National Budget for 4.5-7.08

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Mount Shasta Herald

GateHouse News Service National Budget

For 4/5-7/08 editions

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EARTH DAY: If you have Earth Day (4/22) content planned, please send it to We’ll package any content received.

GHNEWSROOM HIGHLIGHT: 4 papers recognized for front page of the day. Find out which ones on


POWDERED PEANUT BUTTER: Powdered peanut butter is survival fare, but chunky not available. – When James Bell eventually begins advertising his product he might want to consider hiring model Fabio to re-create his commercials for “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter.” Only this time, Fabio could profess, “I can’t believe it’s not peanut butter.” GALESBURG

STYLE AT HOME: New and stylish items for your and your home. MetroWest Diederich, on wire now. With photos

LOOKING UP: The Big Dipper is full of stars – take a look.


GRANLUND CARTOON: U.S. workers added to endangered species list.

PHIL MADDOCKS: Congress seeks business lessons from oil executives - A House committee on Tuesday demanded that top oil executives explain how they made $123 billion last year and, more importantly, how Congress could do the same. CNC, on wire now

EDITORIAL ON FEDERAL SPENDING: Sometimes we think it really doesn't matter who's in charge in Washington, D.C., because there's not a smidgen of difference between the two major parties. Certainly not on fiscal policy, where Democrats and Republicans alike suffer from crippling spending addictions. The only variation is that Democrats like to tax, while Republicans prefer to borrow, to support their habits. PEORIA


AROUND BASEBALL: Remembering pitcher Steve Olin. CANTON

AROUND THE NBA: Celtics not going into cruise mode. CANTON

AROUND THE NFL: Retiree Favre better than many on active duty. CANTON

ON BASEBALL on former Cubs ace Mark Pryor trying to make a comeback; comparison to handling of Buchholz (Davidson, MetroWest)

MINOR LEAGUE PROMOS: Funky Feet Night? Diamond Dig? Minor league baseball teams thrive on promotions. NORWICH

MIKE FINE: Don't overlook Garnett as league MVP. PATRIOT LEDGER


THIS WEEK IN WEIRD: Naked New Englanders top this week's edition of This Week in Weird.

POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: A look at John McCain's possible VP picks, America's readiness for a black president, where the candidates stand on poverty and more.

REALLY OLD TOOLS: Child digs up 4,000-year-old Native American tools – Donna White’s grandson, Dalton, was digging in White’s backyard when he uncovered what he said was a “stone in the shape of a little man.” CNC, Levinson, 18 inches, on wire now

LADYBUGS GALORE: Don’t look now, here come the ladybugs - If you happen to notice a few, several or even hundreds of ladybugs congregating on your house, fear not, it’s not exactly an infestation. And, they’re not trying to get inside. Herald News, Allard, 15 inches, on wire now

EXES APPEAR BEFORE GRAND JURY: Peterson’s ex-wife, ex-fiancee appear before grand jury. Drew Peterson’s past and present collided Thursday as his second wife and ex-fiancee appeared before a Will County grand jury investigating the mysterious fates of wives No. 3 and 4. CHICAGO SUBURBAN.

LINCOLN LETTER: Lincoln letter auctioned for a record $3.4 million.

 Abraham Lincoln’s 1864 letter to Horace Mann’s widow, responding to her students’ request that he free slave children, was sold by Sotheby’s auction house in New York Thursday for $3,401,000, which the auction house said is a record for an American manuscript. SPRINGFIELD


SPRING BIZ: Spring a busy time for farmers, garden centers

BIZ BITS: Online tax-filing tips, Spam-blocking tips, the price of gasoline and more.


PETS AND HOUSEWARES: Children and their tastes and needs have long influenced the housewares market, but a visit to the recent International Home & Housewares Show revealed that pets are the new kids. More than 70 companies showcased supplies for pets. ROCKFORD