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For 12/26/08 editions
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BEST OF 2008: Check out our package of year-end best-of content. We've got a look at the best political moments of the year, several movie and music features, a roundup of the best weird news stories, a special look at 2009 and more. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x415884208/GateHouse-presents-Best-of-2008
SPECIFICS ON INAUGURATION PLANS: Find answers to your questions about the inauguration special section plans and more on ghnewsroom.com.
YEAR-END PACKAGES: Get ideas of how to involve readers, look at 2009 issues in year-end packages on ghnewsroom.com
NEW YEAR'S CONTENT: Check out our links package of New Year's Eve/New Year's Day content. Links will be added as new stories are posted. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/homepage/x16588296/New-Years-Eve-content
BOOMERS MAGAZINE: Check out our quarterly Boomers publication.
INTERACTIVE HOLIDAY GREETINGS: See how the State Journal-Register created an interactive holiday greeting opportunity for its readers.
MORNING MINUTES: Word of the Day, Web Site of the Day and Number to Know. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/morning_minutes
LOOKING UP: (moved early because of the holiday) What time is it? If you left your watch at home and the stars are out, just look up. You can learn at least a general idea of the hour knowing the time of year. (Note: Column moving early this week because of Christmas.) http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x1060483879/Looking-Up-Telling-time-under-the-stars
TABLE TALK: Children are no longer expected to be seen and not heard, to rise when visitors enter the room or to speak only when spoken to, but learning to mind their manners is still an ages-old, though updated, lesson taught today in the Boston area. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x946490759/Table-talk-How-kids-can-develop-manners
DR. MURRAY FEINGOLD: At times, the holiday season can be detrimental to your health. However, there are a number of measures that you can take that will help prevent this from happening. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/health/x1060487809/Dr-Murray-Feingold-Be-holiday-humble-about-keeping-healthy
DARIN ST. GEORGE: Don‚t make the wrong moves in the gym. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/health/x1647207084/Darin-St-George-What-am-I-doing-right
DR. JEFF HERSH: My dad was diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia, and the doctors said the best plan was to hold off on treatment and "wait and watch." Isn't leukemia a serious condition that needs treatment? http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/health/x946490709/Dr-Jeff-Hersh-Different-types-of-leukemia
SUDOKU PUZZLES: Latest installment is on the site.
POP QUIZ: Think you know the key moments of 2008 pop culture? Take this quiz to find out. (Story embargoed until Sunday.) http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/holidays_seasonal/x1277298782/Think-you-know-pop-culture-2008-Take-this-quiz-to-find-out
BEST OF 2008: The year’s best music http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/music/x260980715/
BEST OF 2008: Will Pfeifer takes a look at the best DVDs of the year. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/dvds_cds/x1737132599/Best-of-2008-The-years-best-DVDs
TOP 18 MOVIES OF THE YEAR: Ed Symkus weighs in with his picks for 2008.
TOP MOVIES OF THE YEAR: Al Alexander takes a look at the year‚s best movies. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x1060485219/Best-of-2008-Ledger-Downey-Slumdog-lead-the-way-in-a-year-of-great-movie-moments
--With list of the good, bad and ugly: http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x16585256/Best-of-2008-The-best-and-worst-of-this-year-s-movies
‘WRESTLER’ DIRECTOR: Profile on Darren Aronofsky, who packs a punch in his film, starring Mickey Rourke. SYMKUS, CNC
‘WRESTLER’ REVIEW: Rourke and Tomei a winning tag team in 'Wrestler'. ALEXANDER, LEDGER
‘BENJAMIN BUTTON’ REVIEW: 'Gump' wannabe 'Benjamin Button' doesn't even have a hot Brad Pitt working for it. ALEXANDER, LEDGER
‘GRAN TORINO’ REVIEW: Vintage Eastwood drives 'Gran Torino.' http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x946488670/Vintage-Eastwood-drives-Gran-Torino
‘VALKYRIE’ REVIEW: Tom Cruise weakens weak 'Valkyrie.' http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x946488663/Cruise-weakens-weak-Valkyrie
MYSTERY OF LIFE: Crime author Margaret Press, of Salem, finds inspiration in the everyday. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x946490720/The-mystery-of-life-Crime-author-finds-inspiration-in-the-everyday
O’MAHONEY CARTOON: On returning gifts and Obama. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts_cartoons/x1060483916/OMahoney-cartoon-On-returning-Christmas-presents
BRITT: Toon on taxpayers getting soaked by bailouts.
PHILIP MADDOCKS: Embattled AIG will put its CEO up for sale in an attempt to raise capital.
WOOD ON WORDS: As time passes, so do the meanings of words - A few days ago we found out whether we had been bad or good. This week we’ll resolve to be better. Time marches on.
ELIZABETH DAVIES: These resolutions will stick - I’m not even trying to lose weight for the New Year this time around. Never mind that I’m waddling into 2009 about eight months pregnant, so weight loss is pretty much an intangible dream right now. The reality is, I’ve lived through New Year’s resolutions long enough to know that wanting to lose 10 pounds in January isn’t the same as actually doing it.
LLOYD GARVER: I can't be the only person who feels that the end of 2008 has dragged on and on. It seems like 2008 will never end. Doesn't it seem like it's been the longest year ever? http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x1647206289/Lloyd-Garver-2008-not-so-great#
RICK HOLMES: Tough choices on the economy for President-elect Barack Obama, America's next CEO. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x16588335/Rick-Holmes-Tough-choices-for-Obama-Americas-new-CEO
BOB ELLIS: Ode to a New Year’s resolution.
EDITORIAL: The legacy of Mark Felt's bold secret - Without the help of Mark Felt, one of this nation's great political scandals might have ended quite differently. But despite conflicted loyalties and unknowable pressures, Felt took a stand on behalf of truth, accountability and the law. An editorial from the Peoria Journal Star.
FOOTBALL BRIEFS: PFW news on the Patriots, Titans, Texans and Browns, plus the latest Fantasy Buzz. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/sports/pro/football/fantasy_football/x16588215/Football-briefs-Prospect-of-running-another-club-growing-on-Pioli
MIKE NADEL: 2008 was annoying, crazy, inspirational sports year
INSIDE THE LINES: Peoria Journal Star Sports Editor Bill Liesse takes an irreverent look at this weekend’s NFL games. Will be posted this evening.
SUNDAY QUICK SHOTS: By Matt Trowbridge of the Rockford Register Star. Will be posted Saturday evening for use Sunday.
THIS YEAR IN WEIRD: A roundup of the year's best weird news stories, as reported by GateHouse newspapers. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x1060480653/This-Year-in-Weird
WHAT’S IN/WHAT’S OUT: Isn’t it fine? It’s 2009! Your guide to what's in and what's out - Is it really possible that another year has already gone by? Well, aging is out, so we’d rather not admit it — but it’s true, 2009 looms just around the bend. And that means it’s time for us to bring you your annual update on what’s in and out in society, politics, the arts, sports and life in general. CNC, Chianca et al, on wire now
OBAMA’S TEAM: Who's who in Obama's White House. Here’s a list that we’re continually updating: Rahm Emanuel, Valerie Jarrett, Ronald A. Klain, Phil Sciliro, David Axelrod, Robert Gibbs, Ellen Moran, Dan Pfeiffer, Lawrence Summers, Timothy Geithner, Melody Barnes, Christina Romer, Heather A. Higginbottom, Alyssa Mastromonaco, Peter Orszag, Rob Nabors, Austan Goolsbee, Paul Volcker, Jonathan Favreau, Cecilia Muñoz, Hillary Clinton, Eric Holder, James Jones, Robert Gates, Janet Napolitano, Susan Rice, Louis Caldera, Bill Richardson, Eric K. Shinseki, Tom Daschle, Jeanne M. Lambrew, Arne Duncan, Tom Vilsack and Ken Salazar. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/politics_elections/x466656920/
INAUGURATION: Check out our links package of the prepared preview page of the inauguration, as well as other content. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x1009174358/Inauguration-preview-page-and-original-content
AIRING GRIEVANCES: Lawmakers air grievances with Blagojevich in impeachment hearings - SPRINGFIELD – It's enough to make Frank Costanza proud. A special committee of House lawmakers has just spent several days "airing grievances" with Gov. Rod Blagojevich, not far from the tall, blue aluminum pole standing in the Capitol rotunda -- both part of the fictional Festivus holiday the character created on the popular 'Seinfeld' sitcom a decade ago. By Ryan Keith of the State Capitol bureau. For use Monday, Dec. 29.
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BIZ BITS: Weekly rail, leads with resolving to manage your credit in 2009. Also includes Forbes list of the richest fictional characters and more.
FEWER HOLIDAY RETURNS: Gift cards lessen post-holiday returns - SPRINGFIELD – Some businesses say they no longer anticipate a post-Christmas rush of returns and exchanges of unwanted holiday presents due in part to the popularity of gift-card giving. With gift cards, people can be their own “Santas.” By Tamara Browning of the State Journal-Register.
GEARING UP FOR RETURNS: Many happy returns: Stores ready for different kind of rush - ROCKFORD – Now that the rush for Christmas gifts is done, stores are preparing for a whole new slew of traffic from holiday returns. Although the National Retail Federation’s 2008 holiday returns survey stated 65.2 percent of gift recipients did not return any gifts last year, stores still are adjusting their return policies to be more accommodating to gift returnees. By Sean F. Driscoll of the Rockford Register Star.
RESTAURANTS AND NUTRITION INFO: Standardized nutrition info may be next on restaurants' menus - ROCKFORD – Denise Nanni seeks the nutrition information for food when she dines out. It’s one step in her plan to stay healthy after being diagnosed as diabetic 14 years ago. More restaurants nationally are providing nutrition information either at the restaurants or online, said Mike Donohue, vice president of media relations for the National Restaurant Association. The problem lies in that individual states, counties and cities have passed different rules for calculating and posting the information. Legislation was introduced in Chicago, for instance, but not enacted. By Melissa Westphal of the Rockford Register Star.
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