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WAKE UP CALL!: Employment figures looking up?
Q&A: Meet the top sportswriter in Illinois, from GH's Peoria newspaper
PROBLEM SOLVER: Mass. paper's swap meet column succeeds online
KIDZBUZZ: Learn about compound nouns
FARM LIVING: Small-farm success stories, a look at vertical farming
SUMMER BOOMERS: With an outdoor entertaining menu plan, advice on going digital with albums and home movies, and tips on family vacations
SALUTE TO NURSES PACKAGE: A page and marketing collateral for the May celebration
EASTER PAGE: Make an edible Easter basket
-- CALLOUT FOR EASTER PHOTOS
EARTH DAY CALLOUT: Ask for kids' Earth drawings
MOTHER'S DAY PAGE: Jewelry for mom
MAY FAMILY: Get into horseback riding, bike with the family, gifts for grads
NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER PAGE: About the holiday, May 5
TAX CONTENT: 3 things to know about this year's tax season and more
GULF OIL SPILL ANNIVERSARY CONTENT: Text and photos from last year's coverage
GO GREEN: Check out our package of May Go Green stories, by Allecia Vermillion, GHNS writer.
LOOKING UP: One of most famous stars in the sky - While the parade of constellations continue to introduce themselves in the east, pass over and bid farewell in the west, there is always a bunch in the north that won’t go away. Not that we want them to; centered on the North Star, six constellations continually circle, never dropping below the horizon, as seen from mid-northern latitudes. By Peter Becker, Hawley, Pa.
KENT BUSH: Many searching for big answers on Easter -- Easter is a great time to visit a church of your choosing. That Sunday, more than any other, churches host people who don't attend regularly. You won't stand out or be made to feel uncomfortable. Augusta Gazette (Kan.)
FAMILY MATTERS: Combining households requires methodical approach -- Whether combining households through marriage, blending families or moving in with parents who need care, people can end up with a lot of stuff cluttering a home. And it’s more difficult to decide what to do with everything when people have emotional attachments to various items. Julie Kaiser/ State Journal-Register (Ill.)
* Localization tip: Get quotes and tips from family experts in your area.
ELIZABETH DAVIES: More relaxed by third pregnancy -- The first time I was pregnant, I panicked after eating a hot dog. That processed goodness-on-a-bun, they say, carries a chance of listeria that can be particularly dangerous in pregnant women. Thus, it went on the banned list. Rockford Register Star (Ill.)
WOOD ON WORDS: Ending a sentence with a preposition -- An email writer recently took me to task for my “atrocious” grammar. Later, I learned that my specific transgression is the occasional use of a preposition at the end of a sentence. Barry Wood/ Rockford Register Star (Ill.)
* Poll idea: Were you taught not to end a sentence with a preposition while in school?
KIDS FOUNDATION: NFL player's foundation gets disabled kids outdoors -- Now that Tony Semple’s playing days are over, the former football star is helping kids who are facing disabilities or life-threatening illnesses that can put a jarring hit on self-esteem. Chris Young/ State Journal-Register (Ill.)
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Rio’ is a carnival of color, but it never takes flight -- With its colorful array of fowl players, “Rio” is definitely for the birds. But the only pigeons lurking among the flock are the humans suckered into paying 3-D prices for a movie that’s flat as a parakeet’s tail. Caveat emptor. Yes, buyer beware. Al Alexander/ Patriot Ledger (Mass.)
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Scream’ if you’ve seen this before -- Craven and Williamson insist on bringing back “The Key Three” of Courteney Cox, David Arquette and Neve Campbell. While their faces are welcome in a nostalgic sense, they also repeatedly get in the way of introducing fresh blood like Emma Roberts, Hayden Panettiere and Rory Culkin. Al Alexander/ Patriot Ledger (Mass.)
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Le Quattro’ is an essay on the circle of life -- You will see people get up in the middle of this movie, bored out of their minds, and head to the theater manager, demanding to get their money back. You will also see people sitting there for its entire 88 minutes utterly mesmerized, completely wrapped up in its contemplative air. Ed Symkus/ Patriot Ledger (Mass.)
‘CONSPIRATOR’ REVIEW: Movie review: Robert Redford’s ‘Conspirator’ fascinating but stilted - Funny how the Constitution tends to lose some of its power and meaning whenever the U.S. comes under attack. Inalienable rights are cast aside, replaced by a totalitarian mindset in which our leaders govern not by law, but fear. By Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger.
* Poll idea: Ask readers who have seen the movie to give it a thumbs up or a thumbs down.
MUSIC SCENE: James Blunt is back with 'Some Kind of Trouble' -- James Blunt is back and he’s rocking this time. That may surprise some fans, since the 36-year-old former British Army captain has sold more than 19 million records largely by virtue of his quiet and fragile songs of heartbreak and wistful reverie. Jay N. Miller/ Patriot Ledger (Mass.)
YVONNE S. THORNTON: The Readers' Writers: Interview with Pulitzer nominee Yvonne S. Thornton - Dr. Yvonne Thornton: First American woman to be accepted into the OB/GYN residency program at The Roosevelt Hospital in New York City, first black woman in the U.S. to be board-certified in high-risk obstetrics and to be accepted into The New York Obstetrical Society, established and developed the program for a new form of early prenatal diagnostic testing known as CVS (chorionic villus sampling), outspoken advocate on women’s health issues, spokeswoman for The March of Dimes, hosted her own television show on women’s health, Pulitzer Prize nominee and bestselling author, wife and proud mother. By DA Kentner, Freeport, Ill.
GRANLUND CARTOON: U.S. deficit and the budget cuts. By Dave Granlund, GHNS cartoonist.
GRANLUND CARTOON: Royal wedding: William and Kate keeping it simple. By Dave Granlund, GHNS cartoonist.
BRITT CARTOON: The GOP marches toward debt reduction. By Chris Britt, Springfield, Ill.
PHILIP MADDOCKS: G.E.’s tax department set to unveil its new U.S. tax rate - In what has become a rite of spring — and a rite of passage for the company’s green-visored superstars — General Electric’s tax department announced this week that it is ready to unveil its U.S. tax rate for the upcoming year. By Philip Maddocks, MetroWest, Mass.
JARED OLAR: Is President Obama’s new focus 'change we can believe in'? - Perhaps President Barack Obama isn’t the quickest study, but the events of the past week suggest that even he has finally begun to learn the lessons of the 2010 midterm elections. By Jared Olar, Pekin, Ill.
GREG ALLEN: Sarah Palin is a true leader, not Barack Obama - Sarah Palin another Molly Brown? She could be. She’s a voice crying out in the crowd that many wanna hear. I don't think it's a matter of her opposition underestimating her popularity - they don't, they fear it. By Greg Allen, GHNS columnist.
ERIC P. BLOOM: Defining your management style - What kind of manager do you want to become? Do you want to dig deeply into the details? Do you want to be a visionary that only gets involved at a high level? Do you want to drive your people as hard as possible? Do you want to make sure that your staff has a good work/life balance? Do you want your staff to like you, be afraid of you, hate you, respect you and/or want to be you? By Eric P. Bloom, GHNS columnist.