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KIDZBUZZ: The first Thanksgiving

GIFT GUIDE: Ideas for teens and tweens, this season's hot toys, gadget gifts and more
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WINTER BOOMERS: Travel stories on Maine's Hartstone Inn and eight places to visit for living history, news about glaucoma and how to get in on fitness fad Zumba.
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The Street

MICROSOFT: Surface sales 'modest'

POLITICS: Sean Hannity is less of a blowhard; setting up Christie 2016

RIM: Confirms BlackBerry 10 January launch date

ANTON WAHLMAN: Microsoft's Windows 8: Why I changed my mind
    -- Windows 8 poses audio problems:

TECH: Apple, HTC settle patent dispute

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HOME HELP: Four fast fixes for a fabulous shower - Weekly home rail, with tips on fixing your shower, a holiday lighting design tip, and more. By GHNS.

JIM HILLIBISH: I got my wife a computer tablet for her birthday. “Nice gift,” say my friends. Right. On Thursday night, I heard this tap, tap, tippy tap. Lily, our mini doxie, sprang up in bed. It was Kathleen, playing solitaire beside us, on the you know what. By Jim Hillibish, Canton Repository

ON COMPUTERS: Windows 8 eases installation - Windows 8 supposedly offers one of the easiest upgrade programs of any version. Microsoft apparently has heard our screams of agony with previous upgrades. By Jim Hillibish, Canton, Ohio.

WAYNE L. WESTCOTT: We often share information on our strength training research using free-weights or weightstack machines. However, elastic resistance bands can be used effectively for enhancing muscle strength. By Wayne L. Westcott, The Patriot Ledger

HEALTHSTYLE: Increase your job satisfaction - Sometimes I just don’t want to go to work. I bet everyone feels that way from time to time, even if you love what you do.  Usually this feeling quickly passes. The problem comes when you find that you feel unmotivated, discouraged, or unhappy about your job nearly every day. When you are chronically unhappy on your job it can affect your performance, health, relationships and psychological well-being. By David Gannon, GHNS.

THE GUY’S PERSPECTIVE: He always has to prove his point - I’ve been with my boyfriend for over two years. I love him and want things to work out between us. However, there is one thing that concerns me about him. He always seems to need to prove his point to everyone no matter how big or small the topic is. I am much more open-minded and feel like people can think how they want to think. If someone says something that he doesn’t agree with, he always needs to correct them and give them a jumble of facts why he’s right. It is very important to him that he prove he is right. What does this mean? And how can I deal with it so that it does not always bug me? By Saelen Ghose, GHNS.

GRAB THE GOOD: Tailgating treats to cheer about - I love football, but I secretly think it has more to do with whipping up football-friendly food than it does the game itself. Don’t get me wrong, it’s great to watch the home team win, but it’s so much better with appetizers galore. Our favorite taste bud teasers are sure to score a touchdown at your house this weekend. By Molly Logan Anderson, GHNS.

JEFF VRABEL: All kids' things are dangerous - A quick word to those people who study the danger effects of monkey bars: YEP. THEY'RE DANGEROUS, and also do you guys have any openings? All you hear is awful awful no jobs no jobs, yet evidently hordes of folks can be found dedicating resources and energies to the study of the effects of the dangers of playground equipment. Seriously, if y'all need any interns or anything, particularly in the Spinny Thing Division, I am your man, at least until I throw up, which will be soonish. By Jeff Vrabel, GHNS.

LORETTA LAROCHE: Dealing with voice mail can test your sanity - Columnist Loretta LaRoche says she’s often thought that if she had to go into another career, she could be a concierge. Although she says she’d get the job done, she knows she wouldn’t be happy. By Loretta LaRoche, The Patriot Ledger.

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JD MCPHERSON: On “Signs & Signifiers,” JD McPherson’s guitar alternately jangles with Buddy Holly longing and thumps with Johnny Cash-like drive; the bass clicks and slaps, the piano rolls and the drums pop, while a sax honks its way along in the background. By Peter Chianca, the Georgetown Record

KEIRA KNIGHTLEY: Keira Knightley’s star has been steadily rising. The British actor was introduced to American audiences via her small role as handmaiden to Natalie Portman’s Padme in “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace.”  By Ed Symkus, The Patriot Ledger

JAMES BOND: Everyone has his or her favorite James Bond moments, and considering the films date back 50 years - "Dr. No" debuted in 1962 and the 23rd installment, "Skyfall," opened Friday - that's a lot of moments. Here are my Top 7, in honor of Agent 007, of course. By Bob Tremblay, MetroWest Daily News

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EDITORIAL: By tradition, we cast our votes on the first Tuesday in November. We share our experiences with friends and colleagues – the lines, the signs, the gossip – and talk for a few hours about the voting process. Then the results start coming in and there are plenty of other things to talk about. MetroWest Daily News

RICK HOLMES: Scott Brown flashed across the national political landscape like a shooting star in 2010.  His rise surprised everyone, from the Washington media elite to the folks around here who had watched him since his days as a state rep. By Rick Holmes, MetroWest Daily News

LLOYD GARVER: Post-election elation - I'm still excited about last Tuesday's election. Not just President Barack Obama's supporters but every American should have been thrilled last Tuesday night. Why? Because the campaign is finally over. By Lloyd Garver, GHNS.

JARED OLAR: A failed president achieves success - Now that the 2012 presidential election is history, here's a political postmortem on this race that did not end as I had thought it might. By Jared Olar, Pekin, Ill.

NEAL SIMON: Incumbency, history pointed to an Obama win - Never underestimate the power of incumbency. That’s my biggest takeaway from election day 2012. I also learned one other thing: Donald Trump apparently has a problem with free elections. By Neal Simon, Hornell, NY.

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Business / auto

AUTO BITS: Prepare your garage for winter - Weekly auto rail, with garage tips, Car Q&A with Junior Damato and more. By GHNS.
* 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.

SILVIO CALABI: For 2013, Honda’s Accord is ‘better, not bigger’ - Honda has a cool new feature available on its 2013 Accord: Signal for a right turn and a camera shows us — on the bright 8-inch screen in the dashboard — the entire starboard side of the car plus the part of the road we’re about to veer into. It’s a bit startling at first, but then we notice three horizontal lines in the picture, too. These mark car lengths, to indicate whether there’s room to dart into the next lane. Just the thing for frenzied commuters slaloming through traffic. By Silvio Calabi, GHNS.

GREG ZYLA: The jargon of used-car salesmen - Of all the car columns I've written over the years, I receive more mail on columns written about used car salesmen than anything other subject. Additionally, in no way are we insinuating that used car salespeople are untrustworthy. Matter of fact, most are trustworthy. By Greg Zyla, GHNS.

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CHRIS GILL: Five men have had their hopes and dreams crushed by Jimmie Johnson during his reign in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series. Two of them were champions, two were “the next big thing” and one was Johnson’s mentor. By Chris Gill, The Leader (Corning, N.Y.)

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