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For 5/24-26/08 editions
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** FOR WEEKEND AND BEYOND: Another in our Money Squeeze series (see Biz below for previous stories).
WHAT DIFFERS: How does this economic downturn compare to recessions of the past? It may not be the Great Depression, but whether it pinches like the early 1990s, punches like the double-digit inflation of the early 1980s or leaves us begging for gas like the 1970s remains to be seen, economists say.
TO LOCALIZE: Get folks in your town to compare what they’re feeling now to past downturns.
** MEMORIAL DAY RAIL: Facts and trivia about Memorial Day. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/holidays_seasonal/x1902443815/Memorial-Day-rail-Trivia-about-this-day-of-remembrance
LOOKING UP: Arcturus, the star that opened the World's Fair. Peter Becker. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/archive/x360359372/Looking-Up-The-star-that-opened-the-Worlds-Fair
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Weekly food rail, moved early because of the holiday.
FASHION LINE TAKING OFF: Clothing designers 'saggin' in all the right places. HORNELL, N.Y.
‘REPRISE’ REVIEW: Director’s gimmicks can’t save off-putting, predictable ‘Reprise’ - Film can be both arty and accessible as long as it contains the two things “Reprise” sorely lacks: entertainment value and compelling characters. Ledger, Alexander, on wire now
TRIPLETS: Triplets face long road to recovery from rare disorder – After 16 weeks on bed rest, more than six of them spent living at Rockford Memorial Hospital, Kalie Kuhl got to go home Friday. Her identical triplet sons, born Tuesday, will spend at least six more weeks in the hospital. But the fact that they’re doing well is in itself a miracle. ROCKFORD
MANUAL MOWERS: Manual mowers make a comeback – Garth Madison can mow his yard at the crack of dawn if he so chooses — bird song in the background instead of neighbors’ chirping complaints. This seeming miracle of modern science is actually thanks to an old-fashioned contraption: the reel mower. PEORIA
BRAIN IMAGING: Advances in brain imaging allow for new treatment methods - Recent advances in brain imaging are helping scientists (and, subsequently, local counselors) develop a new paradigm for how the brain functions. PEORIA http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois_lifestyle/x1867430496/Advances-in-brain-imaging-allow-for-new-treatment-methods
BRITT: Toon on Sen. John McCain and the GI bill. Will be posted this evening.
CULTURE CLASH: Columnists debate the new Wii Fit: Is it just a pricey new thing that will soon be old, or is it an ingenious way to get you to exercise? NORWICH, Conn.
BENJAMIN WACHS: Scientists need greater independence. According to a survey released in April by the Union of Concerned Scientists, 60 percent of the scientists working for the Environmental Protection Agency “have been victims of political interference and pressure from superiors to skew their findings.” CANANDAIGUA, N.Y.
JEFF VRABEL: How to get rid of those pesky teens. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/columnists/x1902445684/Jeff-Vrabel-How-to-get-rid-of-those-pesky-teens
PETER COSTA: Pushing the price of petroleum, literally - With the price of gasoline per gallon now costing about what many of us spend for a bottle of domestic wine, I decided to hire an expeditionary force to hack its way through my back tool shed to uncover my manual, push-along reel mower. CNC, on wire now
PHIL LUCIANO: An unwanted souvenir from Africa - I wanted to bring back a souvenir from Africa. But I hadn't planned on bringing one back in my gastrointestinal tract. PEORIA
EDITORIAL: Skies getting less friendly all the time - We understand things are tough, but American Airlines’ latest move to combat high fuel prices seems more like consumer torture than a smart business move. SPRINGFIELD
SENIOR PGA TOURNAMENT: Final round coverage (story and photos) of the Senior PGA Championship at Oak Hill in Rochester, N.Y., for Monday editions. MESSENGER POST
MIKE LOFTUS: Experience will make the difference in Stanley Cup finals. LEDGER
BULLPEN GOSPELS: Minor league pitcher sounds off in his occasional column. CANTON
AROUND THE NFL: Weekly pro football column. CANTON
AROUND THE NBA: Weekly pro basketball column. CANTON
THIS WEEK IN WEIRD: Panther attack, baby born in car and a really bad driver in this week’s edition. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/weird_news/x1191427690/This-Week-in-Weird
POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Weekly political rail, now with Video of the Week and more news briefs, plus your usual favorites. Leads with look at 2004 presidential polls at this point. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/homepage/x1191427209/Political-Notebook-A-look-back-at-2004-race-at-this-point
VIDEO ON PORPOISE: Rescued harbor porpoise released after rehabilitation. LEDGER, Quincy, Mass.
KIDS WITH HIT LISTS: Students found with hit lists, police say. LEDGER, Quincy, Mass.
BIZ BITS: Weekly business rail, with this week’s sign of a bad economy, tech tips, the most valuable soccer franchises and more. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/homepage/x1874999739/Biz-Bits-This-week-s-sign-of-a-bad-economy
KEVIN GARNETT & VERIZON: Kevin Garnett pushes Verizon’s TV service - Boston Celtics star shows up in telecom company’s latest TV ads, promoting the company’s TV service. The Patriot Ledger, on wire now