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WAKE UP CALL!: How will stores fare this holiday?
THANKSGIVING: Best holiday coverage
DAVID ARKIN: Tell readers why they should 'like' your Facebook page
PEARL HARBOR 70TH ANNIVERSARY PAGE: A look at the Hawaii site then and now
2011 MEMORIES CALLOUT: http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/reader_callouts/x143553149/Reader-callout-2011-Memories
KIDZBUZZ: Have fun indoors with a puppet show
*NOTE: Posted in advance of the holiday
KIDS' LETTERS TO SANTA CALLOUT: http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/reader_callouts/x505718367/Reader-callout-Kids-letters-to-Santa
DECEMBER RADARFROG PRODUCTS: Save on holiday decor, grocery bills
-- Page: http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/ghns_pages/x1739513095/December-RadarFrog-page-Deck-the-Halls
-- Coupon book: http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/ghns_pages/x1805330160/December-RadarFrog-coupon-book-Cut-Food-Waste-and-Save
*NOTE: This is the last coupon book GHNS will produce
2011 YEAR IN REVIEW PAGE: The national, world events that shaped the year
POLITICS: Why Newt Gingrich may be our next president -- Republicans will support him and he will win over some Democratic voters. By Anton Wahlman, The Street
TECH: 6 surprising celebrity tech investors -- Sure you know about Ashton Kutcher, but loads of other celebs are pouring funding into start-ups. Here are some that may raise eyebrows. By Olivia Oran, The Street
BLACK FRIDAY: Online sales surge 24.3% on Black Friday -- Online sales jumped 24.3% on Black Friday from a year before, according to IBM's Coremetrics unit. By The Street
Find more news from The Street at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business
GO GREEN: Follow the link to see the full list of December Go Green stories. NOTE: These are the last Go Green-specific items from GateHouse News Service.
HEALTH WATCH: Holiday workouts -- Weekly Health Watch with items on working off those holiday calories, birth rates, a health tip and more. GHNS
LONG WALK: Two men from Washington state traveling to Massachusetts on foot - It sounds like a tall-tale from an era long forgotten: two men from Washington trek across the United States on foot in hopes of starting their own business, a brewery, in Massachusetts. It might end up as a tall-tale in an era yet unknown, but this story is happening right now. By Nate Jones, Wellington, Kan.
* Localize: If they are coming through your area, run this with a local update. MASS. PAPERS: The duo are headed your way.
WAYNE L. WESCOTT: Body fat testing is a key to good health - With the exception of competitive and recreational athletes, most people begin an exercise program to lose weight. Many people live and die by the bathroom scale – which is a poor indicator of personal fitness and physical appearance. Body weight provides an accurate assessment of your total package, but it does not indicate the components that comprise your weight. By Wayne L. Westcott, The Patriot Ledger.
GARY BROWN: Christmas at the Browns is illuminating -- "Are you holding the bottom of the ladder?” When my father yelled down from the top of the ladder, I recall sticking my foot against the base of it as I pulled another square of Graham cracker from a pack. Canton (Ohio) Repository
JEFF VRABEL: Thinking outside the box this Christmas - We never cut down our own Christmas trees when I was a kid, mostly because it turned out that they sold objects very similar to Christmas trees at the Target in Marion, Ind. — and get this: You could hardly tell the difference! Well, there were a few giveaways: Instead of dropping crisp needles all over the carpet, the fake ones appeared majestic and invincible for what was sometimes months (taking down the Christmas tree is super-boring), and instead of having to be cut down they could be disassembled like Legos and returned to their spot in the attic. By Jeff Vrabel, GHNS.
* Poll idea: Ask readers if they have a real Christmas tree or a fake one.
LORETTA LAROCHE: We’re obsessed with buying stuff - I find myself completely appalled at how obsessed we have become with shopping. How or why retailers and those that embrace their goods can think it’s OK to be camping outside a store at midnight to get a TV or other gadget is beyond me. By Loretta LaRoche, The Patriot Ledger.
101 IDEAS: Dressing the dining table for the holidays -- Give dining room chairs a festive face-lift by adding ribbon and seasonal elements to their backs. Once the ribbon is tied into place, use hot glue to attach faux evergreen sprigs, berries, bells or pinecones. Scripps Howard News Service
ASK THE PLUMBER: Saving the hot water for guests -- The holidays are coming, and we're expecting overnight guests for at least a few days. Since a lot of people will be showering, and we'll be running the dishwasher more often, I'm afraid of running out of hot water. Any other hot-water saving tips? Scripps Howard News Service
CHRISTMAS TREES: Choosing, maintaining a live Christmas tree -- Here are some tips for choosing and caring for a live Christmas tree: Measure your room. Know how high your ceiling is and how wide the door is before trying to shove a tree inside. Scripps Howard News Service
More in health and family at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle
Business / auto
ON COMPUTERS: 2012 Internet still has plenty of room to amaze - There is no “dawn of the Internet age.” It “dawns” every day. Just when we think the Net is getting old, something new comes along and reinvents it. Who would have thought we would now be surfing the Net on TVs, cellphones and tablet PCs, anywhere we are. Nobody predicted the Net would become our primary source of personal entertainment. By Jim Hillibish, Canton, Ohio.
* Facebook idea: Ask readers what they think will be the next big thing on the Internet.
SHOESTRING LIVING: Demystifying extended warranties - As holiday lists are being made and technology finds a place among items wished for, shoppers will inevitably be faced with whether or not to purchase extended warranties. According to the Consumer Electronics Association, 128 million Americans plan to purchase at least one technological item as a gift this holiday season – that’s a lot of opportunity for warranty-related decisions. By Molly Logan Anderson, GHNS.
AUTO BITS: Don't let winter weather catch you by surprise - Weekly auto rail, with winter-driving tips, 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.
SILVIO CALABI: America gets its own VW Passat - VW is out to conquer the world. Executives have said publicly that they intend to knock Toyota or GM (or whoever it may be at the time) off the throne by 2018. At last count, they were well ahead of schedule, but world domination requires a plan. China may be the largest up-and-coming auto market, but no carmaker can be king without big sales in the U.S. Thus the first shot fired in this war was last year’s US-edition Jetta, designed — some say dumbed down — to appeal to American drivers: It grew and got a softer ride, while its sticker dropped by a few dollars. By Silvio Calabi, GHNS.
GREG ZYLA: The model-car days - With the holidays at hand, I want to dedicate this column to model cars and model-car builders, which were and still are a big part of my "car-loving" life. Just about every car lover went through the model-building days, and I remember clearly back in 1957 that my first models were of the AMT variety, which to this day is still the leading company offering model car kits. (Today, it's AMT/ERTL.) By Greg Zyla, GHNS.
More in tech and finance at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news
National budget 11.28.11
GateHouse News Service National Budget