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9/16/11
 
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On GHNewsroom.com

WAKE UP CALL!: The NFL wants fans to get "enhanced" pat-downs

Q&A: Six questions with Shannon Dunnigan on DailyDeals

BEST OF THE DAY: (Almost) raw video serves readers well


Niche

KIDZBUZZ: About George Washington and the Constitution

PRO FOOTBALL WEEKLY PAGES: Week 2 looks at the NFL, Bears, N.Y. teams and Chiefs

HOMECOMING PHOTOS CALLOUT

RED RIBBON WEEK PAGE: "Poly-drug use" disturbing teen trend
-- NOTE: National Red Ribbon Week begins Oct. 23

FALL GOLF PAGE: A pro's tips on staying in golf shape over the winter

PAINT THE TOWN PINK: Tab and broadsheet sections for Breast Cancer Awareness Month


Video

FOUL BALL FAN: Fan on cellphone catches foul ball, keeps talking -- A fan at a Texas Rangers game - talking on his cellphone - caught a foul ball and continued the conversation. Jeff Glor reports.

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Lifestyles

LOOKING UP: Supernova by the Big Dipper - We may usually think of a supernova as a gloriously brilliant exploding star, one of these exceedingly rare events that are witnessed by the masses every few hundred years. Indeed, on the infrequent times in history a supernova has burst on the starry dome of night, it has inspired wonder, fear and stuff of legends. By Peter Becker, Hawley, Pa.

KITCHEN CALL: Get the veggies into your kids - School’s in session and stressed parents everywhere are trying to keep up with the continuous round of homework assignments, sports practices and piano lessons, all the while getting veggies into the kids. By Linda Bassett, North Shore Sunday, Mass.

WOOD ON WORDS: The Bible, the Word and God's many names - A wise man, Alexander Pope, wrote in 1711 that “fools rush in where angels fear to tread.” So here I go into the topic of ... religion. By Barry Wood, Rockford, Ill.


Entertainment

AUTHOR INTERVIEW: The Readers' Writers: Acclaimed mystery author Leslie Meier - Leslie Meier enjoys murdering people on special days of the year. Be it "Turkey Day Murder," "Mistletoe Murder,” "Happy Birthday Murder" or Leslie's latest, "English Tea Murder," amateur sleuth Lucy Stone solves every fiendish and cleverly designed homicide this creative author can imagine. By DA Kentner, Freeport, Ill.

INTERRUPTERS REVIEW: Movie review: ‘Interrupters’ finds salvation on Chicago’s mean streets - The power of one person to change another’s life is powerfully on display in “The Interrupters,” an insightful and deeply moving account of how ex-cons are taking to the mean, unforgiving streets of Chicago to stop the killing of Windy City children through gun violence. By Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger.
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STRAW DOGS REVIEW: Movie review: 'Straw Dogs' remake is one sick puppy - What do you call a very violent group of rednecks? “Animal crackers.” Can I have a rimshot please? And I’ll be here all week. Thank you very much. If that stereotypical joke ruffles your chicken feathers, then stay a country mile away from “Straw Dogs,” a film filled with more Southern stereotypes than you can shake a fried dill pickle at. More annoying for people who cotton to originality is that the film marks yet another remake. By Bob Tremblay, MetroWest, Mass.
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HOW SHE DOES IT REVIEW: Movie review: 'I Don't Know How She Does It' mines a mother lode of clichés - In “I Don’t Know How She Does It,” Sarah Jessica Parker plays a Boston-based working mom struggling desperately to juggle marriage, children and a high-stress job. She wants to “have it all.” It’s a plight Diane Keaton maneuvered through more comically and affectingly in “Baby Boom” in 1987, when the concept was fresh. In this facsimile based on Allison Pearson’s best-seller no cliché or genre trope is safe. By Dana Barbuto, The Patriot Ledger.
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DRIVE REVIEW: Movie review: 'Drive' is one hell of a ride - "I drive. That’s what I do. All I do.” That may be more words than Ryan Gosling strings together at once in all of Nicolas Winding Refn’s masterfully crafted, hugely entertaining neo-noir, “Drive,” and his nameless character, identified – appropriately – in the film’s credits as “Driver,” doesn’t utter them. By Brett Michel, The Patriot Ledger.
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MOVIE MAN: Here's why you need to watch 'Citizen Kane' - Seventy years after it first hit theaters, “Citizen Kane” has arrived on Blu-ray in a three-disc, extras-loaded set. Here are 10 reasons you should watch the movie — and own the set, too. By Will Pfeifer, Rockford, Ill.

BILL BAILEY: Bill Bailey brings bizarre blend of comedy and music on tour - Bill Bailey is one of the most buzzed about British comics in the world at a time when Ricky Gervais, Russell Brand and many others have nudged British comedy once again into vogue, and he backs it up with a blend of music and observational performance that’s as virtuosic as it is disarming and a little bizarre. By Chad Berndtson, The Patriot Ledger.


Opinions

GRANLUND CARTOON: Middle class endangered. By Dave Granlund, GHNS cartoonist.

GRANLUND CARTOON: Solyndra scandal and President Obama. By Dave Granlund, GHNS cartoonist.

BRITT CARTOON: Poverty approaches the middle class. By Chris Britt, Springfield, Ill.

PHILIP MADDOCKS: Fed-up fed chief considers trading consumers after poor performance - Frustrated by the recent performance of the nation’s underachieving consumers, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke said he was considering trading them away perhaps for a second- or third-rate bank and a hedge fund manager to be named later. By Philip Maddocks, MetroWest, Mass.

CONSTITUTION DAY: As social media grow, so does First Amendment appreciation - Each year, on Constitution Day, students and teachers celebrate the most fundamental laws of our republic. This year, they should celebrate Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and all other social media children of the digital age. Why? Because, it turns out, social media are good for the Constitution. Specifically, social media are good for the First Amendment. By Eric Newton, Knight Foundation.


Business

ERIC P. BLOOM: 8 questions that can help you improve your team’s performance - Say you have 10 people working for you; three of them are great, four of them are solid performers and three are underperforming. As a manager, where should you spend your management time, and who should you pay the most attention to? By Eric P. Bloom, GHNS columnist.


Sports

DIAMOND DIRT: Camo jerseys are a joke - Want to see propaganda at its best? Watch a San Diego Padres game when they wear their alternate jerseys made to look like an Army uniform. Have you ever seen something so useless? By Dominic Genetti, Hannibal, Mo.