National budget 5.7.10

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

GateHouse News Service National Budget

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News

GULF OIL SPILL CONTENT

THIS WEEK IN WEIRD: In this week’s edition, a man gets prison for tattooing a baby, police arrest a “ninja,” a man is hurt by a falling ottoman and more.

MEDICINE RECALL: Parents worried as pain relievers for kids recalled -- Shannon Bjorkman has been using children’s Tylenol for her daughter Hannah since she was born 11 months ago. Now, as Hannah’s teeth begin to come in, and she needs it most, Bjorkman is at a loss. Last week, more than 40 varieties of children’s medicine, including Children’s Tylenol and Motrin, were voluntarily recalled. By Katy Fitzpatrick of The Patriot Ledger.

TEXTING DANGERS: Crash survivor's message: Don't text while driving -- Aaron Brookens met the media wearing a T-shirt that read “Lucky” across the chest. He said he wished he had one that read “Blessed.” Brookens, 20, of Beloit, Wis., talked about his experience after smashing his pickup into the rear end of a semitrailer truck at highway speed the night of April 18. He’d been using his cell phone to text his girlfriend while driving. By Mike DeDoncker of the Rockford Register Star.

Lifestyles

MOTHER'S DAY CONTENT

ASK DOG LADY: How to handle noisy dog owners -- Dog Lady offers advice on noisy early-morning dog walkers, and helps an owner whose dog prefers one specific member of the family.

KITCHEN CALL: The evolution of America's moms -- Everyday kitchen chores have changed in our mothers' and grandmothers' lifetimes. In fact, growing and preparation of food has changed more over the last 50 years than it has over the entire course of history.

CUSTOM-MADE JOINTS: Replacement knees now a perfect fit -- Five weeks after knee replacement surgery, Toby Tyler likes to brag that he played 36 holes of golf. Compare that to his first knee replacement surgery more than a decade ago when he says it took six months before he felt he could fully trust that knee. By Jennifer Davis of the Peoria Journal Star.

MARYJEANNE HUNT: Supermarket savvy for healthy eating -- It's that time of year again. Sleeves become shorter. Legs dare to be unveiled. Toes begin to peek out from underneath their fluffy blankets of winter slipper fuzz. Those who make their living in the diet industry are probably about to undergo an all-too-temporary respite from the economic meltdown. Good for them. But is it good for the rest of us?

WOOD ON WORDS: Capitalizing on the Latin word for ‘head’ - My last word last week was “capitalized,” in the financial sense. The sentence before that one contained the “capitalized” that refers to the use of uppercase letters. As a reader pointed out in an e-mail this week, there’s also the idiomatic phrase “capitalize on something,” which means “to use something to one’s own advantage or profit.” That one isn’t out of place in the world of high finance, either. By Barry Wood.

Entertainment

AT THE MOVIES WITH GATEHOUSE: Our collection of movie reviews, columns and more.

MOVIE REVIEW: 'Please Give' a highly amusing tale of five women -- There’s nothing overtly deep or stirring about “Please Give,” Nicole Holofcener’s slice of upper-middle class Manhattan life, but you so thoroughly enjoy spending time with her lovable, deeply flawed characters that it hardly matters. By Al Alexander of The Patriot Ledger.

MOVIE REVIEW: 'Babies' is about babies being babies -- This sweet, charming, kind-of-fluffy documentary opens with a couple of Namibian toddlers playing in the dirt, banging rocks, fighting, crying and drooling. Then it flashes back to “a few months earlier,” when one of them was born. By Ed Symkus of The Patriot Ledger.

MOVIE MAN: Meet the folks who make the ads - Advertising history — at least, recent history — is the focus of “Art & Copy,” a fascinating but frustrating 2009 documentary that celebrates the modern advertising agency in all its slick, sophisticated — and shallow — glory. By Will Pfeifer.

HOLOFCENER: Director Nicole Holofcener talks about filmmaking - Nicole Holofcener’s newest film, the dramatic-comedy “Please Give,” is the fourth feature she’s written and directed, after “Walking and Talking,” “Lovely & Amazing,” and “Friends With Money.” Astute fans of movies will note that all four star Catherine Keener. By Ed Symkus.

INDELIBLE MUSIC: Holmes Brothers' latest album showcases rock 'n' soul --  When music writers are faced with compiling annual best-of-the-year lists, the smart ones immediately check to see what the Holmes Brothers have released. Starting with 2001’s “Speaking in Tongues,” the trio with the stripped-down sound and the gospel-tinged vocals have released some of the most indelible music on the planet. By Jay N. Miller of The Patriot Ledger.

ALBUM REVIEWS: Recent and recommended - Capsule reviews on recent releases from Melissa Etheridge, The Hold Steady, Josh Ritter, Peter Wolf and The Contrast. By Peter Chianca.

Opinions 

BRITT CARTOON: 'Tase me hard at the ballgame.'

GRANLUND CARTOON: Wall Street jitters

EDITORIAL: We need to learn from Gulf oil spill - Some lessons can be learned from the ruptured oil well in the Gulf of Mexico that is spilling 210,000 gallons of oil every day and could be the biggest environmental disaster in a generation. By The State Journal-Register of Springfield, Ill.

Business / Ag

IPAD: Taking the iPad for a trial run - The short answer? Yes, you want one. But do you need one? That’s the real question, and the answer is a bit more complex. By Doug Levy.

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.