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For 1/29/09 editions
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HELPING YOU BE MORE LOCAL: How the news service can help you with local content.
SUPER BOWL SECTION: 20-page section, half for ads.
SUPER BOWL PACKAGE: Includes links to stories related to the Super Bowl (including features such as food and entertaining), and we’ll continue adding to it as we get more in.
VALENTINE’S DAY PACKAGE: Includes links to stories related to Valentine’s Day. Check back often because we’ll keep adding as we get more content.
NASCAR PREVIEW:  2009 NASCAR preview tab: Can Jimmie Johnson do it again?
OUTDOOR LIVING SPRING SECTION: Lots of fishing, with some cool gadgets, safety and turkey tips.
“STRETCHED:” Section features stories on ways to save and make money in 2009.
SUDOKU: Puzzles 218-252 (covering February) are now posted.

MORNING MINUTES: Note: we’re adding a little “today in history” beginning Monday. And we’ll still offer Word of the Day, Web Site of the Day and Number to Know.
FAMILY TIME: Weekly rail, leads with giving your pet the perfect Valentine – a health smile. Also includes items on a family movie review on “Inkheart,” family facts, a book review and more.
FAMILY PAGE: Myth about drinking water and wrinkles.
RELIGION NEWS: Weekly religion rail, with items on the election of Metropolitan Kirill, an award for preserving Jewish history and more.
TRAVELOGUE: Love to travel? Why not become a tour director? Weekly rail, also includes a number to know, site to see and more.
GETAWAY: Top 10 romantic ski resorts in the Northeast
SUDOKU: Puzzles 190-217 are now posted. Sudoku links package can be found here:
OSCAR NOMINEES: A look at people and movies nominated for the 81st Academy Awards.

LINCOLN LOG: Book brings immediacy to 1865 assassination   - Working with writer Barry Dennenberg, award-winning Lexington artist Christopher Bing designed and illustrated "Lincoln Shot: A President's Life Remembered," a gorgeous visual biography that propels readers through the life, times and death of a national icon. MetroWest, Bergeron, on wire now
With photo
BRITT: Toons on the economy and the Blagojevich impeachment. Will be posted this evening.
BRITT VIDEO: Blagojevich vs. Lincoln.

KEVIN HAAS: Blagojevich talks and talks, says nothing - Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has been on a media crusade to prove his innocence. He wants to deny criminal complaints that he took bids on Barack Obama’s vacant Senate seat. The media blitz won’t stop Blago from getting impeached, but it should help solicit interest in his future book, “If I Bid It.”
KENT BUSH: Feingold wants to leave it up to the voters.

KENT BUSH: Former Merrill Lynch CEO John Thain's costly office remodel comes at bad time.

LLOYD GARVER: Former Merrill Lynch CEO John Thain feeling flush. A question that many of us would love to have answered is, Whatever happened to those original billions in Wall Street bailout money? Would we be wrong to say that some of that is going down the toilet?

KEVIN FRISCH: NY Gov. Paterson turns gold into straw with Clinton replacement pick.

CHARITA GOSHAY: Why would space aliens visit Ohio in the dead of winter?
PHILIP MADDOCKS: Concerned it is no longer too big to fail, Citigroup hires 60,000 lobbyists - Concerned that it may no longer be too big to fail, Citigroup announced on Monday that it will hire 60,000 lobbyists to replace the more than 50,000 workers it is dropping from its payroll. CNC, on wire now
FOOTBALL BRIEFS: PFW news on the Redskins, Patriots, 49ers, Saints and Ravens.
SUPER BOWL SECTION: 20-page section, half for ads.

IMPEACHMENT TRIAL: The state Senate held closing arguments in the impeachment trial of Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Blagojevich presented his own closing argument. Will be updated throughout the day. A separate impeachment budget will be sent out after proceedings conclude.
IS THE GOV CRAZY? Despite bizarre behavior, experts say Blagojevich isn’t crazy - SPRINGFIELD – He quotes poets at press conferences, but seldom takes questions. Reporters have seen him grab cell phones from complete strangers, interrupting conversations to say, “Hi, this is the governor.” When lawmakers unanimously reject his proposal to tax businesses, he says that’s a vote of confidence. Is Gov. Rod Blagojevich crazy? The answer: Not exactly. By Bruce Rushton of the State Journal-Register.
SPORTS HEAD INJURIES: Experts tackle head injury problem - Medical experts said they hope to draw attention to head injuries in youth sports amid news that a trauma-induced brain disease associated with career football players has been found in a deceased teen. MetroWest, Morton, on wire now, With photo
Business / Ag
GOOD TO LOCALIZE: As recession deepens, discount stores draw wider range of customers   - Until a few months ago, Karen Smith seldom visited discount stores. She has a steady job as a restaurant server, and her husband is in the Coast Guard. She didn’t feel they needed to. Until now.
Ledger, Lambert, on wire now
With photos
TV STATIONS STILL GOING DIGITAL: Peoria-area stations still planning to go digital Feb. 17 (Good to localize: check with TV stations in your area about whether they’re going ahead with digital based on the Feb. 17 date, and find out what that means for TV viewers): PEORIA – Congress may move the digital deadline back to June 12, but most area television stations say they plan to drop their analog signals on Feb. 17, as previously scheduled. The U.S. Senate approved a bill Monday that would delay the date when TV stations have to start digital broadcasting. That legislation allows stations to stop providing analog transmissions before the new deadline. By Steve Tarter of the Peoria Journal Star. To localize: Check with your local TV stations to see when they’re making the switch.