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For 11/26/08 editions

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NASCAR PAGE: Our NASCAR page has ended with the season. Look for our 2009 preview section in mid-January.


MORNING MINUTES: Word of the Day, Web Site of the Day and Number to Know.

THANKSGIVING: Check out links to our Thanksgiving stories, and keep checking because we’ll add to this package as more stories come in.

LOOKING UP: Jupiter, Venus, Moon do a dance. By Peter Becker.

HOME HELP: Weekly rail, leads with: Select the right high-efficiency washer and dryer

RELIGION NEWS: Weekly rail, leads with: Vatican newspaper forgives Lennon's 'more popular than Jesus' comment

TRAVELOGUE: Weekly travel rail, with a look at transit expectations in Washington for the inauguration, a look at more presidential libraries, offroading tips and more.

FAMILY TIME: Weekly family rail, with tips on pets and the holidays, a review of „Twilight‰ and more.

MEANING OF THANKSGIVING: What is Thanksgiving? Tracing the meaning of the holiday

NOT THE USUAL THANKSGIVING: Nick Visione's loved ones expect the unexpected on Thanksgiving. While most people's traditions include the likes of turkey or ham with all the trimmings, Visione is among many central Illinoisans who add a unique twist to holiday cooking. "The kids call it land, sea and air," Visione said. "We try to have something that walks, something that swims and something that flies." By Ryan Ori of the Peoria Journal Star.

SUDOKU PUZZLES: Latest installment is on the site.

MOVIE REVIEW: Wizards of 'Australia' - It’s a Western, a war picture, a romantic comedy, a family drama, a history lesson. Yes, “Australia” is all those things and more – too much more. In fact, I don’t think you could fit any “more” into it, even with a nearly three-hour running time.It’s cinematic schizophrenia of the highest order, hopped up higher than a kangaroo on energy and ambition. But, crikies, it’s a mess. Ledger, Alexander, on wire now
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MOVIE REVIEW: Penn revives the voice of a gay icon in ‘Milk’  - For Sean Penn, acting is all about execution – literally. In three of his last four movies – “All the King’s Men,” “21 Grams,” “The Assassination of Richard Nixon” – his characters have failed to make it to the final credits. And in the one movie he did survive, “The Interpreter,” he was murdered by the critics. Ledger, Alexander, on wire now
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KANYE: Patrick Varine reviews Kanye West's new album, "808s & Heartbreak."

BRITNEY & BEYONCE: Reviews of the pop princesses' latest albums. By Patrick Varine.

JOSH BROLIN: Josh Brolin takes on man who murdered Harvey Milk

‘BOLT:’ Chubby hamster steals the show in 'Bolt'

THE WRESTLING GENIUS: The "Haas" of pain is in effect


BRITT: Toon on things to be thankful for. Will be posted this evening.

CHARITA GOSHAY: The economic meltdown actually might do us some good in the long run. There‚s nothing like complete collapse to slap you awake and help you to redefine your priorities.

GARY BROWN: Knowledge of a disease like dementia is better than a simple fear of it.

GARY BROWN: Americans searching for great Thanksgiving meals and lesson plans.

PHILIP MADDOCKS: Credit card fraud gangs say they can fix economy but need government loan.

MATTHEW CASEY: The downward economic spiral continues.

ALICE COYLE: Black Friday shopping? It never dawned on me.

DAVID ROGERS: Tales of (marital) survival.

PHIL LUCIANO: Freed man gives thanks for Innocence Project -
On Thanksgiving, Bill Dillon will give thanks to God and Melissa Montle. Without both, the Florida man says he'd be spending the holiday behind bars for a murder he did not commit. He cites divine aid for helping him survive nearly three decades behind bars. And he credits his freedom to Montle, a Peoria native and Bradley University grad now working for a legal-aid group in Florida.

EDITORIALl: A hybrid bankruptcy for Detroit? - Hybrids are all the rage for auto-buyers - to the extent there are any buyers in America's auto showrooms - and it might be the best option for the automakers as well. MetroWest, on wire now


NOTE: A fresh set of football briefs will be posted Thursday.

FOOTBALL BRIEFS: PFW news on the Jets’ Dustin Keller, plus NFL whispers on Eagles, Seahawks and Redskins, and Fantasy Buzz from Pro Football Weekly.

FOOTBALL PAGE: Cassel towering over the league.


OBAMA’S TEAM: Who's who in Obama's White House. Attorney general added to package. Added bios for Peter Orszag, Rob Nabors, Austan Goolsbee, Paul Volcker.

DANGEROUS TOYS: Dangerous toys for tots? - As the holidays approach, legislators and consumer safety advocates are calling on parents to be wary of buying unsafe toys this holiday season, following a new report. MetroWest, Hilliard, on wire now
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Business / Ag

BIZ BITS: Weekly business rail, with tips for entrepreneurs, a look at the most valuable NHL teams and more.

INDEPENDENT STORES: (GOOD TO LOCALIZE) – Check you’re store owners in your town: Independent stores hope to catch the last wave of shoppers – Unlike the bleary-eyed salespeople who will man the big-box retailers Black Friday, owners and employees of independent stores plan to be well-rested and ready for the rush of holiday shoppers. That’s because most small-business owners don’t participate in the 4 a.m., door-busting deals that are offered at Wal-Mart, Best Buy and the like. At most they’ll open an hour early and stay open a bit later, but their crowds tend to come after shoppers have done the early-morning deals and are in their second wind. ROCKFORD

RETAIL THEFT: Stores guard against theft as economy slumps– For retailers, a foundering economy can mean trouble — when fewer people are working and consumers are reluctant to spend, stores keep a close eye on their inventory. But even as a slumping economy raises fears of increased property crimes, like shoplifting, during the holiday season, Target Corp. spokeswoman Erika Svingen said her company has more pressing security issues – organized retail crime. - ROCKFORD

RETAILERS UNDER PRESSURE: Retailers under pressure ahead of Black Friday - The Friday after Thanksgiving is always an important day in the retail world. But this year it takes on added significance and retailers are feeling the heat, especially given the relative late “Black Friday” and persistent doubts about the economy’s strength this holiday season. Ledger, on wire now
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