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WINNERS: Best of GateHouse 2009 winners announced.
HEALTH CARE REFORM CONTENT: Our collection of stories, columns, cartoons and more.
READER CALLOUT: Seek readers' April Fools' Day stories, pranks.
FARM LIVING: The Spring Farm Living magazine is out, with articles on farming in the future, local foods' growing popularity and the bee shortage's continued effect on crops.
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.
HOME HELP: Weekly home and garden rail, with items on spring gardening, preventing clogged drains and more.
FAMILY TIME: Weekly family rail, with tips on a gift for your graduate, a review of “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” and more.
LOST IN SUBURBIA: How dry I am, er, used to be - Someone recently told me that I should drink more water to hydrate my skin and delay the aging process. Unfortunately, according to the laws of physics, what goes in must come out, and for me, it mostly seemed to want to come out at night.
FRANK MULLIGAN: Taking leave of your census - To exploit your fears in a cheap attempt at humor, I offer the following fantasy census not at all like the innocuous genuine document that you need to fill out so we can get our fair share of the federal loot tossed around in D.C.
MICHAEL ANDERSON: Building healthy self-esteem in kids -- Self-esteem, positive or negative, begins to develop very early in life.
DIANA BOGGIA: Problems with potty training, part 2 -- Many parents have trouble with toilet training because there are so many variables that can cause problems.
GEOCACHING: Geocaching a modern treasure hunt -- How would you like to go on a modern-day treasure hunt? The adventure is fun, family-friendly and something anyone and everyone can do. Picture yourself, out on Main Street, heading to an unknown destination to find the virtual X that marks the spot. This is known as geocaching. By Louis Short of The Sun-Times.
5 THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND: This week’s suggestions: Head to the theater for the latest animated feature, “How to Train Your Dragon”; catch the NCAA tournament on TV; celebrate Earth Hour; watch the MLS season kick off; and celebrate Palm Sunday.
GRANLUND CARTOON: Biden’s swearing problem
GRANLUND CARTOON: Ted Kennedy and the passage of health care reform
CONROY CARTOON: Half-baked health care
EDITORIAL: Health care debate became more about power than people -- It says much about Sunday’s health care vote that it was described primarily in terms of its political impact: a monumental victory for Democrats, a crushing blow for Republicans. The truth is it may be years before we can determine who was right. What is immediately evident is that this process has strengthened the growing notion that Washington cares more about power than people. From The Patriot Ledger.
EDITORIAL: Learn what's in the health bill -- Americans are divided over whether the national health reform bill President Barack Obama will sign today is a historic milestone or an abomination. What the two sides have in common is that most have only a sketchy idea of what the bill will do. From The MetroWest Daily News.
KENT BUSH: History may be on GOP's side in November - The Democrats are out on a limb, and the wind of change could soon blow them off their unsteady perch. Many in the GOP are hoping to seize on the divided opinions on health care to retake Congress - or at least close the large gap the Democrats have enjoyed since November 2008.
RICK HOLMES: Ted Kennedy's last laugh -- Ted Kennedy started thinking seriously about how Americans get health care in a hospital bed in 1964. That began a lifelong commitment to making health care available to everyone, a commitment that culminated six months after Kennedy's death as President Barack Obama signed the legislation he inspired.
Business / Ag
DAVE RAMSEY: Weekly financial Q&A, with advice on new cars and vacations.
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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