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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review

Online goes prime time

By Randy A. Salas

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | (MCT) Prime-time television is heating up again with the recent season premieres of biggies such as "24" and "American Idol" and the pending post-break return of fan favorites such as "Heroes" and "Lost." Here are some ways to keep up with your favorite shows online.

The networks

When I last wrote about television nearly a year ago, the major networks' websites largely existed as promotional fluff. Significant makeovers since then have made them essential stops for serious fans. They're brimming with complementary material for their shows. At ABC (www.abc.com), for example, you can watch episodes of "Vidas de Fuego," the fictional soap opera that the title character watches on "Ugly Betty." Fox (www.fox.com) has a 24-minute video recap of the first 13 episodes of "Prison Break" to catch up viewers to its recent mid-season restart. NBC (www.nbc.com) offers deleted scenes from "The Office" and an online comic based on "Heroes." CBS (www.cbs.com) had a live webcast this week from the set of "The Class." The CW (www.cwtv.com) lets users create videos using clips from their favorite shows. All of the sites contain recaps, thriving fan forums, downloads and more. ABC, CBS and NBC even offer free full-length episodes of many shows soon after they've aired. Check the Yahoo! Directory (www.startribune.com/a2179) to find the sites for other networks.


Television Without Pity specializes in pithy, unbridled recaps of episodes you might have missed -- but only the ones it deems worthy. "CSI," for example, isn't covered -- gleefully, by the way. "Honestly, we thought this show would be bagged and tagged in the first season," the site says about the perennial ratings juggernaut. It also doesn't bother with half-hour sitcoms, because "it's hard to say funny things about shows that are already funny." Regardless, any show is fair game in the site's free-for-all forums, where fans exchange lots of juicy gossip and spoilers. Television Without Pity's main drawback for those looking for a quick fix is that its lengthy recaps tend to drone on, although it does offer shortened "recaplets" for some shows.


If it's breezy you want, Entertainment Weekly's TV Watch recaps work nicely. Not all shows are covered, but the most popular are represented, including the sitcoms and other shows that Television Without Pity shuns. Better, users can post comments immediately below the recaps. TV Watch is just part of EW's teeming TV section that includes reviews, news and photo galleries, such as "The 10 All-Time Best 'American Idol' Performances."


If you're looking for a critical consensus of what's on TV, check out Metacritics. The site compiles (and links to) print reviews of current shows. The reviews, culled coast to coast from the New York Times to the Hollywood Reporter, are assigned a score out of 100 based on the opinions stated and then averaged on a weighted scale to arrive at a Metascore. The season premiere of "24," for example, has a Metascore of 79 based on 23 reviews, which means it has received generally favorable critiques. Users offer their own ratings on a 10-point scale, along with their comments, giving "24" a high average rating of 8.6.

Every weekday JewishWorldReview.com publishes what many in in the media and Washington consider "must-reading". Sign up for the daily JWR update. It's free. Just click here.

Randy A. Salas is a columnist for the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Do you have a favorite Web site or a question about how to find something on the Internet? Send a note by clicking here.


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