National Budget for 7.27.07
GateHouse News Service National Budget
For 7.27.07 editions
* NOTE: Hall of Fame coverage below
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DIGITAL ENCODING ON LICENSES - After not learning of her son's ultimately fatal accident until hours later, Clinton mother wants emergency contact information digitally encoded on drivers licenses. Times & Courier, Mass, 22 inches, on wire now
WHALE TAGGING - Aquarium officials and other experts tagged several humpback whales off the coast of the South Shore. Patriot Ledger, 20 inches, 7 p.m.
DANGEROUS JOBS (Good to localize) - The death of a teen working construction in Marshfield - like a few other teens, he was working with his father's company at the time of his death - brings up serious questions about what summer jobs teens do/can/should have. Check with state Dept. of Labor, OSHA. Patriot Ledger, Lightman, 12 inches, 7 p.m.
HELP WITH HARRY POTTER - Acton man puts a box in Acton's main library, asking suburbanites who bought multiple copies of the latest Harry Potter book for their over-eager readers, to donate their extra, lightly read copies. After a few weeks he hopes to deliver a bunch of the books to homeless shelters. MetroWest Daily News, Reuell, 10 inches, 6 p.m.
BASEBALL HALL OF FAME: Overview of this weekend's main events. Utica / 10" / Sports
CAL RIPKEN FEATURE -- Ripken tends to be defined by one number -- the 2,632 consecutive baseball games in which he played. But his career involved a whole lot more than that. His defense was often underrated, and he paved the way for a new breed of tall, offense-minded shortstops. Utica / 18” / Sports
TONY GWYNN FEATURE -- Gwynn's .394 batting average in 1994 represents the highest level since Ted Williams hit .406 in 1941. Quite simply, Gwynn is one of the best hitters who ever lived. Utica / Sports
RANDOLPH BASEBALL - In 1936, the St. Louis Cardinals and a host of would-be Hall of Famers made a special visit to Randolph to play a game. This story remembers that historic game, the day the "Big Leagues" came to town. Patriot Ledger, Hanson, 12 inches, 7 p.m.
LENNY MEGLIOLA COLUMN – Now Tom Brady is chasing Peyton Manning. MetroWest Daily News, 20 inches, on wire now
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CHARITA GOSHAY COLUMN -- I don’t know. If I were a musician who hadn’t had a hit in 20 years, I don’t think I’d demand that six white, Egyptian-cotton towels be folded according to my exact specifications, or that a certain size of grape be served to me on a “Flintstones” TV tray by a Filipino butler who’d better not look me in the eye. I’d just be happy if the check cleared. CANTON / In / Columns Goshay
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O'MAHONEY CARTOON - Fat is socially contagious... starring Homer Simpson.
Lifestyles (Friday is Religion)
SPIRITUAL SUSTENANCE: Challah, a traditional bread that is served at dinner on the Jewish Sabbath. Pronounced “ha-LAH,” challah also is served during Jewish holidays except Passover, when food products containing yeast are forbidden. (The Passover seder instead includes matzo, an unleavened bread symbolizing the affliction and suffering of slavery, and the haste with which the Israelites left Egypt.) CANTON
MICHAEL MILLER COLUMN -- The Vatican's statement on the primacy of the Roman Catholic Church has riled some non-Catholic Christians in the ecumenical movement, but Catholic leaders and some Protestants are saying it's nothing to be concerned about and certainly nothing new. PEORIA
DISC GOLF – (Good to localize) An estimated 3 million people play disc golf in the country, according to the Disc Golf Association, but the game is still a mystery to many. MetroWest Daily News, Mineo, 20 inches, on wire now
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Coming this weekend
THIS WEEK IN WEIRD – A compilation of weird news from GateHouse newspapers. GHNS
HALL OF FAME -- Coverage of the Hall of Famers golf outing at Leatherstocking Golf Course. Utica / 12" (moving Saturday for Sunday)
HALL OF FAME -- Overview story. Utica / 12" (moving Sunday for Monday)
RIPKEN -- Ripken's speech and Orioles fans. Utica / 12" (moving Sunday for Monday)
GWYNN -- Gwynn's speech/reactions. Utica / 12" (moving Sunday for Monday)
HALL: A LOOK AHEAD -- A look ahead -- Handicapping the possible Class of 2008 at the Baseball Hall of Fame. Utica / (moving Sunday for Monday)
ANTI-GUN ADVOCATES: It has been a violent summer in Chicago, and anti-gun activists here have struck back in their own way by urging policymakers to enact “common sense” gun laws. Story assesses whether any movement has been made. RAMSEY/Chicago Bureau/moving Friday morning/Illinois