GateHouse News Service National Budget
For 10/6/09 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 email@example.com.
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
Video: How to access your online archives.
Video: What's happening this week with the News & Interactive Division.
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.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Weekly food rail, leads with Bubble chocolate satisfying cravings; also includes an easy recipe for twice-baked potatoes, the benefits of sweet potatoes and more.
FOOD PAGE: Fixing diabetic meals
FOOD GEAR: New foodie gear functional, beautiful.
SHOESTRING LIVING: Seeing green – find extra money in your budget today.
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.
GREAT GOURDS: Farmers growing gargantuan pumpkins -- A pumpkin that weighs more than 1,000 pounds is growing in Steve Connolly¹s garden. It¹s bigger than a riding lawnmower, but Connolly considers it a little on the small side. For a guy who last year grew a gourd that tipped the scales at more than 1,600 pounds, this year¹s edition is a bit disappointing.
GIANT PUMPKIN: Teacher breaks record with 1,725-pound gourd -- It all started out as small talk, then as competition. Eight years later, Christy Harp holds a new record for growing the largest pumpkin and bragging rights over her husband, Nick, for at least one year. Christy¹s pumpkin ‹ an Atlantic giant pumpkin ‹ won first place at the Ohio Valley Giant Pumpkin Growers annual weigh-off.
DIANNE MCDONALD: Dianne McDonald: Lessons taught by our fathers – Life lessons from a caring father, or grandfather, are as incredibly valuable to us as girls. They are often recounted and reflected upon as we grown into adulthood and raise our own children.
DANNY HENLEY: Catching each other's cold -- Typically, tracking down the source of a cold is not easy, especially for someone like me who comes in contact with the public on an almost daily basis. But in this case my list of suspects was surprisingly short -- one.
KENNETH KNEPPER: Halloween costume can make or break social life -- Depending on the popularity of Halloween in your neighborhood, at this very moment, you may be considering the appropriate costume for your child or self.
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.
BOOK REVIEW: 'Dream' makes Springsteen's 'Born to Run' feel new again - Louis P. Masur’s great achievement in "Runaway Dream: Born to Run and Bruce Springsteen’s American Vision" is separating the truth from the legend, and retelling the seminal album's story in a way that makes it feel fresh. By Peter Chianca.
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TOM AND CAMERON: Special-needs students get superstar treatment from Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz - Seventeen special-needs students from Bridgewater-Raynham Regional High School were treated to a private face-to-face meeting with Cruise and Diaz in a movie tent hours before filming began for “Wichita.” By Vicki-Ann Downing.
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GRANLUND CARTOON: On H1N1 flu vaccine categories.
BRITT CARTOON: On Obama and Afghanistan. Will be posted this evening.
O'MAHONEY CARTOON: On the Red Sox vs. Angels in the playoffs.
CHARITA GOSHAY: Well-lived life is not the same as celebrity -- W.A. Amerson was never famous, but he lived a life of inestimable value because he discovered the secret of life. He will live in the hearts of those who knew him, and the story of his life will continue to influence those who didn¹t.
PETER COSTA: Hand me those pliers, I'm on vacation - I’m on vacation this week, so I had better get my work done. I promised to replace the broken wire on my snow blower before winter. I also ought to paint the back door and replace the cracked board under the transom. Then there is the garage. Right now it looks like the Kuiper Asteroid Belt with loose irregular objects colliding everywhere.
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EDITORIAL: Obama should keep ‘shield’ law promise - Four years ago, U.S. Sen. Barack Obama was the keynote speaker at the Illinois Press Association’s annual awards luncheon at the Hilton Springfield. He joked about throwing out a pitch at a White Sox playoff game and lightheartedly brushed off talk of a presidential run in his future. But the first-year senator’s speech wasn’t all levity. Obama also addressed a topic dear to the hearts of his hosts that day: a federal shield law. An editorial from the State Journal-Register.
EDITORIAL: No cheers or laughs for Letterman the Lustful - So what to make of "Late Show" host David Letterman, who confessed last week to being the victim in an alleged blackmail scheme that threatened to out him for his womanizing over the years? An editorial from the Peoria Journal Star.
EDITORIAL: Eyes on the road, hands on the wheel, get ready for deer - Deer are elegant, graceful animals — unless they wind up on the hood of your car. Then they become broken, bloody and ugly. Your car and you could be broken also. This time of year is prime time for vehicle-deer collisions. An editorial from the Rockford Register Star.
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
PAUL A. EISENSTEIN: New Jaguar XJ sleek, sexy -- Sometimes you just have to start all over again. That¹s a lesson Jaguar learned after the launch of its ³all-new² XJ sedan for 2004. The flagship saloon car boasted plenty of positive attributes, including a lightweight aluminum chassis, but it looked almost identical to the model it replaced and fell flat in the competitive premium luxury segment. The British marque isn¹t making that mistake again.
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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NASCAR PAGE: Dates with destiny.
SOCCER HALL: Struggling National Soccer Hall of Fame kicks around new ideas -- Plagued by financial instability, the National Soccer Hall of Fame in Oneonta, N.Y., is in jeopardy. A museum that once hosted then-first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton and inducted legends such as Mia Hamm and Pele is no longer open to the public on a daily basis. It has laid off two-thirds of its staff. And it might soon be packing up its archives.
OUTDOORS: Deer season draws near in Mass. - The archery season for deer opens on Oct. 12 and runs through Nov. 21. Early in the season, hunters have the best luck sitting in tree stands close to sources of food. Besides acorns, deer are also attracted to farm fields, cranberry bogs and apple orchards. By Randy Julius.
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