GateHouse News Service National Budget
For 11/3/09 editions

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Niche 2010 schedule: Check out the Niche products planned for next year.

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
to national@gatehousemedia.

VETERANS DAY CONTENT: Check out our collection of Veterans Day content, which will be updated as new items come in. If your newspaper has something that would work on a national scale, please Zope it to us or e-mail it to

Video: What's happening this week with the News & Interactive Division.

Thursday APME/Poynter Webinar: 'Managing Comments On Your News Site'


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 instant dessert, and includes an easy recipe for Potatoes O’Brien, a tip on how to pick the best beef, a mini-food quiz and more.

FOOD PAGE: Orchard Overload.

SHOESTRING LIVING: Clean up your act with these cheap, green house products - I’m constantly feeling the push and pull between being green and saving some green. I consider myself eco-minded, but sometimes environmentally friendly products include a hefty price tag, leaving me looking for other ways to ensure that I’m using affordable products that are safe for my family and the environment.

GOURDS: Versatility makes gourds useful for holidays - PEORIA – They are never in the leading role. They're rarely ranked as supporting actors. No, for all their versatility, ornamental gourds are almost always the extras of the fall decorating season. From Halloween to Thanksgiving, they fill in, accent and adorn porch decorations and tabletop centerpieces, pumpkin displays and fall cornucopias. By Pam Adams of the Peoria Journal Star.

DR. JEFF HERSH: Keep TV out of child's bedroom -- American kids watch way too much TV, nearly an average of four hours of TV, DVDs and videos per day. Half of American households have their TV on "most of the time," and two thirds have it on during mealtimes. This issue is worsened by the two thirds of kids ages 8 to 18 who have a TV in their bedroom, which increases TV viewing an average of one to two hours per day.

DR. MURRAY FEINGOLD: 'Yea' vs. 'yes' -- I have done a non-scientific study concerning a specific aspect of child development that has interested me since I was raising my own children. The subject is: How do you stop children and adolescents from saying "yea" and start using the word "yes"?

DARIN ST. GEORGE: The 'Spartan 300' workout -- It is no secret that I love to exercise; running, jumping, leaping and heaving anything that isn't bolted down is my sport, and there is no offseason.

BETSY WADLAND: You know you should quit smoking, now's the time to do it -- If there was one thing you could do to help prevent cancer, heart disease and stroke, would you do it? And what if this thing would save you almost $2,000 a year? Sounds like a great deal, sign me up! If you are one of the more than 40 million adults in the United States who smoke, you know what this one thing is ... to quit smoking.

MICHAEL ANDERSON: Keep kids active over the winter -- As the fall season comes to an end and the cold winter settles in, how do you plan to keep your kids active during the next few months?


SUDOKU: Puzzles for November (491-525) are available for download. Previous puzzles are linked to in this file, or visit our Puzzles category.

STARE AT GOATS: Clooney and Bridges ham it up for the military satire 'Men Who Stare at Goats' -- It’s odd enough seeing the characters that George Clooney and Jeff Bridges play in the oddly titled, Iraq-set satirical film “The Men Who Stare at Goats." It gets even weirder when the two actors get together to promote the film, when they end up going on so many tangents that they seem to forget what they’re there to talk about.


GRANLUND CARTOON: Going to Gitmo for flu vaccine.

PETER COSTA: Tell me a story, but make it short - Storytelling is dead. Nobody wants to sit around listening to Homer tell his tales. The people who love his yarns are all old and are dying out. The youth of Athens have found other media and activities to amuse them.
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CHERYL MILLER: Geocities shutdown marks the end of an era -- Oct. 26 marked the end of an era on the Internet. Yahoo GeoCities shut down after 15 years of free ‹ or inexpensive ‹ Web hosting for people who wanted to publish their own Web pages. In the early years, personal Web pages on all sorts of subjects appeared by the hundreds of thousands. Among them were mine.

KENT BUSH: Physical appearance carries too much weight in politics – There is no escaping attacks on physical appearance in today's world. It's the one prejudice that is still tolerated in our politically correct society. It also has less to do with character and intelligence than any other factor. Many of our problems can be traced back to a preference for looks and charisma rather than insight and principle.

DANNY HENLEY: The beauty of an eyesore -- Cell towers come with different configurations of apparatus on top, which I feel confident in assuming perform varied yet important tasks when it comes to providing a more reliable communications network. But regardless of what equipment is attached on top, all cell towers I¹ve seen share a common characteristic - a
distinct lack of visual appeal.

GARY BROWN: Running for political office a lot harder than it used to be – “You want to be president?” A friend asked me that particular political question during an afternoon recess back when I was in the eighth grade. I was at an age when I was a little naive about my political potential and oblivious to the responsibilities of political office.

CHUCK SWEENY: Blago’s hair stars in funny but not informative ad - Andy McKenna, one of the Republican governor candidates in the February GOP primary, is getting national exposure from his clever campaign commercial that talks about the culture of “the hair,” featuring everyone from babies to garbagemen wearing Rod Blagojevich wigs. No explanation is needed about what the culture of “the hair” means — it’s the corruption symbolized by Blagojevich’s dreaded locks.

EDITORIAL: Hope for a federal shield law - The Free Flow of Information Act, the federal shield law for journalists, looks like it’s back on track after nearly being derailed by objections from the White House last month. The law would provide limited protection to journalists who receive information from government whistle-blowers and other anonymous sources. An editorial from the Rockford Register Star.


DOGGIE DAY CARE: Doggie day care an unregulated industry - In the wake of a Shih Tzu’s mauling death at a Stoughton dog day care, animal owners are encouraged to properly research all care providers. By Brad Kane.
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Business / Ag

SHOESTRING LIVING: Clean up your act with these cheap, green house products - I’m constantly feeling the push and pull between being green and saving some green. I consider myself eco-minded, but sometimes environmentally friendly products include a hefty price tag, leaving me looking for other ways to ensure that I’m using affordable products that are safe for my family and the environment.

BIZ BITS: Weekly business rail, with tips on choosing a career in the new economy, BBB warning about charity sites online and more.

CHRISTMAS SHOPPING: Study predicts a lean Christmas shopping season - Many shoppers are expected to gravitate to discounters and downplay gift-giving in favor of get-togethers as they try to keep spending under control this holiday season. Two-thirds of shoppers polled in a recent survey by BIGresearch on behalf of the National Retail Federation say the nation’s economic doldrums will throw a damper on their holiday spending plans. By Steve Adams.
- Localize it: add some local quotes, flavor; insert your state's info in 10th graph.
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CHECKOUT LANE: Leaf removal is a breeze if you have right equipment - Leaf blowers can be the perfect solution to leaves all around, but choosing among the several types depends largely on the size of your yard and personal preference. By Sara Castellanos.
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- Localize it: Talk to salespeople in your area; list prices, stores.

MAKING CENTS: Good reasons for updating an estate plan - There is little doubt among tax experts that the estate-tax rules will likely change before the end of the year, but complete estate plans deal with a lot more than just taxes. And while I am one of the biggest advocates that you'll ever meet when it comes to reducing or eliminating estate taxes, this article is going to focus on all of the non-tax reasons that you may need to consider while updating your estate plan. By John P. Napolitano.
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TENDING TO SOGGY CROPS: Farmers use rare dry day to tend to soggy crops - PEORIA – Continued delays have made this one of the slowest and latest harvests in state history. To date, only 19 percent of the Illinois corn crop has been harvested, according to Monday's crop report from the Illinois Department of Agriculture. That's the slowest since 1967, when only 10 percent of the harvest was complete on Nov. 1. By Steve Tarter of the Peoria Journal Star. To localize: Check with local farmers and see if they've been able to take advantage of dry weather so far this week.


NASCAR PAGE: Why wait till next year? Take a peek into how teams will look next year.

LENNY MEGLIOLA: Larry Bird and Magic Johnson team up - It’s been a quarter of a century, and what these two guys did in the NBA, and what they did FOR the league, basically give it new life, still binds them. Their names still show up in the same sentence. All the time.
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CHRIS GILL: What's going on at Joe Gibbs Racing? -- Steve Addington must have kicked Joe Gibbs’ dog. He must of held a kegger at the coach’s house, only to have Gibbs come home early to find Addington dancing around the living room in his underwear with a lampshade on his head. Maybe Addington was in Andre Agassi’s new book. We can’t know the whole story why Addington was stripped of his crew chief duties for Kyle Busch.