GateHouse News Service National Budget 7.22.09
GateHouse News Service National Budget 7.22.09
Here are the top national stories coming today from GateHouse News Service. Stories are available at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/.
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BACK-TO-SCHOOL CONTENT: Check out our package of back-to-school content, which we will update as new items come in. If your paper has an item that would work on a national scale, please send it to us via Zope or by e-mailing it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
OUTDOOR LIVING MAGAZINE is now available for download.
HOME IMPROVEMENTS MAGAZINE is now available for download.
CHRIS BIONDI: Do your readers remember Woodstock?
ANALYTICS: Videos: GateHouse Media switching to Google Analytics.
MORNING MINUTES: We've expanded what we're offering in Morning Minutes to provide your paper with more options and/or to give your readers a couple more interesting tidbits. It now includes Word of the Day, Web Site of the Day, Number to Know, This Day in History, Today’s Featured Birthday and Daily Quote.
FAMILY PAGE: Healthy choices.
FAMILY TIME: Weekly family rail, with summer pet tips, a review of the latest Harry Potter movie and more.
5 THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND: This week’s entertainment suggestions: Celebrate National Tequila Day (adults only, of course); catch the latest animated movie, “G-Force”; celebrate Amelia Earhart’s birthday; watch the Tour de France, Brickyard 400 or other sports; and catch a meteor shower in the night sky.
RELIGION NEWS: Weekly religion rail, with items on the pope's writing methods, a new faith-based on-demand TV service, getting to know Samuel Dyer and more.
ECONOMY AND WEIGHT: Tough times mean tighter pants for stress eaters -- Research indicates that more than half the American population eats more when stressed. People seek out food for comfort whether they’re hungry or not. And stress-related cravings can also make them reach for all the wrong foods, like chips, cookies and other munchies high in fat and sugar.
THE BEER NUT: Crafting beer and pizza in Burlington, Vt. - It was raining on the Vermont Brewers Festival, but luckily I was in Burlington, Vt., a great city to visit if you want to have fun with a few friends while drinking some craft beer. By Norman Miller.
SUDOKU: Puzzles for July and the first week of August (puzzles 372-406) are available for download. The rest of the August puzzles will be posted this weekend. Previous puzzles are linked to in this file, or visit our Puzzles category.
SNEAK PREVIEW: 'G-Force' and other new movies this week. By Al Alexander.
FLICKS: Guinea pigs are not action stars, and children are not (always) evil - Guinea pigs can fill a number of critical roles. For example, they make excellent test subjects. And guinea pigs are neither from Guinea, nor are they pigs. You know what else they aren’t? That’s right, action stars. By John Meo.
BRIAN MACKEY: Weighing the worth of movies watched - In which Brian poses the question: Is life too short for “Rashomon?”
KENT BUSH: New ‘de-baptism’ trend sweeping Bible Belt - I understand when apathy, atheism and agnosticism keep people out of church. I don't agree with them, but I see where others might. I have less of an understanding of a new trend sweeping across the Bible Belt - de-baptism. This is an active retreat from any former dealings with a church or personal religious beliefs.
EDITORIAL: Learning from the arrest of Henry Louis Gates - Wise parents teach their children never to show disrespect for a police officer - even if he's showing no respect to you. Like it or not, the cop has the power to make life unpleasant for anyone in his or her custody. So use "sir" or "ma'am" when you are in that situation, and whatever you do, don't talk back. Being a wiseguy can only make things worse. By MetroWest Daily News.
EDITORIAL: Health-care cure requires changes not yet proposed - A chronic disease is not cured overnight, and so Congress should not try to reform health care before its recess in August. By Rockford.
GRANLUND CARTOON: On President Obama's health-care plan.
O’MAHONEY CARTOON: On Jim Rice's induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
LLOYD GARVER: Air travel has gone to the dogs - We've seen the arrival of gourmet foods for pets, hotels for pets, and even bikinis for pets. So I shouldn't have been surprised the other day when I learned that there is now an airline for pets.
DEIRDRE REILLY: Parenting has changed, but little boys haven’t - I have been thinking a lot about parenthood lately and how it has changed in the past 10 or 15 years. I have firsthand experience with these changes; my oldest sons are 23 and 20 now, and I have a 10-year-old, too. So I have raised my third son a decade later than I raised the first two boys.
JULIA SPITZ: A veteran's view of the summer of '69 -- Like most everyone his age, Chris Dziczek has memories of the summer of 1969, when man landed on the moon and kids flocked to Woodstock. As Neil Armstrong was making his "giant leap for mankind," Dziczek was an 18-year-old on a flight from California headed for Da Nang.
KEVIN HAAS: You won’t find ‘real news’ here – I’m writing a weekly column now, and it’s dedicated to issues like “Should Barbie have a tramp stamp?”
OBAMA ON GATES: Video: Obama says police 'acted stupidly'; White House clarifies remarks -- President Barack Obama took aim at the Cambridge Police Department at Wednesday night's White House news conference, saying the department "acted stupidly" in arresting African American Studies Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. last week.
GATES FOLO: Cambridge police commissioner declines to talk about Gates arrest -- Cambridge Police Commissioner Robert Haas, through a spokesman, refused to talk Thursday to the media about last week's arrest of famed Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr.
CRUISE DEATH: Massachusetts family on cruise where alleged murder took place -- Christie Coombs — along with more than 30 members of her family — was on the cruise ship last week on which police say a man admitted to killing his wife.
TOO COOL FOR POOL: Pool attendance dives in cold July - Late July heat usually has swimmers lining up to dive into the pool, but this year record-breaking cool weather is in the way. Attendance at park district pools is down 55 percent so far in July and down 40 percent for the entire summer. By Stephanie Gomes of the Peoria Journal Star.
** Good to localize: Check with local pools to see how much attendance has dropped this year.
HORSESHOE TOURNY: Feat of clay: Volunteers build pits for national horseshoe tournament - The National Horseshoe Pitchers Association trucked in more than 40,000 pounds of blue clay from Chenoa for its world championship tournament, which starts Monday and runs through Aug. 8. A crew of 50 worked for two days to prepare the pits and turn the convention center into a destination spot for more than 1,000 horseshoe enthusiasts from 45 states, four Canadian provinces and Norway. By Elle Moxley of the State Journal-Register.
BUSINESS / AG
BIZ BITS: Weekly business rail, with tips on your business’ personality, a look at the best counties for job growth, BBB Watch and more.
FARMERS’ SURVIVAL: Video: Farmers struggle to keep heads above water -- The deluge of rain this season has been deadly for local produce — mainly corn, berries, squash and hay — washing away vital nutrients and business for regional farmers.
DAVE RAMSEY: Weekly financial Q&A, with items on dipping into your 401(k) to pay off a car loan and the economics of dining out.
MAKING CENTS: Creative uses for reverse mortgages - Typically used for income during retirement, reverse mortgages are finding their way into the affluent marketplace as a vehicle for advanced planning. By John P. Napolitano.
NASCAR PAGE: Rubber match (preview on the Brickyard)
JANE MILLER: Brickyard is special for fans and drivers - For those who will be at the track all three days, there are plenty of activities to keep everyone busy while the cars aren't running.