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For 6/30/09 editions
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FOURTH OF JULY CONTENT: Check out our package of links to Fourth of July content on the news service. We’ll continue to add to the package as your submissions come in, so check back often.
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YOU CAN MAKE A GOOGLE MAP: Make a Google Map of July Fourth events in your region: http://ghnewsroom.com/article/make-google-map-july-fourth-events-your-region
SERVICE IMPROVEMENTS: Changes made to online support.
ADS IN NAMEPLATES: How to incorporate ads into the nameplate area on the front page.
MORNING MINUTES: We've expanded what we're offering in Morning Minutes to provide your paper with more options and/or to give your readers a couple more interesting tidbits. It now includes Word of the Day, Web Site of the Day, Number to Know, This Day in History, Today’s Featured Birthday and Daily Quote.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Can coffee fight bad breath? -- Weekly food rail, with items on bacteria-inhibiting molecules in coffee, an easy recipe for Spanish Rice, tips for making safe, tasty burgers, and more.
FOOD PAGE: Homemade bread
FOOD VIDEO: Salmon with a twist
FAMILY REUNION: After six-decade separation, sisters meet for first time -- Sixty-five years ago Betty (Roberson) Beir was put on a Greyhound Bus at her home in Texas and sent to San Francisco to live with her mother and stepfather, leaving behind half-siblings and half-siblings-to-be on her father’s side that she would never see again or hear from over six decades.
DR. JEFF HERSH: Pertussis is on the rise -- I heard whooping cough is on the rise. How can this be? I thought there was a vaccine for it and everyone got the shot?
DR. MURRAY FEINGOLD: Avoiding doctorspeak -- The Journal of the American Medical Association is concerned how physicians communicate with seriously ill patients and their families.
DARIN ST. GEORGE: Rattling your cage to make a change -- Let's take a step to the left of conventional fitness and find some rather unique exercises that will test your mettle and turn your body into granite.
RHODE ISLAND: A Stone's throw away from luxury in Rhode Island - Seaside luxury, history and green technology intermingle comfortably in the new Stone House hotel and resort on Sakonnet Point. The stone mansion built by entrepreneur and Civil War hero David Sisson in 1854 has been completely restored and updated under the direction of its new owners. By Linda Murphy.
- Art: 6 photos
SUDOKU: Puzzles for July and the first week of August (puzzles 372-406) are now available for download. Previous puzzles are linked to in this file, or visit our Puzzles category.
GRANLUND CARTOON: Bernie Madoff gets 150 years
GARY BROWN: Don’t have enough money this summer? Take a staycation – Have time off from work this summer? Here are some ways to amuse yourself without breaking the bank.
SUZETTE MARTINEZ STANDRING: Voice of faith missing in immigration debate -- Happy birthday, America! We are a nation born of hopeful strangers -- pilgrims, seekers, adventurers and refugees. Yet in our post-Sept. 11 world and uncertain economy, resentment of immigrants seems rampant.
KENT BUSH: Sanford case goes beyond extramarital affair -- Water-cooler conversations have been more interesting than usual lately. Deaths of iconic celebrities and irrational choices by South Carolina's governor have filled office chatterboxes.
DIANNE MCDONALD: For now, I’m keeping my Tweets to myself -- First it was the teens on MySpace. Then they migrated to Facebook. Now little bird sounds are coming from their touch screen, GPS picture-taking music-playing “phones,” as Twitter becomes all the rage. It’s not just my teenagers, either. It’s my friends, colleagues and family members.
CURT SMITH: How one teacher made a world of difference -- Jeanne Braham was my favorite teacher. I was a student in the first English class she taught at Allegheny College.
EDITORIAL: The high price of fame - In 1977, it was Elvis Presley. Thirty years later, Anna Nicole Smith. We don’t know yet if Michael Jackson had a similarly enabling cadre of hangers-on who helped hasten his death last week at age 50, but there’s a common thread regardless. From Elvis to Anna Nicole, from Britney Spears to Jon and Kate Gosselin, we’ve seen countless times the power of fame to destroy lives. An editorial from the State Journal-Register.
EDITORIAL: No text message is worth this loss - It's the kind of nightmare scenario that keeps parents of newly licensed teen drivers lying awake nights: Navigating an up-and-down or winding rural road - without a seatbelt - text messaging up a storm, the teen becomes so distracted that she edges over into the opposite lane. Finally noticing a car coming at her, she swerves back into her own lane, making so sharp a turn she rolls her vehicle and is thrown from it as it tumbles end over end. An editorial from the Peoria Journal Star.
EDITORIAL: Clean Energy Act is worth the sacrifice -- The American Clean Energy & Security Act of 2009 passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a 219-212 vote on Friday. Eight Republicans voted in favor of the
Democrat-sponsored bill while 44 Democrats opposed it.
EDITORIAL: Stepping up on climate, green energy -- For a decade, the federal government has stumbled along without an energy strategy and without an answer to global climate change. Friday, the House of Representatives finally grabbed these bulls by the horns.
MOSQUITO SEASON: Buzzing, biting, pesky skeeters - Mosquito experts say the intensity of this season, running until about mid-September, looks to be in line with the past few years. But the wet spring, which facilitates larvae growth, could mean it is going to be a bit worse. Ledger, with photo
TORNADO SEASON: Are you prepared for tornado season? Here are some tips.
Business / Ag
OMG! Text speak finds way into work force: SPRINGFIELD – "IDK. My BFF Jill?" may have made for a cute Cingular/AT&T commercial. But in the business world, it leaves some employers wondering if you’re right for the job. In an economy where finding a job is tough, teens may be hurting their chances of getting hired this summer even more by using “text speak” on employment applications. By Lauren Acton of the State Journal-Register.
GRAPE GLUT: N.Y. growers expect grape glut, look to sell to wineries nationwide -- With this year’s harvest of state wine grapes expected to yield a surplus, Cornell Cooperative Extension and New York Wine & Grape
Foundation have partnered to help market the fruit to other states.
AUTO: Paul A. Eisenstein: Kia Forte offers good style, value -- Mention an automotive brand name and you’re likely to come up with a quick mental image. BMW? Perhaps it’s their tagline, “The Ultimate Driving Machine.”
Lexus? Maybe quiet, comfortable and high quality. But Kia? How about cheap and cheerful?
SIMFORMATON: Simformotion gives Caterpillar customers opportunity to simulate equipment operation - MORTON – Along with a range of heavy-duty machines, Caterpillar Inc. also has been busy rolling out a line of simulators that allow one to experience what it's like to operate a motor grader or excavator. The Morton company that's handling the building, marketing and distribution of these simulators is Simformotion, a division of CSE Software. By Steve Tarter of the Peoria Journal Star.
BIZ BITS: Weekly business rail, with tips on your 401(k) if you change jobs, a look at the world’s most powerful athletes, a BBB warning about magazine scams and more.
CHECKOUT LANE: Pool upkeep saves money in long run -- A swimming pool is almost like a member of your family. It needs to be fed and cleaned, and it needs regular attention.
MAKING CENTS: Just graduate from college? Stay positive. Advice from John P. Napolitano.
- Art: Mugshot
NASCAR PAGE: Kings & jesters.
SATCHEL PAIGE: New book puts spotlight on Negro League legend Satchel Paige - For two years, Larry Tye pored through thousands of research pages and wrote hundreds of pages about an often-overlooked American icon: baseball great Leroy “Satchel” Paige. Satchel’s story, said Tye, is about overcoming “every obstacle any human being could ever imagine.” By Jason Crotty.
- Art: 2 photos
- With video
LENNY MEGLIOLA: Might be fun to see Pedro Martinez return to majors – Pedro Martinez may never pitch again, but there have been whispers. They’ve come from the man himself.
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