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LOCAL LOOP: 5 things to know about Local Loop, online callouts in 2012
BEST OF THE DAY: Visual centerpiece packs info into ASF
CUTEST BABIES CONTEST PAGES, ADS AND COLLATERAL: http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/ghns_pages/house_ads/x1622884798/Cutest-Babies-promo-ads-and-collateral
KIDZBUZZ PAGE: Cooking up fun
SNOW PHOTOS CALLOUT: http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/reader_callouts/x1049177790/Reader-callout-Snow-photos
2011 MEMORIES CALLOUT: http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/reader_callouts/x143553149/Reader-callout-2011-Memories
KIDS' LETTERS TO SANTA CALLOUT: http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/reader_callouts/x505718367/Reader-callout-Kids-letters-to-Santa
2011 YEAR IN REVIEW PAGE: The national, world events that shaped the year
SMALL BUSINESS: 3 things you should know about small business: Dec. 12 -- Businesses furious over Amazon's Price Check app; build an e-commerce store; learn from Jillian Michaels. By Laurie Kulikowski, The Street
HOLIDAYS: Holiday tipping: What you need to know -- It's common courtesy to give a little something extra for the holidays, but how much is enough? By Kristin Colella, The Street
ECONOMY: Big Business could fund 19 million jobs -- Corporations and banks have enough excess cash to create 19 million jobs, a report says. By Seth Fiegerman, The Street
TECH: The gadget graveyard of 2011 -- Each of these gadgets was supposed to be the next big thing, but ended up in the scrapheap. By Seth Fiegerman, The Street
Find more news from The Street at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business
CHRISTMAS CONTENT: Pages, callouts, features and more
HEALTH WATCH: Winter workouts -- weekly Health Watch with items on dressing for winter workouts, fighting Alzheimer's disease, how autisic kids increased socialization and more. GHNS
DAVID ROBSON: Gift ideas for gardeners -- Fine Gardening (Taunton Press) covers a wide range of gardening topics with some of the best photographs around. Most of the articles apply throughout the United States, though there are segments that focus on what’s occurring in your part of the country. Six issues cost $29.95. State Journal-Register (Ill.)
KITCHEN CALL: It’s cookie-baking time -- Last week, I unearthed a recipe given to me long ago by a friend. She found it in her grandmother’s recipe box. Her grandmother had copied the recipe out of a Ladies Home Journal back in 1960. North Shore Sunday (Mass.)
JEFF VRABEL: Check for snakes in your Christmas tree - There are things that are OK, and there are things that are Not OK, and there are things that are Super Not OK, and there are things that are So Not OK That They Make You Slap Your Face And Run To Your Momma, and that is what brings us to the headline "Two Families Find Live Snakes Hiding In Christmas Trees." By Jeff Vrabel, GHNS.
* You could do a fun poll on what readers would do if they found a snake in their tree. The options could be “Scream like there’s no tomorrow,” “Adopt it and name it Snakey,” etc.
LORETTA LAROCHE: Let’s be realistic about how we look - Columnist Loretta LaRoche says she’s tired of the media constantly showcasing women “whose lives revolve around getting paid to look good.” She thinks we ought to “stop buying into Photoshopped pictures and stupid articles touting ridiculous weight-loss programs and products.” By Loretta LaRoche, The Patriot Ledger.
IN GOOD FAITH: Rescuing Christmas from the mall - I have nothing against mall Santas. Out of uniform, they’re some of the jolliest people I know. So why can’t I stand going to the mall at Christmastime? By Rev. Timothy Schenck, The Patriot Ledger.
More in health and family at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle
GET REEL: Iconic film images make an impact - While this column has frequently stressed how important the screenplay is to a movie’s success, film is still a visual medium, and sometimes a picture — or an image — is indeed worth a thousand words, give or take a few hundred. For your perusal are 10 more images that have become forever associated with a film. Many also make a dramatic or comic statement as well. They are randomly listed here. By Bob Tremblay, MetroWest, Mass.
* Callout/Facebook idea: Ask fans what their most iconic film image is.
NOOMI RAPACE: Noomi Rapace impresses in 'Sherlock Holmes' - Most American moviegoers were introduced to actress Noomi Rapace (pronounce rahpahs) a couple of years ago when she blazed across the screen, all leather and piercings and bad attitude in “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.” By Ed Symkus, The Patriot Ledger.
More in movies and music at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment
RICK HOLMES: Elizabeth Warren and those running against her -- The moderator asked for the audience to quiet down and the candidates to come up on stage. Three men took their places, smiling and shaking hands, to no particular notice. Then Elizabeth Warren came up, and the crowd went crazy. MetroWest Daily News (Mass.)
CURT SMITH: Paterno stands taller than Boeheim -- “The old verities and truths of the heart — love and honor and pity and pride and compassion and sacrifice.” Falling short, aware of imperfection, blaming only himself, Paterno has tried to live these truths. One wonders if Boeheim even grasps them. Messenger Post (N.Y.)
*Poll idea: Should Jim Boeheim be fired?
SANDER A. DIAMOND: The future of the U.S. Postal Service -- Santa, whose mail service has long been the envy of the USPS, would be the last person to be surprised by the news. After all, the U.S. Mail — as it used to be called — has been in trouble for years. New technologies and private delivery companies have eaten away at its reserves. Messenger Post (N.Y.)
More columns and cartoons at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions
Business / auto
AUTO BITS: Cleaning up the mystery of vehicle title washing - Weekly auto rail, with tips on vehicle titles, Car Q&A with Junior Damato and more. By GHNS.
* Localization tip: You can do a Q&A with a local mechanic, or have a mechanic (or mechanics) provide you with a tip of the week.
GREG ZYLA: Presidential cars and The Henry Ford Museum - Q: Greg, I am a fan of the Lincolns and Cadillacs that have been used in the presidential motorcades over the years, especially the Continentals and full-size Lincolns. I know these presidential limos have been beefed up quite a bit for safety reasons, but can you tell us more about them? I enjoy nostalgia columns and magazines like Reminisce, too. By Greg Zyla, GHNS.
* This contains a letter from PA.
SILVIO CALABI: OMG, it’s a plug-in! - When this Prius arrived, I was looking forward to savaging it in print — the car that burns so little gas because we hate driving it, etc., etc. — when I noticed something odd: an electrical socket on the left front flank. Just to drive home the point, Toyota also stuck decals on it that no one could miss: PLUG-IN HYBRID. Coiled up in the trunk was a hefty cable with a three-prong wall plug on one end, a special Prius plug on the other, and a transformer box inbetween. This is not your ordinary gas-electric hybrid. I plugged it in, then went to the meter on the house, expecting to see the little wheel whirling madly and emitting smoke. Nope. My clothes dryer spins it faster. By Silvio Calabi, GHNS.
ON COMPUTERS: Laptop vs. tablet: It depends on how you work - Looks like the big question this holiday season is laptop vs. tablet. It’s unfortunate many of you will buy a tablet now. Their downward price spiral will accelerate after the season. By Jim Hillibish, Canton, Ohio.
More in tech and finance at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business
DIAMOND DIRT: Albert Pujols lied - Albert Pujols reached into the chest of every single Cardinal fan Thursday and ripped each one of their hearts out. No longer will his name echo throughout the air of Busch Stadium as an active member of the St. Louis Cardinals. He’s heading to the West to Los Angeles to play for the Angels. By Dominic Genetti, Hannibal, Mo.
DIAMOND DIRT: Tim McCarver is not a Hall of Famer - Tim McCarver, that biased broadcaster, has been elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. From here on out, he’ll be referred to as a Hall of Famer. But I’ll just call him Tim McCarver. By Dominic Genetti, Hannibal, Mo.
More in NFL and college football at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/sports
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