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WAKE UP CALL!: Should migraines disqualify Bachmann?

TOP 50: GH sites with the most page views in June

SEO & ANALYTICS: How newspaper SEO can offer unlimited page views


FALL BOOMERS: DIY tips on refinishing furniture, Canadian travel ideas and recipes to make a weekday morning breakfast for two special.

9/11 ANNIVERSARY SECTION: An eight-page section, callouts, house ads and more

BUCKET LIST CALLOUT: What's on readers' "bucket lists"?

BACK TO SCHOOL PAGE: Clothing trends

BACK TO SCHOOL TAB: Tips for kids heading to elementary school through college


- Heat Wave 2011: Help Your Body Stay Cool
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-- Localization: Run this with any hot-weather stories.

- is not happy about a new law in Calif. that requires online retailers to collect sales tax.
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-- Localization: Run in your business section and poll readers about how they feel about states collecting taxes on online businesses.


RELIGION NEWS: 'The Real Housewives of the Bible' -- Weekly Religion News with items on "The Real Housewives of the Bible," “Inside Scientology: The Story of America’s Most Secretive Religion” by Janet Reitman and more. By GHNS

GEORGE LITTLE: How to avoid, treat heatstroke  -- In July 1936, temperatures in North Dakota reached 121 degrees (more than halfway to boiling). The soil temperature at the 4-inch level was 200 degrees. It may not be the summer of '36, but here's what you can do to avoid and to treat heatstroke. State Journal-Register (Ill.)

TEEN RESEARCHES CANCER: Grandfather's illness leads student to cancer research program -- Tara Stremalau gets choked up when she talks about spending her summer researching cancer. The 17-year-old girl from Jacksonville, Ill., learned she was accepted into the American Cancer Society's summer research program one week before her grandfather, Robert Fisher, died of the disease in May. Rhys Saunders/ Be Healthy Springfield (Ill.)

DIANA BOGGIA: Tips for avoiding a chaotic family vacation - With summer in full swing, many families are planning vacations with great anticipation of fun-filled days and the making of lasting family memories. Unfortunately, a lack of thoughtful planning regarding daily structure and consistent routine often causes tremendous distress, which vibrates throughout a family as children meltdown. By Diana Boggia, Canton, Ohio.


STAY TUNED: Shows that need a summer vacation — permanently - When is it time to call it quits on a television show? When your favorite actor leaves? When the story lines become predictable? When tuning in becomes more a routine than a choice? By Melissa Crawley, GHNS columnist.
* Facebook idea: Ask fans which shows they think should be dropped.

FARR SIDE: Betty White, ‘Modern Family’ deserve Emmy nods - The Primetime Emmy Award nominations were announced. I think they got it right. Almost. By David T. Farr, Sturgis, Mich.
* Facebook idea: Ask fans if they think any deserving nominees were left out.

NEW MOVIES: 'Captain America,' 'Friends with Benefits' and more  Brief summaries of this weekend's new movies, including "Captain America" and "Friends with Benefits." Al Alexander/ The Patriot Ledger (Mass.)
*This column used to be called "Sneak Preview."

BRIAN MACKEY: Pucker up for outrageous rock from Kiss -- In some ways, Kiss is frozen in amber, still inhabiting that era. Half of their latest set list came from two of the band’s earliest albums: “Kiss” (1974) and “Destroyer” (1976). State Journal-Register (Ill.)

LEO KOTTKE TOUR: Legendary guitarist Leo Kottke shares his secrets -- "Practice is what ruins people," says the good-natured but droll 65-year-old guitar god, Leo Kottke. "It’s dangerous. If you want to develop as a musician, play what you like, and stick to it. Don’t fall into bad habits." Neil Cote/ Wicked Local Newburyport (Mass.)
*Localization tip: Is Leo Kottke coming to your area? If so, include dates, times and ticket prices.


GRANLUND CARTOON: Michele Bachmann and migraines. By Dave Granlund, GHNS cartoonist.

BRITT CARTOON: News Corp.'s headquarters are 'down under.' By Chris Britt, Springfield, Ill.

O'MAHONEY CARTOON: And I think it's gonna be a long, long time ... -- O'Mahoney on the return of the last NASA space shuttle mission.  The Patriot Ledger (Mass.)

JERRY MOORE: Republicans raise taxes, too  -- Who said the GOP never raises taxes? When the U.S. House of Representatives passed a budget resolution for fiscal year 2012, Republicans voted to increase our taxes. How appropriate that they approved the much-heralded Path to Prosperity plan on April 15. Suburban Life Publications (Ill.)

BARRY GREENFIELD: Local governments should hire citizens - In today’s economy, there are precious few jobs for local teens, seniors and middle-aged unemployed workers. As a taxpayer, should you have the opportunity to earn back some tax dollars by helping out the public works department? By Barry Greenfield, GHNS columnist.


BIZ BITS: Everyday tax savings for all year long - Weekly business rail, with tax tips, a BBB warning about cellphone charges 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.


DIAMOND DIRT: Oh, the suspense of the MLB trade deadline - Who would have ever thought that the trade deadline would bring so much excitement? Every year it's like watching a big breaking news story. I can only imagine with this year has in store. By Dominic Genetti, Hannibal, Mo.