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For 1/30/09 editions
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SUPER BOWL SECTION: 20-page section, half for ads.
SUPER BOWL PACKAGE: Includes links to stories related to the Super Bowl (including features such as food and entertaining), and we’ll continue adding to it as we get more in.
VALENTINE’S DAY PACKAGE: Includes links to stories related to Valentine’s Day. Check back often because we’ll keep adding as we get more content.
NASCAR PREVIEW:  2009 NASCAR preview tab: Can Jimmie Johnson do it again?
OUTDOOR LIVING SPRING SECTION: Lots of fishing, with some cool gadgets, safety and turkey tips.
“STRETCHED:” Section features stories on ways to save and make money in 2009.
SUDOKU: Puzzles 218-252 (covering February) are now posted.

MORNING MINUTES: Note: we’re adding a little “today in history” beginning Monday. And we’ll still offer Word of the Day, Web Site of the Day and Number to Know.
SUZETTE MARTINEZ STANDRING: „I love you‰ are three very reassuring words. Flip the coin, and three very frightening words are, „I have cancer.‰ To talk about death and dying with even close friends is too painful.

LOOKING UP: Grasping the vastness over our heads.
GREEN THUMBS UP: Winter survival tips for gardeners.

MOTHER’S GARDEN: When Mother Nature does the pruning
MICHAEL TORTORICH: Super Bowl more than just a game

LISA LILLELUND: Getting a charge out of Detroit auto show
SUDOKU: Puzzles 190-217 are now posted. Sudoku links package can be found here:
OSCAR NOMINEES: A look at people and movies nominated for the 81st Academy Awards.

‘TAKEN’ MOVIE REVIEW: Audiences will feel OTaken’ after seeing this film
WILL PFEIFER: "Make 'Em Laugh" DVD set disappointing but fun.
MOTLEY CRUE: Original Mötley Crüe back on tour - ROCKFORD – To Nikki Sixx, there’s a simple reason why Mötley Crüe is still going strong after nearly three decades. “We just refuse to die,” said the Crüe’s bass player during a phone interview last week. “I think bands have cycles. We lived through (bad) cycles. I believe we’re still doing good work. That’s what Aerosmith did, that’s what the Rolling Stones did.” Mötley Crüe’s 27-year odyssey as one of rock’s most celebrated acts brings its debauchery, mayhem and catalog of hits on tour again. By Paul Anthony Arco of the Rockford Register Star.
BRITT CARTOON: On the economy.
FOR MONDAY, FEB. 2, PUBLICATION: O'Mahoney cartoon: On the effect of global warming on longer winters
Ledger, on wire now

ELIZABETH DAVIES: The library has it all - I have a confession to make: There’s an overdue library book under my bed. If you are my librarian, that confession shouldn’t come as any surprise. In fact, I’m fairly certain the library is thinking of naming its next addition “The Elizabeth Davies Overdue Fine Center.”
WOOD ON WORDS: Before the big game, learn about 'super' and 'bowl.'
EDITORIAL: A well-deserved end to Blagojevich's tenure - No question about it, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich - the "former" already fits and feels right - is quite a persuasive guy. Indeed, in the unlikely event any Illinois senators were still on the fence regarding impeachment before Blagovich's plea-for-mercy speech on Thursday, they were plenty convinced afterwards that he had to go. An editorial from the Peoria Journal Star.
JOHN BURCIAGA: A Rush to judgment - When a certain Mr. Limbaugh said of President Obama, “I hope he fails,” he was “Rush-ing” to save his radio audience and keep himself in the public eye. His long insistence that he is merely an “entertainer” is far too modest and, as such, so unlike him. CNC, guest column, on wire now
FOOTBALL BRIEFS: PFW news on the Colts, Steelers, Cardinals, Panthers and Chiefs.
SUPER BOWL SECTION: 20-page section, half for ads.
SUPER BOWL NOTEBOOK: Breaston now besting Braylon and other notes.

GRIMM WEEKEND: Arizona coach Russ Grimm could be elected to the Hall of Fame and win the Super Bowl this weekend.

SUPER SMITH: Cardinals' Terrelle Smith always loved trying to beat the Steelers when he was a Brown. Now a Cardinal, he finally gets another crack at them.
SUNDAY QUICK SHOTS: By Matt Trowbridge of the Rockford Register Star. Will be posted this evening for use Sunday.
INSIDE THE LINES: Peoria Journal Star Sports Editor Bill Liesse takes an irreverent look at the Super Bowl. Will be posted this evening.
For Saturday
SUPER BOWL COLUMN: by Doerschuk, 15-18 inches / CANTON
FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME: Election process: A look at how the process goes and list of finalists, 14 inches/ CANTON
For Sunday
SUPER BOWL COLUMN: by Doerschuk, 15-18 inches/ CANTON
FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME COLUMN: on new class, 22 inches, Porter / CANTON
AROUND THE NBA  by Beaven, 25 inches / CANTON
AROUND BASEBALL, by Weir, 25 inches / CANTON
For Monday
SUPER BOWL COLUMN, by Doerschuk, 15-18 inches, filed before the
SUPER BOWL MAIN: Cardinals vs. Steelers, by Doerschuk, 25 inches / CANTON
SUPER BOWL SIDE/NOTES: Filed by halftime, by Doerschuk / CANTON
THIS WEEK IN WEIRD: A urinating Metallica fan, a woman who fought off burglars with a tea cup and more in this week's edition.
NEW GOV’S CHALLENGES: The mood is jubilant. Fresh off of seeing Rod Blagojevich become Illinois' first governor impeached and removed from office, new Gov. Pat Quinn is getting a warm welcome at the Statehouse with the hope of brighter days to come. But Quinn faces serious challenges that could quickly sour that mood. By Ryan Keith of the State Capitol bureau. Will be posted this evening for use Sunday.
RULES FOR BAIT FISHING: (Good to localize, check with your DNR folks for changes to fishing that might apply in your area) - Rules covering purse seining, surface gillnetting and cast net catching of menhaden, sea herring and mackerel, in inshore waters have been in effect for some time, but mostly scattered, applied and buried amid dense regulations covering other fisheries or drawn up for different conditions. Cape Codder, Eldred, on wire now With photo
Business / Ag
BIZ BITS: Weekly business rail, with a look at tax-preparer designations, the most common barriers to productivity at work and more.
CAT LAYOFFS: Caterpillar announces mass layoffs - PEORIA – Caterpillar Inc. said Friday it will lay off more than 2,000 full-time production employees from three Illinois facilities. More than 400 support and management personnel also will be let go, the company said. The layoffs will begin April 13, the company said. Under federal labor law, the company must give 60 days notice of a mass layoff. By Paul Gordon of the Peoria Journal Star.