National Budget for 12.20.07

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

GateHouse News Service National Budget

For 12/20/07 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 (Thursday is Home & Garden)

HOME HELP: Weekly home rail, this week with tips on how to toilet train your cat, a luxury item that increases the value of your home and more.

COLOR EXPRESSION: Couple takes an eclectic approach to home decorating - lots of color. Peoria. With many fun photos.

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

HOLIDAY SPRUCE-UP: Guests are coming! What to do? PEORIA / IN / home & garden.

WITH: illustration

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

MOVIE REVIEWS:

Sweeney Todd: 'Sweeney Todd' will leave you gushing. Alexander / Ledger / in movie reviews.

Charlie Wilson's War: Inspiring. . Alexander / Ledger / in movie reviews.

CARIBBEAN CAPERS: family fun in the sun  - The Caribbean isn’t one destination, it’s many, and it’s loaded with family-friendly resorts offering the best of all worlds. Cnc / in / travel

KATE NASH: London’s Kate Nash is calling…will America answer?  - As Nash prepares to see how America reacts to her music, she said she wants to influence other musicians, ones who had a dream like she did. CNC, Wood, 27 inches, on wire now

With photos

Opinions

GRANLUND TOONS:

- On air traffic control problems and Santa trying to fly.

- On Earth as a fragile Christmas tree ornament.

- Happy holidays art to run on op-ed/editorial page.

- On the official beginning of winter.

- Dick Cheney’s office fire.

MAHONEY CARTOON – Peace on Earth. Ledger, on wire now 

ELIZABETH DAVIES: The rest of us can learn from spirited bell ringer. Rockford / in / opinions, davies

MICHAEL WINSHIP: Reflecting on the Red Scare. Canandaigua, N.Y. / in / opinions

KEVIN FRISCH: Twas the Night Before Christmas. Canandaigua, N.Y. / in / opinions

EDIT: For many struggling families, the thoughts of Christmas gifts under the tree only add to the angst and sleepless nights over the bills coming due at the end of the month. A record number of homeowners here and nationally are feeling the crunch of rising adjustable mortgage rates and have entered into some stage of foreclosure. LEDGER / in / opinions, editorials

Sports

ILLINOIS BASKETBALL: The Illini continue a busy week with a home game against Miami

(Ohio), an underappreciated team from the Mid-American Conference. Serves as

Illinois-Miami preview. With preview capsule. SUPINIE. Champaign. Illinois sports

and Big Ten. Moving this evening.

BEARS: REED SCHRECK/ROCKFORD REGISTER STAR

SPECIAL FOR CHRISTMAS DAY: LIVES FILLED WITH ROSES

ILLINOIS’ FIRST ROSE BOWL: A package on Illinois' first appearance in the Rose Bowl in 1947 is a nostalgic look at the period. WWII veterans mixed with younger students formed a conference championship team. After 250 students attended the first tryouts, coach Ray Eliot, known as Mr. Illini, inspired them with his locker room talks. The Illini won their last five conference games and rolled past UCLA 45-14 in the Rose Bowl.

WITH VIGNETTES: A series of vignettes on several players who stepped on the field for the 1947 Rose Bowl. They provide a more personal insight about the meaning of the game, the return from World War II and a life full of memories. Only a handful of players still remain from that team. Overview/main story serves as lead. Vignettes on individuals stand as sidebars. Other elements will include list of Illinois' appearances in Rose Bowl, the 1947 box score and Illinois' results from that season.

Package will move this weekend. Embargo until Dec. 25.

Includes art – still shots and video.

News

SHOCKING PRANK – Investigation at a Canton, Mass., school into prank calls that prompted workers to give punishment shocks – 77 in one case – to special needs students. Said to be only school in country to use such therapy. Prankster is reportedly a former student.

Ledger, Benner, 15 inches, 7 p.m.

LAST-MINUTE SHOPPING: If you’ve procrastinated your holiday shopping, you’re not alone. Story talks about biz impact, and gives shoppers some tips for dealing with the last-minute press. CANTON / in / business, consumers

ART: pic, and breakout with shopping tips

MURDER SUSPECT CAPTURED: U.S. Marshals reported today that Isreal Mireles was captured in Mexico. Mireles is wanted in connection to the murder of Butler Community College student Emily Sander, who was killed last month. A press conference is scheduled for 3 p.m. today. More information to follow. With mugs of victim and accused. El Dorado Times

WILD RIDE: Wal-Mart worker survives ride on hood of thieves' getaway car. Daily Messenger.

Coming Tomorrow (Friday is Religion)

RELIGION IN THE NEWS: Weekly religious rail.

VIRGIN MARY: The dogma of the Immaculate Conception is one teaching that provides a divide between Catholicism and its sister traditions.

DEIRDRE REILLY: Lifestyle columnist Deirdre writes a beautiful column about finding God at Christmastime.

SUZETTE STANDRING: There was a black heaven and a white heaven in Nadine Harper‚s mind. Given the way she worshipped for most of her life, it seemed natural -- or so she thought.

THAI BUDDHIST MONKS: Thai Buddhist monks make themselves at home. More than a year after moving into an old farmhouse on South Street East, a group of Thai Buddhist monks have settled unobtrusively into life in small-town New England. CNC, Weinstein, 27 inches, on wire now

With photos

End of year:

THIS YEAR IN WEIRD: The top 10 unusual stories of the year. Art: logo. GHNS staff.  

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