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WAKE UP CALL!: Covering the cold
INNER CIRCLE: Echo-Pilot (Pa.) editor shares success story
NASCAR PAGE: Analyzing the sport's new points system; Daytona preview
DISASTER RECOVERY PAGE (formerly Tornado Prep page): Recovering your home from fire, weather
KIDZBUZZ PAGE: Making Valentines
FEBRUARY RADARFROG PAGE AND COUPON BOOK: Save on Valentine's flowers, workday lunches
VALENTINE'S DAY PAGE: Gifts for all the loved ones in your life
-- VALENTINE'S PHOTOS CALLOUT
MONEY & INVESTING: Our new tab has tips on saving for college and retirement, making a family budget, and more on tax time and real estate
FAMILY TIME: Building a better breakfast - Weekly family rail, with a tip on a healthy breakfast, a review of "Spirited Away," why "The King's Speech" is gaining young fans and more. By GHNS.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Young women lag in fruits, vegetables -- Weekly food for thought with items young women lagging in fruit and vegetable consumption, grocery shopping on a budget, a Chocolate Raspberry Mousse Pie recipe and more. By GHNS
KENT BUSH: Visiting orphans in Ethiopia -- After seeing how almost 700 of the 7 million Ethiopian orphans live their daily lives, I wanted to turn back the clock to a time. My Americanized rose-colored glasses and attitude of "how bad could it really be?" were both shattered by the sights, sounds and smells of the day. Augusta Gazette (Kan.)
WAYNE L. WESCOTT: Does the Shake Weight work? -- Several weeks ago, a major monthly magazine on women’s health and fitness contacted me to see if I would do a small-scale research study on a Shake Weight exercise program. The Patriot Ledger
DR. JEFF HERSH: Understanding blood tests - Q: I had a routine blood test, and my doctor told me my white blood cell count was low. Should I be worried? By Dr. Jeff Hersh, MetroWest Daily News.
DR. MURRAY FEINGOLD: What makes love tick? - What is it that attracts one person to another? How does this so-called "chemistry" take place? There have been numerous studies done on this subject to try to find answers to this question. By Dr. Murray Feingold, MetroWest Daily News.
DAVID ROBSON: All-America Selections 2011 -- Continuing our look at 2011 plants of the year, we come to the All-America Selections. This year, there are three vegetables and four flowers chosen by the AAS. We’ll look at the flowers this week. State Journal-Register (Ill.)
GREEN SPACE: Pampas grass is your all-around plant -- Spring is a good time to plant it. Consider it in your landscape. One more thing, it loves to be divided, giving you endless freebies. I can’t stop talking about this plant. Jim Hillibish/ Canton (Ohio) Repository
GARY BROWN: Duck tape Stuck at Prom Scholarship Contest -- Duck brand duct tape is sponsoring the Stuck at Prom Scholarship Contest, looking to provide a $5,000 scholarship to the couple who assembles the best prom outfit made out of duct tape. There are also second, third and top 10 prizes. Canton (Ohio) Repository
DIANNE MCDONALD: Female beauty standard still remains -- Many women are self-conscious about hair on their legs, arms and face, as if it is considered masculine. Hair is gender blind, people –– we all have it. Love your face as it is, ladies. Love the uniqueness of your individual feminine bodies. The Patriot Ledger (Boston)
GIRL BULLIES: Is your daughter a bully? -- Girls can be mean. Really mean. Sometimes frighteningly mean. But it's not merely high school or middle school girls who engage in put-downs and intimidation. Bullying behavior can start as early as kindergarten. Gary Panetta/ Peoria (Ill.) Star Journal
GRANLUND CARTOON: Valentine's Day and real love. By Dave Granlund, GHNS cartoonist.
SANDER A. DIAMOND: Israel finds gas, energy independence -- Moses parted the waters so the Hebrews could leave Egypt. The modern-day geologists parted the "Middle of the World" and located gas reserves. The Jewish people have finally arrived at the place they searched for: energy independence. Messenger Post (N.Y.)
AMY GEHRT: Egypt protests dubbed the 'Nile Revolution' -- So now Mubarak has two choices: lead Egypt into a new era of democracy and be remembered as the man who brought free and fair elections to his people or lose his chance at a graceful exit — and have his only legacy be that of an oppressor who ignored his peoples’ will. Pekin Daily Times (Ill.)
NUCLEAR POWER: U.S. ‘falling behind’ in nuclear power -- China has 25 nuclear power plants under construction and 50 more on the "drawing board," and the United States needs to build new reactors quicker in order to catch up with other countries, U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., said on Monday. John Huotari/ The Oak Ridger (Tenn.)
* Poll idea: Should the U.S. be investing in nuclear power options?
SUPER BOWL FOLLOW-UP 1: Donald Driver, Charles Woodson provide lift from the sidelines for Packers - It might seem weird to think someone who only saw limited duty spent the most time at the microphone during Super Bowl postgame. Nobody could — or wanted to — pull Donald Driver away from his perch after Sunday night’s big victory. By Paul A. Jannace, Wellsville, N.Y.
SUPER BOWL FOLLOW-UP 2: Steve Doerschuk: Super Bowl over, life goes on - From A.J. to Jordy, the postgame interviews are as entertaining as the Super Bowl itself. By Steve Doerschuk, Canton, Ohio.
NFL QUICK SHOTS: Abandoning run key to Packers’ Super Bowl win - Fox TV analyst Troy Aikman was shocked the Packers rarely ran in Sunday’s Super Bowl. Early in their final drive, he said he never would have believed Mike McCarthy would abandon the running game. Neither did Quick Shots. That’s why this space picked Pittsburgh to win. Instead, Green Bay’s McCarthy was the biggest difference, trusting Aaron Rodgers (24-for-309 for 304 yards and three TDs) to throw the Packers to a 31-25 Super Bowl win. By Matt Trowbridge, Rockford, Ill.
* Note: This is Matt's last NFL column of the season.
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