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Notes

WAKE UP CALL!: Popular tea may be alcoholic

EDITING WORDS: When to break the rules


Niche

AUGUST FAMILY: Latest magazine has tips on taking perfect pictures, summer fruit recipes and more

AUGUST HOW-TO PAGE: DIY oil-change, tire check tips

BACK TO SCHOOL SAFETY PAGE: What to know about food allergies in the classroom
- More school content here


Lifestyles

RELIGION NEWS: Connecticut church celebrates 200 years of service -- A church marks 200 years, this week in religion, getting to know Keith Ellison, and more.

DIANA BOGGIA: Increase your child's positive behaviors -- Recognizing your child’s many positive behaviors throughout the day will make him feel good about himself. When a child feels good about himself, his self-esteem increases. When a child’s self-esteem increases, he has less need to act out for negative attention. Less negative attention-seeking behavior affects your child’s overall social functioning and academic performance.

MEDITERRANEAN TOMATOES: How to stem our tide of summer tomatoes -- Our patient wait for homegrown tomatoes is ending. Simple salads are a welcome way to consume this most-anticipated of harvests. By Jim Hillibish of The Repository.

BOILING POINT: Baked beans get creative -- Think a minute. When was the last time you did something totally outrageous for supper? You probably don’t remember because we don’t cook that way. We’ve eaten decades of baked navy beans. If you think it’s time for a change, try our kidney-bean variation. By Jim Hillibish of The Repository.

COOL OFF: Tips for efficient air conditioning in your home -- If you’re like us, you’ve been trying to strike a balance in this heat wave between not allowing your house to turn into a giant oven and not blowing too much of your hard-earned cash on the electric bill to keep your AC pumping. From The Patriot Ledger.


Entertainment

FARR SIDE: Some positives, negatives in summer reality - It’s summer, and all the TV networks want you to know it. They hope you’ll cash in their reality checks. By David T. Farr.

SNEAK PREVIEW: 'Inception' and other movies opening this week - Christopher Nolan follows up his box-office sensation “The Dark Knight” with a sci-fi thriller starring Leonard DiCaprio as a member of a special team of spies that invade people’s dreams. By Al Alexander.

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Sorcerer’s Apprentice’ whips up fun despite lack of compelling story - Just before the start of this new Disney fantasy-adventure, the 10-year-old kid in the next seat looked at me authoritatively and announced, “This is a live remake of ‘Fantasia.’” I laughed and told him that it wasn’t, but he insisted. “Yes it is, with mops and brooms and everything.” Sure enough, late in the film, there’s a sequence right out of Mickey Mouse’s animated misadventures with mops, brooms, and water, to the strains of some Paul Dukas-like music. By Ed Symkus.

HUEY LEWIS: Huey Lewis gives us the news - Huey Lewis and the News kicked off their summer tour last week. At 60, Lewis says he has the “funnest” job in the world. “I tell everyone before we go onstage, ‘Have a good time or fake it,’” he said. Lewis took time out for a phone conversation before the tour. By Peggy Mullen.
* Localization tip: If Huey is playing in your area, include a breakout box with concert information. *

FLICKS: 'Inception' looks to be this week's box office winner -- Another week, another pair of movies moving in vastly different directions. By John Meo of the Norwich Bulletin.

BOOK NOTES: Parkhurst produces a masterful mystery -- In “The Nobodies Album” by Carolyn Parkhurst, loss is a fantastical place full of dark inspiration and pain so exquisite it has never been visited directly by its main character, a writer named Octavia Frost. By Rae Francoeur of the Cape Ann Beacon.


Opinions  

GRANLUND CARTOON: Obama sinking in the polls

MICHAEL WINSHIP: Making foul shots with the Chamber of Commerce -- The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has committed $75 million to the midterms, more than twice what they spent on federal elections just two years ago.

KENT BUSH: Apocalyptic visions and a backpack of provisions - The world has gone mad. When conservatives begin acting crazier than hippies, we have a problem. The crazy dial recently got turned to 11 thanks to Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck. Now they are pitching food insurance. This isn't a premium you can pay to insure that you can buy food at a lower price in case of a run up in commodity prices in the near future. That would only be a little crazy.

BRIAN MACKEY: Blagojevich audio is (bleeping) entertaining - The telephone calls played in the corruption trial of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich — freely available for listening online — are more entertaining than anything on TV this summer.


Business

BIZ BITS: How to answer job interview questions and be prepared - Weekly business column, with job-interview tips, BBB grade of McDonald’s and more.

BIG DISCOUNTS: Discount stores plan to ride hot streak by remodeling, expanding -- While it’s no surprise that Wal-Mart is still the top U.S. retailer based on sales, other discount stores crept up the top 100 list for 2010 thanks to consumers who spent what little discretionary money they had on good deals last year. By Melissa Westphal of the Rockford Register Star.
* To localize: Breakout a list of discount retailers in your area, or include how many discount stores are in your areas. Speak to local managers -- are they noticing an increase in business? Are discount stores in your area remodeling and expanding? *


Sports

CHARITA GOSHAY: Add 'Heartbreak Kid' to LeBron James' nicknames -- In the hangover after LeBron James’ breakup with the Cleveland Cavaliers, something interesting occurred last Friday morning: The sun still rose. Nature can be cruel that way.

CHRIS POTTER: LeBron may come to regret 'The Decision' -- Reputations are a little like cars — it takes awhile to build them from the ground up, but make just one momentary lapse in judgment and you’re in the ditch with a busted up hulk of metal, wondering how you got there.

FRAN PERRITANO: Steinbrenner built champions, changed face of sports -- It must have been quite a scene Tuesday in the Yankees’ wing of baseball heaven. I could just imagine the reaction of the cherubim and seraphim as Bob Sheppard formally announced to the eternal “Boss” the arrival of “The Boss.”