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For 1/21/10 editions
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NASCAR PREVIEW SECTION: Find our NASCAR 2010 Preview Section on GateHouse News Service, along with a flier and promo ad.
KIDZBUZZ ON HAITI: GateHouse News Service offers a page targeted at children to help them understand the Haiti earthquake.
POLL QUESTION IDEA: Will there be national fallout from Republican Scott Brown winning the U.S. Senate race in Massachusetts?
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HAITI ON THE NEWS SERVICE: Check out our package of links to cartoons, columns, editorials and stories. We’ll continue to add to the package as we get content from you.
Niche 2010 schedule: Check out the Niche products planned for next year.
MORNING MINUTES: Includes Word of the Day, Web Site of the Day, Number to Know, This Day in History, Today’s Featured Birthday and Daily Quote.
RELIGION NEWS: Weekly religion rail, with items on religious ringtones, an attack on a Jewish newspaper's Web site, a survey about religious identity, and more.
SUZETTE MARTINEZ STANDRING: The turnaround church - A new book, “The Turnaround Church” (The Alban Institute, $17), is based on the startling resurrection of The Wollaston Congregational Church (United Church of Christ) in Quincy, Mass. It was not expected to survive, much less thrive. In only 94 pages, the author, the Rev. Dr. Mary Louise Gifford, details the steps she took as pastor to revive her dwindling congregation of 25.
SHOESTRING LIVING: The cost of looking good - As you know, “treat and repair” is expensive. Maybe it makes sense to splurge on some of these products and maybe it doesn’t. With some expert help, I’ve determined some of the best ways to spend, and save, your cosmetics dollars. By Molly Logan Anderson.
COLLEGE MATTERS: Tending to the final details -- For most seniors, college applications will be complete and in the mail by the end of this month and the long, sometimes arduous, hopefully rewarding process of applying will be finished. Almost. While the lion's share of the work is done, there are still some important details to attend to.
LORI KILCHERMANN: Grandmothers guide families to success - Grandmothers are the Super Glue that holds families together. They remind children and grandchildren to call their parents. With a sideways glance, they can quietly shame everyone into attending family events they might otherwise try to duck out of. They also are a driving force in making us be better people than we think we can be.
GREENSPACE: Ice dams cause more than headaches -- How can it be that icicles form on 20-degree days, and why on some houses and not on others? In addition to being unsightly, ice-dam leakage inside eventually causes molds. These are biological and can be harmful to humans.
5 THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND: This week’s suggestions: Watch/donate to the Haiti benefit organized by George Clooney, celebrate National Pie Day, catch “Tooth Fairy” and other new movies opening this week, watch the NFL “final four” and watch the SAG Awards.
- Localize it: List any local Haiti relief efforts, suggest good places to get some pie and list theaters, pubs, etc.
SUDOKU JANUARY: Puzzles for January (554-581) are available for download. Previous puzzles are linked to in this file, or visit our Puzzles category.
SUDOKU FEBRUARY: Puzzles for February (582-609) are available for download. Previous puzzles are linked to in this file, or visit our Puzzles category.
SNEAK PREVIEW: 'Extraordinary Measures' and other new movies -- Be ready to laugh at the stop-motion film "A Town Called Panic," cringe at the potentially humiliating "The Tooth Fairy" and view "Extraordinary Measures," the first offering from CBS Films.
FLICKS: 'Avatar' a fad, not a life-changing Event -- "Avatar” won the Golden Globe for Best Drama. Whatever that means. The thing about “Avatar” is it won’t change anything about filmmaking. Some movies will be junk. Some won’t. Few, if any, will take as long or cost as much to make. Studios simply won’t take that much of a risk. Few, if any, will require new technology to animate a world.
MOVIE PROFILE: Real-life couple play the Darwins in 'Creation' – Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly, who costar as botanist Charles Darwin and his wife, Emma, in “Creation,” have been married since 2000. When they’re seen during happy moments in the film, they practically light up the screen. When things are going wrong between them, a different kind of sparks fly.
DENNIS VOLKERT: Name that sequel -- The critical buzz is that the 2010 movie schedule is overrun by sequels. I’m OK with it. Society must prepare for the day when no more new ideas exist. That day is coming sooner than we think, judging by how many sequels are in production.
MICHAEL TORTORICH: 'Avatar' is in a world of its own -- Legendary director James Cameron¹s ³Avatar² has raised the bar when it comes to movies.
BRIAN MACKEY: Conan conundrum speaks to 'Net Generation
Since NBC announced it would effectively demote Conan O’Brien by bumping “The Tonight Show” half an hour into the night, the talk show host has received a tremendous burst of support from the Internet Generation.
THE FARR SIDE: Globes right on target, except for the host -- The Hollywood Foreign Press got it right more times than not during Sunday night’s 67th annual Golden Globe awards telecast.
O'MAHONEY CARTOON: On modern technology. (For Friday)
O'MAHONEY CARTOON: On a Massachusetts Republican in Washington. (For Saturday)
GRANLUND CARTOON: Wave of voter discontent hits Congress.
CHUCK SWEENY: Brown's win a warning to Obama, both parties - How much should we make of Republican Scott Brown’s 52 percent to 47 percent victory over Democrat Martha Coakley in Tuesday’s special election in Massachusetts, our most liberal state?
DAVID SCHIEFELBEIN: Dems' loss of Senate seat an omen en Mass.? - While national Democratic leaders apparently point fingers and cast blame, Republicans can’t contain their glee. They should. If the Massachusetts election of former state Sen. Scott Brown is a referendum on anything, it is that the masses who voted for change are even more disgusted with the status quo.
LLOYD GARVER: Why so many tree-hugging bartenders -- In these days of overwhelmingly serious issues, every once in a while we need a break from them. People need diversions. So I have a gift for you: an interesting question to ponder that caught my attention: Why are there so many more liberal bartenders than conservative ones?
PHIL LUCIANO: Haitian orphanage director tries to stay positive - Before last week, Eric Lotz already had 22 Haitian mouths to feed - 29, if you count his family, too. Then the earthquake hit. Since then, his orphanage has become overstuffed with Haitians seeking food, shelter and survival.
MICHELLE TEHEUX: Our safety is not guaranteed - I can’t stop looking at the pictures coming out of Haiti. The most graphic of these photos can only be described.
CHARITA GOSHAY: Founding Fathers knew danger of state-run religion – Make no mistake: We’re a nation of believers, and anyone who thinks differently is in denial. To a man, the Founding Fathers were Christians or, in the case of Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin, deists. However, those powdered wigs didn’t stunt their thinking. There’s a reason they didn’t give
preference to any singular faith.
JEAN NERO: Is it asking too much for a man to be faithful to his vows? -- Adultery. In the past year, we’ve watched the biggest and the strongest men in government and other leadership posts fall prey to it, losing their jobs, their spouses and the respect of all who knew them. Why?
EDITORIAL: Clout and cash at stake in 2010 census count - There’s a lot at stake with the 2010 U.S. census. Most people realize that, according to a poll released Wednesday by the Pew Research Center, but still about 18 percent weren’t sure or were unlikely to fill out the form. An editorial from the Rockford Register Star.
SUPERDAD DIES: Father of 24, foster father of 51 dies - Matthew C. Gannon, who along with his wife, Miriam, adopted 23 children and were foster parents to 51 others, has died. He was 88. A long-running joke in the family is that Maryanne, the couple’s only biological child, kept asking her parents for a little brother or sister. When she was 6 years old, they obliged. And they kept on obliging until they had adopted 23 children and been foster parents to 51. By The Patriot Ledger.
Business / Ag
DAVE RAMSEY: Weekly financial Q&A, with items on getting in to real estate and Self Employed Pension plans.
BIZ BITS: Weekly business rail, with tips on shopping for a new TV or camera, BBB warning about Haiti charity scams and more.
MAKING CENTS: List of goals is first step to success - To start a new year of financial resolutions, let's make it real simple. Make a specific list of the financial things that you want to get together. Maybe you want to add more to your 401(k), pay down debt or start a college fund. Simply creating a list of what you'd like to accomplish is an important first step. And to give this list some life, try adding a few other columns. By John P. Napolitano.
CHECKOUT LANE: Choosing the right gym - Fran Robbins, manager of Bayshore Athletic Club in Braintree, Mass., says consumers should check what is included in the membership, such as personal training sessions or child care, so they can get the most for their money. By Lana Lagomarsini.
- Localize it: Talk to gyms in your area and get info, quotes, etc.
FINE PRINT: Before giving for Haiti, make sure the charity is legit. By The Patriot Ledger.
ON COMPUTERS: Music on Web goes far beyond radio -- New sites feature personalized ways to find and enjoy music.
UNO BANKRUPTCY: Uno Restaurant Holdings files for Chapter 11 - Uno CEO Frank Guidara maintains that the bankruptcy filing will position the company for future growth. By Jon Chesto.
NASCAR PREVIEW SECTION: Will Jimmie Johnson win an unprecedented fifth consecutive championship? Will Danica Patrick be more than a marketing blip for NASCAR? Find these are more stories in our NASCAR Preview 2010.
NASCAR PAGE: The weekly page will return just before the season starts next year.
JEFF MITCHELL: I hate New York City sports ... except the Jets ... Maybe -- At first I questioned, how dare the Jets, of all teams, with an overrated rookie quarterback, brick-handed receivers and little historical significance, play their way into the playoffs? But then I sat back and thought about it a little more, and I came to realize, these Jets did in fact play their way into the postseason.