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WAKE UP CALL!: Best companies for moms to work at

PAGE OF THE MONTH: Behind the scenes with Utica


PRO FOOTBALL WEEKLY PAGES: Week 2 previews will be posted by 3 p.m. CDT here


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WEEKLY NIE PAGE: How to sign up for a library card

CREATIVE MAILBOXES CALLOUT: Find your town's best mailboxes


MOSQUE CONTENT: Check out our package of content on the Ground Zero-area mosque controversy.


HOME HELP: Weekly home rail, with items on a new code for fire sprinkler systems, using the Internet to sell your home, caring for potted plants and more.

LOST IN SUBURBIA: For those who have not followed my fish tale, I had come up with the brilliant idea of naming all our fish Larry. I did this because they all look alike and then if one of them died, I could say it was Larry and I would not be wrong. However, after we went through about six Larrys, it occurred to me that there might be a curse in our house on the name Larry. By Tracy Beckerman.

PETER CHIANCA: Killer robots are lying in wait - Scientists, who have apparently never seen even a single “Terminator” movie, keep doing robot-related things that seem destined to bring about the end of humanity as we know it. In the latest incident, researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have apparently come up with a robot that can convincingly lie to you.

THE BEER NUT: 'Beer heaven' is a little place in Maine -- The Beer Nut details how he spent his vacation visiting brewpubs across New England, including Ebenezer's Pub in Lovell, Maine.

FRANK MULLIGAN: Courtesy in the checkout lane -- Is there anything quite so annoying as the claim that the world is divided into two kinds of people?

KATHRYN REM: Would you buy it -- Honest Tea product gets my honest opinion.


5 THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND: This weekend, celebrate Constitution Day, International Eat an Apple Day, Talk Like a Pirate Day and more.
* Localization tip: Are there any local Constitution Day events? Add those if so. And are there any apple-picking orchards in your area? List those as well. And feel free to add any big local events in place of one or more of these items.

FLICKS: Engaging Stone plays a bad girl in ‘Easy A’ - Let’s talk about Emma Stone. She’s the star of “Easy A,” and co-starred in “Zombieland” and “The House Bunny” — surprisingly good — “Superbad” — not surprisingly good — and “Marmaduke,” “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past” and “The Rocker” — junk. By John Meo.

MEG QUINN-DEBOER: Fatih Akin serves up spicy little German farce in 'Soul Kitchen' - Fatih Akin has many hats to wear. He is a writer, director, actor, former teacher and, as his new movie attests, a soul man. He has a vast collection of LPs from the ’70s, and when I interviewed him about his new movie, “Soul Kitchen,” I asked him how many he owned. He told me that he wasn’t sure but during this press tour alone he was going broke buying them up from specialty shops, especially during the New York City stop. “I’m collecting vinyl, and I spent a lot of money for very few records there,” he said.


GRANLUND CARTOON: Tea party ringmaster and the GOP.

BRITT CARTOON: Bad news on the health front.

EDITORIAL: College education pays off; you can minimize the debt - A college diploma was once thought to be so golden, it didn’t matter how much debt students got themselves into. File that thought into the history books. The recession and the increasing cost of a college education have meant painful new lessons for students. The sooner they understand frugality, the better. By the Rockford Register Star.

EDITORIAL: Should Uncle Sam's tax scofflaws find jobs elsewhere? - After the problems the Obama administration had early on with several high-profile appointees who had tax troubles, it can't have come as good news last week that 41 of the president's employees are still not exactly current with the IRS. By The Journal Star.

MICHELLE TEHEUX: Would you rather live in 1950 or 2010? - I’ve always loved to read dystopian novels. They confirm what I’ve believed all my life: This world is going to heck in a handbasket.

CHERYL MILLER: No wonder we’re drowning in debt - Having no experience in this business, do politicians seriously think they know how a company’s profits should be utilized and how much to pay their workers?


DAVE RAMSEY: You don’t need student loans to afford college - Weekly financial Q&A, with advice on student loans and prenuptial agreements.


FANTASY FOOTBALL: Pick Six Weekly: First week of fantasy football was a wild one - Last week was an example of why fantasy football gets weird. That was especially true in Week 1. Guys like Texans RB Arian Foster, NY Giants WR Hakeem Nicks, Indianapolis WR Austin Collie, Oakland RB Darren McFadden and Philadelphia QB Michael Vick were among the top-10 scorers in Week 1 in most standard scoring formats. Meanwhile, first-round fantasy picks Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson, Jacksonville’s Maurice Jones-Drew, Baltimore’s Ray Rice, Atlanta’s Michael Turner and last year’s top fantasy scorer, Aaron Rodgers, barely put up double digits, if at all. By Joey Baskerville.

NFL QUICK SHOTS: Stubbornness key to fan frustration with Lovie Smith – NFL briefs column by Matt Trowbridge.