National budget for 8.14.07

Jean Hodges, National Editor

GateHouse News Service National Budget

For 8.14.07 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.

Contacts: Jean Hodges, (630) 348-3350, (630) 956-8834, jhodges@gatehousemedia.com

Michael Toeset, (630) 348-3356, (630) 835-8870, mtoeset@gatehousemedia.com

News

CHURCH KILLING -- Three people were killed and five were wounded after a man opened fire Sunday afternoon during a church service at the First Congregational Church of Neosho, Mo.?A suspect is in custody after surrendering to police in the church, which is one block north of the downtown square in Neosho. The last murder in the town of 10,500 people was at least 14 years ago, according to Dave McCracken, Neosho police chief. The shooting took place on the 141st anniversary of the church, said pastor Tom Thorne. Neosho, Mo. / In / Homepage and News

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OBAMA BOOK:  A book released today (Tuesday) about U.S. Sen. Barack Obama portrays the Democratic presidential contender as a passionate but surprisingly calculating politician who is grappling with his newfound fame and its effects on his family. RAMSEY/CHICAGO/this evening/Illinois News

SHUTTLE DANGER - Checking with Christa McAuliffe Center in Framingham about concerns over damage to the space shuttle. MetroWest Daily News, Reuell, 15 inches, 6 p.m.

TREASURER EBAY: Unclaimed property that banks turn over to the Illinois state treasurer’s office will be auctioned on eBay, rather than at the Illinois State Fair, beginning next week. RAMSEY/ CHICAGO/ this evening/lllinois

Sports

RECORD SHARK - In his first time shark fishing, the 35-year-old Scituate captain and his four-member crew on the Alexa Ann spent three hours towing the 455-pound monster fish to Mill Wharf in Scituate Harbor on Sunday. Patriot Ledger, Saldingher, 12 inches, on wire now / Massachusetts

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CUBS - Off-day story. VORVA w/glance

BEARS: Feature from training camp. SCHRECK/ROCKFORD/this evening/Illinois Sports

PEREZ FEATURE -- Rafael Perez doesn’t consider himself a finished product. “I’ve been a work in progress,” Perez said. One can only imagine how good Perez will be when he’s done progressing. Cleveland’s skinny 25-year-old left-hander ranked fifth among all American League relief pitchers with a 1.77 ERA entering tonight’s game against Detroit and has proven himself a consistent stopper in the seventh-inning role preceding setup man Rafael Betancourt and closer Joe Borowski. Canton / Sports / Indians

Opinions

EDITORIAL: Karl Rove bids adieu. His legacy is either GOP Rasputin or loyal Bushie foot soldier. You hate him as an enemy, you love him as a friend. Patriot Ledger, 14 inches

O’MAHONEY CARTOON -- Farewell Karl Rove. Patriot Ledger. In / Cartoons.

GRANLUND CARTOON – On Karl Rove resigning from his work with the Bush administration. MetroWest / In / Opinions

GRANLUND CARTOON – Back to school cartoon on school fees. MetroWest / In / Opinions

GRANLUND CARTOON – On shuttle foam. MetroWest / In / Opinions

VRABEL COLUMN -- A lawsuit aimed at a restaurant in Raleigh, N.C., may kill karaoke there once and for all, and that makes me think one thing and one thing only: What is the nature of this glorious, magical lawsuit, and how can we expand its power worldwide by the end of the week? In / Columns Vrabel

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GOSHAY COLUMN -- Evon Reid, a black University of Toronto honors graduate who applied for a part-time government job, recently received an apology from Canadian government officials after a Cabinet employee referred to him as a “ghetto dude” in an interoffice e-mail that ended up winging its way to Reid’s e-mail address. The employee, Aileen Siu, insisted that the remark was forwarded to Reid by mistake and that it wasn’t meant for anyone outside of her department. Oh well, that’s different. Perhaps only worse than Siu’s presumption that Reid hailed from a ghetto is her technological naiveté. Who doesn’t know by now that the Internet is the world’s largest blinking billboard? In / Columns Goshay

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Lifestyles (Tuesday is Health)

BACKPACKS A PAIN IN THE NECK -- Making his way down the street, a hunched figure rubs his back in search of relief. His discomfort, obvious in his posture, slows his pace and eventually forces a break. Stopped, he shrugs off his backpack and rests. A boy on his way to school, the trek from his home isn’t the source of his pain. Instead, it’s the backpack that doubles as his book bag straining his back and neck. Liberty Chicago / In / Health

FEINGOLD COLUMN -- The report in a recent New England Journal of Medicine concerning Oscar the cat's uncanny ability to predict when residents at a Providence nursing and rehabilitation center were about to die captivated the country. In / Health columns

BURN CAMP – Kids overcome self-consciousness at camp. Localize: Do you have a camp like this in your area? Lake Sun, Mo. / In / Health

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Coming Tomorrow

HILLIBISH COLUMN – On Amish cooking. What exactly is it? Canton, Ohio. / In / Food

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CRITICS CUPBOARD – Caribou Coffee granola bars with a jolt – 2 spatulas up. Canton /  In/ Food

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OLDER MOMS – Stories of four Illinois moms, who, for a variety of reasons, had children later in life. Increasingly, this is a choice moms are making. Chance to localize: Find moms in your area who will share their stories. PEORIA / In / Lifestyles

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HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL -  Pre-teens across the country are counting the days and hours until 8 p.m. Aug. 17, the moment “High School Musical 2” debuts on Disney Channel. Patriot Ledger, Mackay, 15 inches, on wire now

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