GateHouse News Service National Budget 2.15.12
GateHouse News Service National Budget 2.15.12
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WAKE-UP CALL: Sodium is everywhere
EDITING WORDS: AP style on Mardi Gras, Ash Wednesday
UPICKEM: Upickem update: Contests drive great traffic for GateHouse
WEEKLY NASCAR PAGE: A preview of the season
MARCH FAMILY: Tips on boosting your kids' creativity, walking as a family for health, and a St. Patrick's Day recipe
KIDZBUZZ: All about Abraham Lincoln for Presidents Day
ST. PATRICK'S DAY QUARTER PAGE: Seasonal savings layout with business-card ad spots
MONEY & INVESTING: Content from The Street on preparing for retirement, stocks to watch in 2012, household expenses to cut and more
TAX PREP PAGES: 9 common tax mistakes; deductions to take advantage of
Jim Cramer: Pondering Amazon, Google
Hedge Funds Flock Toward Embattled Yahoo!
5 Start-Ups Big Tech Is Eyeing in 2012
Apple Has Hedge Fund Managers Scrambling to Buy Stock
Find more news from The Street at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business
LOST IN SUBURBIA: 7:05 raccoon to Yuma - As I pulled out of the driveway to take the kids to school, I suddenly stopped the car. “What are you waiting for?” asked my son. “The 7:05,” I informed him. We all checked the clock in the car. It said 7:04. One minute later, it changed to 7:05. Peering out the window, we suddenly saw a good-sized raccoon emerge from a neighbor’s bushes, step tentatively off the curb, and then dart across the street and disappear. By Tracy Beckerman, GHNS.
BEST HOMEMADE DE-ICERS: We tested it: Homemade driveway de-icers - Maybe you have some slippery front steps and Grandma's on her way over, or your '78 Camaro just can't make it up the driveway and you happen to be clean out of magnesium chloride. You need something that melts ice and, more importantly, something that you have on hand. Will kitty litter do the trick? What about salt, baking soda or rubbing alcohol? We tried several household items in our test, conducted on a nippy day on my Lakewood, Colo., driveway, with the temperature ranging from 19 to 25 degrees F. By Philip Schmidt, Networx.
* Localization: Ask readers to share any tips on what they use when they need a quick homemade de-icer.
JOAN ENDYKE: Coconut water isn’t better than water for hydration -- Coconut water is being hyped as better than water because of its electrolyte content, but these nutrients are helpful, supplied quickly in a beverage, only for very active people and athletes who rapidly lose them through excessive sweating. The Patriot Ledger (Mass.)
TRADING POST: Versatile Pizza Soup recipe -- I had never heard of Pizza Soup, and neither had Leona Srnka of Springfield, Ill., before her daughter introduced her to it. Kathryn Rem/ The State Journal-Register (Ill.)
HOMEFIX: A brick dilemma -- Q: You have written about spalling or flaking bricks and why they're that way. You said a cap of stone, wood or metal is needed to keep rain and snow out. Would you please explain what kind of cap you're talking about? Dwight Barnett/ Scripps Howard News Service
INTERIORS: Muted colors lead fall/winter trendy choices -- The Pantone color palettes for fall/winter 2012 and 2013 are in, and the winners are ... many. Expect to see these hues in clothes, interior design, home products and perhaps even makeup. Rosemary Sadez Friedmann/ Scripps Howard News Service
BUTTONED UP: Remembering loved ones' special days -- Do you always remember to send a birthday card, or are you usually the one scrambling the day of to find an appropriate way to get in touch, send an e-greeting or high-five them on Facebook ... if you remember them at all? Sarah Welch and Alicia Rockmore/ Scripps Howard News Service
TARGET: Goodbye, Michael Graves: This year is his last at Target -- Michael Graves' curtain call with Target Corp. is set for this spring. The Minneapolis-based retailer said that the final installment of Michael Graves-designed kitchen gadgets, cleaning tools and storage products will hit stores in March and be available until the end of 2012. Scripps Howard News Service
Poll idea: Ask readers if they liked the Michael Graves products at Target.
SEARS KIT HOUSE: Rehabbing a Sears kit house helped him grieve his mother's death -- According to Sears archives, the retailer sold more than 100,000 kits through its Modern Homes program between 1908 and 1940. There is no official count of how many of the homes survive, but they always have been a sought-after novelty. Patti Ewald / Scripps Howard News Service
More in lifestyles at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle
5 THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND: This week’s suggestions include participating in the Great Backyard Bird Count, seeing “Ghost Rider” or another new movie, and more.
* Localization tip: List any bird events taking place; and swap out any of these items for local happenings.
More in movies and music at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment
GRANLUND CARTOON: Obamacare mandate and religion -- Dave Granlund on the contraception mandate in the health care law. GHNS
MICHELLE TEHEUX: You have more power than you think - Perhaps the biggest problem in the world is that most people don’t realize how powerful they are. We know that many people don’t vote because they think their ballot won’t make a difference. By Michelle Teheux, Pekin, Ill.
More in columns and cartoons at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions
DAVE RAMSEY: Get married to get out of debt? - Weekly financial Q&A, with advice on getting out of debt and attending an expensive college. By Dave Ramsey, GHNS.
BIZ BITS: Seven things to know before tackling your 2011 tax return - Weekly business rail, with tax tips, BBB tips on choosing a health club and more.
* Localization tip: You could include a weekly tax tip from a local expert, have a business-related Q&A with a local expert or do a “business of the week” feature in which you highlight a local business.
More business and auto news at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business