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NASCAR PAGE: Which current drivers are good enough for the Hall?

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HOME & GARDEN: Tools for starting your garden work right, lawn care tips from the pros and how to hire an interior designer

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KIDZBUZZ: St. Patrick’s Day lore and traditions

REAL ESTATE OUTLOOK: Tab and broadsheet sections on finding the right house, agent and other resources

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ST. PATRICK’S DAY HALF PAGE: Trivia and tidbits on March 17

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SPRING HEALTHY LIVING: With tips on keeping kids safe during spring and summer sports, how to deal with relationships and emotions after a weight loss, and caring for boomers of the "sandwich generation."

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FAMILY TIME: Boarding your four-legged family member -Weekly family rail, with tips on boarding your pet, a review of "Partials" and more. By GHNS.

* Localization tip: Any of the first three items can be localized – ask a local family counselor to provide a tip of the week, ask movie-going parents to give reviews of movies or ask youngsters to send in book reviews.

ANALOG AUDIO making comeback thanks to turntable restorers -"This is my technical hobby and passion." By Edward Ortiz, Scripps.

TREASURES: Wake table served the needs of dearly departed -I was told this table was made in England from burr-walnut. The legs are a puzzle to me because they look like horse hooves. The table is 94 inches long and 66 inches wide when both the drop leaves are open. I have been told it is called a "coffin table" -- whatever that is. What can you tell me about its age and value? By Helaine Fendelman and Joe Rosson, Scripps.

HOMEFIX: Remodeling the basement -You've written about putting up a foam vapor barrier on the basement wall when remodeling. You suggested building a frame wall X-amount of distance from the basement wall itself and then insulate and finish the framed wall. I am considering remodeling our basement and turning it into a family room and need a refresher. By Dwight Barnett, Scripps.

CANDICE TELLS ALL: Hidden kitchens conceal clutter -For some, the ideal kitchen is a big, noisy place where soup bubbles on the stove and everyone assembles around a big table. But for others, the perfect kitchen is one that is completely hidden away: no unsightly stovetop grill, no coffee machine on the counter, no imposing stainless-steel fridge. By Candice Olson, Scripps.

PLUMBER: New bathtub technology is not 'cool' -My husband and I are planning to remodel our bathroom by changing all the fixtures, but basically we're leaving the existing floor plan the same. My question is about choosing the new bathtub. Do they make heated bathtubs? I enjoy taking long baths, but do not like to keep adding hot water to the tub. We would need this tub to fit our existing space and we plan to install a tile-wall enclosure. Is this possible to have all these features in one tub? By Ed Del Grande, Scripps.

101 IDEAS: Organize your living room -Tips for keeping the living room more presentable. By Caren Baginski, Scripps.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Rethink cottage cheese - GateHouse News Service's weekly Food for Thought, with tips on new uses for cottage cheese, healthier dairy substitutes and kielbasa.

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Coming this week from GateHouse movie writer Ed Symkus:

- Review of "Emperor"

- Review of "Oz the Great and Powerful"

- Feature interview with Jim Carrey ("The Incredible Burt Wonderstone")

- Feature interview with Steve Buscemi ("The Incredible Burt Wonderstone")

‘WEST OF MEMPHIS’ explores the lives of 3 men convicted of murder -In the United States, “justice” is nothing but a word. By Al Alexander, Quincy, MA.

BIG EIGHT: Here's to the worst of the worst in sports movies - Here's to the worst of the worst in sports movies. By Shawn Vargo, Corning, NY.

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GRANLUND CARTOON: Kudos to Friends of the Library. By Dave Granlund, GHNS.

GRANLUND CARTOON: Mars mission couple. By Dave Granlund, GHNS.

EDITORIAL: Time to declare victory on the deficit? -In 2011, a target was identified for reducing a federal budget deficit then seen as out of control. The Simpson-Bowles commission adopted that consensus when it called for $4 trillion in deficit reduction over 10 years. Editorial, Framingham, MA.

EDITORIAL: A lot riding on pick of the next pope - The world’s Catholic cardinals have gathered in conclave in Rome to select a successor to Pope Benedict XVI, who sent shock waves around the world by retiring. Good luck to them. They have as formidable a task as perhaps they ever have. Many are praying that it be a divinely inspired one, others will be satisfied if it is merely well-informed. By Peoria, Ill.

KENT BUSH: Are we too shallow for greatness? - Digging deep into American history repeatedly proves that we are stupid. We aren’t stupid because of the things that happened in our history. We are stupid because many of the great things that happened in history could never be repeated because our society grows less involved and more shallow with every passing second. By Kent Bush, Augusta, Kan.

JARED OLAR: Transspecied dog bites man is not news - Six-year-old Grover Rathus explains its troubles quite simply: "Rrii rrwant to go to rrrool! Rrrits ffrrun! Woof! Woof!" the first-grader said when instructed to "Speak!" But the transspecied dog is being obedience-trained at home this semester because it has been denied permission to stay in a special classroom kennel and eat dog chow during lunch hour at Beagleside Elementary School, its parents say. By Jared Olar, Pekin, Ill.

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GREG ZYLA: Readers write on Tri-Powers, Nash-Kelvinator - We've been receiving lots of mail recently, so let's go to the mailbag. By Greg Zyla, GHNS.

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