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For 5/29/09 editions
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An amazing video on a ‘magic puck’

MORNING MINUTES: This includes a little “today in history,” as well as Word of the Day, Web Site of the Day and Number to Know.
LOOKING UP: Weekly astronomy column: Good doctor makes his starry rounds.
LAINIE STEELMAN: Six ways to use beer
GREENSPACE: Shady garden? Don't despair
SUZETTE MARTINEZ STANDRING: Christian mysticism through yoga
SHOOTING VICTIM PURSUES STEM-CELL TRANSPLANT: ROCKFORD – In many respects, Jenna Stahl's aspirations are no different from those of any other young woman. But Jenna is paralyzed from the chest down after being shot by an unknown gunman on Labor Day. Yet after nine months of three days a week of rehab and sheer determination, Jenna has made remarkable strides. In search of greater independence, Jenna will travel to Germany on June 11 to undergo an autologous stem-cell transplant. By Chris Green of the Rockford Register Star.
BERRY GOOD STUFF: Studies show aronia berries may be full of health benefits - If Teresa Santiago were standing on a basketball court rather than in an organic field in central Illinois, her moves would go down in history as a triple-double. Santiago is the largest aronia grower in the region. But the real excitement comes from research into the health benefits of aronia. By some measures, aronia has the highest cancer-fighting antioxidant levels of any berry. By Clare Howard of the Peoria Journal Star.

SUMMERIZE YOUR HOME: Summerize your home with tips from the experts SPRINGFIELD – Warm air belongs outside; cool air belongs inside. Keep that little lesson in mind as you prepare your home for the coming summer months. Your family, pets and bank account will thank you. As homeowners anticipate the thermometer’s ascent into summer temperatures over the next month, it’s time to begin assessing and reversing the damage winter may have caused to your home so it’s ready to keep occupants and visitors safe and cool this season. By Kelsea Gurski of the State Journal-Register.
5 THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND: From the film “Up” to No Tobacco Day, here are some things to do (and not do) this weekend.
UP: Director Pete Docter knows the prescription for good movies, and it's on full display in Pixar's new film, "Up." By Ed Symkus.
SUDOKU: Puzzles for June (numbers 337-371) are posted:
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SUMMER MOVIE PREVIEW: Hollywood’s blockbuster season kicks off with big-budget action. History has shown us that when the economy is down, movie receipts are up – way up. And Hollywood is fully prepared to take advantage with a summer line-up that offers a little something for everyone. LEDGER/ Alexander
MEDIA BIAS FILM: Media bias film analyzes coverage of 2008 presidential election
MOVIE REVIEW: “Up” rises to the occasion. Tremblay, MetroWest
THE FARR SIDE: Idol contestants hold their own with the stars.
SNEAK PREVIEW: 'Up,' 'Drag Me to Hell' and other new movies
MOVIE REVIEW – ‘UP’: Pixar's ŒUp¹ reaches new heights. Alexander, Ledger
MOVIE REVIEW – ‘DRAG ME TO HELL’: ‘Drag Me To Hell’ delivers scary fun Alexander, Ledger
MOVIE REVIEW – ‘JOE’: Peter Boyle shines in 'Joe,' a grim ¹70 flick. Alexander, Ledger
WOOD ON WORDS: Starting down a sinful path with a look at pride
PHILIP MADDOCKS: Donald Trump rules that Colin Powell can remain in the Republican Party.
KEVIN FRISCH: The strange power of e-mail campaigns
KENT BUSH: Netherlands closing prisons for Œlack of criminals¹
LLOYD GARVER: You just need one great idea
MICHAEL TORTORICH: Liberty is worth the fight
KEVIN McCLINTOCK: Advice for budding fiction writers
EDITORIAL: Help veterans get services they've earned
THIS WEEK IN WEIRD: Weird stories from GateHouse papers this week.
POLLUTION AND FLAG BURNING: Pollution prompts town to end ritual burning of tattered flags - "We're veterans, not environmental terrorists," said Peter Harvell, Framingham's veteran services director. During last year's Flag Day ceremony, bags of old flags were burned outdoors in Cushing Park and the result was a scene less than honorable. MetroWest, with photo
TURTLE HEAVEN: Environmentalists alter habitats to make them more terrapin-friendly - The sun shines warmly on a south-facing slope and a refreshing zephyr rustles the marsh grass of Henson’s Cove and cools those standing on an expanse of recently cleared acreage. Bob Prescott is almost hopping from foot to foot in excitement as he animatedly talks up all the reasons why the spot would make an ideal place to raise a family. Cape Codder, with photos
WHALES GALORE - More than 50 humpback whales and more than 1,000 Atlantic white-sided dolphins were quite a sight in the waters of cape Cod Bay recently during a not-your-average whale watch on Capt. John Boats. The sight even amazed experienced naturalist Carol “Krill” Carson and Capt. Bob Avila as they led a boat full of Weymouth High School students into Cape Cod Bay to see some of nature’s largest creatures. Sandwich Broadsider, with video and photos
LINDBERGH FLIGHT COMMEMORATED: 82 years later, Mass. leg of Lindbergh’s flight to be commemorated - A squadron of about a dozen private planes is expected Saturday to retrace the route Charles Lindbergh flew over southeastern Massachusetts on May 20, 1927, on his historic flight across the Atlantic. Ledger, with photos
CAPTURING LINCOLN ON FILM: Photographer captured Lincoln for posterity - SPRINGFIELD – On June 3, 1860 in Springfield, Chicago photographer Alexander Hesler took four photographs to be used during Abraham Lincoln’s White House run. They remain as some of the most enduring images of the president. By Pete Sherman of the State Journal-Register.
MOSQUITO SEASON COMING SOON: Buzzing, biting, pesky skeeters - Mosquito experts say the intensity of this season, running until about mid-September, looks to be in line with the past few years. But the wet spring, which facilitates larvae growth, could mean it is going to be a bit worse. Ledger, with photo
TORNADO SEASON: Are you prepared for tornado season? Here are some tips.
Business / Ag

FED GAMES: Federal Reserve Bank offers online games - “Another Action Hero,” the latest online game from the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, uses the film industry to teach international trade and globalization, including protectionism, trade benefits, currency markets, and the role of government in the global economy. Ledger, on wire now
DAVE RAMSEY: How to deal with family’s financial criticism.
BIZ BITS: Weekly business rail, with tips for small business owners, a look at where Americans are relocating and more.
MAKING CENTS: Only immortals don't need insurance or a will - We've all heard the horror stories of friends or family dying without taking care of some of the financial or legal details. Still, this area of personal finance causes the same procrastination tendencies as going to the dentist or starting a diet. Ledger

CHECKOUT LANE: Unfolding some myths about futons - When you hear the word “futon,” you may think of the shaky metal contraptions used by college students. But futons can be appropriate for places other than a dorm room. Ledger, Onufrak, with photo
NASCAR PAGE: Mid-season review: Best & Worst.
PETER SILAS PASQUA: Magic, Nuggets more than Kobe, LeBron
SUNDAY QUICK SHOTS: By Matt Trowbridge of the Rockford Register Star. Will be posted this evening for use Sunday.