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Notes

WAKE UP CALL!: Find your area's Foursquare mayors

Q&A: Weekly health page success in Ohio


Niche

WEEKLY NASCAR PAGE: Who's desperate to win the Brickyard 400

READER CALLOUT: Are you afraid of Friday the 13th?

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


Lifestyles

HEALTH WATCH: How to keep your run healthy for your feet -- Tips for caring for your feet, new research on how parents can influence a child's alcohol use, tips for safe eating this fair season, and more.

SNEAKERS: Can an oddly shaped shoe help you shape up? -- Karen Brockman nearly fell the first few times she wore her Skechers Shape-Up shoes. Now, the registered nurse at the Orthopedic Center of Illinois says the shoes designed to activate and tone more muscles than a regular sneaker not only work, but also feel more comfortable. By Jason Nevel of the State Journal-Register.

CHEF FEHMI: The thrill of the grill -- In the early '90s, some health researchers suggested that grilling can be harmful to your health and can even cause some forms of cancer. However, Americans still fired up and continue to fire up their grills in order to enjoy a backyard barbecue whenever an opportunity allows them to do so. By Chef Fehmi Khalifa of the Herald News.

GREENSPACE: 'Green' detergent may leave spots -- If your dishwasher suddenly seems to do a poor job, the machine may not be at fault. Sixteen states limit sales of consumer dishwasher detergent containing phosphate. The inorganic chemical for decades has been a major household cleaning agent. Reformulated soap contains only a trace of it or none. By Jim Hillibish of The Repository.

PVC GARDEN: Gardener finds solution to weeds, critters and more - PVC pipe - Scanning a survival blog, Maj. Clark Davis found a treatise on gardening that piqued his interest - and his appetite. "I didn't want to invest in a rototiller or put up a fence to keep out rabbits. I didn't want to tear up my lawn, and I didn't want to spend hours weeding." Davis said he needed a concept that didn't require a farmer to operate. By Clare Howard.
- Localization tip: Does anyone in your area do this? Add their info, pics. Also, talk to garden pros in your area about this concept.

DAVID ROBSON: Too much rain can lead to a sickly lawn -- Turf diseases come and go, often occurring after wet springs followed by dry summers -- like this one.

TRAVEL: Explore equine history of North Carolina -- The coast of North Carolina is protected from the open Atlantic by a line of narrow barrier islands called the Outer Banks. It is not a place where one would expect to find wild horses, yet there is a herd of more than 100 living there near Beaufort, N.C. By Alicia Gossman-Steeves of the La Junta Tribune-Democrat.

JULIE FAY: Leave summer camp direction to the pros -- Ah, summer. Warm temperatures and sunny days, relaxed schedules and outdoor living. I’m really enjoying my summer this year, in no small part because all three children are in the same half-day summer camp for a month. This leaves me with kid-free mornings to write, exercise or even meet a friend for coffee. It has been heaven. I’m a big believer in summer camp.

JEFF VRABEL: Monkeys are cool – except for Taliban-trained ones - It's difficult to imagine trained monkeys being anything but fully 100 percent awesome, but leave it to the Taliban to find a way to screw them up, like they did with Afghanistan, the "Jonah Hex" movie and, you know, life.

SHOESTRING LIVING: Find your satisfying splurge - I realized that spending a few bucks on a simple pleasure is sort of well, wonderful. Finding something that gets you remembering good times, feeling happy or just plain tastes great and doesn’t break the bank is a very good thing. By Molly Logan Anderson.

LORETTA LAROCHE: Learn to laugh at your biggest problems -- When humor is absent from our lives for an extended period of time, it can lead to depression, anxiety, anger and irritability. When we lose the ability to laugh at ourselves, we become less kind and tolerant of others behavior.


Entertainment

POP CULTURE: Pop stars who give electrifying performances - Lady Gaga has caused a few mini-controversies lately. Last week, the hubbub centered around circle contact lenses worn by the pop singer in a video for “Bad Romance.” By Dennis Volkert.


Opinions  

GRANLUND CARTOON: Tea Party Express and the NAACP

CHARITA GOSHAY: Summer brings out best, worst in American culture -- This summer marks the 50th anniversary of the classic novel “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Simply told, yet compelling in its message, “To Kill a Mockingbird” is the story of prejudices and a miscarriage of justice in a small town as seen through the eyes of children. Yet not even this American classic gets to stand unmolested.

EDITORIAL: Getting serious about the deficit - People can get lost in the big numbers - millions, billions and now trillions - that dominate debates over the federal budget deficit, especially because the numbers are rarely produced without political spin. But a good graphic, like the one on this page, can help clarify the big picture. By MetroWest (Mass.) Daily News.
- Note: If you don’t run the attached graphic, editorial will need editing to un-reference it.


Business

CHECKOUT LANE: Buy an air conditioner that's right for your home -- With temperatures climbing to triple digits in many areas of the country, air conditioning units have been flying off store shelves. If you’re fortunate enough to find a good air conditioner still in the store, you should ask yourself a number of questions before buying it. By Ashlee Fairey of The Patriot Ledger.

PAUL A. EISENSTEIN: Hyundai boosts Sonata's power -- Does a midsize car have to come with a V6? Maybe not, as in the case of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata. With 274 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque, the 2.0T blows away just about anything you can think of in its class, whether I4 or V6, turbocharged or naturally aspirated.

AUTO BITS: Tips for keeping young drivers safe - Weekly auto column, with driving tips for youngsters, Car Q&A with Junior Damato and more.