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WAKE UP CALL!: More trouble for the housing market?
UPCOMING WEBINAR: Watchdog enterprise story ideas from Michael Roberts, 3 p.m. EDT, 2 Central April 7
NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER PAGE: About the holiday, May 5
KIDZBUZZ: It's National Nutrition Month
SALUTE TO NURSES PACKAGE: A page and marketing collateral for the May celebration
APRIL RADARFROG COUPON BOOK: Save on energy bills with better landscaping
APRIL RADARFROG PAGE: Save on dining out
EASTER PAGE: Make an edible Easter basket
SPRING HEALTHY LIVING: Find the right shoes for your workout, fight allergies naturally
SPRING CALLOUT: For readers' seasonal photos
EARTH DAY CALLOUT: Ask for kids' Earth drawings
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: The avocado motto -- weekly Food for Thought with items on different ways to use avocados, an easy recipe for Lamb Stew, increased sales for the craft beer industry and more. By GHNS
JENNA HOGAN: How to eat nutritiously -- Dark green vegetables, such as spinach, collard or turnip greens and romaine lettuce, supply lutein and zeaxanthin, two other carotenoids that may lower the risk of macular degeneration. State Journal-Register (Ill.)
* Callout idea: Send us your fruit and vegetable recipes.
RECIPES: March Madness sliders, nachos, skewers and more -- Here's are all the recipes for a March Madness party. For the nachos, make or buy pork barbecue. Load it with nacho toppings for a hearty snack. The mozzarella and tomato skewers call for a grill, and an appreciation for basil and garlic. Kathryn Rem/ State Journal-Register (Ill.)
FAMILY TIME: Make flea prevention part of your spring plans - Weekly family rail, with pet tips, a review of “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules” and more. By GHNS.
* Localization tip: Any of the first three items can be localized – ask a local family counselor to provide a tip of the week, ask movie-going parents to give reviews of movies or ask youngsters to send in book reviews.
GYM ETIQUETTE: Dumbbells and decency: Some people lack gym etiquette - Sweat spots on workout machines? Loud conversations? Hogging shared equipment? Gym etiquette. Some have it, but many people don't know what the phrase even means. Here's what gets under the skin of fitness buffs. By Jamie Busen, Springfield, Ill.
* Localization tip: Ask local gym-goers what their etiquette pet peeves are. Also, you could do a poll asking readers what rude behavior they like the least.
CARRIE SKOGSBERG: What are the signs of congestive heart failure? -- More than 5 million Americans are living with heart failure today, and it was a contributing cause of 282,754 deaths in the U.S. in 2006, which is the latest statistic available. Learn the signs, causes and symptoms of congestive heart failure so you can recognize it in yourself or others. State Journal-Register (Ill.)
FOOTWEAR: As weather heats up, so does fancy footwear - Stepping out in style this spring and summer has never been easier. The latest shoe trends inspired from the runways come in a variety of styles, colors and heights. By Leslie Williams, Peoria, Ill.
* Localization tip: Talk to local fashion/footwear experts and add their quotes and fashion tips.
KENT BUSH: World Cup in Qatar to feature remote-controlled clouds -- It sounds crazy, but their neighbors in Dubai built an indoor ski slope. So if you want to go snow skiing in the desert, head to Dubai. But if you have always wanted your own cloud, I bet I know where you could find a good used one if you are willing to wait until August of 2022. Augusta Gazette (Kan.)
* Poll idea: Did you watch the last World Cup? Why or why not?
KOREAN PASTOR: Korean pastor brings new ways of praying to Christian town -- Since January 1, Kim has held a 6 a.m. service each morning at Bethany Christian Reformed Church. It’s a practice that’s not unheard of in America, but it is something that’s common among Christians in Korea, according to Kim –– except Korean Christians meet even earlier, at 5 a.m. Stephen Kloosterman / The Holland Sentinel (Mich.)
* Sidebar idea: Highlight a local resident who is bringing new methods or ideas into the prayer and church setting.
* Sidebar idea: Highlight local pastors of a diverse ethnic background and any different customs they observe.
GRANLUND CARTOON: President Obama's definition of Libya happenings. By Dave Granlund, GHNS cartoonist.
AMY GEHRT: Economic recovery goes unnoticed by most of us - New reports out this week indicate the U.S. economy is continuing to recover. The Commerce Department said consumer spending rose at the fastest pace in four months in February, and The National Association of Realtors announced an unexpected increase in pending home sales for last month as well. By Amy Gehrt, Pekin, Ill.