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WAKE UP CALL!: Are kids getting enough sleep?
NEWSPAPER DESIGN: A lot of love went into these Valentine's Day front pages
EDITING WORDS: AP Stylebook: State abbreviations
WEEKLY NASCAR PAGE: A preview of the season
MARCH FAMILY: Tips on boosting your kids' creativity, walking as a family for health, and a St. Patrick's Day recipe
KIDZBUZZ: All about Abraham Lincoln for Presidents Day
ST. PATRICK'S DAY QUARTER PAGE: Seasonal savings layout with business-card ad spots
MONEY & INVESTING: Content from The Street on preparing for retirement, stocks to watch in 2012, household expenses to cut and more
TAX PREP PAGES: 9 common tax mistakes; deductions to take advantage of
ZYNGA: Mobile key to Zynga's earnings -- The social gaming firm will deliver its first ever earnings report as a public company Tuesday after the bell. By Olivia Oran, The Street
Find more news from The Street at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Nutritious eggs -- weekly Food for Thought with why eggs are healthy for your diet, "Mad Hungry: Feeding Men and Boys" by Lucinda Scala Quinn and more. GHNS
FAMILY TIME: Fever facts for parents - Weekly family rail, with tips on treating a child who has a fever, a review of “Chronicle” 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.
DATING AGAIN: Go slow when introducing your new paramour to your kids - When moms and dads start new romances, it'll take awhile for the kids to get used to the idea. By Julie Kaiser, Springfield, Ill.
KENT BUSH: Valentine's Day superheroes aren't so super - I hate Valentine’s Day. I don’t hate it in a “that’s so cute” way. I really hate it. I know. Hate is a strong word. It doesn’t seem strong enough. You see, I’m the guy that is a huge disappointment on big days like this. I have very little romanticism in me. Most of that junk is fake anyway. By Kent Bush, Augusta, Kan.
* Poll idea: Ask readers if they make a big deal about Valentine’s Day.
DR. JEFF HERSH: Kids don't know the dangers of 'the choking game' -- Q: I read about this choking game some kids play, and it scares me. Should I talk to my kids about this? There are other names for strangulation activities, such as “the choking game,” “the fainting game” or “space monkey,” as well as many others. MetroWest Daily News (Mass.)
DR. MURRAY FEINGOLD: Parenting isn’t always so easy -- To me, a meaningful measure of a good parent is the parent who successfully overcomes the stress and adversities associated with not having a “utopia” baby. MetroWest Daily News (Mass.)
FLEXIBLE FITNESS: Dizziness has several causes -- We have all experienced being dizzy, off balance, spinning or feeling lightheaded. Often people categorize these symptoms as vertigo when, in fact, there are several reasons one may be experiencing these symptoms. Ashley Saulnier/ MetroWest Daily News (Mass.)
TREASURES: Knife-box custom goes back centuries - I would like to know what this box was made to hold and how old it might be. I found it when cleaning out a storage room at work. I have never seen another box like it. There are no markings on it, but the bottom is covered with worn green felt. It is 15-1/4 inches tall in the back and 9 inches tall in the front. It is 8-3/4 inches wide and 12 inches long. Any information would be helpful. By Helaine Fendelman and Hoe Rosson, Scripps Howard.
GARDENER: Starting seeds inside - Starting seeds is like raising kids: an ultimate act of faith. Give them the right conditions, and they'll do the rest. It's a little easier with seeds, I admit. Provide warmth, moisture, light and a disease-free potting mix to support them, and you'll soon have healthy, garden-ready plants. By Joe Lamp’l, Scripps Howard.
YARDSMART: Get a shed for yard tools and give your garage a break - "Only in America do we leave cars worth thousands of dollars in the driveway and put our useless junk in the garage." By Maureen Gilmer, Scripps Howard.
HOME STYLE: Creating a home office that works for you -- Thanks to technology, many of us log a lot of work hours from home. So a high-functioning home office has become a must. Do you have a home-office space that allows you to do your best work? Mary Carol Garrity/ Scripps Howard News Service
101 IDEAS: Electric and hydronic towel warmers are relatively energy-efficient bathroom luxuries, allowing homeowners to wake up to freshly warmed, fluffy towels each morning while saving on utility bills. Katie Allison Granju/ Scripps Howard News Service
HOBBIES: Create a sweet message on pillows -- This sweet project makes a perfect gift for anyone in your family or circle of friends. You can quickly stitch any word onto as many or as few pillows as you like, and you can use either throw pillows for the couch or bed pillows. Dena Fishbein/ Scripps Howard News Service
ASK THE PLUMBER: Slow-close toilet seat opens up a history lesson -- I've read about the new slow-close toilet seats in your columns and think they're kind of neat. But, really, what is the attraction to them, and how do you justify the extra costs? Ed Del Grande/ Scripps Howard News Service
More in food and family at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle
‘THIS MEANS WAR’ REVIEW: Movie review: 'This Means War' more bromance than romance - America’s sweetheart, Reese Witherspoon, dutifully serves as the unsuspecting grand prize in a contest between a pair of lame brain CIA agents out to capture her heart with the sort of chicanery normally reserved for the likes of Osama bin Laden. By Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger.
* Post to Facebook and ask fans if they plan to see the film, or if they have seen it to give their review.
READERS GUIDE: 'Lennon: The Man, the Myth and the Music' by Tim Riley -- NPR music critic Tim Riley talked to Lennon's friends and enemies as well as his family and business associates, and in so doing, he uncovered never-before-seen memoirs and government documents to bring a fresh and fascinating look into the life of the seminal musician. Susie Stooksbury/ The Oak Ridger (Tenn.)
More in movies and music at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment
EDITORIAL: Constitutional divide - From a public health and personal freedom perspective, those who wish to engage in family planning should be able to do so, with the intricacies that go into that decision a fundamentally private matter. From a religious liberty view, churches and their affiliates should not be required by government to do things that violate their consciences. By Peoria, Ill.
AMY GEHRT: Fight for equality honors patron saint of love - Love isn’t the only thing same-sex couples and their supporters are celebrating this Valentine’s Day — the gay rights movement recently received welcome news on a number of fronts. By Amy Gehrt, Pekin, Ill.
More in columns and cartoons at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions
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