National budget 5.17.10

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GateHouse News Service National Budget

For 5/17/10 editions

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WAKE UP CALL! Localizing mine safety

NEW BLOG: Like words? Do we have a blog for you …


WEEKLY NIE PAGE: Test your word knowledge in time for the Scripps National Spelling Bee

BRIDE MAGAZINE: Technology helps plan, broadcast weddings







JEFF VRABEL: White Castle candles are what Americans crave - White Castle earlier this month announced the launch of its very own scented candles, an absolutely legitimate product that has the goal of spreading White Castle love while making your house smell pretty much like a delightful combination of abandoned onions and my grandparents' kitchen.

SHOESTRING LIVING: Pushing through setbacks - Every living being has experienced setbacks. Whether you’ve splurged on ice cream during a diet or spent money you hadn’t planned on spending, the feeling is still the same. Think of it as “spender’s remorse.” You spend the calories or spend the cash; either way, your actions still result in guilt and disappointment.

HEALTH WATCH: Keep feet comfy, even in flip-flops - Tips for flip-flop wearers, new research on staying on a diet, how to control your blood pressure, and more.

POP CULTURE: Some of these surveys leave you pet-rified - Several times each year, a new study, survey or poll is released about differences between “cat people” and “dog people.” By Dennis Volkert.

ASK THE VET: Dogs deal with allergies, too - Many pets are allergic to pollen, and some are allergic to indoor allergens such as dust mites. Also, just like in people, some pets have allergic reactions to bee stings and certain types of spider or insect bites. By Dr. Ray Cahill.


GRANLUND CARTOON: Gulf oil spill blame game.

RICK HOLMES: A big fence isn't enough - Start with the basics: Can we agree we have an immigration problem? Most of us can also agree that it's a difficult problem. That's why it hasn't been solved. And it's got several components that "build a bigger fence" or "just enforce the law" don't solve.

Business / Ag

AUTO BITS: What you need to know to improve your vehicle’s longevity - Weekly auto rail, with tips on car maintenance, Car Q&A with Junior Damato and more.

PAUL EISENSTEIN: The truth about fuel economy - What you thought you knew about increasing mileage may be wrong.

ON COMPUTERS: One scam can trigger an avalanche -  If you should fall for a scam, your problems have just begun.

CHECKOUT LANE: Find the right grill for your barbecue - Lu Dos Santos, owner of Alltown Gas Grills & Propane in Weymouth, Mass., says gas and charcoal are the most common grills and understanding the differences is important before you buy. “It’s two different worlds.” By Lana Lagomarsini.

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