National Budget for 7.12-7.14.08

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

GateHouse News Service National Budget

For 7/12-14/08 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.

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


READER INVOLVEMENT: On, find three ways to showcase readers' summertime moments.

COMING NEXT WEEK: A new feature on ghnewsroom gives you a glimpse of what to expect next week from GateHouse news division.


LOOKING UP: Weekly astronomy column. Surf's up, and so is the Moon.

CAMPUS BOUND: Completing the Common Application

WEDDING SMALL TALK: Wedding small talk doesn't have to be torture. CANTON

WITH: cool illustration

DEAR MICHAEL: Embrace your new life. PEMBROKE, Mass.


RAPPER DOESN’T HIT TARGET: Banner's 'Greatest Story Ever Told' doesn't distinguish itself. SUSSEX

‘HELLBOY II’ IS GOLD: “Hellboy II” is one heck of a movie. SPRINGFIELD, Ill.

BATMAN profiles, by Ed Symkus, CNC:

- Christopher Nolan hones his immense talent in “Dark Knight.”

- Christian Bale's Batman begins again in “Dark Knight.”

STAY’S DEBUT CD: The fame-crazed rockers Patti Smith sings about in "So you wanna be a rock 'n' roll star" have nothing in common with the four guys spreading the musical word about their hot new band, Stay. FRAMINGHAM, Mass.


BILL DUNN CARTOON: On car dealers trying to sell SUVs.

BRITT: Toon on Phil Gramm and “whiners.” Will be posted this evening.

WOOD ON WORDS: Variations on “hang” words. Will be posted this evening. ROCKFORD

EDITORIAL: An undeserved reward for Bush - In the hysterical weeks that followed the 9/11 attacks, the Bush administration broke the law and embarked on a domestic spying program that gathered telephone records of private citizens. Rather than being punished, the administration received a reward Wednesday from the U.S. Senate. An editorial from the State Journal-Register.

EDITORIAL: Don’t overreact to war of words - Ah, Iran, Muslim masters of the mixed message. That trait was on full display this week with Iran's decision to test-fire a reported nine medium- and long-range missiles as an apparent show of strength for Israel's eyes and America's. Well, maybe. An editorial from the Peoria Journal Star.

EDITORIAL: Jesse Jackson is the latest in a troubling trend of people in the public spotlight who believe they can express their truthful views in private settings then blame the messenger rather than acknowledge their hypocrisy because what they say or do outside the public realm conflicts with the image they are crafting. QUINCY, Mass.

PHILIP MADDOCKS: Obama, McCain accuse voters of being out of touch.

KEVIN FRISCH: Mr. Tomato Head learns that graduation lesson about sunscreen. CANANDAIGUA, N.Y.



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SUNDAY QUICK SHOTS:  Rich Harden was an even better trade target than CC Sabathia, because he's not just a three-month rental and is signed at a good price for next year. … Brett Favre should just go away. Packers also erred by seemingly pushing him away. … Bulls were worried about Michael Beasley's character. Turns out Derrick Rose's health is a bigger issue. … Sox and the All-Star game, etc. By Matt Trowbridge of the Rockford Register Star. Will be posted this evening for use in Sunday editions.


POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Weekly political rail, with items on Jesse Jackson, Phil Gramm, the latest battleground-state polls and more.

THIS WEEK IN WEIRD: Misspelled town sign, "killer chair" update and more in this week's edition.

GIFTS TO DOCS: Drug trade group takes a tougher stand on gifts to doctors. QUINCY, Mass.


BIZ BITS: Weekly business rail, with items on Tiger Woods, the iPhone, Tip of the Week and more.

RETURN OF DIESEL: Innovations help clean up fuel. CANANDAIGUA, N.Y.

CAREFUL ON MIRACLE GAS SAVERS: Better Business Bureau warns against miracle gas savers

NEW BORDERS GOES HIGH-TECH: New Borders concept store plays up digital media. QUINCY, Mass.