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For 3/1/10 editions

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Notes:

READER CALLOUT: SPRING GARDENING TIPS.
http://www.ghnewsroom.com/article/reader-callout-ask-readers-spring-gardening-tips

BIG IDEAS SERIES: A review of 8 projects class members implemented
http://ghnewsroom.com/article/big-ideas-series-review-8-projects-class-members-implemented

FRONT PAGES: Front page gallery for March 1, 2010
http://ghnewsroom.com/article/front-page-gallery-march-1-2010

READER CALLOUT: Ask for readers' St. Pat's photos
http://ghnewsroom.com/article/reader-callout-ask-readers-st-pats-photos

LEDE PROGRAM: Leadership Series 2010: The LEDE.
**TODAY IS THE DEADLINE TO APPLY.
http://ghnewsroom.com/article/leadership-series-2010-lede

Lifestyles

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.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/morning_minutes

HEALTH WATCH: Weekly health rail, leads with relieving back pain at home, and includes single men and strokes, a health tip on relieving blood pressure and more.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/homepage/x1570103043/Health-Watch-Relieve-back-pain-at-home

HEALTH PAGE: No addictions and pain free.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x267279107/Weekly-Health-page-No-addictions-and-pain-free

PETS & BABIES: Prepare your pets before bringing a baby home - When Kristine Myers found out she was pregnant, she shared the news with her husband, her friends and relatives and with her two dogs — Ella, a German shepherd, and Bailey, a German shepherd mix. Veterinarians say parents who bring home a new baby should help their pets get familiar with the changes a baby will bring. By Todd Smith.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/family/x1694767264/Prepare-your-pets-before-bringing-a-baby-home
- Localize it: Add a quote or two from a local vet.

TREE TRIAGE: Trees often bear the brunt of a winter storm's fury – Wild winter weather takes a heavy toll on everything from school calendars to exhausted fleets of snow removal equipment. And Mother Nature seems to have come out a little worse for the wear herself. Here are five things to know about storm-damaged trees.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x203404165/Trees-often-bear-the-brunt-of-a-winter-storm-s-fury

IN THE GARDEN: Heirloom seeds a classic alternative in the garden -- This is the time you might be thinking about buying seeds to start your vegetables or flowers inside. Somehow the winter seems less harsh when you can
cultivate seedlings.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/home_and_garden/x958822611/In-the-Garden-Heirloom-seeds-a-classic-alternative-in-the-garden

SHOESTRING LIVING: Can a spender become a saver? - Are spenders doomed to a life of bad decision-making when it comes to saving? I, a self-admitted spender, believe that it is within our ability to change. Thank goodness experts agree that with a bit research and some stick-to-it-iveness, even full-blown spenders can be cured.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x958822606/Shoestring-Living-Can-a-spender-become-a-saver

LORETTA LAROCHE: Dress to de-stress -- In all the reams of literature written on stress, there is nothing that addresses clothing or personal grooming aids as being stressful. Yet I’m sure many of you have fallen victim to buying fashions, products, or gadgets to enhance your looks that ended up being an incredibly frustrating experience.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1062732770/Loretta-LaRoche-Dress-to-de-stress

POP CULTURE: Cold medals:?It’s Norway or the highway - I don’t know why, but I always thought medal-winning should skew toward countries that are synonymous with snow and cold. That’s one reason I pull for the Nordic nations. Another is because of those groovy matching national flags, which ought to earn a medal in itself. By Dennis Volkert.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x1589982187/Pop-Culture-Cold-medals-It-s-Norway-or-the-highway

JIM HILLIBISH: Post-It Notes had great run; now it's time to throw them out -- Join me in celebrating the National Post-It Notes Moment. Not day or week or month -- moment. This is the moment to pitch all those canary-colored notes that once were important and now are meaningless. Lord knows they won’t jump into the trash by themselves. Stop reading now and get on it.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x1694765225/Jim-Hillibish-Post-It-Notes-had-great-run-now-it-s-time-to-throw-them-out

JULIE FAY: Out of sight, but surely on the mind -- If the eyes have it, then mine have lost it. Actually, they didn’t have much to begin with. Born with the flatteringly named “lazy eye,” I wore eye patches before pirates were
cool, in a mostly futile attempt to strengthen my weak eye.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/columnists/x285348902/Julie-Fay-Out-of-sight-but-surely-on-the-mind

Entertainment

SUDOKU MARCH: Puzzles for March (610-644) are available for download. Previous puzzles are linked to in this file, or visit our Puzzles category.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/puzzles/x723436341/Sudoku-puzzles-610-644-March-puzzles

SOUL-SEARCHING: Former nun writes book about leaving church, finding path to happiness -- We all have choices, as Linda Lambert Pestana knows only too well. At a young age she joined the Sisters of St. Joseph, and throughout her 40-plus-year journey she faced soul-searching, difficult decisions that would ultimately lead to happiness and fulfillment. By Linda Murphy of The Herald News.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1017219198/Former-nun-writes-book-about-leaving-church-finding-path-to-happiness

Opinions

GRANLUND CARTOON: President Obama’s checkup.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/cartoons/x570009655/Granlund-cartoon-President-Obamas-checkup

GRANLUND CARTOON: Snowstorms and power outages.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/cartoons/x661206049/Granlund-cartoon-Snowstorms-and-power-outages

JEFF VRABEL: So long Olympics and NBC - Notes from the broadcast of an excellent Olympics, which I'm sad to see come to a close, except that we as Americans can now resume ignoring NBC entirely, although you would think if you were launching a show as awesome as "The Marriage Ref" you'd at least try to advertise it once in a while.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x661205726/Jeff-Vrabel-So-long-Olympics-and-NBC

CHARITA GOSHAY: No spin can turn this killer into a hero - On Feb. 18, Joe Stack burned down his house in Austin, Texas, then kamikazied his plane into an Internal Revenue Service building, killing an IRS employee whose only crime was showing up for work that day. Yet Stack, who left behind a written diatribe of grievances that went clear back to high school, is being hailed in some corners as the second coming of Nathan Hale. That’s the kind of crazy we normally get from people who wish us dead.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/columnists/charita_goshay/x661206071/Charita-Goshay-No-spin-can-turn-this-killer-into-a-hero

GARY BROWN: Gary Brown: Now that the Olympics are over, my interest in luge will go downhill - During the Olympics, I find myself inexplicably wanting to luge. Oh, I don’t want to put on that skin-tight shiny suit luge riders wear. At my age, I think that might be the most dangerous part of luge. But for a couple of weeks now, I’ve thought it would be exciting to hop onto a luge sled and slide down a luge track like a bat out of my basement. Backward.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x285348584/Gary-Brown-Now-that-the-Olympics-are-over-my-interest-in-luge-will-go-downhill

EDITORIAL: Firing the teachers at a failed school -- Push has come to shove in Central Falls, R.I. A school committee and superintendent committed to turning around a chronically failing school have run into a group of teachers equally committed to resisting change. The result: Every teacher and administrator at Central Falls High School will be fired at the end of the school year. It is a sign of things to come. From the MetroWest Daily News.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1589982093/Editorial-Firing-the-teachers-at-a-failed-school

News

CLIMATE CONTROL: How schools determine when to keep graduations indoors -- It’s a tough call that high school officials make each year – whether to hold graduation in the great outdoors, where seating is usually unlimited, or in the confines of a gymnasium or auditorium, where rain won’t fall but fewer loved ones will fit. By Erik Potter of the Enterprise.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1262082700/Climate-control-How-schools-determine-when-to-keep-graduations-indoors
- To localize: What are school districts in your town planning for graduation? What are their reasons for holding ceremonies inside/outside?

Business / Ag

BIZ BITS: Weekly business rail, with tips on freelancing, a BBB warning about the BBB label and more.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business/x692839509/Biz-Bits-Freelancing-can-be-a-meat-and-potatoes-or-whipped-cream-job

PAUL A. EISENSTEIN: Has your car been recalled? -- The seemingly daily coverage of Toyota¹s safety problems has put a focus on the issue of recalls. Since the beginning of the year, the Japanese maker has announced safety campaigns to handle a variety of problems, from sticky accelerator pedals to malfunctioning Prius brakes. But while the spotlight may be shining on the world¹s largest maker, it¹s by no means alone.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business/x1589982528/Paul-A-Eisenstein-Has-your-car-been-recalled

AUTO BITS: Check the costs before you buy the car.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business/x1694767627/Auto-Bits-Check-the-costs-before-you-buy-the-car

SCALLOP LIMITS: Fishermen decry new scallop quotas -- Those fishing federal waters more than three miles out will see a change from their 400-pound-per-day limit as general category scallopers to an individual fishing quota based on their catch from 2000-2004. By Rich Eldred of The Cape Codder.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x203403331/Fishermen-decry-new-scallop-quotas

BIZ AND CHARITY: Charity campaigns increasingly important to companies’ marketing efforts -- Campaigns built around charitable efforts have become a staple of marketing strategies for many companies, tying sales to benefits to everything from Hurricane Katrina victims and breast cancer research to veterinary care for homeless pets. By Steve Adams of The Patriot Ledger.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business/x325705470/Charity-campaigns-increasingly-important-to-companies-marketing-efforts

VETERANS: Veterans face extra hurdles to finding work after service - One of the first entries on Noel Winters’ resume is two years of service in the U.S. Army. It hasn’t helped his job search much, though. By Sean F. Driscoll.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business/x1262082742/Veterans-face-extra-hurdles-to-finding-work-after-service

MAKING CENTS: Planning for financial independence -- Financial independence means different things to different people. For some, it means getting past living from paycheck to paycheck. For others, it means being debt-free. But for my clients, it means that they've saved enough to live their desired lifestyle without having to work every day. By John P. Napolitano of The Patriot Ledger.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x782680494/Making-Cents-Planning-for-financial-independence

CHECKOUT LANE: Tips for a great getaway -- During the winter months, a trip to warm climates can be a relatively affordable escape. Warm islands such as the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and other close Caribbean islands can be inexpensive getaways, says Arnold Greenblatt, owner of Atlas Travel Agency.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business/x1276025927/Checkout-Lane-Tips-for-a-great-getaway

FINE PRINT: Verizon vs. Comcast and package deals -- The raging battle between Verizon and Comcast is heating up yet again, this time with Verizon attempting to undercut its rival with a new "triple-bundle" service for $90-a-month price that's guaranteed for two years. By Jon Chesto of The Patriot Ledger.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1017219344/Fine-Print-Verizon-vs-Comcast-and-package-deals

ON COMPUTERS: It’s a minefield out there for shoppers - You must approach your computer hobby in a business-like fashion. Business-like these days means be wary of most “great” deals. By Jim Hillibish.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x1570102364/On-Computers-It-s-a-minefield-out-there-for-shoppers

SHOESTRING LIVING: Can a spender become a saver? - Are spenders doomed to a life of bad decision-making when it comes to saving? I, a self-admitted spender, believe that it is within our ability to change. Thank goodness experts agree that with a bit research and some stick-to-it-iveness, even full-blown spenders can be cured.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x958822606/Shoestring-Living-Can-a-spender-become-a-saver

Sports

NASCAR CONTENT: Return to glory. Package links to page and story/photos.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x285348479/NASCAR-content-3-1-10