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POLL QUESTION IDEA: How has the Catholic priest sex abuse scandal, which is resurfacing in the news, affected you?
FARM LIVING: The Spring Farm Living magazine is out, with articles on farming in the future, local foods' growing popularity and the bee shortage's continued effect on crops.
MOMENT IN HISTORY: Kent State shootings gave us a lesson in war.
GO GREEN: Six eco-friendly ways to fight allergens.
MORNING MINUTES: Includes Word of the Day, Web Site of the Day, Number to Know, This Day in History, Today’s Featured Birthday and Daily Quote.
RELIGION NEWS: Weekly religion rail, with items on 3-D Christian programming, the second openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church, getting to know hymnist Henry Alford.
PET HEALTH: Make sure you understand instructions on flea/tick treatments for pets -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it has seen a significant increase in similar reports of pets suffering side effects from spot-on pesticides for fleas and ticks. The agency late last week announced plans to step up labeling and testing of such treatments. Reactions can range from mild skin irritation to vomiting, trembling, seizures and even death, the EPA said. By David Riley of The MetroWest Daily News.
GREEN THUMBS UP: Prioritize your springtime projects -- Spring officially arrived this past weekend as Mother Nature delivered a perfect prelude to the new growing season. By Suzanne Mahler.
BOILING POINT: Ride your grill to Vietnam -- Our sense of smell can power our memories. Vietnam vets will remember street food as we fire up our grills for another season. One is Nuong Vit, charcoal barbecued duck with crackled skin like candy.
PAUL ASHTON: The secret of scones -- My youthful summers in the United Kingdom could be described as a succession of church fetes featuring scones accompanied by strawberries and clotted cream. Imagine my shock to discover that in the U.S. even premium coffeehouses serve scones that can best be described as floured hockey pucks and better used as door stops. Such a disservice for a noble delight.
JULIA SPITZ: It's March, spring's mad, so is Biden -- Flipping through the calendar made me realize April 15 is three weeks away, we're down to 10 Idols, and I haven't updated the Spitzionary once this year. How is this possible?
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5 THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND: This week’s suggestions: Head to the theater for the latest animated feature, “How to Train Your Dragon”; catch the NCAA tournament on TV; celebrate Earth Hour; watch the MLS season kick off; and celebrate Palm Sunday.
JESUS MOVIES: Jesus Christ movie star: Films that tell Christ’s story have always been popular - Filmmakers just can’t resist going back to tell Jesus’ tale over and over. The Bible has it all — murder, sex, lies, wars, plagues, redemption, forgiveness, pharaohs, love, hate, sibling rivalry. And you don’t have to pay royalties. By Brien Murphy.
SNEAK PREVIEW: 'How to Train Your Dragon' and other movies opening this week. By Al Alexander of The Patriot Ledger.
FLICKS: Despite cliches, ‘Dragon’ looks worth the trouble -- Flicks is torn this week. Two of my favorite movie things, dragons and John Cusack, are on the horizon, but the films that feature them are tragically flawed. By John Meo of the Norwich Bulletin.
FARR SIDE: Gokey’s debut hints at golden future - Danny Gokey might sing about his best days being ahead of him, but I believe they’ve already begun. Gokey was a favorite of mine on Season 8 of “American Idol.” His personality, style, grace, perseverance and infectious optimism was an inspiration to contestants and viewers. By David T. Farr.
‘DRAGON’ REVIEW: Movie review: 'How To Train Your Dragon' is fun for all ages - The animation is beautiful, the story is incredible and the vocal acting is just right. By Gary Darling.
‘DRAGON’ INTERVIEW: Q&A with Hamilton Lewis of 'How to Train Your Dragon.' By Gary Darling.
BRITT CARTOON: Great moments in history with Joe Biden.
GRANLUND CARTOON: Federal limits on the fishing industry
GRANLUND CARTOON: Wall Street's Easter lesson
PAM ADAMS: Do Tea Partiers care how bad behavior reflects on movement? - The rant-filled, anti-reform rallies leading up to the nation's historic health care bill should put a new variation on an old and unpleasant inner prayer.
CHARITA GOSHAY: My Rx: Everyone take a chill pill -- Too many of us are becoming like that voracious plant in “Little Shop of Horrors,” spending all our waking hours just looking for things on which to feed our anger.
LLOYD GARVER: Tweaking the health care plan -- We all know that getting the health care bill passed by the House of Representatives was not easy. However, it was a good civics lesson for children. They learned that if the minority is unhappy with what the majority decides, those who support the minority call the people in the majority offensive names and spit at them. Some make threatening phone calls.
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BIZ BITS: Weekly business rail, with e-filing tips, a look at the most valuable college basketball teams and more.
BATTERY-POWERED: Man converts old Geo Metro into electric vehicle -- Dean Holden is determined not to suffer pain at the pump. With oil hovering at $81 a barrel and gas at $2.75, Holden took a broken down 1994 Geo Metro and turned it into a lean, green machine for the 21st century. Originally a 3-cylinder with a 100-pound engine, the Metro is now powered by 11 batteries weighing 900 pounds. By Kathy Uek of The MetroWest Daily News.
DAVE RAMSEY: Weekly financial Q&A, with advice on new cars and vacations.
ON COMPUTERS: Four or eight cylinders? -- Many consumer computers now run at 64-bit. A few years ago, only the big dogs ran at that level. The rest of us were stuck in a 32-bit world. By Jim Hillibish of The Repository.
CHECKOUT LANE: Choosing the right skateboard -- Skate shop owners have a message for aspiring skateboarders: Equipment is everything. By Lana Lagomarsini of The Patriot Ledger.
MAKING CENTS: The case for long-term care insurance -- Many times over the years I've written about long-term care insurance, and it still blows me away how many people say that this coverage is a waste of money. The issues surrounding caring and paying for long-term illnesses are far more significant than issues that we think about when evaluating the purchase decision. By John P. Napolitano of The Patriot Ledger.
MIKE FINE: March Madness? More like March Sadness -- This year is so nuts. This is no longer March Madness. It’s March Sadness, and when the tourney resumes tonight, it’ll be tough to even watch. There’s nothing like devouring this tournament when your brackets are alive and kicking. It’s all spinach and liver when you’ve got no shot.
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