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6/6/11
 
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On GHNewsroom.com

WAKE UP CALL!: Construction industry struggles

NEWSROOM PROFILE: Meet the Boonville (Mo.) Daily News

CIRCULATION: 5 things journalists should know


Niche

KIDZBUZZ: Campfire games at home
-- NOTE: This is the final KidzBuzz page of the school year. It will return weekly in the fall.

FATHER'S DAY PHOTO CALLOUT
-- Father's Day page

JULY FAMILY: Save on amusement park tickets, fun car-ride games for kids and a no-cook dinner recipe

BUYING INSURANCE PAGE: Making sure you have enough coverage

GRADUATION PHOTO CALLOUT

FOURTH OF JULY PAGE: Patriotic quotes

FLAG DAY PAGE: 10 facts about the flag you might not have known


Lifestyles

HEALTH WATCH: Reducing migraines -- weekly Health Watch with items on reducing migraines, tobacco ads, safe driving and more. By GHNS

FITNESS CENTERS: Fitness centers evolving, responding to recession  -- The industry’s evolution seems to be working because more than 128 million people worldwide were members of health clubs at the end of 2010, according to Boston-based International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association. Melissa Westphal/ Rockford Register Star (Ill.)
* Comments idea: Which fitness center in the area do you recommend or not recommend to others? Please share your opinions and advice in the comments section below the story.

D-DAY: Veteran recalls first day on Normandy beach - Robert Bern’s first job upon landing on a Normandy beach in France 67 years ago today was to pick up the dead. “We couldn’t even walk on the beach because of the dead,” the 86-year-old said. By Lisa Coon, Galesburg, Ill.

DAVID ROBSON: The results of too much mulch  -- Applied correctly, mulch can cut down the amount of time you spend weeding and watering. On the other hand, applying mulch so it looks like volcanoes about to erupt with the plants in the middle can lead to insect and disease problems. State Journal-Register (Ill.)

GARY BROWN: Words (on T-shirts) to live by -- A few T-shirts are educational: “Four-fifths of the people have a problem with fractions. The other 50 percent don’t.” There are admissions that are sort of like warnings: “I bottle things up. You got a problem with that?” And there are admissions that sound a little bit like songs: “I fought the lawn, and the lawn won.” Canton (Ohio) Repository

JEFF VRABEL: Comic Sans is like reading this column - it makes you smarter - You probably don't need to be reminded of this, but I have a lot in common with Kanye West. We share a taste for red leather suits, we have many of the same ex-girlfriends and we once both released albums called "Late Registration" with anthropomorphic-bear-mascot cover art, which, boy, was that an awkward week for our legal teams! But he and I joke about it now, usually while throwing wads of $100 bills into the air and driving around at 8 mph. Kanye and I first bonded over our two shared passions: pink vertical-slat sunglasses and fonts. By Jeff Vrabel, GHNS columnist.


Opinions

BRITT CARTOON: Lance Armstrong has a new ride. By Chris Britt, Springfield, Ill.

EDITORIAL: Don’t downplay risks of online medical records -- In doctors’ offices everywhere, patients are being asked to sign consent forms allowing enhanced access to their medical files. In most cases, the forms explain the benefits, such as ease of access to crucial information in  out-of-town emergencies. What isn’t getting adequate attention is that these databases are built on platforms with the same security flaws that have wreaked havoc in the world of online commerce. Patriot Ledger (Mass.)

EDITORIAL: Joplin crisis is not the time for GOP politics -- House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., suggested Joplin, Mo., would get no emergency federal funding unless cuts were made or taxes were raised. Cantor and the GOP are worried so much about where those chips will fall that they aren’t reacting like human beings. Humans respond in times of crisis; they don’t use the crisis to prove a political point. The Morning Sun (Kan.)

RICHARD HERMANN: Controlling Medicare costs - Instituting a progressive payment system for health care that's tied to wealth would hardly overburden the well-to-do. It would save many billions of dollars. By Richard Hermann, Messenger Post, N.Y.

CURT SMITH: GOP strategists? No such thing -- The term oxymoron means a self-contradiction. Like “Hollywood class,” “liberal tolerance” is an oxymoron. Another example is “Republican strategist” — two words that cannot logically co-exist. Since 2009, GOP pollsters, advisers and lobbyists lost three special elections, and they lost elsewhere, too. Messenger Post/ N.Y.


Business / auto

AUTO BITS: How smart truck drivers get better gas mileage - Weekly auto rail, with truck gas tips, Car Q&A with Junior Damato and more. By GHNS.
* Localization tip: You can do a Q&A with a local mechanic, or have a mechanic (or mechanics) provide you with a tip of the week.

GREG ZYLA: My top 10 pony cars - Q: Hi, Greg, I really like auto nostalgia and enjoy your column. I know you do top 10 lists every now and then, and I would like to know your top 10 pony cars of all time. I’m hoping the Ford Mustang makes your list! By Greg Zyla, GHNS columnist.
* This includes a letter from PA.

SHOESTRING LIVING: Are you on financial automatic pilot? - How much does my brain actually operate on automatic pilot? If the Dora song in the background of my crazily busy life is capable of triggering me to sing the next line of a song I never intended to remember, could other triggers be causing me to spend mindlessly? What are the possible triggers? And most importantly, how do I stop? By Molly Logan Anderson, GHNS columnist.

ON COMPUTERS: Jim joins the laptop revolution - My quest was to replace my ancient desktop with a laptop that could do double duty. I liked the idea of wireless portability, but I’m mired in desktop tradition (big monitor, mouse and full-size keyboard). By Jim Hillibish, Canton, Ohio.