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PEARL HARBOR: 7 tips for localizing the 70th anniversary

BEST OF THE DAY: Holidays a great time for a family photo callout


PEARL HARBOR 70TH ANNIVERSARY PAGE: A look at the Hawaii site then and now


KIDZBUZZ: Have fun indoors with a puppet show
*NOTE: Posted in advance of the holiday


2011 YEAR IN REVIEW PAGE: The national, world events that shaped the year

The Street

MARKETS: 5 reasons why stock market rally may fizzle -- Investors are rejoicing on news of central banks' support of the global economy, but deep-rooted risks remain. By Lindsey Bell, The Street

AA BANKRUPTCY: American Air bankruptcy may mean fare sale -- American Airlines' bankruptcy may actually be good for travelers, at least in the short term. By Seth Fiegerman, The Street

JOBS: Why you should apply for jobs right now -- Get your resume out there. It's officially hiring season, whether most job hunters realize it or not. By Seth Fiegerman, The Street

APPLE: 5 ideas for Apple's cash hoard in 2012 -- Apple has $81 billion in cash on its books. Here's five ways the company could put that money to work next year. By Chris Ciaccia, The Street

TECH: RIM seeks sanctuary in software -- Embattled handset maker Research in Motion is making a move to play to its strengths in gadget software. By James Rogers, The Street

INVESTING: Paulson apologizes for worst investment year ever -- Hedge fund manager John Paulson has produced double-digit losses on his funds so far this year. By Frank Byrt, The Street

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HOME HELP: Poinsettia care -- weekly Home Help with how to care for your poinsettia plant, how to decorate for a holiday dinner party, a home-selling tip and more. GHNS

TRENDING COLORS: Hot design colors for spring 2012 - With each change of season, new color palettes emerge. Do you ever wonder who determines this? These new colors seem to be prominent every place we look. Each manufacturer decided a long time ago what colors to present in this season's designs. They are all similar. How does that happen? By Kass Wilson, Hometalk.

YARDSMART: Plant a fountain - Perhaps it's time to turn that cracked old fountain or birdbath in your yard into a planter. By Maureen Gilmer, Scripps Howard.

LOST IN SUBURBIA: Ding dong, the ditty is dead - Something was ringing. Well, it wasn’t actually ringing. It was more like some kind of short electronic ditty. Whatever it was, it was obviously meant to alert me to the fact that some device needed my attention. The problem was, I had no idea which device it was. By Tracy Beckerman, GHNS.

CAKE POPS: Cake pops: New darlings of the pastry world - Move over, cupcakes. Cake pops are the new darlings of the pastry world. Dainty, portable and easily decorated to suit the occasion, cake pops are two-bite spheres of cake on a stick. They are showing up at showers, wedding receptions, birthday parties and holiday get-togethers, always themed to the mood of the event. By Kathryn Rem, Springfield, Ill.
* Fun poll idea: Ask readers if they prefer cake, cupcakes or cake pops.

TASTE OF TRAVEL: Enchantment of Ireland - If not for the city sights, rich in culture and history, bite for bite, the countryside fares better for a true foodie experience. By Charlene Peters, Marblehead, Mass.

TRADING POST: Christmas cookie recipes -- Cookie recipes: Salted Chocolate Caramel Rounds, Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Cookies. The State Journal-Register in Illinois held its 2011 Homemade Cookie Contest, and the winners were published in the newspaper in October. State Journal-Register (Ill.)
*Callout idea: Send us the recipe for your favorite Christmas cookie.

JOAN ENDYKE: Spotlight shines on nightshade vegetables -- Nightshade vegetables are a group of plants that produce alkaloids, substances that keep insects away. Some people believe alkaloids cause joint pain and arthritis, but little research is available to substantiate this, and some research suggests the opposite. The Patriot Ledger (Mass.)

DR. JEFF HERSH: Color blindness explained - Q: My nephew was just diagnosed with color blindness. What exactly does this mean? By Dr. Jeff Hersh, MetroWest, Mass.

DR. MURRAY FEINGOLD: Holidays can be hazardous to your health - I don’t want to put a damper on your holiday spirits, but, from a health point of view, it has been shown that at times the holidays can be detrimental to your health. By Dr. Murray Feingold, MetroWest, Mass.

PHYSICIAN FOCUS: Respiratory illnesses affect millions - Respiratory illnesses affect millions of people around the world and can result in severely impaired quality of life, lifelong illness and life-threatening conditions. Here are snapshots of five of the most common conditions. By Dr. Ronald Sen, MetroWest, Mass.

HOLIDAY STRESS: Linda Castor: Tips for losing holiday stress, not your mind -- I regroup and ask myself, “What kind of an experience do I want to have this year?” And then I make it happen. Here are some ideas on how to create a great, stress-free holiday experience for yourself and others: Be Healthy Springfield (Ill.)

DAN SEABORN: A little rebuttal to Kim Kardashian -- Please do your part to help spread the word about people having successful marriages. Let’s stop celebrating celebrities who collect marriages like they do Academy Awards. The Holland Sentinel (Mich.)

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5 THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND: This week’s suggestions include having a holiday movie night or going to the theater, observing World AIDS Day and doing other holiday activities.
* Localization: This file should ideally be almost completely localized: List places to see Christmas lights, list holiday shows, etc.

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BRITT CARTOON: The other shoe drops on Herman Cain. By Chris Britt, Springfield, Ill.

GRANLUND CARTOON:  Herman Cain 2012 chances -- Dave Granlund on Herman Cain's chances of winning the GOP presidential nomination. GHNS

EDITORIAL: Immigration irrationality - Republican presidential aspirant Newt Gingrich committed a heretical, unspeakable, perhaps even unpardonable offense in a debate last week. By Peoria, Ill.

MICHELLE TEHEUX: You're not right about everything -- So it’s a good idea for people to talk to each other, and not just to people who agree with everything they say. Talk to someone who challenges your philosophical and political beliefs. You might not change your mind, but you ought to be open to at least trying to understand the other person’s point of view. Pekin Daily Times (Ill.)
*Poll idea: Do you make an effort to listen to people's views that oppose your own?

PEARL HARBOR: Richard Callahan: When Pearl Harbor and WWII started -- Any abandoned and useless automobiles were stripped of all the upholstery and anything not metal and hauled off to the scrap yard, adjoining the rail lines to be shipped to Detroit for manufacturing of the war goods. It was basically a community effort by just about everyone in every city and town in America, and we went to war. It was a time I will never forget. Wicked Local (Mass.)

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DAVE RAMSEY: Intensity hurting the marriage? - Weekly financial Q&A, with advice on how to balance getting out of debt and your marriage, and when to buy a house. By Dave Ramsey, GHNS.
* You can do a breakout of Dave’s info and tell readers to contact him if they have a financial question.

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FANTASY FOOTBALL: Fantasy studs coming from out of nowhere - If I wrote at the beginning of the year that receivers Victor Cruz (NYG) and Jordy Nelson (GB) would have more fantasy points 12 weeks into the season than Greg Jennings (GB) you probably would have called me crazy. By Joey Baskerville, Freeport, Ill.
* Facebook idea: Ask fans who their unexpected studs have been.

DIAMOND DIRT: Prince Fielder's best fit is D.C. - If you ask me, the best bet for Prince Fielder is the Washington Nationals. D.C. has a very diverse and lively fan base, they have a very good lineup with Jayson Werth, Ryan Zimmerman (when he’s healthy), Michael Morse and Ian Desmond, they have strong stamina on the mound, and if they can retain Rick Ankiel and have another player improve offensively like they’ve had every season since their move to the nation’s capital, they could be very, very effective with a guy like Fielder added to their roster. By Dominic Genetti, Hannibal, Mo.
* Facebook idea: Ask fans where they think Fielder and Pujols will wind up.

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