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    -- Monday, an item on rising gas prices and how to find the best prices in your area

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KIDZBUZZ: Learn about Cesar Chavez

DISASTER PREP QUARTER PAGE: 5 ways to be ready for nasty weather

OUTDOOR LIVING: How to introduce kids to fishing, tips for turkey season, prepare now for the fall hunt

APRIL FAMILY: Simple and cheap spring activities for the family, making the most of your next road trip, an organic dinner recipe for Earth Day

OPEN HOUSE WEEKEND PAGE: For the National Association of Realtors' nationwide event April 28-29

SPRING HOME & GARDEN: Tips for the first-time vegetable gardener, upgrade ideas for your floors and bath, dozens of landscaping tips

The Street

APPLE: Where does Apple go next? -- Apple is widely expected to release a television set in the coming months. Where does the tech giant go after that? By Chris Ciaccia, The Street
    -- 'Flash Crash' scares the daylights out of investors:

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HEALTH WATCH: Help from apps -- weekly Health Watch with fitness apps to help in your workouts, new research on synthetic marijuana, why popcorn from a bag may not be healthy and more. GHNS

LESSONS FROM CANCER: Living with cancer and beyond -- It seems that many of us believe, or want to believe, that we live on in spirit after we die, judging by the responses to the piece last week about my session with Spirit Medium Candice Dalton. Joyce Rothman/ GHNS

LOOKING UP: What star is that? - Why is it we always need a name? Somehow names are important to all of us. We naturally feel more of a connection when we know what the type of tree in our backyard is called or the species of a bird at our feeder. The same goes with stars, but it is not the type we are asking, but the name, like Candice, Lovey, Penny or Felicity. By Peter Becker, Hawley, Pa.

GEORGE LITTLE: Say hello to spring -- According to, spring 2012 will be slightly warmer and wetter than normal. The Old Farmer’s Almanac says it will be cool and dry. Folklore says that, because New Years Day is on Sunday in 2012, there would be a mild winter. The State Journal-Register (Ill.)

KENT BUSH: 'The REAL Christians of Henderson County'  -- That kind of Christianity is hard to hate and even harder to make fun of during a comedic monologue. It’s amazing. The closer we get to Jesus’ teachings, the better off we all are. Augusta Gazette (Kan.)

FOOD TIP: How to cook perfect pasta -- Perfectly cooked pasta has slight resistance when bitten. It  must never be mushy or stuck together, caused by over cooking. Jim Hillibish/ Canton (Ohio) Repository

JIM HILLIBISH: California strawberries arriving soon -- The sun is shining on California strawberry farmers. First shipments of their spring crop are heading east. Producers say this could be the season to remember. Last year, cold and rain delayed the crop. Jim Hillibish/ Canton (Ohio) Repository

JIM HILLIBISH: Deep-fried hot dogs are big sellers worth trying -- New Jersey is the self-appointed home state of the rippers, hot dogs fried until their castings burst. The result is a brown, caramelized crust. Canton (Ohio) Repository

FOOD PYRAMID: New food pyramid modernizes old daily meal concepts -- The USDA’s latest model of what they call the FGP is different. The major change is a qualitative statement by arranging the groups in order of importance to our diet. Jim Hillibish/ Canton (Ohio) Repository

EASTER HAM: Enhance your Easter ham -- If you are serving Easter dinner, it’s time to start thinking about your entree. For most of us, that means ham. According to National Pork Board, about 65 percent of us will serve ham as the centerpiece to the Easter feast. Jennifer Mastroianni/ Canton (Ohio) Repository
*Callout idea: Send us your Easter recipes.

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SUDOKU APRIL: Sudoku puzzles for April (1373-1407) are available for download. Previous puzzles are linked to in this file.

AUTHOR INTERVIEW: The Readers’ Writers: Author Stacy Bierlein - Stacy Bierlien isn’t new to the literary scene. A southern Californian, she edited the award-winning anthology “A Stranger Among Us: Stories of Cross Cultural Collision and Connection,” and co-edited “Men Undressed: Female Writers and the Male Sexual Experience.” She is a founding editor of the independent press Other Voices Books, and co-creator of the Morgan Street International Novel Series. Her articles about writing, publishing and the arts appear on various websites. By DA Kentner, Freeport, Ill.

MOVIE MAN: 'Casablanca' gets deluxe release it deserves -- A few weeks ago in this column, I wondered why Warner Bros. gave an expensive, extras-packed DVD release to “The Town,” a movie that, while not bad, has yet to stand the test of time. Will Pfeifer/ Rockford Register Star (Ill.)

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GRANLUND CARTOON: Romney Etch A Sketch -- Dave Granlund on Mitt Romney's advisor comparing Romney's strategy in the general election to an Etch A Sketch. GHNS

PHILLIP MADDOCKS: Newt Gingrich blames gas prices, elite media, second wife for poor showing - Newt Gingrich continued his discussion about himself on Thursday at a campaign event in Louisiana, saying the only things standing between him and a smooth path to the oval office are the president’s unwillingness to tackle the high price of gas, the media’s inability to properly frame his grand ideas, and Chevrolet’s belligerent insistence on marketing an electric car. By Philip Maddocks, MetroWest, Mass.

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ERIC P BLOOM: Fishbone diagrams: Another great root cause analysis tool for managers - This week’s column is my fifth and final column on root cause analysis tools for managers. In previous weeks I explained root cause analysis in general and three other great analysis tools; The Five Whys, Root Cause Mapping, and Brainstorming. This week, as promised, I’ll be explaining fishbone diagrams. By Eric P. Bloom, GHNS.

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CHRIS POTTER: Tebow trade a major gamble for Jets -- Why should Tebow’s tenure in New York be any different? Dealing for Tebow either becomes a masterstroke for the Jets, both on the field and off, or an unmitigated disaster that likely sinks the Rex Ryan regime. The Evening Tribune (N.Y.)

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