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WAKE UP CALL!: Are colleges teaching inappropriate content?
5 QUESTIONS: Raynham (Mass.) reporter named top weekly journalist in New England
KIDZBUZZ: Telling time and "spring forward"
REAL ESTATE PAGE: Renting your home
MARCH RADARFROG PAGE: Save on car rentals
MARCH RADARFROG COUPON BOOK: Be your own handyman; get rid of pests naturally
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
SUNSHINE WEEK: Promo ads, infographics and more for the celebration of open government
-- NOTE: Sunshine Week is March 13-19
BASKETBALL PLAYER DIES: High school basketball player dies after hitting winning shot - A moment of jubilation for hundreds of basketball fans turned to horror Thursday night as junior Wes Leonard collapsed on the court after celebrating his team’s dramatic victory Thursday night. About two hours later, the 16-year-old Leonard died. By Jon Schultz, Holland, Mich.
DELECTABLE DISCOVERY: Marzetti's Simply Dressed salad dressing --I’ve never found a store-bought ginger dressing I could get excited about. Until now. Marzetti’s new Simply Dressed salad dressings includes a Ginger Sesame that is the best I’ve ever come across in a supermarket. Jennifer Mastroianni/ Canton Repository (Ohio)
EASY RECIPE: Apple Pizza -- Chuck Moran from Illinois e-mailed his Apple Pizza recipe, which he found in a restaurant on a fishing trip to Oregon. Jim Hillibish/ Canton Repository (Ohio)
50 DISHES BY 50: Seafood Gumbo is perfect after polar bear swim -- I chose seafood gumbo as this week’s 50 by 50 recipe two reasons. First, Fat Tuesday is next week. This is a perfect dish to serve in honor of Mardi Gras. Second, it’s a known fact that when you practically freeze to death, you should eat something hot and spicy to warm yourself from the inside out. Jennifer Mastroianni / Canton Repository (Ohio)
BIBLE DONATIONS: Christian books find new homes overseas thanks to Illinois charity - Love Packages ensures that people around the globe have Bibles and other Christian reading materials. By Tamara Browning, Springfield, Ill.
* Localization tip: Are there any charities in your area that do similar work? You could do a sidebar on them.
LOOKING UP: Moon gets in way of the bull - Weekly astronomy column: We’ve heard of the cow that jumped over the moon. In tonight’s evening sky, there’s a celestial bull (Taurus) riding high, and the moon is about to plow right in front of him. Watch out, moon. By Peter Becker, Hawley, Pa.
WOOD ON WORDS: Perplexing pronouns cause confusion - The main function of pronouns is to keep us from repeating nouns. They’re supposed to be helpful, yet they end up causing so many problems. By Barry Wood, Rockford, Ill.
ELIZABETH DAVIES: Most workers still willing to do jobs - Some jobs, it seems, just aren’t worth doing. We should have seen it coming when Charlie Sheen’s publicist resigned this week. Apparently even the best in Hollywood can only spin so hard. By Elizabeth Davies, Rockford, Ill.
KENT BUSH: God is making us wait for our adopted son -- We expected to be heading back to Ethiopia to take custody of our son three to six weeks after returning from the first trip. That won't happen. It might not happen for three to six months. Augusta Gazette (Kan.)
FARR SIDE: Adele expands signature sound - Thank you, Adele, for toppling Justin Bieber’s “Never Say Never: The Remixes” from Billboard’s No. 1 album position. By David T. Farr, Sturgis, Mich.
MUSIC SCENE: An engaging look into Rodney Crowell’s life - After decades as a popular performer, successful record producer and acclaimed songwriter at the heart of the alternative country movement, Rodney Crowell wanted to try something different. By Jay N. Miller, The Patriot Ledger.
RANGO REVIEW: Movie review: ‘Rango’ may be first animated flick to make your blood run cold - A master of weird and eclectic characters – Edward Scissorhands, Capt. Jack Sparrow, Mad Hatter, Willy Wonka – Johnny Depp is an acting chameleon, able to convincingly morph into any role. In the animated flick “Rango,” Depp’s latest oddball role is literally a chameleon. By Dana Barbuto, The Patriot Ledger.
MOVIE REVIEW: There’s little beauty in ‘Beastly’ -- Typical teen tripe, “Beastly” is as monstrous to watch as it sounds. Making things barely tolerable are a Gothed-to-the-max Mary-Kate Olsen and a hammy Neil Patrick Harris, who gets the film’s least embarrassing lines. By Dana Barbuto/ The Patriot Ledger (Boston)
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Kaboom’ makes an odd bang -- The latest bit of insanity from filmmaker Gregg Araki mixes hot guys, hot babes and copious amounts of angst and sex into an explosive thermonuclear cocktail called “Kaboom.” Al Alexander/ The Patriot Ledger
CHARLAINE HARRIS: Interview with best-selling author Charlaine Harris - Yes, Charlaine Harris is a New York Times best-selling author. Yes, she is quickly becoming a household name in conversations from quilting circles to high school hallways both through her writing and the advent of HBO’s “True Blood” based on her Sookie Stackhouse novels. Yes. It “only” took her a quarter century to attain this level of popularity. And, yes, she is talented — very, very talented. By DA Kentner, Freeport, Ill.
GRANLUND CARTOON: March Madness and bosses. By Dave Granlund, GHNS cartoonist.
GRANLUND CARTOON: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and state worker layoffs. By Dave Granlund, GHNS cartoonist.
EDITORIAL: No one ever promised that following the Constitution would be easy - The heart says one thing, the head another on the U.S. Supreme Court's 8-1 decision that members of a Kansas church - OK, cult or hate group may be more like it - have a First Amendment right to protest at soldiers' funerals based, of all things, on their contempt for homosexuality and what they perceive as God's punishment for this nation's tolerance of it. Of course it makes no sense. In America you're free to make no sense. By Peoria, Ill.
PHILIP MADDOCKS: Gov. Walker intensifies efforts to succumb to large business owners -- Tens of thousands of protesters swarmed the state Capitol building in Wisconsin on Thursday. Then Gov. Scott Walker ordered the people to return home or face the possibility that the governor would push through more tax breaks for businesses that would further add to the state’s budget deficit. MetroWest Daily News (Mass.)
ERIC P. BLOOM: How to give performance reviews - Performance reviews are one of the most important things a manager can do for the people in his department. Take them seriously, complete them on time and be honest, constructive, critical, complimentary and sincere. Just like you have probably read and re-read your annual reviews, so will your subordinates. By Eric P. Bloom, GHNS columnist.