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For 8/13/08 editions
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BEHIND THE STORY: Inside a Patriot Ledger photographer’s trip to Tibet.
Lifestyles (Wednesday is Food)
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Weekly food rail, with a look at Old Bay Seafood Steamers, a quiz about wine regions and more.
FOOD PAGE: Painless picnic.
FOOD VIDEO: This week, cornmeal crusted pork in 15 minutes.
RETHINKING FOOD: Author Gene Baur seeks to change attitudes about using animals as food.
MOSQUITOES: BEWARE THE BITE. Public health officials tracking infectious diseases are on heightened alert this year, as an extraordinarily wet spring and summer have led to an explosion in the mosquito population. METROWEST
ASSISTED LIVING: After 95 years ‘at home,’ a big change - At age 95, my father was being asked to make a huge and upsetting change – leaving his familiar, comfortable home for the unknown of an assisted-living residence.
Ledger, Scheible, on wire now
With video and photo
NEW SUDOKU: Puzzles 57-91 (5 weeks' worth) are now on the news service. This file also contains links to previous puzzles.
MOVIE REVIEW: 'Tropic Thunder' raises laughs and eyebrows - Ben Stiller directs and stars in a comedy about actors playing soldiers who accidentally get caught up in a real war. The movie is already raising controversy for Robert Downey Jr.’s black-face performance. Ledger, Alexander, on wire now
With photos

EDITORIAL: Beijing sets the bar high - The 2008 Olympics are barely under way in Beijing, but Illinoisans already are thinking eight years into the future: Chicago is asking municipalities throughout the state to bolster its bid for the 2016 Summer Games. PEORIA
MONICA GRAVES: Will Olympics change China's approach to pollution? Linn County (Mo.) Leader.
PHIL LUCIANO: A simple lesson in listening - Killing some time. Waiting for a concert. Going for a beer. Pop into a new place. Lots of people. Lots of laughter. Two seats at the bar. Take one, order a Pabst. Life is good. My life, at least, right now. Guy takes the other seat. We nod at each other, the universal guys-who-are-too-cool-to-actually-say-"hello" greeting. PEORIA
FRANK MULLIGAN: Turn, baby, turn - There are many types of people in the world. There are those who see the cup as half full. Those who see it as half empty. And those who want to throw the cup to the floor. Then there are the “turn-signal challenged.” Lakeville Call, on wire now
REBECCA HAINES: Hope, death and drugs. CARTHAGE, Mo.

MARVIN VANGILDER: Homeless are for real. Noticed or not, the homeless are always with us.  CARTHAGE, Mo.
NASCAR PACKAGE: Weekly package, including centerpiece on Dale Earnhardt Jr., 3 Questions with Martin Truex Jr., the NASCAR rail, and the NASCAR page.
JOHN CURTIS: Confessions of a fantasy sports junkie.
DEATH STIRS DEBATE ON TASER USE: Kiethedric Hines fought with police and fought for his life Sunday night. He lost both times. He was pronounced dead at Rockford Memorial Hospital’s emergency room shortly before 7 p.m. But why Hines died is unknown. What is known is that Hines was shot at with a Taser. With sidebar and video. ROCKFORD
3 KILLED IN EASTON 'ANGEL FLIGHT' PLANE CRASH – Plane crashes into shopping center parking lot. Enterprise and CNC coverage, watch the news service for updates
DOCTOR’S NOT IN: More patients, fewer doctors drawn to primary care offices - According to practitioners and experts, the primary-care medical field is buckling under the weight of growing patient loads, onerous insurance regulations, long hours and salaries that – especially compared to those offered in medical specialty fields – fail to make it all worthwhile. Ledger, Kelly, on wire now
With photos
RECESSION-PROOF JOBS: Keep the cash flow flush with recession-proof jobs. UTICA, N.Y.

SNAPPY SUPPERS: Meal prep kitchens take work out of dinnertime (also in food)
CREDIT SCORES OFTEN MISUNDERSTOOD: Credit scores have never been more important - or misunderstood - by the American consumer. That's the view of Keith Reynolds, vice president of lending and business services for CEFCU, a credit union with more than 230,000. PEORIA