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HEALTH WATCH: Understanding prescription drug abuse -- Weekly health rail, with items on prescription pain relievers, how a positive attitude helps your heart, tips to get toned arms, and more.
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NOW HEAR THIS: Protect your hearing while rocking out -- Anyone who's ever been to a rock concert, or worked at a construction site or blared the car radio with the windows up, has probably experienced a whirring, swishing, buzzing, ringing sound that originates in the ear or head. It's called tinnitus. To help individuals avoid hearing damage, audiologists tout the benefits of hearing protection. By Sara Browning of the State Journal-Register.
SHOESTRING LIVING: Can you pay off your mortgage early? - It seems nuts to even think of discussing the idea of paying off your mortgage early, but freeing yourself from the mortgage chains that bind just might be one of the biggest favors you can do for yourself. Most folks don’t realize that it can be easy to omit payments from the end of the loan, just by paying a bit more each month. By Molly Logan Anderson.
KITCHEN CALL: Confused about infusions? -- Ferran Adria of El Bulli in Roses, Spain, is considered by food professionals to be the world’s greatest chef. He’s generally credited with developing something called “molecular gastronomy.” So the new trend is to “re-formulate” rather than build. By Linda Bassett of North Shore Sunday.
GARY BROWN: 40 fun things to do with snow -- Snow. Mostly we just shovel it or get stuck in it. But there actually are fun things you can do with snow. Really.
KENNETH KNEPPER: The etiquette of public apologies -- Good things have happened for me since golf superstar Tiger Woods stepped up to a microphone last week and issued an apology to his throngs of fans and friends. I learned there are actual rules of etiquette for apologies — something that might come in handy the next time my wife believes I purposely forgot a project around the house.
JULIE KAISER: A hot glue gun must mean it’s school project time -- With open house on the horizon, the teachers were doubling up on us. But we were prepared.
LORETTA LAROCHE: Confessions of a former perfectionist -- When I was younger I was such a perfectionist. Everything had to be done by me personally. Everything I cooked was done from scratch. I used to clean everything, sew, knit, paint walls, dress my kids perfectly and try to look like a fashion plate every day. After 30 or more years of mopping, scouring, dusting and checking to see that everything is right, I’m seriously considering throwing in the towel.
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ALBUM REVIEW: Butch Walker, ‘I Liked it Better When You Had No Heart’ -- I for one couldn’t be happier about the return of the ’70s flourish. You know, the urgent strings, the unnecessary but wholly welcome background harmonies, the non-sequiturs spoken through a vocoder … I’m happy to report that all of those are present on Butch Walker’s latest. By Peter Chianca.
COMIC BOOK AUTHOR: Longtime comic book reader is now an author – Bruce Brown first discovered comic books as a child. A specialist recommended them to Brown’s parents to help their son overcome some reading difficulties. Now he not only enjoys reading comic books, he writes them, too. Brown’s latest graphic novel, released earlier this year, is “Howard Lovecraft and the Frozen Kingdom.” By Dan Naumovich of the State Journal-Register.
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GRANLUND CARTOON: New credit card laws
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EDITORIAL: The Marja test -- For months, President Obama and his advisers labored to come up with a successful strategy for Afghanistan. That strategy is now being put to the test in Marja, a Taliban stronghold in Helmand Province, and Americans should pay attention. By The MetroWest Daily News.
EDITORIAL: Consumer help too little, too late – As of Monday morning, new protections are in place for credit cardholders. But the much-needed and long-awaited reforms of the credit card industry that take effect today is like finally closing the barn door after all the animals have run away. By the Norwich Bulletin.
RICK HOLMES: Who killed bipartisanship? -- Bipartisanship was dead long before Obama moved into the White House, the victim of long-running political trends.
BILL MOYERS AND MICHAEL WINSHIP: The corrupting influence of cash -- No wonder people have lost faith in politicians, parties and in our leadership. The power of money drives cynicism deep into the heart of every level of government. Everything — and everyone — comes with a price tag attached: from a seat at the table in the White House to a seat in Congress to the fate of health care reform, our environment and efforts to restrain Wall Street’s greed and prevent another financial catastrophe.
MARC MUNROE DION: Preserve the workers - The best thing middle-class people can do for any urban area is to live there, buy property there and pay taxes there. Those three things will do more for the city than nearly any kind of volunteer work you might do, or any ideas for “betterment” you might have or any “revitalization committee” you might join or even any work you might do as a city employee.
KENT BUSH: Protecting the dignity of overweight people -- Overweight people are the only group left in the world that is offered no protection of their dignity. If you speak ill of other races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, or any other physical or mental characteristic or anomaly, the thought police threaten you with banishment from society if you don’t immediately apologize. But don’t worry. You can still taunt the fat kid. That’s what he gets for being a big fat lazy slob.
PETER COSTA: On words of steel and editorial rigor -- You are what you eat was a popular saying years ago. Another old expression is: You are what you read. If that is true, wow, are we in trouble. Many people today read only haiku-length tweets or text grunts without vowels. When they read actual words, the words are written as if to be disposable. They carry thoughts the way soap bubbles carry rainbows – only for an instant and then they pop.
JEFF VRABEL: There’s room on the Slovakia bandwagon -- Ladies and gentlemen, if you are not on it already, it is time to join me on the Slovak Train to Olympic Glory, departing twice daily, choo choo. There is always room, we are a welcoming of hirsute people and what we offer in warm greetings, a genial nature and wildly delightful gypsy-folk music will easily make up for the smell of much of what we cooking.
POPE PIUS: Stonehill College priest leads effort to slow pope’s sainthood process - The Rev. Kevin Spicer, associate professor of history at the Easton college, and 18 other Catholic scholars signed a letter sent recently to Pope Benedict XVI that said “history needs distance and perspective” before definitive conclusions can be reached on the role of the late Pope Pius XII during the World War II Holocaust. By Paula Vogler of The Enterprise.
CRAIGLIST KILLER CASE: Case of alleged Craigslist killer back in court - The case of accused Craigslist killer Philip Markoff is scheduled to be back in Suffolk Superior Court on Monday afternoon. Markoff is not expected in court Monday when prosecutor Edmond Zabin, defense attorney John Salsberg and Judge Frank Gaziano are scheduled to meet. By The Patriot Ledger.
AMY BISHOP: Delahunt: DA not responsible for ‘86 Bishop investigation lapses - U.S. Rep. William Delahunt, the former district attorney whose office investigated the fatal 1986 shooting of Seth Bishop by his sister Amy, said Monday he does not feel his office “bears any responsibility” for Bishop being freed without charges. By John P. Kelly of The Patriot Ledger.
SETH BISHOP: 1986 story on the death of Seth Bishop - This article was printed in the Dec. 17, 1986, Braintree Forum after an interview with the family of Amy Bishop after the death of Seth Bishop.
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PAUL A. EISENSTEIN: Will the new Odyssey redefine the box? -- The Honda Odyssey has become one of the nation’s best-selling minivans precisely because it does what it’s supposed to so well, with plenty of space for passengers and cargo, reasonably good performance, solid fuel economy and five-star crash ratings.Yet Honda hopes to add a little more sizzle to this steak when it launches the next generation of the Odyssey next year.
AUTO BITS: Buying a used car? Expert tips to speed, ease the process.
MAKING CENTS: Planning can bring dreams to reality - As a professional financial adviser, I am here to break the news that dreaming is good. Your personal dreams are merely a vision for your future. Where most people fail is in connecting the dreams to what they need to do in order to make those dreams reality. By John P. Napolitano of The Patriot Ledger.
CHECKOUT LANE: Those looking for a pet urged to adopt from shelter - Treasa Downey, director of the Scituate (Mass.) Animal Shelter, says people should consider shelter pets. “We don’t encourage people buying dogs ... from pet stores (because) we want people to think adoption first.” By Lana Lagomarsini of The Patriot Ledger.
- Localize it: Talk to shelters/adoption centers in your town to get their quotes, information, etc.
FINE PRINT: Fine Print: Understanding the details of the new credit card laws - The new Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act took effect Monday, and you're probably wondering what it means for you. If you're like most credit card holders, you probably don't read much into your credit card's terms and conditions. Well now is the time to change that - at least to find out how those terms may be changing in light of the new CARD Act. By The Patriot Ledger.
ON COMPUTERS: Ailing systems may need a root canal -- There are a lot people who run the computer like an appliance. They have no time to learn new things and have near zero knowledge about systems. These are the ones that yell the loudest when their systems start to hemorrhage. By Jim Hillibish of The Repository.
JIM HILLIBISH: Paying for the right to spend money -- This is a perfect storm. We pay hefty sums for the right to spend even heftier sums for junk on TV. My favorite reading material is Consumer Reports. They rip these guys in almost every edition.
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