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WAKE UP CALL!: Dearth of snow brings smiles and tears
BEST OF THE DAY: Iowa caucus soundslide
EDITING WORDS: AP Political Terms Style Guide
FEBRUARY FAMILY: Pick the best dog for your family, motivate students to succeed, a Valentine's recipe
PFW PAGES: A look at Wild Card Week, with national and New York-specific pages
MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY PAGE: 5 things to know about Dr. King's new monument
2012 JOBS OUTLOOK PAGES: On the changing workplace, industries in demand
SUPER BOWL QUARTER PAGE LAYOUT: 4 facts on the big game
SUPER BOWL RECIPES CALLOUT: http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/reader_callouts/x1409895415/Reader-callout-Super-Bowl-recipes
WINTER HEALTHY LIVING: Dealing with chronic pain, eating disorders after 40, a safer medicine cabinet
BRIDE: Dress trends, the latest cake toppers, sorting out family issues
EDUCATION: Best and worst majors for landing a job -- Some bachelor's degrees really are better than others. By Seth Fiegerman, The Street
APPLE: 5 sexy iPhone apps for 2012 -- Here are five new, sexy iPhone apps for 2012 to help make your iPhone experience more enjoyable. By Chris Ciaccia, The Street
INVESTING: 600 percent growth industry: electric cars -- The market seems marginal still, but is likely to come on fast. By Anton Wahlman, The Street
TECH: Google scoops up IBM patents -- Patent acquisition could bolster Google's position against Facebook. By Olivia Oran, The Street
Find more news from The Street at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business
RELIGION NEWS: 10 countries with the largest number of Christians -- weekly Religion News with more findings from a Pew study on the Christian population, "The Circle Maker: Praying Circles Around Your Biggest Dreams and Greatest Fears" by Mark Batterson and more. GHNS
TRADING POST: Pasta E Fagioli and Praline Apple Bread -- With cold weather finally arriving, soup is the perfect dish –– warm, comforting and not packed with calories. The pasta e fagioli at Olive Garden is popular, and there are many look-alike recipes for that soup in cookbooks and on the Internet. Kathryn Rem/ The State Journal-Register (Ill.)
*Callout idea: Send us your slow-cooker recipes.
ASK THE PLUMBER: Installing a hot water dispenser -- Can you please give me some information on those beverage faucets that deliver hot water instantly? Also, what is involved, labor wise, in having them installed? Ed Del Grande/ Scripps Howard News Service
SPRING FURNITURE: Spring looks in furniture are spirited and elegant -- Manufacturers at the International Fall Furniture Market in High Point, N.C., found a variety of ways to inject buoyancy and a certain savoir-faire into chairs and chests, settees, sideboards and more with color, pattern and texture. Patricia Sheridan/ Scripps Howard News Service
INTERIORS: Create a calm oasis in your house - The hustle and the bustle and the nonstop activities of the holidays are over. It's time for peace and quiet. But how do we do that when we have constant noise from television, iPod music, traffic and noisy people? Going to a spa for a week would work but that wouldn't be a permanent solution. Let's see how we can turn our homes into a quiet retreat. By Rosemary Sadez Friedmann, Scripps Howard.
HOME STYLE: Flat-screen TV can hide in plain sight - Remember when we treated our TVs like dirty little secrets, hiding them away in armoires where they couldn't be seen, an embarrassing fact of life that was best concealed? Who could blame us? Those hulking, unsightly boxes were a decorating buzz-kill, marring the landscape of a room with their behemoth presence, trailing a constellation of cable boxes and VCRs, twists of spaghetti-like wires going everywhere. By Mary Carol Garrity, Scripps Howard.
GARY DARLING: The pen is mightier than the sword, but what about the pencil? -- So welcome to the year 2012. I hope it lasts longer than 2011 did. They say the older you get, the shorter the years last. That is no lie. But anyway... Maryville Daily Forum (Mo.)
BARBARA MURPHY: Out with the old, in with the same old -- After making all of these New Year resolutions to lower our cholesterol and eat right, we start the new year off by sitting down to a meal of pork and sauerkraut because some idiot once said that eating these things would guarantee that we have a happy and prosperous new year. News-Tribune (W.Va.)
DIANA BOGGIA: The right way to save play dates gone wrong - At one time or another, every parent has been embarrassed by their child’s behavior. Children learn from their mistakes as we redirect, correct and teach them. Parents learn from their mistakes as well. Things usually don’t get better on their own, as little ones need structure, direction and boundaries in order to function well. For your next play date, set your daughter up for success. Here are some guidelines. By Diana Boggia, Canton, Ohio.
More in home and family at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle
READERS GUIDE: 'Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life With John F. Kennedy' -- Understanding this, the newly widowed Jacqueline Kennedy and her brother-in-law Robert approved a series of oral histories about John Kennedy and his presidency. In September 1964, Mrs. Kennedy sat down with Arthur Schlesinger Jr. for seven interviews. Susie Stooksbury/ Oak Ridger (Tenn.)
STAY TUNED: 'Work It' doesn't work - “Work It” is a new “high-concept” situation comedy from ABC. High concept means the opposite of what it sounds like. It's not an idea that is complex or high-brow. Rather, it describes a concept that can be easily and appealingly communicated in a few words or one sentence. The high concept for “Work It” would be something like: “Two unemployed men dress as women to find jobs.” It's a potentially funny premise that was successful (in a slightly different version) for Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari on “Bosom Buddies” from 1980-82. Three decades later men dressing as women is still high concept, but “Work It” is not making it work. By Melissa Crawley, GHNS.
* Facebook idea: Ask fans what they think of “Work It.”
BOOK NOTES: Clutter and its emotional baggage - Like many readers, I’m starting off the year thinking self-improvement thoughts rooted in the awareness that some things need to change. When given the opportunity to read about clutter, therefore, I said a quick yes. It’s the new year. A fresh start. And clutter is anything but fresh. Clutter is so yesterday. By Rae Francoeur, Cape Ann, Mass.
FARR SIDE: Record-setting year for music charts in 2011 - For music history buffs like me, 2011 was one for the record books. It seemed like almost every week something historic was happening on a Billboard chart. By David T. Farr, Sturgis, Mich.
NEW MOVIES: 'In the Land of Blood and Honey,' 'The Devil Inside’ – A look at the movies opening this week. By Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger.
* Poll idea: Ask readers which of these movies they most want to see.
More in music and movies at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment
BRITT CARTOON: Now it's Santorum making a run at Romney. By Chris Britt, Springfield, Ill.
EDITORIAL: 2012: Year of the super PAC - Before the first Iowan cast the first vote of the presidential campaign, we saw what the Supreme Court’s evisceration of campaign finance laws has wrought. By MetroWest, Mass.
EDITORIAL: Words we’d like to hear more in 2012 -- There are other words — far more prosaic ones — that we’d like to hear more of in 2012, words that might signal improvement in our politics, culture and economy. For instance, our polarized civil discourse would benefit from more frequent use of the word “respect.” The Holland Sentinel (Mich.)
CHARLOTTE GUEDRY: Using your voice isn't enough -- Politics became heated in 2011 on so many levels, and people seemed to get frustrated with the entire process. “I love the President,” “I hate the President,”?“I love Obamacare,”?“I hate Obamacare.” Weekly Citizen (La.)
More columns and cartoons at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions
BIZ BITS: Preventing identity theft at tax time - Weekly business rail, with tips on preventing ID theft, BBB tips for businesses on gift returns and more. By GHNS.
* Localization tip: You could include a weekly tax tip from a local expert, have a business-related Q&A with a local expert or do a “business of the week” feature in which you highlight a local business.
MAKING CENTS: 12 resolutions for financial well-being - The Financial Planning Association of Massachusetts has published a list of 12 financial resolutions that the group's members feel will benefit all Americans. By John P. Napolitano, The Patriot Ledger.
More in tech and finance at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business
DIAMOND DIRT: Simple joy with baseball's anthem -- I never miss a moment during the seventh inning to sing our national pastime’s anthem, and if I randomly start whistling, chances are high it’ll be “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.” Dominic Genetti/ Hannibal Courier-Post (Mo.)
COLLEGE FOOTBALL NATION: Mike Gundy now seen as crazy smart - Mike Gundy was long viewed with a healthy amount of skepticism, to say the least. But now, under Gundy’s guidance, Oklahoma State has risen from afterthought in the Big 12 to national power. By Eric Avidon, MetroWest, Mass.
More in NFL and outdoors at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/sports
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