National budget 5.18.10

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WAKE UP CALL! Localize new immigration survey



WEEKLY NASCAR PAGE: Drivers align for all-star race

BRIDE MAGAZINE: Technology helps plan, broadcast weddings






GREEN GREENSBURG: Greensburg, Kan.: Leaner and greener than before tornado - A recent rash of tornadoes erupting across a huge swath of the Southern Plains signaled a sudden strengthening of what had been an exceptionally mild tornado season. It also marked the time to pay tribute to the poster town for devastation and rebuilding in the face of massive odds, Greensburg, Kan., which faithfully hosts a community-wide celebration each year as tornado season swings into high gear. By Candace Krebs of the Ag Journal.


FAMILY TIME: Keep dogs healthy and happy this summer - Tips on keeping your dog healthy, a review of “Robin Hood” and more.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Add healthier items to your grilling menu - Healthier grilling options, an easy recipe for gingered carrots, a quiz about baked treats and more.

ALLISON COOPER: A gorgeous, golden tan - at what cost? - I hope that the young women and men who are mulling their appearance versus their health heed this warning and prevent the preventable so that they never have to wonder, for even a moment, if they will get that second chance.

RUNNERS CORNER: It’s doesn’t hurt to 'tri' - “I want to go to Miami … to do a triathlon … 13 days after the Boston Marathon.” Those who know me would not be surprised to hear me utter those words, but it was not me who came up with this crazy idea — it was my wife, Lyn. Yes, I am a very lucky guy. By Tom Licciardello.

RED CARPET RULES: Celebrities the inspiration for this year’s prom looks - Move over Kate Hudson, Miley Cyrus and Kim Kardashian. Teens are rolling out their version of celebrity red carpet styles for this year’s prom season. By Linda Murphy.

-- Great story to localize - talk to stylists, teens, etc., in your area.

DIANNE MCDONALD: Don’t cut the hairdresser from your life - I decided to get back to my roots and return to my brunette beginnings after 10-plus years as a blonde. Call it “Mission Impossible,” as going from bleach blond to dark brown is harder than you think. Thankfully, I was in good hands and even made a new friend in the process.


JOY DIVISION: Legacy of Ian Curtis lives on - In the early morning hours of May 18, 1980, Ian Curtis sat in the living room of his apartment watching “Stroszek” and listening to Iggy Pop’s album "The Idiot. " That same morning, Curtis hanged himself. He was just 23 years old. Thirty years later, Curtis and Joy Division continue to influence musicians. By Ryan Wood.

JOE HOTTINGER: 20 questions with Joe Hottinger of Halestorm - The guitarist from Halestorm talks tour, Lzzy, and getting people excited about rock again. By Gary Darling.


GRANLUND CARTOON: Ahmadinejad and the Iranian shell game.

EDITORIAL: In defense of spending smarter to protect U.S. - Give Defense Secretary Robert Gates this: He's gutsy. Earlier this month, on the 65th anniversary of V-E Day, he traveled to Dwight Eisenhower's hometown of Abeline, Kan., in order to dust off Ike's warnings about the "military-industrial complex" and an entrenched government bureaucracy willing to "pile program on program" in order to cater to it. By The Peoria, Ill., Journal Star.

AMY GEHRT: Whisper campaign about Kagan's sexuality unfair - Like all nominees for an influential office, Elena Kagan’s life has been put under a microscope since being named as President Barack Obama’s pick to the nation’s highest court. That in itself is not unusual. But what disturbs me is the tone of some of these veiled, and not-so-veiled, attempts to raise doubts about her Supreme Court candidacy. Last week, Kagan’s sexual orientation became a focal point, with some demanding the solicitor general explain why she is unmarried.

Business / Ag

MAKING CENTS: Good time for fiscal session with the kids - With graduations in the near future and summer vacation on the horizon, this is a good time for a crash course on cash management for your young-adult children. By John P. Napolitano.