National budget 5.28.10
GateHouse News Service National Budget
For 5/28/10 editions
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WAKE UP CALL! Allergies still severe
WEB CUBE MOMENTS OF THE WEEK: Examples of effective polls, packages and photo galleries
HOME IMPROVEMENTS: Our summer guide has tips on stylish and energy-saving window treatments, costs involved in pool installation, ways to keep your garage clean and safe, and more.
JUNE RADARFROG COUPON PAGE: The most bang for your food buck
-- JUNE RADARFROG COUPON BOOK
READER CALLOUT: What's your favorite ice cream spot?
WEEKLY NIE PAGE: Learn about hurricanes
-- NOTE: The last weekly NIE page for the summer will publish June 7. We'll resume pages in the fall when school begins.
SOLDIER’S LETTER: Letter from the front line - On June 25, 2003, Marine Lance Cpl. Gregory MacDonald died doing his job, responding to a call to help his fellow marines in Iraq. One final – and wholly unexpected - letter home arrived a month after he died. By Bruce Coulter.
THIS WEEK IN WEIRD: People behaving badly, a miracle baby and more in this week’s edition.
HEALTH WATCH: Regular exams key part of eye health -- How to protect your vision, tips for using sunscreen and insect repellent, research about battery ingestion, and more.
*Health rail for Monday, May 31. Posted early in advance of Memorial Day holiday.*
GRILL SAFETY: Think safety when using a grill - Forget what you’ve heard about unscraped grill grates enhancing the flavor of your charbroiled cuisine. A dirty grill is a recipe for a fire. Now that Memorial Day weekend is here, Americans will (weather permitting) haul the barbecue grills out of the garage and cook outdoors over an open flame. By Amy McFadden.
KITCHEN CALL: All is 'Lost' in these recipes -- Disclaimer: If you were not a fan of or at least acquainted with the TV series “Lost,” you may miss some of the references in this column. The recipes are still delicious. By Linda Bassett.
ASK DOG LADY: Shelter dog older than originally thought -- Dog Lady offers advice to a dismayed new owner, and weighs in on cats vs. dogs.
CAR SEAT SAFETY: Secondhand child's car seat may not be bargain, EMT says -- So, you’re at a garage sale and there’s this child’s car seat on one of the tables and you think “bargain.” Think again, says Lifeline Ambulance EMT-B Kevin Monahan, a certified child passenger safety technician instructor. By Mike DeDoncker of the Rockford Register Star.
DAVID SCHIEFELBEIN: Be safe this summer, now that it's here -- All gave some; some gave all. Monday is Memorial Day, so take some time to remember the military men and women who died in service. And with Memorial Day comes the unofficial start to summer. Keep these safety tips in mind.
REV. TESS BAUMBERGER: What does it mean, to pray? -- I have been preaching about our purpose as a religious community. As we celebrate Memorial Day, it seems right to consider, as part of our purpose, the traditional spiritual act of mercy that is “praying for the living and the dead.” This is tricky in a religion where so many people identify themselves as agnostics or atheists.
JEFF VRABEL: BP, clean up the ocean and stop reading Twitter - The best line I've heard about the horrific oil leak that may or may not be closed, and may or not be still leaking away, comes from Jimmy Fallon, who said, "BP wants Twitter to shut down a fake BP account that is mocking the oil company. In response, Twitter wants BP to shut down the oil leak that’s ruining the ocean."
- Column is moving early because of Memorial Day.
WOOD ON WORDS: Roots of ‘garden’ and ‘flower’ worth a closer look - It’s just about time to bid farewell to May, the month celebrated for bringing the flowers that make those April showers more tolerable. By Barry Wood.
ELIZABETH DAVIES: Swimming lessons can be a lifesaver - I’m sure you’ve met her. She’s the mom with kids signed up for three sports. Well before kindergarten kicks off, junior already has music lessons, art class and soccer games – and that’s just on Tuesdays.
LOST: Answers ‘Lost’ and questions pondered - Fans and critics are sharply divided about whether or not last Sunday's series finale of “Lost” was satisfying and successful, and they probably always will be. But I think most probably agree that this strange, complicated and baffling TV show was frequently an effective vehicle for pondering some of the bigger, deeper questions and mysteries of the human condition. By Jared Olar.
REEL DEAL: Even 'Iron Man' needs a little backup -- So, how does the super sequel "Iron Man 2" stand on its own? Quite well, despite some criticism that it’s not as edgy as its predecessor. It does what every good superhero sequel should – advances the story, puts our hero in peril, expands the hero/villain universe and amps up the action – all while extracting excellent performances from its key players. By Robert McCune of The Independent.
MOVIE MAN: Watch John Wayne become a star in 'Stagecoach' -- I confess. I’ve got some embarrassing omissions on my movie checklist — undeniable classics that, for one reason or another, I’ve never seen. “Lawrence of Arabia,” for example. Just about everything Chaplin ever did. And, sad to say, almost every Western ever made. But now, at least in that last category, I can cross off a big one. By Will Pfeifer of the Rockford Register Star.
MOVIE REVIEW: 'The City of Your Final Destination' full of emotion -- When a film has been sitting on a shelf for almost three years, the usual reason is that the distributor doesn’t know what to do with it. Rumors say that the reason James Ivory’s “The City of Your Final Destination” hasn’t seen the light of day since it was completed in 2007 is that it couldn’t even find a distributor. By Ed Symkus of The Patriot Ledger.
MOVIE REVIEW: Dead walk (again) in 'Survival of the Dead' -- Those zombies just keep lurching along. And George A. Romero keeps breathing life into the walking dead, more than four decades after he caught horror fans and the movie industry unaware with the wildly successful “Night of the Living Dead.” By Ed Symkus of The Patriot Ledger.
MOVIE REVIEW: A not so charming 'Prince of Persia' -- I'm giving "Prince" a decent grade for the simple reason that it's so cheesy you can almost revel in its cheesiness. By Bob Tremblay of The MetroWest Daily News.
MUSICAL MARRIAGE: Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks form a musical marriage -- Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks have been married nine years, and they’ve been doing guest work on each other’s projects even longer. So it was only a matter of time before they got around to starting a band that puts them both front and center. By Chad Berndtson of The Patriot Ledger.
ROCK 'N' BLUES: Popa Chubby's music a smorgasbord of styles -- Like many rock ’n’ roll fans, Ted Horowitz began exploring the roots of rock by delving back into the blues. Eventually it became more than an avocation for the guitarist, who has forged a three-decade career as one of the most exciting blues-rockers in America under his stage name: Popa Chubby. By Jay N. Miller of The Patriot Ledger.
BRITT CARTOON: A 'top kill' - and more - in the Gulf
GRANLUND CARTOON: Repealing 'don't ask, don't tell'
EDITORIAL: End is in sight for 'don't ask' -- The chairman of the Joint Chiefs, the secretary of defense and other Pentagon brass -- not to mention their commander-in-chief -- have determined that "don't ask, don't tell" is neither fair nor necessary.
WENDY J. MURPHY: A ‘necessary and proper’ question to ask Elena Kagan - It’s dumb to waste time asking Elena Kagan about her sexuality and critical to ask whether she believes it’s “necessary and proper” that all Americans have health care.
ALICIA GOSSMAN-STEEVES: Take time to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice - Monday is Memorial Day, and not only am I looking forward to a day off of work, I am also thinking about those who have given their lives for our country.
Business / Tech
KENT BUSH: Scary thoughts about technology -- I often wondered what the man featured in Auguste Rodin's The Thinker was thinking about. I doubt he was considering what would happen if his body was infected with a computer virus, but a scientist in England is.
DAVE RAMSEY: Forget mortgage accelerator plans - Weekly financial Q&A, with advice on mortgage accelerator plans and bank-account balances.
AUTO BITS: ‘Air’ on the side of safety and savings - Weekly auto column, with tire tips, Car Q&A with Junior Damato and more.
- NOTE: Column is moving early because of Memorial Day.
STANLEY CUP PREVIEW: Stanley Cup finals match-up favors Chicago Blackhawks over Philadelphia Flyers – A look at the two teams in the finals. By Mike Loftus.