NEWS

National budget 12.15.09

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

GateHouse News Service National Budget

For 12/15/09 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.

Contacts: Jean Hodges, (630) 348-3350, (630) 956-8834, jhodges@gatehousemedia.com

Michael Toeset, (630) 348-3356, (630) 835-8870, mtoeset@gatehousemedia.com

Notes:

BEST OF 2009: Click the link below to go to a budget of year-end items the news service is expecting over the next couple of weeks. Available now is a Niche year-end page, and links will be added as we receive your copy. If your newspaper is planning something that works on a national scale – e.g. Best Movies of 2009 or Top 10 Songs of 2009 – please let us know by e-mailing national@gatehousemedia.com.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/homepage/x1903560869/Best-of-2009-content

'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 national@gatehousemedia.com.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/special_reports/x1945265215/Tis-the-season-GateHouse-holiday-content

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

http://ghnewsroom.com/article/holiday-pages-tabs-adorn-gatehouse-news-service

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

http://www.ghnewsroom.com/article/gatehouse-2010-niche-schedule

Jean Hodges: A News Service New Year

http://ghnewsroom.com/article/news-service-new-year

Video: This week with the News & Interactive Division

http://ghnewsroom.com/article/week-ni-basics-and-beyond-training-wraps

Lifestyles

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.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/morning_minutes

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Weekly food rail, with items on dining on the railroad, adding celery root to your menu, a simple recipe for Rice Krispie Treats and more.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/homepage/x1769700527/Food-for-Thought-Dining-on-the-railroad

FOOD PAGE: Tasty presents.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x1479445157/Weekly-Food-page-Tasty-presents

NEW-LOOK COFFEE TABLES: Intriguing shapes, materials bring whole new look to the simple coffee table - PEORIA – We have seen delightfully weird coffee tables - from a time capsule/coffee table to conversation-piece coffee tables birthed from old chicken crates, Depression-era gas pump cylinders, cobbler's benches, and an antique "body removal" container only a funeral director could appreciate. That was last week. This week, we turn to delightfully weird coffee tables of a different sort. The difference, for the most part, is the difference between coffee tables destined for historical museum and coffee tables at home in an art gallery. By Pam Adams of the Peoria Journal Star.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/home_and_garden/x1903567062/Intriguing-shapes-materials-bring-whole-new-look-to-the-simple-coffee-table

ASK THE VET: Winter can be hazardous to your pet - What pet hazards should I be aware of this holiday season? Weekly pet Q&A with Dr. Ray Cahill.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/family/x1669487668/Ask-the-Vet-Winter-can-be-hazardous-to-your-pet

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SNOWBLOWER SAFETY: Protect your fingers when clearing clogs -- When a snowstorm drops several inches of snow, you expect slippery streets, power outages and downed tree limbs. What you might not expect is a finger or hand injury that comes from using your snowblower improperly.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/health/x1508037218/Snowblower-safety-Protect-your-fingers-when-clearing-clogs

SHOESTRING LIVING: Eco-friendly is frugal-friendly - I’m sure, like most folks, you’re struggling to do right by everyone and everything all the time. Like deciding which organic foods are worth the extra money, figuring out how to fit volunteering or exercise into your schedule, or finding ways that you can green up your home and therefore, our world. By Molly Logan Anderson.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x1769699075/Shoestring-Living-Eco-friendly-is-frugal-friendly

PETER COSTA: Words that look and sound funny -- Long ago and in a galaxy far away, when desks still had holes in them to accommodate inkwells, a teacher presented me with a book about words. She gave me the book not because I needed remediation, but more because I was, as hipsters used to say in the 1960s, an etymology head.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x819334584/Peter-Costa-Words-that-look-and-sound-funny

Entertainment

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

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x1076978543/Sudoku-puzzles-526-553-December-puzzles

SUDOKU JANUARY: Puzzles for January (554-581) are available for download. Previous puzzles are linked to in this file, or visit our Puzzles category.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/puzzles/x1792921242/Sudoku-puzzles-554-581-January-puzzles

BOB TREMBLAY: Crazy about movie psychopaths -- Gary Lewis and the Playboys once sang that everybody loves a clown. But what about psychopaths? Where's the love for these barbaric lunatics? It just so happens that numerous thespians and moviegoers have displayed a deep affection for these deeply disturbed individuals for decades. Who wouldn't like to play or watch a character who gets to misbehave with maniacal gusto?

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/dvds_cds/x1903564612/Bob-Tremblay-Crazy-about-movie-psychopaths

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WIZARD OF OZ: 'Oz' anniversary DVD celebrates a classic at 70 - What better way to celebrate a seminal 1939 fantasy -- in no small part responsible for the success of “Lord of The Rings,” “Star Wars” and “Harry Potter” -- than to give it a 21st century makeover? By Margaret Smith.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/dvds_cds/x1488823942/Oz-anniversary-DVD-celebrates-a-classic-at-70

- With photo

CATHOLIC ANSWER MAN: Reverend is the Catholic answer man - PEORIA – The Rev. John Dietzen began answering questions about the Catholic faith in 1968 when he was associate editor of the Catholic Post. More than 40 years later, Dietzen is still responding to readers as he tackles some of the church’s biggest trouble spots with two new books. By Pam Adams of the Peoria Journal Star.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x2010183294/Reverend-is-the-Catholic-answer-man

Opinions

BRITT CARTOON: On Santa and global warming. Will be posted this evening in this category:

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/cartoons

GRANLUND CARTOON: The homeless and the holidays.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/cartoons/x819334473/Granlund-cartoon-The-homeless-and-the-holidays

MATTHEW CASEY: The advent of legalized loan sharking - When I opened my credit card account several years ago, the introductory interest rate was 0 percent. By last summer, it was 19.99 percent. Last month, it was increased to 23.99 percent.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business/columns/x1769701362/Matthew-Casey-The-advent-of-legalized-loan-sharking

- With column mug

- With link to part 1 of this series

EDITORIAL: Student didn’t deserve punishment for Jesus drawing - Second-grader had to undergo a psychiatric evaluation and was suspended after drawing a picture of Jesus on a cross. How ridiculous. The child was just doing his assignment. He wasn’t drawing this picture to cause any harm. By Taunton Gazette.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/editorials/x819334890/Editorial-Student-didn-t-deserve-punishment-for-Jesus-drawing

- With link to news story about this

EDITORIAL: Afghanistan's multiple lessons – Which one to take? - As the first American servicemen and women prepare to deploy to Afghanistan as part of a 30,000-person troop surge, they are marching in the footsteps of history. The 1979 Christmas Eve invasion by the Soviet Union caught the United States and the rest of the world by surprise. Most didn't initially know how to perceive it, other than as another contemptible act of Soviet aggression. That was made clear in this Dec. 29, 1979, editorial our predecessors wrote under the headline, "Soviets in Afghanistan." An editorial from the Peoria Journal Star.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/editorials/x2010183167/Editorial-Afghanistans-multiple-lessons-Which-one-to-take

News

JESUS DRAWING: Second-grader suspended over drawing of Jesus - A Taunton, Mass., father is outraged after his 8-year-old son was sent home from school and required to undergo a psychological evaluation after drawing a stick-figure picture of Jesus on the cross. By Gerry Tuoti.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/x1903566705/Second-grader-suspended-over-drawing-of-Jesus

- With photo

- With link to editorial about this

CHRISTMAS TREE: Quincy bank branch gets its Christmas tree back - A Christmas tree was back on display at a Citizens Bank after managers had a change of heart on a policy that led to the tree’s removal last week. By Jack Encarnacao.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1669487684/Quincy-bank-branch-gets-its-Christmas-tree-back

Business / Ag

TRAVELING WITH LAPTOP: Watch that laptop when traveling - PEORIA – If you are planning on getting a laptop computer for Christmas, your first New Year's resolution might be to keep track of it when traveling through a big-city airport. According to a recent study, the number of reported laptop thefts continues to rise, with 12,000 of them lost or stolen from business travelers each week at U.S. airports. By Steve Tarter of the Peoria Journal Star.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business/x1479447248/Watch-that-laptop-when-traveling

SHOESTRING LIVING: Eco-friendly is frugal-friendly - I’m sure, like most folks, you’re struggling to do right by everyone and everything all the time. Like deciding which organic foods are worth the extra money, figuring out how to fit volunteering or exercise into your schedule, or finding ways that you can green up your home and therefore, our world. By Molly Logan Anderson.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x1769699075/Shoestring-Living-Eco-friendly-is-frugal-friendly

BIZ BITS: Weekly business rail, with tips on getting your debt under control, a warning from the BBB about fake H1N1 emails and more.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business/x441561730/Biz-Bits-Tech-shopping-Beauty-meets-the-best-tech-in-new-crop-of-gadgets

CHECKOUT LANE: How to choose a quality snowboard - If you’ve vowed to pick up snowboarding this winter, retailers say you should make quality a priority when purchasing a snowboard. Consumers should first consider what the board is made of, said John Byrne, owner of Buckles & Boards Ski & Surf in Marshfield, Mass. By Sara Castellanos.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business/x2010180631/Checkout-Lane-How-to-choose-a-quality-snowboard

- With photos

- Localize it: Talk to shop owners in your area to get quotes, info.

FINE PRINT: You can stay warm and keep your utility bills in check - The recent bone-chilling cold left no doubt that winter is on its way. That means we'll all be cranking up our thermostats this month to adjust to the change in the seasons. By The Patriot Ledger.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x819332455/Fine-Print-You-can-stay-warm-and-keep-your-utility-bills-in-check

MAKING CENTS: Teach your children well about money - In the past several years, much effort has been introduced in the area of financial literacy. From the financial planning association to the American Association of CPAs and Junior Achievement, there are many programs designed to raise the bar on everyone's base knowledge of personal financial matters. Having been an educator, radio and TV commentator and your weekly host right here, I have concluded that a greater effort is especially essential for our children. By John P. Napolitano.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business/x819332453/Making-Cents-Teach-your-children-well-about-money

- With column mug

Sports

NASCAR PAGE: The weekly page will return just before the season starts next year.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/homepage/x1792908441/NASCAR-page-Take-it-from-the-top