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WAKE UP CALL!: Finding the best Christmas light displays

HOLIDAY CHARITIES: Peoria (Ill.) Journal Star's Christmas Fund in 90th year



JANUARY FAMILY: Learn to ski, make oatmeal a healthy treat, how to deal with a destructive pet

JANUARY RADARFROG PAGE AND PROMO ADS: Save on winter fitness apparel

KIDZBUZZ PAGE: The history of the Christmas tree

PRINT ADS FOR JANUARY 2012 CALLOUTS: Promote the callouts that will be syndicated to your Local Loop sections Jan. 2

2012 JOBS OUTLOOK PAGES: Two broadsheet pages on industries that are hiring, and on changing workplaces


The Street

GADGETS: Review: Verizon's Samsung Galaxy Nexus LTE -- Even in concept, this device fails the most basic tests. By Anton Wahlman, The Street

AIRLINES: Top 5 airline service moments of 2011 -- AMR, Delta, United, US Airways and Southwest reveal their top 2011 employee service moments. By Ted Reed, The Street

GARY WEISS: 'Ron Paul' factor to help Obama's re-election -- The uber-radical is surging in the polls, but when it comes to show time, America would never put him in office. By Gary Weiss, The Street

TECH: 5 tech trends for the next 5 years: IBM -- IBM released its list of what the most influential technologies over the next five years will be. By Chris Ciaccia, The Street

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CHRISTMAS CONTENT: Pages, callouts, features and more

FAMILY TIME: Find the perfect snow thrower for you - Weekly family rail, with tips on buying a snow thrower, a look at “Elf on the Shelf” 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: Cookie party -- weekly Food for Thought with items on throwing a cookie party, how margarine is made, a recipe for Mexican Hot Chocolate and more. GHNS

DR. MURRAY FEINGOLD: Parents should be in charge of children's eating -- The study also reported that only 25 percent of kids’ cereals meet the government panel’s voluntary guidelines stating cereals should not contain more then 26 percent of added sugar by weight. MetroWest Daily News (Mass.)

KENT BUSH: The best Christmas gift of all -- When the boys woke up Sunday morning, Blake led the parade downstairs. He saw his gifts and was rightfully excited. When Dawit saw his Thomas the Tank Engine scooter, he ran across the room yelling, “Dawit schoolah! Dawit schoolah!” Augusta Gazette (Kan.)

CHARLOTTE GUEDRY: If you like them then you better put a stamp on it -- Another friend texted me the other day for my birthday. He sent this: “Hpy Bdy.”?Really? Again, I was flummoxed. How much time did he actually save by not hitting each individual character on his keypad? I’ve got to say, I didn’t get all warm and fuzzy inside when?I saw it. Weekly Citizen (La.)

DAN MAC ALPINE: Striking a sour note with Christmas music  -- I love Christmas music. The whole “chestnuts-roasting-on-an-open-fire-Jack-Frost-nipping-at-your- nose” thing. The first item I pull out of my Christmas closet the day after Thanksgiving is my box of Christmas CDs. All my old — and new — favorites are there. Wicked Local Hamilton (Mass.)

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‘TINTIN’ REVIEW: Movie review: 'The Adventures of Tintin' - Spielberg serves up eye candy - It’s not the highest of praise to say Steven Spielberg’s first foray into animation, “The Adventures of Tintin,” is better than his last “Indiana Jones” adventure, but you could do a lot worse than this fast-paced action yarn based on the comics by Belgian artist Herge. By Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger.
* Facebook idea: Ask fans if they plan to see the movie, or if they have seen it, to give their review.

‘DRAGON TATTOO’ REVIEW: Movie review: ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ doesn’t make its mark - After the killings he made with “Zodiac” and the magnificent “Se7en,” David Fincher appeared the ideal choice to helm the highly anticipated Hollywood remake of the Swedish hit “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.” Or, so it seemed. By Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger.
* Facebook idea: Ask fans if they plan to see the movie, or if they have seen it, to give their review.

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GRANLUND CARTOON: North Korea heir -- Dave Granlund on the death of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il. GHNS

GRANLUND CARTOON:  US poor and low income -- Dave Granlund on the poor and low-income families in America.  GHNS

BRITT CARTOON: Kim Jong Un has a delivery. By Chris Britt, Springfield, Ill.

EDITORIAL: Troops finally home from Iraq for the holidays -- It’s possible to talk about the end of the Iraq War without talking about its beginning. That’s what President Barack Obama did Dec. 14 at Fort Bragg. But complaints require us to recall the way this war began. MetroWest Daily News (Mass.)

WENDY J. MURPHY: Sandusky lawyer lost some serious credibility  -- The lawyer for accused child rapist and ex-Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky sounded almost gleeful a couple of weeks ago when asked about the preliminary hearing that would determine whether his client would face trial on dozens of child sex abuse charges. The Patriot Ledger (Mass.)

AMY GEHRT: A golden goodbye -- Fourteen months ago, my family received devastating news: one of our beloved dogs was diagnosed with osteosarcoma — bone cancer. In the blink of an eye, everything changed. Pekin Daily Times (Ill.)

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