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For 3/23/09 editions
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HEALTH WATCH: Are you getting enough essential fatty acids? Weekly health rail, with items on the importance of omega-3s, a debate over prostate cancer screenings, and exercise tips for the chronically ill.
HEALTH PAGE: Hospital uniforms ID people
HEALTH VIDEO: Video games that get you fit.
HEAD INJURIES: Actress Natasha Richardson's death puts spotlight on head injuries
WAYNE WESCOTT: Try interval walking for better fitness - Walking is an excellent exercise for burning calories and for improving cardiovascular fitness. Recent research has revealed that fast walking is superior to slow walking, especially for reducing abdominal fat. Ledger
REPURPOSING STUFF: Concerns about economy, environment inspire repurposing - The economic tailspin combined with renewed concern for the environment has birthed the new "repurposing" movement - something Missy Shepler has been doing since childhood when she begged to stay up past bedtime to learn crafts at grandma's kitchen table. The late-night lessons stuck. Today, Shepler spends her free time filling her Chillicothe home with braided rugs made from old jeans, quilts made from scraps and other decorative, yet useful, inspirations. By Jennifer Davis of the Peoria Journal Star.
LORETTA LAROCHE: Seen any regular, old-fashioned white toothpaste? Ledger
DIDGERIDOO LESSONS: How do you play the didgeridoo? - Raspy warbles mixed with low drones at the New School of Music during a recent didgeridoo workshop as participants worked on learning the Australian instrument. Cambridge Chronicle/TAB, with video and photos
GARY BROWN: With spring comes a curiosity about love
JOHN CENA PROFILE: John Cena wrestles his way onto the big screen: Before John Cena was a WWE superstar, the West Newbury, Mass., native headed west with a résumé that included eight years of high school and college football. He found work at a Gold’s Gym, where someone took note of his look – a blond Mohawk, a square jaw and bright blue eyes – and suggested that he get into professional wrestling. CNC, Symkus, with photos
WILL PFEIFER: AMC's 'Breaking Bad' cooks up hope
LICCAR CARTOON: Spring break in today's economy
JEFF VRABEL: Exciting advancements in the study of lasers - The defense contractor Northrop Grumman Corp.said last week that its engineers have developed an electric laser gun, one that is capable of shooting lasers out of a gun into other objects, like stormtroopers, the Planet Alderaan and all of the top executives of AIG.
CHARITA GOSHAY: You can't spell aggravation without A, I and G
JEFF RAY: Recession equals inspiration - Historically, engineers have stepped up. Adversity has fueled innovation. Today's circumstance - call it a recession, depression, disruption or collapse - is no different. Though painful, it will redistribute talent around better ideas and lay the groundwork for a robust recovery. MetroWest, guest column, with art
EDITORIAL: Taxpayers deserve to know exact cost of bailouts - As the nation's economy sputters along, the Obama administration is trying to craft plans to rescue struggling banks, weighted down by bad mortgages and other "toxic assets." The continued banking woes that launched the current crisis bring to mind the savings and loan debacle of the late 1980s and early 1990s, the last large-scale federal effort to right the toppling finance industry with a massive bailout, though one that was tame by comparison. An editorial from the Peoria Journal Star.
STIMULUS CREDIT: Obama's stimulus credit is there ... you just have to look hard - Unless you look closely, you might not notice, but part of the federal stimulus bill is starting to appear in most people's paychecks. MetroWest, Wasserman
OBAMA VS. FDR: Work in Progress: How Obama's recovery plan compares to FDR's - Created in 1935 by President Franklin Roosevelt, the WPA initially called the Works Progress Administration was the largest of the New Deal agencies designed to reinvigorate a moribund economy. Between 1935 and 1943, it provided eight million jobs that led to the building of roads, public buildings and public works at a cost of more than $10 billion over the same period. MetroWest, Bergeron, with video and photos
FEDERAL EARMARKS: Unpopular, but necessary for certain projects - If not for federal earmarks, Rockford might still be waiting for construction to start on its new U.S. courthouse. Planners might not have recently finished a commuter-rail study. And officials might not have gotten the money to finish a study of work needed around Alpine Dam ROCKFORD
To localize: What projects in your area are a result of earmarks?
GUN SALES RISE: Fears about crime, economy trigger gun sales - In Massachusetts and across America, the recent surge in gun buying has been fueled by fears that President Obama will restrict gun rights, and by creeping anxiety about crime and the economy.
Ledger, Kelly, with photos
AL-MARRI IN COURT: Former West Peorian Ali al-Marri, who has long rebutted claims he's an al-Qaida sleeper agent, will be in U.S. District Judge Michael Mihm's courtroom Monday, where he'll likely enter a plea of not guilty to new allegations that he conspired with others to and actually did help the terrorist organization. Mihm will also likely set a trial date. By Andy Kravetz of the Peoria Journal Star. Will be posted this evening.
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BACK TO CLASS: Unemployment sends workers back to class - – With Illinois’ unemployment rate at a 26-year high of nearly 8 percent, more people are turning to technical schools and community colleges to learn new skills. They’re turning to places such as the Midwest Technical Institute in Springfield, which reports a significant increase in enrollment of displaced workers, and Lincoln Land Community College, where the head of the truck-driving school says he’s swamped with applicants. SPRINGFIELD
To localize: Are technical schools and community colleges in your area seeing an increase in applications? Replace unemployment numbers with your state’s numbers.
BE WHERE THE JOBS ARE: When Darin Berglund was laid off from Camcar in October, he took all the right steps to find a new job, with no luck. This year, the 43-year-old Army veteran decided to take a class in computer numerical controlled machining, or CNC. The 10-week session, run by Techworks and paid for by the state, will give him a skill that’s much in demand by manufacturers in the Rock River Valley. Berglund faces a dilemma that’s vexing workers who want to learn new skills and the agencies pushing re-education: What jobs will be waiting on the other end of a long, potentially expensive, training class? ROCKFORD
To localize: What retraining opportunities are available for laid-off workers in your area?
ONLINE GAME SHOW: Entrepreneur wants you to 'State Your Case' on live online game show - Eric Friedberg says It’s Easy to Win is the first live online game show. Eric Friedberg presses the random contestant button on the console in the basement studio of It’s Easy to Win, a Newton company that produces a live online game show. MetroWest, Tremblay, with photo
MAKING CENTS: Retirees still have time to make changes to financial - The lousy economy and shaky investment markets have everyone concerned - but few people are more concerned than the retired or those about to retire. There are a few ways that I'd like to share to build an income base that may be a bit more tolerable of market fluctuation. Ledger
CHECKOUT LANE: A safe can protect valuables from fire, thieves - As the stock market plummets, you may be inclined to stuff your money under your mattress. A mattress may not be such a good idea, but a safe can protect your valuables from burglars and fire.
Ledger, Onufrak, with photohttp://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x110659577/Checkout-Lane-A-safe-can-protect-valuables-from-fire-thieves
NASCAR PAGE: Does experience on short tracks help at Martinsville? Not always.
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