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For 10/23/09 editions
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MORNING MINUTES: We've expanded what we're offering in Morning Minutes to provide your paper with more options and 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.
LOOKING UP: Double Cluster is double the fun - One of the most interesting star clusters in the night sky that are easy to view is the famed Double Cluster of Perseus. You can just see them with unaided eyes in a dark sky as two fuzzy patches next to each other. The view with binoculars is great, and with a backyard telescope at low power, outstanding. By Peter Becker.
POST-OP MASTECTOMY: Mastectomy patients have more options for post-surgery needs - FREEPORT – According to the American Cancer Society, there are now about 2.5 million breast cancer survivors living in the United States. As breast cancer survivors who have had a mastectomy, a lumpectomy or reconstruction go on with their lives, there are many changes they will face in the months and years after completing their treatment. One of the important early decisions is the selection of a breast form and bra. By Jae Hezlep of the Freeport Journal-Standard.
FRIGHT DELIGHT: Haunted houses scare up fun - SPRINGFIELD – Eight years ago, Dave McLaughlin and John Pritchett resorted to paying a few passersby three bucks each to be scared. Most haunted houses in the area started out this way — with a motley crew and makeshift funeral parlors, hospital rooms and graveyards created out of scrap pieces of metal and used cardboard. But today, the houses’ owners find themselves scrambling to keep up with the crowds’ demands for something more sinister each year. By Molly Beck of the State Journal-Register. To localize: Check with local haunted house operators to see how their operations have changed over the years.
HEALTHY HALLOWEEN: Nutritionists recommend healthier treats, moderation this Halloween -- With Halloween just a couple of weeks away, and headlines almost daily warning about the United States' epidemic of childhood obesity, parents and other adults who traditionally pass out handfuls of sweets to young ghouls and goblins might want to think twice. MARYVILLE, MO.
To localize: Visit statehealthfacts.org and add statistics about childhood obesity in your state. Speak to local nutritionists and health advocates for their suggestions and advice.
THERAPISTS ON HOOVES: Little horses have a big job -- When Mary Lou Thall and her husband, Bob, bring miniature horses Toot and Bucky to nursing homes, they¹re not just horsing around. Toot and Bucky have a job to do: They’re therapy horses.
ASK DOG LADY: Stuck in a boring routine with your dog? -- Dog Lady offers advice on reviving your relationship with your dog, walking your "inner dog," and speaking a dog's language.
ELIZABETH DAVIES: Raising lots of kids, but raising them right -- I have two kids and two hands. Presumably, that should be enough. It’s not. On some days, it works out just right that I have two legs -- one for each kiddo to sit on. I have two arms -- one to wrap around each little child. I have two eyes, which indeed do go in different directions on occasion. And I have two
ears, which somehow manage to field requests coming from both directions. But some days, it feels like having two of everything is simply inadequate.
JIM HILLIBISH: Remember when Halloween was cool? -- Each Halloween, I watch “The Blob,” Steve McQueen¹s 1958 embarrassment that morphed into a cult film. I watch for the memories it sparks of Halloweens that really were Halloween. CANTON, Ohio
REV. TESS BAUMBERGER: Burying the dead with respect and dignity -- One of the Corporal Acts of Mercy is burying the dead, an act of respect for the person who has died and an act of mercy to that person’s kith and kin.
5 THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND: This week’s suggestions: Keep your eyes on the sky and watch for the Orionids; check out “Astro Boy,” “Saw VI” and other new movies; check out this week’s new books; celebrate Make A Difference Day; and celebrate Picasso.
- Localize it: Add local observatory, bookstore, library, movie theater information; add information about charities or groups taking part in Make A Difference Day; add local art museum (or regular museum) information.
SUDOKU: Puzzles for October (463-490) are available for download. Previous puzzles are linked to in this file, or visit our Puzzles category.
SUDOKU: Puzzles for November (491-525) are available for download. Previous puzzles are linked to in this file, or visit our Puzzles category.
AT THE MOVIES WITH GATEHOUSE: This week’s package of reviews includes “Yes Men,” “Amelia,” “Astro Boy” and “Motherhood.”
SNEAK PREVIEW: 'Amelia,' 'Saw VI' and other new movies -- Two for Halloween on the big screen: "Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant" and "Saw VI."
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Yes Men’ pulls the wool over big business – “The Yes Men Fix the World” is a follow-up to the 2003 film “The Yes Men,” which traced the exploits of the politically aware, slightly deranged, hoax-minded jokesters Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno. They’re brilliant pranksters adept at pulling wool over gullible eyes.
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Motherhood’ offers a mother lode of stereotypes, trite characters – There’s no mommy moment left untouched in "Motherhood," as the film takes on everything from playground politics to birthday parties to orgasms, and everything in between. From the do-it-all mom (Uma Thurman) to the absent-minded dad (Anthony Edwards) to the perfectly put-together mommy nemesis, even the characters are trite.
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Astro Boy’ breaks up upon re-entry -- Astro Boy got his start back in 1951 under the tutelage of Japanese comic book pioneer Tezuka Osamu, and is largely a derivative Saturday morning cartoon character. The film version plagiarizes bits and pieces from literary and animated classics and reassembles them like a wonky jigsaw puzzle in which none of the pieces fit.
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Amelia’ gets lost at sea. There are so many facets to Amelia Earhart, and the times in which she lived, that trying to squeeze them all into the confines of a conventional two-hour biopic is almost as reckless as her ill-fated flight around the world.
FLICKS MOVIE COLUMN: Vampires have endured worse things than ‘Twilight’ - Good news kids, there’s another vampire movie out this week. Just in case you needed that bridge to get you through until “Twilight” oozes its way into theaters. By John Meo.
MOTHERHOOD MOVIE: Uma Thurman takes a reel look at 'Motherhood' – Uma Thurman was in Boston last month to pick up an excellence award from the Boston Film Festival. She talked about her latest film, “Motherhood,” a tale of a mommy trying to do it all.
DARK FILMS: Willem Dafoe, director Lars von Trier embrace dark side in 'Antichrist' -- "Antichrist," the newest bit of strangeness from Danish writer-director Lars von Trier, makes for some mighty uncomfortable viewing.
TRAVEL STORIES: Books: Travel abroad without leaving the couch - Books like “McCarthy’s Bar” by Peter McCarthy, “Eat. Pray. Love” by Elizabeth Gilbert, and “Born to Run” by Christopher McDougall have been popular this year with armchair travelers. By Brad Kane.
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- Localize it: Talk to bookstore owner in your area to get a quote or two.
VIDEO VAULT: 'Rosemary's Baby' creepy from start to finish - Whatever your opinion of the current Roman Polanski controversy, one thing is clear: “Rosemary’s Baby” is a heck of a movie. By Will Pfeifer of the Rockford Register Star.
O’MAHONEY CARTOON: On new limits on executive pay.
GRANLUND CARTOON: Distributing H1N1 vaccine at a snail’s pace.
GRANLUND CARTOON: Waiting for trick-or-treaters.
WOOD ON WORDS: Smart terms for not-so-smart people – What’s a “fundit”? That’s the new featured word in the introduction to “The Colbert Report” on Comedy Central. As far as I know, star Stephen Colbert, who struck linguistic gold with “truthiness” in 2005, hasn’t defined “fundit.”
PHILIP MADDOCKS: As health care bills emerge, legislators’ resolve at looking out for themselves will be tested - While they may have different styles, different sets of talking points, different health care reform proposals to assemble behind, both Democrats and Republicans have identical goals: passage this year of a major health care overhaul that will be in the best interest of every one of their political and financial interests.
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PHIL LUCIANO: Al-Marri let off easy? Terrifying - Who do attorneys for Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri think is more stupid: their client, his judge or the American public? His lawyers say he should be set free now. They say al-Marri wasn't really a deadly terrorist but an unsophisticated rube, an al-Qaida patsy who barely had enough sense to tie his own shoelaces. They paint him as Shemp Howard in a turban.
JERRY MOORE: New political party focused on nothing hopes to change everything - Imagine a political party with no platform. No platform means no collective ideology, which means no hardliners or moderates. Candidates would be selected not for their adherence to broad political planks but on the qualities their potential constituents want. Could such a political party succeed? Tim Cox of Liberty Hill, Texas, believes it can.
KEVIN FRISCH: Now, not even babies can have baby fat -- "Now, I know a lot of apologists say babies are too young to exercise. ‘They’re just little. They can barely stand. Some of them can’t even walk.’ To that I say, diaper droppings! You can do anything you put your minds to. It just takes a little initiative, a little discipline and the desire to get up off the playpen
floor.” DAILY MESSENGER, N.Y.
CURT SMITH: The month that exposed the left -- Recently, Barack Obama won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize for ... Well, inquiring minds still want to know. To paraphrase the Hudson Institute¹s late Herman Kahn, the award ended a month of liberalism baring its genius for confusing night and day. MESSENGER POST, N.Y.
CHERYL MILLER: Doctors on other side of ‘ObamaCare’ -- In an Oct. 5 speech, President Obama pointedly introduced four doctors on the stage behind him, who represented, he said, “red states, blue states, recalcitrant states, high-cost states, low-cost states, rural and urban states.” One could get the impression from this well-orchestrated show of support that all doctors
and professional medical associations are on board with the various health care plans. DAILY MESSENGER, N.Y.
EDITORIAL: Look, up in the sky! It's our common sense! - Two themes seemed to have emerged with the whole "balloon boy" incident: The American obsession with celebrity, no matter what it takes to achieve it, and the contagion of awful parenting. An editorial from the Peoria Journal Star.
THIS WEEK IN WEIRD: A hypocritical son, “Love Spud” update, a hero newspaper carrier, a bad neihgbor and more in this week’s edition.
TERRORISM ARREST PACKAGE: Click the link below to go to stories related to the arrest Wednesday of a suspected terrorist in Boston. Package was updated Friday morning and will be updated as new stories come in.
DONKEYS: Pair of donkeys go for late-night romp in town - A pair of donkeys who broke out of their pasture early Thursday morning sent police on a chase to corral the beasts, but the owners believe they may have scared away a pack of coyotes. By Alice C. Elwell.
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LIZZIE BORDEN: Not guilty: Lizzie retrial falls in line with history - There was silence in the courtroom when the verdict was read. “Not guilty.” Once again, Lizzie Borden was set free. There simply wasn’t enough evidence to convict the woman of slaughtering her father and step-mother in their home with a sharp instrument, thought to be an ax or hatchet. Lizzie was tried in a mock retrial Thursday night at Superior Court in Fall River. A jury consisting of the entire audience voted 114-56 for Lizzie’s innocence. By Deborah Allard.
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Business / Ag
DAVE RAMSEY: Weekly financial Q&A, with advice on life insurance, credit cards and financial counseling.
BIZ BITS: Weekly business rail, with tips on how to thrive at work, a BBB warning on teeth whiteners sold online and more.
MAKING CENTS: Don’t ignore end-of-life money issues
When a loved one receives a dreaded or terminal medical diagnosis, perhaps the last things on your mind are financial issues. But for the loved one, these are often overwhelming and cause severe stress and frustration. Open a conversation to see if there are financial issues that have been neglected and need revision. By John P. Napolitano.
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FINE PRINT: A few improvements can go a long way in saving on heating costs
With plenty of areas seeing winter-like weather, now seems like as good a time as any to turn to NStar for advice to weather the upcoming heating season. The following list of tips was provided by the Boston-based utility company. By The Patriot Ledger.
CHECKOUT LANE: Tips for finding the perfect pumpkin for cooking and carving
Halloween enthusiasts might find it hard to pick the perfect pumpkin this year. The exceptionally rainy weather earlier this year caused local farmers to lose some of their pumpkin crop, and some pumpkins haven’t turned fully orange yet. By Sara Castellanos.
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LIVESTOCK: New program works to find homes for livestock - A bad economy can cause problems many could never anticipate. Because of the expense associated with raising and caring for farm animals, some people find themselves no longer able to pay for their livestock. A new program on Cape Cod will help those struggling financially to find homes for their horses and other beloved farm animals. By Jen Ouellette.
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WINDOWS 7: Some facts to know now that Windows 7 is here. By Jim Hillibish.
PRO-FOOTBALL PAGES: PFW pages come in these versions: national, New York, Bears, Patriots, Rams and Chiefs.
NASCAR PAGE: Halfway to history: Jimmie Johnson.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL NATION: The Big Ten ready to return to elite status - Weekly college football column. Leads with item on the Big Ten becoming a conference to reckon with. By Eric Avidon.
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SCOPES: Scopes give hunters an edge in quest for the perfect shot - SPRINGFIELD – For every small convenience and helpful gadget there is a story — a story of innovation, genius and problem-solving. From Velcro to barbed fishhooks, someone had an idea for making things better and more convenient. Included in that are today's hunting rifle scopes, which had their start during the time of the Civil War. By Chris Young of the State Journal-Register.
OAK DUKE: Whitetail bucks are social networking critters, too -- There are dangers in going against traditional dogma and doctrine. Not the least of which, ridicule and shame greet the heretic. And none of us like to be laughed at by the group, especially hunting buddies at camp or at the archery range. But the weight of evidence -- empirical and experiential --
has led me to conclude that bachelor buck groups never break up and communicate in a non-vocal way -- almost like they have their own Internet. WELLSVILLE, N.Y.