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-- MAY RADARFROG PAGE: Make your outdoor furniture last.
-- WEEKLY HEALTH PAGE: More younger patients getting new knees, hips.
-- WEEKLY AUTO PAGE: Hyundai's Equus sedan a big step forward.
-- WEEKLY NASCAR PAGE: Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s roller-coaster ride.
-- READER CALLOUT: Submit your spring photos.

MORNING MINUTES: Includes Word of the Day, Web Site of the Day, Number to Know, This Day in History, Today’s Featured Birthday and Daily Quote.

HEALTH WATCH: What women should know about infertility -- Weekly health rail, with items on fertility, how even mild exercise helps the critically ill, tips for deciding if you need dietary supplements, and more.

TRAVEL: Wallops Flight Facility is NASA in microcosm -- When it comes to NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops, Va., just about everything they do there is rocket science. Set up at the end of World War II as an aeronautical research station, Wallops morphed into a major technology center at the beginning of the space age. It continues that work today.

KENNETH KNEPPER: Lawn care tips for those with less than green thumbs -- Years ago, it became painfully apparent I was no green-thumb gardener when a watering accident sent a cactus to that great desert in the sky.

JULIE FAY: Getting the most out of the dog days of spring -- I like dogs, from a distance, but I don’t have the same devotion to our four-legged friends that my daughter does. In autism-speak, her obsession with dogs is called a “perseverative area of interest,” and it can take over her thinking and conversations.

KEVIN FRISCH: Taking a hint on fashion faux pas -- I have a rather unfashionable item of apparel: A particular pair of striped pants. I've had them for going on 20 years, which, if you were to lay eyes on them, you would not need me to tell you. In fact, even if you were blind, you wouldn't need me to tell you; you could discern their unstylishness simply by listening to the responses they elicit.

GARY BROWN: I do my best thinking in the shower -- When I need to think something through, or come up with an idea, I hit the shower. Thoughts seem to flow as abundantly as the water does when the showerhead is set on a steady stream.

REV. TESS BAUMBERGER: Creating sanctuary as an act of mercy - If you are a fan of Victor Hugo’s “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” you know the scene when Quasimodo grabs the beautiful Esmeralda and runs to the cathedral with her, crying “Sanctuary! Sanctuary!” In some places, it used to be that a church could act as a safe refuge for someone accused of a crime. Quasimodo took Esmeralda there to protect her from a wrongful conviction. He intends this to be a safe place for her, but it does not turn out to be much of a refuge for the poor gypsy woman.


JEFF VRABEL: 'Deadliest Catch' snares the Vrabel men - Because a 6-year-old lives in it, our house has pretty strict rules about TV. But because I'm a reasonable parent, and by that I mean one who is inconsistent almost whenever it's convenient for me, I tend to waive those rules under appropriate circumstances, such as the airing of a "Deadliest Catch" marathon.

POP CULTURE: 'Scrabble' crisis obviated - "Scrabble" enthusiasts freaked out earlier this week when word came that a new version of the game allows proper nouns. News of the proper-noun ban-lift caused a wave of hysteria on the Internet. I’ve never seen such querimony. By Dennis Volkert.

GET REEL: Was success a curse for these '70s directors? - The 1970s produced more than its share of great movies and great directors. No news flash there. Yet interestingly, many of these directors had trouble equaling this success after the decade concluded. By Bob Tremblay.


CONROY CARTOON: On Wall Street's ‘investation.’

BRITT CARTOON: Opposition to Obama's stance on nuclear weapons.

GRANLUND CARTOON: The EU and the Greek economy.

GRANLUND ILLUSTRATION: Lech Kaczynski tribute.

EDITORIAL: Last week's corporate lesson - better safe than sorry - Between incidents at a mining operation in West Virginia and the largest automaker in the world last week, Americans had ample reason to ask: Is it possible to go too far in the pursuit of profit? By The Journal Star.

CURT SMITH: Barack Obama is no Ronald Reagan -- A bad relationship can evoke an earlier, better one, as is the case with Barack Obama and Ronald Reagan.

Business / Ag

AUTO BITS: Spring car-care tips - Weekly auto rail, with spring car-care tips, Car Q&A with Junior Damato and more.

SHOESTRING LIVING: Needs vs. wants - Even though I have some financial smarts, that doesn’t mean it’s easy to put them into practice. The fact is I’m aware of the Jones’ and admit I want some of that same stuff. I can easily rationalize something I deserve from time to time and falter just as much as the next guy trying to stay on the financial straight and narrow. By Molly Logan Anderson.

CHECKOUT LANE: Finding a bicycle that fits your needs - People are using bikes as an alternative mode of transportation, says Paul Anderson, owner of Anderson Bicycle in Quincy, Mass. “Americans are looking at the bicycle now as a viable form of second transportation.” By Lana Lagomarsini.
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ON COMPUTERS: Is wireless Internet access borrowing or theft? - There’s a huge debate about the legality of this. “Borrowing” access remains a murky area, and liability has not been established. Meanwhile, more of your neighbors are snatching access right out of your wireless router. So are businesses. As the price of network connection goes up, this gets worse. By Jim Hillibish.


MATT TROWBRIDGE: Looking for a new golf hero - I can’t root for Tiger Woods anymore. Just can’t. So what to do now? For years, Tiger was the main reason I watched the PGA Tour. TV ratings show millions shared that view.