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ELENA KAGAN BIO BOX: President Barack Obama announced Monday that he has nominated Elena Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court to replace John Paul Stevens. Here’s a quick look at her life and career.
HEALTH WATCH: Relieve your child's spring allergies -- Weekly health rail, with tips for helping your children this allergy season, an iPhone app that educates about Lyme disease, how to choose an athletic shoe, and more.
TRAVEL: Walk on the wild side of Florida's Space Coast -- Visiting Florida's museums and parks can be a stressful, with the heat and crowds taking their toll on a traveler's frazzled nerves. Luckily, the Space Coast near Melbourne offers other options where the animals outnumber the people and the pace of exploration is decidedly slower. By Paul Ring of The MetroWest Daily News.
KENNETH KNEPPER: Life's lessons -- from taxes to pizza delivery -- Many commencement addresses discuss how students should not leave behind their individuality after graduation. However, it seems a speech about individualism loses a little of its zest when the speaker looks across a sea of students dressed exactly alike in robes and mortarboards.
JULIE FAY: Some days your luck runs out -- I don’t put much stock in the idea of luck, but after the streak I’ve had, I’m reconsidering. For days on end, the forces of the universe have conspired against me. Somewhere, someone has broken a mirror or spilled some salt, and has somehow transferred the effects to me.
LORETTA LAROCHE: Feeling free to let it all hang out -- It seems that every generation of women has owned a garment that is supposed to help eliminate bulges, bumps and all manner of obvious lumps. Well, now, a new generation of fat flatteners has emerged. You can buy one of these Spanx items for almost every part of your body.
SHOESTRING LIVING: School involvement to the extreme - Last Monday morning, after a weekend of houseguests and kids’ activities, I opened my daughters’ Friday folders to find that it was Teacher Appreciation Week. I’m all for appreciating teachers and think their job is one of the most important out there, but the fact that I was given only a weekend’s warning about major parental responsibilities, lots of running around and the spending of lots of cash left me completely frustrated. By Molly Logan Anderson.
JEFF VRABEL: Houston Astros, we have a problem - Computers have been jerking around with the Houston Astros — and that, robot army, is where us carbon-based rebels draw the line at your manufactured tyranny.
POP CULTURE: Nice place to visit; wouldn’t want to eat it - Nook, the Barnes & Noble e-reader, boasts a few new capabilities, according to boasts from Barnes & Noble. By Dennis Volkert.
GET REEL: Today's romantic comedies look more like tragedies - Been to a romantic comedy recently? My condolences. In case you haven't noticed, romcoms have been stinking up the joint lately, delivering one steaming pile of dung after another. By Bob Tremblay.
GRANLUND CARTOON: Elena Kagan nominated for U.S. Supreme Court
LICCAR CARTOON: Betty White in the White House?
RICK HOLMES: War, remembrance and politics -- As it happened, my visit to the grave of Robert E. Lee fell toward the end of Confederate History Month, as controversially proclaimed by Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell.
Business / Ag
AUTO BITS: How to have a safe and fun summer road trip - Weekly auto rail, with tips on summer road trips, Car Q&A with Junior Damato and more.
TANNING TAX: Salon owners worry they'll get burned by tanning tax -- Angie Mayer has plenty of questions about the tax on indoor tanning that’s set to start on July 1, but it isn’t likely she and other tanning business owners will get answers anytime soon. By Melissa Westphal of the Rockford Register Star.
CHECKOUT LANE: Modern GPS devices go way beyond simple mapping -- Finding your way home should no longer be a problem with all the GPS devices on the market. A global positioning system connects satellites to pinpoint locations and directions. Modern units can come with iPod interfacing, 3-D layouts and voice commands. By Lana Lagomarsini of The Patriot Ledger.
MAKING CENTS: Don't let market's crazy week keep you up -- Weeks like last week make almost all investors nervous and lead them to second guess their strategies. In your nervous state, you start to read everything that you can get your hands on about investments and even turn on those dreaded hour-by-hour TV shows talking about every micro move that the markets take. By John P. Napolitano of The Patriot Ledger.
FINE PRINT: Things to watch when hiring a moving company -- The Better Business Bureau network reported more than 8,400 complaints about moving companies last year in the U.S. and Canada. That’s down 14 percent from 2008 levels, but it’s still an eye-catching number that should prompt people to be wary.
ON COMPUTERS: Virus caused mayhem a decade ago -- I was looking through my ancient computer columns and discovered an anniversary I cannot ignore. It’s been 10 years, a decade of anti-virus warfare, since the “I Love You” virus hit the world — the first of hundreds of thousands of e-mail viruses. By Jim Hillibish of The Repository.