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National budget 11.10.09

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

GateHouse News Service National Budget

For 11/10/09 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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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 national@gatehousemedia.com.


THANKSGIVING CONTENT: Click the link to see Thanksgiving content on the news service. We will update the package as new items come in, so check back often. If your paper has something that would work on a national scale, please Zope it to us or e-mail it to national@gatehousemedia.com.


What’s happening this week with the News and Interactive Division


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.


FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Weekly food rail, leads with a book that reveals the secret of baking macarons, and includes and easy recipe for Yankee pot roast, a recipe substitution tip for buttermilk, a mini food quiz and more.


FOOD PAGE: Give a fig about figs.


DARIN ST. GEORGE: Turn up the heat on your training -- Want to kick up your training routine? Tell somebody about it. That's what I did recently, with great results.


DR. MURRAY FEINGOLD: Pregnancy harder after miscarriage -- A miscarriage in the first three months of pregnancy, also called a spontaneous abortion, is not an unusual occurrence. It has been estimated that approximately 50 percent of all conceptions miscarry. At times, the miscarriage occurs so early in the pregnancy, the woman is not aware that she was pregnant.


FAST FITNESS: Fitness in 10 minutes a day -- Can you really get fit with just 10 minutes of exercise a day? If you're sitting on the couch not doing anything, that's all you need to start losing weight, said Sean Foy, a California exercise physiologist and author of "The 10-Minute Total Body Breakthrough."


SHOESTRING LIVING: Frugality, gratitude and giving back - Gratitude is sometimes tough to find when living a frugal life. Most of us didn’t initially choose this way of living and occasionally feel that by being frugal, we are depriving ourselves of something, anything. It’s easy to look around and see all that I can’t have right now. Frugal blogger Kelly Rigotti of www.almostfrugal.com feels that gratitude is imperative in order to succeed with frugal goals.


FLU IN SCHOOLS: Teachers using creative methods to deal with H1N1 – When recess came around at Clinton Elementary School in Clinton, N.Y., last week, third-grade teacher Sarah Hullar stayed indoors with a handful of her students. In what’s become a common practice this autumn, she and other teachers used the recess period to teach lessons to students who had been out sick for several days with the flu. UTICA


To localize: What are schools in your area doing to help students who have missed school days with flu? Are teachers adjusting their lesson plans or offering extra help? Are they worried about standardized tests?

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?

DOWNSIZING: Downsized home leads to relaxed lifestyle - PEORIA – A home tour is a perfectly respectable opportunity to do something otherwise frowned upon in polite society. In a word: snoop. But Jerry and Sophie Agatucci are so gracious, so welcoming that you get the sense that they would open their home to anyone, anytime. But, rather than take that chance, theirs is one of five homes on this year's annual Yule Walk, the main fundraiser for the Opera Illinois League. The home is an example of how downsizing doesn't have to mean giving up flexibility. By Jennifer Davis of the Peoria Journal Star.


CANCER DIAGNOSIS AND RESPONSE: What to say when the diagnosis is cancer - When an acquaintance or loved one is diagnosed with cancer, it can be tough knowing what to say. Your relationship with the person - how close you are, how well you know him or her - may influence what things you'll feel comfortable saying. But there are general tips that apply to everyone. By Tara McClellan McAndrew of the State Journal-Register.


GARY BROWN: Holiday ideas that could make you the life of the party – Today I got a catalog of potential holiday gifts. A towel with “FACE” printed on one end and “BUTT” on the other. A set of pink flamingo lawn ornaments. And a pen that emits an electrical shock to anybody who picks it up. This is going to be a great Christmas. Maybe not for you, if you know me.


FRANK MULLIGAN: Old enough to know better - Who came up with the idea that “50 is the new 30?” I’m willing to wager this month’s mortgage payment that it wasn’t a 30-year-old. This whole age thing is subject to interpretation. For instance, prehistoric people’s life expectancy could be as low as 25, making their catchphrase something along the lines of “25 is the new I’m not dead yet.”


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DANNY HENLEY: Blame it on the genes -- U.S. researchers report finding that people with a particular gene variant performed more than 20 percent worse on a driving test than people with a different DNA sequence. Approximately 30 percent of Americans have the variant, according to the research team at the University of California Irvine.



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


VETERAN’S BOOK: Medic takes a gritty look at his time in Iraq in acclaimed memoir - When Michael Anthony headed off to serve as a medic in Iraq, he thought it would be like a John Wayne movie. It turned out to be more like an episode of "M*A*S*H" - except it was anything but funny. He was surrounded by rampant drug abuse, crass extramarital affairs and corrupt and incompetent officers, putting their own interests ahead of the needs of their soldiers, even when they were depressed enough to try to commit suicide. By Rebecca Hyman.


ALBUM REVIEW: 'Los Lobos Goes Disney,' by Los Lobos -- "Los Lobos Goes Disney" sounds like a really, really bad PG-rated movie. And yet in actuality, it's a really, really entertaining cover album from one of Los Angeles' most enduring rock bands, one that plays just as well for kids as it will for adults.




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




SUE SCHEIBLE: Widow finds Milton WWII vet’s letter about combat 45 years later - On Veterans Day, Mary Ferson of Milton will again read a letter that her late husband, Dick, wrote in 1945 when he was a combat engineer in the Army during WWII. She found the letter, describing his combat experiences, in 1990, five years after he died. The letter revealed experiences he had kept to himself and still moves his widow and children.


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ED WELLS: This Veterans Day, we must pledge to do better - Yes, it’s Veterans Day, time to reflect and think about our current situation around the world. It’s a special time to thank the men and women who have put their lives on the line in our military. It’s also time to remember those who are currently in battle in Iraq and Afghanistan.


JIM FALL: Commemorate all those who served so nobly -- Who do these memorials and these annual memorial services honor? The 43.2 million men and women who have served in America¹s armed forces ‹ from the 217,000 Revolutionary soldiers to the 2.2 million in uniform for the Gulf War. (An additional 1.4 million servicemen, worldwide, had been involved in the War on Terrorism through 2006).


EDITORIAL: Thank you, veterans -- Seeing the gray hair and the lines that care and worry have etched on their faces, it¹s sometimes hard to imagine the veterans of Vietnam, Korea and World War II were ever young. But at one time, they were young men and women. And at a time in their lives when many of us were chasing our dreams, fixing up old cars, or just hanging out with our friends, they were making some pretty big sacrifices. NEOSHO, Mo.




- Dr. Phil on the Fort Hood shooter:


- Harry Reid accepts the health care reform baton:


- Hardships of the first Thanksgiving:


MARC MUNROE DION: The revolution has been halted by the semi-involved voter - Despite the decline in voter participation over the decades, the hugely involved don’t decide elections. The semi-involved decide elections. The semi-involved can hate a politician so much that they’ll end that politician’s career, but the semi-involved don’t like broad change. The semi-involved are the natural enemy of, and counterbalance to, the hugely involved.


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DEIRDRE REILLY: Happy to be driving for Thanksgiving instead of flying - Soon I will be heading home for Thanksgiving – down to Columbia, Md., where I was raised. My family and I will be driving down due to a syndrome our family suffers from called “Looking for Airline Tickets Way Too Late.” If I hear anyone else say, “Hey, you’re so lucky - Jetblue and Southwest now fly right down to Baltimore from Boston for like $49,” I am going to eat a whole gallon of ice cream with a very large spoon, standing in front of the sink while staring into space. You only get that price if you book a decade ahead of time.


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PHIL LUCIANO: Work wanted ad a sign of the times - You knew the economy was bad, but not this bad. Folks like James Fleisch are trying just about anything to land a job. In fact, he has taken an extraordinary step: He took out a classified ad seeking work as a bartender.



HITLER: Bridgewater police chief: Protests comparing Obama to Hitler are offensive but legal - Acting Police Chief Michael Bois said the protesters in Bridgewater comparing President Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler do not seem to be breaking any laws. “What we’ve seen was offensive but not illegal,” Bois said. By Rebecca Hyman.


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FORT HOOD MOM: Mother of Fort Hood soldier recalls panic - When Elaine Huska’s longtime friend told her to tune into the news of a shooting spree at Fort Hood on Thursday afternoon, she immediately wondered if her 29-year-old son was a victim of the madness. Army Pfc. Shaun O’Dell, Huska’s youngest of three children, is a wheeled vehicle mechanic stationed at Fort Hood. O'Dell was not injured. By Betsy Lopez Fritscher of the Rockford Register Star.


Business / Ag

SHOESTRING LIVING: Frugality, gratitude and giving back - Gratitude is sometimes tough to find when living a frugal life. Most of us didn’t initially choose this way of living and occasionally feel that by being frugal, we are depriving ourselves of something, anything. It’s easy to look around and see all that I can’t have right now. Frugal blogger Kelly Rigotti of www.almostfrugal.com feels that gratitude is imperative in order to succeed with frugal goals.


PAUL A. EISENSTEIN: Nissan going electric -- Nissan Motor Co. is charged up for electric propulsion. Over the summer, the Japanese automaker announced plans to launch production of its Leaf battery car in 2011, initially for fleet buyers and then, in 2012, for retail customers. But at the recent Tokyo Motor Show, Nissan revealed that’s just the beginning.


BIZ BITS: Weekly business rail, with job-hunting tips, BBB Watch about first-time homebuyers tax credit 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: Choosing the best pet care option - Holiday travel can be stressful, especially when you have to decide what to do with your pets while you’re away. Choosing to leave your pet with a sitter or to board it for an extended stay depends on its age and temperament. By Sara Castellanos.


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- Localize it: Talk to pet sitters in your area to add quotes, info

MAKING CENTS: Renters can insure against loss, liability - Whenever the topic of insurance for property damage or theft comes up, it commonly gets directed toward homeowners. But renters of houses and apartments need insurance, too. This is commonly referred to as renters insurance. By John P. Napolitano.


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FINE PRINT: IRS: Will swap refund checks for correct addresses - It's not every day that the Internal Revenue Service is actually looking to give you tips on how to ensure you save money. But we'll take the advice from the IRS when we can get it. In the past week, the IRS announced that it is still looking for Massachusetts taxpayers who are missing more than 1,800 refund checks that collectively total more than $2.3 million - checks that were returned to the IRS by the U.S. Postal Service due to mailing address errors. By The Patriot Ledger.


COMMERCIAL PROPERTY: More commercial property going, going, sold - ROCKFORD – A second wave of distressed properties will keep auction companies busy in 2010 — except these will be commercial and industrial properties. Auction companies have already benefited from the wave of home foreclosures. But now, as more and more businesses fail during the longest recession since the 1980s, banks are overloaded with empty warehouses, strip malls and office buildings. By Alex Gary of the Rockford Register Star. To localize: Check with local banks to see if they have seen an increase in commercial property auctions.



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