National Budget for 7.3.08

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

GateHouse News Service National Budget

For 7/3/08 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,


NEWS SERVICE’S FIRST BIRTHDAY: GateHouse News Service officially launched on July 3, 2007. Thanks to everyone out there who helped us get the site off the ground, and to all of you who continue to supply us with great photos, illustrations, stories and columns. Please help us to keep improving the site by offering your feedback to Jean Hodges: .

OPINIONS ON PAGE 1: Find out how one newspaper played an editorial about an important local issue on

FOURTH OF JULY CONTENT: Check out content related to the Fourth of July, including columns, food features and more. We’re continuing to add links to this as we get new submissions.

HOLIDAY NOTE: Our rails are moving early this week because of the holiday. Here are links to most of them:

TRAVELOGUE: Fly on over to Atchison to celebrate Amelia Earhart.

FAMILY TIME: "WALL-E" a great film for the whole family.

RELIGION NEWS: World Youth Day pilgrims headed to Australia.

BIZ BITS: Computer running slowly? We can help.

POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Weekly politics rail, with a survey on faith-based programs, the latest polls and news, and the best of George Carlin‚s political jokes. NOTE: First 2 items have reader feedback; please insert your paper's contact info.

HEALTH WATCH (FOR NEXT WEEK): Will move Thursday evening.

Lifestyles (Thursday is Home & Garden)

HOME HELP: Quick and easy ways to improve your back yard.

HOME PAGE: Garden of Eden.

HOME VIDEO: This week, the art of hanging art in your home

GREENSPACE: Weekly gardening column. This week: Ferns, ancient but modern. HILLIBISH, CANTON

BEER NUT: In a big move, Harpoon is introducing a new series of extreme beers, the Leviathan Series.

SUMMER’S PERFECT FOR A SPOT OF TEA – Sheila Kimmey moved from her native England to the U.S. when she was 14. Yet, more than 50 years later, there are still some things she hasn’t left behind. Simple things, like a steaming cup of black tea. PEORIA


BRENDAN FRASER: Feature on Brendan and his new movie, "Journey to the Center of Earth." Ed Symkus.

MOVIE REVIEW: Abigail Breslin shines in Great Depression struggle "Kit Kittredge." Al Alexander.


- Nick Rogers: Too many stories/genres going on in "Hancock."

- Dana Barbuto: Smith is strong, but weak script makes "Hancock" not-so-super.

NICK ROGERS: We the people deserve a few things - In honor of Independence Day, there are some truths I hold to be self-evident in the entertainment world where a pursuit of happiness takes a slight precedence over life and liberty. SPRINGFIELD


BRITT: Toon on American flag pins and patriotism. Will be posted this evening.

MICHAEL WINSHIP: Iraq war was about oil all along.

CHARITA GOSHAY: What exactly defines patriotism?

GARY BROWN: There's a blatant omission in the Declaration of Independence.

KENT BUSH: Eddie Marcus of St. Paul, Minn., is running for president. Marcus' platform consists of broad ideals. He calls it Paradise on Earth. Now that's a catchy name.


NASCAR content: Check here for our centerpiece, rail & 3Qs.

NASCAR page:

KIRK WESSLER: For top pick, all this and a pair of shower shoes, too

 ST. LOUIS – The stuff that grabs your attention in a major-league baseball clubhouse ranges from the obvious to the obscure. PEORIA


MURDER TIMELINE: Police piece together timeline of Galesburg murder connected to man accused of killing eight people in Illinois & Missouri:

Authorities are unsure about exactly what happened between 5 and 8:30 p.m. Saturday, but they believe that sometime during that window, Ronald Randall was murdered by Nicholas Sheley. GALESBURG

FOOD AND THE FOURTH: Food prices are up, but a Fourth of July cookout doesn’t have to break the budget - From chips to pork chops, most cookout staples are part of the trend of rising food prices. But if you’re willing to take the time to find deals, the savings on your cookout items can be had. Ledger, on wire now

With photos

12-YEAR-OLD THWARTS HOME INVASION - A 12-year-old boy playing video games in his basement on Sunday called the police after he heard strange noises upstairs. Police arrived at the Weymouth home and found the boy’s mother, grandmother, and another relative tied up, terrorized, and robbed at gunpoint in the upstairs kitchen – and four suspects on the run. Ledger, Hoffman, on wire now

With photos