National budget 11.4.09

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

GateHouse News Service National Budget

For 11/4/09 editions

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Niche 2010 schedule: Check out the Niche products planned for next year.

FLU SEASON: H1N1 and seasonal flu content - Stories, columns, cartoons and more on H1N1 "swine flu" and seasonal flu. If your paper has an item to share, please send it to us via Zope or e-mail it

to national@gatehousemedia.

VETERANS DAY CONTENT: Check out our collection of Veterans Day content, which will be updated as new items come in. If your newspaper has something that would work on a national scale, please Zope it to us or e-mail it to

GateHouse photos of the week

Thursday APME/Poynter Webinar: 'Managing Comments On Your News Site'


MORNING MINUTES: We've expanded what we're offering in Morning Minutes to provide your paper with more options and to give your readers a couple more interesting tidbits. It now includes Word of the Day, Web Site of the Day, Number to Know, This Day in History, Today’s Featured Birthday and Daily Quote.

HOME HELP: Weekly home rail, leads with TV set-up safety, and includes quick kitchen upgrades, a home-selling tip on protecting our privacy, and more.

HOME PAGE: Go green with infrared.

FAMILY TIME: Weekly family rail, with winter pet tips, a review of “Michael Jackson’s This Is It” and more.

AUTUMN FLAVORS: Four recipes at the root of fresh fall cooking -- As the trees slowly give away their leaves, coating the ground with a vibrant palette of reds, yellows and oranges, tastes shift from summer¹s corn and tomatoes to fall¹s bounty of squashes and root veggies.

GOOD GARLIC: What’s good and bad about garlic – Garlic’s reputation has promoted more than 2,500 health studies, but most are for marketing, not medical science.

TRADING POST: Pumpkin and apple recipes - When it comes to autumn recipes, those with pumpkins and apples jump to mind. By Kathryn Rem of the State Journal-Register.

BEER NUT: Sam Adams rolls out new barrel-aged beers - Boston Beer Company has just released its Samuel Adams Barrel Room Collection, a series of three new beers brewed and bottled exclusively at the Jamaica Plain brewery. By Norman Miller.

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SEASONAL CHEESECAKE: Pumpkin Brandy Cheesecake a tasty spin on traditional dessert -- Cheesecake: Have it topped with berries, a dollop of whipped cream or just as is. It’s comforting, delicious and it just seems to be the perfect creamy treat.

BOILING POINT: Latkes traditional at Hanukkah, delicious any time – Lucky for us, it’s kosher to eat latkes year-round -- not just for Hanukkah. They are so simple, so delicious, but so complex in meaning and history.

HEALTHY BREAKFAST: 100 years ago, breakfast cereals were health foods -- Today, they might be nothing more than breakfast cereals. But those who dined on them each morning a century ago were told the cereals brought them good health.

KELLEY BALDWIN: Answering kids' difficult questions -- Being a parent is about loving your child. Nurturing them. Providing a safe place to live, and food for the table. Giving them opportunities to grow, sharing in their education, teaching them values like respect and compassion. At least that’s what all the manuals say. Not that I’d know. They’re propping up the wobbly

table in the basement at the moment.

DIANA BOGGIA: Is your child misbehaving or misunderstood? -- There are lots of things that can add to morning stress, one of which can be a child who refuses to get dressed. I’ve worked with so many families whose child is absolutely intolerant of the feeling of an uneven sock seam, the rough feeling of jeans or the sandpaper feeling of a shirt.

LOST IN SUBURBIA: Playing telephone - “Hedddoooo,” I said into the phone. This is not how I normally greet people, but I was so congested I couldn’t speak and my head felt like it was stuffed into a pair of Uggs. “Hey, Honey,” my mom said in a cheery mom voice. “Oh, you sound terrible!” “I hab da flu,” I said, in a very uncheery voice. By Tracy Beckerman.

FACES OF HONOR: Faces of Honor helps those who help U.S. - PEORIA – U.S servicemen and women who suffer facial injuries in combat may be eligible for free reconstructive medical care through a national group of plastic surgeons. About 170 doctors with the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery are participating in the new Faces of Honor program, which was launched in October. The program complements the academy's Face to Face program, which began in 1992 and provides free medical care to victims of domestic violence and children overseas who suffer facial deformities. By Elise Zwicky of the Peoria Journal Star. To localize: Are local plastic surgeons participating in the program?

SHOESTRING LIVING: Clean up your act with these cheap, green house products - I’m constantly feeling the push and pull between being green and saving some green. I consider myself eco-minded, but sometimes environmentally friendly products include a hefty price tag, leaving me looking for other ways to ensure that I’m using affordable products that are safe for my family and the environment.

GOURDS: Versatility makes gourds useful for holidays - PEORIA – They are never in the leading role. They're rarely ranked as supporting actors. No, for all their versatility, ornamental gourds are almost always the extras of the fall decorating season. From Halloween to Thanksgiving, they fill in, accent and adorn porch decorations and tabletop centerpieces, pumpkin displays and fall cornucopias. By Pam Adams of the Peoria Journal Star.

SURVIVOR: Wellfleet fisherman talks about surviving harrowing journey of sinking vessel - A routine day of dragging for sea scallops turned into a harrowing near-disaster on Oct. 28 when the Carol & Allison started to take on water and her dredge became hung up on the bottom of Cape Cod Bay. By Marilyn Miller.

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BUCKLE UP, BABY: Following car seat rules saves lives -- State governments are increasingly passing laws that require children younger than 8 ride in a car seat or booster seat. But safety experts recommend keeping kids in booster seats even longer ­ until they¹re tall enough to fit correctly in an adult seat belt, usually at 4 feet 9 inches tall and between 8 and 12 years of age.

MESSAGE IN A BALLOON: Strangers nearly 150 miles away find messages from students' balloon release -- It was a typical blustery Kansas day on the first day of school for the Wellington Christian Academy. After hours filled with meeting new teachers and classmates, the student body gathered outside for their annual event ‹ the balloon release.

PREVENTATIVE HEALTH: Workplace wellness programs help reduce health risks -- With concerns rising about health care costs and insurance, a number of employers are taking steps to improve workers' health by implementing wellness programs and encouraging lifestyle changes that reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke and other kinds of illness.

To localize: What types of wellness programs do businesses in your community offer? Do they offer incentives to encourage healthier living? Free exercise facilities? How much money in health care costs do they save?


5 THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND: This week’s suggestions: Check out one of the good movies opening this weekend, including “Disney's A Christmas Carol”; see this week’s good reads suggestions; attend a Sadie Hawkins event; watch some sports; and celebrate Veterans Day.

- Localize it: Add movie theater, library, bookstore, pub info; add info about Sadie Hawkins events or suggest good places to go on a date; and list Veterans Day activities.

SUDOKU: Puzzles for November (491-525) are available for download. Previous puzzles are linked to in this file, or visit our Puzzles category.

STARE AT GOATS: Clooney and Bridges ham it up for the military satire 'Men Who Stare at Goats' -- It’s odd enough seeing the characters that George Clooney and Jeff Bridges play in the oddly titled, Iraq-set satirical film “The Men Who Stare at Goats." It gets even weirder when the two actors get together to promote the film, when they end up going on so many tangents that they seem to forget what they’re there to talk about.

DVD REVIEW: Nirvana Live at Reading.

CAPTAIN LOU: Wrestling's Captain Lou Albano was often imitated, never duplicated -- The recent passing of legendary wrestling manager Captain Lou Albano struck a chord with members of a certain generation. Now in our mid-40s, we were part of the last group of wrestling fans to enjoy the sport before it became corrupted with Vince McMahan’s vulgar vision.


GRANLUND CARTOON: Check out his Veterans Day cartoons in our package:

AMANDA JACOBS: Coming to terms with swine flu phobia - In May, I wrote a light-hearted column about swine flu. I said I felt silly for worrying about the virus and concluded that it was really nothing to be concerned about. And I think most of the world came to the same conclusion as I did. After the initial flurry of fear when the virus emerged in the spring, H1N1 faded from the spotlight over the summer as our national attention turned to more important things like Jon and Kate’s divorce.

PETER CHIANCA: A Yankee Doodle, do or die? -- As a native New Yorker living in the Boston area, I’ll admit to having a complicated relationship with the Yankees. Not as complicated as the relationship between A-Rod, his wife and Madonna, but still ...

EDITORIAL: Time to speak truth to ourselves on health care - Months into this health care reform debate, and the disconnects with reality continue to confound. We are neither endorsing nor rejecting anybody's health care bill. What we wish to explore instead in this piece are the inconsistencies and contradictions that many members of the U.S. public and those they elect to represent them continue to espouse as Congress approaches this historic vote on just how universal health care ought to be in this nation. An editorial from the Peoria Journal Star.

EDITORIAL: The value of the U.S.’s good reputation - We share the view - as does President Obama - that the Nobel decision was embarrassingly premature. But recovering America's international standing from the damage done by Bush is not inconsequential, and it is a result not just of Obama's color, but of his efforts, beginning months before his election, to project a different image to the world. By MetroWest Daily News.

EDITORIAL: GOP in the wilderness - Much as some would like to paint Tuesday's election results as a referendum on Barack Obama, odd-year elections typically turn on local issues and candidates, telling us little about the national elections that follow them by a year. By The MetroWest Daily News.


THE JOY OF SAVING: Americans are finally beginning to rediscover the joy of saving - PEORIA – The global financial crisis may have pushed many Americans to start saving this year, but Carl George saw the need to promote the value of the piggy bank five years ago. The senior executive partner and former CEO of national accounting firm Clifton Gunderson, George said the American Institute of CPAs first launched a financial literacy campaign in 2004. By Steve Tarter of the Peoria Journal Star.

VETERANS BURIAL: Veterans burial bill gets House approval - A bill that would allow parents of fallen veterans to be buried with their adult child in U.S. military cemeteries gained additional Congressional support today after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Corey Shea Act in an overwhelming 382-2 vote. By Stacey Gallotta.

Business / Ag

DAVE RAMSEY: Weekly financial Q&A, with item on saving money and emergency funds.

SHOESTRING LIVING: Clean up your act with these cheap, green house products - I’m constantly feeling the push and pull between being green and saving some green. I consider myself eco-minded, but sometimes environmentally friendly products include a hefty price tag, leaving me looking for other ways to ensure that I’m using affordable products that are safe for my family and the environment.

BIZ BITS: Weekly business rail, with tips on choosing a career in the new economy, BBB warning about charity sites online and more.

CHRISTMAS SHOPPING: Study predicts a lean Christmas shopping season - Many shoppers are expected to gravitate to discounters and downplay gift-giving in favor of get-togethers as they try to keep spending under control this holiday season. Two-thirds of shoppers polled in a recent survey by BIGresearch on behalf of the National Retail Federation say the nation’s economic doldrums will throw a damper on their holiday spending plans. By Steve Adams.

- Localize it: add some local quotes, flavor; insert your state's info in 10th graph.

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CHECKOUT LANE: Leaf removal is a breeze if you have right equipment - Leaf blowers can be the perfect solution to leaves all around, but choosing among the several types depends largely on the size of your yard and personal preference. By Sara Castellanos.

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- Localize it: Talk to salespeople in your area; list prices, stores.

MAKING CENTS: Good reasons for updating an estate plan - There is little doubt among tax experts that the estate-tax rules will likely change before the end of the year, but complete estate plans deal with a lot more than just taxes. And while I am one of the biggest advocates that you'll ever meet when it comes to reducing or eliminating estate taxes, this article is going to focus on all of the non-tax reasons that you may need to consider while updating your estate plan. By John P. Napolitano.

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TENDING TO SOGGY CROPS: Farmers use rare dry day to tend to soggy crops - PEORIA – Continued delays have made this one of the slowest and latest harvests in state history. To date, only 19 percent of the Illinois corn crop has been harvested, according to Monday's crop report from the Illinois Department of Agriculture. That's the slowest since 1967, when only 10 percent of the harvest was complete on Nov. 1. By Steve Tarter of the Peoria Journal Star. To localize: Check with local farmers and see if they've been able to take advantage of dry weather so far this week.


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