National budget 6.11.10

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GateHouse News Service National Budget

For 6/11/10 editions

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OIL SPILL BUDGET: News on GateHouse's special report Portrait of the Gulf will go out to editors this week and next in a separate budget. To receive this budget, e-mail

WAKE UP CALL! How to localize Portrait of the Gulf content


READER CALLOUT: Have readers send in kids' Little League photos

JULY FAMILY: The 24-page magazine contains stories on lawn games, swimming safety and National Blueberry Month recipes.

WEEKLY GO GREEN PAGE: Greener grilling


BLAGOJEVICH CONTENT: Looking for photos, 'toons and more on former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich? Check out these links.

WEEK IN WEIRD: A fleeing suspect is bitten in the butt by a police dog, a turkey survives a shooting, a man threatens a girl with a diaper and more in this week’s edition.


FATHERS DAY 2010: Our collection of Father's Day pages, reader callouts, columns and more. If your newspaper is planning coverage, please submit it through Zope or e-mail

KITCHEN CALL: Weddings take the cake --  My calendar is sprinkled with weddings and bridal showers for upcoming weeks. As the invitations pile up, I learn about new traditions or new twists on long-standing ones. Some, like a feast of salmon and strawberries, hold as they make seasonal good sense, leftover from the times when the family harvested both fish and fruit. Other customs get facelifts, like showering newlyweds with foodstuffs for good luck. By Linda Bassett.

PIE: Berry, berry good pies -- It’s berry-pie season. Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, even gooseberries, make the best pie filling when ripe off the vine. And making a pie at home doesn’t have to be difficult. By Kathryn Rem of The State Journal-Register.

ASK DOG LADY: Older dog sometimes won't eat -- Dog Lady offers advice on a fussy eater, and owners that worry too much about their dogs. By Monica Collins.

WOOD ON WORDS: Getting to the root of flowers -- Gertrude Stein famously wrote in 1913, “Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose,” but is an anemone always an anemone?”

ELIZABETH DAVIES: Don’t hope for success — plan for it -- Marva Collins knows a thing or two about success. She grew up as a young black girl in Alabama, at a time when black people were not allowed to use the library. She didn’t have an education laid out before her — she had to work for it. So she did.


MOVIE MAN: ‘Caddyshack’ is very funny — not very good -- “Caddyshack” and “National Lampoon’s Animal House” are forever linked in the pantheon of movie comedies, and for good reason. By Will Pfeifer of the Rockford Register Star.

REEL DEAL: Offbeat 'Greek' not a worthy encore --  While the Brits often take the crown for sophisticated drama – with royalty like actors Michael Caine, Ben Kingsley and Colin Firth; and actresses Dame Judi Dench, Tilda Swinton and Emma Thompson – for the most part, British comedy hasn’t really progressed much beyond Bennie Hill and Monty Python. (Don’t get me wrong, I bloody love me some Monty Python). By Robert McCune of the Independent.

'80S MOVIE: 'BoyBand' takes us back to the '80s -- Folks who see the new film "BoyBand: Breakin' Through in '82" can thank two Massachusetts residents for the movie's retrograde look. Leg warmers, anyone? By Bob Tremblay of The MetroWest Daily News.

ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Black Heart,’ White Widow -- “Black Heart” is a heart-wrenching and profound CD, providing a worthwhile and rewarding journey to listeners. By David Rogers.

BRIAN MACKEY: A peek inside the celebrity mind --  Lily Tomlin was kind enough to grant me an interview in advance of her performance this weekend at Sangamon Auditorium. The story ran last week, and while I was grateful for the opportunity to interview someone so accomplished, I also wondered why she’d agreed to talk.


GRANLUND CARTOON: Mix-ups at Arlington Cemetery

BRITT CARTOON: Getting very, very, very mad about the oil spill

PHILIP MADDOCKS: Tea party stages half-hearted rally, vows to take back anger --  During a half-hearted rally staged in Phoenix last weekend before a largely indifferent gathering, a whimpering tea party movement vowed to take back its anger, which it says has been unconstitutionally usurped by an unelected series of diverse catastrophes that are subverting the democratic process of American outrage.

KENT BUSH: Oil spill story doesn't make for good TV -- On oil-slick descriptions and South Carolina's political craziness.

LLOYD GARVER: Royalty in the U.S.? -- Our Founding Fathers were sure they didn't want a king in this new country. They didn't want one person to be regarded as something so special that people would have to bow down to him and treat him almost like a god. Well, I wonder how our nation’s founders would feel about the current campaign throughout the country regarding someone known as King James. In case you're one of those people I don't understand who's not a sports fan, this young man's name is actually LeBron James.