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STORY IDEA: 'Kid to work' day celebrates 20-year anniversary

BEST OF THE DAY: Wellington (Kan.) Daily News uses photos for video roundup

EDITING WORDS: AP style news from the American Copy Editors Society conference


KIDZBUZZ: Why recycle?

*NOTE: This is May's syndicated Local Loop callout

MAY FAMILY: Summer vacation ideas, a Mother's Day breakfast recipe, how to get great deals at yard sales



GO GREEN: Renewable energy, a look at the EPA, 8 ways to recycle and more

The Street

GOOGLE: FCC proposes fine for Google: report -- The Federal Communications Commission reportedly proposes a $25,000 fine for Google, saying the Internet search company obstructed an investigation into data collection. The Street staff

MICROSOFT: Microsoft's future remains 'cloudy' -- Microsoft's failure to embrace open source strategies and delve deeper into the cloud is holding it back. By Dana Blankenhorn, The Street

EARNINGS: Earnings grab spotlight in coming week -- Corporate profits will need to pick up the slack if stocks are going to bounce off their worst week of the year. By Shanthi Bharatwaj, The Street

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HOME HELP: Small updates -- weekly Home Help with small changes to make in your home, a home-selling tip, how scientists are turning eggshells into plastic and more. GHNS

HEALTHSTYLE: Recognizing a drinking problem - If you had a drinking problem would you recognize it? Many people believe that they would. However, a number of people have learned to function just enough in their daily lives. If you still have a job, don’t put beer on your cereal in the morning and it has been a long time since you got that last DUI, there can’t be a problem. Right? Not necessarily. By David Gannon, GHNS.

WAYNE L. WESTCOTT: Bicycling provides many benefits -- The bicycle still remains the most energy-efficient machine designed by man, and it’s just as enjoyable at age 60 as it was at 6. Although you may prefer walking or jogging, bicycling provides a number of benefits, especially as we age. The Patriot Ledger (Mass.)

SOFTBALL FITNESS: Ease into softball before you wind up on the bench -- Overuse injuries occur over time due to stress on muscles, joints and soft tissues without proper healing time, according to Traumatic injuries occur from sudden force or impact. Tamara Browning/ Springfield State Journal (Ill.)

KENT BUSH: Counterfeit faith can cost a lot of joy -- But Jesus did not abhor wealth. He permitted Mary to use expensive perfume to anoint his feet. Why? Because it was an appropriate sacrifice considering everything that would happen soon. Augusta Gazette (Kan.)

SHAYNE LOOPER: The Jesus of an impoverished theology -- The persistent error of that theology lay in its repeated attempts to divorce Jesus from his message. It’s the same error that Sullivan’s patron saint, Thomas Jefferson, made. He dissected the New Testament, cut out the biblical Jesus but kept his teaching. The Daily Reporter (Mich.)

SUZETTE MARTINEZ STANDRING: Student project creates My Words Matter movement -- As ideas were suggested, somebody remarked, “That’s retarded,” and another student objected to the phrase. Why say that? What are you really trying to say? The project, My Words Matter, was born. For The Patriot Ledger (Mass.)

JEFF VRABEL: The 'pink slime' name doesn't help anything  -- Frankly, as soon as someone coined the phrase "pink slime," it was over –– stick a fork in it. Actually, that wouldn't work because sticking a fork in an industrial-sized vat of gelatinous goo wouldn't be practical and it would actually probably be really frustrating; maybe you should go with a spoon in this scenario. GHNS

KITCHEN CALL: Epicurean delights celebrate epic events -- About 100 years ago, Fenway Park opened its gates and hosted its first-ever home opener. Then, the ship struck an iceberg and, because bad news sells more newspapers than good news, Fenway Park’s big day got a rude shove off the front page. Linda Bassett/Wicked Local North of Boston (Mass.)

SHOESTRING LIVING: Some vegetarian delights - I’ve always been a big proponent of a few vegetarian meals per week to cut down on grocery costs. Meat can inflate grocery bills by a considerable amount, and limiting them might not only be a sound financial choice, but a healthy one, too. By Molly Logan Anderson, GHNS.

ON COMPUTERS: This is the end, and PCs lose the battle  -- I’m not quite ready to give up my keyboard and my comfy office chair. I keep thinking that for real work, PCs will still be No. 1. Then again, I was talking to a salesman in our lunch room. I noted he had an iPad and no laptop. Jim Hillibish/ Canton (Ohio) Repository

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CHARITA GOSHAY: Campaign can do without mean-girl politics -- Just when it seemed Democrats were winning the argument about who’s better on women’s issues, along comes Hilary Rosen. Last week, the Democratic strategist sent out a tweet criticizing Mitt Romney’s view on women by dragging Ann Romney into the fray, saying, “She has never worked a day in her life.” Canton (Ohio) Repository

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Business / auto

AUTO BITS: Get in gear for better gas mileage with eco-friendly tires - Weekly auto rail, with tips on eco-friendly tires, Car Q&A with Junior Damato and more. By GHNS.

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