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Oil spill

OIL SPILL COVERAGE: Our reporters have returned from the Gulf, so GateHouse News Service will no longer send a daily budget of Gulf oil spill news. However, you’ll be able to find news links to anything you may have missed on the daily national budget and at Also, the news service will no longer post Gulf content to your carousel.

OIL SPILL WEBSITE: The link on your homepage to our Portrait of the Gulf site should have disappeared, and you will find access to the site on your MySource page now. Ads on your site directing readers to the Gulf site also should have disappeared. Please submit a ZenDesk support ticket if you see this link or these ads.

MYSOURCE: The Gulf site in MySource won’t be updated daily, but the news service will rerank features for readers who may come across the site for the first time next week, making it a better fit among the timeless features and sections in your MySource sites. Contact news service editor Lisa Glowinski, (217) 816-3343,, if you have questions.

MARSH PROTECTION: Louisiana parish prepares to battle oil encroachment -- The residents of Cameron Parish, La., are doing what they have done so many times before: preparing for the worst. However, this time it isn’t for a hurricane. It's the oncoming encroachment of oil from the Gulf of Mexico into their marshlands, a fragile ecosystem that has already been devastatingly battered by at least two major hurricanes within the last five years. By Marilyn Monroe of the Southwest Daily News.

JEAN NERO: Oil spill fiasco has damaged public relations profession -- The damage that resulted from the British Petroleum oil spill is beyond tally in many terms — lives lost, family earnings ruined and destruction of nature’s gifts that will take a century to correct. But there’s one damage no one has spoken of.


HOW TO MAGAZINE: Annual tab has tips on fitness, recycling, finding a job and more

FOURTH OF JULY PAGE: Safety tips for grilling, boating and handling fireworks

READER CALLOUT: Ask readers for their photos of Fourth of July fun

READER CALLOUT: Have readers send in kids' Little League photos


AMY BISHOP: Amy Bishop’s parents denounce officials for reopening case - The parents of Amy Bishop maintain there is no evidence to support the first-degree murder indictment of their daughter in the 1986 shotgun shooting of her brother. By Dennis Tatz.

THIS WEEK IN WEIRD: In this week’s edition, a 10-year-old proves she’s smarter than doctors, a woman finds a grave marker in her backyard and more.


FATHERS DAY 2010: Our collection of Father's Day pages, reader callouts, columns and more. If your newspaper is planning coverage, please submit it through Zope or e-mail

ASK DOG LADY: Enjoy your honeymoon; dog will be OK -- Dog Lady offers advice to an owner nervous about leaving her dog at home as she travels, and a woman who seems to like her dog more than her husband. By Monica Collins.

KITCHEN CALL: Let them eat granola pancakes -- This cook’s secrets to granola pancakes are simple but take practice. The idea is to melt the butter in a medium-size skillet that determines the size of the pancake. Then he adds granola, letting it sit in the hot pan a few minutes before pouring on the batter. By Linda Bassett.

JULIA SPITZ: Put me in, coach, I'm ready to play -- World Cup. Stanley Cup. Celts-Lakers. U.S. Open. French Open. Wimbledon. Pats' mini-camp. Sox. Spitz. One of these is not like the others.

LOOKING UP: Sundials, an age-old link to the sky - This time of year gardeners are happily occupied tending their flowers, whether in the backyard, the deck or even on a windowsill if that’s all the space you have. No, this column hasn’t switched subjects from the stars! Not when we can talk about garden sundials and what they have to do with the sky above! By Peter Becker.

WINE: Uncorked: Exploring pinot noir - I set out on a journey to explore this alluring and mysterious grape by scrutinizing my past tasting notes and, of course, tasting a lot of wines in the process. By Lorri Hambuchen.

CLASSIC CARS: Nickel age driving club touring Midwest with their classic rides - The Nickel Age Touring Club consists of more than 50 people driving automobiles built between 1913 and 1927. The club is on a five-day, 500-mile trip around Michigan, Indiana and Ohio to find historical sites. By Erica McClain.

WOOD ON WORDS: Flowery terms can have multiple meanings - “Columbine” is the name of any plant of a genus of the buttercup family. The Rocky Mountain columbine (or blue and white columbine) is the state flower of Colorado, whose state song is “Where the Columbines Bloom.” By Barry Wood.

KENT BUSH: Father's Day continues to evolve for me - Early in life, Christmas is about dreams of sugar plums and Santa Claus and hoping your favorite toy is under the tree. As you grow older, the excitement morphs into enjoyment and then the cycle spins in reverse when you have your own children and you try to make their wildest dreams come true. Father's Day has been that way for me, too.

ELIZABETH DAVIES: Big difference between 'fathers' and 'dads' - Not long ago, I realized that if you want to raise a child who stops to smell the roses, you have to actually let him stop and smell the roses.


MOVIE REVIEW: 'Toy Story 3' takes some dark turns, but not for the better - The long-awaited “Toy Story 3” is a certifiably good movie. But when you’re on an unprecedented hot streak like Pixar, with cash and awards piled up to the transom, good isn’t good enough. The next one always has to be better than the last, even if the “last” was the Oscar-winning “Up.” By Ed Symkus of The Patriot Ledger.

MOVIE REVIEW: New 'Toy Story' has its game on -- With a smart script, "Toy Story 3," while lacking the freshness of the 1995 original and the sassiness of the 1999 sequel, more than holds its own with its brilliant predecessors. By Bob Tremblay of The MetroWest Daily News.

MOVIE REVIEW: Fun 'Jonah Hex' sticks to its comic book roots -- Not a heck of a lot of time is spent explaining things in “Jonah Hex,” the movie adaptation of the DC Comic character who’s been around since the early 1970s. There have been changes in the character over the years, but as played here by Josh Brolin, he’s a post-Civil War former Confederate soldier-turned bounty hunter. By Ed Symkus of The Patriot Ledger.

MOVIE REVIEW: Joan Rivers documentary sure to give you a lift -- It’s hard to figure out what’s more amazing in the wryly titled “Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work”: getting a look at and feel for the 75-year-old comedian’s unrelenting drive and energy, or the fact that she has such a potty mouth. By Ed Symkus of The Patriot Ledger.

MOVIE REVIEW: Fascinating characters carry 'Winter's Bone' -- This isn’t Laura Ingalls’ Ozarks. These mountains are the present-day home to Ree Dolly, the adolescent heroine of the indie darling “Winter’s Bone.” Hers is a backwoods place frozen in time, where folks have long, straggly hair, dirt under their fingernails and soiled clothes. By Dana Barbuto of The Patriot Ledger.

MOVIE MAN: Check out a pair of 'scary' documentaries -- After watching “American Scary,” I wanted to shut off the DVD player. After watching “Collapse,” I wanted to shut off the DVD player, convert all my cash into ammunition and barricade myself in the basement. It’s that sort of movie. By Will Pfeifer of The Rockford Register Star.

DAVID SCHIEFELBEIN: 'Daily Show' airs sad truth - "The Daily Show" news staff outdid itself Wednesday. While often specializing in skewering the news and the TV personalities who deliver it, Jon Stewart’s team showed what national news ought to be presenting. On the day after President Barack Obama’s prime-time address pitching a renewed emphasis on developing alternative fuel sources to wean our country off its oil dependence, "The Daily Show" presented a well-researched documentary of sorts in a segment titled “America is an unstoppable oil-dependency breaking machine – unfortunately, the machine runs on oil.”

ALBUM REVIEW: 'Nowhere Nights,' by Kasey Anderson - Taken on its own merits, Kasey Anderson’s “Nowhere Nights” is a strong collection of songs that will appeal to alt-country or alt-rock fans. The musicianship is muscular and Anderson’s songwriting is captivating and real. By David Rogers.

SUDOKU: Sudoku puzzles for July (puzzles 736-xxx) are available for download. Previous puzzles are linked to in this file.


GRANLUND CARTOON: Kobe and the Lakers top Celtics

GRANLUND CARTOON: Happy Father's Day

BRITT CARTOON: Lawmakers would like a little of BP's money, too

O'MAHONEY CARTOON: Lakers deflate the Celtics

EDITORIAL: Even good news in Afghanistan brings challenges - As the war in Afghanistan escalates, with U.S. troop levels rising and casualties climbing, now comes news that the Third World nation may have something going for it, after all. Turns out Afghanistan brags an untapped mineral wealth so vast it may soon be referred to as "the Saudi Arabia of lithium," which is a far more pleasing moniker than "graveyard of empires." By the Journal Star of Peoria, Ill.

MICHAEL WINSHIP: A guide through Israel’s no-one land - Despite the violent intransigence of both sides, Henry Carse remains hopeful that “the political aspects of this ugly struggle will be resolved, and that two nations will dwell side by side.”


DAVE RAMSEY: Leaders are made, not born - Weekly financial Q&A, with advice on leadership, “blow money” and tax withholding.