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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

DIGITAL SKEPTIC: Olympic flame lights way to web profits

YELP: Yelp screams higher on strong revenue

TECH CEOs: Here's where the growth lies

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RELIGION NEWS: Aly Raisman wins the gold with 'Hava Nagila' -- weekly Religion News with why Aly Raisman chose the Jewish folk song "Hava Nagila," "Unglued: Making Wise Choices in the Midst of Raw Emotions" by Lysa TerKeurst. GHNS

MARKETTA GREGORY AUTHOR: A look at 'Rooms' author James Rubart - James Rubart knows success can feel empty. For years he ran a highly profitable marketing firm, all the while feeling there was more to his destiny – knowing that he needed to write more than TV ads. By Marketta Gregory, GHNS.

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MARKETTA GREGORY BOOK: Book club pick – ‘Rooms’ - Scripture tells us that Job had a pretty charmed life. Seven sons. Three daughters. Thousands of sheep and camels. Hundreds of oxen, and a great reputation for serving God, which is apparently what made him a target for a spiritual tug-of-war. By Marketta Gregory, GHNS.

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ROBERT MANN: Autumn flowers - the journey forward to innocence in Christ - So many people have a longing for the wonder and freedom of childhood. Something as simple as a bare tree against a gray autumn sky can fill a child's mind with music, mystery and expectation. The thin white eyebrow over a blue jay's eye becomes a treasure to store in the imagination. The heart is quick to race at what is and what is to come. By Robert Mann, GHNS.

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IN GOOD FAITH: My new blog: 10 Things That Annoy Me -- So on a whim, I created a site called “10 Things That Annoy Me.” It’s not that I’m particularly negative –– a touch sarcastic perhaps –– but certainly not Eeyore-esque. I just thought it would be fun and cathartic to list (some of) the things that annoy me and encourage others to do likewise. The Rev. Tim Schenck/ Wicked Local (Mass.)

HOBBIES: Make your own lampshade -- It has become quite popular to use wire lampshades stripped of their original fabric in all kinds of interior decor projects. I had seen one on a recent trip to New York that was very special. It included little feather birds that were a lovely detail but for some reason added a pretty penny to the cost of this lampshade charmer. Scripps Howard News Services

FAMILY MATTERS: From tot to teen - what happened? - A mom of a teenager asked, “What’s normal and what’s not?” She said her 14-year-old sleeps in, complains about doing chores around the house and has little to do with her younger sisters, except baby-sitting once in a while. I think the question is not “What’s normal,” but, “What’s acceptable?” By Diana Boggia, Canton, Ohio.

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JIM HILLIBISH: The bratwurst has deep history, German roots  -- Bratwurst dates to the 1300s in a region that eventually became Eastern Germany. Farmers would make the fat-filled sausages in the morning. They’d eat them by noon, as they spoiled fast. That tradition continues in German cities, as many brats are consumed for breakfast. Canton (Ohio) Repository

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'FOOD NETWORK STAR': Chef Kara Sigle sums up her stint on "Food Network Star" -- It’s not easy being a contestant on a reality TV cooking show, but Kara Sigle says her stint on the recently concluded Season 8 of “Food Network Star” was a rewarding experience. Kathryn Rem/ The State Journal-Register (Ill.)

STAY TUNED: Police dramas need to find their way - This television season, police dramas seemed restless. Maybe it's the competition from reality TV or the desire to try something new but I would argue that all the crazy narrative twists — time travel, autobiographical memory, dueling realities, fairytale characters — have done little to turn viewers away from dancers and singers and bachelors. Perhaps it's time to return to what works: the salt-of-the-Earth senior officers who need a shave, the lieutenants beat down by bureaucracy, the detectives teetering on the edge of right and wrong. By Melissa Crawley, GHNS.

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NEW MOVIES: 'Total Recall,' 'Ruby Sparks' -- Paul Veerhoven’s sci-fi classic receives a needless remake courtesy of middling director Len Wiseman (“Resident Evil”) and his wife, Kate Beckinsale, who joins Colin Farrell (a weak substitute for Arnold Schwarze-negger) to rehash a dystoptian tale about a factory worker who becomes a hunted man. Al Alexander/ The Patriot Ledger (Mass.)

GARY DARLING: Why board games are better than Words with Friends  -- When growing up, the best part about board games was how much fun we had together as a family. We would gather around either a Monopoly board or throw some dice playing Yahtzee. Man, it was a hoot. Gary Darling/ Maryville Daily Forum (Mo.)

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: Shark bites on Cape Cod -- Dave Granlund on recent shark attacks on Cape Cod. GHNS

CHICK-FIL-A: Allison B. Hudson: Do you agree with Chick-fil-A? -- I was reading online posts, and an article popped up about Chick-fil-A and the controversy surrounding CEO Dan Cathy’s remarks in opposition to marriage equality. I read more into the story because I don’t see what is the big deal. Allison B. Hudson/ Donaldsonville Chief (La.)

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ALY RAISMAN/ OLYMPICS: How team captain Aly Raisman led USA to gold -- When Raisman's signature floor routine scored an impressive 15.300 after solid performances by Jordyn Wieber and Gabby Douglas on the floor, the gymnast from Needham, Mass., broke out in tears. Wei-Huan Chen/ Wicked Local Needham (Mass.)

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