National Budget for 8.17.07

Jean Hodges, National Editor

GateHouse News Service National Budget


Did you know a man who was drunk and ran naked in his own back yard had to register as a sex offender for 10 years? And taxpayers end up footing the bill for enforcing the sex offender registry.

Find this and more in the sex offender national project. Look for graphics and  web-only features, such as video and an interactive map that links to sex offender laws and the actual registry in each state.

To be posted Aug. 20. Running Aug. 25-26.


National budget For 8.17.07 editions

Here are the top national stories coming today from GateHouse News Service. Stories are available at 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,

Michael Toeset, (630) 348-3356, (630) 835-8870,


FOOT ‘LOVER’ - A bizarre Harvard Square stalker - who can’t seem to stop fondling women’s feet - was reportedly at it again last week, grabbing a yoga instructor’s ankle and photographing her flexible foot with his camera phone, police said. Cambridge Chronicle, Smith, 15 inches, on wire now

ADAMS COIN - The John Adams coin is about to be cashed in, with the release of a coin honoring his successor as president, Thomas Jefferson. How much of a money-maker was the Adams coin? And when will Quincy gets it next chance at copper glory, with a coin honoring John Quincy Adams? Patriot Ledger, Lambert, 12 inches, 7 p.m.

ART: With file pics of the coins

AUTO BILL: The debate over fuel-economy standards came to downtown Chicago on Thursday as more than 100 Illinois auto workers, including three busloads from the Rockford area, championed a U.S. House bill that would relax the stricter provisions of a competing Senate measure. Ramsey/afternoon/Illinois

NO AIR CONDITIONING: Great to localize: How do people without air conditioning in their homes, cars or both beat this heat? Are churches, social service organizations doing anything extra to check on their elderly parishioners/clients? Reynolds/ Springfield/ evening/ Illinois

COLLEGE RANKINGS. College rankings from the U.S. News and World Report come out today. Bradley was seventh among comparable Midwest universities last year. We'll see how it and other central Illinois schools did. JELLICK/ Peoria/ evening/ Illinois

ART: Graphic


CAPE WIND POLL - Poll shows vast majority continues to back massive wind farm off Barnstable. Patriot Ledger, Chesto, 15 inches, on wire now

CORN YIELDS. Corn is everywhere in central Illinois. Will it be a bin buster of a corn crop? A big crop is coming but how big is yet to be determined. Preparations are under way for storing the big crop. TARTER/ Peoria/ evening/ Illinois

ART: pic and graphic


MOM-DAUGHTER ARCHERS -  Mother and daughter are top archers in their divisions in Massachusetts, and the daughter is rankled nationally.

MetroWest Daily News, Rendell, 18 inches, on wire now

With photo

PATS DEFENSIVE BACKS - As the only two rookie draft picks in the secondary, you would expect some kind of bond to have developed between Brandon Meriweather and Mike Richardson. Patriot Ledger, McHugh, 15 inches, on wire now

BEARS: Feature from training camP. REED SCHRECK/ Rockford Register Star, mainbar 7 p.m., notes 9 p.m.


GRANLUND CARTOON – Michael Vick cartoon. MetroWest / In / Cartoons

GAUTHIER COLUMN – On the power of money and Polly Pockets in the toy controversy. MetroWest Daily News, on wire now

EDITORIAL: WIND: Important legislation that equitably opens the door to wind farms in Illinois awaits Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s signature. He should sign HB 664, or at least the portion of it that sets tax assessments for wind farms (other provisions were added by the House). Galesburg/on wire now/Illinois Opinions

PAM ADAMS COLUMN: BULLET HOLE IN SYSTEM: Pam Adams on police vs. mentally ill man incident. Peoria/ on wire now/ Illinois Opinions

O'MAHONEY CARTOON - Coffee wars: Dunkin' opens shop inside a Starbucks.

Lifestyles (Friday is Religion)

MILLER COLUMN – Getting in the Zone, a new Christian men’s group, isn’t for everyone. In / Religion

‘SUPERBAD’ – Movie profile, including three stars of this coming of age movie. When a teen-centered high school comedy works, it can be a rollicking joy to watch. Cases in point: “American Graffiti” and “American Pie.” When it doesn’t, well, if you’ve already bought your ticket, you might as well take a nap. Cases in point: “Can’t Hardly Wait” and “Career Opportunities” and countless others. “Superbad” comes across as an offbeat love child of “Graffiti” and “Pie.” It’s raucous but smart. It’s outrageous but sweet. Symkus / CNC / In / Entertainment

ART: coming

SITCOM CREATOR -  Phil Rosenthal, creator of Everybody Loves Raymond, will share his secrets in a sitdown at Mohegan Sun this weekend

Norwich Bulletin, Malcolm, 12 inches, on wire now

ART: photo

Coming this weekend

BIG TEN PREVIEW: Michigan running back Mike Hart and quarterback Chad Henne are two reasons why the Wolverines are the league favorite. They won't be satisfied until they beat Ohio State and win a bowl game, two things they haven't done yet. SUPINIE

BIG 10 – Football capsules for all Big Ten teams, including stats, quotes, etc. SUPINIE / moving Friday

THIS WEEK IN WEIRD – Compilation of weird news from GateHouse papers. STAFF

L-TRAIN BOOK. Some Chicago commuters bury their noses in newspapers on the elevated train ride into work. Others on the “L” zone out to digital music devices. Chances are, Greg Borzo will be looking out the window. “I like looking out the window. I’m always curious (thinking) ‘What’s going on?'" the 53-year-old Northwest Side resident said. His curiosity has led to the publication of a book that Borzo says is the first comprehensive history of Chicago’s celebrated, sometimes criticized and perpetually cash-strapped train system. Ramsey; W/DIGITAL ART.