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For 2/18/10 editions

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POLL QUESTION IDEA: Do you think the economic stimulus package has helped the country?
http://ghnewsroom.com/article/poll-question-idea-do-you-think-economic-stimulus-package-has-helped-country

SPECIAL SERIES: Dental dilemma: How Springfield produced series on Medicaid's lack of dental coverage.
http://ghnewsroom.com/article/dental-dilemma-how-springfield-produced-series-medicaids-lack-dental-coverage

READER CALLOUT: LENT: Reach out to your readers for their Lenten thoughts.
http://ghnewsroom.com/article/reader-callout-ask-readers-lenten-thoughts

READER CALLOUT: SPRING GARDENING TIPS.
http://www.ghnewsroom.com/article/reader-callout-ask-readers-spring-gardening-tips

LEDE: Apply now for the 2010 leadership program, LEDE.
http://www.ghnewsroom.com/article/leadership-series-2010-lede

Lifestyles

MORNING MINUTES: Includes Word of the Day, Web Site of the Day, Number to Know, This Day in History, Today’s Featured Birthday and Daily Quote.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/morning_minutes

RELIGION NEWS: Weekly religion rail, leads with giving up your iPod as part of a “carbon fast” for Lent, info about the U.S. envoy recently named to Muslim nations, a survey on faith and the Millennial generation, getting to know Saint Peter Damian and more.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x1762221797/Religion-News-Giving-up-your-iPod-for-Lent

YOUTH PASTORS: Status of youth pastors rises as kids' lives get more complicated - SPRINGFIELD – Electronic communication, thorny social issues and skepticism of authority mean churches are looking for youth pastors who are in it for the long haul. Long the bottom rung of church ministers, youth pastors and ministers are getting their day. By Steven Spearie of the State Journal-Register.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x925450497/Status-of-youth-pastors-rises-as-kids-lives-get-more-complicated

WINTER ACTIVITY: 5 things to know about sledding -- With piles and piles of the white stuff likely to linger for days on end, there¹s no excuse not to get out and have a little fun in the frozen landscape. By Doug Denison of the Dover Post.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/family/x856606594/5-things-to-know-about-sledding

ROOT VEGGIES: Root vegetables form base of hearty meal - PEORIA – Root vegetables are winter hearty plants once snubbed by sophisticated palates. That was during an era, not so long ago, when five-star restaurants boasted on the menu about imported ingredients, and root vegetables were lumped into a category of subsistence foods associated with poverty, war and famine. By Clare Howard of the Peoria Journal Star.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/food/x1762223421/Root-vegetables-form-base-of-hearty-meal

LEMON BARS: When life hands you lemons, make lemon bars -- I¹ve always loved how Mediterraneans keep potted fruit trees on their sunny terraces. So last spring, I bought a beautiful lemon tree standard. I placed it on my patio and enjoyed its shiny green foliage and sweet-smelling blossoms all through the summer. By Jennifer Mastroianni of The Repository
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/food/x1328944475/When-life-hands-you-lemons-make-lemon-bars

EASY PIE: 'Impossible' pie offers 1,000 possible variations -- It is possible to create a pie with no preformed crust. Then it bakes and, oh my, there’s the crust on the top, sides and bottom. This is the “impossible pie,” also known as the “amazing pie” and the “mystery pie.”
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/food/x1762221820/Impossible-pi
e-offers-1-000-possible-variations

JENNIFER MASTROIANNI: “Butt Paste” a good remedy for kitchen burns – “Butt paste. Boudreaux’s Butt Paste,” Dean said. “It’s a diaper ointment that is great on burns. I put it on my hand and it immediately stopped hurting. I use it any time I get burned. Once I burned my hand so badly on the stove it left a char mark. Little butt paste did the trick.”
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/food/x1468647550/Jennifer-Mastroianni-Butt-Paste-a-good-remedy-for-kitchen-burns

TRANSPORTATION CHIEF ON MTV: Transportation chief LaHood appears on MTV's ‘The Buried Life’ - PEORIA – U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood is helping dreams come true — or at least trying. Peoria’s former congressman is featured Monday on MTV’s “The Buried Life,” trying to help four twenty-somethings complete No. 95 on their list of 100 things to do before they die. They want to play basketball with President Barack Obama. By Karen McDonald of the Peoria Journal Star.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x1762223417/Transportation-chief-LaHood-appears-on-MTVs-The-Buried-Life

FAMILY TIME: Weekly family rail, with tips to manage the silent emotional and physical stress of caring for a loved one, a review of “Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief” and more.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/family/x626058219/Family-Time-Tips-to-manage-the-silent-emotional-and-physical-stress-of-caring-for-a-loved-one

DIANA BOGGIA: Giving your children the gift of consistent sleep – Adequate sleep for children is absolutely critical, as it determines their emotional temperament, as well as their ability to absorb and retain information to increase functioning in all areas of development.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/family/x626061579/Diana-Boggia-Giving-your-children-the-gift-of-consistent-sleep

SHOESTRING LIVING: Whatever happened to date night? - It doesn’t take a professional to tell me that our marriage would benefit from a thrifty relationship celebration, sans kids, every now and then. If you’ve got a honey but not a lot of money, I’ve got some ideas for how to frugally get date night back into your lineup.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business/x626057332/Shoestring-Living-Whatever-happened-to-date-night

BLACK HISTORY: See what you know about black history with this quiz - See what you remember about notable people, places and events in the lives of black Americans. A quiz by the State Journal-Register.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x1582407995/See-what-you-know-about-black-history-with-this-quiz

IN THE GARDEN: Superb shrubs for multi-seasonal appeal -- Shrubs that exhibit colored twigs during the winter months are great additions to our borders and are particularly effective against a backdrop of evergreens or when landscapes are snow-covered. By Suzanne Mahler.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/home_and_garden/x1468647753/Green-Thumbs-Up-Superb-shrubs-for-multi-seasonal-appeal

DAVID ROBSON: Keep your flowers blooming - The wholesale florist and your local commercial florist know how to take care of roses, carnations and tropical flowers. They understand the temperature and humidity levels needed to keep flowers hydrated, and the chemicals needed to control bacterial growth — the scourge of flowers.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/home_and_garden/x1762221387/David-Robson-Keep-your-flowers-blooming

MICHELLE TEHEUX: Fast food part of fast lane living - My husband and I are speeding down an interstate as I write this, several hours of car time under our belts and several more to go, crisscrossing all over the state to pick up my daughter from college, take her two hours away to the burn center at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield for follow-up, then back to her dorm and then back home. In all, it was a little more than 10 hours just in driving time. So here I am writing about my desire to live more in the slow lane, even as I am literally in the fast lane.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x1135182753/Michelle-Teheux-Fast-food-part-of-fast-lane-living

GARY BROWN: There is a lot to be written about winter -- Winter: Love it or hate it, no other season has had so much written about it.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x1135181381/Gary-Brown-There-is-a-lot-to-be-written-about-winter

Entertainment

5 THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND: From chowing on chowder for Clam Chowder Day to more Olympics fun, give your readers some ideas (and be sure to localize).
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x1328943344/5-Things-to-Do-This-Weekend-Feb-19-21

SUDOKU FEBRUARY: Puzzles for February (582-609) are available for download. Previous puzzles are linked to in this file, or visit our Puzzles category.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/puzzles/x1090814405/Sudoku-puzzles-582-609-February-puzzles

SNEAK PREVIEW: 'Shutter Island' and other new movies -- Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio team up for the fourth time in "Shutter Island," based on the novel by Dennis Lehane and set in Boston. It's the story of an investigation into the disappearance of a patient from an island hospital for the criminally insane. By Al Alexander of The Patriot Ledger.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x2115932577/Sneak-preview-Shutter-Island-and-other-new-movies

FLICKS: Willis does nothing for his image in 'Cop Out' -- Cop out: 1: to back out (as of an unwanted responsibility); 2 : to avoid or neglect problems, responsibilities, or commitments - Merriam-Webster Online. Beginning a column with a definition is a terrible cliche, but how can I not, when faced with “Cop Out”? By John Meo of the Norwich Bulletin.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x49346848/Flicks-Willis-does-nothing-for-his-image-in-Cop-Out

OSCARS: Follow the link below to see our collection of Oscars-related content. If your paper has something that would work on a national scale, please send it to us via Zope or e-mail it to national@gatehousemedia.com.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x1090835886/2010-Oscars-content

GET REEL: Will 'Avatar' defuse 'The Hurt Locker'? - Flash back to 1997. A film directed by James Cameron that nearly everybody saw won the Academy Award as best picture. A far superior film that hardly anybody saw, even though 25 national and international organizations named it best picture, was among the four losers. Flash forward to 2010. A film directed by James Cameron that nearly everybody has seen has been nominated for the Academy Award as best picture. A far superior film that hardly anybody has seen, even though 12 national and international organizations have named it best picture so far, is among the field of 10 competitors. By Bob Tremblay.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x1025063547/Get-Reel-Will-Avatar-defuse-The-Hurt-Locker

BOOK NOTES: Family values its 'privileges' in Jonathan Dee's new novel - Jonathan Dee’s new critically acclaimed novel “The Privileges” starts with a wedding, impressive for the deft writing that conveys the controlled chaos, the edgy anxieties, the many tensions springing from family members’ vying needs. By Rae Francoeur.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/arts/x1685911521/Book-Notes-Family-values-its-privileges-in-Jonathan-Dees-new-novel

LENNON STATUE: Imagine that: Cohasset man handling sale of John Lennon bronze - The former Beatle gave Bruce Replogle his first entertainment job - publicist for his comeback album “Double Fantasy.” Three decades after the rock star’s death, Replogle is working for Lennon in a very different way: He’s handling the sale of a life-size bronze statue of Lennon. By Lane Lambert.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1685912760/Imagine-that-Cohasset-man-handling-sale-of-John-Lennon-bronze

THE FARR SIDE: Sade's formula still working smoothly – Music’s mystery lady is back, proving true the old adage: If it aint broke, don’t fix it. I’m talking about Sade Adu, and the avant-soul band that bears her name Sade. The band’s latest album, “Soldier of Love,” is in stores now. By David Farr of the Sturgis Journal.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/dvds_cds/x1468647660/The-F
arr-Side-Sades-formula-still-working-smoothly

Opinions

GRANLUND CARTOON: Want an apology from Tiger Woods? Take a number
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/cartoons/x925450538/Granlund-cartoon-Want-an-apology-from-Tiger-Woods-Take-a-number

LLOYD GARVER: Fly the skinny skies -- I recognize that obesity is a big problem in America, and I understand that there may be times when someone is big enough to squish the person next to him. But was actor-director Kevin Smith's physique really such an inconvenience for other passengers or such a danger to the flight that he needed to be removed from the plane?
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x1468647930/Lloyd-Garver-Fly-the-skinny-skies

PHIL LUCIANO: Illinois curlers enjoy friendly competition - TRIUMPH, Ill. – In a brash world of trash-talking, in-your-face athletics, curling remains perhaps the lone courteous competition. It seems almost quaint, this old, simple game, which is sort of like shuffleboard on ice. And here in the LaSalle County hamlet of Triumph, the Waltham Curling Club - the oldest in the state - maintains a polite gamesmanship reflective of the quiet contest version at the Winter Olympics.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x925450695/Phil-Luciano-Illinois-curlers-enjoy-friendly-competition

BRIAN MACKEY: Let’s get past the Olympic fluff - Every other year, I look forward to the arrival of the Olympics, and every other year I end up disappointed in the TV coverage of the games.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/dvds_cds/x1762222899/Brian-Mackey-Let-s-get-past-the-Olympic-fluff

EDITORIAL: Iran may have gone a step too far - The Iranians may have finally overplayed their hand in announcing last week that their scientists have found a way to produce even more highly enriched uranium, another big step toward being able to build nuclear weapons. An editorial from the Peoria Journal Star.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/editorials/x1762223176/Editorial-Iran-may-have-gone-a-step-too-far

News

DESERTION: Newton woman charged with desertion from Army - A Newton woman who was arrested on Valentine’s Day and charged with desertion from the Army will be discharged, according to an Army spokesman. By Dan Atkinson.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1685913344/Newton-woman-charged-with-desertion-from-Army

Business / Ag

DAVE RAMSEY: Financial Q&A, with advice on playing the lottery and financial responsibility.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business/x626059327/Dave-Ramsey-The-lottery-rip-off

BIT BITS: Weekly business rail, with tips on business credit scores, BBB warning about time shares and more.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business/x1328940951/Biz-Bits-Growing-and-maintaining-a-healthy-business-credit-score-in-2010

CHECKOUT LANE: How to pick the best flowers - The biggest mistake shoppers can make is buying their blossoms online, said Anita Dinatale, owner of Fabiano Florists. By Lana Lagomarsini.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business/x1025063278/Checkout-Lane-How-to-pick-the-best-flowers
- Localize it: Talk to florists in your area and add their quotes, tips.

MAKING CENTS: IRS makes exception for Haiti money - Very rarely can you do something after the fact and receive a tax benefit for the prior year. That is exactly what the IRS is allowing with respect to donations made to Haiti. In most cases, the deduction is allowable on your tax return in the year that you actually made the deduction. By John P. Napolitano.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business/x1328939959/Making-Cents-IRS-makes-exception-for-Haiti-money

CAT & CLEAN AIR: Cat says resolve on clean air hasn't wavered - PEORIA – Caterpillar Inc.'s decision to withdraw from a clean air coalition does not signal any change in the company's commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the company said Tuesday. What it does, said spokeswoman Kate Kenny, is enable Caterpillar to move its time and resources to other efforts - efforts it believes will be more tangible in the long run, such as the FutureGen clean coal project Caterpillar recently joined. By Paul Gordon of the Peoria Journal Star.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x1631836048/Cat-says-resolve-on-clean-air-hasnt-wavered

WINTER VEGGIES: As snow falls, summer veggies sprout in Middleboro - While others were shoveling snow this week, two local farmers were starting their seedlings of onions, spinach, leeks and broccoli to get a jump on spring and be ready to offer up home-grown vegetables when the weather breaks. By Alice C. Elwell.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1135182362/As-snow-falls-summer-veggies-sprout-in-Middleboro

TECHIES REPLACE MECHANICS: Backyard mechanics out, computer techs in - SPRINGFIELD – Recalls at Toyota are further evidence, Dick Rogers says, that the days of backyard mechanics are long gone. Today’s auto repair world is computer-driven, says Rogers, a professor of automotive technology at Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield. By Tim Landis of the State Journal-Register.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x856606653/Backyard-mechanics-out-computer-techs-in

Sports

NASCAR PAGE: Extended forecast.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/homepage/x2077695089/NASCAR-page-Extended-forecast

ANNE DELANEY: 'Sensory overload' at Olympics -- Covering the Olympics was something I always wanted to do. But what were the chances of that happening for a sportswriter from a newspaper in upstate New York? They probably were less likely than a young woman from the same area becoming a two-time Olympian.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x1685912852/Anne-Delaney-Sensory-overload-at-Olympics

DIRK HAYHURST: Injury puts career on the clock -- I sit, shirt off, feet dangling from the medical table, staring at the wall. The doctor grabs my arm, one hand under my elbow, the other just below my right armpit. ³Does
this hurt?² he asks as he starts to manipulate my arm like someone trying to break limbs from a sapling. I know where it hurts. My right arm and I have an intimate relationship. It has fed, dressed and paid me for the last 20 years.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/ohio/x1328944499/Dirk-Hayhurst-Injury-puts-career-on-the-clock

JEFF MITCHELL: 'Big Hurt,' small announcement -- Can a man like Frank "Big Hurt" Thomas - who was twice the ball player Mark McGwire ever was, has never been even suspected of steroid use despite his mammoth size and even took a stance against performance-enhancing drugs ­ hang up the cleats and have the world hardly even take notice? Not here, my friends.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/sports/x196138412/Jeff-Mitchell-Big-Hurt-small-announcement