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WAKE UP CALL!: Are crib bumpers leading to deaths?
NEWSROOM PROFILE: Canton (Ill.) Daily Ledger
INVESTIGATIVE REPORT: About the Patriot Ledger's (Mass.) special project on the elderly
SUMMER COOKBOOK: Grilled entrees, fruit and veggie dishes, cool desserts
FLAG DAY PAGE: 10 facts you may not have known
PROM CALLOUT: For readers' photos
MAY RADARFROG COUPON BOOK: Grad parties for less, frugal at the farmers market
MAY RADARFROG PAGE: Moving on a budget
MEMORIAL DAY PAGE: Helping children of fallen soldiers
FARM LIVING: Small-farm success stories, a look at vertical farming
SALUTE TO NURSES PACKAGE: A page and marketing collateral for the May celebration
MOTHER'S DAY PAGE: Jewelry for mom
NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER PAGE: About the holiday, May 5
HEALTH WATCH: Indoors or out? -- Weekly Health Watch with items on the pros and cons of an indoor and outdoor workout, LGB youth suicide study, World Malaria Day and more. By GHNS
HERBS AND COOKING: Add flavor to your cooking with home-grown herbs -- No matter how you go about it, having an herb garden can be easy, enjoyable and will be a delight to your taste and your senses. Jackie Koch/ Daily Telegram (Adrian, Mich.)
FIRST-TIME GARDENER: Tips for the first-time vegetable gardener -- Space needs depend on what you plan to grow — and in what quantities. Lee Uloth, owner of Uloth’s Greenhouse in Jasper, Mich., said he usually recommends that first-time gardeners start small. “I don’t want them to get discouraged,” he said. Erik Gable/ Daily Telegram (Adrian, Mich.)
* Callout idea: What is your advice for a first-time gardener?
LIFE JACKETS: A more stylish life jacket -- Personal flotation devices, aka life jackets, have the reputation of being bulky and uncomfortable. That’s probably one reason most people don’t wear one when they should. But new life jacket styles are more comfortable, allow greater freedom of movement and look a bit more appealing. Chris Young/ State Journal-Register (Ill.)
* Localization tip: Include state and local laws and policies about life jackets.
SHOESTRING LIVING: Getting the most out of your gas tank - The current price of gasoline is just plain scary. I clearly remember filling up my Saturn about 12 years ago for the whopping price of $18. When I gassed up on Friday for more than $70, I had some serious sticker shock. With the rising national average for a gallon of gas coming in at $3.84, according to the Energy Information Administration, what can we do to make this a manageable expense? By Molly Logan Anderson, GHNS columnist.
* Callout idea: Ask readers if they have any gas-saving tips.
JULIE FAY: Without minivan, road gets rougher - Our family’s beloved minivan is in the hospital. My dear husband was minding his own business when a car coming the opposite way decided to turn left, not in front of him, not in back of him, but directly into him. Crunch. By Julie Fay, Patriot Ledger.
JEFF VRABEL: Down with dodgeball - We are probably moving to New York state, where freeze tag and dodgeball were nearly outlawed by The Large And Overbearing Government, probably because children never played it in Kenya. By Jeff Vrabel, GHNS columnist.
DENNIS VOLKERT: Kick-starting a new direction in album art - Lady Gaga has stunned the world again, which should come as no shock. The cover for her upcoming album, “Born This?Way,”?shows her dressed as a motorcycle. What I mean is, the cover art depicts Gaga as half-human, half-motorcycle. Keep in mind, Gaga herself has not actually become part-motorcycle, although it would surprise no one if that turned out to be true. By Dennis Volkert, Sturgis, Mich.
JOHN POPPER: Blues Traveler's John Popper brings his new band on tour - John Popper has no plans to abandon Blues Traveler. Quite the opposite, in fact, with the band’s 25th anniversary approaching in 2012 and plans to go all out to celebrate. But to hear him talk about the Duskray Troubadours, the new pop-, folk- and roots-flavored band he formed last year with friends old and new, is to hear no small degree of liberation. By Chad Berndtson, Patriot Ledger.
BRITT CARTOON: Donald Trump, the bigot-in-chief. By Chris Britt, Springfield, Ill.
KEVIN FRISCH: Donald Trump - the apprentice presidential candidate - For a Trump administration to seem possible, disbelief must be not only suspended, it must be clubbed over the head, stuffed into a burlap bag and hidden in the basement. By Kevin Frisch, Messenger Post, N.Y.
* Poll idea: Ask readers if they would vote for Trump.
RICK HOLMES: Sexting and the law - Sexting - sending naked photos of oneself to acquaintances through cell phones and computers - is a phenomenon that comes at the intersection of technology, modern culture and bad judgment. By Rick Holmes, MetroWest, Mass.
RICHARD HERMANN: Taking big bites out of the federal debt - I am always skeptical of politicians’ claims that ferreting out “waste, fraud and abuse” in federal programs is a panacea for balancing budgets. Medicare, however, is different. By Richard Hermann, Messenger Post, N.Y.
SANDER A. DIAMOND: When the Middle East dust settles - It is unlikely Western-style democracies will take root throughout the region, but there is evidence to support the belief that many of the states will remain in the Western orbit. By Sander A. Diamond, Messenger Post, N.Y.
Business / auto
AUTO BITS: Tips for safe and smart summer travel - Weekly auto rail, with tips for safe and smart summer travel, Car Q&A with Junior Damato and more. By GHNS.
* Localization tip: You can do a Q&A with a local mechanic, have a mechanic (or mechanics) provide you with a tip of the week and include local gas prices.
GREG ZYLA: The first muscle cars and Greg’s top 5 - Q: Greg, when and what car do you feel was the real first muscle car built here in America? I’m talking about a car that was available from the dealer showroom and not a special-order piece. I’d also like to know your top five muscle cars of all time. By Greg Zyla, GHNS columnist.
* This column contains a question from Pennsylvania.
ON COMPUTERS: Amazon’s Cloud Drive experiment shows success -- Amazon.com’s Cloud Drive experiment, which offers users 5 gigabytes of storage free on its massive server, is a success. The company says it is helping drive sales of MP3 music. Jim Hillibish/ Canton (Ohio) Repository
* Graphic idea: Work with a designer to create an info graphic that breaks down the process of cloud computing and storage in elementary terms.