National budget for 9.14.07 editions

Jean Hodges, National Editor

GateHouse News Service National Budget

CHECK THIS OUT: For the weekend, we have a review of the Emmys planned, the ever-popular This Week in Weird and sports offerings for every occasion. Some highlights are at the end of this budget.

For 9/14/07 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

HUMBERTO IN LOUISIANA: Lots of rain in Louisiana. We’ll have coverage from three GateHouse papers on the wire this evening. Look in the News category.

ART: photos coming

A MOVIE AND A COLD ONE: Tips to localize: Do theaters in your area serve beer with movies? What do folks think about the idea? A cold beer could be offered to movie-goers along with concession stand favorites at a movie complex under construction in Bloomington. Wehrenberg Theaters received the approval from the Bloomington Liquor Commission for a liquor license to serve beer at its new Bloomington Galaxy 14 Cine. The recommendation will go on to the Bloomington City Council at its Sept. 24 meeting. PEORIA / coming this evening

RELIGION IN SCHOOLS: When Erica Corder was called to offer a few parting words to her high school’s graduating class, she turned to her religion. Evoking her Christian faith was, she believed, the most appropriate way to cap things off. The school district felt otherwise. Corder’s comments differed from what she had previously rehearsed, and Lewis-Palmer High School administrators told her if she wanted her diploma, she would have to issue an apology statement for diverging from the program. More than 16 months later, Corder, now a sophomore at Wheaton College, has filed a lawsuit against the Monument, Colo., school system in federal court. And according to her attorneys, the case could be another milestone in the long history of debate over religion in schools. CHICAGO SUBURBAN / in / news

DEATH-PENALTY FUNDING.  CHICAGO - Gov. Rod Blagojevich's administration has cut the $250,000 budget for a state panel that is evaluating recent reforms in the Illinois capital-punishment system. A lawmaker who sits on the panel says the take-away is contradictory coming from Blagojevich, who has stressed the importance of its mission. RAMSEY/CHICAGO/this evening/Illinois

BULLIES BEWARE.Police Chief Settingsgaard and Sheriff McCoy have teamed up to do TV spots addressing the topic of bullying in schools. The pair recently received a $60,000 grant from the Illinois Sheriff's Association which allowed them to do several anti-bullying TV and radio commercials as well as posters to spread the message. The TV commercials were filmed in August at Richwoods with several students participating.FARK/PEORIA/Illinois News

GORILLA MARKETING ON EBAY - The gorillas at the Franklin Park Zoo are master artists,  apparently, with their works soliciting bids of around $1,500 on eBay. Okie, in particular, looks and acts like an artist -- needing only paint and paper to work his magic. Their zoo exhibit ends Friday and the eBay bidding ends Saturday. Patriot Ledger, Benson, 11 inches, 6 p.m.

With photos of Okie the gorilla and his paintings

‘KITTENDALES’ CALENDAR - Photographs of 13 kitten-holding men, most of them shirtless in summertime settings, illustrate a no-kill shelter's calendar in Hull. Patriot Ledger, Smith, 12 inches, on wire now

With low-rez photos, chasing larger

50 YEARS, NO SICK DAYS - Celebrity obit on a Natick Korean war vet who never called in sick for work in 50 years ... until he died. MetroWest Daily News, Uek, 15 inches, 6 p.m.

ART: With photo

Sports

COLLEGE LOSERS: Notre Dame and Michigan are both 0-2. Can either team win Saturday’s game? CRONIN COLUMN

INDIANS: Tribe off day story, by CALL / Canton

BROWNS: Browns news by DOERSCHUK / Canton

U OF I VACANCY: Former Illinois guard Jerrance Howard is under consideration for the vacant Illinois assistant coaching position. The Peoria Central graduate is on the staff at the University of Kentucky. SUPINIE/CHAMPAIGN/Illinois Sports and Big Ten

CADDYSHACK WOMAN RETURNS: Former Rockford TV weather woman and radio update personality returns to Rockford for the first time in 30 years to headline Golf Hall of Fame ceremonies. Cindy Morgan has been immortalized forever for her role in Caddy Shack.. MATT TROWBRIDGE/ROCKFORD REGISTER STAR, 360 words, 8 p.m./Illinois Sports

BEARS: Mainbar and Quick Shot. 7 p.m. REED SCHRECK/ROCKFORD REGISTER STAR, 8 p.m./Illinois Sports and Bears

MIKE NADEL: Bears/NFL column. NADEL/Illinois Sports and Mike Nadel.

SCHMITT COLUMN — Seeing double? Former Penn State linebacker Shane Conlan seems to have been reincarnated in new starting linebacker Paul Poszlusny. SCHMITT

THOME -- There’s something missing from Jim Thome’s run at history. He’s got the homers, 499 to be exact. He’s got the time — there are 16 games left this season. He’s got the support of teammates, coaches and family. Thome’s family members will be at all three home games this weekend at U.S. Cellular Field then hit the road if need be to watch him hit 500. But where’s the suspicion? Where are the steroid, human growth hormone or performance-enhancing clouds that have surrounded nearly every record run in recent memory? The refreshing answer is that there’s none of that around the White Sox designated hitter as he attempts to become the 23rd member of baseball’s 500 homer club. WHALEN

ART: seeking pic of Thome

Opinions

BRITT: Toon depicting President Bush as a "Prez Dispenser" that is shooting flag-draped coffins out of its neck. BRITT/SPRINGFIELD/ in / cartoons

GRANLUND CARTOON: On Condoleezza Rice asking for patience with Iraq. MetroWest / in / cartoons

MICHAEL WINSHIP COLUMN: Iraq – Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics. CANANDAIGUA / in / columns

STEPHANIE FOSTER COLUMN: Are you part of the too-late generation? CAPE COD / in / columns

KEVIN FRISCH: We've grown accustomed, over the years, to the usual dollops of spin and revisionism that accompany political discourse. But every so often, a bit of diatribe manages to climb to the top of this rubbish heap, a crowning example in a world of contorted commentary. It came last week in the form of a press release with this headline:?THE LEFT'S LYNCHING OF ALBERTO GONZALEZ. CANANDAIGUA / in / Kevin Frish (under columns)

EDITORIAL: BELICHICK’S CAPER - Many of today's New England Patriots' fans are too young or too new to the bandwagon to remember the days when the team was the laughingstock of the region and the NFL. But this latest caper involving Bill Belichick and his attempt to steal an opponents' signals hurts more and will leave a lasting mark on Patriots Nation for a much longer time than anything Billy Sullivan's or Victor Kiam's teams ever did. Patriot Ledger, 6 p.m.

Lifestyles (Friday is religion)

MICHAEL MILLER COLUMN: For a lesson on forgiving others, Rabbi Zalman Stein turned to that little-known font of rabbinic wisdom, Tim McGraw.??In "Live Like You Were Dyin'," the country singer tells the story of a man in his 40s dying of cancer who talks about how he has spent his final days. One of the things he did was give "forgiveness I've been denying." In / religion

ART: column mug

WHAT IS RAMADAN: The month of Ramadan, which started this year on Sept. 12, is the most important on the Muslim calendar. It was during this month, Muslims say, that the Quran was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad. Muslims are commanded to abstain from food, drink, sex and other pleasures during daylight hours if they are able. PEORIA / in / religion

ART: illustration

RELIGION IN SCHOOLS: When Erica Corder was called to offer a few parting words to her high school’s graduating class, she turned to her religion. Evoking her Christian faith was, she believed, the most appropriate way to cap things off. The school district felt otherwise. Corder’s comments differed from what she had previously rehearsed, and Lewis-Palmer High School administrators told her if she wanted her diploma, she would have to issue an apology statement for diverging from the program. More than 16 months later, Corder, now a sophomore at Wheaton College, has filed a lawsuit against the Monument, Colo., school system in federal court. And according to her attorneys, the case could be another milestone in the long history of debate over religion in schools. CHICAGO SUBURBAN / in / news

Coming This Weekend

EMMY’S REVIEW: Shortly after the show ends on Sunday night, check out the news service for a fresh look at the show by Tim Malcolm. NORWICH / coming Sunday night.

THIS WEEK IN WEIRD: Weekly compilation of weird news from GateHouse papers.

CHARITA GOSHAY COLUMN: No one decides to become a firefighter, a police officer or a soldier on the off-chance that they might become a hero. Who in their right mind would purposely choose to run into a burning building or chase down an armed thug simply in the hope that it might result in a pat on the back? CANTON / columns

GARY BROWN: Here are a few common-sense rules for life, such as not touching something delicate you can’t afford to replace, keeping your mouth shut when asked a trick question by a member of the opposite sex, and if somebody says, “Careful, that’s hot,” believe them. CANTON / columns

FANTASY FOOTBALL: Weekly column written by Paul Arco. ROCKFORD

Around the MLB: Weekly column focusing on news in pro baseball. CANTON, by CALL

Around the NFL: Weekly column focusing on news in pro football. CANTON, by DOERSCHUK

Around the NBA: Weekly column focusing on news in pro basketball. CANTON, by POPOVICH

THOME WATCH: Will the White Sox’s Jim Thome hit his 500th homer on Friday or Saturday? We’ll be watching. NADEL / PEORIA / SOUTHTOWN

FOOTBALL NATION COLLEGE NOTEBOOK: Eric Avidon, files weekly column for

Friday publication

NASCAR COVERAGE: Paul Ring of MetroWest will file from Loudon for Saturday

(main, 600 words), Sunday (main and notes, about 600 words each) and Monday

(main and notes, about 600 words each).

WHITNER FEATURE (w/ art) — Second-year safety Donte Whitner has to be a leader for an injury-depleted Bills secondary. SKURSKI