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Q&A: Best practices from NE's breast cancer awareness initiative

DAVID ARKIN: Standards needed for long-form Web content


Niche

SEPT. RADARFROG PAGE: How to haggle
-- Coupon book: DIY Halloween costumes, decor

WEEKLY NIE PAGE: How to sign up for a library card

FOUR-PAGE CAREERS CAMPAIGN: Advice on the top 10 fields of the 2010s, going to college a second time and starting a small business

CREATIVE MAILBOXES CALLOUT: Find your town's best mailboxes


News

SHANKSVILLE 9/11: Michelle Obama, Laura Bush visit Shanksville to remember the heroes of 9/11 - First lady Michelle Obama, former first lady Laura Bush, Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell and Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar were the guests at the ceremony in Shanksville, Pa., held for the families of those lost on the failed hijacking of Flight 93 on September 11, 2001. By Andrew Arthur.

MOSQUE CONTENT: Check out our package of content on the Ground Zero-area mosque controversy.


Lifestyles

HEALTH WATCH: Weekly health rail with what you need to know about flu season, workout hydration tips and more.

SARA BROWNING: Know the difference between cold and flu -- Considering that last year's flu season peaked in October, it's not too early to start thinking about protecting yourself from the common cold and flu. Knowing the difference between the two (and what remedies work for each) will help you remain healthy and stay on the attack against winter's worst symptoms.

KEVIN FRISCH: Food for thoughtlessness -- With preoccupations last week centered on difficult and unhappy subjects, my imagination retreated to a place both simple and pleasant. Bring a kid to a supermarket and let his or her imagination run wild.

SHOESTRING LIVING: Maintaining home value against the odds - “The value of a home is mainly determined by the market and what a buyer is willing to pay for a home with certain amenities,” says Tina L. Kirkwood, certified residential real estate appraiser and owner of Kirkwood Appraisal Group in Montgomery, Ill. “The homeowner has no input toward the bottom-line value of their home, but if a homeowner decides to upgrade the home to make it more marketable than comparable homes, the homeowner may end up with a higher bottom-line value for their home.” So here’s what you can do. By Molly Logan Anderson.

JEFF VRABEL: Crazy insane pastor guy from Florida - I don't know if you've heard about this guy Terry Jones or not, you might not have, because the TV has been thoughtfully subtle if not overly scholastic on the subject — but there's this mumble-mouthed nimrod in some tin-roof town in oh, hey, this is weird, the middle of Florida, and he and his 1856 prospector mustache convinced his 16 followers that they needed to burn the Quran on 9/11 to make a point about Jesus' tolerance, and everybody on television lost their minds.

JULIE FAY: It’s back to school for kids ... and Mom - It’s back-to-school season, and for the first time, all three of my children are in school all day, every weekday. The right thing to do in a situation like this would be to make a pitcher of mimosas every morning as I pack their lunches, and enjoy my free time until 3 p.m. What I’m actually doing is going back to school myself. I’ve taken a part-time teaching position, returning to the classroom after 14 years away. I’m excited to be back.

SUZETTE MARTINEZ STANDRING: Think Mayberry, not BlackBerry - In the era of the BlackBerry, Mayberry is a reminder of better options, such as the importance of a real day of rest. The Calvary Baptist Church in Hansom, Mass., uses episodes of “The Andy Griffith Show” (1960-1968) to explore inspirational lessons.


Entertainment

THE OFFICE: Can 'The Office' survive with out Steve Carell? - It doesn't happen often, but a few TV shows have gone on without the first actor listed in the opening credits. Can "The Office" be one of them? By Brien Murphy.

FALL MOVIE PREVIEW: Ben Affleck, Betty White, Facebook and much more on tap - Is there any time better than autumn? It’s got everything: leaf peeping, baseball playoffs, the NFL, college football and, best of all, fall movies. It’s the official kickoff to the Oscar season, the time when studios put their best footage forward. By Al Alexander.

GET REEL: The top 10 films of 2010 so far - While 2010 has produced more than its fair share of crud, it actually can lay claim to showcasing movies that should not only be Oscar contenders, but Oscar favorites. While most of my choices for the best of 2010 (so far) may not take home any statuettes, they were either really good or really entertaining. Some were even both. So without further ado, here are my top 10 picks listed in alphabetical order and made with an attempt at some genre variety. By Bob Tremblay.


Opinions  

BRITT CARTOON: Nutty pastor getting an awful lot of attention.


Business

JOHN SPOTO: Investing for retirement can be tricky -- Our last article addressed how and how much to save in order to accumulate your retirement nest egg. Now we’ll discuss how to invest those savings.

AUTO BITS: Weekly auto rail, with tips for teaching teens about distracted driving, Car Q&A with Junior Damato and more.

PAUL A. EISENSTEIN: Pros and cons of eco-car Leaf - It’s going to be a very green holiday season, with the auto industry launching a wave of alternatively powered vehicles. And one of the most promising is the Nissan Leaf. It takes only a glimpse to recognize that Leaf isn’t your everyday automobile. Like Toyota’s Prius, Nissan has opted for a distinctive design that will blare “I’m environmentally friendly.”

CHECKOUT LANE: Tips for buying window blinds and shades - Leanne Bailey, store manager at The Blind Store in Carver, Mass., says cellular blinds are popular at her store, while Don Macomber of Atlantic Window Coverings in Rockland, Mass., says horizontal blinds are a top seller. By Ashlee Fairey.
* Localization tip: Add quotes and information from local blinds experts.

ON COMPUTERS: Apple TV: If it looks like money and smells like money ... - Would you spend 99 cents to view your favorite TV show? Hold on to your credit card. Pay to play is here. The latest entrant is Apple’s TV box. You pay $99 for it. That gives you access to Apple’s pay entertainment and the right to “rent” TV shows for 99 cents. By Jim Hillibish.