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STORY IDEA: Wheel thefts up nationwide
DAVID ARKIN: How to create great experiences for interns, get most out of their time
NASCAR PAGE: 9 drivers aiming for wild-card Chase spots
SUMMER HOME & GARDEN: Attracting backyard birds, lawn car tips, how to restore lawn furniture
HOW-TO TAB: Get kids to exercise, stop drinking soda, learn to barter and more
FLAG DAY QUARTER PAGE: True (red, white and) blue
FATHER'S DAY LOOKALIKES CALLOUT: http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/reader_callouts/x358807699/Reader-callout-Fathers-Day-photos
FAVORITE CAR PHOTOS CALLOUT: http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/reader_callouts/x767224137/Reader-callout-Favorite-car
*NOTE: This is June's syndicated Local Loop callout
DIGITAL SKEPTIC: PayPal robs banks
ROCCO PENDOLA: Why I will buy a MacBook, but not Apple's stock
More from The Street at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business
FAMILY TIME: What you need to do for your pet - Weekly family rail, with pet-care tips, a review of “John Carter” and more. By GHNS.
* Localization tip: Any of the first three items can be localized – ask a local family counselor to provide a tip of the week, ask movie-going parents to give reviews of movies or ask youngsters to send in book reviews.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Garden veggies -- weekly Food for Thought with cooking veggies and fruit from your garden, a recipe for Cheddar and Bacon Mashed Potatoes, "The Glorious Pasta of Italy" by Domenica Marchetti and more. GHNS
MELONS: Add homegrown melons to list of must-haves - Mark Kane appreciates a good melon. It's not just the taste (a tantalizing mixture of flavors as complex as wine) or the texture (a silken juiciness with just the right crisp edge). "I love the smell," said the longtime garden expert and author. "Some really good melons have that aroma, that muskiness. Commercial breeders made a big mistake when they took the muskiness out of melons." By Debbie Arrington, Scripps Howard.
HOME STYLE: Make your fireplace mantel a hot focal point - As the unrivaled focal point in a room, your fireplace mantel is the star of the show. So it's fun to give this all-important spot a new look every so often. Here are three very different -- but equally dramatic -- summer mantel treatments to inspire you. By Mary Carol Garrity, Scripps Howard.
BACKYARD BUFFET: Create a backyard buffet for birds, bees - The landscaping on Michelle Kalantari's small Richfield, Minn., yard used to be generic: a carpet of turf grass surrounding a couple of small garden beds. By Kim Palmer, Scripps Howard.
GARDENER: Use variegated plants to spice up a garden - Variegated foliage plants are a kaleidoscope for the garden. Most of these start out as unusual mutations of the cells that produce chlorophyll. When that bright green compound is lacking, other leaf pigments like red and pink anthocyanin and creamy yellow carotene show through. Eventually, some enterprising nursery will take cuttings and develop a new variety for sale. By Joe Lamp’l, Scripps Howard.
CANDICE TELLS ALL: Basement renovation caters to sports-loving family - Elana and David have three 20-something kids with very different needs. Their eldest, Laurence, is in a wheelchair, and he needs space and special consideration when it comes to interior design. The other two children are off at college, but come home often to visit. The basement rec room should be a fun place for this sports-loving family to gather, but instead the room was as cold as the unused fireplace. A mishmash of furniture and a lack of purpose translated into an abandoned and lonely space. By Candice Olson, Scripps Howard.
YARDSMART: The great succulents hoax -- I consider it a cruel hoax when succulents planted in weird containers adorn the pages of books and magazines. I find them planted in wood, recycled metals, seashells and just about any other item with a depression capable of holding a tiny seedling. Succulents don't need much of a root zone because they hold moisture in their leaves and stems. Maureen Gilmer/ Scripps Howard News Service
TREASURES: Is this Kewpie Prussian soldier worth much? -- The name is supposedly derived from a corruption of the name "Cupid" –– the Roman god of love, desire, affection and erotic love. Cupid was the son of Venus and Mars, but "Kewpie" is the offspring of illustrator Rose O'Neil (1874-1944). Helaine Fendelman and Joe Rosson/ Scripps Howard News Service
INTERIORS: Keeping your home safe while you travel -- Leaving home for the summer? If so, here's how to prepare and protect your place so you can enjoy your travels and rest peacefully all summer without worrying that something went wrong at home. Rosemary Sadez Friedmann/Scripps Howard News Service
PLUMBER: Buying a standby generator -- Q: I now have the budget to install a standby generator system at my home. I've read about standby generators in your past articles, and now that I'm ready to go forward, I'd like some final tips. What basic information and system features should I keep in mind when I meet with my contractor? –– John, Connecticut Ed Del Grande /Scripps Howard News Service
HOMEFIX: Improper insulating causes fires -- Q: You have written that it is not possible to insulate over older knob-and-tube wiring in walls and attics. Many states have adopted amendments to NEC 324.4 to allow for exactly this practice. The amendments do require a licensed electrician to inspect the wiring, repair defects and provide over-current protection before insulation can be installed. Dwight Barnett/Scripps Howard News Service
PETER CHIANCA: An open letter to beachgoers - Welcome to the beach! Your comfort and safety are of primary importance during your visit here, and with that in mind, we ask that you follow these simple guidelines in order to ensure a memorable stay for all visitors. By Peter Chianca, North of Boston.
More in food and family at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle
JULY SUDOKU: Sudoku puzzles 1464-1498 (July puzzles) are now available for download. Previous puzzles are linked to in this file.
More in music and movies at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment
EDITORIAL: Assad's savagery goes on as the world watches, fails to act - Bashar al-Assad's war on his own people continues in Syria, while the United Nations proves its impotence behind a Security Council not worthy of the name. By Peoria, Ill.
AMY GEHRT: Blanket bans are a disservice to responsible Americans -- Hot on the heels of public outcry over “Tanning Mom” Patricia Krentcil, the New Jersey woman accused of putting her 6-year-old daughter into a tanning bed, Chicago lawmakers approved legislation last week that bans anyone under the age of 18 from “fake baking.” Pekin Daily Times (Ill.)
More in cartoons and columns at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions
KENT BUSH: Baseball's unwritten rules? - It may have counted as a catch, but Mitch Maier’s fence flipping effort in right field Sunday was anything but. He gave it all he had but the ball rolled free beneath his back. But the fact that Maier grabbed the lose ball and fooled the umpire into calling the batter out was the real error. By Kent Bush, Augusta, Kan.
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National budget 6.12.12
GateHouse News Service National Budget