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DESIGN HOUSES: First papers launched
    -- A look inside Rockford, Framingham Design Houses:

AWARDS: GateHouse photographer wins a New England Emmy

EDITING WORDS: AP Stylebook: scuba, s'mores, sunbathe


NASCAR PAGE: 7 most disappointing drivers so far

HOW-TO TAB: Get kids to exercise, stop drinking soda, learn to barter and more

FLAG DAY QUARTER PAGE: True (red, white and) blue

KIDZBUZZ: Plant a summer vegetable garden



*NOTE: This is June's syndicated Local Loop callout

The Street

AUTOS: 10 cars making you happy leases are back

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WATER SAVINGS: Water conservation is easy with these tips - With water scarcity is a growing issue around the world, so making the most of water resources is critically important even in regions where drought conditions haven’t been declared. Using water responsibly ensures that there’s enough to go around for agriculture as well as the natural environment, and reduces the risk of a drought emergency. By s.e. smith, Networx.

BEER NUT: Fun at the American Craft Beer Fest - Many new brewers attended the recent Beer Advocate's American Craft Beer Fest at Boston's Seaport World Trade Center, and even though he didn't plan ahead, The Beer Nut had a chance to taste many of their beers. By Norman Miller, MetroWest, Mass.
* Facebook idea: Ask fans if they attended the fest, and if so, to weigh in on what they thought about it.

TASTE OF TRAVEL: London's royal spice - Between the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and the Summer Olympics, London is spicing up tourism. By Charlene Peters, Marblehead, Mass.

LOST IN SUBURBIA: Free the forehead - “What did you do to your face?” my husband asked as he peered at me from the bathroom doorway. By Tracy Beckerman, GHNS.

JOAN ENDYKE: Pack nutrition into diets of hungry teens -- “There’s nothing to eat in this house!” Anyone with a teen can relate to this angry growl. This, after multiple trips to the grocery store, or even after your son has consumed the entire family meal before you arrive home. What’s a parent to do in the feeding-frenzy years? The Patriot Ledger (Mass.)

MICHELLE TEHEUX: Summer usually not all it’s cracked up to be  -- Summer enjoys a reputation as a time of endless cookouts, lazy days at the beach, wonderful trips far from home, a break from routine. But what adult actually experiences summer anymore? Pekin Daily Times (Ill.)

GARDENER: Colorful clematis is a great companion plant -- When folks think of clematis, most imagine the big pinwheel flowers of hybrids like Jackman. These bold, deep-purple summer beauties are one of the most popular and widely planted clematis on the market, with dozens of cultivars. But there are countless other garden-worthy candidates. Joe Lamp'l/ Scripps Howard News Service

INTERIORS: Simple summer makeovers for easy living -- Some tips for decorating your home for the summer. As I always mention, painting is easy and can remake a room in no time. Light and airy colors work for that summer look. But if even this is a bit much, here's another idea: Simple slipcovers.  Scripps Howard News Service

BUTTONED UP: Six points to follow in a DIY project -- Many DIY projects go off the rails because the person doing the project dives right into doing without planning. No matter what kind of DIY project you take on, whether it is a craft or a total bathroom redo, there are six essential steps to ensuring it stays on track: Rosemary Sadez Friedmann/ Scripps Howard News Service

GARY BROWN: Planning a Pluto vacation -- “The Intergalactic Travel Bureau will land on Governor’s Island on June 9th and 10th and hover for two days only,” said an email I received last week. “Pledge their FundaGeek crowdfunding project and get a super-rare postcard from ex-planet Pluto, a personally customized holiday package plan to space, or a glow-in-the-dark ‘Pluto, Never Forget’ T-shirt.” Canton (Ohio) Repository

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5 THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND: This week’s suggestions include Iced Tea Day, watching the Belmont Stakes, going to the theater for "Prometheus" and more. By GHNS.
* Localization tip: Swap out any of these items for any local events; poll readers about their favorite place to get iced tea; and poll readers if they think I'll Have Another will win the Triple Crown.

SPRINGSTEEN REVIEW: Review: Springsteen bio tries to get to the bottom of Bruce - Marc Dolan’s “Bruce Springsteen and the Promise of Rock ’N’ Roll” puts Springsteen’s career in context while focusing primarily on its influences and its impact. By Peter Chianca, North of Boston.

MUSIC BAND: Chicago still going strong after 45 years of music -- Trombonist James Pankow’s enthusiasm for his art exudes from his voice as he talks about 45 years with the much-loved band Chicago. “It’s all about the music,” he said. “Little did we know when we wrote this music that it would become timeless. You can tell each song has meaning for someone in the audience.” Ann Pierceall/ The State Journal-Register (Ill.)

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GRANLUND CARTOON: Walker keeps seat -- Dave Granlund on Scott Walker winning his recall election. GHNS

JERRY MOORE: Making political hay out of Holocaust gaffe is inappropriate - It’s understandable that President Barack Obama’s rivals would look for any reason to criticize him. But an error he made regarding the Holocaust should not be exploited for political advantage. By Jerry Moore, Chicago Suburban.

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BIZ BITS: Increase garage sale profits with some marketing basics - Weekly business rail, with garage sale tips, BBB advice on what paperwork to keep, and more. By GHNS.
* Localization tip: You could include a weekly tax tip from a local expert, have a business-related Q&A with a local expert or do a “business of the week” feature in which you highlight a local business.

DAVE RAMSEY: Dave Ramsey: Wife had secret credit cards -Weekly financial Q&A, with advice on financial infidelity and what happens if a co-signer on a loan files bankruptcy. By Dave Ramsey, GHNS.

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