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For 1/23/09 editions
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NASCAR PREVIEW:  2009 NASCAR preview tab: Can Jimmie Johnson do it again?
OUTDOOR LIVING SPRING SECTION: Lots of fishing, with some cool gadgets, safety and turkey tips.
INAUGURATION SPECIAL SECTION: 8-page commemorative section with lots of great photos and content generated by GateHouse folks.
“STRETCHED:” Section features stories on ways to save and make money in 2009.

MORNING MINUTES: Note: we’re adding a little “today in history” beginning Monday. And we’ll still offer Word of the Day, Web Site of the Day and Number to Know.
LOOKING UP: See the stars from the warmth of your home.
ELIZABETH DAVIES: "Sesame Street" celebrates 40 years of acceptance.

GLUTEN-FREE: New products, menus make it easier to cook and eat gluten-free - Patricia Bean makes a chocolate fudge cake so tasty that people don’t realize that it’s gluten-free –- except her daughter, who can’t eat gluten because she has celiac disease. Ledger, Feinberg, on wire now With art
JUDY EISENBERG: Getting catalogs, starting seeds indoors - Seed catalog browsing is a great way for gardeners and ‘wanna-be’ gardeners to fight the winter blues. CNC, on wire now With art
PIECE OF LINCOLN HISTORY IN HIDES IN PLAIN SITE – ATHENS, Ill. People pass by the two-story, wood-frame building at 200 S. Main St. in Athens every day without knowing that the structure has major connections to Abraham Lincoln. And that’s the frustration: They don’t know, and they do pass by. By Ann Gorman of the State Journal-Register.
SUDOKU: Puzzles 190-217 are now posted. Sudoku links package can be found here:
SNEAK PREVIEW: "Inkheart" and other movies opening this week.

OSCAR NOMINEES: A look at people and movies nominated for the 81st Academy Awards.

PRESIDENT OBAMA PAINTING: Artist known for his paintings of presidents playing poker unveils his newest work - a painting of President Obama speaking to a crowd of American civil rights heroes.
WILL PFEIFER: Far-fetched 1954 flick shows how much fun melodrama can be.
DAWSON’S CREEK PACT: Michelle Williams leads the ‘Dawson’s Creek’ pack - What’s happened to the clique of Katie Holmes, Michelle Williams, James Van Der Beek and Joshua Jackson since they graduated from the Capeside High in 2003?  Who tanked and who prospered? Ledger, Alexander, on wire now With photos
TOBY KEITH: Toby Keith makes no apologies - Entertainers come under fire all the time; look at Britney Spears, Michael Jackson, Miley Cyrus. But when Toby Keith came under fire in April, he was literally under fire — as in, a mortar attack at a U.S. military base in Kandahar, Afghanistan. By Danielle Hatch of the Peoria Journal Star.
BRITT: Toon on the flubbed oath of office.

BONUS BRITT: Toon on Gov. Rod Blagojevich comparing his troubles to Pearl Harbor.
O'MAHONEY CARTOON: On Caroline Kennedy. Ledger, on wire now

WOOD ON WORDS: There certainly has been a lot of swearing in Washington this month. Fortunately, it‚s been the formal, civil kind.

EDITORIAL: Good move on Guantanamo - President Obama followed through on one of his most important campaign pledges Thursday by ordering the closure of the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, within a year. An editorial from the Rockford Register Star.
EDITORIAL: Plane crash sans casualties shows value of training - Remarkable moments in aviation only come along once in awhile nowadays, but the recent incident in New York involving a US Airways flight that had to ditch into the Hudson River has to be one for the record books. An editorial from the Peoria Journal Star.
Editorial: The message in Obama's inaugural address: Grow up, America.
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FOOTBALL BRIEFS: PFW news on Bill Parcells, Chargers, Seahawks, Packers and Bears.
SUNDAY QUICK SHOTS: Packers’ defensive switch will help more than Bears’ - The Packers should improve on defense more than the Bears next year, and not just because Green Bay fired twice as many assistant coaches (six to three). Quick Shots likes Chicago hiring Rod Marinelli to coach the defensive line, but Green Bay switching to the 3-4 defense under Dom Capers is an even better move. By Matt Trowbridge of the Rockford Register Star. For use Sunday, Jan. 25.

THIS WEEK IN WEIRD: A clumsy cat, a cold horse and a president-obsessed family headline this week's edition.

COLLEGES LOOK AT KIDS’ WEB PAGES: Colleges scope out students' Web pages - Colleges are increasingly using Facebook, MySpace and YouTube, just like so many students applying for admission, but the schools often use them for different reasons — to check those students’ backgrounds and reach out to them with video lectures. Herald News, Welker, on wire now
With photos
FOR MONDAY: IMPEACHMENT TRIAL: A preview of the Senate impeachment trial of Gov. Rod Blagojevich starting Monday, in chunky form looking at the various aspects of the trial from the preparations and logistics to the evidence and witnesses. By Doug Finke of the State Capitol bureau. Will be posted this evening for use Monday. With a breakout box covering the impeachment trial details and schedule and some of the abuses of power allegations against Blagojevich.
Business / Ag
BIZ BITS: Weekly business rail, with tax tips, a look at 10 items consumers are buying despite the economic downturn and more.

RICHARD HAGOPIAN: Saving is in vogue again - Attitudes and behaviors may be shifting in the wake of the financial crisis that has turned into a serious economic downturn. Many are wondering if one result might be the creation of a new generation of pennywise Americans who are more diligent about saving money. CNC, on wire now
VISIONARY BUSINESSMAN: Ex-Cat chairman Morgan remembered as 'visionary' - PEORIA – Lee Morgan was considered a man of vision who helped modernize Caterpillar Inc. more than two decades ago, which led the company through its darkest days in the 1980s. Morgan, who died Wednesday at age 89 after a long illness, was the first Caterpillar chairman to tackle free trade issues on the company's behalf, leading it to be recognized as a global company, one of his successors said Thursday. By Paul Gordon of the Peoria Journal Star.