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WAKE UP CALL!: How much will readers spend on Valentine's Day?
INNER CIRCLE: Why your newspaper wants to be certified
ST. PATRICK'S DAY PAGE: Travel to Ireland
KIDZBUZZ PAGE: For Presidents Day, learn about branches of government
PET PHOTOS CALLOUT: Ask readers for pics of their hilarious pets
MARCH FAMILY: Tips on helping your teen find summer work, recipes for soup from leftovers, how to get started on spring cleaning
DISASTER RECOVERY PAGE (formerly Tornado Prep page): Recovering your home from fire, weather
MONEY & INVESTING: Our new tab has tips on saving for college and retirement, making a family budget, and more on tax time and real estate
GRANLUND CARTOON: U.S. intelligence on Egypt. By Dave Granlund, GHNS cartoonist.
GHNS EGYPT CONTENT: Updated with today's news of Mubarak's resignation
GARDENER'S JOURNAL: U.S. National Arboretum makes cutbacks -- Several weeks ago, I learned that the U.S. National Arboretum in Washington, D.C., will be de-accessioning some of their plant collections starting later this year. Some collections will no longer be available to the public and many plants will be destroyed. R. Wayne Mezitt / MetroWest Daily News (Mass.)
WISE TO THE WORD: Madeira -- Madeira is a classic sipping and cooking wine from the Portuguese island of Madeira. The wine is fortified to increase its alcoholic level and matures at high heat. Jim Hillibish/ Canton (Ohio) Repository
KENT BUSH: Ethiopia's Christians, Muslims and spirit -- On St. George's Day, the "battle of the bands" atmosphere was almost intolerable. First the Christians prayed and chanted in Ge'ez and then the Muslims answered with their Arabic prayers. Both prevented me from sleeping at all. Augusta Gazette
WOOD ON WORDS: Confusing terms come in threes - When you’ve been a copy editor as long as I have, you develop a kind of radar to alert you to certain words. They’re troublemakers. For the next few weeks, I’ll be writing about these public enemies of English. In no particular order of orneriness, these are the words I have had to correct most frequently. For starters, here’s a group I’ll call the “trying trios.” By Barry Wood, Rockford, Ill.
ELIZABETH DAVIES: Super Bowl ads not fit for family - From a pint-sized Darth Vader to goldfish who are revived with Doritos, a new wave of TV commercials hit the market during last week’s Super Bowl. It showed me a side of TV programming that I hadn’t noticed before: the raunchy, adult, violent stuff that’s supposed to be family-friendly. By Elizabeth Davies, Rockford, Ill.
* Localization tip: Ask readers what they thought of the Super Bowl ads.
LOOKING UP: Sirius, a ‘diamond’ in the sky - Someone somewhere in an advertising department, most likely, came up with “Diamonds are a girls’ best friend.” What with Valentine’s Day approaching fast, a timely topic this week is not just a sparkling reminder of a beautifully cut diamond, but “man's best friend” as well. By Peter Becker, Hawley, Pa.
PHILIP MADDOCKS: Fox ends Steelers comeback after it runs out of Super Bowl commercials - The Pittsburgh Steelers’ season ended abruptly Sunday when Fox ran out of Super Bowl commercials and was forced to pull the plug on the team’s comeback bid even though there was still more than a minute of game time left. By Philip Maddocks, MetroWest, Mass.
GRAMMYS: Grammy guesses: Who should win? - Music buffs select their favorites in a number of the Grammy Award categories. By Springfield, Ill., staff.
* Localization tip: Put together a poll asking who readers think will win in a certain category. You could also hold a contest asking readers to pick all the winners, and whomever guess the most correctly wins.
MUSIC SCENE: Herb Alpert and Lani Hall -- Herb Alpert has always been underrated as a jazz player. That’s what happens when a musician bursts onto the pop charts at age 27, sells more than 13 million albums in one year (1966), paves the way for many recording innovations and manages his own record label –– and then sells that label for more than $500 million. Jay N. Miller/ The Patriot Ledger
AUTHOR INTERVIEW: An interview with educator and author Dr. Kieran Egan - Dr. Kieran Egan has been spreading his message of the need for improvement in our children’s learning behavior for decades, but it was the release of his book “The Future of Education: Reimagining Our Schools from the Ground Up” that caught the attention of the general public. By DA Kentner, Freeport, Ill.
JUST GO WITH IT REVIEW: Movie review: Adam Sandler hits new low in 'Just Go With It' - Attacking an Adam Sandler comedy is like shooting fish in a barrel. There’s simply no sport in it. No challenge, no test of the reviewer’s analytical skills. All need be said is that it’s awful. The latest release from the inexplicably popular “comedian,” “Just Go With It,” is an exception. It achieves a rancidness far beyond all his other misogynistic mash-ups of groin kicks, poop jokes and juvenile, homophobic characters. By Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger.
EAGLE REVIEW: Movie review: ‘The Eagle’ suffers from a lack of talons - When the period war drama, “The Eagle,” lands in theaters today, it’ll do so not with the majesty the great avian hunter usually connotes, but with a thud. This bird is gonna hit the ground with all the grace of a belly flop, followed by a crash and burn at the box office. It’s 120 A.D. and hunk of the hour, Channing Tatum (“Step Up,” “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra”), is Marcus Aquila, an on-the-rise Roman commander who’s come to take charge of a fort in the north of England, where Roman armies have been wreaking havoc on the locals. By Ed Symkus, The Patriot Ledger.
SHORT MOVIES: Movies that rock your world in 30 minutes or less - We all know about the nominees in the major Oscar categories. How could you not, given how saturated the airwaves are with talk about “The King’s Speech” vs. “The Social Network,” and Natalie Portman’s baby bump. Left on the short end of this monstrous publicity machine are the Oscar-nominated shorts. By Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger.
JARED OLAR: Funny business at the CDC -- Let’s all go back several weeks, when conservatives began to wonder why the CDC had not yet published its 2010 Abortion Surveillance System report on U.S. abortion statistics. Pekin Daily Times
ERIC P. BLOOM: How to review resumes - Everyone has their own way of reviewing resumes. As you gain experience, you will also develop a personal method. Until you develop your own resume screening method, here is a process you can follow. When reviewing this process, understand that your goal is to try to get a mental image of the person. By Eric P. Bloom, GHNS columnist.
Sports / outdoors
OUTDOORS COLUMN: Oak Duke: Making a deer drag not a drag - You’ve made the shot, and all of a sudden there is your deer at the end of the trail. Seems like it happens so quickly, sometimes, after all the usual pre-hunt preparation, strategizing and time spent on stand. Crazy as it may seem, there can be enjoyment and satisfaction in getting the whitetail out of the woods. By Oak Duke, Wellsville, N.Y.
National budget 2.11.11
GateHouse News Service National Budget