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EASTER READER CALLOUT: Ask readers to submit their Easter photos to you.
LOCALIZING TAX SEASON: Tax accountants feel economy pinch; how you can localize the story
LOCALIZING THE CENSUS: Find four ideas to make the census story your own.
HEALTH WATCH: Nutritional tips for feeding picky kids -- Weekly health rail, with items on hearing aids, the low risk associated with kidney donation, glaucoma risk factors, and more.
NIE PAGE: Loggerhead turtles swim to lay their eggs.
REAL ESTATE SERIES:
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CAR CARE MAGAZINE: Check out our spring auto magazine.
GO GREEN PAGE: Weekly Go Green page: Sustainable fish.
EASTER PAGE: How to decorate, cook Easter eggs.
APRIL FOOLS’ READER CALLOUT: Ask readers to submit best pranks, jokes.
MORNING MINUTES: Includes Word of the Day, Web Site of the Day, Number to Know, This Day in History, Today’s Featured Birthday and Daily Quote.
BABIES AT WORK: Companies allowing babies to join moms at work -- The return to work after maternity leave can be a challenge for employees and employers. But some organizations have found allowing moms to bring their infants to work with them helps bridge that transition more successfully. By Julie Kaiser of the State Journal-Register.
-- LOCALIZE with companies in your area that have or are considering similar policies
LONGEVITY: With 702 years between them, long-living siblings enjoying unexpected fame -- Eight brothers and sisters, going strong at ages 79 to 96, say they’re nothing special. National attention and their combined ages tell otherwise. By Sue Scheible of The Patriot Ledger.
BAREFOOT RUNNING: Athletes ditch traditional sneakers to embrace barefoot running -- Some area runners are leaving their sneakers behind to try a more natural approach to training. From barely-there shoes to nothing at all, some seasoned runners say barefoot running has its benefits. By Ashley Studley of The Milford Daily News.
WAYNE L. WESTCOTT: Shape up for spring -- As the temperature climbs and there is more daylight, it will become easier for many of us to exercise and reduce the fat we stored over the winter.
LORETTA LAROCHE: Talking some sense into yourself -- I find talking to myself helps a great deal. We often forget that we are our own best friends. Taking the responsibility to intervene on your own behalf is a very important part of breaking the cycle of distress and anxiety.
JEFF VRABEL: It's a dirty game, but someone's got to play it -- The best part of finishing the vigorous and extremely pinheaded activity known as a Mud Run is not the getting filthy on purpose, the feeling of accomplishment or even the extremely satisfying kick of getting to run a grown-up obstacle course. It is discovering the scope and volume of material that can be stored, and subsequently removed, from the human ear.
JULIE KAISER: Birthday party expectations sky-high -- Where do you think kids get the idea that the celebrations of their birth are worthy of a Broadway-style production?
SHOESTRING LIVING: 'Dinner swap' saves time, money -- While researching another assignment last week, I reconnected with a mom I admire who told me about a “dinner swap.” Here’s the deal: A group of families joins forces to tackle the dinner hour. They work out a monthly schedule cooking in bulk for the entire group and then deliver meals at dinnertime on the day of their assignment. By Molly Logan Anderson.
REMEMBERING THE HOLOCAUST: Man recalls horrors of Buchenwald in new book -- Like the other American soldier boys driving toward Buchenwald in Germany in April of 1945, Milton Silva didn’t know he was going to set foot in hell before the day was done. By Marc Munroe Dion of the Herald News.
BRITT CARTOON: The pope’s letter on sex abuse in the church
GRANLUND CARTOON: Health care bill passes
EDITORIAL: Tackling health costs -- The House voted "yes" on health care reform Sunday. This legislation, while far from perfect, is good for the country, good for the economy and good for our health. What it won't do, at least not soon enough and dramatically enough, is control the skyrocketing cost of health care. From The MetroWest Daily News.
EDITORIAL: Obama falling short on openness -- Barack Obama took office on a pledge to create "an unprecedented level of openness in government." Given the size of the federal government, its tendency to classify as top secret even the most innocuous documents and its long-standing culture of bureaucratic tail-covering, that's not a very high bar, but Obama hasn't cleared it yet. From The MetroWest Daily News.
RICK HOLMES: The far-reaching effects of the 2010 Census -- We live in an age of contradictions. Between private companies, government security agencies and Internet scam artists, our privacy has never been more endangered. Millions of Americans put the most intimate details of their lives on Facebook pages for the world to see. But let the federal government ask a handful of simple questions, and people get up in arms.
Business / Ag
PAUL A. EISENSTEIN: Porsche unveils hybrids -- Say the name Porsche, and you’re likely to think of a sleek sports car racing down the Autobahn. But an unveiling of three hybrid-electric powertrains at the Geneva Motor Show may change that image and give the German maker an unexpectedly green halo.
AUTO BITS: Create a 'new' car for less than $150 -- Weekly auto rail, with tips on making your car look new, Car Q&A with Junior Damato and more.
ON COMPUTERS: Four or eight cylinders? -- Many consumer computers now run at 64-bit. A few years ago, only the big dogs ran at that level. The rest of us were stuck in a 32-bit world. By Jim Hillibish of The Repository.
CHECKOUT LANE: Choosing the right skateboard -- Skate shop owners have a message for aspiring skateboarders: Equipment is everything. By Lana Lagomarsini of The Patriot Ledger.
MAKING CENTS: The case for long-term care insurance -- Many times over the years I've written about long-term care insurance, and it still blows me away how many people say that this coverage is a waste of money. The issues surrounding caring and paying for long-term illnesses are far more significant than issues that we think about when evaluating the purchase decision. By John P. Napolitano of The Patriot Ledger.
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