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BARNEY FRANK: Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank says goodbye to politics  -- After 40 years of service, sarcastic wit and fighting for his district, Massachusetts said farewell to Congressman Barney Frank. Frank has been a key force in the passage of a number of pieces of landmark legislation, including the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Caitlin Russell/ Wicked Local Wareham (Mass.)


HOME HELP: Prevent disease -- weekly Home Help with items on protecting your lawn from insect infestations, a new home-selling tip, how to use mulch and more. GHNS

KENT BUSH: Adoption in Ethiopia leads to a charitable mission -- At $35 per month, more than 40 kids have been sponsored, but as many as 260 could benefit from the programs. For just $15 per month, families could be delivered from poverty and given a job and a means to keep food on their own table. Augusta Gazette (Kan.)

WAYNE L. WESTCOTT: Exercise tones the midsection -- Not everyone can get washboard abs, no matter how many sit-ups you do –– it’s all genetics. People who are born with a relatively small number of muscle cells tend to have a linear appearance (ectomorphic physique), and encounter more difficulty in developing large muscles. The Patriot Ledger (Mass.)

JEFF VRABEL: Facing certain death for my son - Last weekend my son and I visited the Skydeck, the top floor of the former Sears Tower (which is now called the Willis Tower, but I still call it this Sears Tower, because everything was better the way it was before). I don't have a fear of heights, necessarily, but I do have a fear of dying in falls from very high places, which sets me apart from my relatively fearless 8-year-old, who has clearly failed to inherit his father's self-preservation instincts, and by "self-preservation instincts" I mean "nerves of silky gossamer." By Jeff Vrabel, GHNS.

LORETTA LAROCHE: Health, happiness can't be bought - Columnist Loretta LaRoche says it's unfortunate we live in a time when we are constantly assaulted with messages that tell us we’re not OK unless we purchase the latest gadget or we aspire to look or feel good. By Loretta LaRoche, The Patriot Ledger.

TERRY MAROTTA: Speak your truth in a diary - What’s more fun than reading somebody else's diary? In the famous journal kept by Samuel Pepys in the 1600s, he recorded all kinds of candid thing, like the fact that he went to his barber’s one day to have his wig “cleansed of nits.” By Terry Marotta, GHNS.

JIM HILLIBISH: We sent our children to fight our war -- Ireland Army Hospital was busy. Choppers were landing with severely wounded transferred from Vietnam. Ken volunteered our weekends for stretcher bearing. We soon realized ours were the last faces some of them saw. Canton (Ohio) Repository

GARY BROWN: Are scam emails making you irritable, too? -- “On behalf of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) ...” When the FBI gets mentioned in the first sentence of an email you sort of get that hot sweaty feeling, and your ears start to roar, and you lose concentration. Canton (Ohio) Repository

BILLBOARDS: How billboards advertise at high altitudes -- With a midday temperature of 101 degrees and the sun so bright it was impossible to avoid squinting, Joe Felchner was unfazed as he prepared to climb 36 feet to change the message on the first of five advertising billboards he was slated to tackle on a recent Thursday. Kathryn Rem/ The State Journal-Register (Ill.)

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BILLY ELLIOT: A casting director's search for the next 'Billy Elliot' -- Most of us wouldn’t trust an 11-year-old boy to run a lemonade stand. But Nora Brennan has to find the male preteens she can entrust with the fortunes of a multimillion-dollar musical. She’s the children’s casting director for “Billy Elliot The Musical,” which is touring around the United States from July 2012 through June 2013. Alexander Stevens/ Wicked Local (Mass.)

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JARED OLAR: A little punditry and prognostication - Political prognostication is more an art than a science, and as longtime readers of this column will know, I’m very far from a virtuoso in that art. Nevertheless, I will cautiously, ever so tentatively offer the prediction that Mitt Romney will defeat Barack Obama this November. By Jared Olar, Pekin, Ill.
* Poll idea: Ask readers who they think will win the election.

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Business / auto

AUTO BITS: With Americans traveling more this summer, tips for safe travel - Weekly auto rail, with road-trip 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: Nissan’s GT-R: Wolf in wolf’s clothing - Pages 5-32 in the owner’s manual of the 2013 Nissan GT-R is innocently headlined “R Mode Start Function.” But under the subhead “WARNING!” half the text is highlighted in orange and yellow. And it’s studded with words like failure, disrupt, collision, accident, damage and my perennial favorites, safe and legal, preceded by only if. Oh, my. By Silvio Calabi, GHNS.

GREG ZYLA: 1960 Dodge Polara fan - Q: Greg, I remember the 1960 Dodge Polara as one fine car for its day. My uncle had a two-door hardtop that he bought brand new, and it came with a big V-8. (But I don't remember how big.) Can you give me some background on this car and the engines available that year? By Greg Zyla, GHNS.

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OLYMPIC SWIMMER: Dan D'Addona: Olympian Missy Franklin has talent, right personality to handle being top women’s swimmer - The pressure is on Missy Franklin, but you would never know looking at her. The 17-year-old phenom has been anointed the next big star in swimming and could be on her way to a record-setting performance at the London Olympics. By Dan D'Addona, Holland, Mich.

OLYMPIC SWIMMER 2: Peter Vanderkaay swims way onto third Olympic team - Peter Vanderkaay’s career was at a crossroad. After winning two medals at the Beijing Olympics four years ago, he could have walked away from swimming as a two-time Olympian. The 28-year-old from Royal Oak, Mich., chose not to, and he proved to be up to the challenge of making his third team, winning the national championship in the 400-meter freestyle at last month’s U.S. Olympic Swim Trials. By Dan D'Addona, Holland, Mich.

ALIX KUNKLE: Pitch counts are overrated - I'm in the increasingly shrinking boat of baseball gurus who believe that pitch counts are overrated (actually, I'm pretty sure that boat only consists of me and Nolan Ryan). Managers, pitchers and general managers have instituted strict pitch counts limits on pitchers in the major leagues and minors. The general consensus is that, by limiting a pitcher's pitch count, they are reducing the risk for injury. I think it actually raises the injury risk. By Alix Kunkle, Leesville, La.
* Poll idea: Ask if readers think pitch counts should matter.

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