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WAKE UP CALL!: Are home-packed lunches making students sick?

INNER CIRCLE 2012: What to know about upcoming regional meetings

EDITING WORDS: Resources for fact-checking U.S. credit downgrade stories


KIDS CONTENT: Coloring, drawing, activity pages on picnic, camping themes
*NOTE: The weekly KidzBuzz page returns for the school year Aug. 19.

SEPTEMBER FAMILY: Fall family activities, tips for stress-free birthday parties, advice for kids new to riding the school bus

PAINT THE TOWN PINK: Breast cancer awareness section in tab and broadsheet formats


LABOR DAY PAGE: Industries that are hiring now

COUNTRY LIVING: Tips on starting a family quilting tradition, how to make soap, and advice on closing up a cabin or lake house for the winter.


HEALTH WATCH: Developmental phases -- weekly Health Watch with items on developmental phases of kids, an increase in worldwide blood donations, how to end your summer on a strong foot and more. By GHNS

KEVIN FRISCH: A goat-milking sequel, coming soon -- True item: I have been invited back to my county fair this year to once again try my unskilled and awkward hand at milking a goat. Messenger Post (N.Y.)

DAVID ROBSON: The art of selecting produce -- Here's help for picking the best melons, tomatoes, peaches and other late-summer delights. By David Robson, Springfield, Ill., State Journal-Register

GARY BROWN: Dad warned me; I learned the hard way -- When I was growing up, parents sometimes said things that didn’t make much sense. Maybe they figured that if we weren’t going to listen to them, why should they pay all that much attention to what they were saying? By Gary Brown, Canton (Ohio) Repository

SHOESTRING LIVING: Shop 'used' before 'new' -- Make it a habit to always shop for used products before buying new ones and experience the thrill of purchasing without the guilt that often accompanies it. I believe it’s possible to buy almost anything gently used, if you just know where to look. Here are few thoughts on locating products perfectly suited for the used market. By Molly Logan Anderson, GHNS columnist

JEFF VRABEL: Healthy Happy Meals will brainwash your children -- McDonald's, you may have seen, recently announced that it would begin offering more "fruit" and fewer chemicals/discarded animal legs in its Happy Meals, by way of atoning for forcing billions upon billions of preservative-filled meathorks on kids for 200 years, but I mean it's not like there's been any recent appreciable change in childhood obesity rates or anything. By Jeff Vrabel, GHNS columnist

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LICCAR CARTOON: Taxpayeritis  -- Joe Liccar on the debacle in Washington. GHNS

LICCAR CARTOON: Bankruptcy  -- Liccar on the "games" in Washington. GHNS

BILL KNIGHT: More churchgoers back torture than 'unaffiliated' Americans  -- It’s more than a little confusing when people who say they’re Christians are more supportive of torture than self-identified “unaffiliated” Americans, and it’s downright surprising that those who regularly worship support torture more than those who rarely attend religious services. Pekin Daily Times (Ill.)
* Poll idea: When is torture OK? Always, sometimes, rarely, never.

CHARITA GOSHAY: Hissy fits over compromise? Somebody needs a nap -- Toddlers are funny because they function without a filter. Once they learn to speak, whatever comes up, comes out. By Charita Goshay, Canton (Ohio) Repository

SHAYNE LOOPER: One unintended consequence of abortion -- The gluttony of the rich, the Enlightenment philosopher Adam Smith once argued, actually helps the poor. By Shayne Looper, Coldwater (MI) Daily Reporter

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Business / auto

AUTO BITS: Do guys take better care of their cars or themselves? - Weekly auto rail, with info about men and car care, Car Q&A with Junior Damato and more.
* 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: 1950 Lincoln lover needs 'parts sharing' information - Q: Greg, there's nothing better than reading about old cars and nostalgia, so I have a question about the 1950 Lincoln. Is it true that in 1950, the Lincoln offered a General Motors automatic transmission as an option? My friends tell me this is true, and I want to know from you if they are correct. Also, when did Lincoln offer factory installed air conditioning? By Greg Zyla, GHNS columnist.
* This contains a letter from PA.

SILVIO CALABI: BMW’s 6 is finally a 10 (maybe a 9) - When BMW relaunched its 6-Series coupe in 2003, the car was not quite fully sorted — some tweaking was in order. The 650i is the 2012, gen-two model, and the car is now spot-on, a techno tour de force. By Silvio Calabi, GHNS columnist.
*NOTE: This is a new weekly auto review column.

JIM HILLIBISH: A radio website that lets you decide the songs -- Those willing to jump through the hoops will find a big reward in The music-on-demand website is a treasure waiting to be discovered. It began in 2008 in Sweden (that country’s first big thing on the Internet), and it quickly became Europe’s favorite jukebox. Canton (Ohio) Repository

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NASCAR: Chris Gill: Wild cards at The Glen -- After the race in Pennsylvania’s mountainous vacation spot, the series heads to Watkins Glen International where we could see a fifth first-time winner and/or a 15th new face in victory lane. For the purposes of this column, let’s focus on the guys who haven’t won but who have the best shot at winning at The Glen. Corning Leader (N.Y.)

DIAMOND DIRT: The worst MLB logos ever -- As for logos that have been used over the years in, for example, San Diego, Baltimore, Seattle and Toronto, let’s just say it’s a good thing these teams have since changed it up. Here are my top four worst logos ever: Dominic Genetti/ Hannibal Courier-Post (Mo.)

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