GateHouse News Service National Budget
For 2/23/09 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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GO GREEN: 24-page tab packed with content perfect for an April release (for Earth Day).
NIE PAGE: Getting connected (Alexander Graham Bell)
AUTO PAGE: Volvo XC60
FAMILY MAGAZINE: Monthly magazine – March - Planning for kids’ camps.
LOCAL TIP: News service localization tip of the day: Teen drinking http://ghnewsroom.com/article/news-service-localization-tip-day-teen-drinking
MORNING MINUTES: Note: we’re adding a little “today in history” beginning Monday. And we’ll still offer Word of the Day, Web Site of the Day and Number to Know. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/morning_minutes
HEALTH WATCH: Tips for the sleep-deprived - weekly health rail, with tips on creating a sleep haven, helpful information about flu season, advice on dental health and more.
HEALTH PAGE: Lose weight
HEALTH VIDEO: Pump up the iron
WAYNE WESCOTT: Attacking cellulite - According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, less than 10 percent of American adults perform enough physical activity to attain any measurable improvements in physical fitness. This is particularly problematic for women. Ledger, on wire now
HEALTH FOOD CLAIMS: How legit are health-food claims? –A trip down any grocery store aisle is bound to leave you staring at logos trumpeting heart-healthy ingredients, weight-loss properties or energy boosting results. “But consumers should really be aware that a lot of these product claims are unregulated,” said Connie Laidlaw, health and fitness director at Indian Bounday YMCA in Downers Grove, Ill. To see how credible the assertions of a handful of health food items are, we turned to Dr. Brian Ralston, a family practice doctor qualified in sports medicine and president of the medical staff at MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn, Ill. By Jessica Young of Suburban Life Publications.
JUVENILE DIABETES: Fight against juvenile diabetes requires constant vigilance - PEORIA – Dressed as Superman, able to leap tall sofas in a single bound, 5-year-old Mark VandeWiele is the picture of health and energy. And, actually, he is very healthy as long as his family keeps a close eye on everything he eats. Mark has Type 1 diabetes, also commonly known as juvenile diabetes. Though Jennifer and Matt, Mark’s parents, push every day to make Mark's life as normal as his siblings, it might never be. By Jennifer Davis of the Peoria Journal Star.
JULIE FAY: Who needs bad guys? My preschool sons have discovered cops and robbers, although they play it with a twist. Watching them, I think of situations when I could have used a ray gun to take care of some bad guys. Ledger, on wire now
LORETTA LAROCHE: Some of today’s singers need to exercise restraint - Music is evolutionary, which is as it should be, but will any of the artists of today stand the test of time like Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley have? Ledger, on wire now
SUDOKU: Puzzles 190-217 are now posted. Sudoku links package can be found here: http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x776476232/Looking-for-Sudoku
OSCAR WINNERS: 2009 Academy Awards full list of winners
BOOK REVIEW: 'Down at the Docks' details gritty lives of fishermen
STILL THRIVING IN SHOW BIZ: Legendary Quincy producer Al Dotoli still thriving in showbiz - From his household office in Quincy, Al Dotoli has quietly produced shows for everyone from Frank Sinatra to the Grateful Dead. And he’s one of art thief Myles Connor’s best friends. Ledger, Lambert, on wire now, With photos
BRITT CARTOON: On a day in the life of Roland Burris. Will be posted this evening.
JEFF VRABEL: The Internet tells me I’m fat - Well, that settles it. I am officially and indisputably fat. I am fat because the Internet has told me I am fat.
CHARITA GOSHAY: What color is common sense?
GARY BROWN: It was so much fun; who knew mercury could be dangerous?
TERRY BIBO: Book puts bad times in perspective - Things could be worse. Yes, there have been layoffs. Yes, the stock market is hacking up another hairball, and companies are closing, and we're billions more in debt. This has been a long, hard winter. But it could be and has been worse. There have also been long, hard, bloody winters. If you want to put these days in perspective, page through former Peorian Don C. White's recently published labor of love. He's been compiling this perpetual calendar he calls "Facts, Quotes and Anecdotes of the Civil War" since the turn of this century.
JEFF ADAIR: It's un-American to talk about race - This week we got a twofer, a story about race that got Rush Limbaugh and his toadies frothing at the mouth, about to blow a gasket; and a second story that got Al Sharpton, "The Rev.," pumping his fist, getting ready for the battle of all battles. MetroWest, on wire now
DAVID MARIL: Mitt Romney should be the Car Czar - Barack Obama convinced a large portion of voters he was going to bring a fresh style to Washington. He’d approach complicated issues by cutting through bureaucratic tape and surround himself with advisers who bring a broad spectrum of ideas and philosophies. Enterprise, on wire now
RICK HOLMES: Elections count - Make no mistake. The Democrats are in charge - you can hear it in the desperate huffing and puffing from Republicans whose stale ideas are being left by the side of the road. MetroWest, on wire now
DOG TAGS FOUND IN FRANCE: More than 60 years later, American soldier's dog tags found in France
IPODS AND SPECIAL ED: iPods help special-education students excel
KILLING THE GEESE: Fed up with mess, Mass. towns gets lethal with Canada geese - The war against Canada geese has gotten lethal. To counter heavy bird droppings on public property and other goose-related dilemmas, Brockton and Raynham have begun killing the birds. Enterprise, Papadopoulos, on wire now, With photos
Business / Ag
BARTERING BURGEONING: Bartering surges in recession as businesses, individuals look to cut costs
(GOOD TO LOCALIZE: Are business people in your community bartering their
services? How about consumers? Are there exchange networks in your state?)
WORKING AT HOME: Ways to get comfortable when working at home
MAKING CENTS: How the stimulus law may affect your wallet
CHECKOUT LANE: Tips to keep skin soft and smooth in winter (ALSO IN HEALTH)
STIMULUS AND TAXES: Before filing taxes, think stimulus (WITH CANTON REP ILLUSTRATION)
DIY TAX HELP: Tax help for the do-it-yourselfer
TAX RETURN MISTAKES: 10 most frequent mistakes on tax returns
PLUNGING DAIRY PRICES: Dairy prices put strain on farmers - PEORIA – Milk it while you can. Price tags on everything from french onion dip to sour cream are falling. And though a drop for a nutritional staple like milk points to major economic trouble, consumers nonetheless are reaping the benefits of the plunge in dairy prices. By Erin Wood of the Peoria Journal Star. To localize: How are dairy farmers in your area dealing with low milk prices?
REALTORS SWEETEN DEALS: ROCKFORD – Vic Nafranowicz started in the real estate business in 1980, shortly before mortgage rates began their inexorable climb to 18 percent and Winnebago County’s jobless rate began its rise toward 20 percent in what then was the worst recession since the 1930s. But even in that dark time, Nafranowicz didn’t resort to a trick he’s trying now — cashback incentives for buyers. By Alex Gary of the Rockford Register Star. To localize: Check with local Realtors to see if they're using incentives to help sell homes.
NEW TAX CREDITS: New tax credits provoke curiosity - SPRINGFIELD – The federal government finally is riding to the rescue of the housing market. Or is it? People in the real-estate, energy efficiency and home-improvement businesses say approval of an $8,000 tax credit for first-time buyers and a $1,500 credit for making existing homes more energy-efficient is certainly welcome in a tough economy. Still, plenty of questions remain. By Tim Landis of the State Journal-Register.
LENNY MEGLIOLA: Moving on from baseball's Steroids Era
NASCAR PAGE: No testing, no problem
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