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WAKE UP CALL!: Should teens be banned from tanning?
NEWSROOM PROFILE: Messenger Post Media (N.Y.)
BEST OF GATEHOUSE: Entry deadline is tomorrow, March 1
SPRING HOME & GARDEN: Seasonal tab has advice on spring decor, a spring-to-fall lawn care timeline and tips on checking your house for winter damage
ST. PATRICK'S DAY CALLOUT: For photos of parades and other green parties
-- ST. PATRICK'S DAY PAGE
KIDZBUZZ: Read Across America Day March 2
NEW GOLF PAGE: Products for the upcoming season
NEW PROM PAGE: Dress trends
FAT TUESDAY CALLOUT: Get reader recipes for Mardi Gras, March 8
SUNSHINE WEEK: Promo ads, infographics and more for the celebration of open government
-- NOTE: Sunshine Week is March 13-19
HEALTH WATCH: Dispelling spring allergy myths -- Weekly health page with items on spring allergy myths, self-injury videos on YouTube, a Gulf Coast oil spill study and more. By GHNS
OLD MEDS: Clear out the medicine cabinet, safely dispose of medication -- Do you know how to properly dispose of your unwanted or expired medications? Spring is almost here, and you'll want to clear your medicine cabinet of these medications taking up space. Megan Davis and David Mikus/ State Journal-Register (Ill.)
* Localization tip: Replace with information from your state's poison control center and medical professionals, and include local poison control emergency number.
RECIPE: Quinoa dubbed 'super grain of the future' -- Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) is an ancient food that is catching on like wildfire in North America. Quinoa was a staple of the Ancient Incas, who called it “the mother grain.” Jennifer Mastroianni/ Canton (Ohio) Repository
GARY BROWN: Telluride, Colo., has beauty, spirituality and skiing -- The latter was a T-shirt I spotted in a clothing store in Telluride, Colo. Artwork accompanying the words pictured a skier on the edge of a steep slope, nearly out of control. Anyone who skis knows the feeling and felt the aftermath. Canton (Ohio) Repository
PETER COSTA: Blizzards warm forecasters’ hearts -- After record snowfalls measured with javelins instead of rulers, I blame this winter on The Revenge of the Meteorologists. The weather forecasters bounce into their weather reports at 6, noon and 11 with the fervor of a millennialist who sees the latest atmospheric assault as clear evidence of the “end of days.” MetroWest Daily News (Mass.)
JEFF VRABEL: Drunken German owl is the story of the year - I wish I was in Germany a few weeks ago, not just for the lush beaches and abundant sunshine but because there was an owl who got loaded on schnapps and screwed up traffic for like an hour. If you can find a part of that sentence that isn't awesome, we wouldn't have much to talk about at lunch. By Jeff Vrabel, GHNS columnist.
ABIGAIL BRESLIN: Abigail Breslin is like any other teen fan of vampire flicks - She might be an Oscar-nominated actress and a voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, but Abigail Breslin - one of the voices in the upcoming "Rango" - loves the teen vampire flicks “Twilight” as much an any other 14-year-old girl. By Dana Barbuto, The Patriot Ledger.
BOOK REVIEW: 'Caribou Island' a masterful tale of heartbreak, horror - Thirty years ago, Gary and Irene moved to Alaska, to the remote and rugged Kenai Peninsula, whose wilderness held out the promise of possibilities without fetter. By Margaret Smith, CNC, Mass.
BRITT CARTOON: Moammar Gadhafi vs. Charlie Sheen. By Chris Britt, Springfield, Ill.
GRANLUND CARTOON: Snow melts, but now flooding is a problem. By Dave Granlund, GHNS cartoonist.
O'MAHONEY CARTOON: Winter's last stand. By O’Mahoney, The Patriot Ledger.
EDITORIAL: Dancing with the deficit - Republicans and Democrats are arguing about cuts in the 12 percent sliver of the federal budget - non-defense discretionary spending - that has little to do with the deficit. Both are calling for an "adult conversation" on deficits and debt, but they haven't started talking about the big issues. By MetroWest, Mass.
CURT SMITH: The lessons of Chris Lee -- In our warp-speed age, he took three hours and 18 minutes to resign: Next day, as Gannett columnist Mark Hare noted, a Google search for “congressman Lee” or “shirtless Lee” sired a stunning 202,000 results. Messenger Post (N.Y.)
Business / auto
GREG ZYLA: American car company history 101 - Now that Ford, GM and Chrysler are improving, can you give us some background on the car companies in America? How many were there in the beginning? By Greg Zyla, GHNS columnist.
* This column contains a letter from Massachusetts.
AUTO BITS: A mature dude's guide to roaming the highways - Weekly auto rail, with road trip tips, 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.
SHOESTRING LIVING: Q&A on multiple income streams - The model for the typical American career path has changed. The “gold watch” no longer symbolizes loyalty and longevity, but instead opportunity gone undiscovered. In order to secure financial futures, folks are less inhibited when it comes to job changes, and more willing to develop multiple streams of income. Pinyo Bhulipongsanon, founder of the personal financial site www.Moolanomy.com, lets us in on the basics of multiple income streams. By Molly Logan Anderson, GHNS columnist.
National budget 2.28.11
GateHouse News Service National Budget