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HEALTH WATCH: Say no to texting and driving -- Weekly Health Watch with items on safe teen driving, a new health tip and much more. GHNS

PLUMBER: Don't skimp on new bathroom accessories -- Q: I'm a loyal reader and know that you have spent more time in bathrooms than just about anyone else I know. With that said, I'm doing a total remodel job of my master bathroom, complete with new plumbing fixtures. Scripps Howard News Service

HOMEFIX: Insulating an attic -- Q: I just got a bid for insulation of my 824-square-foot attic for $1,200. That seems pretty high. The contractor would blow in cellulose insulation. But you have said that expandable foam against the roof is better. Is the expandable foam you mentioned nontoxic? Scripps Howard News Service

MULCHING: Too much mulch will kill a tree -- Landscapers do good work on lawns. However, they kill trees by using too much mulch around the base of trunks. The International Society of Arboriculture says that "North American landscapes are falling victim to a plague of over-mulching." You see it everywhere: trees sitting in tidy mounds of mulch, dying. Will Barbeau/ Scripps Howard News Service

INTERIORS: Remodeling done right -- Selling your current home to buy a new one might not work in this economy because your current home is probably not worth the same amount of money you paid for it in the first place. And if it is, you won't get the same value in a new home -- at least, not now. Scripps Howard News Service

HOME STYLE: Three quick looks for fall decorating -- Want to perk up your home for autumn, but don't have the time or inclination for a full fall makeover? Here are three quick looks you can create in a jiff using my favorite fall decorating tools. Maureen Gilmer/ Scripps Howard News Service    

JIM HILLIBISH: Baking a batch of biscuits  -- In the food business, a side dish that lasts since the Roman Empire probably is worth our notice. The first biscuits were soldier food, served with honey and black pepper. They were on to something. Try it sometime. Canton (Ohio) Repository

JENNIFER MASTROIANNI: Basil brightens many dishes -- No preservation method duplicates basil in its fresh form, but one is better than others: Freezing basil in pesto. If you’ve never had it, pesto is delicious, coarse basil sauce. Canton (Ohio) Repository

LOOKING UP: The stars help bring us home - Landmarks are handy if you are ever lost. Believe it or not, there are still a few people not using GPS. They are the ones most likely to enjoy paper maps, even if they are awful to fold. If you really lost, however, a map doesn’t do much good, and you are glad when you see a familiar landmark, such as a hill or a building you know well. By Peter Becker, Hawley, Pa.

IN GOOD FAITH: WWJWD – What would Jesus’ wife do? - Unless you’ve been hiding under a pulpit, you’ve likely heard about the latest faith-based kerfuffle: the notion that Jesus had a wife. The alleged evidence is based on a fourth-century papyrus fragment of a Coptic text released by a Harvard professor in which Jesus refers to “my wife” and later says, “She can be my disciple.” The fragment, written in the language of early Egyptian Christians, measures 1.5 inches by 3 inches and is owned by an anonymous “collector.” By Rev. Tim Schenck, GHNS.

SUZETTE STANDRING: Sitting shiva and digging potatoes - My friend Elissa Rosenthal wrote that her beloved father-in-law had passed away. Her email was spare, simple and so full of sadness. I wrote back with condolences. A few days later, I emailed her, “Here’s a wild hair idea. Why don’t we go dig for potatoes?” I thought doing something new together out in nature might cheer her up. I hit the send button and immediately felt regret. Maybe I didn't think this through. Potato digging? She sat shiva and I’m offering up spuds? Minutes later, her reply, “I love wild hair ideas.” By Suzette Martinez Standring, The Patriot Ledger.

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LOOPER REVIEW: Movie review: 'Looper' is quite a trip - The quirky sci-fi actioner “Looper” is being widely hailed as a true original, but I found it to be more of a low-budget remake of the “Terminator” pictures, albeit with a few clever twists. By Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger.

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BACKWARDS REVIEW: Movie review: 'Backwards' rows merrily along - Acclaimed theater veteran Sarah Megan Thomas moves forward with her first film, “Backwards,” an overly safe sports drama based in part on her experiences as a rower. And, while things do row merrily along, the result is nothing more than a glorified after-school special best suited as a lead-in for “Bunheads” or “Secret Life of the American Teenager” on ABC Family. By Dana Barbuto, The Patriot Ledger.

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WON’T BACK DOWN REVIEW: Movie review: 'Won't Back Down' leaves you wishing it would - "Won't Back Down" is a movie so stupid and unoriginal it had to steal its title from a Tom Petty song. By Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger.

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WALLFLOWER REVIEW: Movie review: 'Perks of Being a Wallflower' a well-told tale of teenage angst - Stephen Chbosky’s beautifully rendered adaptation of his semiautobiographical novel, “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”  is a thoughtful examination of the healing powers of love, friendship and the arts. By Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger.

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VREELAND REVIEW: Movie review: 'Vreeland' has substance and style - What’s not to like about a documentary as engrossing and enticing as “Diana Vreeland: The Eye has to Travel,” an adoring biography about the famed fashion icon. Produced and co-directed by her granddaughter-in-law, Lisa Immordino Vreeland, the film paints a compelling portrait of the fashionista – from her childhood in Paris to her perch atop New York society – through an assemblage of archival footage, talking heads (Calvin Klein, Carolina Herrera, for example) and Vreeland’s own voice. By Dana Barbuto, The Patriot Ledger.

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PITCH PERFECT REVIEW: Movie review: 'Pitch Perfect' is right on key - “Pitch Perfect” is a by-the-numbers redemptive sports drama with rival teams and feuding friends competing to take home the championship. And, it’s not set on the baseball diamond, but rather in the warbling world of a cappella singing. Think “Glee” and “Dodgeball” all mashed up. By Dana Barbuto, The Patriot Ledger.

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MUSIC FEATURE: Medeski, Martin & Wood pick up where they left off - John Medeski, Billy Martin and Chris Wood play together less these days than they used to, but that’s by design. “It’s worked out this way organically,” said bassist Wood. “We have been doing this for quite a long time so it’s kind of like riding a bike in some ways." By Chad Berndtson, The Patriot Ledger.

AUTHOR INTERVIEW: The Readers’ Writers: Bestselling romantic suspense author H.C. Brown - Australia’s H.C. Brown’s aunts traced their family lines to William D' Ansie a French (Norman) knight who rode with William the Conqueror. Never one to shy away from inspiration, “Betrothed to the Enemy,” the story of a young Saxon woman forced into marriage with a Norman knight, became H.C.’s debut e-book in the United States. Published now in the U.S., South Africa, Australia and the U.K., the author’s popularity continues to grow. So much so, she created her own chat group solely for her fans. By DA Kentner, Freeport, Ill.

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PINK CARTOON: O'Mahoney cartoon for Pink editions

GRANLUND CARTOON: Obama and Romney prepare for debates. By Dave Granlund, GHNS.

PHILIP MADDOCKS: Biden offers to entertain big donors in Romney’s absence - With Mitt Romney planning to cut back on his appearances at big-money fundraisers as his campaign enters the final stretch before Election Day, Vice President Joseph Biden sought to quiet concerns among big-donor Republican voters by offering to attend any high-end function in Mr. Romney’s stead. By Philip Maddocks, MetroWest, Mass.

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ERIC P BLOOM: 7 tips on running virtual meetings - It seems that more and more companies are creating multi-location workgroups and allowing people to work from home. As a result, new and experienced managers alike are having to learn to run meetings via speakerships, Skype sessions and other distance-shrinking communication tools. It may sound easy, but running an effective virtual meeting is much harder than it seems because you have the following things going against you. By Eric P. Bloom, GHNS.

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