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BEST OF THE DAY: ASF adds fresh approach to seasonal topic


SUMMER BOOMERS: A summer salad recipe, safe travel tips, home advice from HGTV's Mike Holmes


GO GREEN: Renewable energy, a look at the EPA, 8 ways to recycle and more

NASCAR PAGE: Power rankings

MONTHLY ELECTION PAGE: Know your delegates

KIDZBUZZ: Why recycle?

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MAY FAMILY: Summer vacation ideas, a Mother's Day breakfast recipe, how to get great deals at yard sales


The Street

DANA BLANKENHORN: Feds profit too much to end wireless spectrum shortage -- The spectrum shortage that wireless carriers complain about is a profitable ruse. The Street

MARKET: Qualcomm, EMC, eBay premarket movers -- Qualcomm shares tumble in premarket trading as investors respond to the chipmaker's weak third-quarter guidance. By James Rogers, The Street

COMPUTERS: Windows trips up H-P's giant 'iPad' bet -- The HP TouchSmart 9300 PC puts iPad-like touch on your desktop. But it's still too much Microsoft, too little Apple. By Jonathan Blum, The Street

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OBAMA AND HITLER: Bishop makes comparisons between Obama policies and those of Hitler, Stalin - Last weekend Peoria, Ill., Bishop Daniel Jenky made comparisons between President Barack Obama's attitude toward religious freedom and the policies of historical figures including Josef Stalin and Adolf Hitler have created a firestorm of controversy. By Chris Kaergard, Peoria, Ill.


RELIGION NEWS: 85 percent of U.S. households own a Bible -- weekly Religion News with a new study on America and the Bible, "Wherever I Wind Up: My Quest for Truth, Authenticity and the Perfect Knuckleball" by R.A. Dickey and Wayne Coffey and more. GHNS

ROBERT MANN: The first words - “Let there be light.” Not only words, but profound action. The words and the action recorded in Genesis are inseparable. In his song “The Final Word,” musician Michael Card also sings of God speaking the incarnation “and so was born a Son.” By Robert Mann, GHNS.

MARKETTA GREGORY: Remembering the Oklahoma City bombing - Some events in life are so substantial that they leave a big hash mark on our personal timelines. They make it clear that there was a time “before” and a time “after.” For most of us, those events are things like a high school graduation, marriage, the birth of child – or a tragedy, like the death of someone dear to us or an unimaginable event like the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Building in Oklahoma City. By Marketta Gregory, GHNS.

REV. ED SCHNEIDER: Romney vs. Obama: The great debate continues - Unlike many general elections, the 2012 presidential decision cycle will clearly help to define how the United States of America foundationally identifies itself and then commits to wholly becoming for the next couple of generations. By The Rev. Ed Schneider, Oak Ridge, Tenn.

FAMILY MATTERS: Words of wisdom to remember each day - Recently I had the honor of speaking with published author and well-credentialed family therapist Helene Rothschild. Her words were so powerful that I copied them down immediately because I wanted to share them with others. By Diana Boggia, Canton, Ohio.

TRADING POST: Recipes that star rhubarb  -- Rhubarb, like black jelly beans, is one of those foods that you either love or hate. Marian Gwillim of Shipman, Ill., is a fan of the red-stalked vegetable. She shares a couple of her favorite rhubarb recipes here. Kathryn Rem/ The State Journal-Register (Ill.)

JOAN ENDYKE: Senior kicks diabetes in Diet Boot Camp -- He had exercised all his life, but now he knew he had to tackle his diet. His friend Bob Keyes encouraged him to join Diet Boot Camp, an eight-week program offered by the Hingham Recreation Department. Think of it as basic training for healthy eating. The Patriot Ledger (Mass.)

TOM LICCIARDELLO: A different view at the Boston Marathon -- I’m not certain why runners love the marathon. Maybe anthropologists are right in their theory that running between three to five hours was the time it took our ancient ancestors to run down their prey for dinner. Wicked Local (Mass)

ASK THE GARDENER: Building a water garden -- A water feature is usually the focal point of a garden and should match its style. An elegant rectangular or circular pool would complement the geometric beds and straight paths of a formal garden. Scripps Howard News Service

HOME STYLE: Attractive and easy-care outdoor rooms -- This season, why not make your outdoor room your favorite spot to hang out? The secret to creating outdoor spaces you will really use is to make them so beautiful that they fill your senses and so easy to maintain that they don't add stress to your life. Here are some ideas. Mary Carol Garrity/ Scripps Howard News Service

CANDICE TELLS ALL: Bathroom renovation combines outdoors and luxury  -- Jon and Kris love the outdoors, and they wanted their bathroom to be a warm, inviting retreat, and a place that reflected their own personal tastes. So I came up with a plan that makes the most of beautiful natural materials, all wrapped up in an ultra-modern package. Candice Olson/ Scripps Howard News Service

INTERIORS: Lighten up your decor this spring -- Furniture arrangement has shifted from the wide-open spacious look to a more intimate plan. Think of how you can arrange your furniture in a more familiar, cozy way with conversation areas well-defined. Rosemary Sadez Friedmann/ Scripps Howard News Service

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SUDOKU MAY: Sudoku puzzles 1408-1435 (May puzzles) are available for download. Previous puzzles are linked to in this file.

STAY TUNED: When good sitcom characters go bad, it's time for a change - “Californication,” the raunchy comedy on Showtime about the sexual and relationship misadventures of novelist Hank Moody (David Duchovny), recently ended its fifth season, and it will probably be the last for me as a viewer. I blame Charlie Runkle. He's forced me to call it quits on a show I used to really enjoy. Charlie is Hank's best friend and agent. His defining characteristics are his loyalty to Hank and his crazy sexual exploits. By Melissa Crawley, GHNS.

BOOK NOTES: 'Wild,' by Cheryl Strayed - It had to have been a shock to 26-year-old Cheryl Strayed to realize she couldn’t lift her backpack one inch off the floor mere minutes before commencing on a two-month wilderness hike. She found a way to crawl into her backpack and struggle to her feet. And thus began Strayed’s wilderness adventure. By Rae Francoeur, Cape Ann, Mass.

FARR SIDE: ‘Dedicated’ has big hits, and a few misses - Wilson Phillips’ latest album truly is “Dedicated” to the ones they love. By David T. Farr, Sturgis, Mich.
* Facebook idea: Ask fans to weigh in on the new Wilson Phillips album: Love it? Hate it?

DAN HICKS: Dan Hicks tells new ‘Tangled Tales’ - It’s been up and down and back and forth between musical styles and even different instruments for Dan Hicks over his four-decade career. He played drums with the Dixieland Dudes in junior high school, later switched to guitar and folk music in the duo Dick & Dan, played drums and electric guitar in the early psychedelic band the Charlatans, then switched to a combination folk-blues-jazz-old timey sound with Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks. By Ed Symkus, MetroWest, Mass.

READERS GUIDE: ‘The Beginner’s Goodbye,’ by Anne Tyler - Aaron works for his family's publishing company which specializes in beginners guides on a broad array of topics. His life has been colored by his crippled right arm and leg, and he never expected to marry until he met Dorothy, a somewhat older, plain speaking doctor. Their marriage is rewarding for both until Dorothy is killed in a freak accident. Aaron doesn't have a clue how to deal with his loss -- especially when he starts to see his late wife's ghost. Anne Tyler charms reader's once again with "The Beginner's Goodbye." By Susie Stooksbury, Oak Ridger, Tenn.

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GRANLUND CARTOON: Fenway Park 100 years -- Dave Granlund on Fenway Park celebrating 100 years since its opening. GHNS

KENT BUSH: 'Dog Wars' is newest campaign theme - It is one thing to cry wolf. However, crying dog may be taking it one step too far. The impact of today’s 24-hour media cycle where social media, cable news, radio and constantly updated newspaper websites all battle for news consumer eyeballs is not serving to better inform voters and it will not improve voter apathy. By Kent Bush, Augusta, Kan.
* Localization: Run a poll asking readers if they think the dueling dog stories are worthy of being covered.

JERRY MOORE: Cyberspace should be protected by privacy laws, too -- This is what came to mind a few weeks ago when I ran across a story about how employers are asking job candidates for their Facebook usernames and passwords. I know that companies conduct research online about potential employees, but this seems to be pushing the envelope much further. Suburban Life Publications (Ill.)

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