National budget 4.1.10

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

GateHouse News Service National Budget

For 4/1/10 editions

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NEW SITE LAUNCHES: The news service received a makeover his week. To learn more about the changes, follow this link:

SITE UPDATE: Where is RadarFrog, and how do I download hi-res photos? Find out at


GO GREEN: Comedian keeps it green.

MOTHERS DAY PAGE: Learn what flowers can express your feelings for Mom:

READER CALLOUT: Share your prom photos:

STRETCHED PRODUCTS NOW RADARFROG: April's Stretched editions are out, now branded as RadarFrog:

Info sheet on the change:

Half-page on saving water:

Coupon book with stories on a budget road trip, meat-counter savings and getting the most out of garden tools:

MEMORIAL DAY PAGE: Learn about the nation's war memorials.


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.

RELIGION NEWS: British church prays for confused voters -- Weekly religion rail, with items on the Church of England, a survey on religion-related media coverage, and more.

DR. LIZ MATZKIN: STOP sports injuries in young athletes -- Nationally, more than 3.5 million kids younger than 14 are treated each year for sports injuries. As orthopedists, we know that childhood sports injuries leave kids vulnerable to more activity-based injuries as children and adults, and can contribute to long-term degenerative diseases like osteoarthritis.

DIANA BOGGIA: Keeping things calm in the grocery store -- Shopping can be madness with a young child, if you’re not prepared. Stress levels of both children and parents seem to rise in stores. I see lots of crying children out and about. Many have learned that if they cry loud enough or long enough, they will get what they want — a toy or some candy to quiet them.

A FINE ART: Your guide to making and eating perfect Easter eggs -- Eggs these days are in every shopping cart, many destined for Easter baskets. We need a perfect boiling job this time. Here's how to do it, along with how to decorate them and eat them afterward.

JENNIFER MASTROIANNI: Create some new Easter dinner traditions -- For many families, Easter foods are all about tradition. But if you are seeking some new recipes, check out a simple fruit salad from Kraft, a breakfast bread from Taste of Home, and homemade tater tots from a chef who just won the Idaho Potato Commission Side Dish Challenge at the 2010 South Beach Wine and Food Festival’s Burger Bash.

BOILING POINT: Greek quick bread a seasonal treat -- On Holy Thursday, Greek bakers get busy on their snakes. They thank the ancient Minoans for that. The “snakes” are braids of sweet dough formed into horseshoes, Greek letters, rings and twisted wreaths.

THE BEER NUT: Aloha, Kona Brewing -- If you want a little taste of Hawaii, you used to have to spend quite a few bucks to buy an airline ticket and travel several hours in a plane. Now you can just go to your local liquor store and pick up a six-pack of beer from Kona Brewing Company.

FUN FRUIT: Avocados look strange, but there's a lot to love -- They are a fruit but taste like a vegetable. Their skin is bumpy and leathery, but inside the fruit is silky and buttery. They taste terrible if they are too hard, and even worse if they get too soft and turn black. And how about that giant seed? Let’s face it, avocados are peculiar.

KENT BUSH: Life was difficult for those in Christ's inner circle - Good Friday might be the most important day in Christianity. Without the death of Jesus Christ on Good Friday, there could be no resurrection celebrated on Easter Sunday.

REV. TESS BAUMBERGER: Passover, Easter and liberation - Archbishop Desmond Tutu writes that liberation is costly, “Even after the Lord delivered the Israelites from Egypt, they had to travel through the desert. They had to bear the responsibilities and difficulties of freedom.” In this Passover and Easter season, I am contemplating themes of liberation in both stories, because of course they intersect.

BRIAN MACKEY: Everyday food lovers will eat up ‘Sporkful’ - "The Sporkful" is a great new podcast and Web site that explicitly targets eaters, not foodies. Its hosts spread highbrow discussion over lowbrow food in tightly edited programs.


SUDOKU FOR APRIL: Sudoku puzzles (645-672) for April are available. Follow the link below or visit our Puzzles category.

SNEAK PREVIEW: 'City Island,' 'Clash of the Titans' and other new movies -- Andy Garcia tries to get back to his indie roots with "City Island," and the gods go crazy in "Clash of the Titans."

FLICKS: ‘Titans’ 3-D remake looks to be a much-hyped bore -- "Clash of the Titans” opens this weekend. Here’s IMDB’s plot summary: “The mortal son of the god Zeus embarks on a perilous journey to stop the underworld and its minions from spreading their evil to Earth as well as the heavens.”

MOVIE REVIEW: 'Clash of the Titans' a monumental failure - Remake of "Clash of the Titans" is an epic struggle of dollars, demigods and disappointment. By Al Alexander.

MOVIE REVIEW: 'The Last Song' sings off-key - "The Last Song." One can only hope. OK, that's snarky. This arthritic male, who's clearly not a member of this movie's young female target audience, actually finds its star, Miley Cyrus, appealing. I also believe she has talent as a singer and she may even prove she has talent as an actress, but she won't help her cause if she keeps choosing movies that pile on every cliche in the cliche handbook as this one does. By Bob Tremblay.

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Last Song’ sings a familiar tune - Miley Cyrus, trying so hard, but fighting against vapid material and pedestrian direction, plays Ronnie Miller, a girl so unhappy with everything and everyone since her parents divorced that she’s given up playing piano and has, like in that old Taj Mahal blues song, put her face in a  permanent frown. By Ed Symkus.

THE FARR SIDE: Going Gaga over music’s newest sensation - You’ve probably heard more news about singer Lady Gaga than you care to admit. By David T. Farr.

5 THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND: This week’s suggestions: Check out “Clash of the Titans” or the latest Tyler Perry movie; celebrate International Children's Book Day, “observe” Global Astronomy Month, celebrate Easter and get ready for the return of baseball.


GRANLUND CARTOON: President Obama's offshore drilling proposal

GRANLUND CARTOON: Record flooding in New England

GRANLUND CARTOON: Census workers visit the Easter Bunny family.

CONROY CARTOON: Sarah Palin, queen of the Tea Party.

BRITT CARTOON: Obama on offshore oil drilling.

O'MAHONEY CARTOON: Facebook and cyberbullying.

Business / Ag

DAVE RAMSEY: Weekly financial Q&A, with advice on what to do with an inheritance and how to deal with creditors.

INCENTIVES: There are lots of incentives to buy low-energy appliances - Utility companies and the state and federal government offer a range of incentives to consumers who buy energy-efficient appliances. By Amy Littlefield.

AUTO BITS: Get online to find great travel deals - Weekly auto rail, with a tip on finding travel deals, Car Q&A with Junior Damato and more.

SHOESTRING LIVING: Frugal fixes speed home sales - Last month, a friend sold her house in 10 days. I remember a time when stories like this were so common that selling a home seemed like child’s play. I’m not sure if my friend’s story is a sign that our sleepy housing market is starting to stir, but it does cause me to think about how folks might be better positioned for home sale success these days. By Molly Logan Anderson.

CHECKOUT LANE: A sump pump will keep your basement dry -- When massive amounts of rain flood your basement, it might seem impossible to ever dry out. However, there is a way to keep your home from getting water damage: Sump pumps are small pumps designed for use in basements to clear out water that could potentially damage your home. By Lana Lagomarsini of The Patriot Ledger.

MAKING CENTS: A flight plan for your finances -- Sometimes I wonder if the expectations of a financial plan are unrealistic. Investors should not feel that a financial plan or hiring a financial planner is going to be the silver bullet that fixes all things. By John P. Napolitano.


MIKE FINE: Can Augusta handle Tiger-mania? -- Nothing untoward happens at Augusta National Golf Club, especially during Masters Week, except maybe some frowned-upon “get in the hole!” shouts that tweak the senses of the well-mannered, upper-crust elitists in their plaid pants and Tehama polos. The 2010 Masters surely will leave organizers thoroughly confounded and conflicted Monday when Tiger Woods and the circus come to town.

NASCAR PAGE: Which drivers might be better than they’ve looked so far and which might be driving over their heads?