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WAKE UP CALL!: More alcohol on Sundays?

HOLIDAY ENTERTAINING CONTENT: Don't miss these Thanksgiving, New Year's stories

NOTE: The news service will not be staffed for Thanksgiving. We will be staffed Friday, Nov. 26.


Niche

NASCAR PAGE: A grand finale
-- NOTE: Nov. 22's NASCAR page will be the last of the season. The page will return in February.

PRO FOOTBALL WEEKLY PAGES: Week 11 previews

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS CALLOUT: For reader photos of holiday displays

LETTERS TO SANTA CALLOUT: Ask for kids' holiday wishes

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

WEEKLY KIDZBUZZ PAGE: Thanksgiving-themed math puzzles

THANKSGIVING PAGE: A history of the holiday meal

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


Lifestyles

THIS WEEK IN WEIRD: The best strange news of the week as reported by GateHouse newspapers. By GateHouse News Service.

THANKSGIVING: My top 10 'thanks' for Thanksgiving -- With Thanksgiving coming, I’d start the ball rolling, so to speak, and write about what I am thankful for -- in David Letterman style, no less. By Alicia Gossman-Steeves/ La Junta Tribune-Democrat (Colo.)
* Interactive tip: Ask readers to weigh in on what they are thankful for this year.

KITCHEN CALL: Getting to the good gravy -- These women –– supreme rulers of the kitchen on every other occasion –– turned into a bunch of crazies when making simple turkey gravy. A real recipe, in three easy steps, follows. I’ve included two cranberry sauce recipes as well. By Linda Bassett  / Wicked Local North of Boston

ASK DOG LADY: The importance of dog names - Weekly canine Q&A, with advice on dog names and off-leash dogs. By Monica Collins, GHNS columnist.

SUZETTE MARTINEZ STANDRING: Thanksgiving dinner – when lifestyles clash - Thanksgiving celebrates family, but reunions can produce friction when there is a conflict about lifestyles. BJ Rosenfeld wrote a book that is a unique tribute to all parents who stand behind their children’s life-altering decisions. By Suzette Martinez Standring, The Patriot Ledger.

LOOKING UP: Explore space with binoculars - It is well worth a step outside the next clear, dark night, despite the late-autumn chill. Even a few minutes with eyes alone will allow you to sweep across half of the universe all at once - given you are in an open field or out on a lake, or maybe on your rooftop. By Peter Becker, Hawley (Pa.) News Eagle.

WOOD ON WORDS: Elections bring mandates, lame ducks - Can the winner of an extremely close election still claim the victory represents a mandate? Or, as famed wordsmith George W. Bush might say, would that misoverestimate the results? By Barry Wood, Rockford Register Star.

ELIZABETH DAVIES: Thankful for homely, heartfelt tree - Throughout the mall, there are Christmas trees of all colors and sizes. Some are elegant, and some are colorful. Some are tiny, and some stretch almost to the ceiling. But in my house, there is a tree of a different sort. It’s not grand, like the tree that sits behind Santa in all those mall photos. Nor does its branches spread “just so” in even formations. This is a Thanksgiving tree. Beautiful, it is not. But beauty is what it represents. By Elizabeth Davies, Rockford Register Star.

LLOYD GARVER: Educaton - just a button away - Wouldn't you think that a university classroom would be the last place that kids would be allowed to push buttons on electronic devices that they hold in their hands for the entire length of the class? Think again. Many colleges now give clickers to students to use in class. Unlike the smart phones that professors probably don't like their students to hold in their hands during a lecture, these little remotes are often required. By Lloyd Garver, GHNS columnist.

KENT BUSH: I have seen the coming apocalypse - Many people see recent events as reason to believe we are living in Earth's final days. Much of it is creative prophecy interpretation, and some is just profiteering by taking advantage of well-meaning people looking for something to believe in. I don't buy into a lot of the end-times arguments, but I do think I have seen the coming apocalypse. Social networking will be the reason the world eventually stops spinning around. By Kent Bush, Augusta Gazette.


Entertainment

DECEMBER SUDOKU: Sudoku puzzles 890-917 for December are available for download. Previous puzzles are linked to in this file.

HARRY POTTER DIRECTOR: ‘Harry Potter’ director David Yates looks forward to next challenge - David Yates was carving out a successful career as a director of TV movies and series in London when he got a life-altering phone call a few years ago. He was chosen to be the next director to tackle a "Harry Potter" film. Little did he know that after he scored – big-time – with “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,” he would return to make three more "Potter" pictures. The newest, which makes up about the first half of J.K. Rowling’s final book, is “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1.” By Ed Symkus, The Patriot Ledger.

HARRY POTTER KIDS: 'Harry Potter' kids grow up and look forward to post-'Potter' roles - It looks like another "Harry Potter" film. It feels like another "Harry Potter" film. But there’s one major difference between “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1” and all that came before it: The three lead characters – Harry, Hermione and Ron – are out on their own, away from the safety of Hogwarts and its protective professors. By Ed Symkus, The Patriot Ledger.

AMBER GREEN: Interview with author Amber Green - Amber Green is the living definition of wordsmith and undoubtedly rivals the CIA in her knowledge of people, cultures and traditions. By DA Kentner, Freeport (Ill.) Journal Standard.

REPORTER’S BOOK: GateHouse reporter writes book centered around his hometown - When he wasn’t covering murders, fires and council meetings, Marc Munroe Dion, 53, wrote for himself a series of short stories and essays about his hometown of Fall River, Mass., and especially about the pleasures of smoking a pipe. That work is now a book: “Mill River Smoke: Stories and Essays.” By Kevin P. O'Connor, Herald News.

MOVIE MAN: 'Six Million Dollar Man' arrives on DVD - Back in the mid-1970s, before “Star Wars” rocked my world, I was all about “The Six Million Dollar Man.” I didn’t care if it was corny, and I didn’t notice that, despite its premise, it was decidedly low-tech. All I knew was there was nothing cooler than a guy with bionic parts (two legs, one arm, one eye) who went on secret missions, battled bad guys and, in a memorable handful of shows, matched wits with Bigfoot. The show, including three made-for-TV movies, ran from 1973 until 1978, and I must’ve watched every episode. If you would’ve told me that, someday in the future (when bionics would be real) I could own every episode to watch whenever I wanted, I think my head might’ve exploded. By Will Pfeifer, Rockford Register Star.

REEL DEAL: Trains a ticket to adventure, despair -  What’s worse than a megalomaniacal madman at the controls of a train in the bustling New York City subway? How about a mile-long train carrying a toxic freight and a massive amount of diesel fuel, with absolutely no one at the wheel. By Robert McCune, Massillon, Ohio, Independent.

MUSIC: Vinyl records are Back to Black Friday -- A strange resurgence has taken place in the music industry as hardcore music fans hail the return to vinyl records. On Friday, Nov. 26, independent music stores across the country will be celebrating that return with the Back to Black Friday sale event. By Sarah Phelan/ North Shore Sunday (Boston)
* Localization tip: Include quotes from local music stores, radio stations or fans of vinyl records. List local stores that sell vinyl records and what kind of a selection they offer.


Opinions  

GRANLUND CARTOON: Refresher course for careless hunters. By Dave Granlund, GHNS cartoonist.

CONROY CARTOON: How the turkey was chosen for the Thanksgiving meal. By Bob Conroy, GHNS cartoonist.

BRITT CARTOON: U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel, trailblazer. By Chris Britt, State Journal-Register.

EDITORIAL: Immigration reform is a federal, not state, issue -- Anecdotal evidence suggests that illegal immigrants have fled “get tough” states like Arizona for “friendlier” places like Massachusetts. We as a nation need to take a step back from the emotions surrounding the issue and look at it rationally. From Fall River, Mass.

PHILIP MADDOCKS: Republicans say the universe needs to start compromising more with their ideas - Newly empowered Republican Congressional leaders challenged the universe today to turn in their direction after an election that they described as a clear message from the American people that the electorate is sick of the way the world works and wants it to be more responsive to its fervent wish that everything would just go back to how it was in 2006. By Philip Maddocks, MetroWest Daily News.


Business

ERIC P. BLOOM: Giving promotions - Giving someone a promotion sounds like it should be easy. You call the person into your office, tell him he has been promoted and to continue doing great work, shake his hand and send him on his way. In one sense, it is that easy. However, there are a number of factors to consider when deciding who to promote and when to promote them. Additionally, there are a number of ramifications associated with giving someone a promotion and they’re not all good. By Eric P. Bloom, GHNS columnist.