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WAKE UP CALL!: More demand for summer lunch programs

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POLL QUESTION IDEA: Will cash eventually be replaced by credit cards?


BUCKET LIST CALLOUT: What's on readers' "bucket lists"?

AUGUST FAMILY: Brown-bag lunches that fit new MyPlate guidelines, how to communicate with your kid's teacher and teaching kids about money

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Embed codes for some NDN videos that you can add to your Zope stories on these topics:

- Judge sentences Anthony to 4 years for lying, but she’ll be free next week
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-- Localization: Run this with your Casey Anthony coverage, and poll readers about how they feel about the sentence.

- U.S. ordered to stop "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy
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-- Localization: Run this video with any stories you have on the subject, and/or poll readers about how they feel about the end of the policy.

Questions on embedding these codes? Contact GHNS news editor Lisa Glowinski, 630-348-3350 or


RELIGION NEWS: Top Christian places to work in U.S. -- weekly Religion News with items on the best Christian-based places to work for, “Erasing Hell: What God Said About Eternity, and the Things We Made Up” by Francis Chan and Preston Sprinkle and more. By GHNS

KENT BUSH: Important first step on son's new journey -- How many difficult things can happen in your life before your emotions become dulled? I really think that is what has happened with our new son’s birthmother. Augusta Gazette (Kan.)

AFRICA MEDICAL CARE: Nurse boards Mercy Ship to Africa to give free medical care -- Clauson headed to the west coast of Africa recently and spent two months volunteering on the nonprofit Mercy Ship. Aboard the docked ship, Africans who otherwise couldn’t afford medical care or didn’t have access to it were given free surgeries and treatments. Elizabeth Davies/ Rockford (Ill.) Register Star

DESSERT RECIPES: Summer desserts: No oven needed  -- With the air conditioning cranked, the last thing you want to do is fire up the oven to make a showy dessert. So don’t. And don’t feel guilty about it, says Lauren Salkeld, a senior editor at, the online foodie site owned by Conde Nast. Jennifer Mastroianni/ Canton (Ohio) Repository

RECIPE: Summer Gazpacho as soup or cocktail  -- Gazpacho, from Spain, can be your No. 1 appetizer soup for your summer patio parties. Or, serve it as Bloody Marys for cocktail hour. It makes good use of the garden harvest and only gets better over time in the fridge. Big plus: No cooking required. Jim Hillibish/ Canton (Ohio) Repository

ICE CREAM PIE: Malted ice cream pie with a waffle cone crust - I’m a malt fan from way back. I vividly remember the first time I tasted malt, at about age 7, on a hot summer day at a lake where my grandparents owned a concession stand. Grandma removed a hardball-size hunk of chocolate malt from one of the ice cream machines and handed it to an older cousin, whose hopeful getaway to the beach was thwarted by eight little cousins. By Jennifer Mastroianni, Canton, Ohio.

STRAWBERRIES: Kitchen Call: The Fourth has been berry, berry good to her - Fourth of July weekend means strawberries. All the classics put to patriotic music. But these standards work on any summer day. By Linda Basset, North Shore, Mass.

DIANA BOGGIA: 'Boys will be boys' - expression or excuse? - We’ve all heard expressions, such as “Boys will be boys,” “I hate this stage,” “He’ll grow out of it” or “Well, what can you do?” Recently, a parent told me, “We have three boys, and our youngest is out of control. He’s … well … our expression is … Johnny is just Johnny!” By Diana Boggia, Canton, Ohio.


STAY TUNED: 'Platinum Hit' is more a miss - If you've ever wondered what goes into writing a hit song, the new show “Platinum Hit” will satisfy your curiosity. Or at least that's the goal. The reality of this latest addition to contest shows is that it doesn't satisfy much except maybe Kara DioGuardi's need to get back on television after losing her spot on “American Idol.” DioGuardi and her fellow judge Jewel along with various guest judges, assign songwriting challenges to teams of aspiring hit-makers. At the end of each episode the groups perform their song and one person is eliminated. By Melissa Crawley, GHNS columnist.

FARR SIDE: Beyonce on top of the world with ‘4’ - Beyonce’s biggest competition right now might be Sasha Fierce, which if you don’t already know is her talented and sexy alter-ego. She’s at the top of her game, if not show business itself. A blazing music career, top-selling albums and singles, blockbuster movie roles, a perfume line, clothing line, and a plethora of other media-moguling things have made her an icon — all before the age of 30. By David T. Farr, Sturgis, Mich.
* Facebook idea: Ask fans what they expect from Beyonce's new album.

DETROIT COBRAS: Detroit Cobras a cover band and proud of it - In the tradition of bands named for the places from which they sprang — Alabama, Chicago, the Oak Ridge Boys, Of Montreal — the Cobras embody the spirit and sound of their hometown in all its rusting glory. By Brian Mackey, Springfield, Ill.

ELIZABETH COOK: Elizabeth Cook a country singer with character(s) - Elizabeth Cook is not the kind of person who dreamed of country stardom as a little girl. “I tried out for cheerleading,” she said. “I was really good at it, too. I felt it was my calling to root my team home to victory.” By Brian Mackey, Springfield, Ill.

SNEAK PREVIEW: 'Zookeeper' and other movies opening this week – A glance at the movies opening in theaters this week. By Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger.

MOVIE REVIEW: 'Horrible Bosses’ is a horror show -- And in a way, that’s exactly what “Horrible Bosses” is: a horror show. It certainly gave me the creeps, as it harassed me with a succession of comedy bits (emphasis on “bits”) that were racist, homophobic or misogynistic, and sometimes they were all three. Al Alexander/ The Patriot Ledger (Mass.)


GRANLUND CARTOON: Budget crunch. By Dave Granlund, GHNS cartoonist.

BRITT CARTOON: Casey Anthony trial claims another victim. By Chris Britt, Springfield, Ill.

EDITORIAL: Graphic pictures will not deter smokers - While urging smokers to quit is commendable, the government must recognize its limits in reducing this public health hazard. By Suburban Life, Chicago.


BIZ BITS: How to market your online portfolio - Weekly business rail, with tips on how to market your online portfolio so it gets noticed, a BBB warning about a questionable loan company and more. By GHNS.
* Localization tip: You could include a weekly tax tip from a local expert, have a business-related Q&A with a local expert or do a “business of the week” feature in which you highlight a local business.