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STORY IDEA: Drought's effect on food, fuel, fairs and more
UPCOMING WEBINAR: Social media, digital session for sports editors and reporters
INNER CIRCLE: More than 80 newsrooms certified at the end of Day 2
BACK TO SCHOOL: Tips on school safety, trends, teacher communication and more
NASCAR PAGE: A look at some of the month's top storylines
AUGUST RADARFROG PAGE: Back to school
MONTHLY ELECTION PAGE: How Obama, Romney will use the health-care decision in their campaigns
LITTLE LEAGUE PHOTOS CALLOUT: http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/reader_callouts/x2069928776/Reader-callout-Little-League-photos
SUMMER VACATION PHOTOS CALLOUT: http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/reader_callouts/x410263494/Reader-callout-Summer-vacation-photos
SUMMER OLYMPICS PREVIEW PAGES: Four broadsheet pages on new sports, Team USA athletes to watch, about the venues and more
GARDENER: New varieties of coral bells abound -- The heuchera species –– coral bells –– has been around a long time. "Palace Purple" is a well-loved shade plant in gardens everywhere. Its large, burgundy leaves make it a natural for eye-catching designs. But there's more to the family. Scripps Howard News Service
SLOW FLOWERS: A growing interest in 'slow flowers' -- First came slow food. Now, think slow flowers. Following the trend of locavores who seek food close to its source, interest is growing in seasonal, local, sustainable flowers. Scripps Howard News Service
FLOWER BOUQUETS: Making your flower bouquets last longer -- More than 80 percent of flowers purchased in the United States are imported. With good climate and cheap labor, Columbia and Ecuador rank among the top growers. Africa, India, Australia and Southeast Asia also are emerging as floral exporters for a world market that tops $100 billion. Debbie Arrington/ Scripps Howard News Service
TALL PLANTS: Add drama to your landscape with tall plants - My garden is a mixed border. I combine shrubs, trees, perennials, annuals and bulbs in a large curved bed. I designed it to be viewed from windows that run the length of our house. Because the garden borders the street I use tall perennials, including some with large foliage and flowers, to create a living screen that provides enclosure and privacy. Depending on the season, these same plants also add a sense of drama to the landscape. By Erica Glasener, Networx.
HOMEFIX: Remedying 'street creep' - Q: We are purchasing a house in a nice new subdivision, but the house is at the lower end of a cul-de-sac. I have a friend who is the friend of a home inspector, and he told me the street could cause problems for the home. He did not elaborate, so I thought maybe you could tell me what problems I could be buying into. By Dwight Barnett, Scripps Howard.
HOBBIES: Summertime learning for kids - Is it true that kids get dumber in summer? As a former teacher, I know that many kids can lose a little, academically, with a three-month vacation from school. However, as a parent, you can help. By Sandi Genovese, Scripps Howard.
YARDSMART: Watering clay soils - "If gardeners will forget the phrase 'watering the plants' and think of watering as a matter of 'watering the earth' under the plants, keeping up its moisture content and gauging its need, the garden will get on very well." By Maureen Gilmer, Scripps Howard.
LOST IN SUBURBIA: Where the bears and the antelope play - When we decided to go to the Canadian Rockies for our anniversary vacation, we were excited about the idea of hiking among snow-capped mountains and alpine lakes. We were prepared for just about any contingency. The one thing we were not prepared for? Bears. By Tracy Beckerman, GHNS.
TASTE OF TRAVEL: Topic and taste of truffles cultivates annual event in Napa - As a Lagotto Romagnolo, Rico doesn’t need to work, but he can’t help it. He comes from a long lineage of “truffle hunters” from Italy — dogs who consider sniffing out truffles as playtime. Rico is not only cute and cuddly, he’s trained to conduct truffle hunts all over the world. He demonstrated his skills during the sold-out second annual event, the Napa Truffle Festival, an event in California’s wine country that is growing faster than the world’s most sought after and expensive underground tuber, the truffle. By Charlene Peters, Marblehead, Mass.
JUDI LEAMING: Friendly gatherings bring out recipes to be shared -- Food column Judi Leaming explores the wonderful recipes that come out of weekend picnics and afternoon get-togethers with friends and family. I discovered that most of our classmates are now cooking for just two, and so they love the opportunity to try out new recipes — or to make something that they love but their spouse doesn’t. Dover (De.) Post
TRADING POST: Pork tenderloin recipes -- Pork tenderloin, as the name indicates, is one of the most tender cuts of pork. It comes from a muscle, the Psoas major, near the central spine of the pig. The muscle retains its tenderness largely because it is not used by the animal for locomotion. Kathryn Rem/ The State Journal-Register (Ill.)
JULIA CHILD: Kathryn Rem: Celebrate Julia Child's 100th anniversary -- Alfred A. Knopf, Child’s longtime publisher, is hosting 100 days of tributes and events –– mostly through social media –– that will culminate on the chef’s centennial day. Kathryn Rem/ The State Journal-Register (Ill.)
WATERMELON: How to carve a watermelon for a dramatic effect -- Juicy, messy and sweet, watermelon is the kind of fruit that begs to be cut into fun-to-hold shapes, such as wedges, stars, balls and chunks. It’s also perfect for carving, whether it’s a traditional basket or a unique surf wave or shark. Kathryn Rem/ The State Journal-Register (Ill.)
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DARK KNIGHT REVIEW: Movie review: 'The Dark Knight Rises' a worthy end to Batman series - Christopher Nolan and his charismatic star, Christian Bale, return to the mean streets of Gotham City for another pitch-black adventure, with Tom Hardy playing a terrorist so vile he lures Batman back into action after an eight-year hiatus. By Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger.
* Facebook idea: Link to the review and ask fans to give their review of the film.
5 THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND: This week’s suggestions include watching “The Dark Knight Rises,” celebrating National Lollipop Day, observing the anniversary of the moon landing, and more.
* Localization tip: Swap out any of these items for any local events; list local spots to cool down, such as pools, beaches, etc.; and poll readers about their favorite flavor lollipop.
More in music and movies at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment
ALIX KUNKLE: Remembering Stephen Covey - Sad news came out of Utah earlier this week when it was announced that Stephen Covey, the author of the best-selling book, "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People," passed away at 79 from injuries suffered in a bicycle accident earlier this year. By Alix Kunkle, Leesville, La.
MICHELLE TEHEUX: Nothing magic about sports in building character -- We are told that children must play sports, for their character. We are told that taxpayers must pony up for school sports programs because these kids need character. Character, character. Pekin Daily Times (Ill.)
JERRY MOORE: Health mandate causing concern for religious groups -- Nothing puts boots on the ground for a cause like throwing around the term “abortion.” But opponents of a federal mandate requiring insurance coverage for contraceptives are misguided in connecting the two concepts. Suburban Life Publications (Ill.)
More columns and cartoons at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions
BIZ BITS: Buying a home: Prepare by getting your finances in order - Weekly business rail, with tips on buying a house, BBB advice on tech buy-back programs, and more. By GHNS.
* Localization tip: You could include a weekly tax tip from a local expert, have a business-related Q&A with a local expert or do a “business of the week” feature in which you highlight a local business.
DAVE RAMSEY: This loan is just another form of debt - Weekly financial Q-and-A, with advice on the Career Starter Loan and credit checks on minors if you suspect identity theft. By Dave Ramsey, GHNS.
More in consumer and finance at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business
National budget 7.18.12
GateHouse News Service National Budget