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LOCALIZE HEALTH CARE REFORM: Check out three ideas to make the health care reform story your own.
DIGITAL MEDIA GUIDE: The Society of Professional Journalists release Part 1 of its Digital Media Handbook
EASTER READER CALLOUT: Ask readers to submit their Easter photos to you.
LOCALIZING TAX SEASON: Tax accountants feel economy pinch; how you can localize the story
LOCALIZING THE CENSUS: Find four ideas to make the census story your own.
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.
WEEKLY FOOD PAGE: http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/ghns_pages/food/x427976417/Weekly-Food-page-Tricks-to-delicious-soups
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Review of boxed soups, an easy recipe for biscuits and tips for cooking Brussels sprouts
CANCER FIGHT: Cancer diagnosis sends woman on winding path to recovery -- When Jennifer Martin at age 28 discovered what felt like a “rubber ball” in her left breast, she didn’t think it would turn out to be stage IV cancer. She was too young. Martin also didn’t think she’d end up out of work, selling her condominium and trudging through a mass of health insurance forms and doctor’s bills. By Deborah Allard of The Herald News.
DR. MURRAY FEINGOLD: Health care system needs communications overhaul -- My examination has uncovered that the health care system has been infected with a serious communication virus resulting in lack of information gathering between patients and health care providers. Unfortunately, the virus is spreading and there is no vaccine in sight to cure it.
DR. JEFF HERSH: Can you be allergic to cold? -- One in every 5 people will develop hives (raised, red, itchy welts) at some point in their lives. The most common cause is "unknown"; that is, the exact cause is not identified, although reaction to some allergen (a substance such as a medication, food, topical cream, chemical, pollen, etc.) is by far the most likely explanation.
DARIN ST. GEORGE: A look at some great equipment -- Let's take a look at the gym, the exercise floor if you will, and see what jumps out at us and makes an impression.
PHYSICIAN FOCUS: Living with chronic back pain -- For most Americans, aches and pains come and go. However, roughly 10 percent of Americans experience chronic pain or pain that lasts longer than the normal healing time of three months. By Dr. Janet D. Pearl.
SENIOR SAVVY: Fighting with elderly parents over dietary restrictions -- When your father is stressed, his blood pressure could be elevated and that could cause other medical problems. Speak with your father's physician (if your father will allow you) to discuss your father's salt intake. Ask the physician to provide you with the risks involved in consuming salt. At the same time listen to your father and his requests. By Debbie Gitner and Linda Sullivan.
SUZETTE MARTINEZ STANDRING: Parents explore true meaning of Judaism with their twins - Not being firmly grounded in Judaism always bothered Carissa Steefel. So when her twins were born, she and her husband, Jeffrey, hoped to instill a love of Jewish spirituality in their children.
REV. TESS BAUMBERGER: How knitting is and is not like life -- Knitting is like a well-lived life in that first we learn the basics (hopefully from someone we love) and at first we do simple things. We build a garment one stitch at a time just as we build a life one hour, one day at a time. We persevere and it grows. When we learn new ways of doing things the range of what we can do expands.
PETER COSTA: Trying to forget spring cleaning -- Now that it is officially spring, we forget things like below-zero wind chills, foot-deep snows, and, unfortunately, in my case, the 8 times table. I misplaced it during the winter.
O'MAHONEY CARTOON: On Obama’s health care bill (for Wednesday)
GRANLUND CARTOON: Why China fears the Internet
GRANLUND CARTOON: Pope Benedict and preying clergy
BRITT CARTOON: Federal gov-ment needs to stay out of our lives!
EDITORIAL: Health care bill only halfway to history -- The headlines Monday morning trumpeted the passage of a bill that will be debated, dissected and tweaked for years to come. Banners like “House makes history” and “Health care history is made” jumped off the front pages of newspapers across the country. Not so fast. From The Herald News.
GARY BROWN: There was something dirty about my dad's fish story - As I remember, dad seemed very earnest in his insistence that his sons learn how to fish. But it really was a devious plot to make us spade the garden in the spring.
KENT BUSH: Health care impact unknown until the dust clears - National health care is the law of the land. The explosion was obvious. But just like any detonation, you have to wait for the dust to settle to see what the effects of the explosion really were.
KENNETH KNEPPER: Sometimes a little humility is all it takes - Thanks to adulthood and marriage, there remain few instances when my humility is challenged.
PETER CHIANCA: Phone for kids is a tough cell -- So how did I become one of parents, the ones who are always telling their kids about how tough times were back when we were young? That’s just what I find myself doing when my 10-year-old daughter insists that she wants — wait, scratch that — she needs a cell phone.
Business / Ag
ON COMPUTERS: Four or eight cylinders? -- Many consumer computers now run at 64-bit. A few years ago, only the big dogs ran at that level. The rest of us were stuck in a 32-bit world. By Jim Hillibish of The Repository.
CHECKOUT LANE: Choosing the right skateboard -- Skate shop owners have a message for aspiring skateboarders: Equipment is everything. By Lana Lagomarsini of The Patriot Ledger.
MAKING CENTS: The case for long-term care insurance -- Many times over the years I've written about long-term care insurance, and it still blows me away how many people say that this coverage is a waste of money. The issues surrounding caring and paying for long-term illnesses are far more significant than issues that we think about when evaluating the purchase decision. By John P. Napolitano of The Patriot Ledger.
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