NEWS

National budget for 12.29-30

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

GateHouse News Service National Budget

For 12/29-31/07 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

COOL STUFF:

NOTE: GateHouse News Service will begin offering weekly pages on these topics: Health, Food, Home, NASCAR (during the season) and Travel. We begin Monday with Health.

COLLEGE BOWLS: We’ll offer coverage of the Rose Bowl and the National Championship game (budgets below).

HOLIDAY RAIL SCHEDULE: To help with holiday staffing, we’re moving our rails early:

Biz Bits has moved for Monday

Health Watch has moved for Tuesday

Food for Thought will move over the weekend

Home Help will move over the weekend

PRIMARY DECISION MAKERS: Look at how Iowa and New Hampshire match up to America, in all kinds of demographics. FITZPATRICK

ART: pics of Iowa (by Rockford), New Hampshire (by Patriot Ledger) folks; video

WITH: numbers-based graphic, showing census comparisons (zoned for Illinois, Mass., NY, Missouri and Ohio)

BREAKOUT: What is a caucus?

RUN DATE: Before Jan. 3 (Iowa caucuses)

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/special_reports

NEW YEAR'S CARTOONS: A selection of editorial cartoons and illustrations related to the New Year. New content will be added as it comes in. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/cartoons/holiday_cartoons/x546803336

END OF YEAR BUDGET: (See below) You’ll find an end-of-year budget with links to stories such as the top weird stories, top movies, top music, highlights from American Idol, and more.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/homepage/x805331509

Lifestyles (Monday is Business)

BIZ BITS: Weekly business rail, with items on the top gas-guzzling vehicles, how to organize a home office and more.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business/x1295922732

WORKWISE COLUMN: You may be able to obtain what some people consider the impossible -- a single offer from a single company -- by carefully constructing an entire job search around one organization.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business/columns/x531355275

CHANNELING HENDRIX: World's greatest guitar soloist is the star of new company's first online documentary. WALTHAM, Mass. / in / business

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business/x1059344952

SIMPLE SOLUTIONS: Author DiTullio keeps it simple in book about business. COHASSET, Mass. / in / business

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business/x1295922718

EARLY HEALTH RAIL: HEALTH WATCH: Weekly health rail, with items on terriers "helping" fight IPF in humans, common hangover myths and more. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/health/x1059345450

Opinions

JULES MOLENDA: Gadgets and gizmos go high-tech. LAKE SUN, Mo. / in / opinions, columnists

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/columnists/x1295922815

CHARITA GOSHAY: It's not what's under the tree that counts. CANTON / in / columnists, goshay

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/columnists/charita_goshay/x2133

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JEFF VRABEL: Word spurts and an existential crisis.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/x1151534562

EDITORIAL: Turmoil in Pakistan should be a warning to Americans. SPRINGFIELD / in / editorials

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/x1059345438

A LEGACY OF IDEALS: In life Benazir Bhutto may not have been Pakistan's salvation. But in her death, salvation for that chaotic nation and critical ally seems even more remote. The U.S. should closely watch President Musharraf's reaction. EDITORIAL/ PEORIA

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/opinions/x1295923022

BRITT: Toon commenting on assassination of Pakistan opposition leader Benazir Bhutto. CHRIS BRITT/Illinois Opinions and GHNS Opinions.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/cartoons/x2133873223

HIT-AND-RUN DRIVER: I was texting at the time. TAUNTON, Mass. / in / regional news, massachusetts http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/news/x1059345532

Sports

NFL COLUMN: Doerschuk, Canton

AROUND THE NBA: The playoff picture is taking shape. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/sports/pro/basketball/x1295923258

BEARS: Feature on Jamar Williams, who will likely succeed Lance Briggs at linebacker next season. REED SCHRECK/ROCKFORD REGISTER STAR

BREAKOUTS: Game update

NADEL: 2008 Preview/2007 Review. Column. Mike Nadel and Illinois Sports.

ROSE BOWL SPECIAL: LIVES FILLED WITH ROSES?

Package on Illinois' first appearance in the Rose Bowl in 1947 in lead-up to the present-day team’s appearance on New Year’s Day.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/sports/x2133870675

MAIN STORY: How Mr. Illini inspired the 1947 conference championship team of  WWII veterans mixed with younger.

WITH: Vignettes on several players from the 1947 team, who provide personal insight into the meaning of the game, the return from World War II and a life full of memories.

BREAKOUTS: List of Illinois' appearances in Rose Bowl, 1947 box score and Illinois' results from that season.?

Embargo until Dec. 25.

ART: photos and video.

Preliminary Rose Bowl budget

GateHouse News Service reporter John Supinie will be on the scene in Los Angeles covering the practices and press conferences leading up to the Rose Bowl game between Illinois and USC on Jan. 1. He will file daily reports and shoot video. Here's a preliminary outline for his stay in Los Angeles. (Topics may change. Updates daily on GateHouse News Service budget.)

For Saturday:

RUNNING MAN: Illinois junior running back Rashard Mendenhall could run his way from a first-year starter in college to a first-round draft pick. While he's not tipping his hand, he's not expected to return for his senior season. Illinois faces USC in the Rose Bowl Tuesday. SUPINIE. Los Angeles. Illinois sports and Big Ten. Moving this evening.

Sidebar

HOME GAME: While Illinois plays in the Rose Bowl for the first time in 24 years and coach Ron Zook attempts to make life normal, USC makes it fourth trip in the last five years to the bowl game that's only a dozen miles from campus. Likely to include a note or two at the bottom. SUPINIE. Los Angeles. Illinois sports and Big Ten. Moving this evening.

For Sunday:

CONTRASTS IN STYLE: Illinois quarterback Juice Williams and USC's John David Booty are a contrast in styles. Williams is midwestern tough, an old-school runner who is blossoming as a passer. Booty is California cool who arrived in college with big passing numbers.

Sidebar: TBA.

For Monday:

REBORN: USC coach Pete Carroll and the Trojans both rebuilt reputations. Dropping down to the college ranks from the NFL, Carroll rebuilt USC into the powerhouse on the West Coast.

Sidebar: TBA.

For Tuesday:

Game preview. Preview capsule. Sidebar or notes.

For Wednesday:

Game story. Report card. Sidebar/notes.

For next Thursday:

Illinois season year-ender and a look to next season.

NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP BUDGET:

SATURDAY:

BEANIE WELLS: Ohio State lost Antonio Pittman, a 1,000-yard rusher and sparkplug to a record-setting offense a year ago. “And we gained Beanie Wells,” right tackle Kirk Barton said. Wells, a young 20-year-old sophomore, has been the Buckeyes’ focal point this year. CANTON

SUNDAY:

WHO’S LEAVING: More than a dozen Ohio State underclassmen have filed paperwork with the NFL’s early-entry committee and Head Coach Jim Tressel encouraged it. A look at the reality of who is likely to leave and who is staying. CANTON

MONDAY:

ON BOONE:  In the National Championship game a year ago, Ohio State left tackle Alex Boone was embarrassed by Florida’s quicker, faster and perhaps stronger defensive ends. Boone hasn’t spoken to the media since OSU announcement, but his teammates have spoken on his behalf. CANTON

Jan. 1

REDEMPTION: Jim Tressel says Ohio State is not heading to New Orleans for redemption, but actions are speaking louder than words and Ohio State players admit they’re not only playing for this year, but last as well. CANTON

SUGAR BOWL COLUMN: Also Jan. 1, a Sugar Bowl column from Hawaii-Georgia game CANTON

Jan. 2

TODD PORTER COLUMN: Marcus Freeman and growing up on and off the field. The birth of his first child, Freeman said, had nothing to do with his production this year. The former Parade All American turned himself into an elite college football linebacker by studying and working at it. CANTON

Jan. 3 From New Orleans TBD Main ... Column ... notes

Jan. 4 From New Orleans TBD Main ... Column ... notes

Jan. 5 From New Orleans TBD Main ... Column ... Notes

Features will include

Kirk Barton has grown up from a shy kid in a suburb of Canton to a media darling at Ohio State. Barton, a co-captain, has been a go-to guy for Head Coach Jim Tressel. “If you’d have asked me a year ago if I’d missed him, I would have said no,” Tressel said.

Possible Nadar Abdallah feature who grew up in New Orleans and had family affected by Katrina

Also:

• Mike Popovich will have a feature story on QB Todd Boeckman, to run TBD when it fits our budget ... possibly on game day.

• Josh Weir will be sending color and atmosphere stories from New Orleans starting Jan. 4. He also will be shooting video of fans, scenes, parties, etc., for use on Web sites.

• We will release what for us will be a 10-page preview section for publication Monday, Jan. 7. Four stories, matchups and other tidbits to be included.

News

THIS WEEK IN WEIRD: Dead crows, a prostitute with a knife and a man who likes to urinate in public are some of the items in this week's edition of the popular digest.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/x2133873524

LRS 3-D FOOTBALL: This is serious sports business. A spinning, crashing, virtual 3D running back smashes through the line, a little deft footwork, a burst of speed and in a matter of seconds, he’s dancing in the end zone. LRS, a consulting and technology company founded in Springfield in 1979, recently signed an exclusive deal with 3D MVP to market the sports technology company's Play Visualizer software to professional and collegiate sports programs. The NFL's Baltimore Ravens became the first team to purchase the software. LANDIS/SPRINGFIELD/Illinois

TV STRIKE UPDATE: The strike's still on. What does it mean for viewers? EDITH

WEBSTER/ROCKFORD REGISTER STAR, words 300-360/Illinois News/posted.

 ---- PHOTOS: Photos of shows, i.e. Lost, Leno and Letterman, Law and Order SVU, etc.

 ---- MUGS: Archive of TV viewer/source.

 ---- BREAKOUTS: TV STRIKE UPDATE BREAK, What's next, if available, in strike talks.

LAST-MINUTE-DONATIONS:  Dec. 31 is quickly creeping up, so this is the last chance people will have to make donations and take other steps for tax-exemptions. KAREN MCDONALD/PEORIA/Illinois News

End of year / New 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.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/music/x2031290345

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.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/music/x805325367

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

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/movies/x1295918981

BEST VIDEO GAMES: The year in video games. Art: Screen shots. Frank Johnson. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/video_games/x360513288

BEST OF AMERICAN IDOL: A look at the impact of "AI" alumni on the music world in 2007. Art: Album covers. David Farr.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/music/x1014099609

YEAR'S BEST NON-TRADITIONAL COUNTRY MUSIC: A look at some of the year's best country.  Art: album covers. David Schiefelbein

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/music/x1295919119

YEAR’S BEST ACTORS WHO WON’T WIN AWARDS: Nick Rogers,

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/movies/x1295918937

ISN’T IT GREAT? IT’S 2008: Let’s face it: It’s harder than ever to keep up with what’s in and what’s out in this ever-changing world. But you can stop worrying. Your guide to society, politics, fashion, the arts and life in general is here. Just be forewarned — these may all have changed by 180 degrees by the time you read this. Flip-flopping is in.?CHIANCA / ledger / in / entertainment

ART: lots of it!

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x1151530901

BEST MUSIC OF 2007: Here are the 2007 albums that made my eyes widen, drained my iPod battery and produced the most “you have to listen to this” conversations with friends. EDDIE SHOEBANG / IN / entertainment / music

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/music/x531354344

2008 Q&A: Will the iPod take over the world? And other interesting questions. CNC / in / entertainment

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x469063352