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WAKE UP CALL!: A local run on potassium iodide?
POLL IDEA: Ask readers about spring garden plans
APME NEWSTRAIN: Follow the training today and tomorrow in D.C.
NASCAR PAGE: Bristol 101
SPRING CAR CARE: What you need to know to get the best resale value, on buying insurance and more
KIDZBUZZ: The science of rainbows
NEW GO GREEN TAB: Stories on eco-friendly auto and workplace trends, and templated pages for local event listings and volunteer profiles
APRIL FAMILY: With features on getting the most miles out of the family car, dog obedience training and recycling old electronics
ST. PATRICK'S DAY CALLOUT: For photos of parades and other green parties
RELIGION NEWS: Media coverage on religion doubled in 2010 -- weekly Religion News with items on the amount of religion-related news coverage in 2010, “Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence” by Sarah Young and more. By GHNS
FRANK MULLIGAN: The positives of rising gas prices -- I’ve been accused of being contradictory, but I’m so not. Nevertheless, I will be somewhat contradictory here in looking at the positive aspects to rising gas prices. For example, the horse and carriage could make a comeback. Wicked Local Wareham (Mass.)
KENT BUSH: Kids need to play three innings to develop -- I like ESPN's Jay Bilas. I tend to agree with a lot of what he says. But Bilas's logic fails on the "every kid plays three innings" line. That isn't about making kids feel good. It is about letting young players develop. Augusta Gazette (Kan.)
* Poll idea: Do you think everyone in Little League should get a trophy?
GEORGE LITTLE: Finally! Spring is back, and so are the birds -- It’s finally spring. We’re all ready to dig our way out of hibernation. You’ll see several of nature’s critters out there, just as glad as you are that winter is finally gone. State Journal-Register (Ill.)
STAY TUNED: ‘Jersey Shore’ - the good, the bad and the genuine - In the world of reality television, you can say, “I will attack you like a spider monkey” and mean it. If you're lucky, Barbara Walters will interview you because she thinks you're fascinating. If you're really lucky you can parlay your behavior into a book deal or earn enough money to have the Bentley dealer on speed dial. Welcome to the lives of Snooki, The Situation, JWoww, and the rest of the cast of MTV's “Jersey Shore,” living the dream one drink and hot tub hook-up at a time. By Melissa Crawley, GHNS columnist.
SNEAK PREVIEW: 'Jane Eyre' and other movies opening this week - Director Cary Joji Fukunaga (“Sin Nombre”) takes a crack at the Charlotte Bronte classic with Mia Wasikowska (“Alice in Wonderland”) and Michael Fassbender (“Inglourious Basterds”) playing the star-crossed lovers haunted by their dark pasts. Judi Dench and Jamie Bell costar. By Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger.
* Localization tip: You can poll readers about what movie they're most interested in this week.
BOOK NOTES: 'Moby-Duck' by Donovan Hohn - A rubber duckie, unconfined by the porcelain walls of a tub, has quite a taste for travel. In Donovan Hohn’s feat of research and clever writing, we learn a lot about unfettered voyage, the ocean, the disaster that is plastic, garbage in general and whatever else a plastic duck interacts with on its journey of nearly endless discovery. By Rae Francoeur, Cape Ann (Mass.) Beacon.
FARR SIDE: Avril Lavigne is the true girl next door - Britney, Katy and Gaga might be the rage, and together they’ll keep battling to see who’ll be on top. Meanwhile, other viable talents wait in the wings asking, “What the hell?” Avril Lavigne is among them, but honestly, I don’t see her worrying about her peers. By David T. Farr, Sturgis, Mich.
BRIAN MACKEY: How to boycott 'convenience fees' for concert tickets -- You’ve decided on your price level and found your seats, and when you go to check out — surprise! —fees increase the cost of a ticket by 10 percent. My fellow concertgoers, there is only one way to end this: Stop buying tickets online and over the phone. State Journal-Register (Ill.)
GRANLUND CARTOON: U.S. homes underwater . By Dave Granlund, GHNS cartoonist.
GRANLUND CARTOON: Obama to-do list -- Granlund on President Obama's speech in Rio de Janeiro this weekend. Dave Granlund/ GHNS cartoonist
AMY GEHRT: Japan’s nuclear crisis a powerful reminder -- After a gigantic 9.0-magnitude earthquake rocked Japan, causing a devastating Pacific tsunami, the situation seems to be getting worse. To compound their woes, an unseen threat is also lurking: radiation poisoning.
Pekin Daily Times (Ill.)
BIZ BITS: Put Web 2.0 to work in your career search - Weekly business rail, with job-search tips, a BBB warning about donations and more. By GHNS.
* Localization tip: You could include a weekly tax tip from a local expert, have a business-related Q&A with a local expert or do a “business of the week” feature in which you highlight a local business.