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WAKE UP CALL!: Are young athletes getting "enough" exercise?
BEST OF GATEHOUSE: Submit your best work from 2010 now
TOP 50 GH SITES (PAGE VIEWS) FOR NOVEMBER
PFW PAGES: Week 15 NFL previews
FAVORITE ORNAMENT CALLOUT: Ask for reader photos of their special decorations
BEST OF 2010 CALLOUT: Get readers' stories from the past year
JANUARY FAMILY: Stories on sledding safety, cabin fever cures and comfort food twists
KIDZBUZZ PAGE: Making snowflakes
RADARFROG TAB: Biannual tab has budget-living advice for your family and home
HOLIDAY CONTENT: Gift Guide, Songbook, TV page and last-minute gift ideas page
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News / year-end content
YEAR-END CONTENT: We're looking for year-end content, so if your newspaper is doing any best-of lists or something New Year's related, please send it to us through Zope or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Find our content here.
GREG ZYLA: Don’t drink and drive - According to the National Highway Safety Administration, in 2009 some 10,839 of a total 33,808 people that died in car wrecks were alcohol-related. Although this death rate is declining, it's been pretty bad for the last 15 years. By Greg Zyla, GHNS columnist.
* This is a special column on drinking and driving from Greg that will NOT be on a weekly Auto page. You can run this whenever you feel is most appropriate. You can localize by doing a sidebar on drunken driving stats in your area, by doing a feature on someone whose life was affected by drinking and driving, etc.
HOME HELP: Avert holiday thieves -- Weekly home help with items on burglar-proofing your home for the holidays, how to drill through tile, money-saving tips and more. By GateHouse News Service
BEER NUT: A champagne among beers - What happens when one of the oldest breweries in the world partners with one of the oldest craft beer brewers in the United States? The creation of the first new style of beer in Germany in more than 150 years. Samuel Adams founder and brewmaster Jim Koch and brewers at the Weihenstephan brewery in Germany have collaborated on a brand new beer -- the Infinium. By Norman Miller, MetroWest Daily News.
TASTE OF TRAVEL: Visions of sugar plums in Mt. Washington - Gingerbread House Contest and Cookie Tour peaks holidays season in Mt. Washington, N.H. By Charlene Peters.
LOST IN SUBURBIA: My 2010 holiday newsletter - Hello, everyone! I hope this first decade of the new millennium has been a good one for you! As the year comes to a close, it’s always nice to reflect on the things that made it special and memorable. Of course, nothing can compare with just spending time with friends and family, whether it is as a guest at Buckingham Palace (really good tea!) or at the White House (love their dog, Bo!). By Tracy Beckerman, GHNS columnist.
WOULD YOU BUY IT: Pillsbury Sweet Moments Bite-Size Brownies -- We evaluate Pillsbury Sweet Moments Bite-Size Brownies. A split verdict, but our answer is no. By Kathryn Rem/ State Journal-Register (Ill.)
PIZZA CONTEST: Consumer Reports' best frozen pizzas -- Consumer Reports magazine ranks frozen pizza — specifically, frozen cheese pizza — in its January 2011 issue. Here's the top three. By Kathryn Rem/ State Journal-Register
* Callout idea: Who serves the best pizza in your town?
LIFE REFLECTION: Life is like a quilt, alternating light and dark -- Columnist Beverly Perna seees life's pattern in her quilt: I thought how like life the pattern was, alternating strips of light and dark, the good times, the sad times. By Beverly Perna/ Wicked Local (Boston)
SUDOKU: January puzzles (918-952) are now available to download. Previous puzzles are linked to in this file as well.
5 THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND: This week’s suggestions include catching “Tron” or “Yogi Bear,” getting ready for Christmas and more.
* Localization tip: This file would work best if it was localized with four or all of the items. You can list Christmas lights displays, holiday concerts, best places to sled, etc.
PETER CHIANCA: Frank Turner, 'Rock & Roll' -- Leave it to British folk-rock rebel Frank Turner to come in under the wire for 2010 with “Rock & Roll,” a five-song EP that offers 17 of the most compelling minutes of music released this year –– and that, despite its brevity, more than lives up to the promise of its title. By Peter Chianca/ North Shore Sunday (Boston)
NEW BOOK/COOKBOOK: Literary meets culinary in 'Table of Contents' -- Gelman, a former public relations consultant, and Krupp, a former history teacher, have a knack for connecting good food and literature. “Table of Contents” features best-selling authors and the recipes of their favorite characters. By Jody Feinberg/ Patriot Ledger (Boston)
THOMAS JEFFERSON: Amateur historian tells of Thomas Jefferson's character -- Thomas Jefferson was a man of contradictions. A brilliant writer, Jefferson was a reluctant orator. A champion of liberty, he owned slaves and treated one of them, Sally Hemings, like a concubine. By Peter Chianca/ Wicked Local (Boston)
* Callout idea: Ask readers to send in interesting facts they know about Thomas Jefferson.
O'MAHONEY CARTOON: Ghost of future deficits -- O'Mahoney cartoon on extending Bush tax cuts. By Joe Mahoney/ Patriot Ledger (Mass.)
GRANLUND CARTOON: Obama health care plan and federal court. By Dave Granlund, GHNS cartoonist.
CONROY CARTOON: Obama and the tax break rollback. By Bob Conroy, GHNS cartoonist.
EDITORIAL: Supremes can't clarify constitutionality of health bill soon enough - A federal judge in Virginia has found a key component of the federal health care legislation passed by Congress and signed by the president earlier this year unconstitutional, though it's premature to declare ObamaCare dead just yet. By the Peoria Journal Star.
MICHAEL WINSHIP: The heartbreak of premature capitulation - President Barack Obama is providing needless aid and comfort to those who would do him wrong, handing over his own head without a fight. By Michael Winship, Messenger Post.
KENT BUSH: Reinforcing images for political gain - It is sad when people try to reinvent or redefine themselves to fit some narrative that they wish was really true. There are a few examples of this truism that have developed in the public eye recently. Michael Steele has announced that he will seek another term as leader of the Republican National Committee. Democrats hope he will win. His string of scandals and pattern of mismanagement has helped the Democrats during his term. By Kent Bush, Augusta (Kan.) Gazette.
MICHELLE TEHEUX: Cook away stress with local ingredients -- Food is such a huge part of defining our culture. It also has much to do with how we structure our economy. If you eat fast food or convenience foods often, you’re voting to support one kind of culture. By Michelle Teheux/ Pekin Daily Times (Ill.)
DAVE RAMSEY: Brother needs financial help, but how? - Weekly financial Q&A, with advice on helping a relative with finances and bankruptcy. By Dave Ramsey, GHNS columnist.
FANTASY FOOTBALL: Pick Six Weekly: Not everyone had a bad fantasy week - Last week could be the most disappointing week of fantasy football. Aaron Rodgers was concussed before he could dominate Detroit, while Greg Jennings forgot how to catch touchdown passes. Kyle Orton and Brandon Lloyd really miss Josh McDaniels. Dwayne Bowe misses having a competent quarterback. Pittsburgh’s defense did all the scoring for Ben Roethlisberger and Rashard Mendenhall. Megatron treated your team like Optimus Prime (determined to destroy it). Phillip Rivers seems to be determined not to break records. And if you faced Jay Feely ... I’ve got nothing for you. By Joey Baskerville, The Journal-Standard, Freeport, Ill.
* You can localize this by doing a poll asking how people's teams are faring this season.