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WAKE UP CALL: Localizing Cyber Monday
NICHE LOCALIZATION: One editor's tips for success
WEEKLY AUTO PAGE: Cadillac's groundbreaking engines
KIDZBUZZ PAGE: Celebrate Rosa Parks
CHRISTMAS LIGHTS CALLOUT: For reader photos of holiday displays
LETTERS TO SANTA CALLOUT: Ask for kids' holiday wishes
DECEMBER FAMILY: Monthly tab has stories on holiday desserts, preparing your home for winter and Christmas vs. commercialism
HOLIDAY CONTENT: Gift Guide, Songbook, TV page and last-minute gift ideas page
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HEALTH WATCH: Weekly health rail with items on medicine cabinet safety, shopping actively and kids' cough and cold meds. By GHNS
JEFF VRABEL: The value of money - "Why do they even have money?" the boy asks me over breakfast (which, incidentally, consists of an unruly cereal-based mixture he has christened CocoaLuckyTrix, which I let him eat because I'm nothing if not overly protective of his health). And I freeze, my own spoon in midair (embarrassingly, I am eating a cereal that is only one cereal), upon realizing that I have nothing close to a decent answer. By Jeff Vrabel, GHNS columnist.
DIANA BOGGIA: Celebrating holiday birthdays can create special traditions - The tradition of birthday celebrations began hundreds of years ago in Europe, where it was thought that evil spirits were attracted to a person on their day of birth. By Diana Boggia, Canton Repository.
KEVIN FRISCH: My favorite Marxists - Roy Blount Jr.'s new book, “Hail, Hail, Euphoria,” provides everything you'd want to know about the Marx Brothers' movie "Duck Soup" — almost flawlessly. By Kevin Frisch, Messenger Post, N.Y.
BLACK SWAN FEATURE: Natalie Portman portrays a ballerina in psych-thriller ’Black Swan’ - Natalie Portman goes through a lot of changes in “Black Swan,” the psychological thriller ballet film in which she plays Nina, a young dancer who doesn’t know what she’s getting into when she vies for the lead in a production of “Swan Lake.” She’s also gone through some related real-life changes. By Ed Symkus, The Patriot Ledger.
ADRIAN DODSON: An Interview with author Daxx Danzig, aka Adrian Dodson - I came across an interesting novel titled “From Acid to the Body of Christ” by Daxx Danzig. This book is so non-mainstream, so cleverly and skillfully written, I immediately wanted to interview Mr. Danzig. One problem – he doesn’t exist. Daxx Danzig is the mind-numbing creation of Adrian Dodson – elementary school creative writing and physical education teacher, and current coordinator for the President’s Council on Health & Fitness in the state of Mississippi. By DA Kentner, Freeport Journal-Standard.
GRANLUND CARTOON: Tom DeLay’s letter to Santa. By Dave Granlund, GHNS cartoonist.
CONROY CARTOON: Tanks headed to Afghanistan for Christmas. By Bob Conroy, GHNS cartoonist.
BRITT CARTOON: Holiday pat-downs with the TSA. By Chris Britt, State Journal-Register.
O'MAHONEY CARTOON: President Obama and nuclear weapons. By O’Mahoney, The Patriot Ledger.
PHILIP MADDOCKS: Investors concerned that European debt crisis will make their vacations abroad less fun. By Philip Maddocks, MetroWest Daily News.
JARED OLAR: You shouldn't believe everything you read - Did you see the news stories about what Pope Benedict XVI said about condoms? “Pope says condoms sometimes permissible to stop AIDS,” said one headline. “Pope: condoms can be justified in some cases,” said another. Other headlines were, “Pope condones condom use in exceptional cases — book,” and “‘Condoms OK’ in some cases — Pope.” It sounds like an earthshaking development. But there’s one big problem with those news reports: They’re all false. By Jared Olar, Pekin Daily Times.
Business / auto
AUTO BITS: Travel tips for staying healthy while away - Weekly auto rail, with travel tips for staying healthy while away, Car Q&A with Junior Damato and more. By GHNS.
GREG ZYLA: 1960 to 1969 Chevrolet Corvair - Car enthusiasts of all ages at one time or another will have a discussion on Chevy's first compact car, namely the rear-engine, rear-drive Corvair. Produced from 1960 to 1969, Corvairs had to overcome some early handling concerns and a consumer frenzy that resulted from the book "Unsafe At Any Speed," written by Ralph Nader and published in 1965. By Greg Zyla, GHNS columnist.
SHOESTRING LIVING: Good-deal disease - I’m not sure if I’ve become aware of Black Friday craziness or if it’s actually more insane than ever. This year, my friends and family told tales of heading out at 1, 2 or 3 o’clock in the morning. Some of them didn’t even have specific items in mind; they just wanted to see what certain stores were offering. It makes me wonder if we’re all suffering from something I call good-deal disease. By Molly Logan Anderson, GHNS columnist.