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NOTE: GateHouse News Service will syndicate on Friday an item on the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, with links to historical information and NDN video on anniversary events and the 3-D re-release of the 1997 movie.


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TITANIC PAGE: For the 100th anniversary of the ship's sinking

MAY FAMILY: Summer vacation ideas, a Mother's Day breakfast recipe, how to get great deals at yard sales


NASCAR PAGE: 10 to watch at Texas

KIDZBUZZ: Learn about instruments with 'Peter and the Wolf'

SPRING HEALTHY LIVING: Exercise without pain, living with diabetes and managing menopause


GO GREEN: Renewable energy, a look at the EPA, 8 ways to recycle and more

SALUTE TO NURSES: Types of nursing, the needed education, non-hospital fields that need nurses


LOST IN SUBURBIA: Rules of the road for new drivers - My son is just a few short months away from getting his driver’s license. He has had his permit since last summer and therefore is probably responsible for any new gray hairs I have sprouted in the past 10 months. By Tracy Beckerman, GHNS.

SAELEN GHOSE: Breaking free from parents - We live on a cul-de-sac, which is neither significant nor insignificant, except that after the school bus picks up my kids, it has to go up the hill, pick up a few more kids, and then swing right back past my house. At which time, my two youngest kids wave to me with their little faces pressed against the window so it looks as if they are only that: two floating heads and four detached hands. To me, this is a highlight of my crazy morning, because it means that at least two out of my three children aren’t completely embarrassed of me yet, and in fact are actually happy to see me standing there every morning for our departing ritual. By Saelen Ghose, GHNS.

CUSTOMIZE: 7 steps to customizing your generic living space - Several years ago, when TV design shows had become really popular, I saw an interview with a designer/host from one of the big hits at the time. The show involved traveling around the country to do makeovers in real people's homes, and the interviewer asked about the host's general impressions of the "before" interiors. The host replied, with surprising candor, that everyone's house pretty much looked the same; he kept seeing the same bland interiors — even the same coffee tables — no matter what part of the country he was in. By Phillip Schmidt, Networx.

GARDEN FRIENDS: Bring more winged guests to your garden - Let's talk about birds and bees. Not that conversation; instead, we're buzzing about bringing more winged guests to our gardens. By Debbie Arrington, Scripps.

HOMEFIX: Replacing both springs keeps garage door in balance - Q: I'm going to replace a broken spring for our garage door. The home-store salesman said I needed to replace both springs even though only one is broken. Is this true? By Dwight Barnett, Scripps.

TREASURES: Porcelain figures charming but out of fashion - These two statues once belonged to my mother-in-law. When she died, no one wanted them, but since she was fond of them, I decided to take them with us to Hawaii. They are 17 inches tall and unmarked. I am curious to know their history and value. By Helaine Fendelman and Joe Rosson, Scripps.

ALASKAN ARTIFACT: 1860 Alutiiq kayak holds clues to an Alaskan culture -- Perhaps the last of its kind, the 14-foot, 7-inch kayak is being conserved in a special gallery at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., so visitors can watch. Chris Bergeron/ MetroWest Daily News (Mass.)

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5 THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND: This week’s suggestions include celebrating Friday the 13th; marking the anniversary of the Titanic; watching “Three Stooges”; and more. By GHNS.

* Localization tip: Swap out any of these items for any local events; list any “scary” happenings on the 13th; list any appropriate tax info; refer to other Titanic coverage.

BOOK NOTES: Manners in the modern world - The age-old question of whether manners teeter on the edge of extinction can be counted on to elicit impassioned remarks and horrifying anecdotes. Author Henry Alford’s “Would It Kill You to Stop Doing That? A Modern Guide to Manners,” doesn’t have all the answers, but he poses many of the right questions and he asks lots of experts in his journey of discovery. By Rae Francoeur, Cape Ann, Mass.

RESTAURANTS RECYCLE: 60 percent of consumers prefer restaurants that recycle -- For takeout and catering, the restaurant now uses biodegradable plates, cups, glasses, flatware and bags whenever possible. Styrofoam, which is hazardous to make and difficult to recycle, has been eliminated. Kathryn Rem/ The State Journal-Register (Ill.)

*Callout idea: Send us pictures of your business recycling.

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GRANLUND CARTOON: The Buffet rule -- Dave Granlund on taxing the richest Americans. GHNS

GRANLUND CARTOON: Income tax forms  -- Granlund cartoon on filing tax returns. GHNS

MICHELLE TEHEUX: A novel approach to living a good life -- The problem, of course, is too many people think they don’t like reading, either because they are poor readers or because they were forced to read too many things they didn’t care for in school. Pekin Daily Times (Ill.)

MEDIA/ADS: Bill Moyers and Michael Winship: Let's stop big media's (b)ad behavior -- The airwaves belong to all of us, right? They’re part of “the commons” that, in theory, no private interest should be able to buy or control. Nonetheless, government long ago allowed television and radio stations to use the airwaves for commercial purposes. Bill Moyers and Michael Winship/ Messenger Post (N.Y.)

PINK SLIME: Dom Castaldo: The truth about ‘pink slime’ is that it's pure beef -- When the “pink slime” controversy first appeared on the media’s radar, many people thought that another food “boogeyman” had been found. Unfortunately, many of the television news reports and newspaper articles about pink slime contain inaccuracies and misconceptions. Rockford Register Star (Ill.)

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BIZ BITS: Protect your workplace information to keep businesses, customers safe - Weekly business rail, with tips on keeping your business safe, BBB tips on moving 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.

DAVE RAMSEY: Downsize house to get out of debt? - Weekly financial Q&A, with advice on real estate and a lazy step-daughter. By Dave Ramsey, GHNS.

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DIAMOND DIRT: Ozzie Guillen should think before he speaks - The Miami Marlins manager was suspended for five games Tuesday after he told Time magazine, “I love Fidel Castro. I respect Fidel Castro. You know why? A lot of people have wanted to kill Fidel Castro for the last 60 years, but that (expletive) is still here.” By Dominic Genetti, Hannibal, Mo.

* Poll/Facebook idea: Do you think Ozzie deserved a harsher punishment?

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