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Niche

HOME IMPROVEMENTS: Our summer guide has tips on stylish and energy-saving window treatments, costs involved in pool installation, ways to keep your garage clean and safe, and more.

JUNE RADARFROG COUPON PAGE: The most bang for your food buck
-- JUNE RADARFROG COUPON BOOK

FATHER'S DAY PAGE: Five ways to celebrate

BUYING INSURANCE PAGE: Ways to save on pet, auto, home and life coverage


News

GRAD CONTENT

OIL SPILL CONTENT

MEMORIAL DAY: Check out our links package of Memorial Day content. If your newspaper has something to contribute, please let us know.


Lifestyles

HOME HELP: Prepare your deck for summer entertaining -- Weekly home and garden rail, with tips for prepping your deck, advice on picking a new microwave, new kitchen and bath trends, and more.

BREAKFAST CASSEROLE: Blueberry casserole like a fruity bread pudding --  Charlie Parker’s Diner in Springfield, Ill., is a classic diner; the interior decor sports neon, movie posters and vinyl records. Breakfast is served all day, and co-owner Mike Murphy is at the restaurant every day. One of its standout menu items is Blueberry Stuffed French Toast Casserole. By Kathryn Rem of The State Journal-Register.

THE BEER NUT: Brewery owners in their element -- Element Brewing Company may be new, but the three co-owners have known each other for years. By Norman Miller of The MetroWest Daily News.

GARY BROWN: What if your kid wants to climb Mount Everest? -- When 13-year-old Jordan Romero became the youngest person to climb Mount Everest, parents throughout the country breathed a sigh of relief.

LOST IN SUBURBIA: Three fish and a funeral - In the span of one week, I lost two fish and a coffee maker. I don’t think there is a relationship between the two, but I was pretty sad about both nonetheless.

FRANK MULLIGAN: No such thing as a sure thing - I couldn’t make up my mind whether to write a column about indecisiveness. I finally decided to go ahead due to the topic’s importance and after flipping a coin several times. It’s a vital issue because being indecisive can be costly at work, at home, and during those times when you’re neither at work or home.


Entertainment

SUDOKU: June Sudoku puzzles (708-735) are now available. Previous puzzles are linked to in this file as well.

5 THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND: Some suggestions as to how to spend your Memorial Day weekend.
- NOTE: This column is best localized, as there likely are many happenings around town, so please insert your own information when possible.


Opinions 

GRANLUND CARTOON: Oil spill starting to get to Obama

LICCAR CARTOON: Facebook airing dirty laundry

LICCAR CARTOON: Oil spill inaction

CONROY CARTOON: North Korea's smoking gun

BRITT CARTOON: The government's response to the oil spill

EDITORIAL: Talk to teens about alcohol use -- There’s no better time than the present to have that heart-to-heart talk with a son or daughter who is graduating from high school or is a year or two away from that milestone. From The Independent (Massillon, Ohio).

EDITORIAL: Between a rock and hard place in Korea - Make no mistake about it, if a North Korean submarine torpedoed and sank a South Korean ship on routine patrol in its own waters back in March, killing 46 sailors aboard, it was an unprovoked act of war, not that the two nations have exactly been at peace for the last 60 years. By The Journal Star of Peoria, Ill.

BRUCE COULTER: Take five to remember those who died for our country - Memorial Day, known originally as Decoration Day, is today solemnized with deals on cars, furniture, electronics and then some. Rather than recall the sacrifices made by men and women, retailers would prefer the public remembers who has the best deal for the unofficial start of the summer. To that I say, shop if you must. But please, take five minutes of your day to remember veterans no longer with us.

MATTHEW CASEY: Someone to remember on Memorial Day - On any given day, we pass by myriad statues and memorial plaques that brave the elements in relative obscurity. Many sit unrecognized by the masses, waiting for their stories to be rediscovered.


Business / Tech

DAVE RAMSEY: Forget mortgage accelerator plans - Weekly financial Q&A, with advice on mortgage accelerator plans and bank-account balances.