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For 10/22/09 editions
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MORNING MINUTES: We've expanded what we're offering in Morning Minutes to provide your paper with more options and to give your readers a couple more interesting tidbits. It now includes Word of the Day, Web Site of the Day, Number to Know, This Day in History, Today’s Featured Birthday and Daily Quote.
RELIGION NEWS: Cartoonist R. Crumb tackles the Bible -- Weekly religion rail, with items on a comic-book Book of Genesis, a survey about how younger generations view the Bible, getting to know evangelist F.F. Bosworth, and more.
FAMILY TIME: Weekly family rail, with our top 10 Halloween movies for teens (they’re creepy, but not too scary or gory), how your family can eat healthy while on the go and more.
LOST IN SUBURBIA: The problem with pigging out on Halloween candy, of course, is that it starts a chocolate cycle that can last right through Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s. Before you know it, you’re up 10 pounds and looking through a rack of muumuus for the beach yet again. So after 10-plus years of experience, I have developed a list of things to do (and not do) to avoid the Big Fat Halloween Weight Gain.
MAKEOVER FOR THE SPIRIT: Beauty stylist helps cancer patients -- Cancer can rob a woman of her energy, appetite and strength. But it doesn’t have to take away her self-confidence. “Look Good ... Feel Better” is a free program that teaches beauty techniques to women cancer patients in active treatment to help them combat the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment. It’s like a makeover for the spirit.
GREENSPACE: Don’t grab the first ice melter -- Winter¹s icy roads, drives and walks, require melting. If you use common sodium chloride, you risk p’ant harm in your yard and beyond. All that salty water finds its way into the storm sewer. This pollutes streams and lagoons in our parks, then it flows into the water table.
SHOESTRING LIVING: Trick and treat – save some green this Halloween - Halloween is right around the corner, but it’s not too late to find frugal ways to bump your holiday decor to the next level. I find it too easy to overspend this time of year, leaving me regretful about my account balance and the empty candy bowl. Don’t let the need for quick and easy solutions undermine your frugal plans; great Halloween ideas are on the way. By Molly Logan Anderson.
MY MERCEDES: Sudbury man wins award for restoring 1937 Mercedes - Over three years, Jim Cosgrove with the help of two employees has spent more than 10,000 man hours meticulously restoring a 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet A so it looks and, just as important, runs like it did when it rolled out the German factory eight decades ago. By Jeff Adair.
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CHEF FEHMI: Cooking with apples - When the produce section of your grocery store starts to smell like an orchard, and the variety of apples suddenly multiplies to take over most of that section, you know that autumn is in full swing.
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5 THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND: This week’s suggestions: Keep your eyes on the sky and watch for the Orionids; check out “Astro Boy,” “Saw VI” and other new movies; check out this week’s new books; celebrate Make A Difference Day; and celebrate Picasso.
- Localize it: Add local observatory, bookstore, library, movie theater information; add information about charities or groups taking part in Make A Difference Day; add local art museum (or regular museum) information.
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SNEAK PREVIEW: 'Amelia,' 'Saw VI' and other new movies -- Two for Halloween on the big screen: "Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant" and "Saw VI."
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Yes Men’ pulls the wool over big business – “The Yes Men Fix the World” is a follow-up to the 2003 film “The Yes Men,” which traced the exploits of the politically aware, slightly deranged, hoax-minded jokesters Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno. They’re brilliant pranksters adept at pulling wool over gullible eyes.
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Motherhood’ offers a mother lode of stereotypes, trite characters – There’s no mommy moment left untouched in "Motherhood," as the film takes on everything from playground politics to birthday parties to orgasms, and everything in between. From the do-it-all mom (Uma Thurman) to the absent-minded dad (Anthony Edwards) to the perfectly put-together mommy nemesis, even the characters are trite.
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Astro Boy’ breaks up upon re-entry -- Astro Boy got his start back in 1951 under the tutelage of Japanese comic book pioneer Tezuka Osamu, and is largely a derivative Saturday morning cartoon character. The film version plagiarizes bits and pieces from literary and animated classics and reassembles them like a wonky jigsaw puzzle in which none of the pieces fit.
FLICKS MOVIE COLUMN: Vampires have endured worse things than ‘Twilight’ - Good news kids, there’s another vampire movie out this week. Just in case you needed that bridge to get you through until “Twilight” oozes its way into theaters. By John Meo.
MOTHERHOOD MOVIE: Uma Thurman takes a reel look at 'Motherhood' – Uma Thurman was in Boston last month to pick up an excellence award from the Boston Film Festival. She talked about her latest film, “Motherhood,” a tale of a mommy trying to do it all.
DARK FILMS: Willem Dafoe, director Lars von Trier embrace dark side in 'Antichrist' -- "Antichrist," the newest bit of strangeness from Danish writer-director Lars von Trier, makes for some mighty uncomfortable viewing.
COMEDY IN THE INTERNET AGE: Engvall adjusts comedy to fit evolving Internet - SPRINGFIELD – “Blue Collar Comedy” star Bill Engvall is slowly embracing the Internet age. But don’t expect to read many zingers or one-liners on his Twitter account. Engvall, a top headliner whose debut comedy album sold 1 million copies, doesn’t lack for material. The problem is that his folksy, conversational brand of humor does not lend itself to Twitter’s 140-character limits. By Phil Davidson of the State Journal-Register.
BRIAN MACKEY: Hip-hop culture — dead or alive? - In the pantheon of things that have been presumptuously pronounced dead — satire, irony, Paul McCartney, God — the art form of hip-hop has to be near the top of the list.
KEVIN HAAS: Meet the new king of pop - Since Michael Jackson died the world has wondered who would emerge as the next king of pop. Finally, Klenginem is here. I don’t think I’m going too far in saying that as far as Klingon-language Eminem tribute acts go, he’s one of the five best I’ve heard, at least this week.
THE FARR SIDE: Singing praises for 'Glee' -- Are you becoming a Gleek like me? You could be, if you’re planning your Wednesday nights around Fox’s new show “Glee.”
ALBUM REVIEW: 'Another Heist,' by Camp Lo -- Camp Lo might not be able to match the crossover success of their first smash single from back in the day ("Luchini a.k.a. This is It"), but they've been purveyors of high-quality hip-hop all along the way, and "Another Heist" is the next excellent example.
O’MAHONEY CARTOON: On new limits on executive pay.
GRANLUND CARTOON: Distributing H1N1 vaccine at a snail’s pace.
GRANLUND CARTOON: Waiting for trick-or-treaters.
LICCAR CARTOON: Spending hoax
LLOYD GARVER: Lloyd Garver: Good neighbor policy - Recently, neighbors saw a Halloween decoration of an imitation man on a porch in Marina del Rey, Calif. They walked past this decoration for five days before it was discovered that it wasn't a Halloween decoration but was actually their neighbor who had died on his porch. I might not be the most observant person in the world, but I think after at least a couple of days of walking by, I'd be able to tell the difference between a Halloween display and my neighbor.
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KELLY EPPERSON: We all can rewrite our legacy -- Oct. 21 marks the birth of Alfred Nobel. He was born in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1833. His claim to fame was as inventor of dynamite. He also had a manufacturing company that made weapons and he made lots and lots of money. However, he is also the guy who gives us the Nobel Peace Prize (and prizes for literature, physics, chemistry and medicine).
DEIRDRE REILLY: Halloween for grownups - Halloween is a great time of year; a time to eat a bunch of candy, play with friends and indulge in an alter ego – and I’m talking about adults here, not their kids. My husband and I are dressing up this year for Halloween, after many years of either standing at the door greeting ghosts and goblins or walking around the neighborhood with our kids – and I have finally chosen a costume.
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MICHELLE TEHEUX: When it comes to drugs, use your brain - Perhaps a little bit of common sense is finally beginning to seep into our national drug policy. Some states allow medical marijuana, but those who followed their state laws strictly could still be busted thanks to the conflicting federal drug laws. But President Barack Obama has loosened guidelines, essentially telling medical marijuana suppliers that the feds will look the other way as long as the pot people follow their own state laws. This is a baby step in the right direction.
EDITORIAL: Monk plea deal shows the real Blagojevich - It's another big week for Rod Blagojevich and his ongoing efforts to forge a second career as a talk show celebrity and reality TV star. How we wish that the enablers of Blagojevich’s delusions of stardom would read the plea agreement entered Tuesday in federal court by his longtime friend and former chief of staff Lon Monk. An editorial from the State Journal-Register.
EDITORIAL: Is this the era of deficits be damned? Home ownership is a positive for any community, says Congressman Phil Hare, the Democrat from Rock Island. If this has been a reluctant recovery, one reason is the relative sluggishness of the U.S. real estate market. Sometimes people need a little nudge to get over the anxiety of purchasing that first home. Home construction creates jobs for an economy in desperate need of them. Agreed, agreed, agreed and agreed. Nonetheless, we'd feel more sympathetic toward Hare's co-sponsorship of an extension of the $8,000 first-time homebuyer tax credit for another year if Uncle Sam could absorb the cost without borrowing from the Chinese. An editorial from the Peoria Journal Star.
TERRORISM ARREST PACKAGE: Click the link below to go to stories related to the arrest Wednesday of a suspected terrorist in Boston. Stories are fairly local, but non-New England papers might find these useful as sidebars. And if your paper subscribes to AP, you can grab AP stories and AP-sourced stories from the Web sites of The MetroWest Daily News and The Patriot Ledger. Package will be updated as new stories come in.
Business / Ag
DAVE RAMSEY: Weekly financial Q&A, with advice on life insurance, credit cards and financial counseling.
BIZ BITS: Weekly business rail, with tips on how to thrive at work, a BBB warning on teeth whiteners sold online and more.
MAKING CENTS: Don’t ignore end-of-life money issues
When a loved one receives a dreaded or terminal medical diagnosis, perhaps the last things on your mind are financial issues. But for the loved one, these are often overwhelming and cause severe stress and frustration. Open a conversation to see if there are financial issues that have been neglected and need revision. By John P. Napolitano.
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FINE PRINT: A few improvements can go a long way in saving on heating costs
With plenty of areas seeing winter-like weather, now seems like as good a time as any to turn to NStar for advice to weather the upcoming heating season. The following list of tips was provided by the Boston-based utility company. By The Patriot Ledger.
CHECKOUT LANE: Tips for finding the perfect pumpkin for cooking and carving
Halloween enthusiasts might find it hard to pick the perfect pumpkin this year. The exceptionally rainy weather earlier this year caused local farmers to lose some of their pumpkin crop, and some pumpkins haven’t turned fully orange yet. By Sara Castellanos.
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CAT’S NEW CEO: Caterpillar picks Oberhelman as next CEO - PEORIA – Doug Oberhelman, elected last week to be Caterpillar Inc.’s future chairman, will be the second consecutive person in the job with a background in finance. Oberhelman, 57, was elected by Caterpillar’s board of directors to the positions of vice chairman and chief executive officer-elect and he will hold those positions for several months before succeeding Jim Owens as chairman and CEO. By Paul Gordon of the Peoria Journal Star.
PRO-FOOTBALL PAGES: PFW pages come in these versions: national, New York, Bears, Patriots, Rams and Chiefs.
NASCAR PAGE: Halfway to history: Jimmie Johnson.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL NATION: The Big Ten ready to return to elite status - Weekly college football column. Leads with item on the Big Ten becoming a conference to reckon with. By Eric Avidon.
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SCOPES: Scopes give hunters an edge in quest for the perfect shot - SPRINGFIELD – For every small convenience and helpful gadget there is a story — a story of innovation, genius and problem-solving. From Velcro to barbed fishhooks, someone had an idea for making things better and more convenient. Included in that are today's hunting rifle scopes, which had their start during the time of the Civil War. By Chris Young of the State Journal-Register.