National budget 6.14.10

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GateHouse News Service National Budget

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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! Localizing World Cup excitement


READER CALLOUT: Ask readers for their photos of Fourth of July fun

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.


ARKANSAS FLOOD: Volunteers help in aftermath of deadly Arkansas flood - Sgt. Jason Jackson had just finished a 12-hour night shift, patrolling the streets of Arkadelphia as a police officer, when he heard on his police scanner that all Clark County emergency personnel were needed in Pike County to assist with a search and rescue operation.

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


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

HEALTH WATCH: Debunking the myths of weight-loss plans – Weekly health rail, with items on getting to the truths of weight-loss plans, tips for preventing poisoning, news about antidepressants and cataracts, and more.

BOUNCY EXERCISE: Get sky-high with a trampoline workout - The euphoric feel of free flight calls people of all ages, shapes and sizes to the trampoline for competitive and recreational fun. By Marianne Payne.

WAYNE L. WESTCOTT: Lose fat, gain lean muscle - People who lose lots of weight in relatively short periods of time are actually sacrificing water and lean tissue to do so. Typically, an individual who weighs 30 pounds less in 60 days has reduced his/her fat weight by about 20 pounds, but has reduced his/her lean weight by about 10 pounds.

GREENSPACE: Through capillary action, old shoelaces can feed your plants - Science has found a use for our old shoelaces. I’m ecstatic. Mine have been piling up over the years, waiting for rebirth. Cotton laces can act as wicks, transferring water and nutrients efficiently. The deal here is to water directly to the rootball.

JEFF VRABEL: Silly Bandz and other silly fads (that were way cool) - The competition is pretty ferocious, but the most uniquely ridiculous of the forehead-smackingly silly fads to sweep in and out of my junior and high schools were these rubber watches that came as part of a Burger King value meal, something with a hork of meat and a fry pail for $4.99 or whatever.

SUZETTE MARTINEZ STANDRING: The father who provides - Most daddy-related memories are full of fun, the vacation moments and sporty times. Children remember tender words that sustain them through adulthood. A man’s role as provider is mentioned less often but is no less important.


GET REEL: Picking the greatest summer movie ever - Film reviewer Bob Tremblay rates the top summer movies of all time to come up with his No. 1 pick. Check out his "bracket" for a contest pitting film against film.


GRANLUND CARTOON: BP CEO Tony Hayward wants his life back

EDITORIAL: How can anyone be against a more ethical Congress? - Guess it didn't take long for tougher ethics oversight to become inconvenient for some congressmen. By the Journal Star of Peoria, Ill.

EDITORIAL: Independent views on health reform - Health care reform is so complicated, and has become so polarizing, that keeping the debates grounded in facts has been a constant struggle. Getting a national health reform bill signed into law hasn't settled anything. Opponents are already pronouncing its failure; proponents touting its success. By MetroWest (Mass.) Daily News.

EDITORIAL: Let everyone give the gift of blood - Every day, thousands of Americans roll up their sleeves, open their veins, and help save the lives of people they will never know. Donating blood is both noble and necessary. Hospitals and health organizations regularly must make special appeals to cover shortages. By MetroWest (Mass.) Daily News.

GARY BROWN: Conspiracy theories run rampant when awakened at 3 a.m. - I had fallen asleep with the bedroom television on the other night. While watching a movie — appropriately, “Sleepless in Seattle” — all of a sudden I wasn’t sleepless. Suddenly, without notice, I was sleeping.

MICHAEL WINSHIP: The Supreme Court says NO to the people — again - The court issued an unsigned, emergency order halting an essential part of Arizona’s model campaign finance system.

KEVIN FRISCH: Electoral College dropouts - New York is halfway to joining a national initiative to circumvent the mechanism through which presidents are elected in the United States — and, once in awhile, miselected. The state Senate voted 51-7 last week to enter an interstate agreement to elect the president by a popular vote. Doing so would render superfluous a constitutional quirk, the Electoral College.

BENJAMIN WACHS: Technology no boon to liberation - For all the talk about the liberating power of technology for the individual, the technology has better served tyrants and bureaucrats.

Business / auto

AUTO BITS: Preparing your vehicle for the long haul - Weekly auto rail, with tips on preparing your vehicle for the long haul, Car Q&A with Junior Damato and more.

SHOESTRING LIVING: What is ‘passive income'? - A few years ago while I was reading an article, the phrase “passive income” caught my eye. Since then, these words occasionally bubble up, teasing me and prodding me to find out more. I mean, is this for real? If so, what exactly is it? By Molly Logan Anderson.

POP CULTURE: A car by any other name, even the same one - On Thursday, GM backed away from a company memo that encouraged employees not to use the shortened “Chevy” when referring to Chevrolet. By Dennis Volkert.

PAUL A. EISENSTEIN: Electric car a Smart choice - The auto industry is starting to embrace the concept of electrification, with plug-in hybrids like the Chevrolet Volt and pure battery-electric vehicles like the Nissan Leaf. Even Mercedes-Benz is exploring its options with a battery-powered version of its SLS supercar. But the German maker’s sibling brand, Smart, seems especially well-suited to enter the electric field, delivering a battery version of its nimble urban microcar, the fortwo.

CHECKOUT LANE: Tips for keeping your pool clean - As summer nears and more swimmers take to the water, be sure not to neglect pool maintenance. Tracy Dieselman, owner of South Shore Pool Supply in Cohasset, Mass., says using the correct amount of chemicals in your pool is crucial.