GateHouse News Service National Budget
For 2/23/10 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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READER CALLOUT: LENT: Reach out to your readers for their Lenten thoughts.
READER CALLOUT: SPRING GARDENING TIPS.
STIMULUS PROJECT: Two former rivals in Ohio work together on major stimulus project.
REVAMP: Suburban Chicago papers recognized for revamped opinions section.
LEDE VIDEO: Video: How LEDE training program will help editors lead into next decade.
LEDE: Apply now for the 2010 leadership program, LEDE.
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.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: An even easier pancake mix -- Weekly food rail, with a review of Hungry Jack Easy Pack Pancake Mix, an easy recipe for chicken or turkey soup, the latest from The Beer Nut, and more.
FOOD PAGE: Homemade stock: a culinary treasure
ALL ABOUT THE APPENDIX: A look at the mysterious appendix -- The appendix is a little organ, about the size and shape of a hollow pinkie. But when it becomes enlarged and eventually ruptures ‹ which is what happens during appendicitis ‹ it can prove deadly.
CARRY ON: Tips for finding the perfect diaper bag -- If you’re expecting a new addition to your family, you’ll soon find yourself puzzling over the many choices in gear for a new baby. And unless your baby is miraculously free of the realities of dirty diapers, you’re going to need a diaper bag.
ENERGY-EFFICIENT HOME: Energy-efficient home includes rich aesthetic environment - SMITHFIELD – Down a gravel road that cuts through steep wooded river bluffs along the Spoon River is a passive solar home with international provenance. With input from Mother Earth News, books and friends, the home rose from a footprint positioned in a small clearing to capitalize on views and the transit of the sun across a winter sky. In the middle of summer, the sun does not enter the house at all. By Clare Howard of the Peoria Journal Star.
BLACK HISTORY: See what you know about black history with this quiz - See what you remember about notable people, places and events in the lives of black Americans. A quiz by the State Journal-Register.
DARIN ST. GEORGE: Healthy habits on a family vacation -- I recently went to Disney World with my family. So, did I follow my own advice while I was surrounded by America's biggest buffets? I immediately switched into survival mode and turned to my support team and got to work.
DR. MURRAY FEINGOLD: There's help for people who stutter – Stuttering occurs in about 5 percent of children. It usually starts between the ages of 3 and 6, and most of the time goes away. However, stuttering is present in approximately 1 percent of the adult population.
DR. JEFF HERSH: Similar symptoms, different diagnosis -- Lichen sclerosus is a chronic inflammatory condition of the skin, not a skin cancer like Paget's disease. Although the overall incidence of LS is not accurately known, some estimates are that it affects as many as 1 in 30 post-menopausal women. As many as 1 in every 300 referrals to a dermatologist is for LS.
PHYSICIAN FOCUS: Guarding against Lyme disease -- Lyme disease is an increasing threat, and of all the infectious diseases that threaten our personal and public health, it can be one of the most problematic.
SENIOR SAVVY: Understanding progression of Alzheimer's -- My mother has Alzheimer's disease. She trusted everyone and now she is suspicious of the family by accusing us of stealing her belongings. She refuses to shower, is wearing the same clothes two days in a row, and does not believe that she is in her own home. My mother told me she is looking for her home. What can I do to help my mother?
5 THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND: From chowing on chowder for Clam Chowder Day to more Olympics fun, give your readers some ideas (and be sure to localize).
SUDOKU FEBRUARY: Puzzles for February (582-609) are available for download. Previous puzzles are linked to in this file, or visit our Puzzles category.
SUDOKU MARCH: Puzzles for March (610-644) are available for download. Previous puzzles are linked to in this file, or visit our Puzzles category.
OSCARS: Follow the link below to see our collection of Oscars-related content. If your paper has something that would work on a national scale, please send it to us via Zope or e-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
MOVIE MAN: 'Goodfellas' a great film about bad men - With Martin Scorsese’s new movie, “Shutter Island,” opening this weekend in theaters, and his 1990 movie, “Goodfellas” re-released this week on a 20th anniversary Blu-ray disc, I thought it was a good time to make the argument that “Goodfellas” is the best movie of the last 25 years. By Will Pfeifer of the Rockford Register Star.
GRANLUND CARTOON: Seniors smoking pot.
CHUCK SWEENY: Look out, GOP, the ‘Ronpaulistas’ are at the gates - The Conservative Political Action Conference met last weekend in Washington, featuring speakers from the right side of the political world, Republican Party types and conservative think-tankers. At the end, they took a straw poll to see whom the 10,000 conferees like for president. Most years they go with an establishment type like Mitt Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts who won the straw poll last year. This year they picked a renegade, U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas.
MICHAEL TORTORICH: Haiti still needs help -- News topics have a way of coming and going in a flash. Yesterday’s front page news eventually gets downgraded to inside blurbs and, eventually, disappears completely. Now, more than a month removed from the devastating earthquake in Haiti, much work remains to be done. Humanitarian aid is still needed in the country, just as it was last month when the earthquake hit.
AMY GEHRT: Ryan makes headlines for all the wrong reasons - As federal prosecutors prepare to put our last governor, Rod Blagojevich, on trial for corruption charges in June, it was another former governor who made headlines last week — twice, in fact.
EDITORIAL: May Toyota prove it has learned from its mistakes - First, there were problems with the gas pedals on a host of cars. Then, the brakes on Prius hybrids. Now, with 8.5 million vehicles recalled worldwide - 6 million of them in the U.S. - Toyota may be put on the defensive yet again regarding concerns about the steering on its newer-model Corollas. An editorial from the Peoria Journal Star.
CRAIGSLIST KILLER CASE: Judge: DNA can be taken from alleged Craigslist Killer - A judge has ruled that DNA can be taken from Philip Markoff, who prosecutors say killed a woman who he’d contacted via the “erotic services” section of Craigslist, an online classified site. By The Patriot Ledger.
BISHOP CASE: Delahunt blames Braintree police in '86 Bishop shooting - With his term expiring, U.S. Rep. William Delahunt is weighing his political future. But it was his distant past – an investigation nearly a quarter century ago – that had him standing before a pack of reporters and photographers in his congressional office. By John P. Kelly.
Business / Ag
BIT BITS: Weekly business rail, with tips on business credit scores, BBB warning about time shares and more.
MAKING CENTS: Planning can bring dreams to reality - As a professional financial adviser, I am here to break the news that dreaming is good. Your personal dreams are merely a vision for your future. Where most people fail is in connecting the dreams to what they need to do in order to make those dreams reality. By John P. Napolitano.
CHECKOUT LANE: Those looking for a pet urged to adopt from shelter - Treasa Downey, director of the Scituate (Mass.) Animal Shelter, says people should consider shelter pets. “We don’t encourage people buying dogs ... from pet stores (because) we want people to think adoption first.” By Lana Lagomarsini.
- Localize it: Talk to shelters/adoption centers in your town to get their quotes, information, etc.
FINE PRINT: Fine Print: Understanding the details of the new credit card laws - The new Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act took effect Monday, and you're probably wondering what it means for you. If you're like most credit card holders, you probably don't read much into your credit card's terms and conditions. Well now is the time to change that - at least to find out how those terms may be changing in light of the new CARD Act. By The Patriot Ledger.
WET HARVEST: Impact of late, wet harvest might be felt well into 2010 - BERRY – One of the latest, wettest harvests in decades is still working its way through Illinois grain elevators, bringing with it higher costs, quality issues, safety hazards, and possible effects on prices and planting during the 2010 season. Corn and soybeans aren’t rotting on the ground or in bins. But there is a possibility some of last fall’s crop will still be drying when the fall 2010 harvest comes in, said Robert Ramsey, one of the family owners of Ramsey Grain in Berry. By Tim Landis of the State Journal-Register.
TRASH TO TREASURE: Local moms turn trash into jewelry - Two busy moms are finding time to make beautiful jewelry from unexpected places. Kingston resident Maureen Colton, 46, and partner Jenn Hammel, 38, of Duxbury have been recycling trash and turning it into treasure for the past 10 years. By Lana Lagomarsini.
NASCAR PAGE: Daytona in the desert.
PAUL JANNACE: U.S. vs. Canada a great game ... if you saw it -- For the first time in 50 years, the U.S. men’s hockey team beat Canada in Olympic play. Of course, being one of the few hockey junkies left in this country, I?desperately wanted to talk about it with fellow puckheads — except very few of them knew where to find it on television Sunday night.