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WAKE UP CALL!: GOP tightens voter ID laws
BEST OF GATEHOUSE: Entry deadline approaches
BEST OF THE DAY: Historic photo galleries make site 'sticky'
KIDZBUZZ: Lights, camera, action!
MONTHLY ELECTION 2012 PAGE: 'Obamacare' vs. 'Romneycare'
MARCH FAMILY: Tips on boosting your kids' creativity, walking as a family for health, and a St. Patrick's Day recipe
ST. PATRICK'S DAY QUARTER PAGE: Seasonal savings layout with business-card ad spots
TAX PREP PAGES: 9 common tax mistakes; deductions to take advantage of
HOME HELP: Small bathrooms -- weekly Home Help with items on small bathroom organization, RecycleMania on college campuses, a new photo editing app and more. GHNS
SHOESTRING LIVING: The new age of bartering - Five or 10 years ago you couldn’t have convinced me that bartering for goods or services would ever regain the popularity and viability it had many years ago. But the fact is that trade, as our ancestors knew it, is alive and well and a vital part of my own life these days. By Molly Logan Anderson, GHNS.
KITCHEN CALL: No meat, no problem -- Originally determined by nature, there was simply nothing left in the larder in the dead of winter but dried beans and a few wrinkled root vegetables. In later centuries, religion set down meatless meals as law. Wicked Local North of Boston (Mass.)
WAYNE L. WESTCOTT: Strength training benefits all youth -- Unfortunately, for every youth who is overweight, there are at least two who are not fit. With less emphasis on physical education, and even the elimination of recess in elementary schools, this sad situation is becoming more prevalent. For The Patriot Ledger (Mass.)
LORETTA LAROCHE: For your health’s sake, expect the unexpected -- We humans are masters at increasing fear and frustration when we find ourselves in situations we are not prepared for. The ultimate irony is that most of life is not static. It continually changes, no matter how much you plan. For The Patriot Ledger (Mass.)
LESSONS FROM CANCER: When cancer gets us down, there is help to get us up - I had a weekend of almost normal activity, thanks to the steroids given to me with chemo. It felt so incredible to be out of the house talking to people, animated and energetic enough to stand up. Through my 5-year-old grandson’s birthday party, to having weekend company and even cooking a little, life became so much more again. I am grateful for those good days and will hang on to the memories to propel me to enjoy even more. By Joyce Rothman, GHNS.
JIM HILLIBISH: So where did your sailor suit wind up? -- Once upon a time, every little boy had to wear a sailor suit. We blame Florence Eiseman, a children’s clothes designer who worked at Chicago’s Marshall Field’s department store. She created the first little sailor suit. It was too cute to live. Canton (Ohio) Repository
GARY BROWN: Emergency exit preparedness -- “Would you like more leg room?” Well, any guy taller than 6 feet always wants more leg room when traveling by air, so I accepted the flight attendant’s offer and slipped up to the seat in front of me. Canton (Ohio) Repository
JEFF VRABEL: On second thought, Jar Jar Binks is a great actor - Went to see the new, 3-D-mafied version of "Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace" this weekend, and the weirdest thing happened: I didn't hate it. I should've hated it. Why didn't I hate it? I don't feel good about this. By Jeff Vrabel, GHNS.
More in home and family at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle
RICK HOLMES: Women, Republicans and birth control -- Women know that birth control is much more than a theological sticking point or a prop in the argument over government health care mandates. To millions of women, birth control is central to their lives, their health, their freedom and their dignity. MetroWest Daily News (Mass.)
More in columns and cartoons at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions
Business / auto
AUTO BITS: Don't wait until it's too late to change your wiper blades - Weekly auto rail, with tips on your car’s wipers, Car Q&A with Junior Damato and more. By GHNS.
* Localization tip: You can do a Q&A with a local mechanic, or have a mechanic (or mechanics) provide you with a tip of the week.
GREG ZYLA: Nationally known drag racer explains 427 Camaros, Harrell legacy - Q: Greg, my friend Lou Tecco sent us the article you did on Yenko, Gibb and other Camaro greats (in the GateHouse Media papers). You missed a very important factor on an otherwise good story. Dick Harrell built the first 427 conversions for Nickey (Chicago), and he also did most of the first 25, including the very first for Don Yenko (Pennsylvania). By Greg Zyla, GHNS.
ON COMPUTERS: Oh well, there goes what’s left of our leisure time - The “Boys of Atari” are back, and not the 1995 punk-rock band that sang “The Boys of Summer.” By Jim Hillibish, Canton, Ohio.
More in tech and finance at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business
JEREMY LIN: Bob Benz: Is there anything Jeremy Lin can't do? - If it hasn’t already started, it will only be a matter of time until feats once thought only accomplishable by Chuck Norris will seem like child’s play to the NBA’s overnight sensation, Jeremy Lin. By Bob Benz, Corning, N.Y.
* Take advantage of the Lin mania and post this to Facebook; you can ask if fans think Lin is for real, etc.
GARY CARTER: John Quattrucci: Catch you later, Kid - Too often, pro baseball players approach the game with all the intensity of an accountant at a coed company softball game. The season is long, and it’s hard to keep the competitive flame burning for 162 games. Gary Carter was different. Like Jackie Robinson, Pete Rose, and Dustin Pedroia, he was one of those rare players who took every game- every at-bat- as a personal challenge. By John Quattrucci, Easton, Mass.
* Ask readers to share their memories of Gary Carter.
NASCAR: Chris Gill: Which changes will make the most impact in NASCAR? - The advent of the Chase for the Championship in NASCAR’s premier division, which happened to coincide with the most competitive era ever seen in auto racing, has made prognosticating far less of an exact science than it was in the 1980s or '90s. By Chris Gill, Corning, N.Y.
More in NASCAR and baseball at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/sports
National budget 2.20.12
GateHouse News Service National Budget