National Budget for 9.6.07

Jean Hodges, National Editor

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For 9/6/07 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.

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News

GUN LAWS: Two bills responding to the April massacre of 32 students at Virginia Tech have become law. Both are aimed at keeping guns out of the hands of people who have been found mentally ill. One also would extend the duration of FOID cards from five to 10 years, at double the cost. HEUPEL/CAPITOL BUREAU/Illinois

SMOG HEARING: A variety of Illinois environmental advocates urged federal regulators to toughen "ozone" allowances during a Chicago hearing Wednesday. The U.S. EPA is considering tightening the limits for ozone, which typically comes from man-made emissions; it contributes to harmful smog. RAMSEY/CHICAGO/Illinois

LIPOSUCTION DEATH - Doctor and wife in Cambridge Superior Court. Word is that one will plead guilty in basement liposuction death of Brazilian immigrant. MetroWest Daily News, Miller, 15 inches, 6 p.m.

SERIAL KILLER STRIKES AGAIN? Bones found in Rutland, mass., ID'd as a Hispanic woman from Worcester, bringing up similarities to 3 women killed previously. Is DA looking at tie-in to serial killer who left 2 victims in Marlborough? MetroWest Daily News, McDonald, 15 inches

BACK FROM IRAQ - Three friends who served in Iraq together are back in Bridgewater. Enterprise, O’Neill, 15 inches, on wire now

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SPRITE CAN MYSTERY – What began as an end-of-summer celebration among a group of college students turned into an investigation into a Sprite can with a metal object trapped inside before it was opened. Herald News, Wagner, 12 inches, on wire now

Business

UNDERSEA WARFARE - A growing sonar technology company that’s been providing the Navy with undersea warfare solutions for the past eight years recently received its first backing from Congress. Herald News, Holtzman, 22 inches, on wire now

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EGG FREEZING - EMD Serono of Rockland has teamed up with a Cambridge biotech company in an effort to develop a process to freeze human eggs for fertility treatments. Patriot Ledger, Chesto, 12 inches, on wire now

Sports

PATRIOTS PREVIEW PACKAGE: 15 stories and 30 photos. As Eric McHugh writes in the main bar: You’d have to be “duct-taped to a goalpost wearing ear plugs and a helmet on backward not to notice the buzz that surrounds the 2007 edition of the Patriots.”

THIRD STRAIGHT TITLE? Regardless of all the questions the Bears have yet to answer - yes, even those not concerning a certain QB named Rex - it's impossible to envision them not winning a third straight division title. MIKE NADEL/Illinois Sports and Mike Nadel

LADEWSKI COLUMN: Bears season hinges on Grossman, but will he be the next Brett Favre or the next Randy Wright.

BMW — Pro-am/general advance. CRONIN

— BMW NOTEBOOK — CRONIN

— GOLF COLUMN — CRONIN

— W/TEES/SKED

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LOVING THE OUTDOORS: Kent Hrbek, partner developing real 'love affair' with the Lake Region. DEVILS LAKE, ND / In /

Opinions

EDITORIAL WIKIPEDIA: Since its debut six years ago, Wikipedia.com has become one of the world's most popular Web sites. The online encyclopedia boasts more than 5 million entries on topics from the Aachen Cathedral to ZZ Top. Students, professionals, even journalists use it for research. PEORIA / In / Editorials

GRANLUND CARTOON: On Sen. Craig’s second thoughts on resigning. METROWEST / in / cartoons

VRABEL COLUMN: On the lengths parents will go to in order to get their kids on TV, citing the contract for “Kid Nation,” in which parents acknowledge the danger involved, but promise not to sue, even if their children should die. In / Columnist & Jeff Vrabel

PETER CHIANCA: NASA JUST NEEDS A LITTLE SPACE - OK, I’ll say it: NASA needs some better P.R. Between the astronauts wearing diapers and plotting murders and the ones getting toasted on flight days (“Drink up, dude, I’m taking this thing to the frickin’ moon!”), it seems we’ve forgotten what NASA is all about: spending billions of taxpayer dollars to take blurry pictures of, I don’t know, nebulas. North Shore Sunday, 18 inches, on wire now

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Lifestyles (Thursday is Home & Garden)

PURPLE TOOLBELT: When decorating, no need to fret over gender. A close friend of mine recently moved into a two-bedroom condominium. She is a single mother of two, and her children will be sharing the larger of the bedrooms. Having two children share a room isn’t really an issue when it comes to decorating, since typically sibling roommates are the same gender. A 2-year-old girl and a 6-year-old boy, however, will share this room. NORWICH / In / Home & Garden

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PETER FONDA PROFILE: Though he’s currently on a publicity tour to push his newest film, a remake of the 50-year-old Western “3:10 to Yuma,” Fonda can’t help but bring up the Hopper-directed “Easy Rider,” the film that put both men on the Hollywood independent circuit map. CNC / In /  Entertainment

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WORLD OF WARCRAFT: Have no idea what “World of Warcraft” is but are curious to discover why your son /boyfriend/ once-good-friend-but-I-never-see-him-anymore can’t stop playing it? Then read on, and hopefully the following attempt to demystify the curious invention that is Blizzard Entertainment’s “World of Warcraft” might prove helpful. LAKE SUN, Mo. / In / Entertainment

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TOM MARTIN COLUMN: More than a few merit badges short of a full load: The only knot I can tie is the occasional one on my shoe. There’s a reason for this. I was a Cub Scout dropout. GALESBURG, Ill. / In / Lifestyles

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘3:10 to YUMA’ CNC Metro, Symkus, 20 inches, on wire now

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘HANNAH TAKES THE STAIRS’: Movie review: Hannah Takes the Stairs. CNC Metro, Symkus, 13 inches, on wire now

Coming tomorrow

ROCK, GOSPEL MINGLE: John Cooper is a rock star, but you wouldn’t necessarily notice it when you talk to him. He’s extremely polite, saying “please” and “thank you” at every opportunity; he’s humble over his band’s success; he frequently uses words like “golly” and “gosh”; and his passion for music is only superseded by his passion for God. Maryville Daily Forum / In / Religion

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