National budget 5.6.10
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RELIGION NEWS: Pilgrims head to Italy to view Shroud of Turin -- Weekly religion rail, with items on the pope viewing an important Catholic relic, a statue of Jesus is vandalized, a survey about the religious makeup of Sub-Saharan Africa, and more.
THE BEER NUT: Scaling Grand Teton to manageable portions -- Known for bottling its beers in 1-liter swing-top bottles, Grand Teton of Idaho is making a big change: The beermaker is putting 750 milliliter bottles on the shelf. By Norman Miller of The MetroWest Daily News.
BURGER BUILDING: Go beyond mustard and ketchup -- If you have not fired up the grill yet, you are long past due. There is nothing quite like burgers sizzling on the backyard barbecue, the intoxicating aroma wafting through the neighborhood. By Jennifer Mastroianni of The Repository.
BOILING POINT: Go back in time for best pork chops -- There was an era when, if you lacked a great pork chop on your menu, your restaurant venture soon would be in the dumper. Pork chops were a love of our first- and second-generation German families. They craved places called “chop houses” that specialized in taming this noble repast. By Jim Hillibish of The Repository.
JENNIFER MASTROIANNI: Treat mom to a meal at home on Mother's Day -- Plenty of moms enjoy being taken to a restaurant on Mother’s Day. Not me. If I had my druthers, I’d pick a luxurious brunch at home, followed by leisurely day in the yard with nary a thought of dishes or dirty laundry.
DIANA BOGGIA: Motherhood is challenging work, with lasting rewards -- The first official Mother’s Day was celebrated in Philadelphia on May 10, 1908. It is not simply another opportunity for card companies to make money. It is a day to celebrate and honor all mothers, maternal bonds and motherhood itself.
GREEN THUMBS UP: Tending the spring landscape -- As darkness fell on a pleasant springtime evening, I reluctantly gathered my tools and retreated from the peaceful solitude of my awakening gardens. Despite hours of raking and clipping, so much remains to be done. Spring growth and bloom periods are running several weeks ahead of typical years due to mild spring weather, making it increasingly difficult to extricate leaves and debris from the previous growing season. By Suzanne Mahler.
SUZETTE MARTINEZ STANDRING: The Mother Ship only feels like it's sinking -- My daughter was born when I was 19, not a child bride but a bride with child. I was scared and unprepared with not so much as one babysitting gig under my belt. Star is now 36 and raising two children of her own.
STEP UP TO THE TAP: Celebrate drinking water this week -- We use it in everything from our mom's famous chili recipe to making the grass a little greener. The water that comes out of the tap is used to hydrate our bodies and put out burning buildings. In celebration of Drinking Water Week (May 2-8), we think everybody should stop, have a glass of water and think of all the ways tap water makes life a little easier. By Deanna Wheeler of the Lake Sun.
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!
SNEAK PREVIEW: 'Iron Man 2' and other new movies -- Robert Downey Jr. returns to the scene of his greatest box-office triumph. By Al Alexander of The Patriot Ledger.
MOVIE REVIEW: 'Iron Man' sequel still packs a punch -- While "Iron Man 2" lacks the pizzazz of the original, it still has Robert Downey Jr. to shake things up as the superhero with a super ego and super psychoses. He's also super in cracking wise. By Bob Tremblay of The MetroWest Daily News.
THE FARR SIDE: Betty White remains unstoppable as comedy force - I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like her or doesn’t have a fond memory of one or more of her television roles through the years. She’s just as much a part of TV as the television screen itself. And she's set to host this weekend’s "Saturday Night Live" with musical guest Jay-Z. By David T. Farr.
DAVID ROGERS: Cloudy skies ahead for music ownership - Shopping for music could become as obsolete as the 78-rpm record or 8-track tape (sorry), and sooner than you know. The Financial Times recently reported that Apple is widely expected to offer a streaming music service as part of iTunes. Streaming allows you to listen to songs on the Internet without downloading them.
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Iron Man’ sequel is nothing but pile of scrap - The appeal of the “Iron Man” franchise is a phenomenon that continues to escape me. But while I found the original somewhat tolerable, its leaden sequel, the cleverly titled “Iron Man 2,” drove me bonkers. By Al Alexander.
CONNOLLY: Billy Connolly is Scotland's gift to comedy - The journey is as enjoyable as the destination when Billy Connolly does his stand-up routine. When Connolly starts telling a story, he’s likely to take really, really long detours along the way. The tale of his sister fetching her purse takes a bizarre turn and becomes a one-act opera, complete with vocals. By Peggy Mullen.
PAM ADAMS: A front-row seat to latest attempt at terrorism -- Somewhere around 6:30 p.m. last Saturday, I was still wandering around Times Square -- the heart of Times Square, as my brochure describes the area -- trying to decide if I wanted to get last-minute tickets for a Broadway play or take a cab up to Harlem for last-minute tickets to an otherwise sold-out show at the Apollo.
GRANLUND CARTOON: The hole in homeland security
BRITT CARTOON: Lady Liberty has some advice for Mexican immigrants.
EDITORIAL: Keeping America safe, through skill and luck - Confronted with a smoke-spewing SUV in New York's Times Square that had a crudely wired bomb inside - but little else in terms of definitive evidence - law enforcement officials deserve applause for being able to track down, arrest and reportedly secure a quick confession from Pakistani-born U.S. citizen Faisal Shahzad, all within 53 hours. By The Peoria (Ill.) Journal Star.
EDITORIAL: It's prom season; know your teenagers' plans -- Many communities are in the midst of prom season; it's a time when even compliant kids experiment with pushing parental limits, and risky behavior becomes the norm. From the Rockford Register Star.
CHARITA GOSHAY: Little League scuffles a symptom of adults' childishness -- Proponents of organized sports argue that league play is necessary to teach kids fundamentals and sportsmanship, but if we adults can’t control ourselves, perhaps they’d be better off figuring it out themselves. As Americans, we’re obsessed with fairness, yet we frequently ignore the biggest lesson that sports offers us: Even when you play by the rules, you don’t always get a cookie.
LLOYD GARVER: Immigration - deal with it - Those who know me may be surprised, and you can call me whatever you want: a racist, a bigot or even a right-wing wacko. However, someone of my ilk has to step forward and say that immigration has gotten out of hand. I know they are our "next-door neighbors," but that doesn't mean they can crash into "our house" whenever they want. These people have a different culture, and I don't think we should weaken our culture by having so many of them around. That's why I feel we definitely have to address the situation of Canadian immigrants.
KENT BUSH: Are higher gas prices an act of God? - In Texas, oil is king. That's why their governor is willing to blame anyone for the oil spill except the oil companies. I don't think Texas Gov. Rick Perry was really blaming God for the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. But he did say, "from time to time there are going to be things that occur that are acts of God that cannot be prevented."
Business / Ag
BIZ BITS: Weekly business column, with tips on office attire, warning from the BBB about moving companies and more.
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.