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For 8/25/09 editions

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THE OBAMAS’ VACATION AT MARTHA’S VINEYARD: Find photo galleries and a video from Brockton Enterprise photographer Tim Correira. Look for new photos this evening.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x1373200851/Obama-family-vacation-in-Marthas-Vineyard

NFL PREVIEW TAB: Check out our 2009 NFL preview, with copy from the pros at Pro Football Weekly.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/sports/pro/football/fantasy_football/x772305649/2009-NFL-Preview-Magazine

FAMILY MAGAZINE: Our September edition is available on the news service.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/family/x1528801441/Family-magazine-Garden-fresh

New Facebook in print piece a hit in northern Missouri.
http://ghnewsroom.com/article/new-facebook-print-piece-hit-northern-missouri

Lifestyles

MORNING MINUTES: We've expanded what we're offering in Morning Minutes to provide your paper with more options and to give your readers a couple more interesting tidbits. It now includes Word of the Day, Web Site of the Day, Number to Know, This Day in History, Today’s Featured Birthday and Daily Quote.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/morning_minutes

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Weekly food rail, leads with keys to a successful stir-fry.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/homepage/x1886179443/Food-for-Thought-Keys-to-a-successful-stir-fry

FOOD PAGE: ABCs of breakfast.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x1373193611/Weekly-Food-page-ABCs-of-breakfast

COLLEGE-BOUND: Life goes on despite empty nest - As high school graduates shop for new sheets and pack up their clothes, ready to embark on the next phase of their lives at college, they often leave behind parents who struggle to adjust to a new world without the children who have consumed much of their lives for 17 or 18 years. By Dina Gerdeman.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/education/x1373199656/Life-goes-on-despite-empty-nest
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CAREER SWITCH: Former deputy finds dream job in dinosaur bones - ROCKFORD – About a year before Burpee Museum of Natural History staff and volunteers discovered Jane, the museum’s famed juvenile tyrannosaurus rex dinosaur, Scott Williams sat on a hill in Montana next to a giant fossilized rib bone and made a life-changing decision. Staring out across the Hell Creek rock formation, Williams thought of the mystery of what lay beneath the hardened earth, and he decided the lure of the hunt was too much to ignore. “I sat there and said, ‘This is what I wanted to do my whole life. ... Why am I a cop?’ ” Williams said. By Corina Curry of the Rockford Register Star.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x1886181202/Former-deputy-finds-dream-job-in-dinosaur-bones 

DEIRDRE REILLY: When 1 woman lives with 4 males - Life with four males sure is challenging these days. We have three boys, ages 20, 17 and 7, and they are all currently living under this roof. Add my husband into the mix, and I am the most out-gunned, out-numbered person you’ve ever met. My dad grew up in a house with three females, and for the first time, I understand his pain (he insists between the two of us, he had it worse).
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/family/x1528811260/Deirdre-Reilly-When-1-woman-lives-with-4-males
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MARILEE DRISCOLL: Caregivers need vacations, too - Full-time care-giving, whether as a paid occupation or an unpaid vocation, is among the most stressful and demanding jobs on earth. But let’s never forget that there is one critical difference between the paid professional caregivers and the incredible people who are unpaid.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/health/columns/x1886181019/Marilee-Driscoll-Caregivers-need-vacations-too
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DIANNE MCDONALD: High heels can give you a lift - High heels create an image of a more slender and muscular leg. Wearing them alters your posture and stance, forcing your shoulders back and chest out. Do we women ever wear high heels strictly to attract the famous “male gaze?”
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/columnists/x1373199446/Dianne-McDonald-High-heels-can-give-you-a-lift
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Entertainment

SUDOKU: Puzzles for September (435-462) are available for download. Previous puzzles are linked to in this file, or visit our Puzzles category.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/puzzles/x1886174743/Sudoku-puzzles-435-462-September-puzzles

LIZZIE BORDEN: Swansea author 'solves' Borden mystery in new book 'I Did It' - For one woman, there is absolute certainty that Lizzie’s fingers never touched the hatchet that bludgeoned her parents 117 years ago in their Second Street homestead. If you ask her, she’ll tell you that Lizzie’s sister Emma did it. She acted alone and killed them both, committing if not the perfect murder, then the perfect mystery, she said. Fattibene said Emma came to her in a dream 11 years ago and told her exactly how she murdered her parents. By Deborah Allard.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x772315659/Swansea-author-solves-Borden-mystery-in-new-book-I-Did-It
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BASTERDS REVIEW: Tarantino goes to war with 'Inglourious Basterds' - The Good, The Bad and The Nazi. That could be the subtitle for Quentin Tarantino's latest foray into sweet and tender filmmaking, "Inglourious Basterds." By Bob Tremblay.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x1528804017/Movie-review-Tarantino-goes-to-war-with-Inglourious-Basterds
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FLICKS: It’s open season on Nazis in “Inglourious Basterds” -- The wideworldinterwebnets tells me Quentin Tarantino’s new movie, “Inglourious Basterds,” is a remake of a cornball movie of the same -- well, similar -- name, in 1978, or 1977, depending which version you’re talking about.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x2145968119/Flicks-It-s-open-season-on-Nazis-in-Inglourious-Basterds

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Post Grad’ follows predictable script -- Vanilla. If it was OK to do a one-word movie review, that’s how this one would remain. And that word would capture every lack of nuance, each predictable “plot twist,” all of the standard one-liners, romantic ups and downs, and cat poop jokes that clutter the clunky, slapped-together script that wants to pass as a not-very-subtle collection of life lessons. Ed Symkus
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x1886174891/Movie-review-Post-Grad-follows-predictable-script

MOVIE REVIEW: 'Thirst' a bizarre twist on vampire flicks -- Roman Catholic priest Sang Hyun volunteers in an experimental study of a killer virus. After a series of supposedly life-saving blood transfusions, he¹s the only survivor among 50 volunteers, he¹s covered with horrifically ugly blisters, he coughs up blood, he¹s gained an acute sense of smell, and, oh yeah, he’s become a vampire. Ed Symkus
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x1373194574/Movie-review-Thirst-a-bizarre-twist-on-vampire-flicks

MOVIE REVIEW: Tarantino marches to victory in 'Inglourious Basterds' – How does one do justice to a movie as warped, wacky and way out there as Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Inglourious Basterds’? Truth is, you can’t. That’s how glorious this bastardized version of World War II history becomes, as the master of pulp fiction leads us on a genre-hopping journey rife with wit and surprise. Alexander
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x772310601/Movie-review-Tarantino-marches-to-victory-in-Inglourious-Basterds

Opinions

GRANLUND CARTOON: On jobs and Ben Bernanke.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/cartoons/x1373200827/Granlund-cartoon-On-jobs-and-Ben-Bernanke

GRANLUND CARTOON: Obama's vacation
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/cartoons/x640870955/Granlund-cartoon-Obamas-vacation

O’MAHONEY CARTOON: On the Obama family's Martha’s Vineyard vacation.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/x772311553/OMahoney-cartoon-On-the-Obama-familys-Marthas-Vineyard-vacation

GRANLUND CARTOON: On teacher cuts and students learning about subtraction.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/cartoons/x1528808457/Granlund-cartoon-On-teacher-cuts-and-students-learning-subtraction

MICHAEL WINSHIP: Tom DeLay and the Woodstock Nation - A sorry state of affairs. If it wasn’t for all the 40th anniversary celebrations of Woodstock, the primary cultural contribution of the month would be the announcement that former Republican House Majority Leader Tom DeLay of Texas will be a contestant in the next round of “Dancing with the Stars.”
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x1528811551/Michael-Winship-Tom-DeLay-and-the-Woodstock-Nation

CURT SMITH: Obama dissembles on health care - Candidate Obama vowed accountability. His final “inexactitude” shirks it.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x1528811561/Curt-Smith-Obama-dissembles-on-health-care

KENT BUSH: Release of Lockerbie bomber stirs dispute.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x772316834/Kent-Bush-Release-of-Lockerbie-bomber-stirs-dispute

EDITORIAL:  Terror alerts shouldn't become political tools - Did the 2004 presidential election narrowly avoid being manipulated by terror threats just days before Americans went to the polls? That's the claim made by Tom Ridge, the first head of the Department of Homeland Security, in a book coming out next Tuesday in which he says he was pressured by then-Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and former Attorney General John Ashcroft to raise the national terror alert level at the end of October, 2004, to help President Bush win re-election. An editorial from the Peoria Journal Star.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/editorials/x772317472/Editorial-Terror-alerts-shouldnt-become-political-tools

EDITORIAL: Town hall meetings worth the trouble - When Congress returns to business on Capitol Hill next month, senators and representatives will very likely have stories to share on the summer of 2009. Town hall meetings held this month have provided theatrics suitable for the nightly news, with scenes of angry Americans yelling obscenities at their elected representatives on the health care bill. Despite the behavior of some of our fellow countrymen, and honestly it was despicable at times, town hall forums are still a valuable opportunity for both the constituency and our representatives to clear the air on the issues of the day. An editorial from the Freeport Journal-Standard.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/editorials/x1528811403/Editorial-Town-hall-meetings-worth-the-trouble

EDITORIAL: Welcome to the first day of school. By Westford.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/editorials/x1886180966/Editorial-Welcome-to-the-first-day-of-school
 
News

GIMME AN ‘OW:’ Cheerleaders trying to reduce injury risk -SPRINGFIELD – There’s no way to put it delicately: Cheerleading can be hazardous. Cheerleading and cheerleading safety have been getting a lot of media attention recently because of the release of the 26th annual study “Catastrophic Sports Injury Research: Fall 1982-Spring 2008” from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  The study found that a major factor in the increase of catastrophic injuries to female athletes was due to cheerleading, which now involves gymnastic-type stunts. The number of emergency-room visits made each year due to cheerleading injuries more than quintupled from 1980 to 1997. By Tamara Browning of the State Journal-Register. To localize: Check with local schools to see if they’ve have an increase in cheerleading injuries.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x1886181370/Gimme-an-ow-Cheerleaders-trying-to-reduce-injury-risk

LOST BOY: 'Lost Boy' of Sudan giving back to his adopted country - After his harrowing escape from murdering militias from Sudan and Ethiopia, young man arrives in Westford; studies English; graduates from Clark University; and started an internship with local state representative. By Betsy Levinson.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1373199648/Lost-Boy-of-Sudan-giving-back-to-his-adopted-country
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LIBRARIES: With budgets stretched, libraries are more popular than ever - Everything old is new again, and anything free is popular again as money gets tight. A library is free and area residents are returning gleefully to them, checking out books, music and movies they once bought. By Marc Munroe Dion.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1528809374/With-budgets-stretched-libraries-are-more-popular-than-ever
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- LOCALIZE IT: Check with your local libraries and see if usage has gone up; talk to local patrons.

CASINO CHEATER: Connecticut drops additional charges against Foxwoods, Mohegan Sun cheater - Apparently satisfied with a 10-year prison sentence, state prosecutors Monday announced they would not pursue additional criminal charges against convicted craps cheater Richard “Mr. Casino” Taylor. By Greg Smith.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/connecticut/x1373200950/Connecticut-drops-additional-charges-against-Foxwoods-Mohegan-Sun-cheater
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NASTY SAND: Study: Playing in the sand could make you sick - University of North Carolina researchers recently released a study that found that many people – especially children – are more likely to get gastrointestinal illnesses after playing in the sand, than those who do not. By Jessica Bartlett, Patriot Ledger.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/x1886175714/Study-Playing-in-the-sand-could-make-you-sick
- LOCALIZE IT: There is one local reference - swap that out for a comment from a beachgoer in your area.

Business / Ag

BIZ BITS: Weekly business rail, with a tip about cybercrime, BBB warning about a lottery scam and more.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business/x2145963273/Biz-Bits-Cybercrime-victim-3-telltale-signs-and-what-to-do 

MAKING CENTS: Investing with emotion causes strife - While in money market funds, collecting a paltry rate of interest, you are in fact on the sidelines because you are watching the action on Wall Street wondering if you made the right move. Those of you who fled to the money markets at any time before the bear market started its dramatic turnaround felt like a genius. Now, after an unprecedented and rapid rebound in equity prices and money market rates about as close to 0 percent as possible, you feel like the class dunce. By John P. Napolitano.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business/x769902933/Making-Cents-Investing-with-emotion-causes-strife
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FINE PRINT: First-time home buyers are running out of time to get tax credit - Potential first-time home buyers who are wondering whether they should get into the market to take advantage of the $8,000 tax credit shouldn’t wait much longer. By Jon Chesto.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business/x1373197880/Fine-Print-First-time-home-buyers-are-running-out-of-time-to-get-tax-credit

CHECKOUT LANE: Tips when shopping for antiques - When buying antiques, you should expect to make mistakes, furniture dealers say. That’s why it’s important to get a piece you love, rather than one you think will accrue in value. By Brent Lang.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business/x772313998/Checkout-Lane-Tips-when-shopping-for-antiques
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Sports

NASCAR: Chief contenders as the Chase nears.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/homepage/x1886178777/NASCAR-page-Chief-contenders