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NFL PREVIEW TAB: Check out our 2009 NFL preview, with copy from the pros at Pro Football Weekly.
FAMILY MAGAZINE: Our September edition is available on the news service.
MORNING MINUTES: We've expanded what we're offering in Morning Minutes to provide your paper with more options and to give your readers a couple more interesting tidbits. It now includes Word of the Day, Web Site of the Day, Number to Know, This Day in History, Today’s Featured Birthday and Daily Quote.
FLEXIBLE FITNESS: Injuries associated with playing musical instruments – It is estimated that 47 percent of adults and 17 percent of high school instrumental musicians experience playing-related musculoskeletal injuries. Despite such prevalence, these injuries often get ignored and may last a number of years.
RAMADAN REVEALED: Muslims prepare to celebrate Islam's holiest month - As the Muslim population in the U.S. has grown, the Islamic holy month of Ramadan has become a fixture on the nation’s religious calendar. But most non-Muslims remain unfamiliar with Ramadan’s meaning and practices. Here's a primer. By Lane Lambert, Ledger.
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- LOCALIZE IT: Substitute or add quotes from Muslim leaders in your area.
DARIN ST. GEORGE: Place your bets on making a change -- Do you remember the first bet you ever made? It could have been, "I bet I can run to the bus stop faster than you can" or "I bet my team will beat your team in the big game!" As time goes on, you learn to dictate terms and conditions and things such as "10 bucks" or "you have to do my laundry for a month" hang in the balance.
DR. MURRAY FEINGOLD: Child-rearing practices then and now -- Recently, I was reading an old family scrapbook and came across a newspaper story about an accident I was in at age 13.
CLERGY A SECOND CAREER: For a growing number of clergy, doing God's work is a second career - SPRINGFIELD – The Rev. Shawn Denney of St. Luke’s parish is part of a growing trend among clergy. Denney, who retired from the attorney general's office to devote all his time to his priesthood, is among those that are pursuing spreading the word of God as a second career. Pulpit & Pew, a pastoral leadership initiative through the Duke Divinity School, estimates that 56 percent of current senior or sole pastors of congregations are in their second careers, and that has been a growing trend for all mainline denominations for the last three decades. By Steven Spearie of the State Journal-Register.
DECORATING YOUR BACKYARD ON THE CHEAP: SPRINGFIELD – The backyard at the home of Les and Cathy Hohenstein is the epitome of “beauty on a budget,” thanks mostly to Les’ resourceful ways. If a landscape item wasn’t dug out of a trash bin, retrieved from someone’s trash or bought at a reduced price, it’s probably not part of the Hohensteins’ English garden-influenced backyard. By Tamara Browning of the State Journal-Register.
5 THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND: From a couple of cool movies to celebrating a senior in your life on Senior Citizen’s Day, check out these ideas. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x1886171121/5-Things-to-Do-This-Weekend-Aug-21-23
SUDOKU: Puzzles for September (435-462) are available for download. Previous puzzles are linked to in this file, or visit our Puzzles category.
KATHRYN REM: A tour of filmmaker Hughes’ Chicago spots - CHICAGO – On the day I snapped a photo of the Winnetka house where the movie “Home Alone” was filmed, director John Hughes died. I had wanted to visit Hughes movie locations for years. But it was only this month that motivation and unused vacation time intersected, propelling me north for a long weekend in and around Chicago, the city so beautifully showcased in many of Hughes’ films.
AT THE MOVIES: Check out our collection of movie content this week. Includes reviews, Flicks column and Sneak Peak.
BASTERDS REVIEW: Tarantino goes to war with 'Inglourious Basterds' - The Good, The Bad and The Nazi. That could be the subtitle for Quentin Tarantino's latest foray into sweet and tender filmmaking, "Inglourious Basterds." By Bob Tremblay.
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SNEAK PEAK: 'Inglourious Basterds' and other movies opening this week. By Al Alexander.
FLICKS: It’s open season on Nazis in “Inglourious Basterds” -- The wideworldinterwebnets tells me Quentin Tarantino’s new movie, “Inglourious Basterds,” is a remake of a cornball movie of the same -- well, similar -- name, in 1978, or 1977, depending which version you’re talking about.
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Post Grad’ follows predictable script -- Vanilla. If it was OK to do a one-word movie review, that’s how this one would remain. And that word would capture every lack of nuance, each predictable “plot twist,” all of the standard one-liners, romantic ups and downs, and cat poop jokes that clutter the clunky, slapped-together script that wants to pass as a not-very-subtle collection of life lessons. Ed Symkus
MOVIE REVIEW: 'Thirst' a bizarre twist on vampire flicks -- Roman Catholic priest Sang Hyun volunteers in an experimental study of a killer virus. After a series of supposedly life-saving blood transfusions, he¹s the only survivor among 50 volunteers, he¹s covered with horrifically ugly blisters, he coughs up blood, he¹s gained an acute sense of smell, and, oh yeah, he’s become a vampire. Ed Symkus
MOVIE REVIEW: Tarantino marches to victory in 'Inglourious Basterds' – How does one do justice to a movie as warped, wacky and way out there as Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Inglourious Basterds’? Truth is, you can’t. That’s how glorious this bastardized version of World War II history becomes, as the master of pulp fiction leads us on a genre-hopping journey rife with wit and surprise. Alexander
MUSIC SCENE: Li’l Ed still bringing his fun blues to the masses - If there's one thing Li’l Ed Williams has done throughout his 25-year career, it has been to prove how lively and how much fun the blues can be. By Jay N. Miller, Ledger.
ELECTRIC GUITAR: ‘It Might Get Loud’ gets up close and personal with three legendary rock guitarists - Lifelong rock ’n roll fan Davis Guggenheim chose Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page, The Edge from U2 and Jack White of the White Stripes and Raconteurs for a documentary about the music’s signature instrument, the electric guitar. The 90-minute film weaves together all of their personal stories and devotion to the instrument, both in individual vignettes and in an extraordinary three-way conversation and jam session. By Jay N. Miller, Ledger.
VIDEO VAULT: Spielberg has fun with tale of impostor -- Steven Spielberg’s big, serious movies get all the attention and acclaim, but truth be told, they’re not his finest films. Spielberg is at his best when he focuses on entertaining his audience.
GRANLUND CARTOON: Scotland's release of the Lockerbie bomber
GRANLUND CARTOON: Obama's vacation
O’MAHONEY CARTOON: On the Obama family's Martha’s Vineyard vacation.
CONROY CARTOON: On the national debt
WOOD ON WORDS: A grand and gritty look at rock-inspired terms - As I dug into earth terms for this series of columns, I was struck by how many begin with “gr-.” Last week I wrote about “gravel” and “grit,” and on July 12 about “ground” — and I’ve only scratched the surface.
MICHAEL TORTORICH: Town hall meetings should be encouraged -- The town-hall meeting is back and sweeping the nation. The setting is older than the United States itself, dating to the 1600s when community members would come together to work over policies and budgets for their towns.
KEVIN FRISH: One library lover’s shelf life -- Who among us wasn’t astounded, as a child, when the rules of the library were first explained? Take any book we want? Return it when we’re done? And pay nothing? Too good to be true. I became an instant library aficionado.
KENT BUSH: Obama strategy may have derailed national health care – Like George W. Bush in a flight suit on the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln under a "Mission Accomplished" banner announcing the end of major combat action in Iraq six years ago, Obama should don a pair of scrubs and announce the end to any realistic chance to pass significant and effective health care reform.
PHILIP MADDOCKS: Republican leaders hope Tony Dungy will convince Sen. Ensign not to seek re-election.
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ELIZABETH DAVIES: Plus-size dating show more than distasteful -- When I first saw previews for the new Fox reality show “More to Love,” a bad taste began to form in my mouth. While I knew I didn’t like it, I wasn’t sure what specifically didn’t sit right with me about this plus-sized “Bachelor”-inspired show.
EDITORIAL: Terrorist’s release inflicts more pain on survivors - Compassion for families who lost loved ones in the 1988 crash of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, and a dire sense of injustice makes it impossible to condone the Scotland’s decision to free the only person arrested in the crime. The Patriot Ledger.
EDITORIAL: Justice, not compassion for airplane bomber - Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi was convicted of blowing up an airplane full of people in 1988, murdering 259 people on board and 11 on the ground. Of those who died in Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, 189 were Americans. The former Libyan intelligence agent was brought to trial late - 13 years after the bombing - and now he's getting out of jail early, just eight years into a 27-year minimum sentence. An editorial from the Peoria Journal Star.
THIS WEEK IN WEIRD: A foot-licking criminal, a Slim Jim-wielding criminal, animal stories and more in this week’s edition.
LOCKERBIE 1: 'That fellow did not have any compassion': Victim's mother responds to bomber's release -- Just 20 years after that flight exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland, and less than 10 years after Abdel Baset al-Megrahi was sentenced to life in prison for his role in the deaths of 270 people onboard and on the ground, the Scottish government released the convicted terrorist Thursday on “compassionate grounds” related to his deteriorating health.
LOCKERBIE 2: Father reacts to news that Lockerbie bomber is released from prison -- The release from prison Thursday of the only person convicted in the 1988 bombing that killed 270 people aboard a Pan Am flight over Lockerbie, Scotland, angered and outraged victims’ relatives, who said they were left feeling wronged again.
HEALTH CARE TOWN HALL: California congressman calls Obama health care plan threat to democracy -- Republican Congressman Wally Herger held a health care town hall meeting Tuesday at Simpson University in Redding, Calif., where a partisan crowd of more than 2,000 people loudly cheered Herger’s position that a public option was “unacceptable.”
NASTY SAND: Study: Playing in the sand could make you sick - University of North Carolina researchers recently released a study that found that many people – especially children – are more likely to get gastrointestinal illnesses after playing in the sand, than those who do not. By Jessica Bartlett, Patriot Ledger.
- LOCALIZE IT: There is one local reference - swap that out for a comment from a beachgoer in your area.
Business / Ag
DAVE RAMSEY: Weekly financial Q&A, with items on house short sales and credit checks.
BIZ BITS: Weekly business rail, with a tip about cybercrime, BBB warning about a lottery scam and more.
CHECKOUT LANE: Here’s the rub about choosing shampoo - Sue Canavan, owner of Aura Salon in Quincy, Mass., advises to people to get a recommendation from a hair salon about what shampoo would be best for their hair. By Brent Lang, Ledger.
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MAKING CENTS: Give volatile investments needed time - Running projections to see if you are adequately funded for retirement can create a gratifying feeling if the calculations work out. Knowing that your lifestyle can be maintained or enhanced feels good. But it still doesn't tell you exactly what accounts you should be withdrawing from and in what sequence or amount. By John P. Napolitano.
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NASCAR: Saturday night slugfest – previews the race at Bristol.
PETER SILAS PASQUA: Favre saga continues -- Brett Favre is the greatest quarterback to ever put on a uniform. His stats speak for themselves, and his good-ol' boy persona continues to be refreshing in what is known as the NFL. If I ever have a kid and name him Lil' J.P. after my dad, I hope he grows up to be just like Favre.
BIG TEN PREVIEW: Teams hope extending regular season will help in bowl games - CHAMPAIGN – Maybe playing football in December can help the Big Ten Conference in January. What does the conference have to lose? After failing to post a winning record in bowl season over the last six years – including last winter's dismal 1-6 showing – the Big Ten may follow the lead of Illinois coach Ron Zook and Wisconsin's Bret Bielema, who have scheduled non-conference games in December. The idea is that by reducing the number of days between the end of the regular season and a bowl game, Big Ten teams might lose less timing and stay sharper. By John Supinie. Embargoed until Sunday, Aug. 23.
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