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HEALTH WATCH: Keeping active in the cold -- Weekly health watch with items on staying active and healthy in the winter, statistics on deaths and injuries involving teen drivers, new research on lumbar disc disease and more. By GHNS
JANA MILBOCKER: Hellebores are stars of the winter garden -- While evergreen trees and shrubs provide structure in the garden, it’s wonderful to see the emergence of a perennial flower bud from the ground shortly after Christmas –– the hellebore! Holliston TAB (Mass.)
* Localization tip: Ask a local nursery about how the hellebore survives in your region, how to care for it and where to buy it.
JEFF VRABEL: A confession app for the penitent Catholic who’s also rocking ‘Angry Birds’ - An iPhone app "prepares" you for confession, in the same way that online poker "prepares" you for Vegas. So let's just get these right out of the way: 1. "Yes, Father, I can hear you just fine, please stop asking me that." 2. I'm on AT&T, so I have a better chance of getting a signal in hell than I do on my back porch, and 3. Whoever had "touch-screen confession before women can become priests" in the pool totally won this week. By Jeff Vrabel, GHNS columnist.
SHOESTRING LIVING: Tips for making tax time a breeze - Yesterday, I finally tackled folders of paperwork and fished through computer files to find what I needed. In the process, I realized, quite by accident, I had created a system throughout the year that allowed my efforts to go off without a hitch. In just over an hour, I had everything I needed packed into an organizer and ready to land on my accountant’s desk. Consider the following in order to simply for tax seasons to come. By Molly Logan Anderson, GHNS columnist.
OSCARS PREVIEW: Breaking down the best picture nominees - Sure, the 83rd Academy Awards is a chance to see celebrities in formal wear, hear lame scripted banter between actors who don’t know each other very well and wonder how this year’s hosts will stand up to the gold standards of Billy Crystal or Bob Hope. But for film buffs, this is the night where high achievement in one of humankind’s most popular art forms is honored. By Brien Murphy, Springfield, Ill.
* Localization tip: Put together a poll (or polls) asking readers who they think will win in certain categories. Also, you could hold a “guess the winners” contest.
GET REEL: There's no business like snow business - Baby, it's cold outside, as well as in these films where snow plays a supporting role. Monthly movie column by Bob Tremblay, MetroWest, Mass.
RICHARD PRYOR JR: Actor, singer, gentleman -- He is Richard Pryor’s son, but he is his own person with talents to stand on his own accord. He is Richard Pryor Jr. Still, Richard remains the everyday man who says “Good morning” as he passes by on the street, pauses for that photo or autograph and patiently waits in line to be seated at his favorite restaurant. DA Kentner/ The Journal-Standard (Ill.)
GRANLUND CARTOON: Bin Laden and the success of peaceful revolts. By Dave Granlund, GHNS cartoonist.
EDITORIAL: Obama's Egypt test -- Obama would have shared the blame if Egypt's crisis was extended and bloody and hurt U.S. interests in the region, so he deserves credit for whatever he did to achieve more positive results. Let's hope the lessons the administration learned will better equip it for the next crisis. More tests are bound to come. The MetroWest Daily News (Mass.)
* Poll idea: How do you think the Obama administration handled the situation in Egypt?
CHARITA GOSHAY: Despite the worst in us, love prevails - No king can crush it, no despot can destroy it, no amount of hatred can diminish it. Love wins because it is divine. By Charita Goshay, Canton, Ohio.
RICK HOLMES: The freedom to be uninsured -- Back then, Republicans liked the mandate because it enforced individual responsibility, a conservative value. It was aimed at "free riders," like the twenty-somethings who are so certain they are invincible they don't buy insurance or wear motorcycle helmets. When they hit a tree and end up paralyzed, it's the taxpayers who pick up the tab, which is not a conservative value. The MetroWest Daily News (Mass.)
KEVIN FRISCH: Chris Lee scandal and Tom Reed -- At about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, a website called Gawker posted a story detailing a back-and-forth on Craigslist between Lee and a woman who posted in the “women seeking men” section. Lee identified himself as “Chris Lee,” a Washington lobbyist — the lamest secret identity since Superman fooled Metropolis with a pair of dark-rimmed glasses. Messenger Post (N.Y.)
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AUTO BITS: Used-car shopping? Use the right tools - Weekly auto rail, with used-car-buying tips, Car Q&A with Junior Damato and more. By GHNS.
* Localization tip: You can do a Q&A with a local mechanic, or have a mechanic (or mechanics) provide you with a tip of the week.
GREG ZYLA: Celebrities and automobile endorsements - One thing was new this year concerning the Super Bowl commercials - lots of car ads. From Eminem's spectacular three-minute long Motor City Chrysler ad to the continuing and impressive voiceover of actor Jeff Bridges for Hyundai, celebrity car ads were back in full force. By Greg Zyla, GHNS columnist.