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REGIONAL PROJECTS: New York newspapers take a look at what's next for the Class of 2012

BEST OF THE DAY: Facebook comments an added dimension to print


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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*NOTE: This will be August's syndicated callout, to be posted to your sites Aug. 13

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

CONSUMER: 10 best American brewpubs every beer fan should visit

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LOST IN SUBURBIA: Don’t flush on my parade - When your kids are little, you develop certain bizarre habits to make sure you don’t wake them when they are napping. At first you unplug all the phones. Then you start hanging signs outside your front door that say “don’t ring the bell under penalty of death.” Finally, you get to the point where if anyone raises their voice above a whisper, you would have no problem hitting them over the head with a two by four. By Tracy Beckerman, GHNS.

KELLEY BALDWIN: When things go bad -- Seeing a middle-aged guy taking a sledgehammer to a toddler booster seat on a driveway one hot Sunday afternoon could mean two things. No. 1: Somebody’s in a whole heck of a lot of trouble or.... No. 2: Somebody’s wife has been on the Internet again. Maryville Daily Forum (Mo.)

ASK THE PLUMBER: A tub filler can deliver an extra flow of water - Q: I'm a pretty handy guy, but not a professional plumber. So, even though I can work with tools, I need some guidance on how to deal with plumbing fixtures. We have a separate whirlpool tub set up in our master bathroom and I'm having an issue with the fill valve. The faucet on the tub is old and loose and needs to be changed, but I can't figure out exactly what to get for a replacement part. It looks and operates like a two-handle widespread faucet, but it seems larger than a regular faucet. Can I just install a new standard faucet to take its place? My wife said to check with you first. By Ed Del Grande, Scripps Howard.

TREASURES: Values for 'Mammy' cookie jars have dropped - Could you tell me the value of these items shown in the enclosed photographs? By Helaine Fendelman and Joe Rosson, Scripps Howard.

HOMEFIX: Algae stain on roof can be cleaned, prevented -- Q: My friend said he could caulk the flashings, but it might not last the rest of the year. Is there a way to repair the flashings without removing some of the shingles? Dwight Barnett/ Scripps Howard News Service

GARDENER: Starting plants from cuttings -- Taking cuttings of your favorite plants while they're still actively growing is a great and inexpensive way to perpetuate tender annuals, old friends and new acquisitions as insurance for next year, or simply to expand the garden or share your plants with others. Joe Lamp'l/ Scripps Howard News Service

TRADING POST: Chef Kara Sigle shares her recipes from 'Food Network Star' -- When Chatham native Kara Sigle was a contestant on the just-concluded Season 8 of TV’s “Food Network Star,” a couple of the dishes she made were Caramelito Cookies and Twice-Baked Potatoes with Cheese and Bacon, both based on recipes from her mother, Kathy. Kathryn Rem/ The State Journal-Register (Ill.)

BEER NUT: A 'Brash' move for Petrol Station - The owner of the Petrol Station, a Houston bar named "The Most Bitter Bar in America" by Stone Brewing Company, has started his own brewing company, Brash. But instead of making it in the Lone Star state, Brash beers are being brewed in Massachusetts. By Norman Miller, MetroWest, Mass.

OVER THE COUNTER: Helping teens stay healthy in body, mind -- The teen years are tightly packed with high emotion, racing hormones, conflict, indecision and sometimes unsettling transformation. It is during this period, as well, that young people become acquainted with a host of social and environmental elements that can be injurious to their health. Steve Bernardi and Dr. Gary Kracoff/ MetroWest Daily News (Mass.)

DR. JEFF HERSH: What is blood brain barrier? -- Q: My husband’s cancer spread to his brain, and the doctor said one of the problems with treatment of brain cancer is that the brain has a barrier that makes it hard for the medicines to get in. Can you explain this? MetroWest Daily News (Mass.)

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5 THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND: This week’s suggestions include seeing a new movie (“Total Recall,” “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days”), celebrating National Kids’ Day, watching the Olympics, and more.

* Localization tip: Swap out items for any big local events; ask readers (on Facebook or through a callout) to name their favorite place to get a beer in town, or to name their favorite beer; ask Facebook fans to weigh in on their favorite type of mustard; and list any local National Kids’ Day happenings.

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GRANLUND CARTOON: Chick-fil-A and gays. By Dave Granlund, GHNS.

GRANLUND CARTOON: Summer blood shortage -- Dave Granlund on summer blood donation shortages. GHNS

MICHELLE TEHEUX: Pregnant Yahoo CEO not necessarily a role model -- So, Yahoo has hired an openly pregnant woman to be its new CEO. According to news reports, Marissa Mayer intends to take a shortened maternity leave so she can fulfill her CEO duties. Pekin Daily Times (Ill.)

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BIZ BITS: Biz Bits: Are small businesses protecting themselves from a data breach? - Weekly business rail, with small-business tips, BBB advice on rental cars, 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: Making the right choice on renters - Weekly financial Q-and-A, with advice on picking renters and debt collector practices. By Dave Ramsey, GHNS.

DEAR MONTY: Checking out private mortgage insurance fraud -- Q: What happened to the original documents when her current mortgage company bought their mortgage a couple of years ago? Is there not some legal recourse? This seems like fraud. -- Laura F. By Richard Montgomery, GHNS

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ALIX KUNKLE: I refuse to watch NBC anymore - Even before the 2012 Summer Olympics started, I wasn't a fan of NBC's sports coverage. I watch a good deal of hockey, so during the winter months, NBC is on usually once a week. But NBC's coverage of hockey is truly pathetic. Outside of Doc Emerick (who I will always respect as a broadcaster), no one knows what they're talking about. By Alix Kunkle, Leesville, La.

* Poll idea: Ask readers what they think of NBC's Olympics coverage.

OLYMPICS/ ALY RAISMAN: Hometown shows pride for gymnast Aly Raisman, Olympic gold medalist -- There will be big fanfare when Aly Raisman comes home next week as her town’s first ever Olympic medalist. Officials, friends and family in Needham, Mass., aren’t sure if it’ll be a parade or some other event, but they’re already planning something big when Raisman brings home the gold. Wei-Huan Chen/ Wicked Local Needham (Mass.)

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