National budget for Dec. 18 editions

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Mount Shasta Herald

GateHouse News Service National Budget

For 12/18/07 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.

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END OF YEAR BUDGET: You’ll find an end-of-year budget on the news service today, and we’ll add links as stories come in. We hope you find them useful

compile some end-of-year stories in entertainment, best of weird news and more. If you have some global stories, let us know. Stories by Dec. 21.

ELECTION LOVERS AND HATERS: Story by national reporter Lauren FtizPatrick, illustrated by Dave Granlund.

Lifestyles (Tuesday is Health and Fitness)

HEALTH RAIL: Weekly health rail, this week with a focus on making sure you have happy holidays.

DETOX DEBATE: Experts debate detox process. BEVERLY / in / health

Dr. W. GIFFORD-JONES COLUMN: Massage as therapy has stood the test of time. BRISTOL HARBOUR, N.Y. / in / health

DARING GIRLS: 'Daring Book' urges girls to find confidence. CANTON / in / lifestyle

FASHION ADVICE: Put away tanks, halters for winter. ROCKFORD / in / lifestyle

NICOLAS CAGE PROFILE: Nicolas Cage back in 'National Treasure' mode. Cnc / in / movies

SWANK PROFILE: Swank takes a more lighthearted role in 'P.S. I Love You', CNC / in / movies.


CHARITA GOSHAY: Does anyone really think Santa is talking about women when he says "ho ho ho"? Also, proof that steroids does mess you up. CANTON / in / opinions, goshay

JEFF VRABEL: It’s time to crack down on karaoke. Violently, if need be. IN / columns, vrabel

GARY BROWN: Lessons from a 1907 kindergarten class. Canton / in / opinions / columnists

RICK ROGERS: The spirit of Christmas is alive. NEOSHO, Mo. / in / opinions/ columnists

WOOD ON WORDS: Miracle ties Christmas tales together. Rockford / in / opinions/ columnists

LORETTA LAROCHE: No one's perfect, so take time to enjoy holiday prep. LEDGER / in / opinions / columnists

MAHONEY CARTOON – Mitt Romney as Tiny Tim . Legder / in / cartoons

GRANLUND CARTOONS: Lieberman supporting McCain. METROWEST /in / cartoons

LETTING GO: A bittersweet interview with the family of Sandra Day O'Connor illuminated the former U.S. Supreme Court justice's selfless devotion to her ailing husband — a rare and touching display of true love. EDITORIAL/PEORIA/Illinois Opinions and GHNS Opinions

WRIGLEY WRANGLING: Many Illinoisans who aren't long-suffering Cubs fans will have a moral objection to their tax dollars going to subsidize the Chicago field. EDITORIAL/PEORIA/Illinois Opinions

‘ROID RAGE: The Mitchell Report is the biggest black eye America's game has suffered, worse than the Black Sox. EDITORIAL/PEORIA/Illinois Opinions and GHNS Opinions

MILEAGE MILESTONE: A congressionally mandated boost in corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards is long overdue. EDITORIAL/PEORIA/Illinois Opinions and GHNS Opinions


NADEL: Bears at Vikings. (Column to be posted at about 10:30 p.m.; will be updated after game.) MIKE NADEL, Pro football and Bears.

ILLINOIS BASKETBALL: Game coverage of Illinois vs. Western Carolina. Story with quotes and report card moving at 10.30 p.m. SUPINIE. Champaign. Illinois sports and Big Ten.

WITH THE ILLINI: Multi-sport column will include football and men's basketball. SUPINIE. Champaign. Illinois sports and Big Ten. Moving this evening.

BEARS: Preview for Monday night game vs. Vikings. REED SCHRECK/ROCKFORD REGISTER STAR


TECHNOLOGY INVADES FAMILY HOLIDAYS: The glow of cell phone screens and other technological gadgets just might disrupt your holiday celebrations this year. Seventy percent of young adults have answered their cell phones or made calls during holiday family gatherings, according to a 2006 T-Mobile survey of holiday cell phone use, and 35 percent have texted under the table during holiday dinners. This can lead to tension among generations. Teenagers and young adults want to stay connected with friends, while their parents and grandparents want family to spend time together. Observer-Dispatch, w/box, photo illustration.

FIREHOUSE'S 'JESUS' SIGN STIRS DEBATE: When firefighters at the Shepherd Place firehouse in Utica, N.Y., display a homemade sign every Christmas that states “Happy Birthday Jesus – We love you,” people notice. For some people, the sign serves as an inspiring reminder of the meaning of Christmas. For others, the placard has sparked questions of whether such a display is appropriate for a public facility. Observer-Dispatch, w/photo.

SHOVELING TROUBLE: ATTEMPTED MURDER OVER SHOVELING – Police say a husband punches, pushes and chokes wife because she doesn't finish shoveling. ``You ruined my Sunday,'' he says as he chokes her In front of 13- and 7-year-old sons.

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FOGELBERG FOLO: (w/pic) In response to his death, talking to some of singer and Peoria native Dan Fogelberg’s childhood friends and his family. DANIELLE HATCH/ PEORIA /Illinois News

Coming Tomorrow (Wednesday is Food)

WINE CELLAR: In-home wine cellar can satisfy any connoisseur. CHICAGO SUBURBAN / in / lifestyle food