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NEWSPAPER DESIGN: Find out what inspired the Patriot Ledger's awesome photo package
BEST OF THE DAY: Christmas song videos
BEST OF GATEHOUSE: Book on the way; about the cover
PRO FOOTBALL WEEKLY PAGES: A look at Week 16
JANUARY FAMILY: Learn to ski, make oatmeal a healthy treat, how to deal with a destructive pet
JANUARY RADARFROG PAGE AND PROMO ADS: Save on winter fitness apparel
KIDZBUZZ PAGE: The history of the Christmas tree
PRINT ADS FOR JANUARY 2012 CALLOUTS: Promote the callouts that will be syndicated to your Local Loop sections Jan. 2
2012 JOBS OUTLOOK PAGES: Two broadsheet pages on industries that are hiring, and on changing workplaces
CUTEST BABIES CONTEST PAGES, ADS AND COLLATERAL: http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/ghns_pages/house_ads/x1622884798/Cutest-Babies-promo-ads-and-collateral
IRAQ WAR TIMELINE: The war in Iraq began on March 20, 2003, and ended on Dec. 15. Here’s a look at some of the key events of the war.
RETIREMENT: Young people better at retirement planning -- A survey finds that the offspring of baby boomers are better at saving for retirement than their elders. By Matt Brownell, The Street
GOOGLE: Google+ gets a makeover: Is it enough? -- Google's social network updates seem mostly like efforts to catch up to what Facebook has. By Seth Fiegerman, The Street
BUFFETT: 5 best business lessons from Warren Buffett -- Small-business owners can learn a lot from the leaders and innovators in big business, especially the Sage of Omaha. By Laurie Kulikowski, The Street
AUTOS: How not to market electric cars -- EVs still have too many variables to appeal to consumers on a cost-saving basis. By Anton Wahlman, The Street
Find more news from The Street at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business
-BEST OF 2011--
See more at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/holidays_seasonal/new_year
CHRISTMAS CONTENT: Pages, callouts, features and more
LOST IN SUBURBIA: My 2011 holiday newsletter - Yes, it is that time of year again. I’m so happy to send you our annual holiday newsletter and tell you about all the marvelous things our family has done the past twelve months. I’m sure your family has done marvelous things, too, but since they are probably not as marvelous as ours, feel free to just send us a regular holiday card with a photo of your kids! Of course, I’m sure your kids are not as good looking, smart and talented as our kids, but we would love to get your photocard anyway so we can add it to the mantel with the hundreds of other cards we get each year. We will find a nice place for it between the cards from the Obamas and Justin Bieber. By Tracy Beckerman, GHNS.
LEAKS: Why leaks matter - A lot of people treat hidden water leaks like going to the dentist: They're afraid of a big, expensive repair, so they pretend the problem doesn't exist and hope it will go away. But water leaks, especially those from plumbing pipes and fixtures, don't go away. They only get worse. Steadily, progressively, drippingly worse. (I know "drippingly" is not a real word, but it sounds bad, and that's the idea.) The best time to deal with a water leak is now. Here's why. By Philip Schmidt, Hometalk.com.
HOME HELP: Last-minute holiday prep -- weekly Home Help with last-minute holiday preparations, new upgrades to Google Map Maker, decorating tips and more. GHNS
KATHRYN REM: The trendiest foods of 2012 -- The trendiest food likely to grace your plate in 2012? Bacon, according to the National Restaurant Association’s “What’s Hot in 2012” survey of 1,800 professional American chefs. State Journal-Register (Ill.)
CHARLES DICKENS: Thank Charles Dickens for today's Christmas dinner -- If you’re eating a fancy Christmas dinner this year, give some credit to Charles Dickens. Click inside for recipes from the 2008 re-publication of Dickens’ “A Christmas Dinner.” We also interview the historian who created it. The State Journal-Register (Ill.)
MICHELLE TEHEUX: Skip the shopping, bake a fruitcake -- It’s getting harder and harder to buy Christmas gifts. Once upon a time, you could always buy someone a book. But now many people download all their books electronically. Pekin Daily Times (Ill.)
DR. MURRAY FEINGOLD: Infants should sleep on their backs -- It is now recommended that infants sleep on his or her back in order to prevent sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS. This recommendation has been successful, and the number of babies dying from SIDS has significantly decreased. MetroWest Daily News (Mass.)
More in home and family at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle
5 THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND: Five ways to have fun this Christmas weekend.
* Localization: This file should ideally be completely localized: List places to see Christmas lights, list holiday shows, etc.
BOOK NOTES: Ingeborg Lauterstein releases suite of e-books - Critically acclaimed author Ingeborg Lauterstein is not alone in her efforts to reach a broadening, diversifying readership. She, like others who published before the advent of digital books, has taken the initiative to bring out all her books as e-books. By Rae Francoeur, Cape Ann, Mass.
More in music and movies at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment
GRANLUND CARTOON: Boehner in charge -- Dave Granlund on House Speaker John Boehner and the tea party. GHNS
GRANLUND CARTOON: Designated drivers -- Dave Granlund on drunk driving. GHNS
BRITT CARTOON: Another type of Christmas box. By Chris Britt, Springfield, Ill.
EDITORIAL: Outside world must reach out to North Korea - As a world-class eccentric, North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il made an easy punch line. But our focus on the superficial, comical aspects of Kim Jong Il must not come at the expense of recognizing the true meaning of his regime to the 24 million people who continue to suffer under it. By Springfield, Ill.
EDITORIAL: Congress to America: 'Bah, humbug!' - Congress has effectively delivered to millions of Americans a very un-merry lump of coal for Christmas by the inability of Democrats in the Senate and Republicans in the House to reach agreement on an extension of the payroll tax break and unemployment benefits. If retailers were counting on some last-minute shopping to carry them, Congress has pretty much nailed that door shut. By Peoria, Ill.
EDITORIAL: Time for an Asian Spring? - North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, an uncommonly cruel and paranoid despot who built nuclear weapons while his people starved, is dead of a reported heart attack after 17 years at the helm of what George W. Bush called a member of the "axis of evil." The words may have been ill-advised, but they were essentially accurate. If there is a Great Down Under, Kim - who was about the age of 69 - has just joined Moammar Gadhafi there. By Peoria, Ill.
* Poll idea: Ask readers if they think there will be an Asian Spring.
More columns and cartoons at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions
DAVE RAMSEY: Do you really spend more using credit cards? - Weekly financial Q&A, with advice on credit cards and co-signing for a loan. By Dave Ramsey, GHNS.
More in tech and finance at www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business
FANTASY FOOTBALL: Death of the 'running back first' rule - We’ll look back on this fantasy drafting rule of thumb — draft a running back first! — and laugh at it in the same way we used to laugh at the RB-RB rule fantasy owners followed. By Joey Baskerville, Freeport, Ill.
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