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WAKE UP CALL!: Cellphone crash risk exaggerated?
YEAR-END IDEAS: 5 ideas for countdowns that go beyond top news, sports
GATEHOUSE NEWS INSIDER: Top NDN videos on GateHouse sites for 2011
2012 JOBS OUTLOOK PAGES: Two broadsheet pages on industries that are hiring, changing workplaces
CUTEST BABIES CONTEST PAGES, ADS AND COLLATERAL: http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/ghns_pages/house_ads/x1622884798/Cutest-Babies-promo-ads-and-collateral
KIDZBUZZ PAGE: Cooking up fun
SNOW PHOTOS CALLOUT: http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/reader_callouts/x1049177790/Reader-callout-Snow-photos
2011 MEMORIES CALLOUT: http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/reader_callouts/x143553149/Reader-callout-2011-Memories
2011 YEAR IN REVIEW PAGE: The national, world events that shaped the year
CHARITY: Women more strategic in charitable giving -- A survey from Bank of America indicates women are more likely than men to donate to a charity based on personal connection. By Jeanine Skowronski, The Street
AUTO: More sales, more luxury in 2012 car sales -- Cadillac plans to claim its place beside the German luxury cars, while Volkswagen vows to get more cars on U.S. roads. By Ted Reed, The Street
JOHN DEFEO: If the stock market crashes, buy the alphabet? -- The alphabet stocks (stocks with a single-letter ticker) have crushed the broader stock market since March 2009. By John DeFeo, The Street
GARY WEISS: Obama faces Goldwater in 2012 elections -- Once Americans get a whiff of Gingrich's extremism, the president may easily be re-elected. By Gary Weiss, The Street
RETAIL: E-retailers pop up outside cyber space -- From start-ups to mainstays, online retailers are looking at brick-and-mortar as part of a new strategy. By Olivia Oran, The Street
INVESTING: Universities join start-up fray -- A handful of colleges and universities are directly investing in start-ups as part of a new strategy to boost their endowments. By Olivia Oran, The Street
Find more news from The Street at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business
CHRISTMAS CONTENT: Pages, callouts, features and more
KEVIN FRISCH: How Freckles saved Christmas - A parental decree was issued after my youngest brother got into a tug of war with a candy cane and managed to pull down the Christmas tree, breaking several ornaments, staining the carpet with water from the stand and frightening our puppy, a mutt named Freckles, who stained the carpet some more. By Kevin Frisch, Messenger Post, N.Y.
* Callout idea: Ask readers to send in stories of how their dog or mom or dad or the postman, etc., saved Christmas.
IN GOOD FAITH: Rescuing Christmas from the mall -- I have nothing against mall Santas. Out of uniform, they’re some of the jolliest people I know. So why can’t I stand going to the mall at Christmastime? Wicked Local (Mass.)
CHRISTMAS TREES: R. Wayne Mezitt: Plant your Christmas tree, have it forever -- A living Christmas tree can become a permanent, growing commemoration of this season, a milestone year, a move into your new home, a recent marriage, birth of a child, or other special family event. MetroWest Daily News (Mass.)
INTERIORS: Make a centerpiece wreath of moss and cranberries -- Wreaths are welcoming accessories any time of the year, but it seems Christmas wreaths are the ones most visible. You might already have one hanging on your front door, but do you have one to use as part of a centerpiece on your dining table? Rosemary Sadez Friedmann/ Scripps Howard News Service
*Callout idea: Send us a picture of your homemade or store-bought wreath.
FAMILY TIME: This season's healthy holiday tips from Jennifer Hudson - Weekly family rail, with healthy holiday tips from Jennifer Hudson, a review of Michael Chabon's new kids book and more. By GHNS.
* Localization tip: Any of the first three items can be localized – ask a local family counselor to provide a tip of the week, ask movie-going parents to give reviews of movies or ask youngsters to send in book reviews.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Low-cost wines -- weekly Food for Thought with a list of low-cost wines, an easy recipe for baked brie, a new Samuel Adams beer release and more. GHNS
WAYNE L. WESTCOTT: Performing the perfect pushup -- Standard pushups can be performed without equipment or accessories and require only a little floor space. Pushups can be easily modified to make the exercise performance more or less challenging, depending on your present level of fitness. For The Patriot Ledger (Mass.)
HOBBIES: Stitch a sock monkey - This classic American sock monkey is affordable, easy to make and a ton of fun for crafters of all ages. You can use the traditional Rockford Red Heel socks or make one with bright colorful socks. By Cathie Filian, Scripps Howard.
* Callout idea: Ask readers to send in pictures of sock monkeys they've made.
YARDSMART: Camellias 101 - Winter is the season for camellias in the Deep South and the far West where older home sites and parks burst into color at the most unlikely time of year. For those who have houses with existing camellias, or if you are thinking of adding these shrubs to shady gardens, there are some basics to learn first. By Maureen Gilmer, Scripps Howard.
CANDICE TELLS ALL: Loft living should be stylish but functional -- With their high ceilings, open spaces and big windows, urban lofts are the ultimate in cool. But go wrong with the design, and ''cool'' can quickly turn to ''cold.'' My client, Gerald, had just such a problem. Scripps Howard News Service
ASK THE PLUMBER: Artists turn sinks into works of art -- Q: What types of sinks are available when you get into the decorative fixtures? Will I have to limit my style choices? -- Frank, New York. Ed Del Grande/ Scripps Howard News Service
KENT BUSH: Should I bring my football worship to church? -- Our pastor recently challenged members of our church to read the Bible more. I knew he was right. I don’t remember ever reading the Bible as a book. I have gone to church almost every week for my entire life. Augusta Gazette (Kan.)
JIM FALL: Pondering some ideas about growing old(er) -- Then there was the referral to some advice on growing older from Will Rogers that is a lot more truth than fiction. To wit: Eventually, you will reach a point when you stop lying about your age and start bragging about it. (I’m there.) The older we get, the fewer things seem worth waiting in line for. Maryville Daily Forum (Mo.)
*Facebook idea: What is your advice or funny tips for people growing old(er)? Leave your comments below.
More in food and family at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle
GRANLUND CARTOON: Dover AFB scandal -- Dave Granlund on news that the Dover Air Force Base dumped the remains of 274 service members into a Virginia landfill. GHNS
GRANLUND CARTOON: Tim Tebow and miracles -- Dave Granlund on NFL player Tim Tebow. GHNS
BRITT CARTOON: The Postal Service has met its match. By Chris Britt, Springfield, Ill.
PETER CHIANCA: The only GOP candidates guide you’ll ever need - Can you believe it’s almost here already? No, not Christmas — the GOP primary season! But don’t worry, the following guide should tell you everything an uninformed GOP voter needs to know. By Peter Chianca, North of Boston.
More columns and cartoons at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions
DIAMOND DIRT: MLB gumption on the line with Ryan Braun - Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers has allegedly used a banned substance. It’s not steroids, not performance enhancing drugs, it’s just being reported as a banned substance. Other reports say it’s high levels of testosterone that are a result of something he took. Long story short, it’s tricky. By Dominic Genetti, Hannibal, Mo.
* Poll idea: Ask readers if they think Braun should receive a 50-game suspension.
NFL QUICK SHOTS: Prevent defense is reason Bears got Tebowed - The Bears often get in trouble by playing too conservative on offense. They went 3-and-out four times in a row in the fourth quarter, running on 11 of the 12 plays, and blew a 10-0 lead in Denver. But that’s understandable with the brutal Caleb Hanie (6 interceptions the previous two weeks, 115 yards passing Sunday) at quarterback. By Matt Trowbridge, Rockford, Ill.
CHRIS GILL: Finally, red meat in the NASCAR offseason - Historically, the offseason in NASCAR is usually pretty dull from an outsider’s perspective. By Chris Gill, Corning, N.Y.
More in NFL and baseball at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/sports
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GateHouse News Service National Budget