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HEALTHY LIVING: Our winter edition has articles on fitness trends for 2011, getting in shape to run and indoor air quality.

KIDZBUZZ PAGE: Learn about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.



JANUARY RADARFROG COUPON BOOK: Cook in batches to save time, money

JANUARY RADARFROG PAGE: Prom, bridal glam for less

TAX PREP PAGE: How the new tax bill affects you

WINTER WEIGHT PAGE: Slim down with 10 tips on diet, exercise

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY PAGE: Key dates toward Dr. King's goal

2011's niche schedule


LOOKING UP: See the Orion Nebula - One of the night sky’s grandest sights for binocular users - as well as anyone with a telescope - is the Great Nebula of Orion. Otherwise known as M42, you can actually see this with the unaided eye as a fuzzy-appearing “star.” By Peter Becker, Hawley (Pa.) News Eagle.

WOOD ON WORDS: Agreeing on ‘consensus,’ ‘panacea’ and ‘cipher’ -- There are two misconceptions about the word “consensus.” One is that it’s related to “census” (which involves counting) and is therefore spelled “concensus.” Wrong on both counts. By Barry Wood/ Rockford Register Star (Ill.)

THE REAL FIT: The fashion of inner fitness -- Is it possible that I'm proposing there's actually something meaningful to be found in appearance-focused energy fields like fashion, cosmetics, glamour or even body sculpting? Surprisingly, yes. By Maryjeanne Hunt/ MetroWest Daily News (Boston)

WINTER SAFETY: Winter- and ice-safety lessons for all  -- Ice-covered water can be very dangerous, and people can be injured or killed if its conditions are not respected and understood. The Massachusetts’s Department of Fire Service’s S.A.F.E. Program offers the following rules that should be followed to ensure winter safety. Michael Arruda/ The Herald News (Mass.)
* Localization tip: Include winter safety tips from your local fire department, and list the sponsored and approved skating rinks and sledding hills in your area.

ELIZABETH DAVIES: Healthy kids worth the cost -- I’m thrilled the U.S. government passed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. But critics say the $4.5 billion plan is too expensive. Rockford Register Star (Ill.)


FIONA JAYDE: An interview with author and artist Fiona Jayde - While Fiona Jayde’s romantic thriller novels such as “Night Haven” and “Pas de Deux” may, unexplainably, not have found their way to your library yet, it is likely you possess a sample of her artistry. For Fiona’s artwork has graced the cover of numerous novels, and the popularity of her work, and the demand for it, only seems to be increasing. By DA Kentner, Freeport (Ill.) Journal-Standard.

REEL DEAL: ‘The King’ and his court: Favorite films of the year - Well, the time has come, my friends, to put a period on Reel Deal, this yearlong immersion in movies, and an exclamation point on a year of fantastic films. This, a top 10 rundown, is my last Reel Deal review. Counting the late, great entry I watched for this week’s column, 105 flicks have gotten the thumbs up or down over the last 52 weeks. These are the best of the best. By Robert McCune, Massillon, Ohio.

BLUE VALENTINE: Movie review: Good loving gone bad in ‘Blue Valentine’ - Romance is easy, but marriage is hard. And if you have any doubts about that, I direct you toward “Blue Valentine,” Derek Cianfrance’s lacerating dissection of a union born of promise, but doomed to failure. By Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger.

COUNTRY STRONG: Movie review: Uninspired ‘Country Strong’ falls flat" - I’m going to wear you down” is the opening lyric to one of the songs featured in “Country Strong.” And damn straight if we aren’t all worn to the bone as we slog through writer/director Shana Feste’s film about a fallen country singer (Gwyneth Paltrow) who gets a chance at redemption. By Dana Barbuto, The Patriot Ledger.

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Casino Jack’ delivers a double dose of sleaze -- “Casino Jack” gets its name from Abramoff’s involvement with different Indian tribes -- opening up gambling destinations and, oh, by the way, pitting some of the tribes against each other, all the while taking large checks for his trouble. By Ed Symkus/ The Patriot Ledger (Boston)


GRANLUND CARTOON: Mark Twain censored. By Dave Granlund, GHNS cartoonist.

GRANLUND CARTOON: Robert Gibbs bails out. By Dave Granlund, GHNS cartoonist.

EDITORIAL: Law finds good way to handle ‘sexting’ and minors -- The issue: Some young people who have transmitted graphic images of themselves or other minors have been labeled as sex offenders. Our view: A revised law that took effect Jan. 1 in Illinois provides for counseling or community service to minors who violate the act. Suburban Life Publications (Ill.)

KENT BUSH: Does this costume make me look fat? - Michelle Williams, the wife of the late actor Heath Ledger, recently had some steamy and revealing sex scenes in her film "Blue Valentine." When asked about the emotional exposure of shooting her scenes with physical exposure, Williams, 30, said, "I had gained some weight, and the pudginess I was feeling was almost like a costume, so it didn't really seem as if I were nude but some other person was. All that extra flesh ironically made me feel less nude." By Kent Bush, Augusta (Kan.) Gazette.

JARED OLAR: 'Birthers' still at it over Obama - Hawaii’s new governor, Neil Abercrombie, said last month that he wants to put to rest once and for all the questions and claims that “birther” conspiracy theorists have raised about where President Barack Obama was born. By Jared Olar, Pekin (Ill.) Daily Times.

PETER COSTA: On NFL head slaps, Lambeau Leaps and the Super Bowl - Players seem to insist on banging the back or sides of a player’s helmet in what appears to be a volcanic release of pent-up testosterone. Tony DiNozzo on “NCIS” gets head-slapped fewer times than a wide receiver in the NFL. By Peter Costa, Lincoln, Mass.

PHILIP MADDOCKS: Economy still too fragile to ask the wealthy for help -- Eighteen months after the recession officially ended, the U.S. economy is still too fragile for the country to seek help from the wealthy, according to a report authored by a cadre of the nation’s most affluent. “It’s all we can do to keep ourselves from buying a home for every American," said one wealthy source. Philip Maddocks/ MetroWest Daily News (Mass.)


ERIC P. BLOOM: Working with vendors - I cannot over-emphasize the importance of learning how to effectively work with vendors. By managing vendor-related projects well, you can help your departments meet its deadlines. Also, by negotiating well, you can save your company a lot of money. By Eric P. Bloom, GHNS columnist.