GateHouse News Service National Budget
For 10/5/09 editions
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SHOESTRING LIVING: Check out our new weekly frugal column, Shoestring Living, part of our growing Stretched portfolio. This week: Seeing green – find extra money in your budget today.
HALLOWEEN CONTENT: We’ve started collecting Halloween content in a links package. Check back often, as we’ll links as new stories come in. And if your newspaper has something to share, please send it to us via Zope or e-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
FLU SEASON: H1N1 and seasonal flu content - Stories, columns, cartoons and more on H1N1 "swine flu" and seasonal flu. If your paper has an item to share, please send it to us via Zope or e-mail it
David Arkin: 5 things makes Spoon River Drive easy to digest
ASF template: Meeting coverage
WebCube video: Minnesota editor on using alternative story formats.
MORNING MINUTES: We've expanded what we're offering in Morning Minutes to provide your paper with more options and 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.
HEALTH WATCH: Weekly health rail, includes items on keeping your mind sharp, breast cancer news, worst places to live if you have fall allergies, kids’ health, senior health and more.
HEALTH PAGE: Go go gadget: sporty fitness gear to go.
DR. ELIZABETH KENT: Family history of breast cancer — what does it mean? -- With one in six women developing breast cancer in her lifetime, many people have a family member who has or has had breast cancer.
WAYNE L. WESTCOTT: Life is too short to sit out -- We live in a sedentary society. Fewer than 5 percent of Americans attain even 30 minutes of mild physical activity five days a week, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Without question, this underscores the need for more-active lifestyles, including regular exercise sessions.
TERRI MILLER: How to choose a long-term care facility -- When staying at home is no longer possible, there are several alternatives available.
SHOESTRING LIVING: Seeing green – find extra money in your budget today.
DENNIS VOLKERT: New chip off the old block??Nacho fast -- I was eating Doritos the other day and thought back to my History of Doritos Analysis. Years ago, I realized that each time a new Doritos variety was introduced it was delicious and exciting, but within a few months it tasted pretty much like the original.
HOW RUDE! Experts study civility in the age of the Internet - Rude, snide and disrespectful behavior has always been there, but it seems like no one can disagree without being disagreeable these days. By Tamara Browning of the State Journal-Register.
LORETTA LAROCHE: Watch out for martyrdom -- Too often, our friends and family members perceive us as the eternal caregivers. Once we’ve taken on the mantle of Florence Nightingale, we become best known for our “nursing” skills and are constantly called upon to help others.
GARY BROWN: Autumn can overwhelm the senses -- Autumn looks like gold, red and brown leaves. It tastes like crisp apples and popcorn. It feels like backyard football games. It sounds like a dragged rake and lingering lawn mowers. It smells like the backyard burning of the remnants of summer. There is perhaps no season that appeals to so many senses as autumn.
SHAYNE LOOPER: When it’s time to head for the door -- Have you ever walked out of a movie? I did once, a long time ago. My wife and I went to see the film because it featured a musician in whom I had some interest. But after about 30 minutes, the movie took a moral nosedive, and we got up and headed for the door.
SUDOKU: Puzzles for October (463-490) are available for download. Previous puzzles are linked to in this file, or visit our Puzzles category.
SERIOUS MAN: Coen brothers go back in time for Jewish comedy ‘A Serious Man’ – “A Serious Man” opened Friday. The film, set in the late 1960s, is about a middle-aged Jewish man in the Midwest the Coens were brought up Jewish in the Midwest in the late 1960s who is watching his life crumble all around him, and turns to faith to try to sort things out. But it’s a Coen film, so naturally, things get worse.
GRANLUND CARTOON: McDonald's in the Louvre.
CONROY CARTOON: Iran's nuclear facility.
LICCAR CARTOON: The president on the milk carton
MICHAEL WINSHIP: Two writers depart an ever stranger land -- You certainly can argue that the depths to which our so-called democratic dialogue has sunk are nothing new. Politicians and advocates have been slinging mud since the earth was cool enough to hurl. The undeniable difference today is the speed and variety of the compost being thrown.
RICK HOLMES: Politics and hard times - The winds of populism are blowing across the landscape. You see it at town hall forums and tea party rallies. You hear it when small crowds heckle bank agents foreclosing homes, when tent cities of homeless crop up under highway bridges. These are hard times. People are angry at whoever got us here and scared about what happens next.
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JEFF VRABEL: I’m now a high-class high-def guy - You win, World, I will buy a large, shiny new television.
WOOD ON WORDS: How the heck do you pronounce ‘route’? - How do you pronounce “route”? Does it rhyme with “shoot” or “shout”? No matter which “route” you choose, there¹s a homonym for it.
ELIZABETH DAVIES: Viewing the world as a 16-year-old - Immediately, I breathed in the cool autumn air and was brought back to 1993. It was my first school year with my own car and my own driver¹s license.
EDITORIAL: Pediatricians pitch soda tax to reduce childhood obesity - Dr. David Deutsch of Rockford sees the complications from childhood obesity a little closer than most people. Deutsch is a pediatric gastroenterologist who treats more patients with medical problems once limited to adults — conditions like Type 2 diabetes and compromised liver function. One of his overweight patients was just put on the national liver transplant list. That’s enough for Deutsch to support a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages. It’s enough for us, too. An editorial from the Rockford Register Star.
EDITORIAL: Windy City's Olympics washout no knock on those who tried - Instead of hot dogs it'll be churrasco, instead of "How yous doin'?" it'll be "Boas-vindas" and instead of Lake Michigan it'll be Guanabara Bay. Rio de Janeiro will host the 2016 Summer Olympics, not Chicago. The five rings will fly over South America for the first time. An editorial from the Peoria Journal Star.
EDITORIAL: Mii generation striking up new friendships - First there was high blood pressure medicine that sprouts hair on a bald pate. Then a heart pill that adds vim to vapid love lives. Now an electronic game designed for kids is making a night out at your favorite pub a little healthier and a lot more fun. Wii bowling leagues are forming in the Boston area. Wherever they are, they are bridging gaps between people who might never have shared a word, never mind a team jersey. The Patriot Ledger.
443-YEAR-OLD TREE DIES: SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – A white oak tree in Carpenter Park that stood tall for more than two centuries before Abraham Lincoln was born finally has succumbed to the elements. Vern LaGesse, president of the Friends of the Sangamon Valley, learned about three weeks ago the tree’s crown had fallen. The top portion of the tree probably blew down in a windstorm this spring, leaving only the trunk and a few small branches. By Chris Young of the State Journal-Register. With breakout boxes on determining the age of a tree, white oak tree facts, other old-growth trees in central Illinois and a timeline of events that have happened during the tree’s lifetime.
DEER & COLLISIONS: More deer mean more collisions - PEORIA – As deer migration and mating season begins and hunters invade wildlife areas, drivers need to use additional care to avoid becoming a statistic of the rising number of car vs. deer collisions. Deer-vehicle crashes are up 18 percent nationally, and in Illinois, an increase of 3 percent from five years ago, according to a report released by State Farm Insurance Cos. By Ruth Longoria Kingsland of the Peoria Journal Star. To localize: Has there been an increase in car-deer collisions in your area?
FLU SHOT: Not everyone willing to give swine flu vaccine a shot - Whether due to ambivalence, fear or concern about side effects, there is little unanimity as to whether people think an H1N1 vaccine makes sense for them – no matter what experts say. By Sara Brown.
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Business / Ag
BIZ BITS: Weekly business rail, with financial tips for job seekers, BBB warning about advance fee loans and more.
MAKING CENTS: Swamped by red ink? You need a plan. Weekly column by John P. Napolitano.
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CHECKOUT LANE: Checkout Lane: Tips to get the chimney ready for winter - With winter approaching, there’s no better time to get your fireplace in working order. Curling up by a roaring fire is the perfect antidote to the cold. To ensure your chimney isn’t blocked with debris or other obstructions that could threaten your family’s safety and damage your home, call in the help of a chimney sweep. By Brent Lang.
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BIZ BOOK: Sandwich author’s business book cuts to the chase - In the business world, you can’t beat around the bush. Clients and employers want the message delivered quickly and succinctly without any filler. Sandwich resident Mark Magnacca’s new book “So What? How to Communicate What Really Matters to Your Audience” is a practical guide to that essential sales technique. By Paul Babin.
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NASCAR PAGE: Dates with destiny.
DEER SEASON: Keep these things in mind as deer season arrives - SPRINGFIELD – With archery deer-hunting season opening Thursday, there’s a lot to think about. There are new rules and regulations to consider and follow. And as with any pastime, the deeper one delves into the subject, the more complicated it can become. By Chris Young of the State Journal-Register.