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WAKE UP CALL!: Should President Obama face primary challenge?

POLL QUESTION IDEA: Are we headed for another recession?

STORY IDEAS: Five for back to school
*NOTE: A back to school carousel package will syndicate to all carousels today


FALL OUTDOOR LIVING: Tips on deer hunting season, how to prevent kids from getting lost outdoors, advice on getting a more accurate rifle


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.


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- Run with any weather coverage, ask readers if they would drink recycled toilet water.

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- Localization: Ask readers if they’ve done anything to express their displeasure.


RELIGION NEWS: What Westerners, Muslims think of each other -- weekly Religion News with items on a study that reveals how Westerners and Muslims see each other, “Mother Teresa: Her Essential Wisdom” by Mother Teresa and more. By GHNS

GARDENING: 7 principles of river-friendly gardening  -- 1. Landscape locally. Know your climate, sun exposure and soil. Try to use more native species. Avoid invasive plants. Scripps Howard News Service?

50 DISHES BY 50: Homemade yogurt, mayonnaise and Creme Fraiche  -- Yogurt and mayonnaise are two refrigerator staples most of us would never think of making. Well, I thought it was high time I made them from scratch. Not only do they taste wholesome and fresh, but I like that they are kind of a kitchen science experiment. Jennifer Mastroianni/ Canton (Ohio) Repository

JIM HILLIBISH: Vegemite offers healthful benefits   -- Did your mamma say, “Eat your Vegemite?” Many still do. It’s the world’s richest source of B vitamins, after all. Canton (Ohio) Repository

BEER NUT: A paler shade of black - A black IPA is not a new style, but it has really exploded onto the scene in the past two years. The Beer Nut and his friends taste 11 of them and report the results of their blind test. By Norman Miller, MetroWest, Mass.

DIANA BOGGIA: Teach your kids that we are defined by what we do, not how we look - I am very blessed to have two beautiful daughters, ages 5 and 2. People regularly make comments about how pretty they both are. However, occasionally someone will compliment one of them and not the other. It’s not a problem when the person comments about the older daughter (because the younger daughter doesn’t care); but when someone comments about my toddler, then my older daughter feels badly that they didn’t comment about her. By Diana Boggia, Canton, Ohio.

DAN SEABORN: Be careful what you wish for in life -- The point is there will be days, months and seasons of your life when you wish you hadn’t signed up for this marriage, these kids, this job or whatever it is that has you questioning your sanity. It is normal, but trust me when I say it will pass if you let it ride. Dan Seaborn is a non-denominational Christian Evangelist. The Holland Sentinel (Mich.)

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NEW MOVIES: 'The Help' and other movies opening this week – A quick look at the movies opening in theaters this weekend. By Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger.

STAY TUNED: 'Switched at Birth' is compelling family drama - I started watching the new series “Switched at Birth” a little late because when I heard the title I thought it was another reality show with bad re-enactments, dramatic “confession cam” style interviews and awkward reunions. When I learned that the show was a drama on ABC Family, I was even less interested. But there's more to this family-friendly series than safe plots and happy endings. By Melissa Crawley, GHNS columnist.

FARR SIDE: Katy Perry close to rare chart achievement - Katy Perry is on the verge of making rewriting the record books. Perry could score her fifth straight No. 1 single from the same album. That has been done only once, by Michael Jackson on “Bad.”?That album produced five No. 1’s:?“I Just Can’t Stop Loving You,” “Bad,” “The Way You Make Me Feel,” “Man In The Mirror,” and “Dirty Diana.” By David T. Farr, Sturgis, Mich.

OAK RIDGE BOYS: New music, new honors, same old Oak Ridge Boys - Here’s a trivia question that, until about a week ago, most people would have gotten wrong: Which of these country artists is not a member of the Grand Ole Opry: Carrie Underwood, Josh Turner or the Oak Ridge Boys? No slight to the youngsters Underwood and Turner, but would anyone other than the most studied of Opry followers have thought that the venerable Oak Ridge Boys were not members of that august institution? Yet the group that made its first Grand Ole Opry appearance back in 1954 wasn’t inducted as a member until Aug. 6. By Dan Naumovich, Springfield, Ill.

JEFF DUNHAM: Jeff Dunham laughing all the way to the bank -- The list of people who become fabulously wealthy off careers in comedy is short. The list of people who have done so with puppets is shorter still. Here is the list: Jeff Dunham. Brian Mackey/ State Journal-Register (Ill.)
*Is Jeff Dunham performing near your area? Check his tour dates and include the time, location and ticket price.

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GRANLUND CARTOON: US and self esteem. By Dave Granlund, GHNS cartoonist.

GRANLUND CARTOON: Stock market ride and 401(k). By Dave Granlund, GHNS cartoonist.

EDITORIAL: A better debt debate next time -- The select bipartisan committee charged with the next step in Washington's deficit reduction challenge is taking shape, with the Democratic Senate representatives named this week. We can think of three suggestions that might change the dynamic for this next round of brinksmanship: MetroWest Daily News (Mass.)

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BIZ BITS: Career trends every student should know about - Weekly business rail, with career tips for students, BBB warning about home security systems and more. By GHNS.
* Localization tip: You could include a weekly tax tip from a local expert, have a business-related Q&A with a local expert or do a “business of the week” feature in which you highlight a local business.

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DIAMOND DIRT: It's time to honor Curt Flood - Most don’t realize that Curt Flood changed the game of baseball forever. It wasn’t only his stellar effort on the field, that his St. Louis Cardinals teammates can attest to greatly, but it was also his efforts off the field. Efforts to make baseball an honest operating American business. By Dominic Genetti, Hannibal, Mo.

GEORGE LITTLE: Outdoorsmen don't relax during the dog days -- The lethargy of the dog days will soon give way to September, and then it’s just a short trip to the deer and upland hunting seasons. This is a good time to get ahead of the preparation curve and be ready to go when the bell rings. State Journal-Register (Ill.)

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