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2/15/11
 
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On GHNewsroom.com

WAKE UP CALL!: What do readers think of "Jeopardy!'s" man vs. machine contest?

5 QUESTIONS WTIH BRAD DENNISON: Learn about GH's new metering approach


Niche

WEEKLY NASCAR PAGE: Daytona preview

ST. PATRICK'S DAY PAGE: Travel to Ireland

KIDZBUZZ PAGE: For Presidents Day, learn about branches of government
-- NOTE: This page was corrected today

PET PHOTOS CALLOUT: Ask readers for pics of their hilarious pets

MARCH FAMILY: Tips on helping your teen find summer work, recipes for soup from leftovers, how to get started on spring cleaning

DISASTER RECOVERY PAGE (formerly Tornado Prep page): Recovering your home from fire, weather

MONEY & INVESTING: Our new tab has tips on saving for college and retirement, making a family budget, and more on tax time and real estate


Lifestyles

FAMILY TIME: Beware of bad dog breath - Weekly family rail, with a look at bad breath in dogs, a review of “Gnomeo and Juliet” and more. By GHNS.
* Localization tip: Any of the first three items can be localized – ask a local family counselor to provide a tip of the week, ask movie-going parents to give reviews of movies or ask youngsters to send in book reviews.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Simple substitutes make meals healthy -- Weekly food for thought with items on food substitutions for a healthier diet, "Day of Honey: A Memoir of Food, Love and War," the Beer Nut and more. By GHNS

FITNESS BOOKS: Books on diet, exercise and the human body -- "Healing Back Pain" by Dr. John Sarno. This book not only covers back pain, but shoulder pain, neck pain, knee pain and more. This revolutionary book addressed the emotional effects on the human body. Here's some more books I recommend. Molly Suhadolnik/ State Journal-Register (Ill.)
* Callout idea: What fitness books do you swear by?

WORKOUTS: Intensity is the key to better workouts  -- The definition of intensity as stated by Merriam Webster is, "extreme degree of strength, force, energy or feeling." When you look at it in this way, it starts to make sense in how it is applicable to fitness. By Molly Suhadolnik/ State Journal-Register (Ill.)

DR. JEFF HERSH: GERD and asthma often go hand in hand - Q: I have both acid reflux (GERD) and asthma. Is there a connection between these two diseases? By Dr. Jeff Hersh, MetroWest, Mass.

DR. MURRAY FEINGOLD: Shingles vaccine are underused - If you have ever had herpes zoster, or shingles, then you know how painful it can be. Shingles is also associated with a condition called post-herpetic neuropathy. This takes place on the skin where the shingles were present and can last for months. It is also be very painful and the affected skin maybe very sensitive to touch. By Dr. Murray Feingold, MetroWest, Mass.

TRAVEL: Upper Mississippi Valley for bald eagle watching -- Beginning in the fall, bald eagles are drawn to the open waters of the upper Mississippi River. By January, they number in the hundreds in the Quad Cities area of Iowa and Illinois — and in the thousands in the upper Mississippi valley. By Mike Dickie/ Daily Telegram (Mich.)

EDUCATION: ‘Race to Nowhere’ shows parents pressures on students -- When the documentary film “Race to Nowhere” sold out a week before the screening at Derby Academy in Hingham, Mass., school head Andrea Archer was not surprised. Jody Feinberg/ Patriot Ledger (Mass.)

SHAYNE LOOPER: Is the universe larger, or is God smaller? -- According to Hawking, “... multiple universes arise naturally from physical law.” Perhaps. But where does physical law come from? If the answer is “Physical law is eternal, self-existent and all-encompassing,” isn’t that just a way of saying that physical law is God? The Daily Reporter (Mich.)


Entertainment

GRASCALS: The Grascals take their bluegrass talents on the road - The Grascals, those purveyors of traditional bluegrass music who aren't afraid to put a bluegrass spin on a pop tune or two, were a hit right out of the gate. By the time the band was formed in 2004, each member had achieved veteran status in other groups. Less than a year later, they were honored with the Emerging Artist of the Year award by the International Bluegrass Music Association. Last year the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America named them Bluegrass Band of the Year. By Ed Symkus, MetroWest, Mass.
* Localize by mentioning when Grascals will be in your area. Find their tour schedule here: http://www.grascals.com/index.php?option=com_eventlist=eventlist=2


Opinions

GRANLUND CARTOON: The end of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac coming. By Dave Granlund, GHNS cartoonist.

BRITT CARTOON: The rights of a gun owner. By Chris Britt, Springfield, Ill.

AMY GEHRT: Obama’s 2012 budget proposal breakdown -- President Barack Obama sent Congress a $3.73 trillion 2012 budget Monday that is expected to lop $1.1 trillion off the deficits over a decade. Like Goldilocks in the classic fairy tale, some feel the budget proposal is too hard, others believe it is too soft and some say it is just right. Pekin Daily Times (Ill.)

KENT BUSH: Caution on Egypt appears effective -- Thus far, northern Africa has managed the revolution peacefully. America has to support the rise of democracy without creating revolution. No matter how small our involvement, it won't be welcome. But if the people truly hold the power, it is almost always better than the alternative. Augusta Gazette (Kan.)
* Poll idea: How did the Obama administration handle the situation in Egypt?

SANDER A. DIAMOND: Will a moderate Egypt survive? -- While Mubarak, called the “Pharaoh” by his opponents, failed to meet the needs of a growing population, his heavy hand provided stability and kept the Brotherhood in check. If Egypt collapses into chaos and the Brotherhood comes to power, the entire balance of power in the region would be upset. For the Israelis, it is the nightmare scenario. Messenger Post (N.Y.)

RICK HOLMES: The heroes of Tahrir Square -- "Tahrir" means "liberation," and when you liberate something, you take responsibility for it. The heroes of Liberation Square have shown they intend to take responsibility for building the democracy they worked so hard to see born. The MetroWest Daily News (Mass.)


Business

ON COMPUTERS: After all this tech, some days you need a real radio - Your average radio has been pushed grudgingly into the 21st century. One of the joys of the old radios was the array of switches and dials. Kiss all that goodbye. New radios are digitally tuned and controlled. And there’s that LCD screen staring you in the face instead of analog numbers. By Jim Hillibish, Canton, Ohio.