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WAKE UP CALL!: A key time for heart attacks

GHNEWSROOM FAVORITES: Best videos of 2011



SUPER BOWL QUARTER PAGE LAYOUT: 4 facts on the big game


WINTER HEALTHY LIVING: Dealing with chronic pain, eating disorders after 40, a safer medicine cabinet

BRIDE: Dress trends, the latest cake toppers, sorting out family issues

TAX PREP PAGES: Content from The Street on common mistakes, deductions to take advantage of

KIDZBUZZ: New Year's around the world

JANUARY FAMILY: Learn to ski, make oatmeal a healthy treat, how to deal with a destructive pet

PRINT ADS FOR JANUARY 2012 CALLOUTS: Promote the callouts that will be syndicated to your Local Loop sections Jan. 2

The Street

GARY WEISS: Ron Paul corners the crackpot vote -- The presidential candidate's attitudes are starting to be revealed -- and they're ugly. By Gary Weiss, The Street

RETIREMENT: How to use retirement funds to start a business -- Rolling over a qualified retirement plan is a good way to inject equity into your business without penalty. By Laurie Kulikowski, The Street

RETIREMENT II: Troops worry about retirement -- Military personnel are taking a preemptive strike against sweeping retirement plan changes. By Joe Mont, The Street

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CHAMPAGNE COCKTAIL: Toast 2012 with a Champagne cocktail - A toast of Champagne at midnight is the traditional way to welcome in the new year with friends. But a more stylized way to say hello to 2012 would be to fill the flutes with a Champagne cocktail. By Kathryn Rem, Springfield, Ill.

IRON BALUSTERS: Installing iron stair balusters - I have done a number of wood-to-iron stair baluster conversions. Some were where the old turned wood balusters are upgraded to wrought iron and the existing railings were used. This process is nice and easy when the spacing and hole locations remain the same. Others were where 2 x 2 outdoor deck type balusters were removed and new railings were installed; posts and rails needed to be installed and new mounting holes drilled. By Kevin Stevens,

HOME HELP: Design apps - Weekly Home Help with design apps to help in your home, decorating tips and more. By GHNS.

BUTTONED UP: Tips for writing thank-you notes - We are always surprised when we hear grown people shrug off thank-you notes. No, it doesn't matter if Grandma was sitting with you as you opened the gift from her; you still owe her a formal thank-you note. An email won't do either. And yes, even if you have horrible handwriting, you must still sit down and hand-write a card to each person who was kind enough to give you a gift this season. By Sarah Welch and Alicia Rockmore, Scripps Howard.

CANDICE TELLS ALL: Hidden kitchens conceal clutter - For some, the ideal kitchen is a big, noisy place where soup bubbles on the stove and everyone assembles around a big table. But for others, the perfect kitchen is one that is completely hidden away: no unsightly stovetop grill, no coffee machine on the counter, no imposing stainless steel fridge. By Candice Olson, Scripps Howard.

COLOR OF THE YEAR: 'Color of the Year' packs a bright citrus punch - The hue gurus have spoken, as they do every year, scanning the spectrum to anoint one color that they predict will make a splash in the months ahead. By Kim Palmer, Scripps Howard.

LOST IN SUBURBIA: Pop goes the new year - I don’t generally make New Year’s resolutions because I have this irritating habit of breaking them in the first 12 hours of the new year. However, I do try to look for opportunities to make small changes that would be good for my family. So this year as December came to a close, I decided to make the switch to hot air popped popcorn. By Tracy Beckerman, GHNS.

MICHELLE TEHEUX: That unenjoyable time of year is here - It’s that time of year now. You know what I mean. Time for no shopping, no spending, no decorating and no fun. Christmas is over, even those of us who were careful with our credit cards need to cool it for a while, and it’s so dark and cold and yucky outside that it’s time to just sort of buckle down and get a bunch of work done until both the weather and our bank accounts are better. By Michelle Teheux, Pekin, Ill.

CHARLOTTE GUEDRY: Things that go bang in the night - I love this time of year. I love the smell of the tree when I walk into my house. I love driving home and seeing all the pretty lights and decorations. I love having the time to spend with my family. I love wearing a scarf and getting out the knee-high boots. I love it all, except for the fireworks. I hate them. By Charlotte Guedry, Gonzales, La.

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5 THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND: This week, party it up on New Year’s Eve and then relax by watching parades, football games and more.
* Localization: This file should be localized as much as possible by listing hot spots in town to celebrate New Year’s Eve, any New Year’s Day activities in town, etc.

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GRANLUND CARTOON: New Year's babies 2012. By Dave Granlund, GHNS.

GRANLUND CARTOON: Newt Gingrich out of Virginia primary. By Dave Granlund, GHNS.

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DAVE RAMSEY: Guilt and cynicism of money-handling - Weekly financial Q&A, with advice on why people react weirdly to budgeting, and on buying toys for yourself while on a plan. By Dave Ramsey, GHNS.
* Breakout idea: Invite readers to ask Dave a question by breaking out his contact info.

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FANTASY FOOTBALL: A game of survival - With as many injuries and underachieving performances as there’s been this year, just surviving all the way to the fantasy championship was a feat within itself. By Joey Baskerville, Freeport, Ill.
* Facebook idea: Ask fans if they play games in Week 17 and/or to give their thoughts on the season.

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