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For 7/24/09 editions
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WOODSTOCK ANNIVERSARY CONTENT: We’re collecting Woodstock anniversary content as the 40th anniversary approaches on Aug. 15-18. We’ll be adding to this package of links as more content comes in, so check back often to see what’s available.
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MORNING MINUTES: We've expanded what we're offering in Morning Minutes to provide your paper with more options and/or to give your readers a couple more interesting tidbits. It now includes Word of the Day, Web Site of the Day, Number to Know, This Day in History, Today’s Featured Birthday and Daily Quote.
LOOKING UP: Weekly astronomy column. This week focuses on Delphinus the Dolphin constellation leaping backward in the sky.
WOODSTOCK '99: WAS IT WORTH IT? -- The original Woodstock Festival was all about peace and love, but a 1999 version in upstate New York ended in looting, fires and riots. Ten years later, the Observer-Dispatch takes a look back.
KEVIN FRISCH: The young and the zestless -- I love my young, single friends. They have so much to look forward to: marriage, divorce, macular
degeneration, male-pattern baldness. I love them but they have some interesting ideas about the world.
LISA BROWN: Battling Parkinson's disease with information -- There are a few key steps to successfully manage Parkinson's disease, a progressive
DOG OBEDIENCE: Video: Pointers for pointers -- Teaching dogs to follow the leader -- Teaching dogs basic commands is the easy part, says dog obedience trainer Lisa Aprea. Having them follow them exactly when you want them to not when they want to do them is much harder.
KITCHEN CALL: Infinite possibilities for Italian ice -- Cool things at home always are a consideration. Since I have no patience for making ice cream with an expensive contraption, I stick to simple cold sweets, like Italian ice.
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MOTHER'S GARDEN: How to garden, care for big pots -- Mixed, multicolored flowers combined with colored foliage in big pots are all the fashion rage this year.
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A BEAUTIFUL BACKYARD: Little by little, backyard transforms into something special - RIVERTON – The rural homestead near Riverton that’s been home for William and Judy Keenan for 40 years has miniature horses, pygmy goats and bantam chickens that were incorporated for the sake of the grandchildren. But even though the grandkids are now nonchalant about the scene, it hasn’t affected how William views their yard full of trees, perennials and several water fountains. By Tamara Browning of the State Journal-Register.
TRICK SHOT ARTIST: Trick shot artist aims to entertain - MANITO – Dan Pfanz likes guns. He is particularly savvy with pump-style shotguns. He can throw aspirins in the air and shoot them before it hits the ground. He can flip two clay targets off the toe of his boot and hit them in midair. He can neatly clip two small targets from where they hang on a pole 10 feet in the air and smash them with a shotgun blast before they strike the dirt. By Tara Mattimoe of the Pekin Daily Times.
SUDOKU: Puzzles for July and the first week of August (puzzles 372-406) are available for download. The rest of the August puzzles will be posted this weekend. Previous puzzles are linked to in this file, or visit our Puzzles category.
5 THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND: This week’s entertainment suggestions: Celebrate National Tequila Day (adults only, of course); catch the latest animated movie, “G-Force”; celebrate Amelia Earhart’s birthday; watch the Tour de France, Brickyard 400 or other sports; and catch a meteor shower in the night sky.
VIDEO VAULT: ‘For All Mankind’ lets us sit with the astronauts.
SNEAK PREVIEW: 'G-Force' and other new movies -- A mix of live action and 3D-animation, "G-Force" is about an elite force of secret agent guinea pigs - no foolin' - voiced by Nicolas Cage, Tracy Morgan, Penelope Cruz and Sam Rockwell.
MOVIE REVIEW: 'In the Loop' a modern screwball satire -- If you love crisp, acerbic dialogue delivered with a wink and a nod, you’re going to want to get in the loop with “In the Loop."
MOVIE REVIEW: Heigl, Butler only things pretty in “Ugly Truth” -- Crass and insulting, “Ugly Truth” is one ugly movie. I say that despite the presence of Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler, a couple of B-list actors with A-list looks.
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Orphan’ adopts too many cliches – I’m not certain of the exact point when I started to detest the killer-child at the heart of “Orphan.” Was it when she bludgeoned the pigeon with the brick? Smashed the skull of a nun? Or was it the night the precocious 9-year-old slipped on her slinky black dress and tried to seduce her clueless adoptive father?
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MOVIE REVIEW: Rodents in ‘G-Force’ come up short -- Expect your kids to want a guinea pig after seeing ³G-Force,² Disney¹s latest 3D live-action/animated save-the-world flick starring a trio of rodents playing commandos who drive, talk, swim and fight man and dog. While somewhat endearing, these fur balls stop short of having the same pluck and charm as their intrepid hamster cousin, Rhino, from another Disney film, ‘Bolt.’
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ANVIL: Metal band Anvil finds success worth the wait -- The metal band Anvil has been lifted out of obscurity as a result of a recent documentary about the aging rockers who have been together since the 1970s. They're open for mega-metal act AC/DC.
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FLICKS: Guinea pigs are not action stars, and children are not (always) evil - Guinea pigs can fill a number of critical roles. For example, they make excellent test subjects. And guinea pigs are neither from Guinea, nor are they pigs. You know what else they aren’t? That’s right, action stars. By John Meo.
O’MAHONEY CARTOON: On President Obama and the Henry Louis Gates Jr. controversy.
BRITT CARTOON: On the “right to be white" at Harvard.
GRANLUND CARTOON: New Jersey corruption
WOOD ON WORDS: Stones have shaped civilization — and language - Early in the history of human beings, our ancestors discovered the potential of rocks for improving their quality of life. The role of rocks became so significant that we now refer to those times as the Stone Age.
ELIZABETH DAVIES: I'll take not smiling over ID theft -- Four U.S. states have — get this — banned smiles from driver’s license photos. Drivers in Arkansas, Indiana, Nevada and Virginia no longer can show their pearly whites. The goal is to cut down on fake IDs and prevent identity theft.
MICHAEL TORTORICH: Obama administration doing poor job selling health-care plan -- White House cabinet members came to southern Louisiana on Monday to discuss health care in a town-hall meeting setting. Instead of a smoothly run brainwashing session, they were met with a healthy dose of opposition on their health-care talk.
PHILIP MADDOCKS: Out-of-business Lehman defies naysayers by posting record profit -- Despite being written off because it had gone out of business, Lehman Brothers defied its naysayers on Wall Street by posting the richest quarterly profit in its 158-year history, surprising many financial analysts and sending stocks soaring.
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KENT BUSH: On glowing people, ‘MMMBop’ and health care.
EDITORIAL: CIA's conduct merits a look, not partisan blame - Secrets and skullduggery are the CIA's business, its reason for being. So just how secret should our spies be able to keep their business? An editorial from the Peoria Journal Star.
EDITORIAL: Knock out the fatheads first - One of the more ridiculous charges bubbling to the surface following a presidential appointment has focused on the fact that Dr. Regina Benjamin wears a size 18 and is therefore unqualified to be Surgeon General. We may have an obesity epidemic — or maybe it’s just an obsession — but Dr. Benjamin’s weight, or anyone’s weight, should not be a work qualification. Better to disqualify the fatheads of this world than the fat tummies. An editorial from the Freeport Journal-Standard.
THIS WEEK IN WEIRD: A naked criminal, thief who likes shorts, trunk-related issues and more in this week's edition.
GATES FOLO: Cambridge police commissioner to appoint panel to review Henry Louis Gates' arrest - Police Commissioner Robert Haas announced he will appoint a professional panel to analyze what exactly occurred in last Thursday's arrest of Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. By Jillian Fennimore and David L. Harris.
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GATES FOLO 2: Henry Louis Gates' ex-wife: Arrest, aftermath was 'unfortunate' - The ex-wife of famed Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates believes a meeting between her ex-husband and Sgt. James Crowley is on the horizon. “I think what transpired was unfortunate, and I think when heads manage to cool down there can be a substantial conversation,” Adams said. By Deb Filcman.
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GATES FOLO 3: Union officials: Cambridge police 'not stupid,' deserve apology - Cambridge Police union officials vehemently defended the officer who arrested Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. at a press conference Friday afternoon, saying President Obama needed to apologize for his recent comments. By Cambridge.
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BLACK HISTORY: Quincy shipyard forged a piece of black history on July 25, 1943 - Sixty-six years ago on Saturday, the Fore River Shipyard paused to honor a hero of Guadalcanal, the battle that turned the tide of war in the Pacific. Leonard Roy Harmon, 25, was killed while deliberately exposing himself to enemy gunfire to protect a shipmate. It was the first U.S. warship to carry the name of an African-American. By The Patriot Ledger.
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FEMALE FARMERS: More women turning to farming - According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, in 1978 women owned 5.2 percent of all farms nationwide. By 1997, that number increased to 8.6 percent. Today, about 165,000 farms are run by women, and demographic, social and economic factors indicate that number will keep rising, the USDA says. By Kelly Onanian.
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- To localize: Talk to farmers in your area/state to see if USDA stats on females holds true for you.
WAR ON SMOKING: Report calls for military to phase out tobacco within 20 years -- The image of a weary soldier puffing on a cigarette after a battle soon could be reduced to a Hollywood cliche if the armed forces adopt recommendations by military health officials to phase out tobacco use. To localize: Are there military bases or training grounds in your area? What are their policies on tobacco use? How to they feel about the recommendations to eliminate it?
STORM PREPAREDNESS: As storm season approaches, know what to do after disaster hits -- The time after a major disaster is a time of combined stress and relief, both for those who have evacuated and for those who have stayed behind. While the winds have died down, the rain has stopped, and the floodwaters have ceased rising, there are still many dangers present.
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BIZ BITS: Weekly business rail, with tips on your business’ personality, a look at the best counties for job growth, BBB Watch and more.
TAX CREDITS AND BUYING A HOME: Tax credits help home sales climb - SPRINGFIELD – Amanda Parr planned to buy her first home with or without a federal tax credit, but the $7,500 certainly didn’t hurt. First-time home-buyer credits — the initial $7,500 credit offered last year has since increased to $8,000 — are a big part of a local home sales rebound that brought the first monthly increase in more than a year last month. By Tim Landis of the State Journal-Register. To localize: Check with local realtors to see if the tax credits have led to more home sales.
DAVE RAMSEY: Weekly financial Q&A, with items on dipping into your 401(k) to pay off a car loan and the economics of dining out.
MAKING CENTS: Creative uses for reverse mortgages - Typically used for income during retirement, reverse mortgages are finding their way into the affluent marketplace as a vehicle for advanced planning. By John P. Napolitano.
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NASCAR PAGE: Rubber match (preview on the Brickyard)
SUNDAY QUICKSHOTS ON BUEHRLE: Sunday Quick Shots: Perfect game just the start of what Buehrle could do - If a Chicago pitcher throws a perfect game and he’s not a Cub, does it make a sound? Evidently, it does. Mark Buehrle’s perfect game, greeted by headlines worthy of the Bears winning the Super Bowl, should at least temporarily quiet those legions of White Sox fans who complain the media only cares about the Cubs. By Matt Trowbridge of the Rockford Register Star. Also contains items on the Cubs lack of trades, Nike and LeBron James, Michael Vick and the PGA Tour.
DAVID ERTISCHEK: What if this David Beckham thing is one big charade? We all knew that David Beckham’s star power would not make soccer the most popular sport in America. But no one ever thought that David Beckham would end up being disliked, or that in two years he would become one of the most reviled athletes in America.
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