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WAKE UP CALL!: Gas prices and end-of-month shopping struggles
POLL IDEA: President Obama's birth certificate
JEAN HODGES: 5 tips for maintaining Inner circle
ROYAL WEDDING SITE: Look for new content and video from the ceremony on your sites after 7 a.m. EDT/6 Central tomorrow. A new carousel item will move to tout the site as well. Be sure to promote on your websites, in print and on Facebook.
FATHER'S DAY PAGE: Gifts kids can make for Dad
MOTHER'S DAY CALLOUT: For readers' photos of them and their moms
MOTHER'S DAY PAGE: Jewelry for mom
SUMMER COOKBOOK: Grilled entrees, fruit and veggie dishes, cool desserts
FLAG DAY PAGE: 10 facts you may not have known
PROM CALLOUT: For readers' photos
MEMORIAL DAY PAGE: Helping children of fallen soldiers
SALUTE TO NURSES PACKAGE: A page and marketing collateral for the May celebration
NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER PAGE: About the holiday, May 5
RELIGION NEWS: Mike Huckabee favored among white Evangelicals -- weekly Religion News with items on who has the most support for the GOP presidential nomination among Christian denominations, “The Good Book: A Humanist Bible” by A.C. Grayling and more. By GHNS
DAN SEABORN: Renewing more than license plates after Easter -- For me, Easter is a time of renewal and fresh beginnings. It’s what I consider my new year, though no ball drops from the sky. During this season, I am reminded of what Jesus Christ did and continues to do for me. The Holland Sentinel (Mich.)
DALE BYERS: Then came Sunday -- When Jesus died by crucifixion, the disciples accepted the truth that his death was complete. So horrible was that wicked means of dying that there was never any doubt by his followers, or even by his enemies, that their leader and teacher was absolutely dead. The Holland Sentinel (Mich.)
KIDS AND MONEY: Teaching kids about money, investments -- April is Financial Literacy Month, a timely reminder to take steps to raise fiscally savvy children. Financial planner Tom Henske, founder of the Money Smart Kids Program in Ohio, advises focusing on four pillars: saving, spending, donating and investing. For the very young, Henske says start with a piggy bank and a library card. Saimi Bergmann/ Canton (Ohio)
DIANA BOGGIA: Successful playdates increase social skills in young children - Teaching a young child how to play nicely requires practice with other children of the same age. Formal programs and play groups provide the means for learning the social skills needed to develop lasting friendships. By Diana Boggia, Canton, Ohio.
SNEAK PREVIEW: 'Hoodwinked' and other movies opening this week – A look at movies opening in theaters this week. By Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger.
* Poll idea: Ask readers which movie they’re most interested in seeing.
'FAST FIVE' REVIEW: 'Fast' and superfluous -- "Fast Five" will likely earn a place in the Macho Film Hall of Fame, with Diesel and Johnson as leading candidates for the revered title of the sultan of smackdown. During their fight scene, count how many walls and windows they smash. Bob Tremblay / MetroWest Daily News (Mass.)
RON WHITE: Ron White's blue collar comedy tour -- Ron White has always been the edgiest of the four blue-collar comedians. His act blends high and low humor with subtle word play that easily shifts into jokes about bodily functions. Brian Mackey/ State Journal-Register (Ill.)
* Localization tip: List dates and ticket prices if Ron White is touring near your area, http://tatersalad.com/tour.
MUSIC: Peter & Paul pay tribute to Mary -- When Peter Yarrow and Noel “Paul” Stookey take the stage this weekend in Springfield, Ill., it will be among the last opportunities to see them performing together. The men — two-thirds of the folk trio Peter, Paul & Mary — are billing the show as a tribute to the late Mary Travers, who died in 2009. Brian Mackey/ State Journal-Register (Ill.)
FARR SIDE: 'The Voice' - a new spin on talent shows - Do we need another TV talent search program? Be nice! I can already hear some of you growling at the thought of yet another show full of singing wannabes. By David T. Farr, Sturgis, Mich.
STAY TUNED: The royal wedding doesn't deserve the hype - The wedding of William and Kate is being presented as event TV in America. That's fine, if it were actually an event worth the resources being applied to broadcast it. By Melissa Crawley, GHNS columnist.
CHARLOTTE GUEDRY: Wedding, schmedding - and I'm British - I know everyone is hyped about the royal wedding. I know the nation waits on tenterhooks to find out what Kate’s going to wear.?Will it be a classy affair??Who’s going to be there??The list of unanswered questions goes on and on and on, and I can honestly say, without a shred of doubt, that I couldn't care less. By Charlotte Guedry, Gonzales, La.
BRITT CARTOON: Donald Trump digs out the truth. By Chris Britt, Springfield, Ill.
EDITORIAL: Enough about birth certificates, get on with nation's business - It says far more about a significant portion of the American people and the insanity of these times than it does about President Barack Obama that he felt compelled Wednesday to produce his full birth certificate to prove to conspiracy theorists that he is a U.S. citizen legally occupying the Oval Office. By Peoria, Ill.
EDITORIAL: Editorial: On to the next issue for 'birther' crowd - Can we put the “birther” movement to rest now? We never thought we would see the day when this kind of issue — an issue settled long ago to any half-rational person — would push all other news out of the spotlight. By Springfield, Ill.
MICHAEL WINSHIP: Harry Potter and the Network of Neutrality - Who knew Harry Potter’s magic powers were for real? OK, excuse my Muggle-like ignorance, but I didn’t believe it until I attended a session at the recent National Conference on Media Reform in Boston, organized by the nonprofit organization Free Press. This particular panel was headlined “Pop Culture Warriors: How Online Fan Communities Are Organizing to Save the World.” By Michael Winship, Messenger Post, N.Y.
BIZ BITS: Steps for catching up with old 401(k)s - Weekly business rail, with tips on 401(k)s, BBB advice on solar power and more. By GHNS.
* Localization tip: You could include a weekly tax tip from a local expert, have a business-related Q&A with a local expert or do a “business of the week” feature in which you highlight a local business.
DIAMOND DIRT: Turn on your radio and listen to America's game - There’s something about the radio and a baseball game; the background sounds of the ball hitting the bat, the cheering fans, the yelling vendors, the descriptions of the broadcasters that allow baseball fans to go to the great palaces their teams are playing in. And not to put down other sports, but baseball is really the only game on the radio that gives listeners a sense of escape and a painted picture. By Dominic Genetti, Hannibal, Mo.
* Poll idea: Ask readers what sport they like listening to the most on the radio.
National budget 4.28.11
GateHouse News Service National Budget