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WAKE UP CALL!: Aeroshot a dose of caffeine controversy
POLL QUESTION IDEA: Why can't younger people find jobs?
EDITING WORDS: AP style on 'valentine' and tax terms
NASCAR SEASON PREVIEW SECTION: What's behind champ Tony Stewart's drive; will the Busch brothers behave; what Kahne will bring to Hendrick
KIDZBUZZ: Make a box for your school valentines
MONEY & INVESTING: Content from The Street on preparing for retirement, stocks to watch in 2012, household expenses to cut and more
SPRING BOOMERS: The benefits of yoga, get better sleep, safer spring cleaning
TAX PREP PAGES: 9 common tax mistakes; deductions to take advantage of
GROUPON: Groupon shares fall on surprise loss -- The daily deals company disappoints Wall Street with a loss in its first-ever report as a public company. By Olivia Oran, The Street
NETFLIX: Is Netflix doomed? -- Amazon announces a new content deal with Viacom in the latest threat to Netflix. By Olivia Oran, The Street
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RELIGION NEWS: Majority of Catholics think employers should offer birth control -- weekly Religion News with new survey results on the mandate for employers to cover birth control in health insurance packages, "The Vow" by Kim Carpenter and Krickitt Carpenter and more. GHNS
REV. LINDA KNIERIEMEN: Pray for integrity in politics -- Political advertisements. ‘Tis the season. And the pundits are on a roll. They should come with a health warning. A spiritual health warning, that is. Holland (Mich.) Sentinel
MARKETTA GREGORY: Mr. Tiger’s amazing voice - One of my favorite things growing up was listening to Mr. Tiger sing “Amazing Grace” at church. Mr. Tiger didn’t have a particularly strong voice or even much of a stage presence. In fact, he’d just go up to the front of our little wood-paneled church, stand between the pulpit and the congregation and start to sing in Creek, the language of his boyhood. By Marketta Gregory, GHNS.
DAN SEABORN: We don't always 'like' our kids –– it's normal -- No matter how well your children behave, situations arise when you’re ready to trade them in for a different model, maybe delay picking them up from school or pretend they belong to someone else in the grocery store. Holland (Mich.) Sentinel
DIANA BOGGIA: Valentine’s Day is a day for families - Valentine's Day is a day for anyone and everyone to say, “I care.” It’s a day to teach love, tolerance and forgiveness to your children. It is a day to share happiness. By Diana Boggia, Canton, Ohio.
BETSY CROSS: The signs of heart disease -- How do you know if your heart isn’t working properly? Heart disease is a catchall term that covers many different kinds of problems, including coronary artery disease, arrhythmias, heart infections and congenital heart defects. MetroWest Daily News (Mass.)
DR. MURRAY FEINGOLD: Celebrate Good Health Appreciation Day -- If you are in reasonable good health with no serious diseases, feel good, have minimal aches and pains, and can go from here to there without too much difficulty, this is something to celebrate. MetroWest Daily News (Mass.)
DR. JEFF HERSH: Is it safe to participate in a research trial? -- Q: My doctor asked me if I would participate in a research trial. How do I know this is on the up and up, and she is not just trying to make money off me? MetroWest Daily News (Mass.)
*Poll idea: Have you ever participated in a medical research trial?
RECIPE: Swedish Meatballs called kottbullar -- A little kottbullar goes nicely on a winter weekend. You’ll need the day off for assembling, but it’s worth it. Kottbullar? We call them Swedish meatballs. Jim Hillibish/ Canton (Ohio) Repository
INTERIORS: Shutters for windows - Shutters as a window covering are a great choice. Wood shutters are a wonderful way to add elegance and warmth to your home. They look nice and require no maintenance. They afford privacy and also open to let the sun shine in. They even offer insulation. Some contend that wood shutters add to the value of the home as they add an architectural strength. Let's explore. By Rosemary Sadez Friedmann, Scripps Howard.
GARDENER: Focus on foliage - We're all familiar with gardens designed around flowers. But a landscape with only flowers can really be lacking. Don't get me wrong. I'm crazy about flowers. But if I had only one small area to plant, I'd use flowers as accents and concentrate on foliage as the major elements of the design. By Joe Lamp’l, Scripps Howard.
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STAY TUNED: 'Caged' might make you a fan of reality TV - “Caged” is a new reality series on MTV that follows three amateur cage fighters from the small town of Minden, La. Similar to the network's “Teen Mom” and “16 and Pregnant” series, it is a direct and honest look at the lives of young people whose experiences don't fit the pattern of high school, college, career, marriage. As with most of its documentary style shows, MTV uses the music in “Caged” as a cue to how you should feel when watching each scene. Despite this distraction, it is a surprisingly poignant reality show that doesn't need a soundtrack to enhance its emotional impact. By Melissa Crawley, GHNS.
BOOK NOTES: New translation of ‘Kama Sutra’ - How little has changed in 2,000 years. The new translation of “Kama Sutra” 2 millennia after Vatsyayana wrote it is of great interest for many reasons, not the least of which is its description of the roles that men and women played in relation to one another in India. By Rae Francoeur, Cape Ann, Mass.
SAFE HOUSE REVIEW: Movie review: ‘Safe House’ is Bourne again - Can’t wait to see the next “Bourne” film? Don’t worry. It opens in theaters Friday. It just happens to be called “Safe House,” a film with so much in common with the “Bourne” films that you’d almost think it was an intentional rip-off. By Bob Tremblay, MetroWest, Mass.
* Facebook idea: Ask fans if they plan to see the movie or if they have seen it to give their review.
GEEKOLOGY 101: 'Star Wars' is coming out again - but in 3-D! - Since their release, a few of the diehards out there have panned episodes 1-3 as the “George Lucas has lost his mind and only wants money now”?trilogy. It will be interesting to see what that sector of fandom will think a second time around. By Gary Darling, Maryville, Mo.
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EDITORIAL: President Obama should back off contraception mandate - Even among those who strongly disagree with President Barack Obama's policies, sometimes there is a reluctant respect for the political skills he and his team bring to the game. He didn't become leader of the free world - no one does - without them. So it's astonishing that a White House of such generally acknowledged political savvy would pick the fight - in an election year - of requiring religiously based schools, hospitals and charities to provide their employees with insurance coverage for contraception services to which they have bedrock moral objections. By Peoria, Ill.
* Poll idea: Ask readers if they think Catholic institutions should have to provide contraception.
EDITORIAL: Stereotypes in Hoekstra ad were bound to offend, obscure real issue - A satirical campaign commercial focused on a minority character speaking broken English? Now that’s a scenario fraught with pitfalls. It would take an extremely deft touch to produce such an ad without unnecessarily offending people or muddying the ad’s message, and former Congressman Pete Hoekstra’s Super Bowl spot was far from artful. By Holland, Mich.
KENT BUSH: Facts overpower intent of GM ad - The reason the GOP mastermind is upset with the ad is not because it intentionally called for the re-election of President Barack Obama later this year. Karl Rove is mad because the ad points at the success of the bailout and the idea of halftime in America which, while it was directed at football teams and automobile manufacturers, could see some overdrift into the Obama campaign in 2012. By Kent Bush, Augusta, Kan.
* Poll idea: Ask readers if they thought the Clint Eastwood GM ad was political.
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MAKING CENTS: Investments: Pick wisely, be vigilant - The next step in getting your financial house in order is to set a plan for your investments. This plan must start with an understanding of your risk tolerance - how much volatility you will accept before throwing in the towel and abandoning the plan. Many wish for never losing value and gains that will keep up with the Standard & Poor's 500 index of stock prices. Keep wishing and blow out all your birthday candles, because this is a wish that is unlikely to come true each and every year. By John P. Napolitano, The Patriot Ledger.
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