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WAKE UP CALL: New GHNewsroom feature highlights the day's best GateHouse Media journalism and social media efforts.
NEW SITE TOUR: Discover the new GHNewsroom.com Web site
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POLL QUESTION IDEA: How has the Catholic priest sex abuse scandal, which is resurfacing in the news, affected you?
EASTER 2010 CONTENT: Easter is April 4 this year. Check out our collection of pages, cartoons and more. If you have content that will work on a national level, submit it through Zope or e-mail email@example.com.
STRETCHED PRODUCTS NOW RADARFROG: April's Stretched editions are out, now branded as RadarFrog:
-- Info sheet on the change: http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/ghns_pages/stretched/x1499088274/Stretched-products-now-RadarFrog
-- Half-page on saving water: http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/ghns_pages/stretched/x1009758886/RadarFrog-page-Shut-the-tap
-- Coupon book with stories on a budget road trip, meat-counter savings and getting the most out of garden tools: http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/ghns_pages/stretched/x1336919020/RadarFrog-coupon-book-Get-your-motor-running
MEMORIAL DAY PAGE: Learn about the nation's war memorials.
FARM LIVING: The Spring Farm Living magazine is out, with articles on farming in the future, local foods' growing popularity and the bee shortage's continued effect on crops.
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.
BEER CAN SOLAR PANELS: Illinois man builds solar collecting panels for home using aluminum cans - Using recycled materials, Ward Miner designed and constructed two 4-foot by 8-foot solar collectors that likely will cut his heating bill in half in March and April. During December through February, with fewer sunny days, he estimates the solar collectors saved between one-third and one-sixth of his heating bill. The main component of each unit is 300 recycled soda and beer cans. By Clare Howard.
JOAN ENDYKE: Studies link iron levels in children to ADHD -- A study conducted in France and published in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, found the majority of 4- to 14-year-old children (84 percent) with childhood attention deficit hyperactivity disorder had abnormally low ferritin levels. Ferritin is a type of protein that stores iron and is concentrated in the brain. The lower the iron, the more severe the symptoms.
DR. PETER MARCELLO: Lower your risk for colorectal cancer -- March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Cancer of the colon and rectum is the second leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States.
PETER COPPOLA: Helping beginner gardeners -- Master gardener Peter Coppola offers plant advice for beginners, and answers a composting question.
REV. TESS BAUMBERGER: Struggling with scriptures -- For many people, the Bible is a source of discomfort, even pain. After reading the book of Genesis, the stories of trickery, divine temper tantrums resulting in floods, stories of abandonment and incest, the members of my class asked, “What is there here of value to us? Who would want this sort of God?”
WOOD ON WORDS: Tea parties: Colonial, modern and just plain crazy -- Before Boston in 1773, a “tea party” was generally a genteel and sociable event, and the tea was sipped rather than dumped into the sea. After the Boston get-together, “tea party” also began to mean “an exciting disturbance or proceeding,” according to Webster’s unabridged. Nowadays, something new is brewing, another type of American tea party, but I’m not sure what it’s all about.
ELIZABETH DAVIES: Church attire about comfort and respect -- I looked at the teenagers sitting before me, their hair scraped in messy ponytails. I took in their hoodie sweat shirts, and noticed the holes in their designer sweat pants. How casual, I wondered, is too casual for church?
SUDOKU FOR APRIL: Sudoku puzzles (645-672) for April are available. Follow the link below or visit our Puzzles category.
AT THE MOVIES WITH GATEHOUSE: Check out our collection of movie profiles, reviews, columns and more.
- Oversexed ‘Chloe’ unintentionally laughable: http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x38420073/Movie-review-Oversexed-Chloe-unintentionally-laughable
- 'Greenberg' takes annoyance to excruciating levels: http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x1009760308/Movie-review-Greenberg-takes-annoyance-to-excruciating-levels
- ‘Hot Tub Time Machine’ reheats the cheesy ‘80s: http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x1176894118/Movie-review-Hot-Tub-Time-Machine-reheats-the-cheesy-80s
- This ‘Dragon’ will slay you with heart: http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x1838110721/Movie-review-This-Dragon-will-slay-you-with-heart
MOVIE MAN: 'Fantastic Mr. Fox' great for kids, grown-ups -- Wes Anderson — the quirky hipster behind “Rushmore” and “The Royal Tenenbaums” — making an animated movie? It sounds crazy, but it makes perfect sense. All of Anderson’s movies are — and I mean this as a compliment — live-action cartoons. By Will Pfeifer of the Rockford Register Star.
5 THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND: This week’s suggestions: Head to the theater for the latest animated feature, “How to Train Your Dragon”; catch the NCAA tournament on TV; celebrate Earth Hour; watch the MLS season kick off; and celebrate Palm Sunday.
GRANLUND CARTOON: Civility and politics
GRANLUND CARTOON: The unrecognizable Republican Party
LLOYD GARVER: Tweaking the health care plan -- We all know that getting the health care bill passed by the House of Representatives was not easy. However, it was a good civics lesson for children. They learned that if the minority is unhappy with what the majority decides, those who support the minority call the people in the majority offensive names and spit at them. Some make threatening phone calls.
Business / Ag
BIZ BITS: Weekly business rail, with e-filing tips, a look at the most valuable college basketball teams and more.
DAVE RAMSEY: Weekly financial Q&A, with advice on new cars and vacations.
ON COMPUTERS: Four or eight cylinders? -- Many consumer computers now run at 64-bit. A few years ago, only the big dogs ran at that level. The rest of us were stuck in a 32-bit world. By Jim Hillibish of The Repository.
CHECKOUT LANE: Choosing the right skateboard -- Skate shop owners have a message for aspiring skateboarders: Equipment is everything. By Lana Lagomarsini of The Patriot Ledger.
MAKING CENTS: The case for long-term care insurance -- Many times over the years I've written about long-term care insurance, and it still blows me away how many people say that this coverage is a waste of money. The issues surrounding caring and paying for long-term illnesses are far more significant than issues that we think about when evaluating the purchase decision. By John P. Napolitano of The Patriot Ledger.
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