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WAKE UP CALL!: Zumba zooms to the top of fitness practices
INNER CIRCLE: 200 newspapers certified, a new benchmark
BEST OF THE DAY: Reader callouts -- don't be shy
WEEKLY KIDZBUZZ PAGE: A trip to the zoo
PRO FOOTBALL WEEKLY PAGES: A look at Week 8
PEARL HARBOR DAY PAGE: The 70th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attacks
HOLIDAY COOKBOOK: Recipes for holiday brunch, desserts, and Thanksgiving or Christmas dinners
THANKSGIVING CALLOUT: What are you thankful for?
NOVEMBER RADARFROG PAGE: Slim your gym fees
-- Coupon book: Save on Thanksgiving; quit smoking and save
HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: Ideas for the fitness buff, foodie, furry friend or techie in your life, as well as tips on homemade and charitable gifts
VETERANS DAY PAGE: Outward Bound for Veterans program helps troops adjust
VETERANS DAY PHOTOS CALLOUT: http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/reader_callouts/x1581988158/Reader-callout-Veterans-Day-photos
ABOUT SPACE (aka LOOKING UP): Binoculars will expand your horizons - It is well worth a step outside the next clear, dark night, despite the late autumn chill. Even a few minutes with eyes alone will allow you to sweep across half of the universe all at once - given you are in an open field or out on a lake, or maybe on your rooftop. By Peter Becker, Hawley, Pa.
* Break out Peter’s contact information and tell readers they can contact him with any space questions.
JIM HILLIBISH: Ancient Mexican chocolate a ‘godly’ ingredient -- Long before the conquistadors arrived, chocolate was a condiment in Mexican cookery. It was a bitter cocoa powder made from cacao trees, so valued it eventually became a currency. Canton (Ohio) Repository
* Localization tip: Ask a local culinary expert or chef for more recipes that use cocoa and chocolate creatively.
KENT BUSH: Never having to be alone again -- We have learned one lesson very well after adopting a 4-year-old boy from Ethiopia: It’s a process. Dawit can’t be expected to adjust to an American culture and lifestyle the way you change a channel on a television. But I think we did expect that to some degree. We knew better. Augusta Gazette (Kan.)
More in home and family at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle
‘ANONYMOUS REVIEW’: Movie review: To be or not to be a fraud - As we all know, the real author of William Shakespeare's plays was not Shakespeare but Sir Kevin Bacon. Wait, maybe it was Sir Francis Bacon. Hold it, I know now. It was Sir Francis Rotten, the great-great-great-great-great-great grandfather of Sex Pistols singer Johnny Rotten. And if you believe that, you'll have no trouble accepting all the literary and historical liberties taken in "Anonymous," a film where literature and history make strange yet intriguing bedfellows. By Bob Tremblay, MetroWest, Mass.
* Facebook idea: Ask fans if they think Shakespeare was really Shakespeare. Also, tag the movie title and other keywords (use the @ symbol when typing in FB).
MOVIE REVIEW: Timberlake’s talent can’t save 'In Time' -- Time is money. That’s not just some capitalistic mantra. It’s the central plot of “In Time,” the promising but, ultimately, extremely disappointing new film from Andrew Niccol. Ed Symkus/ The Patriot Ledger (Mass.)
* Poll idea: Was this movie worth your money?
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Puss in Boots’ is the cat's meow -- A notorious lover and fighter, Puss is helped out by a pitch-perfect Antonio Banderas, whose voice mesmerizes you with his deeply smooth Spanish accent. You melt like butter. Dana Barbuto/ The Patriot Ledger (Mass.)
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Skin I Live In’ is pleasurably squeamish -- Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar does not make what anyone would classify as “normal” movies. He mixes sly humor and exhilarating thrills with squirm-inducing, emotionally twisted stories. Ed Symkus/ The Patriot Ledger (Mass.)
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Martha Marcy May Marlene’ is a tale of two worlds -- If you liked “Winter’s Bone,” you’re probably going to like “Martha Marcy May Marlene.” Both take place in rural settings; both focus on young female characters who are in the midst of difficult, very personal situations; both feature terrific performances by the character actor John Hawkes. Ed Symkus/The Patriot Ledger (Mass.)
AUTHOR INTERVIEW: The Readers' Writers: Poet/author Todd Moore - This edition of my column is a bit unique as the writer, Todd Moore, passed away in March 2010. But Todd Moore is an example of a man whose life and words will live for decades to come. By DA Kentner, Freeport, Ill.
More in music and movies at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment
GRANLUND CARTOON: The 99% and the 1% -- Dave Granlund on the 99 percent and the 1 percent. GHNS
BRITT CARTOON: Job creators have an idea for Occupiers. By Chris Britt, Springfield, Ill.
MICHAEL WINSHIP: Motormouth meets the Machine Gun Preacher - In its zeal to reject all things governmental, the GOP is turning its back on decades of the experience, craft and skill essential to an effective foreign policy. By Michael Winship, Messenger Post, N.Y.
PHILIP MADDOCKS: Herman Cain says his whole campaign, not just his deadly fence plan, is ‘a joke’ - For several months now Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain has appeared to be a serious candidate for the nation’s highest office. But by Sunday morning, in a dramatic change of tone, Mr. Cain, a former restaurant executive, announced that he was “only kidding“ about his run for the presidency and seemed perplexed that millions of Americans were taking him and his campaign seriously. By Philip Maddocks, MetroWest, Mass.
* If you run this in your newspaper, it would be best to point out that Maddocks’ column is satirical – or you might get unwanted criticism.
JARED OLAR: Will Arab Spring produce better leaders? - What a year it’s been for the Muslim countries of the Middle East and Africa! The brutal execution of Libyan tyrant Moammar Gadhafi last week is but the most recent historic moment in the year of the so-called Arab Spring. By Jared Olar, Pekin, Ill.
* Poll idea: Ask readers if they think things will improve in the Middle East as a result of the Arab Spring.
More in columns and cartoons at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions
ERIC P. BLOOM: Look for the invisible - As a manager, if you want to really know what your boss, staff, peers, and clients are thinking, learn to look for the invisible. I don’t mean like in the movie “The Invisible Man.” I mean, look for the unwritten and unspoken signs, both good and bad, that can give you insights into people’s personal agendas, positive and negative feelings toward you, your company and others. By Eric P. Bloom, GHNS.
More in tech and finance at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news
OAK DUKE: Whitetails can smell your scent --- The significance of these two incidents taught me that deer, indeed, pattern our movements and that, if we over-hunt a stand, we run the risk of teaching the deer more about our behavior than we imagine. Wellsville Daily (N.Y.)
More in NFL and NASCAR at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/sports
National budget 10.28.11
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