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WAKE UP CALL!: Moviegoing stagnant in the U.S.

POLL IDEA: Will readers watch the Oscars on Sunday?



NEW GOLF PAGE: Products for the upcoming season

NASCAR PAGE: Daytona wrapup; Phoenix preview

NEW PROM PAGE: Dress trends

FAT TUESDAY CALLOUT: Get reader recipes for Mardi Gras

SUNSHINE WEEK: Promo ads, infographics and more for the celebration of open government
-- NOTE: Sunshine Week is March 13-19

OUTDOOR LIVING: With articles on raising a puppy into a hunting dog, spring bass fishing and goose hunting

SPRING BREAK CALLOUT: For reader photos

ST. PATRICK'S DAY PAGE: Travel to Ireland


LIBYA CONTENT: Check out our collection of content related to unrest in Libya. We’ll add links as new content comes in, so check back often.
* Localization tip: If you have people in your town who have Libya connections, interview them for their take on the situation.


RELIGION NEWS: Rep. King to examine American-Muslims in hearings -- weekly religion news with items on efforts to broaden Rep. King's congressional hearings aimed at American-Muslims and terrorism, "Hungers of the Heart" by Richard G. Watts and more. By GHNS

WISE TO THE WORD: Lemon Chicken -- Ever wonder how chefs get that incredibly delicious lemon or orange flavor? They use the zest of citrus. Here's the recipe for Lemon Chicken.  Jim Hillibish/ Canton (Ohio) Repository

ENERGY DRINK RECIPES: Need fast energy? Make your own boosters -- You can make your own high-energy drinks and cookies at about a tenth of the cost of commercial products and without the fructose and preservatives. Here's three delicious recipes. By Jim Hillibish/ Canton (Ohio) Repository
* Callout idea: Do you have your own energy-boosting recipe? Share it with us.

50 DISHES BY 50: Braised Garlic-and-Thyme Artichokes -- Artichokes aren’t cheap, and there is that peculiar way of eating them — breaking off one leaf at a time and drawing the base through your teeth to remove the soft portion. Are they worth all the trouble? Absolutely. Jennifer Mastroianni/ Canton (Ohio) Repository

ASK THE VET: How to brush your dog's teeth -- Q: I brush my dog’s teeth every other day because I was told it would make a difference. What do you think? A: You will significantly improve your pet’s oral health by brushing and staying on top of their dental health care. Dr. Ray Cahill /North Shore Sunday (Boston)

GO GREEN CONTENT: Follow this link to see March’s collection of Go Green stories, including tips on container vegetable gardening, green apps and the "greenest" produce choices. By Allecia Vermillion, GHNS writer.
* Localization tip: You can run local sidebars with any of these articles - do something on green food stores, green businesses, etc.


STAY TUNED: When sports stars meet housewives - With VH1's “Football Wives” and its sister show “Basketball Wives,” lessons from reality-TV housewives have taken an interesting turn into the world of professional sports. While these series focus on the wives and girlfriends of athletes, they are more interesting for what they say about the lives of men who make it to the elite levels of sport. By Melissa Crawley, GHNS columnist.

BOOK NOTES: 'Real Happiness,' by Sharon Salzberg - There’s nothing wrong with wanting happiness. There’s nothing wrong with making happiness a priority. Problems start with the definition of happiness. By Rae Francoeur, Cape Ann, Mass.

SNEAK PREVIEW: 'Drive Angry,' 'Hall Pass' and other movies opening this week - Nicolas Cage continues his string of poor script choices with this rote 3-D action yarn about a father trying to hunt down the men who killed his daughter. By Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger.

FARR SIDE: Intriguing Oscar contenders for Best?Picture - The 83rd Academy Awards will be handed out Sunday night, bringing an end to Hollywood’s annual gold rush. Ten films are up for the coveted Best Picture. This year’s hopefuls include “127 Hours,” “Black Swan,” “The Fighter,” “Inception,” “The Kids Are All Right,” “The King’s Speech,” “The Social Network,” “Toy Story 3,” “True Grit” and “Winter’s Bone.” By David T. Farr, Sturgis, Mich.

RADIATORS: The Radiators set to heat it up - The Radiators have been so consistently good at what they do for so long there was never a question of an expiration date. As seminal rock bands go, perhaps only Los Lobos can lay claim to maintaining similar longevity and consistency – no breakups, no misguided artistic indulgences, all achieved with its original lineup. By Chad Berndtson, The Patriot Ledger.


O’MAHONEY CARTOON: Hearing damage from cell phones. By O’Mahoney, The Patriot Ledger.

EDITORIAL: The curse of living in interesting times, through a Mideast prism - With much of the Middle East and North Africa seemingly being ripped apart by protests in Libya, Bahrain, Yemen, Djibouti and points in between, those heavy-handed regimes may soon be toppled. By Peoria, Ill.

KENT BUSH: Moammar Gadhafi's rule and Sarah Palin's Facebook -- Moammar Gadhafi has ruled Libya for almost 40 years said he is not going to peacefully agree to his people's demands. Sarah Louise Palin allegedly used the name Lou Sarah to surreptitiously use the social networking site. Is Facebook that addictive? Augusta Gazette (Kan.)

ROBERT KELLY: Gov. Walker is making tough decisions -- Walker’s proposals strike at the heart of some of his state’s money problems, and his plan will reduce the state deficit. Obama presented a budget to Congress that ignores the major causes of repeated deficits and, if adopted, will make conditions worse. Guest opinion/ MetroWest Daily News


BIZ BITS: Your health plan may qualify you for a deduction - Weekly business rail, with tax tips, BBB tips on free scholarship advice and more. By GHNS.
* Localization tip: You could include a weekly tax tip from a local expert, have a business-related Q&A with a local expert or do a “business of the week” feature in which you highlight a local business.


2011 MLB PREVIEW: Tribune Media Services is offering GateHouse Media newspapers use of their division-by-division preview materials. Follow the link below to go to the materials.
* Each division preview has player images and team logos. THE PLAYER IMAGES ARE ONLY FOR USE WITH THESE PREVIEWS. The logos may be used with any stories about the teams.