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WAKE UP CALL!: Are the days numbered for pencil-and-paper testing?

INNER CIRCLE: 181 certified for fourth quarter 2011 last week

EDITING WORDS: Reports of Joe Paterno's death came too soon


KIDZBUZZ: Chinese New Year

SPRING BOOMERS: The benefits of yoga, get better sleep, safer spring cleaning



SUPER BOWL QUARTER PAGE LAYOUT: 4 facts on the big game


The Street

RIM SHAKEUP: Lots of moves Monday at BlackBerry maker Research In Motion
    -- Co-CEOs step down:
    -- Analysis:
    -- Investors vote no on new CEO:

GOOGLE: Investors should be wary of Google: analysts -- Investors should give Google a wide berth while it sorts out its long-term strategy, say analysts. By Chris Ciaccia, The Street

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HEALTH NEWS: Binge drinking in the US -- weekly Health Watch with news facts about binge drinking in America, new research with polio, Greek yogurt and more. GHNS

WAYNE L. WESTCOTT: Does electrical muscle stimulation add to strength? -- We recently conducted two studies on increasing muscle strength and decreasing muscle fatigue that compared strength training alone and strength training plus electrical stimulation. The Patriot Ledger (Mass.)

LESSONS FROM CANCER: Cancer can make love grow - With Valentine’s Day around the corner, thoughts of love woke me up this morning and still linger now into my writing. It’s not like I have a hot new juicy romance to tell you about, but I feel love so strongly these days and it’s not the kind that fades after the honeymoon is over either. It just seems to keep getting better. By Joyce Rothman, GHNS.

LORETTA LAROCHE: Idle time isn’t necessarily wasted time - Columnist Loretta LaRoche laments that chilling out seems to get more and more difficult. She says idle time isn’t necessarily wasted time. By Loretta LaRoche, The Patriot Ledger.

SHAYNE LOOPER: An authentic life is the best proof -- Do you believe in God? And, if so, on what grounds? Believers employ a variety of arguments to support their religious truth claims, including heady philosophical propositions with impressive names like the “teleological” or “cosmological argument for the existence of God.” The Daily Reporter (Mich.)

SHOESTRING LIVING: Financial meeting of the minds - Staying connected is imperative when it comes to matters of finance. Regular meetings help key parties feel ownership in decision-making, setbacks and victories. Planning sessions leave no stone unturned, no expense unaccounted for. If you vow to make one financial resolution this year, I urge you to get on the same page with your family. You decide when kids are old enough to participate, but make time for you and your partner to meet often and productively to ensure your chance of financial success in 2012. By Molly Logan Anderson, GHNS.

BUTTONED UP: 30 days to a clutter-free home -- For each day, we outline one simple thing you can do –– usually in no more than 15 minutes –– to clear your home. Follow it for the next month, and you'll enjoy a cleaner, more organized home without too much effort. Scripps Howard News Service

GARDENER: African violets' easy care ensures popularity - Although they were discovered only about a century ago, African violets (Saintpaulia spp.) today are one of the country's favorite houseplants. Not surprising, they're easy to grow. By Joe Lamp’l, Scripps Howard.

ASK THE PLUMBER: Toilet seat requires careful selection - Q: I know this sounds like a basic question, but I want to make sure I get things right. My wife informed me that my job was to get a new toilet seat. Can you give me some tips? What type of material should the seat be made of? By Ed Del Grande, Scripps Howard.

JEFF VRABEL: Do you really need to share your baby’s weight on Facebook? - Because of CES we will soon have access to a device that will weigh your Precious Little Angel and auto-fire the results to Twitter and Facebook, saving you the trouble of weighing your child on some vintage hand-cranked lead-painted off-the-grid scale from Service Merchandise in 1983 and using a whole separate app to bore everyone to tears manually. By Jeff Vrabel, GHNS.
* Poll idea: Do a fun poll asking readers if they would put use the baby-weight device.

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'AMERICAN IDIOT': Broadway musical 'American Idiot' embarks on national tour  -- Punk rock and Broadway musicals: When those two worlds join together, it’s a sign of the pop culture apocalypse. At least, that’s what we used to think. Then, along came the Broadway show “American Idiot,” based on the landmark, Grammy-winning 2004 Green Day album. Alexander Stevens/Wicked Local Boston (Mass.)
*Localization tip: If 'American Idiot' is coming to your area, list the time, location and ticket prices.

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RICK HOLMES: Super PACs get comical on the campaign trail -- Campaign financing has become such a farce that it takes two comedians to explain it best. For months, Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert has been telling viewers how super PACs, the evil progeny of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, work. MetroWest Daily News (Mass.)

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Business / auto

AUTO BITS: When is it worth the upgrade to premium products? - Weekly auto rail, with tips on premium car products, 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.

GREG ZYLA: Very rare 1968 Dana 427 Camaro - Attached are pictures of my 1968 427 Dana Camaro SS/RS full restoration, produced by Dana Chevrolet in Southgate, Los Angeles. The car is a very accurate reproduction, and not a documented original. There are only six or so documented ’67 and ‘68 427 Dana Camaros that exist today out of the 50 or so that were built. They sell for up to $500,000 and the Dana cars are the least known out of the various Chevrolet dealers that did engine swaps in ‘67 and ‘68 like Nickey, Baldwin Motion and Yenko. By Greg Zyla, GHNS.

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CHRIS GILL/ NASCAR: The Glen gets a boost from Grand-Am -- In an interview with Watkins Glen International president Michael Printup last week, he revealed that advance ticket sales for the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen are up 25 percent from one year ago. Do you know what it takes to boost attendance by 25 percent for anything these days? Corning Leader (N.Y.)

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