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For 8/16/10 editions
 
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Notes

WAKE UP CALL!: Still risks to Gulf seafood?

FOOTBALL FEVER: How to make your own high school microsite, with video tutorial


Niche

NFL SEASON PREVIEW TAB: Pro Football Weekly writers lay out the big questions of the 2010 season, and break down strengths and weaknesses of every team, every week

SEPTEMBER FAMILY: Articles on not overloading your children with activities, budgeting now for the holidays and incorporating apples into easy, filling breakfasts

WEEKLY NASCAR PAGE: Payback time

WEEKLY AUTO PAGE: 2011 Jetta has style, smooth ride

WEEKLY HEALTH PAGE: Make the most of your massage


Lifestyles

HEALTH WATCH: Advice for parents looking to soothe a child's cough, new research on waist size, how to protect yourself against MRSA in the hospital and more.

HEALTHY AT 97: 97-year-old woman pumping iron to stay healthy - Three times a week, Priscilla Caskin walks to the gym and works out. This month, she’ll celebrate her 98th birthday. By Maureen Mccarthy.

SLEEPY STUDENTS: Yawn ... school year means change in sleep patterns - Getting back into the school year swing of things - which for some teens may mean finding that misplaced alarm clock - can be a challenging adjustment for young people whose bodies must become re-accustomed to a new schedule. By Sara Browning.
* Localization tip: Include quotes/info from local students and experts.

VEGAN: Hog farmer switches to vegan diet after battling cancer - Lunch was Greek cabbage salad sprinkled with pumpkin seeds, Ezekiel sprouted wraps, walnuts, raw almonds and a glass of hot purified water. Fred Leman, a 53-year-old central Illinois hog farmer who used to eat meat at nearly every meal and sugary snacks in between, now considers this lunch among his favorites. The transformation of Leman’s diet came after a cancer diagnosis last year. By Clare Howard.

RUNNERS CORNER: Useful tips for the all-season sport - I’m not complaining. It’s been a wonderful summer for sitting on the beach sipping a cool beverage, and getting a full dose of natural vitamin D. The problem for those of us who run is that temperatures stubbornly stay in the 90s with humidity at correspondingly high levels, transforming even an easy run into a challenge. By Tom Licciardello.

PETER COSTA: End of summer foretold - I chose the cove less traveled. It was a green enclave where weeds ruled and lily pads served as marker buoys. Venture beyond the pads and risk getting snarled in a Sargasso Sea that has the strength to immobilize a propeller in a thousand green handcuffs.


Entertainment

JEFF VRABEL: I’m a horrible parent – my son likes NASCAR - It's a static, shatterproof rule of parenting that, purely through nature and momentum, you will endeavor to pass on to your children your own interests and activities, either by grand design or subconscious manipulation. But somehow, my son is turning into a surprisingly knowledgeable juicebox-downing NASCAR fan.

KEVIN FRISCH: Take this job and, um, keep it - What does it say about our national mood that two of our biggest preoccupations last week were with people who whimsically quit their jobs?


Opinions  

BRITT CARTOON: Things going Rod Blagojevich's way?
* Note: This will be outdated if there is a verdict today.

RICK HOLMES: United we stood - No, I don't wish for anything like World War II to befall America. But I can understand why our parents and grandparents recall those years with feelings much deeper than nostalgia. In an age when we waste so much energy yelling at each other over politics and trivia, I envy those who can remember an America united in the dangerous pursuit of something really important.

EDITORIAL: President Obama's record on transparency - Most of the cases where the Obama administration has fallen short of its promises can be attributed to the united and stubborn opposition of Republicans. But when it comes to Barack Obama's promise to preside over the most ethical and transparent administration in history, finger-pointing won't suffice - unless the president is looking in the mirror. By The MetroWest (Mass.) Daily News.


Business

ON COMPUTERS: Rogue toolbars strike - Beware switching your browser’s toolbar. That may open the door to bothersome advertising. By Jim Hillibish.

AUTO BITS: Protect your ride for best resale value - Weekly auto column, with car-resale tips, Car Q&A with Junior Damato and more.

SHOESTRING LIVING: Frugal with your computer - When it comes to technology, lots of folks just follow blindly, buying up whatever they hear is best, when just a little research and maintenance work might help them save both money and headaches. By Molly Logan Anderson.

CHECKOUT LANE: Tips for choosing a vacuum cleaner - There is no “one-size-fits-all” when it comes to vacuum cleaners, according to Randall Davis, owner of Braintree Vacuum Co. in Quincy, Mass. Upright vacuums are best for carpeting and canister-style vacuums are great for hardwood floors and getting under furniture. By Ashlee Fairey.
* Localization tip: Get quotes from local vacuum experts and include their quotes and tips.