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STORY IDEA: Is the HPV vaccine still controversial in your town?

PROMOTION: Sean Burke named publisher of GateHouse Media New England



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WINTER BRIDE: With tips on taking advantage of winter's beauty in photography and venue locales, honeymoon ideas and giving your gown a life after the ceremony

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KIDZBUZZ: Hibernating bears


WINTER HEALTHY LIVING: Skin care,  budget-friendly (and healthy) lunch ideas and pediatrician tips for healthy kids

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MARTIN LUTHER KING JR DAY PAGE: A look at 1963, a milestone year

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The Street

CES: 3 video game mainstays set to disappear

FACEBOOK: And the $100 message

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HOME HELP: Set up your home office for success -- GateHouse News Service's weekly Home Help, with tips on home office set-up, smoke alarms and growing edible flowers.

JEFF VRABEL: Sick of being sick - Everyone in the house is sick. They all have fevers. They all have coughs. They all make horrible sniffling sounds with their snouts, and when I say "they" I mean "me," because for a week I've sounded basically like a family of homicidal warthogs that has been trapped inside a boxcar. The baby has been leaking materials from his nose for the better part of, well, 15 months really, but it's been especially fluid and viscous in the past week or so. I am a little disgusted with myself being here. I kind of want to sleep outside, except that I saw some snakes out there once and well the sleeping idea is entirely unacceptable, obviously. By Jeff Vrabel, GHNS.

GUY’S PERSPECTIVE: Single mother dating - I’m 20 and I have a little girl on the way — my first child. I was engaged to the father for a year and he promised me the family I have always dreamed of. We planned our little one, but he left me three months after we found out I was pregnant. Now I’m worried there won’t be any men in their 20s to date that are okay with me being a single mother. I believe in love and want a healthy relationship for my daughter. I certainly don’t want to be bouncing from guy to guy for her sake. I would be more than okay with starting a bigger family with my husband in the future, but will I even be given that chance in my 20s? Is it just a waiting game until guys mature or is there hope now? By Saelen Ghose, GHNS.

Knitting groups bring people together -- Jaclyn Allen got interested in knitting more than three years ago while on a family vacation in Canada. By Alissa Groeninger, Springfield, IL.

Naumovich: Finding good fortune in (eww) the flu -- As luck would have it, I didn’t get a flu shot this season. By Dan Naumovich, Springfield, IL.

Just a Minute: Getting a kick out of exercise -- Looking for a new workout challenge, I found an on-demand kickboxing video. By Julie Fay, Quincy, MA.

Kitchen Call: The pick of the pans -- The textbook definition of sauté is “to cook quickly, over high heat, in a small amount of fat.” By Linda Bassett, North Shore, MA.

Starting the year with a sleepy head and actual reader mail -- My wife and kids are very reluctant characters in my columns. By Neal Simon, Hornell, NY.


Registry, expenses fun facts -- 1.5 million: That’s the number of engaged American couples who registered for wedding presents, according to a 2011 study by and By Danielle Braff.

Winter romance -- Not everyone planning a winter destination wedding is flying south. By Karen Caffarini.

To do before ‘I do’ -- Winter weddings can be a romantic and less expensive alternative to those held in the more popular summer and fall months, especially if you tie the knot in a colder climate and in a venue that highlights the beauty of the season. By Karen Caffarini.

Rude guests: How to deal -- Considerate brides go to great lengths to make their guests happy -- with plenty of food that will please everyone, an elegant atmosphere and great music. By Carolyn Sperry.

White balance -- What could be prettier than a blanket of snow and a beautiful bride? By Melissa Erickson.

Ways to repurpose a wedding gown -- For many brides, choosing the dress is the most crucial part of the wedding planning process. By Erika Enigk.

Hot spots -- After the ceremony, after the party, it’s just you and your honey for some quality time as man and wife. By Melissa Erickson.

Winter weddings -- It’s not uncommon for girls to grow up dreaming about their wedding, and for many future brides, their fantasy nuptials often take place on a beach, or under the stars on a summer night. By Erinn Hutkin.

Start planning -- Once the busy holiday season ends, brides who have wedding dates on the calendar for spring or summer can use the winter lull to their advantage by taking care of the bulk of their planing. By Erinn Hutkin.

Wedding seating dilemmas -- Creating a seating chart for wedding guests ought to be simple enough -- after all, we’re just talking about tables, chairs, and people here. By Carolyn Sperry.

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Get Reel: Pleading innocent to guilty pleasures ... and more -- Some critics only like art-house films. Some only like films worthy of Academy Awards. By Bob Tremblay, Framingham, MA.

FARR SIDE ‘Idol’ alumni kept going strong in 2012If you’re thinking “American Idol” has seen its day, think again. “Idol” alums were everywhere in 2012, proving the show can produce quality entertainers beyond the hype. By David T. Farr, Sturgis, Mich.

LAST STAND REVIEW: ‘The Last Stand’ proves Schwarzenegger is still a star - There are already snappy one-liners a-plenty going around about Arnold Schwarzenegger being “baaack.” But anyone watching “The Last Stand” will feel almost immediately that he never went away. The former governor of California returns in his first starring action role since “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines” in 2003, now playing the sheriff of a small Arizona town who, in a slight nod to “High Noon,” must face a whole lot of bad guys coming his way. By Ed Symkus, GHNS.

Get a Life: TV execs are to blame for a profusion of pathetic programming -- Last night I had my first experience with the PBS phenomenon “Downton Abbey.” By Loretta LaRoche, Quincy, MA.

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GRANLUND CARTOON: Deja vu - Patriots vs. Ravens. By Dave Granlund, GHNS.


EDITORIAL: Another poke in the eye from a 'too big to fail' - Ultimately, insurance giant AIG decided not to join a lawsuit against the federal government brought by shareholders alleging that big, bad Uncle Sam went too hard on them in the process of saving their bacon. On behalf of taxpayers, thanks for having mercy on us. By Peoria, Ill.

CHARITA GOSHAY: Absence of prayer didn’t cause Sandy Hook tragedy - As we continue to examine the issue of gun violence, I’m tired, tired, tired of the premise that if only prayer were practiced in public schools, tragedies like Sandy Hook wouldn’t happen. By Charita Goshay, Canton, Ohio.

KENT BUSH: Oh, deer ... the Windstar is hit - I’ll never forget where I was when I read the news. The trusty Windstar that has carried me within feet of a deadly tornado and a few million votes of the presidency had fallen victim to a deer attack. By Kent Bush, Augusta, Kan.

Editorial: Sacco, Vanzetti and Mehanna -- Ferdinando Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were anarchists, like the most feared terrorists of their time. Editorial, Framingham, MA.

Holmes: Did leaded gas fuel America’s crime wave? -- For centuries, historians have debated what caused the Roman Empire to fall. By Rick Holmes, Framingham, MA.

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Business / auto

AUTO BITS: Advice for families coping with an older driver's changing abilities - Weekly auto rail, with tips for families coping with an older driver's changing abilities, Car Q&A with Junior Damato and more. By GHNS.

* Localization tip: You can do a Q&A with a local mechanic, or have a mechanic (or mechanics) provide you with a tip of the week.

SILVIO CALABI: Dude, your ride is here: Nissan’s JUKE - When Carlos Ghosn took over as CEO of Nissan more than a decade ago, the company was bleeding cash and a lot of its products were forgettable, me-too copies of various Hondas and Toyotas. Since then Mr. Fix-It — as he became known — has overhauled Nissan from top to bottom. Now Nissans are praised for delivering value-for-dollar and generally fine driving dynamics, and the company makes lustworthy cars for motorheads (the 370Z, the GT-R), Capitalists (the entire Infiniti range) and even eco-philiacs (the all-electric, zero-emissions Leaf). By Silvio Calabi, GHNS.

GREG ZYLA: Reader recalls ‘Madman’ Muntz Jet automobile - Q: Hi, Greg, and thanks for all the old-time car columns. I really enjoy them and they bring back great memories. I’m now 81 years old and remember a car called the Muntz Jet that was built in the USA. Can you give me some info on the Muntz Jet and how many years it was offered for sale? By Greg Zyla, GHNS.

Talking Cars: Dual mode exhaust cost --  I own a 2010 Corvette with all options except the dual mode exhaust. By Junior Damato, Kingston, MA.

Jim Hillibish: What if a car dealer knew your mind before the big sale? -- Web marketing gurus do a lot of “what ifs.” By Jim Hillibish, Canton, OH.

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