stepping down and turning the nation over to some other class.


Business

ERIC P. BLOOM: The management dress code - Dressing appropriately at work will not necessarily help you, but not following your company’s unwritten dress code norms can hurt your upward mobility. Certainly there are general business rules that define what is and is not acceptable to wear in the workplace. Every company is different, so be careful when adapting this advice to your specific work environment.

CRANBERRY WARS: Rival companies' fight shifts to the Web -- The food fight between Ocean Spray Cranberries and Decas Cranberry Products has shifted from the courthouse to the Web now that Decas has launched an online site aimed at criticizing one of Ocean Spray’s products. By Jon Chesto of The Patriot Ledger.