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INNER CIRCLE: 54 newspapers have passed as of Day 2
BEST OF THE DAY: Promote the heck out of your community blogs
DESIGN HOUSE UPDATE: Launches in two months
EARTH DAY CALLOUT: http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/reader_callouts/x698043188/Reader-callout-Earth-Day-drawings
GO GREEN: Renewable energy, a look at the EPA, 8 ways to recycle and more
NASCAR PAGE: Power rankings
MONTHLY ELECTION PAGE: Know your delegates
KIDZBUZZ: Why recycle?
PROM PHOTOS CALLOUT: http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/reader_callouts/x1274363769/Reader-callout-Prom-photos
*NOTE: This is May's syndicated Local Loop callout
MAY FAMILY: Summer vacation ideas, a Mother's Day breakfast recipe, how to get great deals at yard sales
NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER QUARTER PAGE: 4 ways to celebrate
JIM CRAMER: Why gold remains compelling - Is gold finished? I'd say it is about as finished as all of the other times in the last dozen years that it has been finished -- it's just that the obituary has received more notice lately. By Jim Cramer, The Street.
HOUSING: Only three cities look good for home 'flipping' -- Americans made bundles of cash re-selling during the housing boom. Those days are long gone -- but not everywhere. By Jerold Leslie, The Street
STOCK TIP: IBM not getting enough credit; buy on a dip -- Any pullback under $200 represents a tremendous buying opportunity. By Richard Saintvilus, The Street
YAHOO: Yahoo! shares jump on strong earnings -- The company beats analysts' estimates. By Chris Ciaccia, The Street
APPLE: Apple's tax-induced selloff is over -- Investors have been forced to sell Apple in the last week in order to pay taxes. By Jason Schwarz, The Street
-- Apple gets Goldman price hike: http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business/x643674833/Apple-Gets-Goldman-Price-Hike
More from The Street at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business
LOST IN SUBURBIA: The trouble with kibble - The dog has decided to boycott his food. One day he just made up his mind that he’d had enough of the kibble, sniffed the bowl, and pushed it away with his nose. By Tracy Beckerman, GHNS.
BEER NUT: Cognac in my beer? Sure, why not? - The Beer Nut recently received a copy of "Beer Cocktails: 50 Superbly Crafted Cocktails that Liven up Your Lagers and Ales," and it changed his way of thinking about beer and booze. By Norman Miller, MetroWest, Mass.
SALADS: Kick the iceberg lettuce and get creative with your salad -- Let’s think about salads that you make at home. Iceberg lettuce, some slivers of carrot and perhaps some cherry tomatoes? You can do better. Green salads, well made, can pack a punch of flavor and nutrition. Kathryn Rem/ The State Journal-Register (Ill.)
DOUG OSTER: A line of produce bred to have more nutrition -- Now W. Atlee Burpee & Co. has upped the ante by introducing a line of produce bred to have even higher amounts of nutrients than standard varieties: Burpee Boost. Scripps Howard News Service
101 IDEAS: Tips for new gardeners -- 1. Start small. The surest way to become frustrated with gardening is to bite off more than you can chew. Of course, "small" is a relative term; in an area of, say, only 100 square feet, you can plant a lot more than you might think. Scripps Howard News Service
COMPOST: Use compost to maximize your garden's output - Compost is the best soil conditioner you can use. The following statement from the "Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening," published in 1973 by Rodale, is still true today (especially if you replace the word "typewriter" with "computer"): "The compost heap is to the organic gardener what the typewriter is to the writer, the shovel is to the laborer and what the truck is to the driver. … It is the tool to get the job done. In the case of the organic gardener the job is the creation of the finest garden soil he knows how to create, and compost has proven itself through thousands of years of use to be the best tool for the job." By Erica Glasener, Networx.
ASK THE PLUMBER: Finishing up on faucet finishes -- I discussed how nickel is a popular choice for kitchen and bathroom faucets. Well, that got me to thinking about other finishes. So here are three more popular finishes to keep in mind if you're buying a new faucet: Ed Del Grande/ Scripps Howard News Service
TREASURES: A Knute Rockne bust sculpted by Nison Tregor - This is a bust of Knute Rockne, the legendary Notre Dame football coach. It is approximately 7-1/2 inches tall and signed "Nison" something. The first name is clear but the last name is not. It may be "Treg," or "Tregoo," or "Jtrejoo." It was in my father's possession since 1931. Can you identify it? By Helaine Fendelman and Joe Rosson, Scripps Howard.
YARDSMART: Acanthus offers great deal for little effort - In Rome, walk the ruins of the Forum or climb hills around the Coliseum and you will find them. They rise out of crumbling brick walls and eroding cliffs like living vestiges of the ancient civilization that once made that city the center of the Western world. By Maureen Gilmer, Scripps Howard.
BUTTONED UP: Still cleaning with toxic chemicals? - Sadly, many of the sweet-smelling, bubbly concoctions we use to clean our homes are poisonous if ingested and can be harmful if inhaled or even touched. By Sarah Welch and Alicia Rockmore, Scripps Howard.
TREE RESCUE: Seattle man rescues, relocates unwanted trees - In the past five years, working by himself using mostly a shovel and a pickax, Bernie O'Brien has dug up, loaded onto his 30-year-old Ford pickup and then transplanted some 100 trees that weighed 200 pounds to more than 400 pounds each. By Erik Lacitis, Scripps Howard.
PETER COSTA: The hills are alive with the sound of chainsaws -- Homeowners this spring have decided to cut down everything that is scruffy, misshaped or insightful. Curvy saplings, along with their bigger brothers, are falling to the cruel teeth of the chainsaw. Wicked Local Lincoln (Mass.)
PETER CHIANCA: Newspaper jobs just got worse, somehow - The Wall Street Journal recently reported on careercast.com’s “Worst Jobs of 2012,” with the fifth worst being “newspaper reporter.” To which I can only say: Lumberjack, dairy farmer, oil rig worker and enlisted soldier, you’ve been pwned! Boo-ya! By Peter Chianca, North of Boston.
More in home and family at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle
SUDOKU MAY: Sudoku puzzles 1408-1435 (May puzzles) are available for download. Previous puzzles are linked to in this file.
5 THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND: This week’s suggestions include Earth Day, Shakespeare’s birthday, National Jelly Bean Day and more.
* Localization tip: Swap out any of these items for any local events; list local Earth Day events; and list any Shakespeare events at the library or other places.
'THE LUCKY ONE': Taylor Schilling follows her path to star in 'Lucky One' -- In the film, Schilling plays Beth Clayton, a single mom who runs a dog kennel in North Carolina. One day, Logan Thibault (Efron) shows up at her door. He’s been searching for her ever since he found her photograph during one of his tours in Iraq with the Marines. Bob Tremblay/ MetroWest Daily News (Mass.)
More in music and movies at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment
GRANLUND CARTOON: GSA appetite -- Dave Granlund on the GSA spending scandal. GHNS
MICHELLE TEHEUX: Students are wasting ‘opportunity’ to be poor -- I watched U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx of North Carolina comment on YouTube, in which she explained that she has “very little tolerance” for people who borrow a lot of money for school. She herself “never borrowed a dime of money,” she says. Pekin Daily Times (Ill.)
ALLISON B. HUDSON: During Alcohol Awareness Month, focus on your teen -- Alcohol use among children starts early and increases rapidly with age. A higher percentage of youth aged 12 to 20 use alcohol 29 percent than the use of tobacco, at 24 percent, or illicit drugs, at 14 percent. This makes underage drinking a leading public health problem in the United States. Donaldsonville Chief (La.)
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DAVE RAMSEY: Unity is the key in money and marriage - Weekly financial Q&A, with advice on who pays the bills and mixing friends and business. By Dave Ramsey, GHNS.
BIZ BITS: Spring-clean your small-business technology - Weekly business rail, with small-business tips, BBB advice on selling your car and more. By GHNS.
* Localization tip: You could include a weekly tax tip from a local expert, have a business-related Q&A with a local expert or do a “business of the week” feature in which you highlight a local business.
More in tech and finance at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business
DIAMOND DIRT: Who is the next Jackie Robinson? - Witnessing baseball’s observance of Jackie Robinson Day last Sunday got me thinking. Who is his descendant? By Dominic Genetti, Hannibal, Mo.
* Facebook idea: Ask fans if they think any current player can inspire African-American youth like Jackie did.
CHRIS GILL: Nothing to see here, says Bahrain -- There’s a scene in “The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!” where Frank Drebin is calmly try to disperse a crowd saying nonchalantly “There’s nothing to see here, please disperse, nothing to see” while behind him a fireworks warehouse spectacularly explodes. Corning Leader (N.Y.)
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GateHouse News Service National Budget