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WAKE UP CALL!: New cancer screening guidelines for women

LEDE 2011: Brad Dennison reviews strategy during leadership seminar

EDITING WORDS: AP style on daylight saving time, Veterans Day


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


NASCAR PAGE: Chase racers prepare for a fight at Talladega

VETERANS DAY PAGE: Outward Bound for Veterans program helps troops adjust



HALLOWEEN PAGE: This year's popular costume predictions


HOME HELP: Smoke detector -- weekly Home Help with checking smoke alarms, new distracted driving apps, setting up a sewing station and more. GHNS

ENERGY HOGS: 5 surprising energy hogs in your home - Heating and air conditioning accounts for half of energy usage in the average American home, according to the Department of Energy. Lighting and big appliances, including refrigerators, clothes washers and dryers and dishwashers, account for another big chunk of energy usage. Many homeowners have realized the substantial energy savings of replacing incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescents (CFLs) and buying a new Energy Star refrigerator, for example. By Steve Graham,

101 IDEAS: Set up a quilting space - Create a sewing surface with an ordinary desk. Cut a hole in the desk to lower the sewing machine into the top. Add a plastic template to create a flat sewing surface. Create a pressing surface with a section of board covered with batting and muslin; place wire baskets underneath to store fabric. ... By HGTV/Scripps Howard.

SUNFLOWERS: Sunflower guru grows varieties unique in color, size - Tom Heaton has devoted his life's work to a flower that's synonymous with sunny days. Heaton is Yolo (Calif.) County's Sunflower Man. The world's leading sunflower hybridizer, he creates stunning new varieties in a rainbow of colors, destined for gardens and florists around the globe. By Debbie Arrington, Scripps Howard.

YARDSMART: Recruiting ferns in the fight against pollution - Phytoremediation is the science of using plants to help clean up pollution. After all, plants are experts at selectively extracting nutrients and minerals from the soil through their roots. So why can't they be used to remove toxins, too? By Maureen Gilmer, Scripps Howard.

YARDSMART: Day of the Dead lauds dead with flowers, fete -- On the third night, all dead are remembered. This corresponds to the Catholic feast days of All Saints and All Souls Day, which also commemorate the dead and resulted in All Hallows Eve, or Halloween. Maureen Gilmer/ Scripps Howard News Service

TREASURES: Ross Stefan painting captures Southwest aura -- Prices for Stefan's work have increased dramatically over the last 10 years as interest in Western art has expanded. In 2007, his painting "Finally Caught" sold for $16,800 at auction. Many other Stefan paintings have sold privately at similar prices.  Helaine Fendelman and Joe Rosson/ Scripps Howard News Service

BUTTONED UP: 10 steps to winterize your home -- Cooler months bring a unique set of challenges for keeping the house warm and safe from the elements. Winterizing a home can seem daunting. But the minute you take a step towards the goal, you realize your perception of the job was much worse than the reality. Sarah Welch and Alicia Rockmore/ Scripps Howard News Service

COLLEGE MATTERS: Make your personal statement personal -- Writing the “personal statement” can be a torturous exercise for many seniors. While the temptation might be to adopt a distant, academic tone, making your personal statement personal will help the admissions office gain a richer understanding of your unique character and qualities. MetroWest Daily News (Mass.)

DR. JEFF HERSH: Different treatment options for uterine fibroids -- Q: My doctor said my heavy periods were from fibroids –– is this the same thing as endometrial polyps? A: Polyps form from the mucous membrane (the lining) of the uterus, whereas fibroids are benign tumors that form in the muscular tissue of the uterus itself, so these are very different conditions. MetroWest Daily News (Mass.)

CONCUSSIONS: Beth Grill: Help for dizziness after concussion -- It is estimated that 1.7 million people per year sustain traumatic brain injuries. Of those, approximately 75 percent are concussions. Because many mild concussions go undiagnosed and unreported, it is difficult to estimate the real number of concussions per year. MetroWest Daily News (Mass.)

THE BEER NUT: New Planet aims for gluten-free beer that tastes like beer -- "There is a Gluten-Free Beer category at the (Great American Beer Fest in Colorado). Imagine if the quality of gluten beer was so good that we could compete against the other beers in all of the other categories, instead of having our own category. I hope that happens someday." Norman Miller/ MetroWest Daily News (Mass.)

JOHN REILLY: How small acts can create a butterfly effect  -- In a paper he presented on “Predictability” in 1972, Lorenz posed the pioneering question: “Does the Flap of a Butterfly's Wings in Brazil Set Off a Tornado in Texas?” And, thus, the butterfly effect was born. The Patriot Ledger (Mass.)

LOST IN SUBURBIA: Rubbing elbows with the not-so-rich or famous - I have issues with other people’s elbows. This is not to say that I obsess about them all the time. No, I only have an issue with them when there is a shared armrest at stake, such as at the movies or on a plane. By Tracy Beckerman, GHNS.

MICHELLE TEHEUX: Don’t text and shop - We all know how dangerous it is to text and drive. But the dangers of texting while grocery shopping could be even greater. Especially for those who keep getting in my way. By Michelle Teheux, Pekin, Ill.

SAELEN GHOSE: Upsetting the pumpkin cart - My 10-year-old son announced he wants to trick-or-treat with his friends this year. This upsets me. I mark time in two ways: my yearly tax appointment during school February vacation and our traditional family trick-or-treat outing every October. I look forward to both of these events because even though they are very different experiences, each gives me a sense of continuity from year-to-year. Now my son wants to upset the pumpkin cart and change it all, and I’m just not ready. By Saelen Ghose, MetroWest, Mass.

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5 THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND: This week’s suggestions include celebrating iPod Day, watching “Paranormal Activity 3” or “The Three Musketeers,” participating in Make A Difference Day and more. By GHNS.
* Localization tip: Localize the Halloween item as much as possible by listing events such as corn mazes, haunted houses, yard tours, etc.; list any local Apple/iPod events and Make A Difference Day events; or swap out any of these items for big local events.

SUDOKU NOVEMBER: Sudoku puzzles 1226-1253 (for November) are available for download. Previous puzzles are linked to in this file.

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BRITT CARTOON: Time to occupy Main Street. By Chris Britt, Springfield, Ill.

GRANLUND CARTOON: GOP 2012 auditions -- Dave Granlund on auditioning for the 2012 Republican presidential candidate. GHNS

GRANLUND CARTOON: Romney's yard and illegals  -- Dave Granlund on accusations that Mitt Romney employed illegal immigrants at his home. GHNS

CURT SMITH: Tax relief? We need laugh relief! - Recent job growth was zero, much like President Barack Obama’s chance of seeming a moderate. His best hope in the 2012 campaign is public contempt for the GOP. By Curt Smith, Messenger Post, N.Y.

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DAVE RAMSEY: How get teens to adjust to debt-free plan? - Weekly financial Q&A, with advice on getting children to stick to your budget and on focusing on a career. By Dave Ramsey, GHNS.

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FANTASY FOOTBALL: Carson Palmer trade matters for fantasy owners - No move made by the NFL trade deadline meant more for fantasy football owners than the Carson Palmer trade. Palmer has a chance to make more of an impact this season than the recently traded St. Louis Rams WR Brandon Lloyd and the “where have you been” running back Ronnie Brown from Philadelphia to Detroit. Brown, like every back currently playing for Detroit not named Jahvid Best, is a stop-gap option at best. By Joey Baskerville, Freeport, Ill.

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