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>Associated Content’s Green for Good Sweepstakes Official Rules



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AC’s Green for Good Sweepstakes

Sponsored by Associated Content Inc. (the “Sponsor”).


1. Eligibility: The AC’s Green for Good Sweepstakes (the “Sweepstakes”) is open to legal residents of the U.S. (excluding residents of Rhode Island and any jurisdictions where a Sweepstakes of this nature is prohibited by law), who are age 18 or

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Employees of Sponsor, their respective parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising, promotion, and fulfillment agencies, their immediate family members and persons living in their same household, are not eligible to participate in the Sweepstakes. Participation in the Sweepstakes constitutes entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these Official Rules & Regulations (“Official Rules”). VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.

2. To Enter: You may enter the Sweepstakes in one of two ways:

(a) Eligible persons are automatically entered into the Sweepstakes when their submitted Content is published on Associated Content Website ( each time they publish a text article pursuant to the “Exclusive”, “Non-Exclusive” or “Display-Only” License on the topic of Green Living in the Green category between April 20, 2009, on or around 00:00 AM, Eastern Time, and April 30, 2009, on or around 23:59 PM, Eastern Time. Each piece of Content published during this time shall be considered one (1) entry. Limit twelve (12) online entries per person. Poetry, prose, fiction, video, slideshows and audio submissions are not eligible and will not be counted as entries.

(b) To enter by mail without obligation, hand write your name, mailing address, email address and phone number on a 4″x6″ card and mail to: AC’s Green for Good Sweepstakes, Associated Content, Inc., 630 Ninth Avenue, Suite 605 New York, NY 10036 Mail-in entries must be postmarked by April 30, 2009, and be received by May 6, 2009. Limit one (1) mail in entry per person.

>America’s Best Hospitals


Best Hospitals

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Diary of a Hospital

(Jim Lo Scalzo for USN&WR)

Atop the Vanderbilt helipad, LifeFlight nurses transfer a car accident victim to a gurney. In 2007, the crew made 3,000 retrievals from outlying areas.

5 Days at Vanderbilt Medical Center

An inside look at how this Nashville hospital earns a spot on the Honor Roll.

Photo Essay

(Charlie Archambault for USN&WR)

Nurse Anisa Metiri triage nurse at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx NY.

Walk in the Shoes of an ER Nurse

A busy shift at Montefiore Medical Center’s Weiler Division in the Bronx, N.Y., highlights the pressures on a triage nurse Anisa Mertiri.

hospital amenities

Close-up of woman eating dinner

Jazzing Up a Hospital Stay

Gourmet dining, fine art–some patients even get field trips.

Bernadine Healy, M.D.

Dr. Bernadine Healy on M Street in Georgetown.

Great Medicine Needs
Committed Patients

The hard work of getting well starts after you return home. Are you up to it?

Deciphering America’s Best Hospitals

Surgeon Tom Naslund (center) repairs a bulging aorta.

Methodology: Inside the Rankings

How 170 out of 5,453 hospitals and medical centers made the cut.

Fitness Buzz: Skinny Vacations, Overrated Trends, and More

Here’s what you may have missed this week in fitness, exercise, diet, and nutrition news.

What Obama’s Council on Women Means for Your Health

It could produce funding for research on ovarian cancer, HIV transmission, and gender disparities.

Economic Crisis Is ‘Unfortunate Opportunity’ for Health Researchers

Downturn is a natural experiment for scientists studying the health effects of socioeconomic factors.

Plastic Water Bottles: Should You Avoid the Disposable Kind, Too?

You knew hard plastic poses risks. Now, harmful chemicals have also been found in throwaway bottles.

7 Ways to Green Your Exercise Routine

Here’s how to tread lightly on the Earth as you’re working out.

>Is Faux Green The Grass of The Future?


Artificial Grass Is Not A New Product
But People May Want To Consider It
As a Less-Expensive Alternative To Grass!

Manufacturers are pitching faux lawns to homeowners around the country. Not only is artificial turf convenient, they say, but the products help the environment by saving water and cutting down on pesticide use. Others say faux grass is anything but green. (See related article.) Grass at the Wynn

SynLawn, based in Dalton, Ga., offers varieties including SynRye, SynBlue and SynFescue – shown here at a home in Santa Monica. The company now uses a soy-based backing for most products, instead of one made from petro-chemicals.

Environmental groups and parents have raised concerns over the chemicals found in artificial turf on athletic fields and playgrounds.

>Anger Can’t Survive On Grass

When I was growing up in Salt Lake City my brother David and I used to end a lot of summer days gloriously–by attending a Class C Salt Lake Bees game.

We didn’t have the money (50 cents for bleacher seats), only the dime we paid to take the City Lines from 3200 South to 13th South State Street. That put us just two blocks from the old Derks Field, a well-manicured grass with bleachers, grandstand, and box seats for maybe 5,000 people


We got in by shagging baseballs. We stood on West Temple Street, behind home plate, and when a foul ball came over we raced ten other kids for the ball. That ball was our admission ticket and we never once failed to see at least six innings.

I was ten and David twelve, and we were poor but not angry. For us, anger didn’t come into America’s common-man lexicon until black people rioted in Detroit and other cities like Watts and Birmingham in the sixties. Now, they were angry. Angry for being put in the back of the bus in Atlanta, Mississippi, and South Carolina–not Utah. Angry for being black in a predominately white Protestant nation.

We had a few blacks in school and they were not discriminated against, we looked up to them. One of my best friends was Marie Adams. She ran for vice president of Granite High School and I was her campaign manager. We won. She later moved to Jacksonville, Florida but I haven’t seen her in a long, long time. I’m sure she is not angry. She was so good, and so intelligent. We also served on the Granitian yearbook staff together. What a great person she was. I had been in her home. She had fine, hardworking parents. Marie’s older brother became a successful lawyer, Utah attorney general I believe.


Back to baseball. I love the smell of newly-cut grass. That’s why baseball became my best sport, I liked to play on grass. We didn’t have nice grass in the infield or the outfield at Granite, however. But we did at the University of Utah where I played centerfield for three years. Grass takes away a lot of negative emotions. When you’re angry, go outside onto the grass and play some catch with your son or daughter before sundown. That will immediately cure you of the anger of a bad day at work.
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