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For 2/19/10 editions
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WEB CUBE: Web Cube Moments of the Week for Feb. 19, 2010.
READER CALLOUT: LENT: Reach out to your readers for their Lenten thoughts.
READER CALLOUT: SPRING GARDENING TIPS.
LEDE: Apply now for the 2010 leadership program, LEDE.
MORNING MINUTES: Includes Word of the Day, Web Site of the Day, Number to Know, This Day in History, Today’s Featured Birthday and Daily Quote.
REV. TESS BAUMBERGER: Living from our most precious gift - Some say the illness of our times is busyness. You might even call it a false idol. As a society we seem driven to do more and more, over-scheduling ourselves as well as our children. Even retirees keep themselves going all the time. I am no exception to this rule, but during my recent retreat I experienced a breakthrough that I shared with my congregation on Valentine’s Day and would like to share with you now.
SHOESTRING LIVING: Whatever happened to date night? - It doesn’t take a professional to tell me that our marriage would benefit from a thrifty relationship celebration, sans kids, every now and then. If you’ve got a honey but not a lot of money, I’ve got some ideas for how to frugally get date night back into your lineup.
BLACK HISTORY: See what you know about black history with this quiz - See what you remember about notable people, places and events in the lives of black Americans. A quiz by the State Journal-Register.
GREENSPACE: Garbage pail provides starts for plants -- My mom fought our winter cabin fever with a simple solution: garbage plants. We grew all manner of stuff from the snippings and seeds of our kitchen trash. It was fun watching them grow, and we learned a lot about gardening from this simple hobby. By Jim Hillibish of The Repository.
ASK DOG LADY: Secondhand smoke harmful to humans and dogs -- Dog Lady offers advice on quitting smoking, volunteering at a shelter, and keeping a puppy from chewing rocks. By Monica Collins.
ELIZABETH DAVIES: Being a mom is the best job - I lay in bed and soaked in the wonder of it all. I’m the mother of two small children. It’s 10 a.m. And yet, I’m still in bed and it’s quiet. How does that happen?
ALICIA GOSSMAN-STEEVES: Eating ham, fasting and other Lent traditions – The other day as I sat eating lunch with a couple of coworkers, the subject of
Lent came up. Two of us were planning to attend Ash Wednesday services and I remarked that in all my years growing up in the church that I had never
attended such a service.
5 THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND: From chowing on chowder for Clam Chowder Day to more Olympics fun, give your readers some ideas (and be sure to localize).
SUDOKU FEBRUARY: Puzzles for February (582-609) are available for download. Previous puzzles are linked to in this file, or visit our Puzzles category.
SUDOKU MARCH: Puzzles for March (610-644) are available for download. Previous puzzles are linked to in this file, or visit our Puzzles category.
SNEAK PREVIEW: 'Shutter Island' and other new movies -- Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio team up for the fourth time in "Shutter Island," based on the novel by Dennis Lehane and set in Boston. It's the story of an investigation into the disappearance of a patient from an island hospital for the criminally insane. By Al Alexander of The Patriot Ledger.
AT THE MOVIES: Check out this week’s collection of movie content, including Flicks, Sneak Preview and more.
MOVIE REVIEW: It's 'Shutter' chaos in Scorsese's noirish thriller -- Insanity reigns, or should I say rains, in “Shutter Island,” Martin Scorsese’s waterlogged ode to the cinematic joys of mental illness. Clearly, he’s crazy about this stuff. And you feel that love in every beautifully rendered shot of his admirably understated tale of bedlam inside an isolated Massachusetts state hospital for the criminally deranged.
MOVIE REVIEW: 'Red Riding' is bloody good stuff -- I don’t know about you, but when I think of British police officers, I generally conjure up visions of friendly, unarmed bobbies and sly, cunning detectives, a la Sherlock Holmes. Or, at least that’s the way I used to think before being bombarded with five hours of Brit cops so ruthlessly crooked they make the guys on “The Shield” look like McGruff.
FLICKS: Willis does nothing for his image in 'Cop Out' -- Cop out: 1: to back out (as of an unwanted responsibility); 2 : to avoid or neglect problems, responsibilities, or commitments - Merriam-Webster Online. Beginning a column with a definition is a terrible cliche, but how can I not, when faced with “Cop Out”? By John Meo of the Norwich Bulletin.
OSCARS: Follow the link below to see our collection of Oscars-related content. If your paper has something that would work on a national scale, please send it to us via Zope or e-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
MOVIE MAN: 'Goodfellas' a great film about bad men - With Martin Scorsese’s new movie, “Shutter Island,” opening this weekend in theaters, and his 1990 movie, “Goodfellas” re-released this week on a 20th anniversary Blu-ray disc, I thought it was a good time to make the argument that “Goodfellas” is the best movie of the last 25 years. By Will Pfeifer of the Rockford Register Star.
REEL DEAL: Bridges is good at being Bad in 'Crazy Heart' -- My Valentine’s weekend plans included a lovely dinner and a heaping dose of romantic comedy
(via the star-studded “Valentine’s Day”) with my wife. What I got instead was an alcoholic country crooner in “Crazy Heart,” and a seat in a crowded
theater, rubbing elbows with someone who actually smelled like Bad Blake looked. By Robert McCune of The Independent.
BOOK NOTES: Family values its 'privileges' in Jonathan Dee's new novel - Jonathan Dee’s new critically acclaimed novel “The Privileges” starts with a wedding, impressive for the deft writing that conveys the controlled chaos, the edgy anxieties, the many tensions springing from family members’ vying needs. By Rae Francoeur.
KUTLESS: 20 questions with Kutless guitarist Nick De Partee -- The guitarist for Christian rock band Kutless talks about the new album, Casting Crowns
and what¹s coming next. By Gary Darling of the Maryville (Mo.) Daily Forum.
GRANLUND CARTOON: China's reaction to Obama's meeting with the Dalai Lama.
GRANLUND CARTOON: Want an apology from Tiger Woods? Take a number
WOOD ON WORDS: 'Para-' not so simple - A “parable” is a simple story, and a “parabola” is a plane curve. The adjective “parabolic” can refer to either one.
JEAN NERO: When advertisers cross the line -- There is a point that crosses - the line from humor to insult ‹ and two commercials, one for Doritos and one
for Budweiser, did it big time Super Bowl Sunday.
EDITORIAL: Bipartisan spending binge can't continue - Congressman Aaron Schock, R-Peoria, probably gave the best answer he could on "Meet the Press" last Sunday regarding the tightrope any federal politician these days walks between Uncle Sam's grotesquely irresponsible overspending and the demands from back in the district to bring home the bacon. An editorial from the Peoria Journal Star.
EDITORIAL: You count and need to be counted in this year’s census - We don’t need to provide excuses for not filling out your census form. We’ve heard them all already. They are bad reasons and, what’s more, they are hurtful. Every census form that doesn’t get filled out could mean dollars lost and clout unrealized, a road project deferred and economic development plan set aside. An editorial from the Rockford Register Star.
EDITORIAL: We can lead nuclear research -- As longtime supporters of nuclear energy, we are pleased President Barack Obama is moving forward with plans
to build a new generation of safe, clean nuclear power plants. On Tuesday, the president announced $8 billion in loan guarantees to break ground in
Lanham, Md., on the nation¹s first new nuclear power plant in 30 years. By the Norwich Bulletin.
THIS WEEK IN WEIRD: Bull runs inside house, couple gets in fight on Valentine’s Day and more in this week’s edition.
DUNKIN EXEC: Former Dunkin’ executive pleads guilty to kickback scheme - A former marketing executive at Dunkin’ Brands Inc. has pleaded guilty to charges that she steered hundreds of thousands of work to an outside contractor in return for a 50 percent kickback. By Jon Chesto.
AMY BISHOP: DOCTOR: Newton doctor calls for ‘thorough investigation’ into Bishop, shooting - A Children’s Hospital doctor who’d worked with Amy Bishop, the Braintree native accused of killing three colleagues in Alabama, said a “thorough investigation” is needed to assure “no one else (is) victimized by such senseless violence.” By The Patriot Ledger.
AMY BISHOP: 86: DA probes '86 Bishop investigation for ‘elements of criminality’ - Norfolk District Attorney William Keating said his office is probing the botched investigation of the 1986 Amy Bishop shooting to find out if “elements of criminality” were involved. By John P. Kelly.
HAITI HELP: Michigan farmers donate 600,000 eggs to aid Haiti earthquake victims -- Eggs are getting cracked to help Haitian survivors from the Jan.
12 earthquakes, and Michigan farmers are jump-starting the national effort. By Jon Szerlag of the Ionia Sentinel-Standard.
Business / Ag
DAVE RAMSEY: Financial Q&A, with advice on playing the lottery and financial responsibility.
BIT BITS: Weekly business rail, with tips on business credit scores, BBB warning about time shares and more.
CHECKOUT LANE: How to pick the best flowers - The biggest mistake shoppers can make is buying their blossoms online, said Anita Dinatale, owner of Fabiano Florists. By Lana Lagomarsini.
- Localize it: Talk to florists in your area and add their quotes, tips.
MAKING CENTS: IRS makes exception for Haiti money - Very rarely can you do something after the fact and receive a tax benefit for the prior year. That is exactly what the IRS is allowing with respect to donations made to Haiti. In most cases, the deduction is allowable on your tax return in the year that you actually made the deduction. By John P. Napolitano.
PRIVATE INVESTORS: Private investors key to turnaround, expert says: ROCKFORD – The real estate and financial services industries have been under siege since the real estate bubble burst in 2007. Steve O’Connor, the senior vice president of government affairs at the Washington, D.C.-based Mortgage Bankers Association, says that private investment will be the key to a turnaround in the real estate market. By Alex Gary of the Rockford Register Star.
TALKING CARS: Random stalls, mechanic calls - I own a 2003 Ford Taurus 3.0 24 valve V/6 engine with 110,000 miles. Randomly, regardless of weather conditions, when the engine is at an idle it will stall. Do you have any ideas? By Junior Damato.
TALKING CARS: Is ‘good enough’ good enough? - I own a 2008 Ford Fusion. The Ford dealer uses an oil blend of part regular oil, part synthetic for oil changes. When I inquired about whether I should go all synthetic (having read your advice), the service manager said I could, but that their blend is “good enough.” By Junior Damato.
NASCAR PAGE: Extended forecast.
SUNDAY QUICK SHOTS: NBA loses money, but teams want to spend more - NBA Commissioner David Stern claims teams will lose $400 million this year and have lost at least $200 million four years in a row. And this is with a salary cap that the league forced a half-season lockout to install 11 years ago. By Matt Trowbridge of the Rockford Register Star. Also includes items on the Bears, the White Sox, the Olympics and the Minnesota Twins. For use Sunday, Feb. 21.