National budget for 7.25.08

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

GateHouse News Service National Budget

For 7/25/08 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,


HALL OF FAME COVERAGE: Look for Baseball Hall of Fame coverage this weekend from Utica, N.Y. We’ll have photos and stories on the news service.

READER INVOLVEMENT: Newspaper seeks pet photos and page views jump.

Lifestyles (Friday is Religion and Travel)

RELIGION NEWS: Weekly rail, leads with church selling land on World Trade Center site.

SUZETTE MARTINEZ STANDRING: Summer ritual of remembrance. I stepped up to the table and placed my order, “I’ll take Eternal Life.” The calligrapher nodded and gracefully brushed the Chinese symbols onto my paper lantern. “Peace” and “Love” were other possibilities, but there was a run on “Eternal Life” as I stood in line to partake of a yearly ritual.

ART MAIER: The real, evil Jezebel. More than two thousand years after she was thrown from a window, we still talk about “that wicked Jezebel.” BOONVILLE, Mo.

TRAVELOGUE: Weekly rail, leads with Ohio and N.C. having the Wright stuff.

TRAVEL PAGE: Montreal, a food paradise.

TRAVEL VIDEO: This week, tips for students who travel abroad.

FAMILY TIME: This Batman will give your family Knightmares.

BACK TO SCHOOL PACKAGE: Content can be found in this links package:


PHILIP GLASS FILM: A candid film on Philip Glass can catch viewers off guard - There are two kinds of people in this world: those that really like the hypnotic, repetitive, beautiful, eerie powerful music of Philip Glass, and those who, upon hearing it, make an unpleasant face, scratch their heads and say, “What the heck is that?” CNC, Symkus, on wire now

With photo

'CSNY DÉJÀ VU’ should have come along sooner - Film director Bernard Shakey was angry. He was fed up with the Bush administration and its disregard of human rights, the environment, the deficit … the list goes on. CNC, Symkus, on wire now

With photo


DUNN CARTOON: On Citigroup’s joy.

DEBORAH E. GAUTHIER: Shopping for coupons - Years ago, I worked with an editor whose wife was a coupon clipping queen. He bragged that because of coupons and rebates he and his family got money back just for eating. MetroWest, on wire now

MICHELLE TEHEUX: The silver lining of high gas prices. PEKIN

O'MAHONEY CARTOON: On nursing home owners stealing. Ledger, on wire now


SUICIDE NOT SIGN OF ECONOMIC TIMES: The suicide of a Taunton woman who shot herself before her foreclosed home was to be auctioned should not be interpreted as a sign that a struggling economy is taking a deadly toll on mental health, experts say. Ledger, Reardon and Choate

On wire now

SUICIDE RAISES ALARM: In the wake of a Taunton suicide, financial counselors urge people facing foreclosure to seek help. Taunton police say Carlene Balderrama was apparently distraught when she shot and killed herself Tuesday, apparently unaware the mortgage company had granted an extension, avoiding the auction of her house later in the day. Enterprise, Allegrini, on wire now

With photo

SCOOTER TIME: More choosing scooters as preferred transportation. MARYVILLE, Mo.

WITH: pic

PANTYHOSE PROBLEM: The case of the "Pantyhose Bandit" has neighbors on Geneseo Circle creeped out and at their wit's end: the culprit keeps dumping pairs of ladies' tights right by their children's bus stop on Camp Street. MILFORD, Mass.


NASCAR content: Story on Dario Franchitti, 3 Questions with Kasey Kahne, rail and page.

BIG TEN MEDIA DAYS: Big Ten Conference football media days are Thursday and Friday. Likely something with a conference-wide angle. SUPINIE

HOT ISSUES FOR AFC: Not a lot of turnover in the AFC, where the Patriots and Colts each have won five straight division titles, the Steelers have made the playoffs five times since 2001, the Chargers are gunning for their third consecutive postseason appearance, and the Jaguars have qualified two of the past three years. LEDGER

HOT ISSUES FOR NFC: Brett Favre has sure made a mess of things, huh? First he retires, then he wants back in. The Packers say, thanks, but we like Aaron Rodgers. The feud between Favre and GM Ted Thompson has been simmering for a while; now it’s boiling over and everyone looks bad – Favre for flip-flopping, Thompson for coldly, and curiously, telling a legend to take a hike. Ledger, McHugh, on wire now

IOWA COACH PUTS TEAM, TOWN BACK TOGETHER: A football coach for 33 seasons, Ed Thomas of Aplington-Parkersburg High School witnessed firsthand the total destruction of his home, his school and his stadium. Most everything in Parkersburg, Iowa — population 1,900 — was wiped away May 25 when an F-5 tornado ripped through the small town.  Six people died. Lives were forever changed. Family heirlooms were lost. CANTON, Ohio


PROVIDING FOR SPECIAL NEEDS KIDS: Parents can provide for kids without jeopardizing government benefits. PEORIA