GateHouse News Service National Budget
For 1/20/10 editions
Here are the top national stories coming today from GateHouse News Service. Stories are available at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/. Please submit stories below no later than 6 pm local time, unless you have breaking news that is changing significantly.
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NASCAR PREVIEW SECTION: Find our NASCAR 2010 Preview Section on GateHouse News Service, along with a flier and promo ad.
JOE GRECO: How a 1,500-circ newspaper pulled off a nice package on juvenile diabetes
WEB CUBE: Louisiana editor shares strategies on Web Cube success.
KIDZBUZZ HAITI: Our NIE page that normally moves Friday is now on the news service with kid-appropriate content explaining the Haiti earthquake.
HAITI ON THE NEWS SERVICE: Check out our package of links to cartoons, columns, editorials and stories. We’ll continue to add to the package as we get content from you.
HAITI COVERAGE: The effects of the earthquake in Haiti are being felt all over the world. Here’s a link to a collection of stories, columns and more from GateHouse newspapers with connections to the tragedy. If you have content that will work on a national level, submit it through Zope or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Niche 2010 schedule: Check out the Niche products planned for next year.
MORNING MINUTES: Includes Word of the Day, Web Site of the Day, Number to Know, This Day in History, Today’s Featured Birthday and Daily Quote.
HOME HELP: Weekly home and garden rail, with items on styling your home, tips on putting together emergency kits, refrigerator upgrades, and more.
HOME PAGE: A great playroom.
FAMILY TIME: Weekly family rail, with a review of “The Spy Next Door,” tips on what to do if your pet is injured and more.
LOST IN SUBURBIA: All lined up and nowhere to go - It was one of those days where everything was taking a ridiculously long time. There was a line at the drycleaners. A line at the supermarket. A line at the gas station. I was starting to think that everyone in the world had the same to-do list that I did; they were just one to-do ahead of me the whole day. By Tracy Beckerman.
CHARACTER BUILDING: Kids building better behavior and self-esteem, one karate kick at a time -- Experience fueled Robyn Silverman's passion for helping children build the character traits necessary to help them navigate some of the difficult social and emotional hurdles most of them are bound to face, including bullying.
GREEN THUMBS UP: Developing a landscape master plan -- Several days of milder temperatures afforded a welcome opportunity to escape the dry, stuffy confines of my indoor sanctuary and enjoy pale blue skies and crisp clean air.
SHOESTRING LIVING: The cost of looking good - As you know, “treat and repair” is expensive. Maybe it makes sense to splurge on some of these products and maybe it doesn’t. With some expert help, I’ve determined some of the best ways to spend, and save, your cosmetics dollars. By Molly Logan Anderson.
THE BEER NUT: Boston Beer Works starts bottling -- Boston Beer Works, one of the most popular brewpubs in Massachusetts, is capitalizing on its popularity with its new bottled beers that debuted in stores last month.
SUSTAINABLE WINES: Biodynamic winemaking uncorks cosmic forces -- If you drink wine, you’ve probably had some made with grapes grown according to lunar cycles and fertilized by dung-filled cow horns. It’s not some kind of voodoo vintage, but a product of biodynamic winemaking, an organic farming method that claims to harness the spiritual forces of the cosmos.
WINE WISDOM: Quality French wines don't have to cost a fortune -- In the past, when anyone thought of wines, French wines immediately came to mind. Today, French wines are increasingly overlooked because, when we consider them, the world's most expensive wines come to mind.
KATHRYN REM: Buying food at a heavenly price - Angel Food Ministries is a nondenominational organization, based in Monroe, Ga., that provides food relief to more than a half-million families each month in 44 states, including Illinois. It’s open to everyone. You don’t need to belong to a church or fall into a set income bracket. There are no minimums, limits, applications or qualifications.
TRADING POST: Veggie diet? Start here - A vegetarian diet — with emphasis on fruits, vegetables, grains, beans, legumes and nuts — is rich in fiber, vitamins and other nutrients and low in fat and calories. But not everyone wants to cut out meat completely. They’re called flexitarians, or flexible vegetarians. They eat mostly plant-based foods, but occasionally complement their diet with meat, poultry and fish.
BUY IT? Would you buy it? StarKist Sandwich-Ready Tuna Salad - The State Journal-Register staff tests StarKist Sandwich-Ready Tuna Salad.
SUPER BOWL FOOD: A game day lineup to please any guest - When planning a Super Bowl feast, forgo the usual heavy, fried fare and opt for “stealth health.” Your guests will never miss the saturated fat and calories you’ve cut from their favorite comfort foods. By Kiki Benson and Jeanie Burke of the Rockford Register Star.
BOILING POINT: Hungary keeps us hungry for more -- Hungarians provide the fire under the melting pot of our cuisine. We don¹t realize it, but these hearty eaters hold the reins to much of our daily cooking.
JENNIFER MASTROIANNI: Help for dry hands found in the pantry -- I looked at my hands the other day and gasped. They looked like they belonged to an old woman. Luckily, last week I heard about a softening trick. I tried it and could not believe the results.
GARY BROWN: Infomercials promise that I can lose more than sleep – Nothing on infomercials really is free, of course. But they are slenderizing. In fact, half the infomercials I saw promised to help me lose weight.
DIANA BOGGIA: What does it take to raise a child? -- Raising a child is a most beautiful gift. The foundation of who that child will become is determined by his parents, his family, his surroundings. There is an African proverb that states, ³It takes a village to raise a child.² Everyone has been touched by a child in one way or another.
5 THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND: This week’s suggestions: Watch/donate to the Haiti benefit organized by George Clooney, celebrate National Pie Day, catch “Tooth Fairy” and other new movies opening this week, watch the NFL “final four” and watch the SAG Awards.
- Localize it: List any local Haiti relief efforts, suggest good places to get some pie and list theaters, pubs, etc.
SUDOKU JANUARY: Puzzles for January (554-581) are available for download. Previous puzzles are linked to in this file, or visit our Puzzles category.
MOVIE PROFILE: Real-life couple play the Darwins in 'Creation' – Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly, who costar as botanist Charles Darwin and his wife, Emma, in “Creation,” have been married since 2000. When they’re seen during happy moments in the film, they practically light up the screen. When things are going wrong between them, a different kind of sparks fly.
THE ART IS IN THE DETAILS: Artist creates drawings dot by tiny dot – Erin Hammill selects a pen and leans over a drafting table in her family’s Manitou Beach home. On the piece of art paper placed on the table, a picture of a pair of elephants is taking shape. She uses the pen to create a series of dots within the penciled-out sketch of the two animals. The technique, called stippling, uses dots to create the desired effects within the design.
DENNIS VOLKERT: Name that sequel -- The critical buzz is that the 2010 movie schedule is overrun by sequels. I’m OK with it. Society must prepare for the day when no more new ideas exist. That day is coming sooner than we think, judging by how many sequels are in production.
MICHAEL TORTORICH: 'Avatar' is in a world of its own -- Legendary director James Cameron¹s ³Avatar² has raised the bar when it comes to movies.
O'MAHONEY CARTOON: On issues that propelled Scott Brown to victory.
O'MAHONEY CARTOON: On John Kerry and the GOP Senate victory.
GRANLUND CARTOON: Scott Brown beats Martha Coakley for Senate seat.
SHERMAN: Toon on unemployment.
RICK HOLMES: Martha’s many mistakes - It would be easy to say Scott Brown’s win was inevitable, given the strange and angry winds blowing across the land. It would be easier if Martha Coakley and whoever was advising her hadn’t made so many mistakes.
KENT BUSH: Coakley fails to learn the lessons of 2008 - Thanks to her political malpractice, Martha Coakley allowed Scott Brown to become the first Republican to hold a Senate seat in Massachusetts in 30 years. Coakley’s campaign made some of the same mistakes that cost the losing candidates in 2008. They signed up to run and then asked when she got to redecorate the office. She ran with all of the urgency of a trust fund kid trying to get a summer job.
DAN MAC ALPINE: A funny thing happened on her way to the Senate -- OK. So you’re not the kind of person to pose for a magazine centerfold. You lack a telegenic smile. You’re stiff and awkward in crowds. You may be a good attorney general, but you can’t cross-examine your opponent in a debate to save your political life. Thanks a lot, Martha. One question. If you had no interest in conducting a campaign, why did you run for the Senate in the first place?
DAVE BAKKE: Pawnee women appear flawless in Internet ads - According to the ads on the Internet, the women who live in Pawnee have exceptionally white teeth, make a ton of money from home and lose weight faster and easier than you and me. The only problem is that none of these women actually, you know, exist.
EDITORIAL: States need to cooperate to deal with Asian carp - Asian carp are a threat to the Great Lakes, but that threat should be dealt with through cooperation, not litigation. Unfortunately, litigation is what Michigan, supported by New York, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Ohio, turned to. The states asked the Supreme Court to issue an injunction to close two Chicago-area river locks that connect Lake Michigan to the Mississippi River system via the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal. Fortunately, the Supreme Court refused to issue that order Tuesday. An editorial from the Rockford Register Star.
SCOTT BROWN VICTORY: We’re collecting content related to Scott Brown’s victory and will update the links package as new items come in.
Business / Ag
DAVE RAMSEY: Weekly financial Q&A, with items on getting in to real estate and Self Employed Pension plans.
PAUL A. EISENSTEIN: Land Rover LR4 doesn't skimp on power – The sport-utility vehicle is dead. Or so the headlines would have you believe. But while traditional truck-like SUVs have certainly been losing ground to car-based crossovers, they’re far from gone. There are still plenty of folks who want the space, ruggedness, off-road capabilities and towing capacity of a vehicle like the all-new 2010 Land Rover LR4.
BIZ BITS: Weekly business rail, with items on the economy and college, BBB top 10 ideas for 2010 and more.
AUTO BITS: Resolve to cut automotive costs in the new year.
DAIRY FARMER: Young dairy farmer bucks economic trend - Love isn’t rational, and Andrew Samuelson knows it. The 35-year-old bachelor offers no rationalizations for the 70 females in his life. But things begin to make more sense when you realize each member of Samuelson’s harem has four legs. “I can’t explain it,” the Ashford dairy farmer says. “I love cows. When I was young I told my parents that I actually wanted to be a cow.” By James Mosher.
MAKING CENTS: List of goals is first step to success - To start a new year of financial resolutions, let's make it real simple. Make a specific list of the financial things that you want to get together. Maybe you want to add more to your 401(k), pay down debt or start a college fund. Simply creating a list of what you'd like to accomplish is an important first step. And to give this list some life, try adding a few other columns. By John P. Napolitano.
CHECKOUT LANE: Choosing the right gym - Fran Robbins, manager of Bayshore Athletic Club in Braintree, Mass., says consumers should check what is included in the membership, such as personal training sessions or child care, so they can get the most for their money. By Lana Lagomarsini.
- Localize it: Talk to gyms in your area and get info, quotes, etc.
FINE PRINT: Before giving for Haiti, make sure the charity is legit. By The Patriot Ledger.
ON COMPUTERS: Music on Web goes far beyond radio -- New sites feature personalized ways to find and enjoy music.
NASCAR PREVIEW SECTION: Will Jimmie Johnson win an unprecedented fifth consecutive championship? Will Danica Patrick be more than a marketing blip for NASCAR? Find these are more stories in our NASCAR Preview 2010.
NASCAR PAGE: The weekly page will return just before the season starts next year.
PAUL JANNACE: Rex Ryan's swagger should be celebrated -- Rex Ryan has walked that line and now is laughing all the way to the AFC Championship game. Some might find Ryan¹s act obnoxious, but he¹s instilled a confidence in the New York Jets that has not been seen since Bill Parcells strolled along the Gang Green sidelines.