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On GHNewsroom.com

WAKE UP CALL!: How did your area cope with the snow and cold?

CHARITY: Neosho, Mo., paper holds 5K, coat drive

GUEST COLUMN: Rockford, Ill., editor reflects on mission trip


Niche

JANUARY FAMILY: Stories on sledding safety, cabin fever cures and comfort food twists

KIDZBUZZ PAGE: Making snowflakes

YEAR IN REVIEW PAGE: The entertainment of 2010

DECEMBER RADARFROG PAGE: Airline travel myths

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

Find 2011's niche schedule here


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 national@gatehousemedia.com. Find our content here.

NEW COMIC: 'Brewster Rockit' to replace 'Brenda Starr' on TMS/GateHouse pages

MAN STEALS CHRISTMAS: Man takes Christmas tree, ignores kids' pleas -- The evidence was obvious — the broken lines hung from the car. Morrison screamed at the man not to take her tree, but to no avail. With her children mortified that someone stole their Christmas and crying in the car, Morrison returned to where she had bought the tree. By Sharon Woods Harris/ Pekin Daily Times


Lifestyles

HEALTH WATCH: Positive results for HIV-prevention drug -- Weekly health watch with items on a successful HIV-prevention drug trial, the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act and a recently launched American Joint Replacement Registry. By GateHouse News Service

SENIOR HEALTH: Spotting signs of aging parents at Christmas -- What you might not expect to find this Christmas is that your senior mom or dad's health or ability to do daily activities has slipped more than you've realized. In addition to the general, telltale signs for an aging parent that may need more help at home –– like increasing frailty or decreasing memory –– look for the other important signs. By Laurie Bender /Daily News Correspondent (Mass.)

JEFF VRABEL: What’s in your water? - The reason I don't live in New York City, aside from that no one has remotely offered me a job there, is that their tap water is filled with invisible living crustaceans, all of which have heads and many of which have pincers. Whenever possible, I try not to ingest pincers, which isn't usually a problem as long as you can avoid Wendy's. By Jeff Vrabel, GHNS columnist.

SHOESTRING LIVING: Don’t sweat last-minute gifts - That shopping clock is surely clicking down, and if you’re like most Americans, you still have a few folks to buy for or an item or two left on your list. Don’t sweat it - there are plenty of ways to cross them off while still sticking to your holiday budget.  By Molly Logan Anderson, GHNS columnist.

SANTA: The science of Santa - It used to be that people took it on faith that Santa Claus and his reindeer could fly. Long before we became the skeptics we are today, no one really cared how the big guy accomplished his seemingly impossible trek through the atmosphere every Christmas Eve. By Gary Susswein, The Patriot Ledger.

GREEN SPACE: It’s beginning to look a lot like Chia, everywhere you go - A Chia is something you’d never buy for yourself, even though it’s more entertaining than its cousin, the Bobble-Head. By Jim Hillibish, Canton (OH) Repository.

More in home and family at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle


Entertainment

DENNIS VOLKERT: You just might get what you ‘Glee’ -- Gift giving is simpler than ever. Pop culture is increasingly self-perpetuating, so all you need to do is figure out a person’s entertainment obsession — TV, movies, books, et al — and the rest will follow. Here’s an example. Suppose you’re shopping for a fan of the hit TV series “Glee.” By Dennis Volkert/ Sturgis (Mich.) Journal

COLIN FIRTH MOVIE: Colin Firth talks the talk as George VI in ‘The King’s Speech’ - Colin Firth recently turned 50, has been acting steadily in film and television since the mid-1980s, and has exactly one Oscar nomination to his name – for last year’s superb starring role in “A Single Man.” There’s not much doubt that he’s going to earn a second one for his performance as the stammer-addled King George VI, who’s desperate to be able to speak normally to his public in the dramatic and sometimes sparklingly funny “The King’s Speech.” By Ed Symkus, The Patriot Ledger.


Opinions

EDITORIAL: Declassify innocuous information -- It is widely agreed, including by the officials who are in charge of the process, that the U.S. government classifies way too much information. Give bureaucrats a "top secret" stamp and they will use it freely. By MetroWest Daily News (Boston)

KEVIN FRISCH: Policy vs. politics -- If the rich don’t get their tax cuts, ain’t nobody else even getting their bills voted on. Despite the fact that the GOP has shown zero inclination to work with the president on anything in the past two years, Obama hopes to compromise. By Kevin Frisch/ Messenger Post (N.Y.)

JEFF ADAIR: Let us not forget our soldiers -- Like Milley, Harris was a member of the Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 10th Mountain Division, at Fort Polk, La. Both joined the Army the same month. Both were sent to the combat zone at the same time. At the time of their deaths, both had only been in Afghanistan for one month. By Jeff Adair/MetroWest Daily News (Boston)
* Localization tip: List local organizations and charities aimed at helping soldiers and their families.

RICK HOLMES: Second thoughts on Obama? -- So, how's that hope-y, change-y thing going for you? Annoying as it is, Sarah Palin's question is one a lot of people are asking themselves these days. I'm reminding myself that change is really difficult, and that we must never stop hoping for better. By Rick Holmes/ MetroWest Daily News (Boston)
* Poll idea: Ask readers whether they think President Obama has brought change to politics or the White House.


Business / auto

AUTO BITS: Resolve to cut auto costs - Weekly auto rail, with tips on keeping auto costs down, Car Q&A with Junior Damato and more. By GHNS.

GREG ZYLA: Memories of the Corvair Monza - Reader writes in about the Corvair. By Greg Zyla, GHNS columnist.