NEWS

National budget 12.18.09

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

GateHouse News Service National Budget

For 12/18/09 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:

TAX PAGE FOUR-PART SERIES: This four-part series looks at new laws, how to avoid mistakes that might lead to an audit, what to do with your refund and setting yourself up for a relatively painless tax return next time around.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x967381431/Tax-page-four-part-series

YEAR IN REVIEW PAGE ELEMENTS: Find a logo and page banner that you can use for your Year in Review stories and pages.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/images/x1508037125/Year-in-Review-Page-Elements

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

Year-end content on the news service.

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

Training: APME NewsTrain Chicagoland scheduled for March

http://ghnewsroom.com/article/training-apme-newstrain-chicagoland-scheduled-march

Web Cube moments of the week

http://ghnewsroom.com/article/webcube-moments-week-17

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

LOOKING UP: Celestial navigation, reindeer style - It’s that time of year when children around the world surely ponder a great (sort of) scientific mystery. Do reindeer follow the classic system of celestial navigation when tethered to an over-burdened sleigh? While we have not heard of any reindeer flying out of northern Scandinavia or Alaska, according to the popular account, there is a band of eight on the north polar ice sheet that do just that. Weekly astronomy column by Peter Becker.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x1145293029/Looking-Up-Celestial-navigation-reindeer-style

OUTDOOR FUN: Look outside for natural stress relief -- National Wildlife Federation offers fun outdoor tips to relax over the holidays.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/health/x1431155519/Look-outside-for-natural-stress-relief

TRAVEL: Zip down to Costa Rica -- Coasting through a treetop canopy is a quintessential Costa Rican experience, and Adventure Park Costa Rica, located in Miramar, 2 1/2 hours northwest of the capital city of San Jose, not only provides the thrill of soaring far above the ground but the opportunity to admire gushing waterfalls and search for high-altitude wildlife as you fly past its home.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1439498554/Zip-down-to-Costa-Rica

GIVING LIFE TWICE: Mother to donate stem cells to ailing daughter – Ilene McBride’s mother gave her the gift of life when she gave birth to her on New Year’s Eve nearly 40 years ago. McBride¹s mother is hoping to give her daughter the precious gift of life once again this New Year’s Eve.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x985681887/Giving-life-twice-Mother-to-donate-stem-cells-to-ailing-daughter

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CANCER EXPERIMENT: Experimental treatment takes end-run around cancer -- Normally, when someone receives a stem cell transplant, it’s a bad thing if the patient rejects the donated cells.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1439498611/Experimental-treatment-takes-end-run-around-cancer

FLU: Experimental method of tracking flu activity is based on the Internet - Jamie Yood, a spokesman at the California-based Google headquarters, said the company has found a correlation between flu-related searches and how many people actually have flu symptoms and can estimate how much flu is circulating around the world. By Alice C. Elwell.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x1431157348/Experimental-method-of-tracking-flu-activity-is-based-on-the-Internet

REV. TESS BAUMBERGER: Await the turning of the tide - I wanted no part of a God who controlled things and who let my dad die as part of a Divine Plan. It was at that point that I began to lose my belief in that childhood god.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/columnists/x967381312/Rev-Tess-Baumberger-Await-the-turning-of-the-tide

RABBI RANDY KAFKA: A lesson in equanimity - These days, although I am older and hopefully wiser, I am still aware of that inner voice which is quick to judge the present moment, longing for it to be other than what it is.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/columnists/x1802479618/Rabbi-Randy-Kafka-A-lesson-in-equanimity

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

ELIZABETH DAVIES: Freebie Christmas, and a happy new deal - More than ever before, online retailers are picking up a piece of the Christmas spending season. I’ve done my fair share of the “sit ‘n shop” routine. Even my mom, who swears she hates the computer, has placed several orders online.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business/x967381282/Elizabeth-Davies-Freebie-Christmas-and-a-happy-new-deal

KEVIN FRISCH: A-shopping we will go – It’s Dec. 18 as of this writing, which means there are only -- my math was never very good -- eight shopping days until Christmas. Last-minute gift-givers are getting a bit desperate. Fret not. We’ve been saving catalogues, news articles and press releases for, oh, two days now so that we can provide some much-needed gift-giving guidance.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x967381841/Kevin-Frisch-A-shopping-we-will-go

ASK DOG LADY: Follow vet's advice when it comes to sedatives -- Dog Lady offers advice on traveling long distances with your pet, and funny dog-themed Christmas cards.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x1535676204/Ask-Dog-Lady-Follow-vets-advice-when-it-comes-to-sedatives

Entertainment

5 THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND: This week’s suggestions: “Avatar” is here! And don’t miss the 20th anniversary of “The Simpsons” and some big sports match-ups, make sure you’re prepared for Christmas and celebrate the longest night of the year.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x967376086/5-Things-to-Do-This-Weekend-Dec-18-20

- Localize it: List theater and pub info and Christmas-related happenings, and include some local ideas in the winter item.

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

AT THE MOVIES WITH GATEHOUSE

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/movies/x985682159/At-the-movies-with-GateHouse

MOVIE REVIEW: You might not want to hear about the 'Morgans' -- Hugh Grant and Sarah Jessica Parker play a pair of estranged Manhattanites holding a one-way ticket to divorce court who end up relocated to Wyoming in a Witness Protection Program in the romantic comedy "Did You Hear About the Morgans?"

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x1145293124/Movie-review-You-might-not-want-to-hear-about-the-Morgans

AVATAR: Five things to know before you see 'Avatar' -- "Avatar" is the latest big-budget film by director James Cameron of “Titanic,” “Terminator” and “Aliens” fame. Here's what you need to know before you see it.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x1535677304/Five-things-to-know-before-you-see-Avatar

MOVIE REVIEW: 'Avatar' will knock your socks off -- James Cameron's "Avatar" is a special-effects extravaganza using 3-D and motion-capture technology with such creative gusto that it'll knock your socks, stockings and 3-D glasses off.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x967381243/Movie-review-Avatar-will-knock-your-socks-off

MOVIE REVIEW: 'Avatar' will leave you feeling blue -- Director James Cameron's $300 million film gets plenty of bang for his bucks in creating a computer-generated 3-D world that feels and looks alive ¬ even if his characters do not.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x1439498455/Movie-review-Avatar-will-leave-you-feeling-blue

SNEAK PREVIEW: 'Avatar' and other new movies -- James Cameron's sci-fi extravaganza "Avatar" has arrived. By Al Alexander.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x1431155460/Sneak-preview-Avatar-and-other-new-movies

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FLICKS: Cameron takes pricey, self-indulgent risk with ‘Avatar’ - "Avatar” is coming this week. Maybe ... maybe “Avatar” will usher in a new generation of film making. Maybe ... James Cameron will establish himself as a visionary. A genius. A legend. Or maybe Cameron made a bank-busting, self-indulgent hyper-pretentious cartoon about overgrown Smurfs fighting an army of evil, wasteful, selfish, destructive and — GASP! — corporate Gargamels. By John Meo.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x1508039567/Flicks-Cameron-takes-pricey-self-indulgent-risk-with-Avatar

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MOVIE MAN: Box set features TV when it was young, good - It’s mighty hard to believe in this age of “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” and “Tool Academy,” but television was once seen as a medium for enlightenment, something that could bring genuine class and culture to the common man.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/dvds_cds/x1535677346/Movie-Man-Box-set-features-TV-when-it-was-young-good

Opinions

GRANLUND CARTOON: Obama vs. the economic crisis.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/cartoons/x1535676381/Granlund-cartoon-Obama-vs-the-economic-crisis

GRANLUND CARTOON: Christmas Day in the forest -- Cartoon for Dec. 25.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/cartoons/x967381408/Granlund-cartoon-Christmas-Day-in-the-forest

GRANLUND CARTOON: Iran’s recipe for the Mideast

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/cartoons/x967379835/Granlund-cartoon-Irans-recipe-for-the-Mideast

GRANLUND CARTOON: Obama vs. the economic crisis

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/cartoons/x1535676381/Granlund-cartoon-Obama-vs-the-economic-crisis

O’MAHONEY CARTOON: Christmas in the computer age

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1439497432/OMahoney-cartoon-Christmas-in-the-computer-age

WOOD ON WORDS: Some peaceful words, just in time for Christmas -In the news business, war gets a disproportionate share of our attention most of the time. It seems only fitting, as millions of people prepare to mark the birthday of the Prince of Peace, that we devote some attention to war’s opposite.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/columnists/barry_wood/x1535677341/Barry-Wood-Some-peaceful-words-just-in-time-for-Christmas

PHILIP MADDOCKS: Wall Street to donate ultrafast computers to needy families -- Saying they want to do their part to help the less fortunate, the chiefs of the nation’s biggest banks pledged to donate ultrafast trading computers to 10 needy families to help them rebuild their lives and their diversified investment portfolios.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x985681720/Philip-Maddocks-Wall-Street-to-donate-ultrafast-trading-computers-to-needy-families

KENT BUSH: Creative ideas for your Christmas gift list -- It's about this time every year that I realize that some people on my list are impossible to buy for. Surely you have some of those people on your list, too. But thanks to the miracle of the internet, there are some creative ideas that might help you finish your shopping.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x1431157221/Kent-Bush-Creative-ideas-for-your-Christmas-gift-list

EDITORIAL: Boomsday, here we come - Even while borrowing and overspending like no time in America's history, our members of Congress still could not bring themselves to turn off the spigot or stop feathering their own gilded nests. An editorial from the Peoria Journal Star.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/editorials/x1431157577/Editorial-Boomsday-here-we-come

EDITORIAL: If Gitmo's only changing ZIP codes, what's the point? If the prisoners being held at Gitmo must be moved, then the largely vacant Thomson prison in northwestern Illinois is as good a place for them as any. The question, for us, is whether they must be relocated. An editorial from the Peoria Journal Star.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/editorials/x1535677912/Editorial-If-Gitmos-only-changing-ZIP-codes-whats-the-point

EDITORIAL: Thomson plan worthy of support - It was as if the empty prison cells were an echo chamber: Republicans repeated the same arguments, over and over, in opposing President Barack Obama’s decision to house terrorism suspects at Thomson Correctional Center. They are wrong; we repeat, wrong. The plan is not dangerous, it is supported by Thomson residents and it is past time to move the detainees from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. An editorial from the Rockford Register Star.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/editorials/x1535677915/Editorial-Thomson-plan-worthy-of-support

News

ETHANOL BLENDS GET SUPPORT: Lawmakers back hiking ethanol-gas blends: PEORIA – A bipartisan coalition of members of Congress questions the Environmental Protection Agency's recent decision to delay increasing the ethanol blend wall in gasoline from 10 percent to 15 percent. U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Peoria, along with six of his colleagues sent a letter to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson this week. Their letter said the EPA's decision inhibits their ability to improve the quality of fuels and help the nation realize energy independence. By Karen McDonald of the Peoria Journal Star.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x1802479742/Lawmakers-back-hiking-ethanol-gas-blends

LATE BOOK: Resident returns library book 99 years overdue - Almost everyone, at one time or another, has returned a library book past the due date. We’re all guilty of it. It isn’t every day, however, a person returns a book nearly a century overdue. By Stacey Gallotta.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x967381364/Resident-returns-library-book-99-years-overdue

Business / Ag

DAVE RAMSEY: Weekly financial Q&A, with items on business partnerships and Christmas giving.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business/x1903566672/Dave-Ramsey-Say-no-to-creating-business-partners

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 small-business owner tips, BBB watch about online auctions and more.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business/x1479445900/Biz-Bits-Small-business-owners-see-silver-lining-in-the-recession

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

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- 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

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BACK TO BASICS: Value toys keep kids busy for hours -- Some families may not be able to afford expensive toys, or perhaps the most popular toys do not appeal to parents. If this is the case, perhaps concentrating on tried and true favorites may be a little easier on the budget. These basic toys keep kids occupied, promote creativity and physical activity rather than occupying them for hours with mind-rotting television and video games.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business/x967380055/Value-toys-keep-kids-busy-for-hours

ON COMPUTERS: Laptops bridge the gap with PCs in reliability – We’ve grown up with the notion that desktop PCs are more reliable than laptops. No argument. Period. Now we’re in the throes of rethinking that. In the latest PCWorld survey, notebook reliability beat desktops’ by 5 percentage points. Another factoid: Laptops are masquerading as the latest desktops.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business/x1802479404/On-computers-Laptops-bridge-the-gap-with-PCs-in-reliability

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

FANTASY FOOTBALL: A look back at a crazy week - Well, that was a circus, wasn’t it? Week 14 was about as unpredictable as any week of football I’ve seen this season. By Joey Baskerville.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/sports/pro/football/fantasy_football/x1508040738/Fantasy-Football-A-look-back-at-a-crazy-week

COLLEGE FOOTBALL NATION: The five best bowl games - Weekly column from Eric Avidon leads with item on the best bowl games, and they aren't what you might think.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/sports/college/x1535675693/College-Football-Nation-The-five-best-bowl-games