National budget 6.16.10

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GateHouse News Service National Budget

For 6/16/10 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 in a separate budget. To receive this budget, e-mail

WAKE UP CALL! Why are Baby Boomers using drugs?


FOURTH OF JULY PAGE: Safety tips for grilling, boating and handling fireworks

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

HOME HELP: Add cozy-cottage style to your home -- Weekly home and garden rail, with tips for creating beach-inspired decor, what you need to know about stone countertops, how to cool your home using window fans, and more.

SUE SCHEIBLE: Father's Day thoughts on Dad and the doctors -- As Father’s Day approaches, there are memories of taking Dad to the doctor over the years and acting as advocate/protector. A new book, “Dad’s Home Alone,” gives some useful advice.

MICHAEL ANDERSON: Raising a healthy teenager -- As our children grow into their teen years, parents need to be armed with the knowledge of what it takes to keep them healthy. The following is a guide to accomplish this most important task for a parent.

THE BEER NUT: Half-year accolades for excellent craft beers --  I've been writing this column for a few years now and have been drinking craft beer for about a decade, and 2010 is by far the best year I can remember for good beers. By Norman Miller of the MetroWest Daily News.

NEW CITIZENS: Could you pass a citizenship test? -- How do you think you’d do on a citizenship test? Let’s find out. Here are 35 questions from the sample test. By Gayle Beck of The Repository.

MICHELLE TEHEUX: ‘Stuff’ is not your friend - June — the traditional month of weddings, as well as a month when many young people have just finished high school or college — seems to be a good time to offer some advice to those who are setting up their first household.

LOST IN SUBURBIA: The turkey, part deux - I saw my neighbor flagging me down as I pulled out of the driveway. “Be careful,” she warned. “The wild turkey is lurking around.” By Tracy Beckerman.

Entertainment / Sports

5 THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND: This week’s activity suggestions: Watch “Toy Story 3” or “Jonah Hex” at the theater; catch some World Cup action, including the U.S. team’s game; celebrate Juneteenth; celebrate your dad; prepare for the first day of summer and the start of Wimbledon.

ANNE DELANEY: Give soccer a chance -- For the next four weeks we’ll have one of the great sporting events in the world, and I still hear rumblings from Americans who don’t “get” soccer. What’s not to get? It’s a beautiful game when played right -- as it most surely is at the World Cup level.

PSYCHOLOGY OF SPORTS: Why do fans care so much? -- The hype surrounding the impending free agency of LeBron James is off the charts. Why do sports fans pour so much passion into their favorite teams and athletes? By Ed Balint of The Repository.


O'MAHONEY CARTOON: On teen drinking parties after graduation

LORETTA LAROCHE: Too much news may be hazardous to your health -- We are in an era where any type of information is instantly accessible. But, listening to reports on murder, drug trafficking, political kickbacks, sexual infidelities and other heinous acts do not need to be part of our daily routine. In fact, hearing bad news or even having it in the background can be detrimental to your well being.

DIANNE MCDONALD: Embrace your inner diva this summer -- Poof! In the blink of an eye, summer will be here. Layers of clothes will be shed as the temperature rises, causing many women anxiety. Wearing tank tops, short shorts and bathing suits seems far off on the horizon until you are staring at yourself in the dressing room with that sinking feeling of despair.


DAVE RAMSEY: Leaders are made, not born - Weekly financial Q&A, with advice on leadership, “blow money” and tax withholding.