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STORY IDEA: Are you getting enough sleep?

INNER CIRCLE: First day of grading nets 16 passing papers

BEST OF THE DAY: Local callout gets photos coming


NASCAR PAGE: Power rankings

MONTHLY ELECTION PAGE: Know your delegates

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

TWITTER: That tool you use? Twitter lawsuit says you're spamming -- The TweetAdder lawsuit points out several serious questions investors should consider carefully. By Jonathan Blum, The Street

YAHOO!: What Yahoo! could do to soothe investors' nerves -- This will be the first earnings call for new Yahoo! CEO Scott Thompson. By Eric Jackson, The Street

INTEL: Undervalued Intel offers 25 percent upside -- Investors looking for value at a considerable discount have plenty of reasons to consider a long position in Intel. By Richard Saintvilus, The Street

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TORNADOES: Tornadoes leave scattered trail of damage across Kansas -- Over 90 tornadoes danced their way across Kansas, Saturday, leaving miles of widespread but sporadic damage. There was no loss of life reported in Kansas as of Sunday afternoon. Terry Spradley/ St. John News (Kan.)

KENT BUSH: First-hand account of Kansas tornado   -- After the car was back in working order, we checked the radar and reports again, and it was apparent that no new storms would develop, but the supercells in Oklahoma were headed our way. Augusta Gazette (Kan.)

TITANIC: How a seamstress on the Carpathia became a reporter on the Titanic   -- When morning came, the few survivors left in the lifeboats didn’t know what was next. Would they be rescued? Would they float along the freezing cold waves? Thankfully, the Carpathia came to their rescue, and when passenger May Birkhead began to witness what was going on, her career in journalism began. Hannibal Courier-Post (Mo.)


FAMILY TIME: Your child could be a target for identity theft - Weekly family rail, with tips on protecting your child’s identity, a look at some classic Three Stooges movies and more. By GHNS.
* Localization tip: Any of the first three items can be localized – ask a local family counselor to provide a tip of the week, ask movie-going parents to give reviews of movies or ask youngsters to send in book reviews.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Grilled cheese twists -- weekly Food for Thought with a weekly food tip, how to revamp the classic grilled cheese, "The Homemade Pantry: 101 Foods You Can Stop Buying and Start Making" by Alana Chernila and more. GHNS

SAIMI BERGMANN: Save money when you make your own scones -- If you heard you could have a delicious, fresh baked scone for 15 cents, would you walk, run or jog to cash in on that deal? Well, roll up your sleeves and head to the kitchen where you can save serious money by baking your own scones. Canton (Ohio) Repository

GARY BROWN: Yeehaw! It’s a ‘Cowboy’s Life’ for me - It's Cowboy Poetry Week, celebrated annually in April, which is National Poetry Month. To some, no doubt, poetry is all pretty much the same. To those who are captivated by the ways of the West, it is obvious that Cowboy Poetry is just a little more at home on the range. By Gary Brown, Canton, Ohio.

ALIX KUNKLE: People watching isn't a bad thing -- We all do it. Don't lie and say you don't, because I know you do it. We all people watch. We do it when we're in any public situation. Sometimes we even do it from our office, our car or our homes. We watch people. Leesville Daily Leader (La.)

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GIRLS: Lena Dunham charts 20-something confusion in new HBO series ‘Girls’ - Ah, to be 24 again! Wouldn’t you give anything to go back to those halcyon days of carefree living and late-night parties? Just think of the possibilities. Be careful of what you wish for, though, because being 24 ain’t what it used to be; at least not in the eyes of Lena Dunham, the multifaceted wunderkind responsible for HBO’s edgy new comedy “Girls.” By Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger.
* Facebook idea: Ask fans if they saw the premiere and liked it, or if they plan to watch the show.

'THE LUCKY ONE': Nicholas Sparks on his latest book-to-film, 'The Lucky One' -- Author Nicholas Sparks recently spoke about what it feels like to have his work released in Cliffs Notes versions. Seven of his books have been turned into feature films, including Friday's release of “The Lucky One,” starring Zac Efron, Taylor Schilling and Blythe Danner. Ed Symkus/ The Patriot Ledger (Mass.)

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GRANLUND CARTOON: Secret Service scandal  -- Dave Granlund on the Secret Service. GHNS

GREG ALLEN: Thinkin' out loud  -- If Romney plays a strategy of defense, one where he handles the president with kid gloves, not to offend any potential voters, he'll lose the election. His strategy will have to be one of offense focused solely on Obama and his failed policies. GHNS

GARY BROWN: Thanks, D.C., say last-minute tax filers -- Not only did we have months to complete our income tax returns, this year procrastinators were given two extra days — yippee, I went to a movie on one of them and went for a long lunch on the second one — to complete and submit our federal and state tax returns. Canton (Ohio) Repository

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Business / auto

SILVIO CALABI: Hyundai keeps it going with the Genesis Coupe -- By that standard (and any other), Hyundai is a complete carmaker, with 10 model lines in uncountable different styles and trim levels, which cost anywhere from less than $13,000 to more than $66,000.

GREG ZYLA: Studebaker Golden Hawk muscle car -- Q: I always wondered why the Studebaker Golden Hawk was never classified as a muscle car. Considering it was powered by a 374-cubic-inch Packard twin four-barrel engine that produced 310 horsepower and 400 pound-foot of torque. -- Sincerely, Fred Durbano, Canandaigua, N.Y. GHNS

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DIAMOND DIRT: Whatever happened to the second base force-out? - Correct me if I’m wrong, but a force-out is only fully complete when the fielder has his foot the bag. Otherwise the runner is safe. That’s the way I’ve always known it, but apparently umpires these days award the force-outs at second base — mainly on double plays — if the shortstop or second baseman is at the very least standing over the bag. By Dominic Genetti, Hannibal, Mo.

CHRIS POTTER: Pay for Olympic athletes? Nuts! - Both Dwyane Wade and Ray Allen have won a gold medal at the Olympic Games, but they apparently failed to learn what the Olympics are all about during their extensive time abroad. Representing your country on the world stage isn’t a grudging obligation, it’s an opportunity. By Chris Potter, Hornell, N.Y.
* Poll idea: Ask if readers think Olympic athletes should be paid.

SHAWN VARGO: Finally made a visit to the Baseball Hall of Fame -- If you are a baseball fan and haven’t found the time in your busy schedule to travel to the Baseball Hall of Fame, don’t be like me. Get up there as soon as you’re able. You won’t be disappointed. Corning Leader (N.Y.)

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