National budget for 1.23.08

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

GateHouse News Service National Budget

For 1/24/08 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.

Contacts: Jean Hodges, (630) 348-3350, (630) 956-8834,

Michael Toeset, (630) 348-3356, (630) 835-8870,



-       Jeff Vrabel is writing one column per week (instead of two). It will be posted by Monday morning each week.

-       Noah Blundo’s column will no longer be offered through the news service.

CONTEST BLOG: Follow the judging of the inaugural "Best of GateHouse" editorial competition through our blog at Text, photos and video are being posted throughout the day. Judging continues through 2 p.m. Thursday for Divisions B and C, and finalists and champions will be announced Friday. Judging resumes next Tuesday, as a fresh group will judge Division A.

POLITICAL CONTRIBUTIONS: GateHouse News Service and the Rockford Register Star have developed a national political contributions database to track what people have contributed to presidential candidates. We are working on a way to get this on your web sites because we think it will be a great resource for you and for your readers. Basically, you can input the name of your town or your ZIP code, and you will find names of everyone in that area, how much they’ve donated and to whom.


BIG SPENDERS: Where some of the losers’ money goes, with historical perspective and records to show examples. Does this change the way you'll think about writing a check? FITZPATRICK

Story coming 1.25.08 for publication 2.3.08 (before Super Tuesday)

Lifestyles (Thursday is Home & Garden)

HOME & GARDEN VIDEO: The art of hanging pictures.

HOME & GARDEN PAGE: Keeping household poisons out of reach.

HOME HELP: Weekly rail, leads with how to make African violets bloom.

ARTIST’S HOME: Artist uses talents to add whimsy, interest to her home. PEORIA / in

MOTHER’S GARDEN: Reading the trees in winter

MOVIE REVIEW: 'Grace is Gone' will make you cry, all right -- because it stinks.

SAFE SUPPLEMENTS? Experts say there are safe, legal alternatives to steroids and the like, but they warn athletes about starting them too young. Marion.

DRUNKOREXIA: The practice of replacing food with booze is nothing revolutionary, but it’s popped up in headlines recently with an official name: drunkorexia. According to a recent report by CBS’s “The Morning Show” 30 percent of women ages 18 to 23 restrict food calories so they can drink more and not gain weight from consuming alcohol. Rockford.


DEIRDRE REILLY: I desperately need sleep, but the ‘Cold Case’ crew needs me.


ELIZABETH DAVIES: To those who create Super Bowl ads: Funny equals good. ROCKFORD /in

CHRIS BRITT CARTOON: Obama vs. the Clintons; let's get ready to rumble. SPRINGFIELD

EDITORIAL: Seek balance to the economy, not bailouts. Peoria.


ILLINOIS BASKETBALL: With center Shaun Pruitt suspended against Ohio State on Tuesday, reserve forward Rodney Alexander scored a career high 20 points. Almost a forgotten man, the junior-college transfer faces a challenge much like his teammates -- stringing together two good performances. SUPINIE. Champaign. / Illinois sports and Big Ten. Moving this evening.


“CUTE” DRUG PARAPHERNALIA: 'Cute' small glass tubes with roses used to smoke crack - A Fall River store owner was aghast when she found out she’d been unknowingly selling alleged drug paraphernalia to her customers in the form of harmless-looking little roses and pens in glass tubes. Herald News, Allard, on wire now

With photos

WINTER SAFETY: 6 tips to help you cope with winter weather. Rockford.