National Budget for 12.19.07

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

GateHouse News Service National Budget

For 12/19/07 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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FYI:

END OF YEAR BUDGET: (See below) You’ll find an end-of-year budget on the news service today, and we’ll add links as stories come in.

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

Lifestyles (Wednesday is Food)

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Weekly food rail, with Champagne tips, a chocolate eggnog recipe (mmm, chocolate eggnog) and more!

WHIMSICAL HOLIDAY FOOD: This year, include holiday dishes with some whimsy. CANTON / in / food

BUT IT? Chocolate Chex SPRINGFIELD, Ill. / in / food

TRADING POST: Try festive, colorful appetizers. SPRINGFIELD, Ill. / in / food

KATHRYN REM: French toast recipe brought from Maine to Illinois. SPRINGFIELD, Ill. / in / food columns

LISA LILLELUND: Give green gifts this holiday season. BEVERLY, Mass. / in / lifestyle columns

CHECKOUT LANE: Christmas wreaths can be customized. PATRIOT LEDGER /in / business

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

Opinions

CHRISTMAS CARTOONS: Looking for some good editorial cartoons that are Christmas-related? Check out our collection.

PETER CHIANCA: If we do have to have so many versions of "A Christmas Carol," wouldn‚t it be nice if they did something different for a change? ... That ending where Scrooge gets all nice ˜ just once I‚d like to see him wake up, down a snifter of schnapps and foreclose on Cratchit‚s house.

ALICE COYLE: Love thy neighbors with snow blowers  - Winter got off to an early start dropping a foot of snow in my neighborhood Thursday afternoon giving my husband and 8-year-old son all they could handle shoveling our sizeable driveway.

CNC South, on wire now

PETER COSTA: Dancing in a winter wonderland - This abnormally harsh fall-winter season is generating dangerously high current surges in my brain.

CNC North, on wire now

EDITORIAL: SUBRIME LENDING – Feds’ rules for subprime borrowers and lenders too little too late for current homeowners this holiday season. Ledger, 6 p.m.

GUEST COLUMN: GRAHAM ALLISON: NUKE ATTACK - Former assistant secretary of defense, now at Harvard, says an American Hiroshima by terrorism is very possible but also very avoidable and he tells us how. Ledger, 18 inches, 6 p.m.

With mug shot

MAHONEY CARTOON: Baby, it's cold outside. LEDGER, on wire now.  

GRANLUND CARTOONS:

On Congress trying to tackle CIA about destroyed videos. METROWEST /in / cartoons

Cartoon on being homeless during the holiday season.

Cartoon on Santa changing lightbulbs in a peace sign.

Sports

ILLINOIS FOOTBALL: Feature on J Leman. The Illini linebacker had his prayers answered with trip to Rose Bowl. When the game is done, his next goals is the NFL. All he needs is one shot. That's all he had in college. SUPINIE. Champaign. Illinois sports and Big Ten. Moving this evening.

NADEL: Go ahead. Be disgusted and outraged about all of baseball's cheating druggies. Just be sure to save some disgust and outrage for all of the managers who pretended it wasn't happening in their clubhouses. COLUMN/MIKE NADEL/late afternoon.

BEARS FIRST DOWN: Bears get themselves into a hole every game by going nowhere on first down. And letting other teams burn them for big plays on first down. The reason: the Bears are determined to "get off the bus running" and stop the run, while first down is the best down to pass on. MATTHEW TROWBRIDGE/ROCKFORD REGISTER STAR

MUGS: available in DC5 if needed

GRAPHICS: Breakout on game-by-game first down

News

STANDALONE: Santa pumps gas in Norwich, Conn

A CHRISTMAS STORY TOWN PITCHES IN TO MAKE WIDOW’S HOLIDAY SPECIAL - When Claire Crawford's 1991 Ford Taurus broke down earlier  this year, she  thought the professionals at Distinctive Auto Body would make the necessary repairs to get her back on  the road. But the mother of  four who lost her husband to emphysema last year, thought wrong. With the donations and labor of scores of volunteers, Distinctive in stead refurbished a donated 1999 Mercury Sable and presented it to the Whitman woman free of charge on Monday, along with a donated  computer, Nintendo Wii and other gifts. Enterprise, Melanson, 20 inches,.

With photos

HOLDING: NIGHTCLUB VIOLENCE: In  wake of seven stabbings at Utica nightclub over the weekend, how do bar and nightclub owners balance drawing a crowd with underage drinking, security, etc? ROCCO LaDUCA/Observer-Dispatch, coming this evening

EARLY SNOW, EARLY SNOWMOBILE CRASHES: With the arrival of early snow this year, snowmobilers are hitting the trails earlier. Talk to safety group about what riders need to do to protect themselves. Observer-Dispatch w/box

Coming Tomorrow (Thursday is Home & Garden)

HOME HELP: Weekly rail.

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

GARDEN Q&A: Preserving poinsettias. ROCKFORD / in / lifestyle, home & garden

End of year:

THIS YEAR IN WEIRD: The top 10 unusual stories of the year. Art: logo. GHNS staff. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/x2128356118

BEST MUSIC of 2007: The best albums of the year. Art: Photo of all top 10 albums. Collin Quick.

A LOOK AHEAD AT THE BEST OF 2008: What will the new year sound like? Musicophiles weigh in on the best of what’s slated to come out next year. Art: Photos of DJs. Sarah Roberts.

BEST MOVIES: Best movies of 2007. Art: Movie photos. Ed Symkus. Coming soon

BEST VIDEO GAMES: The year in video games. Art: Screen shots. Frank Johnson. Coming soon

BEST MUSIC: The best albums of the year. Art: Album covers. David Farr. Coming soon