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WAKE UP CALL! Profiling a weather watcher, way-over-the-limit speeder

READY FOR THE WEEKEND: Census takers coming around starting Saturday


JUNE FAMILY MAGAZINE: Talk to your children about body image, learn about nontraditional family pets and more

READER CALLOUT: Mother's Day coming up

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.

RELIGION NEWS: Filmmaker says he found Noah's Ark --  The weekly religion rail: Noah's Ark is found (again), a look at a book about the afterlife, getting to know a scholar on Islamic feminist thinkers, and more.

DIANA BOGGIA: How fighting mother, son can improve relationship -- Your intention should be to have a good relationship with your child, without yelling or harsh treatment. To change that, you need to stop yelling, learn to communicate calmly, set boundaries, hear his concerns and increase your bond; connect with love. That is a lot of change. However, step by step, you can make those changes.

GET MOVING: How to start a walking program you'll stick with --  Mary Beth Eilders knew lifestyle changes were in order. She didn’t exercise with any consistency, smoked up to a pack of cigarettes a day for 20 years and, at one point, weighed 240 pounds. She quit smoking nearly 10 years ago. And two years ago, Eilders, a high school business teacher, started walking to complement changes she had made in her diet. Rockford Woman.

KITCHEN DÉCOR: Mix in hot design trends for a kitchen you'll love --  There’s no doubt that the kitchen is the heart of the home, the place where meals and memories are made. So this spring, listen to your heart and give your kitchen the TLC it deserves. By Kelly Epperson of Rockford Woman.

GREEN THUMBS UP: Learn to recognize invasive intruders -- Despite minimal moisture in recent weeks, weeds and misplaced wildflowers are flourishing. Violets and dandelions are in bloom, making them easy to identify, but others are less familiar, especially early in the season. Many of these sprouts belong to plants now designated as invasive species, which include several popular favorites formerly available in the nursery trade and now banned from sale. By Suzanne Mahler.

BOILING POINT: A school cafeteria where you could learn to love food -- Many of us boomers fondly remember our school cafeterias. Most of the food was cooked fresh from scratch. We had no choice on our trays, only if we wanted more of the entrée, which we always did. By Jim Hillibish of The Repository.

CINCO DE MAYO FOOD: Try these recipes for your Cinco de Mayo celebration - With Cinco de Mayo a week away, chances are you are deciding how to celebrate the holiday on May 5. Taco casserole, pasta and vegetables with cilantro dressing, and frozen margarita pie will make for a fabulous fiesta. By Jennifer Mastroianni.

STAMPS: The joy of stamp collecting - Many youth develop an early interest in sports cards. While they chase after the hot rookie cards and dream of Honus Wagner's rare 1909 T206 baseball card, other youth like Norm Beckman ventured into the world of stamp collecting. By Matt Hawkins.

FRIED FISH: Head to Carolinas for seafood 'Calabash style' -- You’re driving to Myrtle Beach. Just before the South Carolina state line, you start to see signs for seafood restaurants and the words “Calabash style.” Calabash? As in Jimmy Durante? Maybe yes, maybe no. By Jim Hillibish of The Repository.


MAY SUDOKU: May sudoku puzzles (Nos. 673-707) are available for download. Previous puzzles are linked to in this file as well.

SNEAK PREVIEW: 'Nightmare on Elm Street' and other new movies -- Freddy Krueger (Jackie Earle Haley) is back tormenting young people on Elm Street. By Al Alexander of The Patriot Ledger.

FLICKS: The true Hollywood nightmare is Fraser -- Come travellers, let us walk the well-worn path of “Why is Hollywood doing this again?” By John Meo of the Norwich Bulletin.

LLOYD GARVER: The mob is back - Soon in Las Vegas there will be two museums dedicated to gangsters of the past. You'd think that Las Vegas would want people to forget its mob origins. Nope.

5 THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND: This week’s suggestions: Celebrate Arbor Day, go to the theater for “Furry Vengeance” or “Nightmare on Elm Street,” watch the Kentucky Derby, celebrate Mother Goose Day and catch NBA and NHL playoff action.


GRANLUND CARTOON: Offshore wind farm given the OK

BRITT CARTOON: U.S. senators 'slap' Goldman Sachs.

O'MAHONEY CARTOON: Walmart and sex discrimination.

CHARITA GOSHAY: Earthquake theory shaky at best, loony at worst -- The rantings of a man who clearly has never kissed a girl or taken a geology class is the kind of wacky stuff about Islam — really, all religions — that gets attention, not stories in which people pray for peace, the poor are being fed, or kids are being tutored, all of which are done daily by Muslims around the world.

BENJAMIN WACHS: Paying taxes is a patriotic duty - Some Americans are willing to fight and die for their country — to put life and limb on the line and sacrifice for the good of America. Other Americans think that paying their taxes is too great a sacrifice to make.

NECOLE SIMS: Hey society, character counts in plus-size women, too -- For the plus-size women reading this who have yet to learn they are unique and special in their own way, quit listening to society and start listening to your heart. Be happy for who you are. Stop living someone else’s life. There is room in the world for sizes 0 through 30.

Business / Ag

MATTHEW CASEY: The problem with employer-sponsored health insurance - Many opponents of health care reform rail against what they perceive to be a massive government takeover of health care.

BIZ BITS: Weekly business column, with tips on a nursing career, BBB warning about door-to-door insurance scam and more.

DAVE RAMSEY: Should I reduce my tithe? - Weekly financial Q&A, with advice on tithing and company credit cards.

SHOESTRING LIVING: Are big-boxes a big deal? - I love shopping at big-box stores. For a family of five, it makes perfect sense to buy oversized packages of toilet paper and paper towels and even fruits and vegetables. We’re a bunch of blueberry lovers around here, and nothing makes me happier than the huge container of blueberries I purchase at Costco. By Molly Logan Anderson.

AUTO BITS: How your tires can save you money - Weekly auto rail, with a look at low rolling resistance tires, Car Q&A with Junior Damato and more.

CHECKOUT LANE: Tips to finding the perfect camera -- In general, there are two main types of cameras you can buy: the point-and-shoot and the SLR. Mike Adams, manager of Ritz Camera in Braintree, Mass., says a point-and-shoot camera, which has many automatic features, is good for beginners and novices. The single-lens reflex is the top choice of professionals. By Lana Lagomarsini of The Patriot Ledger.

MAKING CENTS: Update your estate plan -- Under the current federal estate tax laws, there is no federal death tax. Of course, no one believes that this situation will remain the same for long, but where it goes is still up for debate. The cold hard facts are that federal laws will be different on Jan. 1, 2011, or sooner, and many states are likely to have changes, too. By John P. Napolitano of The Patriot Ledger.

ON COMPUTERS: Truly useful websites -- Great websites are compelling because they provide unique services. That’s a rarity in our generic Web world, where you can get the same info on 50 sites. The envelope please: My nominations for the Most Truly Useful Websites of 2010. By Jim Hillibish of The Repository.


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