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For 9/20/10 editions
 
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Notes

WAKE UP CALL!: Economy and political fundraising

DAVID ARKIN: What to do with reader-submitted photos in print


Niche

OCTOBER FAMILY: Our redesigned tab has stories on family game nights, a fun twist on school lunches and more.

WEEKLY HEALTH PAGE: It's cold and flu season

WEEKLY NIE PAGE: Totem poles tell stories

WEEKLY GO GREEN PAGE: Grow an herb garden

BREAST CANCER AWARENESS PAGE: Network of support


Lifestyles

HEALTH WATCH: Looking out for your child's eyes -- weekly health rail with ways to treat loneliness, a link between water and weight loss, and more.

KEEPING FIT: Study says alternate intensity of your workouts -- From an activity perspective, it is better to stand than to sit, to walk than to stand, and to run than to walk. Promoting higher levels of physical fitness means your exercise program must be progressive.

SHOCKING ADVANCE IN STROKE THERAPY: New system is portable and uses electrodes to stimulate paralyzed muscles -- Every year, about 795,000 people suffer a stroke, and nearly 3/4 of these attacks occur with people older than 65. The staff at the Illinois Neurological Institute is using electrical pulses to stimulate paralyzed muscles, a traditional therapy. What’s new is the method.

SHOESTRING LIVING: Save by staying organized - Years ago, I read a brilliant article about how a woman was running her family of six like a Fortune 500 company. She and her husband had taken things to the extreme by crafting a family “business plan” to refer to through life’s bumps and bruises. That’s a great idea if time and creativity allow, but I think we get a boost from just raising our organizational bar. Here are some tips that just might lead to time saved and a few extra bucks in the bank. By Molly Logan Anderson.

JULIE KAISER: If you've got the money, honey ... - The things we want, the things we need, and the things we can afford don't intersect that often.

JEFF VRABEL: Woo hoo, Christine O’Donnell is a witchy woman - Now, I'm not saying that it's fair to revive long-lost Christine O'Donnell sound bites regarding witchcraft and masturbation brought forth to the nation's attention at the expense of legitimate, thoughtful discussion about policy or whatever, but life can be unfair.


Entertainment

POP CULTURE: And the award goes to ... the award-winner - It doesn’t matter whether it’s music, movies, TV or videos. One artist or project gets a slew of nominations, then it takes three hours for them to win everything. By Dennis Volkert.

SPIDER-MAN: Introducing the next Spider-Man - Andrew Garfield is not ready to become a star. The tall, lanky 27-year-old British actor definitely has the chops. Over the past couple of years he’s had major roles in “Lions for Lambs,” the “Red Riding” trilogy, and “The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus.” In a couple of weeks he’ll be featured in the Boston-set story about Facebook, “The Social Network.” But right now he’s got two things on his mind: his leading role as Tommy in the film adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel “Never Let me Go,” and his recent signing to take over the role of Spider-Man. By Ed Symkus.

REEL DEAL: You'll flip over 'Flipped' – if you can find it - Charmingly old-fashioned, Director Rob Reiner’s “Flipped” feels like a film you might be delighted to discover on home video or even basic cable. It doesn’t feature many big-name stars – Anthony Edwards (“ER”), John Mahoney (“Frasier”), Aidan Quinn and Rebecca De Mornay play parental figures, but the spotlight is on young stars Madeline Carroll and Callan McAuliffe as Juli Baker and Bryce Loski, two smitten teens in the early 1960s. By Robert McCune.


Opinions  

GRANLUND CARTOON: Christine O'Donnell and witchcraft.

GRANLUND CARTOON: Donate to Christine O’Donnell.

EDITORIAL: There were many sleepless nights this summer - Every summer has a few nights when the temperature never really drops, even far from the city streets, nights when the heat and humidity make it difficult to sleep. If you think this summer has had more of these nights than usual, you're right. By MetroWest.

RICK HOLMES: No war with Islam here - Those who think moderate Muslims aren't speaking out against extremism need to listen harder.


Business

PAUL A. EISENSTEIN: Eco-friendly Amp Electric Equinox powerful but pricey - The 2011 model year is going to be a big one for those betting on electric propulsion. But while the spotlight is on big-name launches like the Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt, it could be a big year for an assortment of second-tier brands betting they can charge into the automotive mainstream. Ohio-based Amp’s strategy is to take existing gasoline-powered models and convert them to electric-drive.

AUTO BITS: What you need to do to prepare for your fall camping trip - Weekly auto rail, with camping tips, Car Q&A with Junior Damato and more.

ON COMPUTERS: Scrabble Flash — Five wireless computers vs. you -- In yet another attempt to electrify a venerable board game, Scrabble Flash arrives. Scrabble addicts will not be satiated.

CATHERINE BUDAY: Why I'm de-friending Facebook and Gmail - "I'm writing this with tears in my eyes." That's how an e-mail to all my friends began, an e-mail supposedly coming from me. A compelling e-mail ... but one that I never wrote.

JIM HILLIBISH: Fake obituaries may be the death of media - The Internet makes it a lot easier to kill off people. You can write anything on a blog, forum or tweetie site. The problem comes when reporters treat these as news tips. If you’re that lazy, you’re probably not going to do any checking.