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CHEVY 100 YEARS: A look at Chevrolet's history and effects on pop culture

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: Ideas for the fitness buff, foodie, furry friend or techie in your life, as well as tips on homemade and charitable gifts


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HALLOWEEN PAGE: This year's popular costume predictions


GADHAFI: 5 things to know about Moammar Gadhafi - Facts about the Libyan dictator who was killed Thursday.


RELIGION NEWS: Will churches stand up to animal cruelty? -- weekly Religion News with one theologian who says the Church is indifferent to animal cruelty, “The Color of Rain: How Two Families Found Faith, Hope and Love in the Midst of Tragedy” by Michael and Gina Spehn and more. GHNS

DAN SEABORN: The art of marriage involves support -- There is also a story of a woman who can’t muster the courage to apply for the job of her dreams because her husband keeps telling her that she’s not qualified. Dan Seaborn is a non-denominational Christian evangelist Holland Sentinel (Mich.)

ANNE PALUMBO: Mothers' sense of smell is overlooked, under-appreciated -- We get all kinds of kudos for our abilities to nurture and soothe and yank a dangling tooth, but when it comes to this particular knack, we get zilch. I’m talking, of course, about our ability to identify, withstand and cope with smells. Messenger Post (N.Y.)

TASTE OF TRAVEL: The diversity of D.C. - Museums, restaurants and Shakespeare Theatre company are must-see stops in Washington, D.C. By Charlene Peters, Marblehead, Mass.

INTERIORS: Quirky website aims to solve minor problems - Have you heard of the new place to find new inventions? Or the new place to send in your invention or product ideas? If you haven't, let me educate you. It is called Quirky -- funny name, big idea. By Rosemary Sadez Friedmann, Scripps Howard.

HOBBIES: Gold leafing creates elegant edible treats - Gold-leafed chocolates are all the rage at fancy chocolate shops and gourmet food boutiques. The gold leafing adds a soft sheen to chocolate, making it elegant and luxurious. By Cathie Filian, Scripps Howard.

THE GARDENER WITHIN: Cool-season crops still have time to thrive -- Leaves are turning and the tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers have finished the season, but there's still time to grow and enjoy some of the sweetest, crispiest, most flavorful vegetables of the year. Joe Lamp'l/ Scripps Howard News Service

ASK THE PLUMBER: Is pumice stone OK to clean toilet bowl? -- Q: Hi Ed. My husband and I can't agree about whether to use a smooth pumice stone to remove the mineral deposits ringing the inside of our toilet bowl. Ed Del Grande/ Scripps Howard News Services

HOME STYLE: Creating a striking holiday drinks table  -- This holiday season, whether you're having a few friends over for a casual dinner or a houseful of guests for a formal party, make sure your drinks table is worth toasting. Mary Carol Garrity/ Scripps Howard News Services

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NEW MOVIES: 'Margin Call' and 'Three Musketeers' – A look at the movies opening in theaters this week. By Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger.

STAY TUNED: 'Once Upon a Time' there was this TV show about fairy tale characters ... - Like it or not, princesses are an iconic part of popular culture and now thanks to ABC, they are part of prime time in the new series “Once Upon a Time.” By Melissa Crawley, GHNS.

FARR SIDE: Scotty McCreery album historic but uneven - The Billboard music history books continue to be rewritten. Season 10 “American Idol” winner Scotty McCreery’s debut album, “Clear As Day,” debuted at No. 1 on the Hot 200 Album chart. By David T. Farr, Sturgis, Mich.

BOOK NOTES: A devil of a place - “Chasing the Devil: A Journey through Sub-Saharan Africa in the Footsteps of Graham Green,” references the dancing devils that author and former war correspondent Tim Butcher encountered on his month-long hike through Sierra Leone and Liberia. These devils, possessing qualities of benevolence and cruelty, are respected even by Christian Africans and they hint at the complexity of beliefs and way of life in these two war-ravaged countries. By Rae Francoeur, Cape Ann, Mass.

MUSIC/ MIDORI: Violinist Midori brings music to underserved populations -- The violinist Midori has been a professional musician for nearly three decades. Starting with her debut with the New York Philharmonic at the age of 11, Midori has balanced a career as a professional musician with an array of outside interests. Brian Mackey/ The State Journal-Register (Ill.)

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BRITT CARTOON: Herman Cain's electrified fence at the border. By Chris Britt, Springfield, Ill.

EDITORIAL: National Right to Carry Reciprocity Act tramples states' rights -- The legislation threatens to trample the rights of state and local governments to keep their citizens safe through common-sense measures granting permits for those carrying concealed weapons. Herald News Editorial Board (Mass.)

KENT BUSH: Illegal is not sub-human - Human beings are not inanimate objects. During the Republican debate Tuesday night, the candidates continually referred to “illegals.” We need a fence to keep illegals out. We have to get rid of magnets that draw in illegals. Illegals love to work on farms. Heck, Mitt Romney employed some of “those illegals” to mow one of his lawns – until he started running for office, then he told the company he “can’t have illegals for Pete’s sake.” Herman Cain wants to build a fence – it might be electrified – and put boots on the ground to keep illegals out. By Kent Bush, Augusta, Kan.

JOHN HOLTZ: Don't let fracking ruin clean water for our kids -- I can imagine a day soon when the pure sweet waters are worth more than any gas we sell now. If we frack it now, we risk everything. In May of 2000, an article in Fortune Magazine declared, “Water is the Oil of the 21st Century.” Messenger Post (N.Y.)

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BIZ BITS: Financial advice from Chick-fil-A founder S. Truett Cathy - Weekly business rail, with money tips from a pro, a BBB warning about job scams, and more.
* Localization tip: You could include a weekly tax tip from a local expert, have a business-related Q&A with a local expert or do a “business of the week” feature in which you highlight a local business.

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL NATION: Big East has lost its dignity - The Big East is the big loser in conference realignment. Its best football schools, which once found the Big East attractive, have discovered cooler partners over the last decade. It’s left the conference no longer worthy of having one of the precious six automatic berths to the BCS bowls, and the financial windfall that comes with such a gift. By Eric Avidon, MetroWest, Mass.

DIAMOND DIRT: Never mix Miller Lite with Anheuser-Busch - This is the time of year when my baseball superstitions are lifted into high gear. There’s no way I’m going to do anything that would contribute to the Cardinals facing a loss. I’ve been wearing my baseball neck ties and Cardinals jerseys over my work attire and have worn my Cardinals caps extra proudly since they won the wild card. Some might call it crazy, but as a citizen of Cardinals Nation I must contribute in anyway possible to the team’s luck. By Dominic Genetti, Hannibal, Mo.

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