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RELIGION NEWS: The role of Islam in Egypt -- Weekly religion news with items on Muslim-Egyptian sentiments on politics, “Reshaping It All: Motivation for Physical and Spiritual Fitness” by Candace Cameron Bure, a quote from Mahatma Gandhi and more. By GHNS
MARGARET SMITH: News from my friends in Egypt -- I talked to young men and women about their career aspirations and what role they sought to play in shaping Egypt’s future. A young woman studying broadcasting said she felt it was important for veiled women to have a prominent role on television. When I asked her why, she said, viewers should know that Muslim women are about more than just their veils. Wicked Local (Mass.)
*Callout idea: Do you have ties to Egypt? Let us know what friends and family are saying, or share their e-mails or tweets.
KENT BUSH: Travel in Ethiopia -- For proof that traffic in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, is unique, we were headed back into town on a major highway after a trip outside the city. Another truck hauling barley pulled alongside us at about 50 mph. They got close, rolled down the window and handed us a zipper bag full of roasted barley to display their wares. Augusta Gazette (Kan.)
KIDS' V-DAY RECIPES: Fun and simple Valentine's Day recipes for the family -- Hold the two pieces together by pushing half the noodle through it. Then mold the triangle pieces on the end of the noodle to form an arrowhead. Now you have an edible Cupid’s heart hot dog. By Jennifer Mastroianni / Canton (Ohio) Repository
50 DISHES BY 50: Focaccia bread recipe -- A slice of focaccia. Pronounced foh-KAH-chee-ah, this Italian bread is shaped into a large square or rectangle that is liberally drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with salt. I also like mine topped with fresh rosemary, though other herbs would also be tasty, such as oregano or thyme. Jennifer Mastroianni / Canton (Ohio) Repository
*Callout idea: What kind of bread do you like to eat or bake in the winter?
CHICKEN WINGS: History and recipe for Buffalo Chicken Wings -- On Oct. 30, 1964, Frank and Teressa Bellisimo were close to closing time at the Anchor when their son, Dominic, showed up with several of his college friends. They were almost out of food, so she served celery sticks and bleu-cheese dressing to tie them over and deep-fried wings. Jim Hillibish / Canton (Ohio) Repository
*Localization tip: Find a restaurant or chef that serves chicken wings, include quotes and/or personal recipe.
WINTER HOME TIPS: 12 ways to keep the cold outside your home - Let's be honest, cold weather is great for skiing and pond hockey, but at home it's really just a nuisance. Here are a dozen methods that you may not have thought of (perhaps due to the mental confusion of hypothermia) to do that. By Philip Schmidt, GHNS contributor.
DIANA BOGGIA: Taking public action against school bullies - Technology has become a deadly weapon for bullies as they send video recordings or picture messaging to other cell phones and over the Internet. The ramifications of cyberbullying are so far-reaching that some victims feel they can’t ever recover from the humiliation or the hurt, so they take their own lives. By Diana Boggia, Canton, Ohio.
STAY TUNED: Divorce, the reality television way - “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” which recently finished its third season, is one reality series that has mastered the art of revealing how messy life can be behind the scenes. In this case, it's a look at the lives of privileged women who, despite the smiley picture in the show's opener, are rarely Georgia peaches. By Melissa Crawley, GHNS columnist.
FARR SIDE: Dazzling entertainment at Super Bowl - Sometimes during the madness and excitement of the Super Bowl, somebody fumbles the ball and the game is turned upside down. In Super Bowl XLV, it wasn’t a Packers or Steelers player who fumbled — it was Christina Aguilera. By David T. Farr, Sturgis, Mich.
SNEAK PREVIEW: 'Just Go With It,' 'Justin Bieber' and other movies opening this week - A look at this week’s new movies, by Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger.
GRANLUND CARTOON: Abominable snow costs. By Dave Granlund, GHNS cartoonist.
O'MAHONEY CARTOON: Snow and gas prices. By O’Mahoney, Patriot Ledger.
CONROY CARTOON: The U.S. hasn't outsourced snow yet. By Bob Conroy, GHNS cartoonist.
EDITORIAL: Southern Sudan voted 'yes' for independence -- Africa's newest country is so new it doesn't have a currency, a national anthem or even, really, a name. Some call it Southern Sudan, others South Sudan. Maybe its people will give it a new name before full independence in July. MetroWest Daily News (Mass.)
CHARITA GOSHAY: Lincoln’s life offers lessons we’ve yet to learn - This week marks the 202nd birthday of Abraham Lincoln, not just one of our greatest American presidents but also one of the most brilliant people ever to grace public life. By Charita Goshay, Canton, Ohio.
BIZ BITS: Turn your hobby into a small business - Weekly business rail, with tips on starting a small business, BBB warning about ticket rip-offs and more. By GHNS.
* Localization tip: Have a local tax expert do a weekly Q&A or provide a weekly tip.
National budget 2.10.11
GateHouse News Service National Budget