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7/13/11
 
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On GHNewsroom.com

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Niche

9/11 ANNIVERSARY SECTION: An eight-page section, callouts, house ads and more

BUCKET LIST CALLOUT: What's on readers' "bucket lists"?

AUGUST FAMILY: Brown-bag lunches that fit new MyPlate guidelines, how to communicate with your kid's teacher and teaching kids about money

BACK TO SCHOOL PAGE: Clothing trends

BACK TO SCHOOL TAB: Tips for kids heading to elementary school through college

LITTLE LEAGUE PHOTOS CALLOUT


TOP VIDEOS

Embed codes for some NDN videos that you can add to your Zope stories on these topics:

- Miracles From The Mother Of God?
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-- Localization: You can run this on your religion page and ask readers to send in stories about miracles they’ve seen.

- Two-headed Snake at Odds With Self
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-- Localization: You can run this on your weird news or news page, and mention any weird animals at your local zoo.


Lifestyles

HOME HELP: Outdoor living rooms -- weeky Home Help with items on creating an outdoor oasis, pricing changes at Netflix, treating leaf scorch and more. By GHNS

1936 MERCEDES: Massachusetts man builds replica of rare 1936 Mercedes - In the mid-1970s, Joe Johnson saw a photograph of a 1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K special roadster and knew he had to build one for myself. And so he did, in his garage. By Taylor Bigler, The Patriot Ledger.

FERTILIZER: Top fertilizing mistakes gardeners make - Fertilizer is good nutrition for lawns and gardens, but just like human food, fertilizer diets must be strictly controlled. Gardeners often use too much or too little fertilizer or simply the wrong product, with potentially disastrous results. Here are the effects of the top fertilizing mistakes gardeners make. By Steve Graham, Hometalk.

LOST IN SUBURBIA: 2+2 = barbequed chicken - “Dad, I have a math test tomorrow,” said my daughter not too long ago. “Can you help me study?” “Sorry, Sweetie, I won’t be home until late tonight,” my husband responded apologetically. “I’ll help you!” I offered. There was stunned silence. Not because I offered to help, but because I offered to help with math. By Tracy Beckerman, GHNS columnist.

TRAVEL/RECIPES: Bounty of herbs in the White Mountains of New Hampshire -- To prove how many ways one can use various herbs, Country Inns in the White Mountains of New Hampshire welcomes each June with the Inn to Inn Spring Herb Tour. Charlene Peters/Wicked Local Marblehead (Mass.)

GARDASIL: Dr. Lucinda Hany: Gardasil protects against HPV -- If you have a child between the ages of 9 and 26, your pediatrician may want to discuss Gardasil, which is a vaccine that helps protect the body from four types of human papillomavirus, or HPV.  If you could reduce your child's risk of cervical cancer by up to 75 percent, wouldn't you? Be Healthy Springfield (Ill.)

BLUEBERRY SEASON: Blueberry season has arrived -- Don’t beat yourself up in January. Blueberry season is upon us, so get out there now, and pick your own berries for eating, baking and freezing. I recently headed out to Vogley’s Enterprises in Pike Township, Ohio, where Gary Vogley grows 14 acres of blueberries. Jennifer Mastroianni/ Canton (Ohio) Repository

JIM HILLIBISH: The onion ramp is sweet, smelly -- The onion ramp, aka the ramson. I’ve had them only once, thanks to a friend who bought 20 pounds at a farmers market in West Virginia. They stunk up his truck all the way home. But not to worry because they were sweet with their combination onion-garlic taste. Canton (Ohio) Repository

JIM HILLIBISH: Hawaii serves up Spam as culture, tradition  -- And the No. 1 state for eating Spam lunch meat is ... Hawaii? Check out the Spam fritters, the Spam push-ups, the Spam fajitas and the Spambrosia. Spam Musubi, a seaweed-wrapped sushi knockoff, remains the island’s most popular porta-sandwich. Canton (Ohio) Repository


Entertainment

HARRY POTTER REVIEW: Movie review: 'Harry Potter' finale is pure magic - In what seems little more than the time it takes to make a wave of the wand, the epic legend of “Harry Potter” has run its multibillion-dollar course. An unprecedented eight films in something just short of a decade, and fittingly, it goes out with a bang. By Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger.

5 THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND: This week’s suggestions include seeing the last “Harry Potter” movie, watching the Women’s World Cup final, celebrate National Ice Cream Day and more.
* NOTE: The soccer item will be updated after the U.S. game today.
* Localization tip: Swap out any of these items for local events, list any “Harry Potter”-related events, list big gathering spots for soccer fans and poll readers about their favorite ice cream shops.

GET REEL: A modest movie proposal - In "Network," Peter Finch's Howard Beale implores TV listeners to scream, "I'm as mad as hell and I'm not going to take this anymore." By Bob Tremblay, MetroWest, Mass.

BOOK NOTES: 'Sugar in My Bowl' - Within the male-female dynamic — largely the dynamic “Sugar in My Bowl: Real Women Write about Real Sex” concerns itself with — men take up a lot of space in women’s head. And here, men and women looking for something fun to read this summer, is where you notice that good sex commences once pretenses are abandoned. By Rae Francoeur, Cape Ann, Mass.


Opinions

GRANLUND CARTOON: Mitch McConnell debt limit plan. By Dave Granlund, GHNS cartoonist.

EDITORIAL: A weird switcheroo in Washington, D.C. - My, what a role reversal. Suddenly President Barack Obama of the budget-busting stimulus is the aggressive-if-not-quite-conservative budget cutter, wanting to enact more, not fewer deficit-taming spending reductions and entitlement reforms while tying them to an increase in the debt ceiling, set to be eclipsed by Aug. 2. By Peoria, Ill.

ALAN BABBITT: Don't let Shannon Stone's death be in vain, baseball fans - The death of souvenir-pursuing baseball fan Shannon Stone at a Texas Rangers game shocked you and made you shudder. The near-fall of Keith Carmickle under similar circumstances during Monday’s Home Run Derby in Phoenix should make you angry. Please, someone: Learn something. Baseball fans, MLB officials, anyone. We do not need any more deaths at baseball games. By Alan Babbitt, Holland, Mich.

KENT BUSH: Forcing South Korean workers to take vacation -- The average worker in South Korea works 2,316 hours per year. That is an average of a little over 44 hours per week. Compare that to 1,794 hours, which is about 34.5 hours per week, for the average American worker. The government has a plan to force its employees to start taking more than six of their allotted 23 days off each year. Augusta Gazette (Kan.)


Business

DAVE RAMSEY: Mom has her bags packed for a guilt trip - Weekly financial Q&A, with advice on a mother making a questionable financial decision and on “Murphy.” By Dave Ramsey, GHNS columnist.

MAKING CENTS: Be sure to update your finances regularly - There are many things in your personal financial life that you initially set up and thought you were done with - only to find out later that you probably need to do some updating. By John P. Napolitano, The Patriot Ledger.

CHECKOUT LANE: What you should know before buying a grill - If you are looking for the perfect grill to be the star of your backyard soiree, it is important to do some research before you make your purchase. "You can pay a lot for a poor-quality grill," said Lu Dos Santos owner of Alltown Gas Grills & Propane in Weymouth, Mass. By Shaunna Gately, The Patriot Ledger
* Localization tip: Talk to local grill pros and add or swap out their quotes and tips.