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MONTHLY ELECTION PAGE: Santorum’s surge
GO GREEN: Tab for April: Bright ideas
NASCAR PAGE: Logano, Truex Jr. off to surprising starts
SALUTE TO NURSES: Tab and broadsheet sections with content on employment outlook, education
KIDZBUZZ: Learn about Cesar Chavez
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DISASTER PREP QUARTER PAGE: 5 ways to be ready for nasty weather
OUTDOOR LIVING: How to introduce kids to fishing, tips for turkey season, prepare now for the fall hunt
OPEN HOUSE WEEKEND PAGE: For the National Association of Realtors' nationwide event April 28-29
SPRING HOME & GARDEN: Tips for the first-time vegetable gardener, upgrade ideas for your floors and bath, dozens of landscaping tips
1940 CENSUS: 1940 Census records to be released Monday - On Monday, the U.S. Census and Archives will release an online database with detailed, individual information on more than 15 million Americans who filled out a 1940 questionnaire that very much tried to assess the impact of the Great Depression. By Chris Burrell, The Patriot Ledger.
* Localization: Talk to local genealogy experts and add their tips. Also see if any groups are holding how-to sessions.
SUZETTE STANDRING: Whitney Houston’s last lesson - Whitney Houston. Closure comes at last now it is official that her death was accidental. At 48, she drowned in a bathtub, with heart disease and chronic cocaine use as factors. She’s gone home, and I am left to ponder the last lesson from her all-too-brief and gifted life. By Suzette Martinez Standing, The Patriot Ledger.
ROBERT MANN: Looking to Christ to address racial bias - Behavioral tests released by Harvard University use spontaneous responses to elicit cultural biases. Taking one of these tests can be both revealing and humbling. Complicating matters is the fact that overcompensating for known forms of discrimination can create new forms of discrimination. One might just be better served by jumping to the point: "It's there - now what?" By Robert Mann, GHNS.
LOOKING UP: Lot’s to see in partly cloudy skies - The dynamics of the solar system continues to play out under the evening sky. Backyard exploration of stars and galaxies has had to wait at least a first admiring glance at the celestial events much closer to home. Even a few passing clouds did not hurt. By Peter Becker, Hawley, Pa.
HEALTH WATCH: Storing medication -- Weekly Health page with how to prevent medication-related child poisoning, how to perform a triceps overhead press and more. GHNS
GARY DARLING: Just like Arnold promised... I'm back -- Then I strapped on the hard hat, rolled up my sleeves and dived in, and it was too much for me. Factor in that I was working the second shift and missing my family terribly, and you have a recipe that is doomed for failure. Maryville Daily Forum (Mo.)
ASK THE PLUMBER: Going upscale with a laundry sink -- Laundry rooms are quickly becoming "second kitchens" in many homes. From the new colorful and stylish washer/dryer units to custom granite countertops, the true "laundry room" has arrived! Ed Del Grande/ Scripps Howard News Service
GARDENER: All about backyard chickens -- Many homeowners are drawn to the idea of raising backyard chickens because the flavor of fresh eggs can't be beat. There are many other benefits, too. But before joining the trend, there are several things to consider: Joe Lamp'l/ Scripps Howard News Service
GREEN HOME: A former TV anchor's green dream home -- So when Shelby and his wife, Barbara, had the opportunity to build a home exactly the way they wanted, their mission was to go green, incorporating the latest technologies as well as recycled and repurposed materials. Lynn Underwood/ Scripps Howard News Service
KITCHEN CALL: Here’s cooking at you, kid -- Seventy years ago this month, the movie “Casablanca,” starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, opened in theaters around the country. Linda Bassett/ Wicked Local (Mass.)
KITCHEN CALL: Why buy breadcrumbs? Making your own is easy -- Those packaged breadcrumbs don’t taste any better than the cardboard box they’re packed in. Anyway, why spend money on something you already have on hand? Everyone buys bread, even the gluten intolerant. Linda Bassett/ Wicked Local (Mass.)
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AUTHOR INTERVIEW: The Readers’ Writers: Author and biochemist Robert L. Switzer, PhD - Retired professor emeritus of biochemistry Robert Switzer’s book “A Family Farm: Life on an Illinois Dairy Farm” is his own family’s rich history and loving devotion to the life they chose. Within the pages live four generations, from the start of the farm in 1916 to its heart-wrenching dismantlement under an auctioneer’s gavel in 1991. “A Family Farm” isn’t just the journey of the Switzer farm, it is our own odyssey as a civilization, and a warning that if we do not tend to the strengths, labors and devotion that provided our foundations, we, too, could become an interesting exhibit in a quaint museum. By DA Kentner, Freeport, Ill.
MOVIE MAN: 'Eagleheart' spoofs action clichés - As someone who spent his formative years watching “Late Night with David Letterman,” I consider Chris Elliott an unsung comic genius. Whether it’s his short-lived Fox sitcom “Get a Life,” his cult movie “Cabin Boy” or his series of increasingly unhinged books, I’m willing to follow him wherever he goes. By Will Pfeifer, Rockford, Ill.
MIRROR REVIEW: Movie review: Makers of 'Mirror' deserve seven years bad luck - Remember when Julia Roberts was the de facto princess in every movie she made? My, how those days have faded. Now, all she seems to play are irredeemable wretches in dreary fare like “Mona Lisa Smile,” “Closer,” “Charlie Wilson’s War,” “Duplicity” and “Larry Crowne.” Is it no coincidence that every one of those flicks flopped? Even in her one deviation from the pattern, “Eat Pray Love,” she was far from warm and cuddly. And, again, a flop. By Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger.
KID WITH A BIKE REVIEW: Movie review: 'Kid With a Bike' a touching drama about an abandoned boy - Moving! That’s the best way to describe the stirring amalgamation of motion and emotion propelling Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne’s “The Kid with a Bike.” By Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger.
DEEP BLUE SESA: Movie review: ‘Deep Blue Sea’ is a forgettable affair - Terence Davies renders adultery a dull affair in his languid adaptation of Terrence Rattigan’s “The Deep Blue Sea,” a stagey, woefully dated tale about a sexually repressed woman consumed by lust in post-war Britain. By Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger.
WRATH REVIEW: Movie review: ‘Wrath of the Titans’ will make you mad - Moviegoers should stay far, far away from “Wrath of the Titans,” the sequel to 2010’s “Clash of the Titans,” which was a remake of 1981’s “Clash of the Titans.” By Bob Tremblay, MetroWest, Mass.
* Facebook idea: Ask fans if they plan to see this film.
LIAM NEESON: Liam Neeson is king in 'Wrath of the Titans' - When he’s playing the Greek god Zeus, as he did in “Clash of the Titans,” and does again in “Wrath of the Titans,” Liam Neeson gives us a towering, sometimes glowering character, albeit one wracked with angst over family problems. In person, he’s still towering – standing at 6-foot-4 – but he’s a soft-spoken, laid-back dude, boasting a lilting Irish accent. "Wrath of the Titans" opens Friday. By Ed Symkus, The Patriot Ledger.
MIKE DOUGHTY: Mike Doughty bares his 'Soul' in "The Book of Drugs" -- If you’ve heard of Soul Coughing, you may have enjoyed “Circles.” “Super Bon-Bon” is another one of the group’s better-known tunes. They were released during the mid- to late-1990s, when the rock band enjoyed a cult following that catapulted them briefly into the alternative music mainstream. The State Journal-Register/ Molly Beck
NEW MOVIES: 'Mirror Mirror,' 'Wrath of the Titans' -- Julia Roberts tries to resurrect her sagging career with this revisionist Disney fantasy in which she plays an enchantress plotting to dethrone a young queen (Lily Collins) and steal her prince (Armie Hammer). Al Alexander/ The Patriot Ledger (Mass.)
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PHILIP MADDOCKS: Supreme Court to hear arguments on whether President Obama is a birth certificateless al-Qaida plant - Bending to political pressure and hoping to duplicate the popular appeal of its recent hearings, the Supreme Court justices agreed to hear arguments challenging the veracity of president Obama’s birth certificate and the claim that he is not a radicalized terrorist bent on remaking the country into a socialist state. By Philip Maddocks, MetroWest, Mass.
GRANLUND CARTOON: Pink slime -- Dave Granlund on the 'pink slime' meat filler used by some fast-food restaurants and other food providers. GHNS
GRANLUND CARTOON: Obamacare & Chief Justice -- Granlund on the Supreme Court reviewing the Affordable Health Care Act. GHNS
KENT BUSH: Gingrich could save some dignity by dropping out -- Remember when Newt Gingrich was the hot, new thing? Not in 1974 and 1976, when he was losing congressional races in Georgia. Not even in 1978, when he finally won that seat. Not even in 1994, when he became the first Republican Speaker of the House in 40 years. Kent Bush/ Augusta Gazette (Kan.)
FRANK MULLIGAN: High-tech train wreck, or ‘IT, the Jury’ -- Am I being paranoid? Well, what would you make of the following conversation? I made a recent request for IT help online, identifying myself, of course. Within moments, an IT staffer called me on the phone. Wicked Local (Mass.)
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ERIC P BLOOM: Working in the shower can be very productive - As funny as it sounds, some of my best work ideas have come to me when I’m not in the office. As a software developer early in my career, there were times when I would practically be beating my head against my keyboard trying to define the best way to write a piece of software and then have the perfect design pop into my head while watching a baseball game on TV that evening. By Eric P. Bloom, GHNS.
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