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STORY IDEA: Fewer Americans claim religions affiliation

TRAINING: Additional Inner Circle training offered starting next week

BEST OF THE DAY: Henrietta Post photo a hit on Facebook


KIDZBUZZ: Big cats

FEBRUARY FAMILY: Could your family do a "Frugal February" experiment? Plus, a Valentine's dessert recipe and ways to ward off the winter blues

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

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HEALTH WATCH: See clearly in 2013 -- GateHouse News Service's weekly Health Watch with tips on eye health, autism and breast cancer education and support.

SUZETTE STANDRING: Kindness heals - A compassionate attitude - gentle words, a listening ear, and encouragement – is an agent for physical healing, even if the concern is faked, according to a recent Harvard study. Research affirms that old-fashioned kindness is a balm on one’s spirit, and in turn, has measurable effects on the body. By Suzette Martinez Standring, The Patriot Ledger.

CAL LORD: Dates of birth, death less important than what came between - I know this sounds morbid, but I am going to ask anyway. Have you thought about writing your obituary? I’m serious. You never know when your time will come. I think we all should be prepared. I’m writing mine today and will continue writing tomorrow and for as long as it takes. By Cal Lord, Norwich, Conn.

LOOKING UP: Going far, looking deep - The incredible vastness of the universe is often mentioned, yet it is so hard to visualize. We hear of light years and millions, billions and trillions. For all its immensity, the stars remain as near as your sky above your backyard. Though from the highest mountain, you try and reach out and grasp one of those stars, only air fills your fist. By Peter Becker, Hawley, Pa.


Heart-healthy tips for the family -- In honor of February, American Heart Month, we’ve compiled information you need to know to get you and your family fit ASAP. By Danielle Braff.

The winter blues -- Winter can be a rough time, especially in northern climates. By Carolyn Sperry.

On the fence: Choosing a barrier for your garden or yard -- You’ve spent hours creating the perfect garden. By Randall Stokes.

Frugal February -- Eliminating takeout. By Erika Enigk.

My tasty Valentine -- Lacy, loving messages come in all shapes and sizes on Valentine’s Day. By Margaret Maples.

Breaking bread: Potluck club tips and ideas -- Studies reinforce what we already intuitively know: Sharing food or dining together strengthens our connections and makes us healthier human beings. By Nancy Vienneau.

Old-fashioned fun -- Marbles is a sport that’s been around for decades, but it’s new for each generation of youngsters who want to learn how to knuckle down and try their hand at various marble games. By Carol Crupper.

Sleep tips for asthma sufferers -- Does the very notion of “a long winter’s nap” sound out of the question? By Jennifer Larson.

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AUTHOR INTERVIEW: The Readers’ Writers: NYT and USA Today bestselling author Rosalind Noonan - Rosalind Noonan has a firm foothold on becoming one of the finest authors of family drama and suspense. One of five children raised in an Irish family, she has traveled Europe and worked as a senior editor for Simon and Schuster. Today, she resides with her NYPD-retired husband and her children in Oregon. By DA Kentner, Freeport, Ill.

FARR SIDE: Illness can't tarnish Golden Globes - The Red Carpet at Sunday night’s 70th annual Golden Globes was more like a “Who’s Flu” instead of a “Who’s Who” of Hollywood. Some stars, like Jennifer Lawrence, refused to shake interviewers’ hands, saying she didn’t want to spread germs. By David T. Farr, Sturgis, Mich.

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GRANLUND CARTOON: Lance Armstrong and Oprah. By Dave Granlund, GHNS.

GRANLUND CARTOON: Obama inauguration with MLK and Abe. By Dave Granlund, GHNS.

LICCAR CARTOON: Coke and the food police. By Joe Liccar, Independence, Mo.

Maddocks: A.I.G. reconsidering whether it had any role in 2008 financial collapse -- Less than a week after declining to join a lawsuit against the federal government over its $182 billion financial crisis bailout, the American International Group says it is now questioning whether the company played any sort of role at all in the financial collapse. By Philip Maddocks, Natick, MA.

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ERIC P BLOOM: Be skeptical and engaged, not cynical - it fosters innovation - As the manager of a busy department with too much to do and not enough people to do it, it’s easy to simply say no and walk away when a member of your staff suggests an idea for a new project, process improvement or potential opportunity. The problem with this approach is that it sends the wrong message to the members of your staff. I’m not saying here that you should do every idea that your staff suggests, that would be impossible and, quite frankly, odds are that not all of the staff suggestions would be worth doing. What I am suggesting is that you do the following. By Eric P. Bloom, GHNS.

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PAUL JANNACE: Falcons still fighting for respect - The Atlanta Falcons have suddenly become the NFL’s Rodney Dangerfield. By Paul Jannace, Wellsville, NY.

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