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WAKE UP CALL!: High gas prices hurting locally?
BEST OF THE DAY: 'Dancing' gallery boosts traffic
GIRL SCOUTS 100 YEARS CALLOUT: http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/reader_callouts/x565044464/Reader-callout-100-Years-of-Girl-Scouts
SPRING BREAK PHOTOS CALLOUT: http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/reader_callouts/x1952952971/Reader-callout-Spring-break-photos
WEEKLY NASCAR PAGE: Daytona preview
REAL ESTATE OUTLOOK: The new face of renters, tips for first-time home buyers, 2012 market outlook
KIDZBUZZ: Lights, camera, action!
MONTHLY ELECTION 2012 PAGE: 'Obamacare' vs. 'Romneycare'
MARCH FAMILY: Tips on boosting your kids' creativity, walking as a family for health, and a St. Patrick's Day recipe
ST. PATRICK'S DAY QUARTER PAGE: Seasonal savings layout with business-card ad spots
TAX PREP PAGES: 9 common tax mistakes; deductions to take advantage of
RELIGION NEWS: Leaders say attacks on Obama's faith weaken Christian witness -- weekly Religion News with a letter from Christian leaders on President Obama's faith, "Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots" by Deborah Feldman and more. GHNS
MARKETTA GREGORY: Lessons from a frog encounter - I don’t know if it’s the closeness of the Arkansas River or a perfect mix of vegetation, but for some reason frogs always gathered in my parents’ driveway. Every evening, about the time the floodlight kicked on, we’d hear them by the garage. Big ones with bellies that barely cleared the grass when they hopped. Tiny ones that jumped from rock to rock on the gravel. By Marketta Gregory, GHNS.
KENT BUSH: Are you severely Christian? - Are you a Christian? I need to know. I might want to vote for you for president. I don’t mean a self-professing Christian. I mean a Franklin Graham-approved Christian. Are you severely Christian or just mostly Morman with a kinda-Christian vibe? This is an abysmal political discussion, and we really need to stop. By Kent Bush, Augusta, Kan.
* Poll idea: Ask readers if they think there has been too much religious rhetoric this election cycle.
CHARLOTTE GUEDRY: Words, glorious words! -- Each of us should try, every day, to use the best words we can. And you know what? We should do it because we want to, ‘irregardless’ of what everyone else thinks of us! Weekly Citizen (La.)
HOMEFIX: Getting rid of a musty smell -- The problem with any unattended structure is moisture buildup, which leads to the musty odors you are experiencing. Though mold and mildew are not present on the visible interior surfaces, odor-causing microbes may be inside the walls or ceiling. Scripps Howard News Service
CANDICE TELLS ALL: Transforming '80s living room into modern haven -- Nikki and Peter purchased their home from her parents, who were downsizing. But along with more space they also found themselves in possession of their very own time warp –– a salmon-pink living room, complete with her parents' matching floral furnishings. Scripps Howard News Service
EXERCISE: Preparing to transition from indoor to outdoor exercise -- No more excuses. Spring is almost here, and it’s just about time to get out and enjoy the outdoors. For 34-year-old Ryan Gruber, it means a return to his exercise routine of 5-mile runs around his Springfield, Ill., neighborhood. Stephanie Lahnum/ The State Journal-Register (Ill.)
PORK/HEART HEALTH: Pork tenderloin is heart-healthy and delicious -- Pork tenderloin now has an additional benefit: It has been deemed heart-healthy by the American Heart Association. It even has the familiar Heart-Check mark, making it easier than ever to spot when navigating supermarket meat cases. Jennifer Mastroianni/ Canton (Ohio) Repository
FISH FRY/ LENT: Church prepares for first fish fry of the Lenten season -- Perfectly cooked fish is the key to a successful fry. The batter must be crisp and crunchy, and the delicate filet must stay tender and moist. Getting it just right is tricky. Then throw in working conditions: Scalding oil, intense heat and hungry diners who want it fast. Jennifer Mastroianni/ Canton (Ohio) Repository
JIM HILLIBISH: Skip the white rice and go for risotto -- It’s about time, as this elegant dish is the most popular rice in Italy. We say “rice,” and thoughts immediately turn to tasteless white fluff, overcooked to glue. Risotto wipes out our rice nightmares. Canton (Ohio) Repository
FOOD TIP: Marinade works double-duty -- Any time you can kill two birds with one stone in the kitchen, do it. Using a marinade to tenderize and to glaze is a trick of many fine chefs. Jim Hillibish/ Canton (Ohio) Repository
More in home and family at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle
STAY TUNED: 'Spartacus: Vengeance': It's back and bloodier than ever - I'll admit it. I've missed the blood. After watching “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” and its prequel, “Spartacus: Gods of the Arena,” with all their over-the-top scenes of bodily fluids spurting from severed limbs, I started to imagine that other series could benefit from cartoon violence. Take “Glee,” for instance. What if Sue replaced her insults of Will Schuester with a gladiator style match-up in the school parking lot? By Melissa Crawley, GHNS.
BOOK NOTES: 'The Darlings,' by Cristina Alger - Cristina Alger’s debut novel, “The Darlings,” should make you glad you’re not a rich Wall Street financier running an impressively large hedge fund. And if you are among that 1 percent, “The Darlings” will probably inflate your sense of self because you simply cannot be as unscrupulous, as boring or as superficial as the Darlings. By Rae Francoeur, Cape Ann, Mass.
OSCARS PREVIEW: Preview of Sunday’s Academy Awards - Whatever happened to the youth movement at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences? Younger hosts, hipper movies and A-list stars were supposed to be the recipe for alleviating anemic ratings for the annual Oscar telecast. But you’d never know it judging by this year’s crop of nominees, two of which are in their 80s, or the show’s host, 63-year-old Billy Crystal. Even the nominees for Best Picture are set in days of old. By Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger.
* Localization: Tease your Upickem Oscars contest.
OSCARS PREDICTIONS: Get Reel: Academy Awards predictions – Bob Tremblay of MetroWest predicts the Oscar winners and says who really should win.
* NOTE: This column moved last week.
FARR SIDE: Meryl Streep, George Clooney have inside track for Oscars - Meryl Streep makes Oscar history with her 17th career Academy Award nomination for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in “The Iron Lady.”? She is up for Best Actress. If she wins, it will be her third Oscar. Surprise wins may be in store, however, if Jonah Hill or Melissa McCarthy take home Oscars for their supporting role nominations. By David T. Farr, Sturgis, Mich.
GEEKOLOGY 101: Summer movies are soooo close! - It’s my birthday today, but by the time you read this it will have actually been yesterday. For me, my birthday isn’t about getting presents anymore. Actually it isn’t about getting older either. For me, my birthday is about one thing:?the summer movie season is just around the corner. This is the birthday gift from Hollywood that just keeps on giving. By Gary Darling, Maryville, Mo.
SUDOKU MARCH: Sudoku puzzles 1345-1372 (March) are now available for download. Previous puzzles are linked to in this file.
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GRANLUND CARTOON: Santorum religion test -- Dave Granlund on Rick Santorum and religion. GHNS
RICHARD HERMANN: Stop insulting history - Equating the Nazi horror with the presumed evils of a president and his administration should be reason enough to discount both the seriousness of purpose of his opponents and their sanity, as well as their honesty and sincerity. By Richard Hermann, Messenger Post, N.Y.
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National budget 2.23.12
GateHouse News Service National Budget