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The Street

POLL RESULT: Apple should dive back into dividends -- Apple should start paying a dividend again, readers say. By James Rogers, The Street

APPLE: CEO Tim Cook fires back on worker abuse allegations -- Reports that Apple execs don't care about labor abuse in suppliers' Chinese factories are 'patently false,' says Apple's CEO. By Olivia Oran, The Street

ONLINE PAYMENTS: 7 great alternatives to PayPal -- Here are some alternative services for sending money and making purchases online. By Matt Brownell, The Street

HEALTH: The worst states for kids -- The Foundation for Child Development finds 10 states with an exceptionally poor record of quality of life for kids. By Greg Emerson, The Street

WALL STREET: The 5 dumbest things on Wall Street this week -- Treehouse Leaves Doubts; RIM's Seismic Silliness; Martha vs. Macy's; McDonald's Twitter Tragedy; Volt Loses Charge. By Gregg Greenberg, The Street

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HEALTH WATCH: Good fats for the heart -- weekly Health Watch with information about omega-3 fatty acid, new research on psoriatic arthritis, pilates and more. GHNS
* Health Watch is now being published on Fridays instead of Mondays.

SLEEP DISORDERS: Many adults develop sleep disorders as they age  -- Here’s something that might keep you awake at night: According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drowsy drivers account for more than 100,000 crashes each year, including more than 1,500 fatalities. Dan Naumovich/ The State Journal-Register (Ill.)

KITCHEN CALL: Fabulous fennel -- Fennel is one of the more surprising vegetables in the supermarket. At one time, it was rarely available except in specialty markets; today most large markets stock it right alongside the carrots and celery. Linda Bassett/ North Shore Sunday (Mass.)

JIM HILLIBISH: Watercress superfood greens up winter cuisine -- Call it nutrient-dense, cancer-fighting, immune-system boosting — it’s SUPERFOOD. Obviously, the watercress farmers have hired a Shakespearean PR guy. And you’re still wondering what in the world are they buzzing about? Canton (Ohio) Repository

BLUEBERRIES: Blueberries are a superfood that pack antioxidants and flavor --  
I’m starting with blueberries. Packed with antioxidants and phytoflavinoids, blueberries are also high in potassium and vitamin C, which is great for fighting colds. Here’s what else I found out about the little blue dynamos: Jennifer Mastroianni/ Canton (Ohio) Repository

EASY RECIPE: No-bread sandwich -- No-bread sandwiches inhabit a small corner of our culinary present, but the surprise factor makes them all worthwhile. The ingredients are tasty enough to satisfy without added carbs. Jim Hillibish/ Canton (Ohio) Repository

SUPER BOWL CHEF: Ohio chef Mark Pullin is Super Bowl bound -- Pullin won the 2010 Pro Football Hall of Fame Taste of the NFL cooking competition, earning him a spot as a showcased chef at this year’s National Taste of the NFL Party, held Super Bowl eve in Indianapolis. Jennifer Mastroianni/ Canton (Ohio) Repository

LOOKING UP: Fiery red star of winter - One of the most striking stars in the entire night sky, visible to unaided eyes, has to be fiery red Betelgeuse. By Peter Becker, Hawley, Pa.

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AUTHOR INTERVIEW: The Readers’ Writers: Author Sherri Wood Emmons - Sherri Wood Emmons is a graduate of Earlham College and the University of Denver Publishing Institute. A mother of three, she lives in Indiana with her husband, two fat beagles and four spoiled cats. As a freelance journalist she has covered stories from the joy of children helping their church and community, to the tragedy and heartbreak of Pati Hensley, whose husband was kidnapped and ultimately executed in Iraq. By DA Kentner, Freeport, Ill.

ALBERT NOBBS REVIEW: Movie review: ‘Albert Nobbs’ has the look of a winner - Can Glenn Close pull off the task of playing a man? You bet her baggy britches she can. And in the cross-dressing lollapalooza that is “Albert Nobbs,” the Oscar-nominated actress does it without the elaborate prosthetics that made fellow nominee Meryl Streep look so freakish in “The Iron Lady.” By Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger.
* Post to Facebook and ask: Do you plan to see this movie? If you already have, what did you think?

'MAN ON A LEDGE': Entertaining train wreck ‘Man on a Ledge’ is so bad, it’s good -- It’s the epitome of high-concept and low aspirations, tossing no cliché or implausibility aside in indulging a ridiculous scenario about a wronged ex-cop trying to clear his name. Al Alexander/ For The Patriot Ledger (Mass.)

MOVIE MAN: Some tantalizing tiles, Jerry Lewis' 'Jazz Singer' - My favorite documentaries are the ones that start by asking a weird question or uncovering an unknown subculture, then keep digging and digging as the story gets stranger and stranger. In that spirit, allow me to recommend “Resurrect Dead.” By Will Pfeifer, Rockford, Ill.

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GRANLUND CARTOON: Brewer vs. Obama -- Dave Granlund on Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer in a heated talk with President Barack Obama. GHNS

EDITORIAL: Steve Jobs and American jobs -- Apple found, for instance, that it needed 8,700 engineers to oversee its iPhone production. China had them ready to work, but it would have taken 9 months to hire that many American engineers. MetroWest Daily News (Mass.)

PHILIP MADDOCKS: Awed by Romney’s 547 pages of tax returns, GOP rivals concede defeat - Calling the filings “visionary” and “transcendent,” Mitt Romney’s three remaining rivals for the Republican presidential nomination said the candidate’s decision to release his tax returns this week had left them no choice but to quit the race. By Philip Maddocks, MetroWest, Mass.

JARED OLAR: Scanning over a deathly landscape - With the mournful passing this week of another Roe vs. Wade anniversary — the 39th — it seems appropriate to note and comment on a few recent news stories related to the abortion controversy. By Jared Olar, Pekin, Ill.

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ERIC P. BLOOM: Value of diversity within your team - As a manager, an understanding of the true value of having diversity within your department can greatly enhance your team’s effectiveness. As a result, it can also greatly enhance your professional career. When I consider diversity, I like to think of it from a number of perspectives, each of which is equally important to the success, creativity, productivity, and overall effectiveness of the team. These diversity types include, but are not limited to, gender, ethnic background, religion, age, stage of life, personality type, education level, personal strengths and personal weaknesses. By Eric P. Bloom, GHNS.

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SUPER BOWL STATS: Super Bowl 2012: Stats, info and thoughts on the Big Game - The Super Bowl isn’t a game. It’s an American institution. It's big, bold and unique stars and stripes. The event sprung from the loins of our great land, and this year’s teams couldn’t be more symbolic of the idea. By Matt Simon/Bleacher Report.

BRADY VS. MANNING: Tom Brady vs. Eli Manning: The next great quarterback rivalry - When the twenty-first century came around, pro football was desperate for a new rivalry. So a few years went by and it turned out to be the Indianapolis Colts versus the New England Patriots through the 2006 NFL season. There, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning shared numerous wins, awards and combined for four Super Bowls. Then, 2007 came to be and—although we didn't know it at the time—Eli Manning was in the works for replacing Peyton as Brady's next rival. By John Rozum/Bleacher Report.

TEAM OF THE DECADE: Giants vs. Patriots: Winner of Super Bowl 2012 will be NFL's team of the decade - When the New England Patriots and New York Giants face each other in Super Bowl XLVI, it is extremely likely that the winner of that game will be the NFL's team of the decade. By Matt Stein/Bleacher Report.
* Poll idea: Ask readers who they think will win the Super Bowl.

ELI MANNING: Eli Manning emerges from big brother’s shadow - In his eighth NFL season, the New York Giants quarterback heads into his team’s Feb. 5 Super Bowl with the Patriots having taken his game to another level. By Glen Farley, Enterprise, Mass.
* Facebook idea: Ask fans if they think Eli is better than his brother.

STOPPING TOM BRADY: 3 keys for the Giants to stop Tom Brady - Tom Brady is one of the greatest quarterbacks ever to play in the National Football League. He has singlehandedly led the New England Patriots to the 2012 Super Bowl despite a terrible defense and an inconsistent running game. But the team he’ll be facing in the Super Bowl is the only team that’s ever beaten him on the big stage. By Adam Spencer/Bleacher Report.

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