National budget 6.15.10

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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! Are your local summer school classes online?


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.


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

FAMILY TIME: Conquer your canine cleaning challenges for a pet-friendly home - Weekly family column, with tips on cleaning with a dog around, a review of “The Karate Kid” and more.

CLAFOUTI: Cherries make a cheery clafouti - With cherries, peaches and berries coming into season right now, most of us will have more than we can eat. It's a shame to waste perfectly good fruit, so it's either freeze it to enjoy later on or look for new ways to use it up. Clafouti is a simple baked treat that can be made with just about any type of fruit. Clafouti, French for “flan,” isn't really a flan, but it resembles one. It’s served warm and sprinkled with powdered sugar. By Lainie Steelman.

CLAIRE COOK BOOK: Author Claire Cook delivers another hot title just in time for summer - Like actor Will Smith, Claire Cook has found herself synonymous with big summer releases. By Dana Barbuto.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: A new way to use bananas -- An easy recipe for Banana Breakfast Spread, the difference between Hungarian and Spanish paprikas, a look at a book on bento boxes, and more.

REV. TESS BAUMBERGER: Meditations on mercy -- We have been pondering our purpose as a church community, asking, “Why are we here?” In responding to that question, I started with the traditional acts of mercy, based on a scripture passage that, as a child, I took to be humanity’s great purpose.

FLEXIBLE FITNESS: MS patients can benefit from exercise -- Recent evidence suggests that regular exercise can improve quality of life and help to alleviate many symptoms of multiple sclerosis. By Kate Gebski.

DR. MURRAY FEINGOLD: What is compulsive gambling? -- Pathological or compulsive gambling is not uncommon. It is the uncontrollable urge to gamble even though it may cause severe problems in a person's life.

DR. JEFF HERSH: Itching for information about poison ivy -- Toxicodendron dermatitis is the fancy name for the allergic reaction from exposure to certain plants, including all the types of poison ivy, oak and sumac. The allergic reaction from poison ivy is to urushiol, a mixture of oil and resin presumably made by the plant to "protect" itself by making it undesirable to touch.

DARIN ST. GEORGE: Quick tips to make the most of exercise -- Are there several little "peck away" moves that would best benefit you in your quest for dropping those last few baby pounds or fitting back into your favorite swim trunks?

GARDENER'S JOURNAL: Prune rhododendrons just about any time -- One of the most frequent questions we hear at our garden center is "when should I prune my rhododendrons?" The easy -- and correct -- answer is "most any time." Rhododendrons are resilient shrubs that respond well to being cut back. They also have the advantage of holding latent buds that can initiate new growth when necessary.

KENT BUSH: Hope isn't really a strategy - A Sacramento Bee story recently reported that the Tooth Fairy is feeling no ill effects during the recent economic downturn. Many children are willing to suspend disbelief in order to ardently believe in her. Why? All she does is give you money. Who wouldn't believe in that? Adults do the same thing only in reverse.

PETER COSTA: On personal libraries and hoarding - A large personal library used to symbolize that one was educated. Actually, for me, the vast number of books I had collected signified the first signs of focused hoarding.

PETER CHIANCA: More Father’s Day tips for baffled dads - Every year around this time, I like to dip into my pool of fatherly knowledge and offer up some tips on being a good dad. Unfortunately, it’s sort of like a little plastic pool, about a foot deep with cartoon whales on it.


COLIN FARRELL: Colin Farrell shows his softer side in 'Ondine' - Do not underestimate the range of Colin Farrell as an actor. Sure, he made his name as a tough guy – Alexander the Great in “Alexander,” Sonny Crockett in “Miami Vice,” a cop on the take in “Pride and Glory.” But in the new Neil Jordan film “Ondine,” he gets to show his soft sympathetic side. By Ed Symkus.


GRANLUND CARTOON: Americans and the World Cup

EDITORIAL: Wanted: A balanced response to spill, energy policy - Tonight President Obama gives a prime-time address to the nation in which he'll try to ease public concern over the oil unrelentingly spilling into the Gulf of Mexico, now reaching our shores, as well as share what his administration intends to do about it. By the Peoria, Ill., Journal Star.

CHARITA GOSHAY: You have the right to remain hateful -- Upholding the rights of people who made a mockery of one who died to preserve them seems too cruel to be correct. But it challenges us, perhaps as nothing else does, to walk the talk.

AMY GEHRT: Blago back in the spotlight - The trial of ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has been grabbing national headlines, and it has put Blago back in the spotlight he so clearly loves. Watching him, one must often wonder if the former politician really understands the gravity of the situation.


MAKING CENTS: Check out nest egg guarantees - Many types of savings vehicles and insurance contracts offer a guarantee. Fixed annuities, life insurance contracts, savings account and certificates of deposit all offer guarantees. But how good is that guarantee? By John P. Napolitano.

ON COMPUTERS: Internet radio becomes more like radio -- Exactly how will the Internet present our music? Don’t hold your breath. Music websites are busy mimicking radio stations. By Jim Hillibish of The Repository.