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KEVIN FRISCH: A tree falls in the global forest -- Once upon a time, things had always been a certain way. Then came Sept. 11, 2001, and things were entirely different. And then that different way became the everyday way. We called it the “new normal.” Eventually, we got used to that type of normalcy. Now, again, with bin Laden erased from the global-terrorism equation, things have changed. Messenger Post (N.Y.)

CHARITA GOSHAY: A change to believe in: Bin Laden is dead -- In its zeal, the White House did not help its cause by releasing incomplete reports that had to be corrected. Perhaps the concern was if they held the story until the fog lifted, someone would be yelling, “Cover-up!” But “right” always beats “right now.” Canton (Ohio) Repository


JUNE FAMILY: Great zoos, recipes for a summer lemonade stand and how to make a household emergency kit

KIDZBUZZ: National Police Week

FAVORITE CAR CALLOUT: For photos of readers' classic, first or favorite vehicles

BRIDE: Unique wedding venue ideas, fun activities for cocktail hour, different ways to use your registry

FATHER'S DAY PAGE: Gifts kids can make for Dad

PROM CALLOUT: For readers' photos

MEMORIAL DAY PAGE: Helping children of fallen soldiers

FLAG DAY PAGE: 10 facts about the flag you might not have known


HEALTH WATCH: Reduce the allergens in life -- weekly Health Watch with items on reducing spring allergies around the house, how to tone your abs, what not to feed your infant and more. By GHNS

YOUR CORNEA: Dr. Lisa M. Nijm: All about the cornea -- By far, the most common disorder affecting the cornea is refractive error (e.g. nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism). Approximately 120 million people in the United States wear eyeglasses or contact lenses to correct refractive errors. State Journal-Register (Ill.)

SLEEP DEPRIVATION: Dr. Joseph Q. Henkle: Sleep deprivation is unhealthy -- One can suffer sleep deprivation acutely by getting no or little sleep for a night or two. On the other hand, one can experience it more chronically by getting consistently less sleep than is needed over a period of weeks or longer. Sleep deprivation also occurs in the setting of poor sleep quality, which is often caused by sleep disorders (e.g. sleep apnea). State Journal-Register (Ill.)

MEAT BACTERIA: Julie Ann Morrison: Dangers of bacteria in meat -- Here are some recommendations from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for the proper internal cooking temperatures, depending on the kind of meat. State Journal-Register (Ill.)

SOUP: Cooking homemade Italian soup with whatever is in the fridge  -- Hint: Amid all the heavy pasta dishes of the Italian table, soup is light, energetic and, we must add, cheap. Soup easily qualifies as a main course. Just add a loaf of freshly baked peasant bread, and you will be filled. Jim Hillibish/ Canton (Ohio) Repository

COOKBOOK: Author adds speed to cooking in 'Quick-Fix Southern' -- “Southern food doesn’t have to take hours in the kitchen,” writes Rebecca Lang in the intro to her book “Quick-Fix Southern.” Gary Brown/ Canton (Ohio) Repository

JULIE FAY: Kids, like caterpillars, will eventually fly free - I’ve been a mother for nearly 10 years. During that time, I’ve encountered the unusual and learned to expect the unexpected. I’ll freely admit, however, that I never saw myself raising caterpillars. By Julie Fay, The Patriot Ledger.

JEFF VRABEL: What am I, a scientist? - My son wants to know what molecules are made of, and I say atoms, and he says, "What are atoms made of?" and I freeze as though he just asked me to map the genome of the South American cane toad because in my head, which is not attuned to the rigors, wonders and lengthy compound words of science, atoms are not made of anything, right? I know two of them make water. This is where I'm starting from. I GOT A JOURNALISM DEGREE, WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM ME? By Jeff Vrabel, GHNS columnist.


MOVIE MAN: Take a crash course in Hollywood history - I’ve seen a lot of documentaries about Hollywood that covered its history from different angles — directors, actors, the various studios, even cinematography — but I’ve never seen one quite like “Moguls & Movie Stars.” What it does is take what would seem to be the dullest possible angle — studio bosses — and somehow make it fascinating. By Will Pfeifer, Rockford, Ill.

KRISTEN WIIG: Kristen Wiig is a natural in 'Bridesmaids' - If there’s one thing Kristen Wiig knows, it’s outrageousness. Whether it’s her regular gig on “Saturday Night Live,” or her dozens of movies from “Knocked Up” to “Whip It,” Wiig generally can be counted upon to be, umm, out of her wig. By Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger.

GET REEL: Something 'Wicked' this way comes - Who should be cast in the soon-to-be-made film version of the runaway Broadway hit "Wicked"? By Bob Tremblay, MetroWest, Mass.


EDITORIAL: A few good weeks aside, Obama still has plenty of work to do - Insofar as some Americans are concerned, President Barack Obama pretty much sewed up a second term this past week as the guy who got bin Laden when others before him could not. His supporters shouldn't count their chickens or their electoral votes just yet. By Peoria, Ill.

Business / auto / consumer news

AUTO BITS: Tips for preparing your car for warm-weather driving - Weekly auto rail, with tips for preparing your car for warm-weather driving, Car Q&A with Junior Damato and more. By GHNS.

* Localization tip: You can do a Q&A with a local mechanic, or have a mechanic (or mechanics) provide you with a tip of the week.

GREG ZYLA: Readers respond to Buicks, car celebrities - My father had always loved Buicks, starting with a 1937 Special, a 1946 Super, a 1952 Super and then his amazing 1958 Limited four-door sedan. I couldn’t believe that he had bought it, because he was generally very conservative. But here was this gorgeous car with the aggressive grill, and the huge rear end, emphasized with those slanting slots in the fenders. And his car was the same turquoise as the car in your column!

* This column contains letters from Illinois and Missouri.

SHOESTRING LIVING: The royals make average weddings seem like a bargain - May and June are big wedding months, and brides and grooms everywhere are still buzzing about the decade’s most famous nuptials: the marriage of Prince William to Kate Middleton. The average American wedding costs about $27,000, according to a recent survey. With circulating estimates that the royal affair cost between $10 million and $60 million, I thought it would be fun to compare some of their costs to an average American union.  By Molly Logan Anderson, GHNS columnist.

ON COMPUTERS: Your backup program is on guard - Many of us back up data regularly. Then we store it in a DVD box next to our computers. So what’s wrong with this picture? By Jim Hillibish, Canton, Ohio.

Sports / outdoors

OAK DUKE: Springtime music in the turkey woods -- Most turkey hunters will tell you that in the spring of the year, the best time to be in the woods is that magical time when it's still dark, “just before first light.” Daily Reporter (N.Y.)