National budget 3.17.09

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

GateHouse News Service National Budget

For 3/17/09 editions

Here are the top national stories coming today from GateHouse News Service. Stories are available at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/. Please submit stories below no later than 6 pm local time, unless you have breaking news that is changing significantly.

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Notes:

ST. PATRICK’S DAY PACKAGE: Check out the package of St. Pat’s Day links on the news service. We’ll continue to add content, so keep checking back for fresh links.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x599197133/St-Patricks-Day-links

POLLDADDY: One paper’s experience with PollDaddy.com

http://ghnewsroom.com/article/one-papers-experience-polldaddycom

LOCALIZATION TIP: Prom shopping.

http://ghnewsroom.com/article/news-service-localization-tip-prom-shopping

Lifestyles

MORNING MINUTES: Note: we’ve added a little “today in history.” And we’ll still offer Word of the Day, Web Site of the Day and Number to Know.  http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/morning_minutes

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Know your knives - Weekly food rail, with tips on identifying knives, a review of Long John Silver's new entrees, the latest from The Beer Nut, and more.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/homepage/x110651722/Food-for-Thought-Know-your-knives

FOOD PAGE: Olive oil & desserts.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x1683620905/Weekly-Lifestyle-Food-page-Olive-oil-An-unlikely-ingredient-for-desserts

SPRING RECIPES: Recipes to jump-start spring

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/food/x1683626113/

DARIN ST. GEORGE: Choose the type of workout that works for you - I recently took a look at the daunting task of the fitness neophyte choosing a fitness program. Let's look at the types of programs and products that may fit your personality type. MetroWest

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1331529836/Darin-St-George-Choose-the-type-of-workout-that-works-for-you

DR. MURRAY FEINGOLD: Fat neck may indicate increased risk for heart disease - Do you have a fat neck? If so, according to recent findings from the Framingham (Mass.) Heart Study, you many also have an increased risk for heart disease. MetroWest

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1683626037/Dr-Murray-Feingold-Fat-neck-may-indicate-increased-risk-for-heart-disease

MIND/BODY & WEIGHT LOSS: Understanding mind/body connection key to losing weight, authors say - You've struggled with various diets and just can't seem to lose weight. Or, you lose a few pounds and gain them back. Why is dieting so hard? MetroWest

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x599198722/Understanding-mind-body-connection-key-to-losing-weight-authors-say

SUZETTE MARTINEZ STANDRING: Fewer words, more kindness - I think of myself as sensitive. By that I mean I can rein in my mouth even though my mind bubble is bursting with sarcastic commentary. Yes, I do get my dander up occasionally, but a bludgeon is not typically in my bag. But even if I’ve managed to sheath the sharp edge of my tongue, there’s room to grow kinder. Having a gentle spirit is not just about controlling involuntary facial twitches. Ledger

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x110651424/Suzette-Martinez-Standring-Fewer-words-more-kindness

LIFE IN A CAVE: Inside an Illinois cave - Deep inside the cave, there’s no getting accustomed to the darkness. It’s just dark. No light. None. And somehow, life continues to find a way to survive — even thrive — there. At Illinois Caverns State Natural Area near Waterloo, not far from St. Louis, dozens of organisms call the cave home. SPRINGFIELD, Ill.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x110652531

ROLE MODELS: Star athletes' controversial actions a concern for parents - Kerby Ingram, 12, has been a fan of swimmer and Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps since she first met him in 2005. Kerby is also aware of Phelps’ DUI arrest after competing in the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece. When idols show a more human, failing side, how do adoring young fans respond? And how can parents help guide them? SPRINGFIELD

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/family/x792895473

Entertainment

"I LOVE YOU, MAN": Paul Rudd, Jason Segel the perfect pair in new "bromance." By Ed Symkus. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x679798023/Paul-Rudd-Jason-Segel-the-perfect-pair-in-new-bromance

WILL PFEIFER: 'Last Action Hero' failed at a cool idea

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x110649519/

‘WITCH MOUNTAIN’ REVIEW: redo more action than adventure

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/movies/x1331525521/

THE FARR SIDE: Clarkson bolts to the top with ‘My Life’

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/music/x1676802014/

Opinions

JULIA SPITZ: Am I bad enough for a big bonus? - Call my editor. Tell him I haven't written anything worth reading in weeks. Tell him you have reason to believe I'm singlehandedly killing the newspaper industry. Tell him I'm to blame for whatever's going on at the Globe, the Herald, USA Today, The New York Times and any other paper you care to name.

MetroWest

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x110651592/Julia-Spitz-Am-I-bad-enough-for-a-big-bonus

GARY BROWN: Basketball knowledge can only lead to OMarch Madness’

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/sports/college/x599198916/

ALICE COYLE: Anti-social networking

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/columnists/x108128189/

EDITORIAL: Exercise your rights as stakeholders in government - Those we elect and the staffs they oversee deserve a measure of trust. But when doubts arise, it’s the sunshine laws that allow us to see what’s going on behind the curtain. Ledger

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1683626952/Editorial-Exercise-your-rights-as-stakeholders-in-government

EDITORIAL: Give taxpayers a break on AIG bonus money - President Barack Obama, former President George W. Bush and Congress collectively decided that insurance giant American International Group is too big to fail. The federal government now owns 80 percent of AIG and has contributed $170 billion to shore up the company. That's why it’s hard to believe that the government can do nothing to prevent $165 million in bonuses from going to derivative traders who are responsible for billions in losses. An editorial from the State Journal-Register.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/editorials/x110652401

News

NO LANDLINE: More households choosing do without landline phone - More and more Illinois residents are cutting the cord, doing without a landline telephone. It's a national trend. More than 20 million U.S. households - 17 percent of all homes with phones - are using only a cellular phone, according to a recent survey by the Nielsen Co. PEORIA

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x1683627118

DEFROCKED PRIEST OUT OF PRISON: Defrocked Quincy priest who raped altar boy released from prison - The Archdiocese clergy sex-abuse scandal has taken a new turn, with the release of one of the few priests sent to prison. Defrocked priest Robert V. Gale, an assistant pastor at St. Joseph’s Church in Quincy in the late 1970s, was released from the Massachusetts Treatment Center for the Sexually Dangerous in Bridgewater on Saturday. Ledger, Lambert, with photo

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1683627019/Defrocked-Quincy-priest-who-raped-altar-boy-released-from-prison

NO SPRING BREAK: College students give up spring break to pay it forward

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/x1331530087/

Business / Ag

IT’S TAX TIME: We’ve started a package of links to news service content about tax time that we’ll add to as more stories flow in. Check it out, and check back as the links grow.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/special_reports/x1362391193/

MAKING CENTS: A look at the stimulus bill - The famous stimulus bill recently signed into law by President Barack Obama contains many tax breaks for individuals. As always, there are phase-outs for high-income taxpayers, but some of the breaks will even help high-income earners. I can't cover all of the provisions in this short space, but I'll cover a few of the bigger incentives. Ledger

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x599196127/Making-Cents-A-look-at-the-stimulus-bill

CHECKOUT LANE: Tips for decorating, protecting your windows - As winter winds down and the sun grows stronger, you may need new window treatments to shade your home. In order to choose the right one, consider function first, then aesthetics. Ledger

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x792891618/Checkout-Lane-Tips-for-decorating-protecting-your-windows

CATERPILLAR LAYOFFS: Cat announces more layoffs– Caterpillar Inc. announced it will lay off more than 2,300 additional employees -- from both the production and management ranks -- at four facilities, including East Peoria and Aurora. The layoffs, scheduled to begin in June, likely will last at least six months, the company said Tuesday in a news release - PEORIA Early version posted; will be updated.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x108129426

Sports

NASCAR PACKAGE: Looking at the next four races – it’s about to get wild.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/sports/pro/x1683625985/NASCAR-content-3-17-09

ILLINI: Frazier's injury gives Brock chance to write happy ending - CHAMPAIGN – The first chapter in the Calvin Brock story began when he was a freshman in 2004-05. Brock was a former Chicago Sun-Times player of the year from Chicago Simeon High School who was trying to grab the scraps of playing time on a loaded Illinois basketball team destined for the Final Four. Now, the Illini need Brock to live up to his potential if they're going to go anywhere in the NCAA tournament. By John Supinie.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/sports/big_10/x110652622

ILLINI: McCamey looks to rebound from poor showing in Big Ten tourney - CHAMPAIGN – An injury to a starter heading into the NCAA Tournament means everyone else needs to step up. That's more than evident for Illinois sophomore guard Demetri McCamey. By John Supinie.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/sports/big_10/x1683627296