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WAKE UP CALL!: Outdoor smoking bans coming?
POLL QUESTION IDEA: How do readers feel about the Tea Party?
WEEKLY GO GREEN PAGE: Grow an herb garden
PRO FOOTBALL WEEKLY PAGES: Week 2 previews
BREAST CANCER AWARENESS PAGE: Network of support
SEPT. RADARFROG PAGE: How to haggle
-- Coupon book: DIY Halloween costumes, decor
CREATIVE MAILBOXES CALLOUT: Find your town's best mailboxes
MOSQUE CONTENT: Check out our package of content on the Ground Zero-area mosque controversy.
RELIGION NEWS: New survey shows Americans happy, charitable -- Click inside for the weekly religion rail, with items on a new survey that shows Americans are among the most happy and charitable, religious sub-Saharan African nations, "Scriptures of the World's Religions" and more.
BOILING POINT: Score a halftime TD with Unexpected Pizza - It’s hard getting their attention at football halftime. Unexpected Pizza may work for you. Then again, this might be a lost game. By Jim Hillibish.
CHILI: When it’s chilly outside, why not try chili inside? - If chili makes your throat burn and your eyes water and your brow sweat, you need Jim Hillibish’s Not So Alarming Chili recipe — tonight.
DIANA BOGGIA: Getting more than a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer from your kids - Getting information from a child can be difficult, as young children are concrete thinkers. They speak in “black and white” language — good or bad, yes or no.
BRIAN MACKEY: Opening a Pandora's box of social cues -- Not long ago, I was browsing books when I came across a box with this question: “You are in an unfortunate situation in which you are forced to consider cannibalism in order to stay alive. Would you rather eat babies or elderly people?”
SNEAK PREVIEW: 'The Town,' 'Easy A' and other movies opening this week - Ben Affleck is fast becoming the Bard of Boston with his string of Hub-set dramas, including “Good Will Hunting,” “Gone Baby Gone” and now this adaptation of Chuck Hogan’s “Prince of Thieves.” By Al Alexander.
BEN AFFLECK: Ben Affleck making it in Hollywood as triple threat - Ben Affleck may have caught filmgoers’ attention in front of the camera, but he’s been just as busy behind it of late. He co-wrote and co-starred in “Good Will Hunting,” then later directed and co-wrote “Gone Baby Gone.” With “The Town,” Affleck has achieved triple-threat status – directing, co-writing and co-starring. By Ed Symkus.
THE TOWN: Movie review: 'The Town' one of best films of the year - As they’d say in Boston, “The Town” is a wicked pissah. It succeeds in its quest to appeal to everyone from townies to “toonies” in telling a familiar cops-and-robbers tale in remarkably inventive ways. By Al Alexander.
FARR SIDE: Might-see TV:?Is there time for new shows? - All summer long, TV networks have been teasing us about new shows. You might recall the seeing glimpses of “The Event” during just about everything NBC ran this summer. I’m sort of interested to see “The Event,” but I’m afraid it’s going to have the same effect as “Lost.” “Lost” captivated me from the beginning with an incredible cast and well-thought storylines, up until the end. I guess you could say the show lived up to its title, considering I felt just as lost when the series concluded in May as I did when it began six seasons ago. By David T. Farr.
ALBUM REVIEW: Bad City harkens back to arena rock with 'Welcome to the Wasteland' - Remember those years back in the era of arena rock? When bands like Kiss and Guns N’ Roses were king? Those days just maybe coming back if Bad City and their debut album, "Welcome to the Wasteland," have anything to do with it. By Gary Darling.
5 THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND: This weekend, celebrate Constitution Day, International Eat an Apple Day, Talk Like a Pirate Day and more.
* Localization tip: Are there any local Constitution Day events? Add those if so. And are there any apple-picking orchards in your area? List those as well. And feel free to add any big local events in place of one or more of these items.
GRANLUND CARTOON: Local budgets take a bite out of services.
BRITT CARTOON: Reggie Bush fumbles away the Heisman Trophy.
EDITORIAL: President Obama’s tax strategy makes sense - President Barack Obama’s former budget director created quite a stir last week when, in a New York Times op-ed column, he proposed that Congress extend all of the 2001 Bush tax cuts for two years. By The State Journal-Register.
EDITORIAL: Can't we do better than 'truthiness' in America? - One irritant regarding the Internet is its vulnerability to the spread of misinformation over a wide area - like globally - in a heartbeat. Defenders will argue that the Internet also makes it far easier to correct a mistake, though let's face it, the damage is undone far more slowly than it was done in the first place. By The Journal Star.
KENT BUSH: Conservatives will have to try to find common ground - The old gray elephant is fighting for survival. Either the tea party led by Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck take over the party or the Democrats beat tea party candidates who ousted GOP candidates in primaries and leave the Republicans on the outside looking in for at least another couple of years.
CURT SMITH: Eddie Haskell goes to Washington - Like Eddie Haskell, President Obama cries wolf, saying health care would slash cost while bulging coverage. Both blame others.
CONSTITUTION DAY: Sander A. Diamond: Commemorating our Constitution - The Declaration of Independence is our birth certificate and is commemorated on July 4. The Constitution, celebrated on Sept. 17, is our roadmap to maturity.
BIZ BITS: Weekly business rail, with tips on how to be charismatic, a BBB warning about magazine scams and more.
DAVE RAMSEY: You don’t need student loans to afford college - Weekly financial Q&A, with advice on student loans and prenuptial agreements.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL NATION: Michigan’s Denard Robinson putting on quite a show - Two weeks ago, no one knew if he'd play. Now, after two games, he’s the best player in college football. OK, that’s an overstatement. But no one has been better through two weeks of the season than sophomore Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson, and even if he falls back to Earth over the next few games and plays like someone with his lack of experience, his accomplishments over the opening weekends of the season have been nothing short of special. By Eric Avidon.
FANTASY FOOTBALL: Pick Six Weekly: First week of fantasy football was a wild one - Last week was an example of why fantasy football gets weird. That was especially true in Week 1. Guys like Texans RB Arian Foster, NY Giants WR Hakeem Nicks, Indianapolis WR Austin Collie, Oakland RB Darren McFadden and Philadelphia QB Michael Vick were among the top-10 scorers in Week 1 in most standard scoring formats. Meanwhile, first-round fantasy picks Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson, Jacksonville’s Maurice Jones-Drew, Baltimore’s Ray Rice, Atlanta’s Michael Turner and last year’s top fantasy scorer, Aaron Rodgers, barely put up double digits, if at all. By Joey Baskerville.
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