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REGIONAL PROJECTS: Pros and cons of hydrofracking


NASCAR PAGE: 3 drivers who will build off great Brickyard performances

FALL BOOMERS: Articles on healthy aging, fall allergies and benefits of a protein-rich diet

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AUGUST FAMILY: Tips on grandparenting when you may be far from your family, swimming and teen driving safety, and choosing a pediatrician.

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BACK TO SCHOOL: Tips on school safety, trends, teacher communication and more

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The Street

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FAMILY TIME: Three must-have conversations about online child safety - Weekly family rail, with online safety tips for children, a review of the last "Artemis Fowl" book 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.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Fast breakfast -- weekly Food for Thought with how to get a healthy, delicious breakfast in the morning, "The Chew: Food. Life. Fun." and more. GHNS

FREE SCHOOL LUNCH: How to know if your family is eligible for free school lunches -- The start of a new school year is a good time to check out financial support programs available to school-age children. Think you don’t qualify? The income maximums may be higher than you expect. Saimi Bergmann/ Canton (Ohio) Repository

BEEKEEPING: An interest in beekeeping becomes booming honey business  -- Cara Bowman always had an interest in beekeeping, but for a while, that’s all it was. Then, opportunity presented itself. “There was a group meeting in Quincy (Mo.) having a beginning beekeeping class,” she said. “So I took that, ordered my bees, and started that April.”  Dominic Genetti/ Hannibal Courier-Post (Mo.)

THOMAS MICKEY: Three easy annual vines -- Here are three annual vines that are easy to grow and available in most garden centers. Even big-box stores might carry them –– if not as plants, surely in a seed packet. Thomas Mickey/ The Patriot Ledger (Mass.)

101 IDEAS: Create a Zen bathroom - If you need a respite from your busy life, consider transforming your bathroom into a personal refuge. Follow this simple path to create an authentic, Zen-inspired design. By HGTV/Scripps Howard.

BUTTONED UP: Create a summer 'bucket list' - Dying to try a new activity or two, but too busy to get to it? As it would happen, the lazy, hazy days of summer are the perfect time to finally tackle those goals. With plenty of freed-up time slots and travel-friendly weather, the sunniest season is ideal for fun, interesting and even productive gratification. So get excited about the possibilities and refuse to neglect your summer daydreams. Follow through on your intentions by creating a summer "bucket list." By Sarah Welch and Alicia Rockmore, Scripps Howard.

* Facebook idea: Ask fans what their summer bucket list is.

LOG CABIN: An old log cabin now honed in stone - More than 100 years ago, boys slept in little log cabins at a summer camp on Lake Minnetonka's Sunset Point in Deephaven, Minn. When Patricia Newton bought the nearly four-acre site in 1990, the camp was long gone, but there were still a few remnants from its history: a wooden sign with the name "Camp Mini-waste" and cast-iron lampposts. But the most striking time capsule was an original split-log cabin at the property's entrance. By Lynn Underwood, Scripps Howard.

INTERIORS: Give your bedroom a new, uncluttered look - If it's time for a bedroom redo, let's consider the options. Since the bedroom is where you go to relax and rejuvenate, it should reflect that. With the economy in the horrible state it is, we are always looking for the best way to accomplish our goals with the least amount of cost. By Rosemary Sadez Friedmann, Scripps Howard.

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MUSIC/ MEAT LOAF: Actor-singer Meat Loaf still rocks with mean discipline  -- "Oh, yeah, when we were trying to break ‘Bat Out of Hell,’ I barely slept," he said. "And that didn’t help the voice at all. Especially going on every night and singing ‘For Crying Out Loud.’ That’s an absurd song, range-wise. These are operatic pieces. My style is really opera." Ed Symkus/ MetroWest Daily News (Mass.)

MISSISSIPPI RIVER BOOK: Author shares experiences along the Mississippi River - CNN iReporter Neal Moore has co-written “Down the Mississippi: A Modern Day Huck on America’s River Road” with Mark Twain Museum Executive Director Cindy Lovell. The book is about Moore’s travels along the Mississippi River. By Dominic Genetti, Hannibal, Mo.

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EDITORIAL: Mitt Romney's foreign fundraising -- Of greater concern here is what Romney said behind the scenes in his visits to London, Israel and Poland. What promises did he make to British Prime Minister David Cameron? What assurances did he give to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu? MetroWest Daily News (Mass.)

KENT BUSH: Eat at Chick-fil-A for the right reason -- So eat at Chick-fil-A Wednesday if you want. There are worse things to do. But let’s cut out the boycotts. Let’s lavish Christ’s love on people who stand against us, too. We need to learn to turn the other cheek and offer the same grace to those who stand against Christians as we received from God. Augusta Gazette (Kan.)

AMY GEHRT: Chick-fil-A takes a stand against equality -- We must all take a stand on the side of civil rights whenever we are faced with ignorance and discriminatory behavior. When it comes to corporations such as Chick-fil-A, the best way to do that is by spending our hard-earned dollars elsewhere. Pekin Daily Times (Ill.)

GARY BROWN: Complaints a way of life even way back when -- So, the way I’ve got history figured is the trip west on a wagon train was a long ordeal, one during which the wagons ahead of a settler were slowpokes and the wagons behind him were tailgating idiots — even without a rearview mirror to mumble into. Canton (Ohio) Repository

JIM KONRAD: It is time America discussed gun control - On July 20, 12 people were killed in a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., shot by one guy legally weaponized to the hilt. Those 12, by the way, are a statistical blip. On average, 87 people per day die from gunshot wounds in the U.S. Where is the outrage? By Jim Konrad, Norwich, Conn.

CHRIS VOCCIO: Right to bear arms helps limit government - One of the problems in discussing gun control is that many people, including many gun-rights advocates, have lost sight of why we have a Second Amendment. By Chris Voccio, Norwich, Conn.

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MAKING CENTS: U.S. one year after loss of AAA rating - Aug. 5 will mark the first anniversary of when the USA lost its AAA credit rating, reserved for the most creditworthy borrowers, from Standard and Poor's. Of course, at that time many investors thought that the sky was falling, and that it may be time to duck for cover. By John P. Napolitano, The Patriot Ledger.

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