National budget 5.5.10

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

GateHouse News Service National Budget

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News

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Lifestyles

MOTHER'S DAY CONTENT

HOME HELP: Transform your attic into a stylish bedroom -- Weekly home and garden rail, with four ways to create an attic bedroom, lawn mower safety tips, a guide to gardening gloves, and more.

HOME DÉCOR: Home's style is more than just modern -- Yes, it’s modern. Yes, there are touches of Asian flair. And yes, there are traditional elements, too. This makes it difficult to attach a one-word description to the style of this open ranch, home to a Rockford, Ill., couple and their two grade-school-age daughters. By Jennie Pollock of the Rockford Register Star.

DELICIOUS DANDELIONS: Winning recipes prove dandelions can be delicious -- A 29-year-old chef from Columbus, Ohio, claimed the top prize at a recent Dandelion Cook-Off that drew competitors from around the Midwest. Phillip Gulis of M. Restaurant created a holiday-worthy rolled pork tenderloin with a dandelion and dried cherry filling and a blackberry wine reduction sauce. Pretty slices were served atop homemade dandelion fettuccini. By Saimi Bergmann of The Repository.

TRADING POST: Daffodil cake and portobello burgers -- Looking for a light, spring cake? Janice Butler of Springfield, Ill., shares her recipe for Daffodil Cake, a marbled, orange-flavored cake with lemon buttercream icing. By Kathryn Rem of the State Journal-Register.

KATHRYN REM: sherbet satisfies ... when it's spelled correctly -- Sherbet or sherbert? When it comes to spelling and pronunciation, I remain a sherbet snob.

FRANK MULLIGAN: No Snus is good Snus -- On an evil scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being devil worship and 2 being failure to recycle, the correspondence we received in last week’s mail was a solid 7. Snus, which originated in Sweden, is a tobacco product in pouches you can pop under your lip that doesn’t induce spitting like chewing tobacco. The foldout postcard in sky blue was titled, “Change the rules.”

GARY BROWN: Colors are key to a good vegetable garden - In order to help you as much as possible with spring planting, without actually doing any of the digging, here is my guide to what you should or should not plant in your gardens.

MOM WORKOUTS: Moms altering their workout routines to keep an eye on children - Caring for kids often means time spent on other tasks — such as exercise — comes at a premium. A temporary leave of absence from watching “Lost” may not have life-altering consequences. But missing out on daily exercise can take a toll, especially for anyone who suffers from depression, lack of sleep or loss of energy. So what’s to be done? By Carol Sponagle.

- Embargoed until May 9 (Mother’s Day)

LOST IN SUBURBIA: The true gift of Mother’s Day - As I was perusing the card aisle, I noticed that Hallmark had already started replacing their Mother’s Day cards with Father’s Day cards, and I realized I’d better start thinking about what to get my mother this year before my only remaining option were stuffed teddy bears left over from Valentine’s Day.

Entertainment

5 THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND: This week’s suggestions: Check out Robert Downey reprise his role as Iron Man, observe 65th anniversary of V-E Day, participate in the Stamp Out Hunger food drive, observe World Migratory Bird Day and, most importantly, celebrate Mom!

FLICKS: ‘Iron Man 2’ has a lot to live up to - Who’s got two thumbs and is taking Friday off to see “Iron Man 2”? It’s this guy. Anyway, while my excitement for this movie is off the charts, I have some reservations. These are problems all sequels face, but some handle them with grace and skill, others just choke. By John Meo.

HOLD STEADY: Album review: The Hold Steady, ‘Heaven is Whenever’ - What happened to Craig Finn? The Hold Steady frontman still isn’t singing, exactly, but he’s certainly emoting more than he has on the band’s previous albums. Add to his newfound vocal maturity some serious lyrical ambition and you have another winning release by one of the best rock ’n’ roll bands out there, period. By Peter Chianca.

Opinions 

GRANLUND CARTOON: Vigilant vendors in Times Square

SHERMAN CARTOON: GOP and Dems and the election pool.

O'MAHONEY CARTOON: Gas prices sneaking up on drivers.

CURT SMITH: Faith in government fading - According to a new poll by the Pew Research Center, a historically low 22 percent now trusts government.

PETER CHIANCA: Betting on turbines and casinos in Massachusetts - For those of you out in the rest of the country who may be wondering, there’s more to Massachusetts than just taxes and liberals. We also have clams. And lately, we have two controversies that have been dominating discussion here: the debate over whether to allow wind turbines and casinos.

MICHELLE TEHEUX: The land of the free ... if you’re white - I admit I had no immediate plans to visit Arizona, but if I did I’d have canceled them by now. Last time I checked, America was the land of the free, a place where we aren’t required to have our documents in order just to walk down the street. There are places in the world where the police can stop you and demand to see your identity papers, and you’d better by gosh have them on you.

Business / Ag

PAUL A. EISENSTEIN: New Jag built for speed -- In a somewhat surprising turn of events, Jaguar is now a part of ambitious Indian automaker Tata’s fast-growing empire. And what may be the most important test for Jaguar and its new owner is this month’s launch of the all-new XJ sedan.

COLLEGE GRADS: More debt, lower salaries await many college graduates -- Many high school and college students are learning that a bachelor’s degree, once viewed as the gateway to a comfortable middle-class lifestyle, is becoming less of a sure bet in the face of rising college costs and a postgraduation job market under siege by the recession. By Sean F. Driscoll of the Rockford Register Star.

To localize: Do local college admissions counselors see students avoiding post-high school education because of the poor job market? Supplement with financial aid information from your local colleges.

SUMMER JOBS: Summer jobs for students harder to find this year --  Memo to high school and college students looking for summer jobs: You should have started yesterday. Adult workers and the economy are squeezing the summer job market, and some jobs simply aren’t there this year. By Chris Dettro of the State Journal-Register.

To localize: Speak to businesses in your community that typically hire summer help. Are they not hiring temporary workers this year because of the tough economy? What advice do career advisers have for young job-seekers? Are there certain places in your community that are hiring as usual?

DAVE RAMSEY: Laid off and waiting - Weekly financial Q&A, with advice on getting back into the job market and dealing with adult son who's borrowing money.