National budget 11.24.09

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

GateHouse News Service National Budget

For 11/24/09 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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NOTE: Most of our weekly rails and some of our weekly columns have already moved this week in advance of the holiday.

HOLIDAY TV PAGE: We’ve put together a page showcasing some popular TV shows and movies, as well as when they’ll be on this season.

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.

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

Niche offers Thanksgiving pages, ads and more.

BLACK FRIDAY CONTENT: Here are some links to Black Friday content. We’ll continue to add to this package as we get content from you, so check back often.

'TIS THE SEASON: GateHouse holiday content -- Christmas and holiday content from GateHouse News Service. If your paper has something that would work on a national scale, please Zope it to us or e-mail it to

HOLIDAY PAGES, TABS. Find out what the news service is offering for the holidays this year.

VIDEO UPDATE: What’s happening this week with the News & Interactive Division


MORNING MINUTES: 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, with cookie-baking tips, an easy recipe for roasted squash with potatoes and garlic, a review of Fannie May cheesecake, and more.

- Moved early because of Thanksgiving

FOOD PAGE: The ultimate cookie exchange.

HOME HELP: Weekly home rail, leads with setting the mood with indoor and outdoor lighting, how to correctly use a dehumidifier, tips for choosing a rake, and more.

- Moved early because of Thanksgiving

FAMILY TIME: Weekly family rail, with a review of the new "Twilight" movie, surviving-the-holidays tips for single moms and more.

- Moved early because of Thanksgiving

RELIGION NEWS: Weekly religion rail leads with a live nativity displayed in Washington, D.C., and includes items on a marathon swim to benefit a chaplaincy, getting to know religious scholar Huston Smith, and more.

- Moved early because of Thanksgiving

THANKSGIVING FOR DIABETICS: How to have a diabetic-friendly Thanksgiving - SPRINGFIELD – What can diabetics do as they face the challenge of the Thanksgiving meal? Start by surveying the food selections for the meal before making a plate, said Cynthia Ledbetter, MSN, CDE, nurse practitioner at Southern Illinois University Department of Family Medicine. By Todd Smith of the State Journal-Register.

NEW THANKSGIVING SIDES: Altering Thanksgiving menu: Focus on the sides -- Modernizing the T-Day menu is fraught with land mines, not the least of which allegedly cause deceased relatives to roll over in their graves. There’s a good reason we always have exactly the same main course as years past.

VEGGIE THANKSGIVING: Vegetarians at Thanksgiving dinner? Whip up delicious meat-free meals - There are typically enough dishes that do not contain meat to satisfy most vegetarians at Thanksgiving. If you want to make a thoughtful gesture, however, for a vegetarian or vegan guest, we’ve compiled a list of some of the more popular, seasonal vegetarian entrées. By Kiki Benson and Jeanie Burke for the Rockford Register Star.

TURKEY OR TURDUCKEN? Your guide to Thanksgiving's main meal - As Thanksgiving approaches, it’s time to think about how you will prepare your bird. Preparing a whole turkey is a complicated endeavor. A whole bird involves at least 10 pounds of meat, skin and bone. Something has to be done with that cavity. A meat thermometer must be procured. By Lainie Steelman of the McDonough County Voice.

SHOESTRING LIVING: Strategies for holiday spending survival - It’s here. Black Friday is just days away, and the shopping season is in full swing. If you’re like me, you feel a bit of panic begin to rise as the days grow shorter and the festivities slip closer. With unprecedented unemployment and tightened budgets everywhere, I imagine I have a lot of company this year. By Molly Logan Anderson.

PARTY TALK: How to talk your way to popularity at any party -- By avoiding conversational landmines and learning how to make small talk effectively, you can be the hit of any social gathering. By Kathryn Rem, SPRINGFIELD

TURKEY TAKE-OUT: More families getting Thanksgiving dinner delivered - Restaurants and caterers are finding increasing demand for prepared Thanksgiving meals, as more families outsource their holiday dinner preparation. By Steve Adams.

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- Localize it: Talk to caterers, other companies in your area to add quotes, etc.

APOCALYPSE: It's the end of the world as we know it: Millions still awaiting doomsday - Like millions of evangelical and Pentecostal American Christians, the Rev. Paul Haynes is watching and waiting for the second coming of Jesus Christ. And like most of them, the retired New Hampshire pastor is resisting the urge to predict the date. By Lane Lambert.

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APOCALYPSE SIDE: End of the world? It’s happened before - There have been plenty of predictions that Armageddon was upcoming. And in movie theaters, fresh panic is setting in, thanks to “2012” – a blockbuster premised on the “fact” that on Dec. 21, 2012, all hell would break loose. By Lane Lambert.

REV. TESS BAUMBERGER: Practicing gratitude - As the holidays approach, what keeps coming to my heart is gratitude – gratitude for all the gifts in my life and in my work. So let me invite you to join me in the spiritual practice of gratitude.

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SUZETEE MARTINEZ STANDRING: Blind jewelry designer sees God clearly - Jewelry designer Susan Michel of New York brings a unique insight into gifts. Her one-of-a-kind castings and jeweled flowers are surprising. What is most unexpected is that she is blind. Yet no one would know.

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5 THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND, THANKSGIVING EDITION: This week’s suggestions: Catch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, watch some Thanksgiving football, get out of the house for a movie, start your Christmas decorating and prepare to shop.

- Localize it: Add any pertinent information, e.g. add local parade info, local sports tournaments/games, hot shopping spots, where to get Christmas trees, etc. And feel free to swap out any items for more local happenings.

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

SUDOKU: Puzzles for December (526-553) are available for download. Previous puzzles are linked to in this file, or visit our Puzzles category.

POP CULTURE: Long and short of a lengthy Thanksgiving classic - The song most closely associated with Thanksgiving is (arguably) “Alice’s Restaurant,” Arlo Guthrie’s sprawling folk narrative from 1967. By Dennis Volkert.

MOVIE REVIEW: Gorgeous to look at, but this ‘Mr. Fox’ is not so fantastic - Wes Anderson's “Fox” is a fox, a vision to behold, but he besmirches the name of Roald Dahl, whose beloved masterpiece he has gutted and twisted into an unrecognizable mess. By Al Alexander.

MOVIE REVIEW: Father and son take a harrowing, honest journey through a post-apocalyptic world in 'The Road' - A man (Viggo Mortensen) leads his 10-year-old son (Kodi Smit-McPhee) to a new life in a warmer, less violent climate and along the way instructs him on how to shoot himself if he’s ever in danger of being captured by cannibals. Drawn from the canon of author Cormac McCarthy, “The Road” is about what happens when civility and morality give way to Darwinism in its most basic form. By Al Alexander.


GRANLUND CARTOON: On the real 1621 Thanksgiving menu.

GRANLUND CARTOON: Osama bin Laden a turkey who continues to beat the odds

GRANLUND CARTOON: The original undocumented immigrants – pilgrims.

O'MAHONEY CARTOON: On holiday travel.

O'MAHONEY CARTOON: On Native Americans, turkeys and Thanksgiving.

KENT BUSH: Let Thanksgiving be the start of a new outlook -- We're doing it wrong. We constantly dwell on our problems and the challenges that make life tough for us. We never stop long enough to realize how well off we really are. In this Thanksgiving season, many of us will finally take time to make a positive account for things in our life that we are fortunate to have.

LLOYD GARVER: The Heroes of Health Care - I hate to admit it, but some political strategists are geniuses. They have taken something that has been hated, reviled and scorned by Americans for generations and turned it into an institution that many now believe we must protect, foster and preserve. No, I'm not talking about telemarketers who call during dinner. I'm talking about the medical insurance industry.

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PETER CHIANCA: 22 (more) reasons to be thankful -- Around this time each year I like to take a moment to remind my readers that there are still plenty of reasons to be truly thankful. And if I can say that from my perch here in the newspaper business, you can certainly come up with something.

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CHAZY DOWALIBY: Get over yourself and think about others - The next time you’re playing shopping cart dodge ’ems, pounding the comment keypad, zipping blithely between lanes, or flipping that phone, take a breath and THINK. Think about one other person who might be affected by what you are doing.

EDITORIAL: Doctor’s advice more important than guidelines - If you are a woman between the ages of 40 and 50 facing whether to have a mammogram every year, every other year or not at all, we won’t tell you what to do. That’s a decision between you and your doctor. Of this, though, we are sure: The controversy over a recommendation by a government panel of doctors and scientists is a needed reminder that our tools to detect and predict the course of breast cancer are not precise enough. An editorial from the Rockford Register Star.


THANKSGIVING EXPENSES: Trim your expenses this Thanksgiving - PEKIN – You may dread the Thanksgiving feast as the holiday season’s first big bite out of your family budget, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Planning is the key for making the Turkey Day meal a little easier for your wallet to swallow, according to Kathy Meier, family nutrition coordinator for the University of Illinois Extension office in Tazewell County. By Art Drake of the Pekin Daily Times.

THANKSGIVING PRICES: Prices for Thanksgiving menu items have dropped - Turkey, stuffing, cranberries, pumpkin pie and the rest of the traditional trimmings for a classic Thanksgiving dinner have dropped four percent in price this year, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation. By Sara Castellanos.

HOLIDAY RECESSION: How will the economy affect holiday spending? -- How much money will you spend this year on holiday shopping? If you’re like many people, you’re feeling cautious about the economy, and that will affect your holiday spending.

To localize: Speak to families and retailers in your community. How are families saving money this holiday season? What actions are stores taking to attract consumers? Is your town changing its holiday celebrations in response to the recession? Speak to the area chamber of commerce.

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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FOOD PANTRIES: Area food pantries stretched by economy, families in need - The mention of the holiday season generates a rush of scents and tastes - stuffed turkey, mashed potatoes, fresh-baked pies - and triggers memories of full bellies and warm homes. But according to local food pantries, those holiday traditions will be a struggle for many families this year as the economy has added extra strain on household incomes. By Melanie Graham.

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TO LOCALIZE: Check with your own food pantries to see if they need donations or expect a greater need this year.

Business / Ag

DAVE RAMSEY: Weekly financial Q&A, with items on investing and home equity loans.

- Moved early for Thanksgiving

PAUL A. EISENSTEIN: 2010 Nissan Leaf turns heads -- While the 2011 Nissan Leaf is small, its crossover-style design offers a surprising amount of interior space in a stylish package. And its new, lithium-ion battery helps improve range – to 100 miles per charge – enough to more than adequately cover the daily driving needs of the typical American motorist. But the really pleasant surprise came when I slipped behind the wheel of a Leaf prototype.

CONSUMER WATCH: Black Friday may be shtick, but it can still be a good deal -- Black Friday, our newest unofficial holiday, will dawn cold and cheap to thundering herds of price-crazed shoppers. At least that’s the hope of retailers. With the Christmas shopping season often fickle, they never know for sure. Black Friday is an example of media and commercial fabrication. It is not the busiest shopping day sales wise and pales to the day after Christmas.

SHOESTRING LIVING: Strategies for holiday spending survival - It’s here. Black Friday is just days away, and the shopping season is in full swing. If you’re like me, you feel a bit of panic begin to rise as the days grow shorter and the festivities slip closer. With unprecedented unemployment and tightened budgets everywhere, I imagine I have a lot of company this year. By Molly Logan Anderson.

BIZ BITS: Weekly business rail, with a tip on a hot career, BBB advice on shopping online this holiday season and more.

- Moved early because of Thanksgiving

CHECKOUT LANE: The basics of buying a turkey - Chick Piantedosi, owner of Piantedosi’s Butcher Shop in Plymouth, Mass., says prices will be cheaper for frozen turkeys, but fresh ones taste better.

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- Localize it: Get quotes from a local turkey seller, add prices at local grocery stores.

MAKING CENTS: Don't worry, be happy this Turkey Day - With the stores full of turkeys and cranberries, I am reminded that not all people love the holidays. It reminds people of lost loved ones, family grievances or simply tolerating some of your least favorite people for your entire day off. But in celebration of Thanksgiving Day this year, I am going to ask you to shift your focus from what you do not like to what you do like and appreciate.

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FINE PRINT: How to find the best bargains on Black Friday - The best day for bargain shopping is just around the corner, and we can't think of a better person to provide advice about navigating all the deals on Black Friday than Edgar Dworsky, the founder of the Web site.

CAT’S 100 YEARS: Cat celebrates 100 years of global trade - PEORIA – It was 100 years ago - Nov. 24, 1909 - that the first Caterpillar machine crawled outside the United States. The company's first export was to a sugar plantation in Mexico, a rather auspicious beginning to the part of the business that today has Caterpillar one of the top global manufacturers and exporters in the world. By Paul Gordon of the Peoria Journal Star.

HOMEBUYER TAX CREDIT: Home buyer tax credit extension a big boost - PEORIA – The U.S. government did more than simply extend the tax credit for first-time homeowners recently. The federal program was expanded to include longtime homeowners. Bill Embry, president of the Peoria Area Association of Realtors, said there was a good reason the government elected to expand the program: It worked. By Steve Tarter of the Peoria Journal Star.

SWEET HOUSE: Have $24.5 million? Weston mansion is an abode above all -- Looking to relocate? A nice home just hit the market in Weston. If you long for a quaint, small place to put your feet up, relax and never have to worry about getting lost in your own home, this abode might not fit your style. Those who want their new digs to include a hair salon, private spa, home theater and a waterfall, however, can step to the front of the line.

- Art: photo gallery


NASCAR PAGE: 2010 preview page. NOTE: This is our last page of the 2009 season. The weekly page will return just before the season starts next year.

WILD TURKEYS: Wild turkeys still flock to Thanksgiving tables - SPRINGFIELD – It may come as a surprise to some, but not all Thanksgiving turkeys come with a pop-up thermometer. The eastern wild turkey still has a place at the table – as it may have had during the first Thanksgiving celebration in 1621. One of the two written accounts of the first Thanksgiving includes a reference to wild turkeys in abundance around the Plymouth colony. Today, some hunters still insist on getting their turkey from the “great store” of wild turkeys in the Illinois woods instead of that other store with a freezer section. By Chris Young of the State Journal-Register.