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MORNING MINUTES: 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: Watch out for the next supernova - Stars are not as steady as they first appear. Constellations of stars remain our faithful friends, returning night after night or year to year. Weekly astronomy column by Peter Becker.
ASK DOG LADY: Avoid high school drama at the dog park -- Dog Lady offers advice on social interactions with other dog owners, and how a dog helps soften the hurt of divorce. By Monica Collins.
PET SAFETY: Keep furry friends safe during the holiday season -- The holiday season may be filled with all kinds of goodies for children and adults alike, but for those with four legs, the season is a time for caution. Poinsettia plants and chocolate are just a few of the common holiday items that are poisonous to dogs and cats. The winter weather is also a hazard for pets. By Lainie Steelman of The McDonough County Voice.
TASTY GIFT: Fill canning jars with homemade mixes: The holidays are a time for whipping up tasty treats to give to family and friends. Putting together cookie, bread, soup or beverage mixes in jars is not only easy and economical, its a fun way to get in the Christmas giving spirit. By Lainie Steelman of The McDonough County Voice.
KITCHEN CALL: Latkes, and a story or two -- Judith Black is a professional storyteller who travels the country recounting witty tales she has stockpiled over a lifetime. Judith’s recipes are as sidesplitting as her stories, and give the audience or cook food for thought as well as flavor. By Linda Bassett.
FOOD AND HEALTH: Family says anti-inflammatory diet has big benefits – There are many predictable reasons to consider the notion of an anti-inflammatory diet, from allergies and arthritis to diabetes and ulcerative colitis. One Peoria, Ill.-area mother, Lisa Hassenger, has embraced the diet and discovered some surprising and perhaps unexpected benefits for her family. By Clare Howard of the Peoria Journal Star.
TREE TIME: Christmas is fast approaching, do you have a tree? -- We sometimes get so caught up in the joy of the holidays that we forget the simpler things in life. Things that as a kid bring back fond memories that warm a person’s heart. Things that, as a kid, bring back fond memories to warm a person’s heart. With Christmas fast approaching, you might want to think about taking the family out and bringing home a live tree. By Leigh Kreimeier of the Stuttgart Daily Leader.
GREEN THUMBS UP: Winterizing specialty plants and gardens -- Holiday shopping, decorating and celebrations leave limited time for gardening chores, and by the first of the year, the ground may be frozen or covered with snow. But every effort should be made to protect and winterize vulnerable plants and gardens in the days to come. By Suzanne Mahler.
KELLEY BALDWIN: 4-year-old developing an 'interesting' sense of style -- It was like being a referee at the Battle of Little Bighorn. Only uglier. Four years old and armed with the knowledge that he “knows everything about everything,” our son was confident it was okay to wear a green and white football jersey with navy blue shorts to school that day. And boots. Dear God, I can’t forget the boots.
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AT THE MOVIES WITH GATEHOUSE
SNEAK PREVIEW: ‘Up in the Air’ and other movies opening. By Al Alexander.
FLICKS: Hollywood gives up when faced with teen vampires - This week, it looks as if Hollywood folded fast in the face of a “Twilight” royal flush. Get it? Because "Twilight" belongs in a toilet? Oh me! By John Meo of the Norwich Bulletin.
- Clooney dazzles in an uplifting comedy: http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x1945279928/Movie-review-Clooney-dazzles-in-an-uplifting-comedy
- 'Everybody's Fine' should feel better: http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x1945279960/Movie-review-Everybody-s-Fine-should-feel-better
- 'Defamation' director has lost his way: http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x1792923992/Movie-review-Defamation-director-has-lost-his-way
- Just say no to these 'Brothers': http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/dvds_cds/x1792923963/Movie-review-Just-say-no-to-these-Brothers
PORT OF CALL PROFILE: Nicolas Cage, Warner Herzog are partners in crime -- It took two very different, but equally eccentric talents to put together “Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans” – a sort of contemporary take (not a remake) of the 1992 Abel Ferrara film “Bad Lieutenant,” which starred Harvey Keitel. But often overwrought actor Nicolas Cage and loopy director Werner Herzog (“Fitzcarraldo,” “Grizzly Man”) found some common ground. By Ed Symkus.
UP IN THE AIR PROFILE: Jason Reitman gets real in casting people who’ve lost jobs -- To find some truth in performances for Reitman’s newest, “Up in the Air” – the story of a man who fires people for a living but doesn’t have much of a life of his own – Reitman chose some solid actors: George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick. But the film’s best performances belong to its non-actors. By Ed Symkus.
VIDEO VAULT: The William Castle movie collection -- William Castle was a writer, director and producer, but more than anything else, he was a showman. He specialized in making movies audiences wanted to see and making audiences want to see them. By Will Pfeifer of the Rockford Register Star.
SPIN ON CHRISTMAS MUSIC: Holly Cole aims to make Santa sexy -- To Canadian jazz chanteuse Holly Cole, Christmas and holiday music should be as fun, wry, exciting and fresh as it is traditional and cozy.
GRANLUND CARTOON: Vladimir Putin on Joseph Stalin
LICCAR CARTOON: On Obama and finger-pointing
EDITORIAL: Tiger's 'transgressions' no laughing, or private, matter -- What's the difference between a golf ball and a Cadillac Escalade? Tiger Woods can drive a golf ball 300 yards. (Insert rimshot here.) The world's top golfer has always seemed a serious sort, so it's unlikely he appreciates being the butt of a joke - like the rather tame one above - following his post-Thanksgiving, early-morning SUV crash outside his Florida home. An editorial from the Peoria Journal Star.
WENDY MURPHY: Tiger would have more sympathy if the whole truth came out - At this week's very weird press conference, the Florida Highway Patrol announced that the investigation of Tiger Woods' incident with his car is over. Woods paid a small fine and the rest of the story will remain a mystery. The FHP said there was insufficient evidence to issue a subpoena for Tiger's medical records form the hospital that treated him for his injuries. So - the cops have a quicky presser - and It all wraps up nicely. Except that it doesn't.
RIC OLIVEIRA: What’s an ambassadorship worth? - So President Obama goes out and gets a Portuguese waterdog for his White House but sends a Katz to Portugal?
KENT BUSH: Things get worse when irony meets tragedy - A teenager in Florida, 15-year-old Shannon Broome, was involved in an accident in an SUV four months ago that claimed the lives of four of her friends and severely injured her. She was recuperating at her home in Jacksonville recently, another SUV - driven by a 19-year old who was looking at his cell phone instead of the road - ran off the road and into her home, pinning her against the wall and rebreaking some of the same bones that were fractured in the first crash.
ELIZABETH DAVIES: Women take reunion attire very seriously -- I may not know what I’ll be eating for dinner tonight, but I can tell you my exact weight, hairstyle and outfit choice for Aug. 7, 2010. That’s the date of my husband’s 20th high school reunion and, as any self-respecting woman would tell you, that’s not the type of occasion that calls for a spur-of-the-moment wardrobe.
WOOD ON WORDS: Law lies at the root of judge, jury and justice -- “Justice for all.” It’s something Americans profess to believe in every time we recite the Pledge of Allegiance. The foundation of our justice system, at least in theory, is the rule of law. Fittingly, the foundation of the word “justice” is the Latin word for “law” — “jus.”
GARY BROWN: Cell phones take eavesdropping to another level -- Before the development of the cell phone, we wouldn’t have had the opportunity to overhear all the "interesting" holiday communication in stores and shopping malls.
THIS WEEK IN WEIRD: Missing cat found, science project goes awry, mom arrested after son is and more in this week’s edition.
PORTUGAL: President Obama names non-Portuguese ambassador to Portugal - The next U.S. ambassador to Portugal will not have a Portuguese last name after all. Significant lobbying efforts on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean urging President Barack Obama to pick someone with Portuguese roots have been unsuccessful. By Lurdes C. da Silva, O Jornal.
SAME-SEX MARRIAGE: Church leader celebrates opportunity to perform same-sex marriages -- Applause broke out during Rev. Terry Pannell’s sermon Sunday at St. Mary of the Harbor Episcopal Church in Provincetown, Mass., an unusual occurrence. By Pru Sowers of the Provincetown Banner.
PARENTS IN JAIL 1: Parent in prison puts child in trouble -- Mary Smith’s 12-year-old son likes to skateboard and build model airplanes. He wants an MP3 player for Christmas. He fidgets when he’s nervous. And, like other children, he has to live with his parents’ decisions; even if those choices are wrong, or worse, if they are horrible and cause him pain. His father is in jail. By Deborah Straszheim of the Norwich Bulletin.
- To localize: Does your state Department of Correction have estimates as to how many people in jail are parents? Supplement with numbers. Are there local programs to help children of prisoners? What organizations in your area work to help families with a parent in jail.
PARENTS IN JAIL 2: Children of prisoners often grow up to repeat parents’ mistakes -- Jason Kelly, 29, has been in Corrigan-Radgowski Correctional Center in Uncasville, Conn., for about a year on drugs, weapons and assault charges. He has four children — boys 11 and 8, girls 5 and 4 — with two women. By Deborah Straszheim of the Norwich Bulletin.
Business / Ag
CRANBERRY INSPECTIONS: Ocean Spray: Rival cranberry company has been told to allow plant inspection -- Ocean Spray Cranberries officials say a federal judge has instructed rival Decas Cranberry Products to allow an inspector at Decas’ Carver plant to see if Decas violates an Ocean Spray patent for sweetened dried cranberries. By Jon Chesto of The Patriot Ledger.
ON COMPUTERS: Consider running more than one anti-virus program - A reader e-mailed me: “I haven’t seen anything about computer viruses in the paper for a long time. Is the problem over?” No way. In fact, viruses now are so common, they no longer are news. It’s to the point where security experts advise using more than one anti-virus program to keep up. By Jim Hillibish of The Repository.
BIZ BITS: Weekly business rail, with tips on tech shopping, a warning from the BBB about online shopping and more.
SHOESTRING LIVING: Save money with homemade gifts - I’m throwing a few homemade gifts into the mix this year, which first involves getting over the shudder that engulfs my spine every time I say it. Homemade is not the problem; I love to cook and create. At first impression, the holiday snob in me just doesn’t like it, but shiny gift cards for teachers and expensive sweaters for moms just aren’t in the budget. By Molly Logan Anderson.
MAKING CENTS: A long life needs good financial plan - Health care costs often make longevity a two-edged sword. By John P. Napolitano of The Patriot Ledger.
CHECKOUT LANE: Don’t get burned when buying firewood - Maggie Oldfield, co-owner of Thayer Nursery in Milton, Mass., says any wood’s moisture level has to be below 25 percent for it to burn. “Less water in the wood means you have less smoke, so your fire burns more slowly and your wood is lasting longer.” By Sara Castellanos of The Patriot Ledger.
- Localize it: Talk to firewood experts in your area and add quotes, info; add your state's info in BBB breakout.
QUICK SHOTS: Lovie could learn something from Packers -- The No. 1 reason for the Bears to dump Lovie Smith is he never changes, even when things don’t work. The Packers switched to a 3-4 defense this year and have gone from No. 20 in the NFL in defense to No. 2. Smith won’t change anything. By Matt Trowbridge of the Rockford Register Star. Also includes items on the Vikings and Packers being contenders for the Super Bowl, college bowls and the NFL being more lopsided than ever.
- For Sunday
COLLEGE FOOTBALL NATION: Bowden belongs in coaching pantheon – Weekly column by Eric Avidon leads with item on the retiring Bowden.
JOEY BASKERVILLE: It can always get worse -- Weekly fantasy football column: Life has a funny way of reminding you that it can always be worse, even if your team is about to be disqualified.
PRO FOOTBALL PAGES: All six pages (New York, Patriots, Chiefs, Rams, Bears and national) have been posted.