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On GHNewsroom.com

WAKE UP CALL!: Are new travel safeguards invading our privacy?

THANKSGIVING READER INTERACTION IDEAS: Get readers' disaster stories, recipes and backyard football game photos


Niche

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS CALLOUT: For reader photos of holiday displays

DECEMBER FAMILY: Monthly tab has stories on holiday desserts, preparing your home for winter and Christmas vs. commercialism

WEEKLY KIDZBUZZ PAGE: Draw a cartoon inspired by Mickey Mouse

NOVEMBER RADARFROG PAGE AND COUPON BOOK: Save on New Year's, gift wrap

THANKSGIVING PAGE: A history of the holiday meal
-- Callouts for holiday photos, stories of gratitude
 

HOLIDAY CONTENT: Gift Guide, Songbook, TV page and last-minute gift ideas page

Find the full year's niche schedule here


Lifestyles

HEALTH WATCH: Knowing what's in your pet's shampoo -- Weekly health watch with items on shopping for pet shampoo, a decrease in fatal teen car crashes, a new flu shot for seniors and more. By GateHouse News Service

KEEPING FIT: Easing back pain -- This summer we conducted an eight week study of individuals who experience varying levels of low back fatigue. As expected, the standard strength training program proved effective for improving body composition, increasing lower back strength and reducing lower back fatigue. By Wayne L. Westcott/ The Patriot Ledger, Mass.

JEFF VRABEL: Scared by the fallout of exorcisms - Sorry, "Colleges Fight For Quidditch Title" and "Jessica Simpson's Ruby Engagement Ring," but the New York Times is once again this week's winner for Awesome Lead Of The Week: "The rite of exorcism, rendered gory by Hollywood and ridiculed by many modern believers, has largely fallen out of favor in the Roman Catholic Church in the United States." By Jeff Vrabel, GHNS columnist.


Entertainment

HARRY POTTER: Harry Potter, we hardly knew ye - With the next-to-last Harry Potter film in theaters later this week, some young adults who grew up with the adventure series on film and in books have mixed emotions. By Theresa Schieffer, Springfield (Ill.) State Journal-Register.
* Localization tip: Find Harry Potter fans in your area and include their quotes. Also list any Harry Potter parties that are happening.

MORT WALKER: 'Beetle Bailey' creator Mort Walker talks about inspiration behind his comic strip - Mort Walker’s comic strip “Beetle Bailey” celebrated its 60th birthday this year. The Daily News spoke with Walker recently about his popular comic and his inspiration for Camp Swampy. By Wes Franklin, Neosho (Mo.) Daily News.

REEL DEAL: More twists and tangles from movie toons - When you’re a parent of a 6- and 3-year-old, there’s little you can do to avoid animation domination. I challenge anyone to describe an episode of “Spongebob Squarepants” that I have not seen – likely more than once. So with few exceptions, my family is drawn to any flick whose cast is drawn-on. By Robert McCune, The Independent, Massillon, Ohio.

GET REEL: Give thanks for Hollywood talent - With Thanksgiving just around the corner, this columnist could get nasty and list the biggest turkeys of the year. Or he could get in the spirit of the holiday and give thanks for movies, actors, actresses, screenwriters and directors who have made going to the theater in 2010 as pleasurable as a second helping of stuffing smothered in gravy. So let's take the latter route, shall we? By Bob Tremblay, MetroWest (Mass.) Daily News.

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: Album review: Bruce Springsteen, ‘The Promise’ - “The Promise,” available as a two-CD or three-LP set or as part of a mammoth boxed set of CDs and videos, is being billed as the lost tracks from Bruce Springsteen’s 1978 masterpiece, “Darkness on the Edge of Town.” But what it really contains is a re-imagining of those unfinished and discarded songs, completed — in some cases with newly recorded vocals — in a way that reflects both Springsteen’s original vision and where he’s come since. By Peter Chianca, North Shore (Mass.) Sunday.


Opinions  

GRANLUND CARTOON: Thanksgiving turkeys and recounts. By Dave Granlund, GHNS cartoonist.

EDITORIAL: Voters forgot to weigh in on war -- The midterm elections of 2010 were perhaps most remarkable for the issues that went unmentioned. From the campaign debates, advertisements and months of commentary, you'd barely know that the United States is at war. By The MetroWest Daily News, Mass.

EDITORIAL: Al-Awlaki says kill or be killed -- The Obama administration put radical imam Anwar al-Awlaki on the CIA's kill-or-capture list -- the first American citizen to earn this dubious honor. Al-Awlaki, who is in hiding in Yemen, has just made it much easier for civil libertarians to swallow their reservations. By The MetroWest Daily News, Mass.

EDITORIAL: Waffling on deficit reduction -- Letting the tax cuts expire for individuals earning over $200,000 and families over $250,000 would generate $700 billion in revenues for the government over the next 10 years. You can't walk away from that kind of money and claim to be serious about deficit reduction. By The MetroWest Daily News, Mass.

JIM TIMMERMANN: Partisan primaries give us a hollow middle -- Unfortunately, too many people see “moderate” as a synonym for “wishy-washy.” But moderates can and do take strong stands — they just don’t lock themselves into ideological boxes or automatically reject ideas that come from another party. By Jim Timmermann/ Holland (Mich.) Sentinel


Business

AUTO BITS: Impassable roadways due to snowstorms cost society millions - Weekly auto rail, with a look at snow and roads, Car Q&A with Junior Damato and more. By GateHouse News Service.

GREG ZYLA: Ford Skyliners an interesting experiment - This week, we’re zeroing in on Ford’s hardtop convertibles, known as “retractables” and produced from 1957 through 1959. After a Lincoln Mark II concept show car in 1953, Ford mass produced retractable Fairlane 500s in 1957 and 1958, followed by Fairlane 500 and Galaxie versions in '59. All retractable hardtops carry Skyliner designation, and prices vary slightly for fully restored examples. By Greg Zyla, GHNS columnist.

SHOESTRING LIVING: De-stressing during financial dog days - We can all relate to a time in life where we couldn’t make ends meet. Whether it was in college, after blowing our budget on pizza and beer or in adulthood, when we might be dealing with serious matters like mounting credit card debt or job loss, most us have dealt with financial stressors. Here are some ways to break stress-related cycles. By Molly Logan Anderson, GHNS columnist.


Sports

HUNTING: A pickup truck is a hunter's best friend -- After a faithful dog and trusted firearm, the hunting vehicle may be the hunter’s most important accessory. The Ram’s box storage compartment in the pickup bed over the fenders holds fishing poles or firearms. By Chris Young/ THE STATE JOURNAL-REGISTER, Illinois
* Localization tip: Talk to pickup truck dealers in your area and ask what the best selling models are on their lots.