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STORM COVERAGE: How to give a big storm the big package treatment online

WEEK IN WEBCUBE: WebCube Moments of the Week for Feb. 26, 2010


READER PHOTOS: 'Celebrities and Me' gallery gets readers submitting their moments with the stars.


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.

AFTER THE EARTHQUAKE: 15-year-old from Haiti adjusts to American life -- Jonathan Jean-Baptiste came to Massachusetts from his native Haiti in the wake of last month's devastating earthquake, leaving his parents and brother to stay with his aunt. By Jeffrey D. Wagner of The Herald News.

KITCHEN CALL: Warm up with these winter wonders -- Slow-cooking, revived in recent years in Europe, spread quickly to the United States. As a formally organized “movement,” its members revive and restore culinary customs, sharing recipes, techniques and philosophies. (They don’t shy away from innovative ingredients.) By Linda Bassett.

JOHN QUATTRUCCI: Understanding the American Girl doll phenomenon -- Recession? What recession? They were lined up six-deep getting $20 hairstyles for $100 dolls at the styling counter last week at our local American Girl doll store.

REV. TESS BAUMBERGER: Confessions of a foodie minister -- This minister is a bit of a foodie. I love to cook and to eat. I also love going to movies, so a movie about food or cooking is even better. Watching a good movie about food on the big screen while eating dark chocolate? That’s heaven.

RABBI RANDI KAFKA: Uprooting hatred and cowardice -- Has anyone ever been mean to you? This week we celebrate a special Shabbat called Shabbat Zachor, the Sabbath of Remembering. On this Shabbat we are required to remember the biggest bully in the Torah.

KELLY EPPERSON: Why would someone steal my peace sign? - I don’t condone any kind of theft, of course, but when people steal money, jewelry or easy-to-unload electronics, I understand the system. Their thievery is about cash, plain and simple. But stealing a peace sign off a car?


5 THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND: This week’s suggestions: Watch the end of the Winter Olympics, catch one of the new movies, celebrate International Sword Swallowers Awareness Day, observe National Tooth Fairy Day and get ready for Read Across America Day.
- Localize it: List any Read Across America Day events, list any sword swallowing happenings, enter your own big local event, etc.

SUDOKU FEBRUARY: Puzzles for February (582-609) are available for download. Previous puzzles are linked to in this file, or visit our Puzzles category.

SUDOKU MARCH: Puzzles for March (610-644) are available for download. Previous puzzles are linked to in this file, or visit our Puzzles category.

SNEAK PREVIEW: 'children of Invention,' 'Cop Out' and other new movies -- Tze Chun's film-fest favorite is about a Chinese family looking to get back on its feet after divorce, a foreclosure and a Ponzi scheme.

AT THE MOVIES WITH GATEHOUSE: Our package of columns, reviews and more.

- It was crazy to remake 'The Crazies': Ed Symkus
- ‘Cop Out’ is funny, but it’s far from arresting: Ed Symkus
- You'll feel betrayed if you pay to see 'Formosa': Al Alexander
- 'Children of Invention' a haunting look at the immigrant experience: Al Alexander

BUDDY COMEDY: Willis, Morgan cop to being funny duo – It’s not too difficult to picture Bruce Willis playing a cop. He’s done it numerous times, as far back as in all of the “Die Hard” films, and as recently as in last year’s “Surrrogates.” Yet his portrayal of veteran NYPD cop Jimmy Monroe in the new Kevin Smith comedy “Cop Out” isn’t exactly what you’d expect.

FLICKS: Damon has become an all-American hero -- What’s Flicks looking forward to in the near future? Despite a natural disinclination toward war-on-terror movies, “Green Zone” is at the top of the list. Matt Damon is Flicks’ hero.

OSCARS: Follow the link below to see our collection of Oscars-related content. If your paper has something that would work on a national scale, please send it to us via Zope or e-mail it to

EBERT: Despite health problems, Roger Ebert still has a voice - I like to think of film critic Roger Ebert as a sieve. When Hollywood releases a film, it's probably going to go through him. And after taking in a flick and sharing his thoughts, his readers are left with just the stuff that they can use - a solid opinion, a little humor, an idea of whether or not they'll be wanting to shell out their money to take a look themselves. By Danielle Hatch.

MOVIE MAN: Getting old was tough in 1937, too - In the past four weeks, I’ve devoted columns to bloodthirsty gangsters, foul-mouthed politicians, flesh-eating zombies and, well, more flesh-eating zombies. Clearly, we could use a change of pace.And that’s exactly what this week’s DVD, “Make Way for Tomorrow,” is. DVD column by Will Pfeifer.

SOCIAL CLUBS: Social clubs try new strategies to stay relevant - Members of fraternal/social organizations say they are not the clubs your father remembers. By Dave Bakke.
- Localize it: Get information, quotes from local clubs that are mentioned.
- For weekend use.


GRANLUND CARTOON: On orca confinement and stress.

KENT BUSH: John McCain delivers a foggy zinger with 'respect' - I'm glad I never beat John McCain in a national election. Because if this is how he talks to someone with respect, who knows what he would do if he didn't respect you.

BENJAMIN WACHS: Let them drink tea - Tea Party members are descended not from the American Revolution but the French Revolution. Recent surveys show that an awful lot of Tea Party members have never had anything to do with government. It’s great that they’re getting involved, but it’s also very clear that the revolution they want focuses on tearing down institutions, rather than making them fair and equitable. This is not what the American revolutionaries did. They abolished taxation without representation — they did not abolish taxes.

ELIZABETH DAVIES: Tiger’s job no ordinary job - It was a different Tiger Woods who came before us recently. He wasn’t cocky or overconfident, guarded or skeptical.

WOOD ON WORDS: Human parrots not so great - Many parrots are colorful birds, and some of them can be taught to say colorful things. But we assume that such a bird doesn’t really know what it’s saying. By Barry Wood.

EDITORIAL: Enough talk - pass a health reform bill -- In international diplomacy, there are two kinds of summit meetings: those that are for show, in situations when it's considered an accomplishment just to have leaders of opposing sides sitting in the same room, and those that seal meaningful agreements negotiated in advance of the actual meeting. By the MetroWest Daily News.


THIS WEEK IN WEIRD: Man proposes with snow sculpture, cops arrest accused cell phone thieves after victims set up sting, a really old fruitcake and more in this week's edition.

AMY BISHOP: District attorney says police let Bishop go without charges -- Norfolk County District Attorney William Keating says Amy Bishop was being booked for her brother’s murder before Braintree police let her go without charging her. Keating said Thursday that he has called for an inquest into the 1986 killing of Seth Bishop. By John P. Kelly of the Patriot Ledger.

INJURED HAWK: Veterinarian angry that hawk she cared for was euthanized -- A homeopathic veterinarian says she is outraged that the red-tailed hawk she had nursed for a week has been euthanized by veterinarians at Tufts University. By Kendall Hatch of the MetroWest Daily News.

Business / Ag

DAVE RAMSEY: Weekly financial Q&A, with questions on managing pro-sports career and life insurance.

CREDIT CARD LAWS: Changes help customers, but spend responsibly and beware of hidden fees -- Plastic is the new green. It’s fast. It’s easy. It’s self-indulgent. But Americans’ love-hate relationship with their credit cards has gotten them into some murky waters in the ocean of debt. New credit card laws, which went into effect Monday, are designed to give cardholders a life jacket.

BIZ BITS: Weekly business rail, with tips on freelancing, a BBB warning about the BBB label and more.

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.

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.
- 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.


NASCAR PAGE: Daytona in the desert.

OLYMPIC SILVER: USA women's hockey team brings home Olympic silver -- It wasn't the gold she and her teammates expected, but it was still a special moment for Molly Schaus last night when she became an Olympic medalist. By Ed Klajman.

NO REGRETS: USA women's hockey team comes home with no regrets -- In the biggest game of her life — with an Olympic gold medal at stake — Meghan Duggan will always be able to look back without any regrets. By Ed Klajman.