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STORY IDEA: New labeling rules for sunscreen delayed
BEST OF THE DAY: Group project focuses on social media
DESIGN HOUSE UPDATE: Special sections, a door and a floor
NASCAR PAGE: Has Dale Jr. earned a spot in weekend All-Star Race?
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL PHOTOS CALLOUT: http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/reader_callouts/x1266611522/Reader-callout-Vacation-Bible-School-photos
JUNE FAMILY: How to make a campfire, summer pet safety tips, all about farmers markets and CSAs
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND PHOTOS CALLOUT: http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/reader_callouts/x1950125055/Reader-callout-Memorial-Day-weekend-photos
KIDZBUZZ: Be a photographer
SUMMER COOKBOOK: Recipes for veggies, entrees and desserts
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND QUARTER PAGE: http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/ghns_pages/x1018072237/Memorial-Day-quarter-page-4-Reasons-to-Celebrate
LUXURY: 5 resorts for when price is no object -- A Robb Report list reveals 100 great getaways for the 1%, but these stand out even from that select crowd. By Jerold Leslie, The Street
SPORTS: 10 disasters in stadium naming rights -- Facility naming rights are a great idea, at least until the company in big bright letters goes broke. By Jason Notte, The Street
More from The Street at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business
GARY BROWN: Little blessings count big on bad days -- I love little blessings that bolster our attitudes, such as when I hurry to get up in the morning because I slept through the alarm, so I stub my toes on a bedpost. “Yeow!” the cartoon bubble would read. Hop. Hop. Hop. Canton (Ohio) Repository
LOST IN SUBURBIA: The day the suburbs stood still - Scene: In the dark of night, a tiny object plummets invisibly to Earth. Glowing with the searing heat of the Earth’s atmosphere, it arrives on the planet as a tiny fireball before slamming into the ground in a suburban backyard. It’s flames immediately extinguished by the tiny impact, it’s arrival goes undetected by the slumbering people in the house. Not even the dog notices the crash and therefore no one sees an amorphous form emerge from the object. It has no defined shape or manner. It is an almost imperceptible orange gelatinous blob that oozes its way over to the nearest shrub, attaches to a branch and waits. By Tracy Beckerman, GHNS.
COOL ROOFS: A beginner's guide to cool roofs - The concept of cool roofs is thrown around a lot these days. U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu suggested that painting roofs white, along with making paving more reflective, would reduce global warming as much as taking every car in the world off the road for 11 years. Yes, he was being hyperbolic, but he does have a point. Dark roofs absorb the sun's heat, and in hot climates, a lighter colored roof can cut down on the amount of air conditioning needed. By Carl Seville, Networx.
GARDENER: Plants that are hot for heat - Like humans, plants have to cope not only with the heat but also with energy-sapping humidity, wind and drought. They grow more slowly, their leaves fade, wind batters them and, in areas of high humidity, they're prone to insects and disease. High nighttime temperatures don't let plants recover from heat stress. By Joe Lamp’l, Scripps Howard.
INTERIORS: Copy your color scheme from Mother Nature - Many find it hard to select the right combination of colors for their home. A good place to start the selection is to look at the values of the colors Mother Nature gives us. After all, she is great with color. By Rosemary Sadez Friedmann, Scripps Howard
BUTTONED UP: Six emotional burdens to unload - Are you guilty of falling short of a true spring clean? The tendency this time of year is to focus on physical clutter, but the kind you can't see -- emotional clutter -- is just as important to tackle. By emotional clutter we mean all those repressed, suppressed and unexpressed emotions and old beliefs that are keeping you stuck, rooted in a spot that probably no longer represents who you are or what you are capable of. By Sarah Welch and Alicia Rockmore, Scripps Howard.
YARDSMART: Fruit trees offer more than other plants -- Decades ago, while designing home sites for orchard farmers in California's Sacramento Valley, I came upon one grove of heirloom white-flesh peaches. Scripps Howard News Service
ASK THE PLUMBER: Dual-mount kitchen sinks are popular now
-- Q: We still haven't decided on our countertops yet since that step is over a year away. Is there a sink you can recommend that will work with any countertop that we may pick out? This information will be very helpful. Scripps Howard News Service
ASIAN GARDENS: An Asian-inspired garden makes a backyard a true retreat -- A graceful waterfall splashes into a cool pond stocked with silver and orange koi. Stone lanterns light a winding path to a charming teahouse through a fantasy forest of trees trimmed to resemble puffy clouds, mimicking their bonsai brethren. Scripps Howard News Service
BEER NUT: Hop-ology is a textbook case - Samuel Adams includes a lesson in India pale ales in its new IPA Hop-ology variety 12-pack. By Norman Miller, MetroWest, Mass.
* Facebook idea: Link to this and ask fans if they’ve tried the 12-pack and what beers they liked/disliked.
TASTE OF TRAVEL: The pearl of Clearwater Beach - Like much of Florida’s Gulf Coast, the white-sand shoreline of Clearwater Beach is bustling with water activities such as parasailing, jet skiing, wind surfing, stand-up paddle boarding and good old-fashioned sunset sailing. It is springtime; the air is perfect, the sun shines all day and sets with a magical glow each evening — and there is little humidity this time of year. By Charlene Peters, Marblehead, Mass.
ICE CREAM SUNDAES: Sundae best: How to dress up a favorite summer treat -- Here’s the scoop on sundaes: They don’t have to be boring. The best-seller at a Springfield Baskin-Robbins remains the classic hot fudge sundae. But gaining in popularity are “layered” premium sundaes. Click inside for some recipes you can try tonight! Kathryn Rem/ The State Journal-Register (Ill.)
TRADING POST: Asparagus Casserole -- Ann Nika of Springfield, Ill., has a spring salad recipe that she has been making for get-togethers for more than 10 years. “It is always a favorite with my family and friends,” she said about Penne, Spinach, Asparagus and Cashew Salad. The State Journal-Register (Ill.)
PAPER/PLASTIC BAGS: Grocery stores are finding ways to discourage paper, plastic -- You may think you’re making the environmentally responsible choice when you request paper instead of plastic bags in the supermarket. But you would be wrong. The State Journal-Register (Ill.)
More in food and family at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle
5 THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND: This week’s suggestions include watching the Preakness, observing National Bike to Work Day, seeing “Battleship” and more.
* Localization tip: Swap out any of these items for any local events; list any bike shops running specials for National Bike to Work Day; and list any information related to Armed Forces Day.
SUDOKU JUNE: Sudoku puzzles 1436-1463 (June puzzles) are now available for download. Previous puzzles are linked to in this file.
More in music and movies at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment
GRANLUND CARTOON: Mitt Romney and marriage -- Dave Granlund on Mitt Romney's opposition to gay marriage. GHNS
EDITORIAL: Obama and gay marriage - "I think same-sex couples should be able to get married," President Barack Obama said last week. This page is where it has been previously on this subject, which is that all are entitled to equal protection under the law, as spelled out in a 14th Amendment. By Peoria, Ill.
More in cartoons and columns at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions
BIZ BITS: Why your social media habits are just as important as what's on your resume - Weekly business rail, with tips on social media and job-hunting, BBB advice on hiring contractors after spring storms, and more. By GHNS.
* Localization tip: You could include a weekly tax tip from a local expert, have a business-related Q&A with a local expert or do a “business of the week” feature in which you highlight a local business.
DAVE RAMSEY: Teen wants checking account - Weekly financial Q&A, with advice on teens and bank accounts, and life insurance. By Dave Ramsey, GHNS.
More in tech and finance at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business
National budget 5.16.12
GateHouse News Service National Budget