National budget 4.26.10

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Mount Shasta Herald

GateHouse News Service National Budget

For 4/26/10 editions

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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.

HEALTH WATCH: Time to replace old beauty products --  Weekly health rail, with advice for cleaning out cosmetics and skin-care products, new research indicating that tanning may be addictive, tips for beating stress with exercise, and more.

THE CHANGE: Menopause no longer the secret it used to be -- There was no “Menopause the Musical” when our mothers and grandmothers went through “the change.” There was not only no humor about this transition in a woman’s life, there was very little talk. Grandma only whispered about the symptoms to her very closest friend. By Geri Nikolai of the Rockford Register Star.

BETTER BODY: Bodybuilders stress healthy lifestyle -- In the late 1990s, Nancy Rowe was worried about diabetes. “I was predisposed to it,” said Rowe, 56. “My mom has it, my dad has it and my uncle died from it. I wanted to take precautions and stop it. I decided it wasn't going to happen to me.” What Rowe did was change her lifestyle. She started eating healthy and began bodybuilding. By Fran Perritano of the Observer-Dispatch.

GOING GREEN: Get greener ... even in a tiny apartment -- There are a lot of things you can’t do when you live in an apartment: remodel the kitchen, evict the noisy neighbors. But you can live green – even in a tiny, rented space. By Cassaundra Baber of the Observer-Dispatch.

KELLY EPPERSON: The promises and gizmos of face wash --  You know you’ve reached a “certain age” when running in to the drug store for face wash becomes a serious search for a miracle cure.

JULIE FAY: Learning a lesson at swim class -- The part of swimming lessons when all three kids are in the pool simultaneously is great. The rest – getting out the door to get to class on time; changing in the crowded locker room while trying to avoid getting dry clothes wet; shepherding a preschooler, a kindergartner and a third-grader to the right places at the right times – can be a hassle.

REV. TESS BAUMBERGER: Discovering the calm within calm - Looks can be deceiving. Most people see me as a calm person, for example, and although I have gotten used to this over time, it was a surprise at first. Internally, my experience has mostly been very different. Years ago I confessed to a friend that I often feel very anxious and tense inside. He thought there were three layers to me – calm outside, a layer of anxiety, and deeper still a core of calm. At the time I could not believe the core of calm thing, but now believe he may have been right.


MAY SUDOKU: May sudoku puzzles (Nos. 673-707) are available for download. Previous puzzles are linked to in this file as well.

POP CULTURE: Drawn to geometry and circular reasoning - Sound Feelings Publishing is holding a Spirograph art contest. I got an e-mail about it. I didn’t know I was on the Sound Feelings Publishing mailing list, but I’m glad I am. I would hate to miss a chance to write about not entering a contest. By Dennis Volkert.

GARY BROWN: Have you heard the one about National Humor Month? - April is National Humor Month. So I should tell you the joke about the three-legged chicken. If you've already heard it, please don't try to stop me. It will do you no good.

SHINEDOWN: One on one with Brent Smith from Shinedown - Lead singer Brent Smith opens up about the tour, the band and what’s most important. By Gary Darling.

A SHELL OF A TIME: Franklin the tortoise lives it up at library - Franklin is between 8 and 10 years old. He was given to the library by a boy and his mother when they could no longer care for him. He’s named after the turtle in “Franklin’s Bad Day,” a children’s book by Paulette Bourgeois and Brenda Clark. By Deborah Allard.

FURRY VENGEANCE: Brendan Fraser becomes animal enemy No. 1 in 'Furry Vengeance' - Brendan Fraser and co-star Brooke Shields promote their family comedy “Furry Vengeance,” which opens Friday. By Dana Barbuto.


GRANLUND CARTOON: Goldman Sachs and Wall Street

CONROY CARTOON: The death of common sense.

SHERMAN CARTOON: Rod Blagojevich fishing for redemption.

SHERMAN CARTOON: Banks wanting handouts.

BRITT CARTOON: On Wall Street regulations.

RICK HOLMES: A question of trust -- America's great, complicated debate on health care reform was, in many minds, a referendum on government. No matter how expensive and inefficient the health care system is, at least half the people became convinced throwing more government at the problem would just make it worse. The well-heeled opponents of financial reform are using the same template.

JIM HILLIBISH: I'm told I need an iPad -- I just finished reading the umpteenth gushing review of the Apple iPad. These praise the device as an invention, something radically new, the Next Big Thing — techno-fabuloso. So I find myself once again yelling at my computer (this alarms my wife). The computer-pad concept, originally called a “tablet,” has been around for years. Apple just put its trendy badge on it (and big price).

LORETTA LAROCHE: 'Ta-dah' moments make life more enjoyable -- A childlike “ta dah” blesses the moment you’re in. It permits you to enjoy wherever you are and to realize, more often than not, that you choose to be there.

BILL MOYERS AND MICHAEL WINSHIP: Crocodile tears on Wall Street - The Tea Party crowd should be demanding accountability from Bank of America, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, Morgan Stanley, Wells Fargo and scores of hedge funds and private equity firms that constitute what we loosely call Wall Street.

KEVIN FRISCH: Coffee, tea or prevarication? - It should come as no surprise that the Tea Party movement has generated — along with considerable discussion and debate — a counter-movement of sorts, the Coffee Party. Now, along with coloring states red and blue, television graphics departments can use little teapots and coffee urns to designate conservative and liberal strongholds.

JEFF VRABEL: Chicken and Evo Morales - Last week Bolivian president Evo Morales, as part of his last-ever invitation to speak at a climate change conference, took the opportunity to make a couple of slightly off-topic points: 1. Capitalism is dumb and 2. Chicken and Coke are responsible for all of the baldness and homosexuality in the West.

Business / Ag

SHOESTRING LIVING: Are big-boxes a big deal? - I love shopping at big-box stores. For a family of five, it makes perfect sense to buy oversized packages of toilet paper and paper towels and even fruits and vegetables. We’re a bunch of blueberry lovers around here, and nothing makes me happier than the huge container of blueberries I purchase at Costco. By Molly Logan Anderson.

AUTO BITS: How your tires can save you money - Weekly auto rail, with a look at low rolling resistance tires, Car Q&A with Junior Damato and more.

PAUL A. EISENSTEIN: Carmakers ramping up incentives -- With the spring selling season upon us and competition heating up in the car market, makers are coming up with the most lavish rebates and incentives we’ve seen in more than a year.

CHECKOUT LANE: Tips to finding the perfect camera -- In general, there are two main types of cameras you can buy: the point-and-shoot and the SLR. Mike Adams, manager of Ritz Camera in Braintree, Mass., says a point-and-shoot camera, which has many automatic features, is good for beginners and novices. The single-lens reflex is the top choice of professionals. By Lana Lagomarsini of The Patriot Ledger.

MAKING CENTS: Update your estate plan -- Under the current federal estate tax laws, there is no federal death tax. Of course, no one believes that this situation will remain the same for long, but where it goes is still up for debate. The cold hard facts are that federal laws will be different on Jan. 1, 2011, or sooner, and many states are likely to have changes, too. By John P. Napolitano of The Patriot Ledger.

ON COMPUTERS: truly useful websites -- Great websites are compelling because they provide unique services. That’s a rarity in our generic Web world, where you can get the same info on 50 sites. The envelope please: My nominations for the Most Truly Useful Websites of 2010. By Jim Hillibish of The Repository.


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