GateHouse News Service National Budget
For 4/23/10 editions
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WAKE UP CALL!: Rebates on Energy Star appliances are hot
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READER CALLOUT: Mother's Day coming up
RADARFROG MAGAZINE: The biannual magazine (formerly Stretched) is available now, with tips on creating a cheap party, saving on summer energy costs and finding home remedies in your garden.
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.
ASK DOG LADY: Discourage dogs from using lawns as toilets -- Dog Lady offers advice on property-trampling pooches, and why some dogs are so smelly. By Monica Collins.
ALLERGY SEASON: Spring blooms bringing sniffs and sneezes -- Although many people look forward to spring, the greening of trees and the scent of lilacs and other flowers, those with allergies worry about high pollen counts. By Sharma Howard of the Norwich Bulletin.
KITCHEN CALL: Making the case for couscous -- Browsing that supermarket aisle of bins overflowing with loose grains and cereals, dried fruits and nuts makes me just want to grab a scoop and start filling up little containers with all kinds of things. One intriguing ingredient is couscous. Author Paula Wolfert, in her 1973 volume “Couscous and Other Good Food From Morocco,” defined couscous as “a thousand tiny pellets of grain, light, separate, and tender.”
WOOD ON WORDS: "Peep,' 'cheep' and other noisy terms -- Is it any wonder that “chicken feed” became a slang term for “an insignificant sum of money”? Even the baby birds say it’s “cheep, cheep, cheep.”
MAY SUDOKU: May sudoku puzzles (Nos. 673-707) are available for download. Previous puzzles are linked to in this file as well.
WORD FINDS: Check out our Puzzles category for word finds, too.
AT THE MOVIES WITH GATEHOUSE: The latest movie reviews, columns and more.
- Nothing original about 'The Back-Up Plan': http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x43869865/Movie-review-Nothing-original-about-The-Back-Up-Plan
- 'The Lightkeepers' filled with sexism, hammy acting: http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x1394806138/Movie-review-The-Lightkeepers-filled-with-sexism-hammy-acting
- Fascinating 'Killing Kasztner' asks, 'hero or villain?': http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x57966348/Movie-review-Fascinating-Killing-Kasztner-asks-hero-or-villain
- 'Dancing Across Borders' doesn't work as documentary: http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x43869769/Movie-review-Dancing-Across-Borders-doesnt-work-as-documentary
- 'Oceans' an awe-inspiring celebration of the sea: http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x932352745/Movie-review-Oceans-an-awe-inspiring-celebration-of-the-sea
MUSIC PROFILE: Eight to the bar still has lots of swing left in its step -- Eight to the Bar was swinging before swing was cool. Some might say swing was always cool, but the dance-happy style has had its ebbs and flows, most recently around 1998-2000, when it was suddenly everywhere. The Connecticut band was well positioned for that particular swing revival, since they’ve been around since 1975. By Jay N. Miller of The Patriot Ledger.
MUSIC PROFILE: Joanna Newsom adds another gem with 'Have One on Me' -- Joanna Newsom emerged from the hills of northern California toting a pedal harp and a suite of songs of ocean voyages, dream theater, folly and youth in fable and verse. With her latest release, “Have One on Me,” Newsom leaves behind the fumbling eloquence of her youth and sheds some of her baroque finery. By Philip Anselmo of the Messenger Post.
GRANLUND CARTOON: On the SEC scandal
GRANLUND CARTOON: Arizona profiling and President Obama
LICCAR CARTOON: Tea partiers through the media's eyes
EDITORIAL: Here's to '41' going back to being just a number -- Negotiations this week over sweeping changes to federal banking regulation may either prove the power of “41” or offer a hint as to its limitations. When Massachusetts made Scott Brown the 41st Republican in U.S. Senate, his most strident supporters expected his arrival would bring Democrats' agenda to a halt. While he is certainly a keystone in the Republican wall, we once again see that politics is more complicated than mathematics.
ELIZABETH DAVIES: Children are not disposable -- For better or worse, we live in a disposable world. Our lunch sandwiches are wrapped in paper. We stab our salads with plastic forks. We throw our extra food in the trash, because it’s easier than taking it with us. Earlier this month, a woman tried to dispose of her son.
LLOYD GARVER: What's in that tea? -- This whole Tea Party thing is somewhat confusing. Don't get me wrong. I think it's great that people who are upset about politics are participating in protests rather than being apathetic. However, some things they're saying don't make sense to me.
THIS WEEK IN WEIRD: In this week's edition, a woman identifies a robbery suspect by the wrench he's carrying, Connecticut residents spot a mysterious big cat, a man in a fake mustache and toupee robs a bank, and more.
VOLCANO: Iceland volcano may cause short-term climate shift, professor says -- The volcano with the name nobody can pronounce could have a big impact on the world long after it has finished erupting. Although jets are taking to the skies once again and modern life is getting back to normal for Europeans and American travelers, the global climate could be affected for several years to come. By Erin Pustay of The Independent.
Business / Ag
BIZ BITS: Job-hunting skills transfer to on-the-job success -- Weekly business rail, with tips about job hunting, BBB warning about a new phishing attack and more.
DAVE RAMSEY: Mom is in financial trouble - again -- Financial Q&A, with advice on helping a parent out of debt and leasing a vehicle.
MAKING CENTS: Insurance advisability is variable -- You can insure just about anything. The question is whether you need the coverage. There's a simple rule to go by: size up the risk. By John P. Napolitano of The Patriot Ledger.
AUTO BITS: Take a lesson in history when buying a used car- Weekly auto rail, with used-car-buying tips, Car Q&A with Junior Damato and more.
CHECKOUT LANE: There’s a catch to buying a baseball mitt -- One way to celebrate the start of the baseball season is to buy a baseball glove. Managers at sporting goods stores say the glove you should buy depends on the position you play. For example, a pitcher’s glove has a solid web to hide the ball from the batter while an outfielder’s glove is larger, making it easier to catch a fly ball. By Lana Lagomarsini of The Patriot Ledger.
CHRIS GILL: Helpful hints for the new Indy Racing League CEO -- Randy Bernard has the toughest job in sports. He’s the man picked to guide the Indy Racing League for the foreseeable future. Tiger Woods’ image consultants might have easier assignments than Bernard’s.
OAK DUKE: The difference between baiting and food plots -- In some of our woodlots there appears to be more than a bit of confusion -- if not hypocrisy -- when we start talking about feeding deer.
NASCAR PAGE: The sport's strongest team looks to the future
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