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WAKE UP CALL!: Are your readers getting their flu shots?

REDESIGN: Missouri papers convert to 22-inch web

ZOPE: Advanced search feature debuts today


PRO FOOTBALL WEEKLY PAGES: Week 3 looks at the Bears, Chiefs and New York teams, as well as the entire league

FALL HEALTHY LIVING: Ways to avoid concussions in youth sports, fitness and diet plans to help stave off holiday weight gain and 5 tips on finding a doctor

WEEKLY NASCAR PAGE: A look toward Week 2 of the Chase

HALLOWEEN PAGE: Popular kids costumes, and how to save money on them


RED RIBBON WEEK PAGE: "Poly-drug use" disturbing teen trend
-- NOTE: Red Ribbon Week begins Oct. 23

PAINT THE TOWN PINK: Tab and broadsheet sections for Breast Cancer Awareness Month


RELIGION NEWS: Pastors call for fair taxes -- weekly Religion News on 75 pastors who signed a letter to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, "A Biblical Walk through the Mass" by Dr. Edward Sri and more. By GHNS

DAN SEABORN: Chill on the buzz words when talking to your cool teens -- Teens today are speaking a different language than their parents. Some might even consider it a foreign language. Just talk to them as a young adult in your own words. Don’t start using their slang language as a way to their heart. That will probably turn them away faster than Brussels sprouts. Dan Seaborn is a non-denominational Christian Evangelist. Holland Sentinel (Mich.)

DIANA BOGGIA: Putting house rules into effect for your child - House rules: Do you have any? What are they? Does your child know what they are? Are they posted, or have they been talked about? Have your house rules been updated lately? By Diana Boggia, Canton, Ohio.

MAMMOGRAMS: Dr. Lisa Wichterman: Study validates life-saving value of annual mammograms -- Back in 2009, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force created controversy with guidelines stating women in their 40s should not get routine mammograms, and women in their 50s should get mammograms every other year, instead of every year, for early detection of breast cancer. Be Healthy Springfield (Ill.)

APPLES: Sara Lopinski: Apples pack a powerful nutrition punch  -- With more than 7,500 varieties worldwide, apples pack a powerful nutritional punch, containing vitamins A and C, potassium and fiber. Apples are free of saturated and trans fats, and a medium-to-large-sized portion has only about 100 calories. Here's some apple recipes to try. Be Healthy Springfield (Ill.)
* Callout idea: Send us your favorite healthy apple recipes.

BUTTONED UP: Tips for faster, easier healthy weeknight meals -- Rather than stressing out about a detailed menu plan for the entire week, plan the meals for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday ahead of time. Then on Thursday, you can enjoy leftovers, and Friday can be a "get out of dinner free" night, where you turn to a frozen casserole or pizza. Sarah Welch and Alicia Rockmore/ Scripps Howard News Service

WINTER PREPARATION: Fall is the time to prepare your home for winter -- Martha Stewart Living rolled out a new line of bathroom vanities with coordinating mirrors, countertops and fixtures. Rust-Oleum packages a cabinet-makeover kit with paint, glaze and everything else. "Redo and renew; that's the motto this fall," Monday said. Debbie Arrington/ Scripps Howard News Service

101 IDEAS: Simple design tips for tiny kitchens -- Small kitchens are often filled with the wrong lighting, making the space feel dim and enclosed. Using pendant lights on the ceiling and fluorescent lighting below cabinets will gracefully cast light off the countertops and backsplash, visually expanding the space and uplifting the overall tone and mood. Kayla Kitts/ Scripps Howard News Service

GO GREEN: October Go Green stories are now posted, on such topics as WaterSense labeling, eating locally in winter and ecofriendly kids products. Follow this link to see the full list.

HOBBIES: Create your own kitchen chalkboard with a floor tile - Decorating with chalkboards is all the rage. You can find them featured in everything from interior-design magazines to top design blogs. Many retailers have decorator-style chalkboards for sale at pretty steep prices. By Cathie Filian, Scripps Howard.

MOUNDED GARDEN: Mounded garden is water-wise and wonderful - Greg Reese doesn't consider himself a gardener. "I'm a big-rig truck driver," he said while admiring his transformed Sacramento, Calif., backyard. "But if I could do this, anyone can." What once was a square of drab Bermuda grass is now an urban oasis. A multitude of flowers covers Mediterranean mounds. Rosebushes climb guide wires to cover a garage wall. Flagstone paths wind between a deck and a patio created from salvaged bricks. A dozen koi bask in a pond, surrounded by succulents. By Debbie Arrington, Scripps Howard.

POND: How to build a pond - Some people enhance their gardens with a koi pond or a garden fountain, but what if you want a full-sized pond big enough for wading or fishing? Here’s what you need to know. By Erik Gable, Adrian, Mich.

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STAY TUNED: 'Pan Am' recreates the romance of the jet age - There are two things that are almost guaranteed when I'm on a flight: 1) A fellow passenger will block the aisle trying to shove a “how is that regulation size?” carry-on in an overhead compartment. 2) It will feel like I have aged an entire year before the sea of people ahead of me exit the aircraft. By Melissa Crawley, GHNS columnist.
* Facebook idea: Ask fans if they're interested in watching "Pan Am."

BOOK NOTES: Polar swimmer connects with polar explorer - It makes sense that extreme swimmer Lynne Cox would be drawn to the polar explorer Roald Amundsen. And it makes sense that she would want to investigate his motivation, his methods and the source, as she puts it, of his greatness. She and Amundsen are, in some ways, kindred spirits. By Rae Francoeur, Cape Ann, Mass.

NEW MOVIES: 'Abduction,' 'Moneyball' and other movies opening this week. A roundup of the new films. By Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger.

DOLPHIN REVIEW: Movie review: 'Dolphin' swims in a sea of sentiment - For children, "Dolphin Tale" is pleasant enough and it should make for decent family fare. But the film piles on enough sentiment to drown a pod of whales. By Bob Tremblay, MetroWest, Mass.

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GRANLUND CARTOON: Rich and middle class. By Dave Granlund, GHNS cartoonist.

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BIZ BITS: Growing a small business - Weekly business rail, with five tips for growing a small business, BBB’s new iPhone app 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.

POLLUTION PREVENTION: EPA highlights sustainability during Pollution Prevention Week - The week of Sept. 19 to Sept. 25 is national Pollution Prevention Week, which aims to inform public about ways to reduce the amount of pollution created daily by motorists, industries and property owners. By Robert Brauchle, Utica, N.Y.

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL NATION: Mega-conferences are in the works - With the announcement on Sunday that Syracuse and Pitt are joining the ACC - plus news that UConn is seeking membership in the conference and the boards of regents at Texas and Oklahoma have given approval for those schools to seek new homes - the wave of realignment resulting in a new landscape for college football continues. By Eric Avidon, MetroWest, Mass.

DIAMOND DIRT: Who does Lance Berkman look like? - The debate of whether or not Lance Berkman will return to the Cardinals in 2012 could go on for hours. Another long discussion could be if he deserves not only the Comeback Player of the Year Award, but the National League MVP award, too. But here’s a debate worth laughing about and having fun with. Who does Lance Berkman look like? By Dominic Genetti, Hannibal, Mo.

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