National budget 6.17.10

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OIL SPILL COVERAGE: Our reporters have returned from the Gulf, so GateHouse News Service will no longer send a daily budget of Gulf oil spill news. Starting Friday, you’ll be able to find news links to anything you may have missed on the daily national budget and at Also, today is the last day the news service will post Gulf content to your carousel.

OIL SPILL WEBSITE: The link on your homepage to our Portrait of the Gulf site will disappear Friday, and you will find access to the site on your MySource page starting then. Ads on your site directing readers to the Gulf site also will disappear Friday.

The Gulf site in MySource won’t be updated daily, but features will be reranked for people who may come across the site for the first time next week, making it a better fit among the timeless features and sections in your MySource sites.


HOW TO MAGAZINE: Annual tab has tips on fitness, recycling, finding a job and more

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


AMY BISHOP: Amy Bishop indicted in brother's 1986 shooting - Presented with evidence that had gathered dust for nearly 24 years, a Norfolk County grand jury indicted Amy Bishop on a first-degree murder charge in the 1986 shooting of her teenage brother. The indictment came four months after Amy Bishop, a biology professor, was charged with shooting six colleagues, killing three, on the University of Alabama’s Huntsville campus. By John P. Kelly.


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

RELIGION NEWS: Groups team up to launch scripture campaign -- Weekly religion rail, with a joint effort between the American Bible Society and Scripture Union/USA, this week in religion, getting to know a hymn composer and more.

GREEN THUMBS UP: Sensational salvias --  As a passionate collector of plants, I am always acquiring and experimenting with new cultivars. One genus, the Salvias, commonly known as sages, is less likely to come to mind, but there are hundreds of species. By Suzanne Mahler.

EASY RECIPE: Stay cool with this no-bake treat -- School’s out! Congratulate those hard-working students with a tasty treat that won’t heat up the house.

FATHER'S DAY FOOD: Two treats for Dad on that special day -- In honor of Father's Day, Nestlé created two recipes for Dads to enjoy.

PORK AND FRUIT: Roasted strawberries are a natural with pork -- This far into strawberry season, you’ve no doubt enjoyed abundant berries in fruit salad, shortcake, pie, jam, milkshakes and more. Now it’s time for a savory experience. Next up: Roasted strawberries. Sound strange? Don’t turn up your nose just yet. By Jennifer Mastroianni of The Repository.

BOILING POINT: Forget the meal -- pass the bruschetta -- I always blow it with bruschetta, those bread chunks grilled in garlic and olive oil. I lay out a bruschetta plate for an appetizer. Guests pig out, leaving zero room for dinner. By Jim Hillibish of The Repository.

DIANA BOGGIA: Stories serve as a tribute to fathers -- Fathers are strong, they are protective, they teach us about life. Some want us to experience life to the fullest, while others try to protect us from every hurt. They are powerful role models.

FARMERS MARKETS: The book on farmers markets - If you love farmers markets, get your hands on “Farmers Market Cookbook” from Southern Living. The book is chock full of outstanding recipes, guidelines on how to shop at farmers’ markets, and tips for cooking by the season. By Jim Hillibish.

BRIAN MACKEY: Real men aren’t afraid to carry a 'murse' - Keys, wallet, cell phone, pens. It's time men were freed from the tyranny of the pocket.


BOOK NOTES: '61 Hours,' by Lee Child - What’s happening to Jack Reacher? Lee Child’s tough-guy protagonist, a high-level MP who quits his military career and takes to the road, sheds some of his hubris in “61 Hours.” Can this be a good thing? By Rae Francoeur.

FARR SIDE: Plenty of reasons ‘Glee’ is TV’s hottest show - "Glee” is fantastic. I love the show and that it is so different than anything else on television. I was even more eager to see what was going to happen next than who was going home on “American Idol” that week. That tells you how good the show is. By David T. Farr.

STANLEY CLARKE: Jazz great Stanley Clarke still hitting all the right notes - Fittingly, jazz great Stanley Clarke’s latest album is titled simply “The Stanley Clarke Band.” Clarke’s there, with bass in hand, but the material comes as much from his bandmates. By Chad Berndtson.

MUPPETS: Behind the scenes with the Muppets - Jane Nebel was a student at the University of Maryland in 1955 when she began working as a puppeteer on the live show “Sam and Friends.” It was there she met Muppets creator Jim Henson. They married in 1959. In conjunction with the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service exhibit “Jim Henson’s Fantastic World,” Jane Henson is delivering a behind-the-scenes presentation about her late husband’s work. By Peggy Mullen.

SNEAK PREVIEW: 'Toy Story 3,' 'Jonah Hex' and more -- When Disney bought Pixar for about 8 zillion bucks a few years ago, part of the deal included Pixar Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter agreeing to make a third installment of his wildly popular “Toy Story” films, a project he previously resisted. So, like it or not, here it is. By Al Alexander of The Patriot Ledger.

FLICKS: Suspend your disbelief for 'Hex' and 'Toy Story' -- There’s simply no excuse for bad taste. And because we are a nation that enjoys “Jersey Shore” and “Survivor” and whatever reality TV is the flavor of the week, it comes as no surprise that “The Karate Kid” and “The A-Team,” two of the bigger Hollywood cash-ins in recent memory, are Nos. 1 and 2 at the box office. By John Meo of the Norwich Bulletin.

REAL MUSIC: Country star Rodney Atkins reflects real life -- Rodney Atkins is touring the country, playing festivals and headlining county fairs. But it wasn’t too long ago that the country singer probably would’ve considered himself lucky just to have a shot at opening for other singers. By Brian Mackey of the State Journal-Register.


GRANLUND CARTOON: Shark tours - one way or round trip?


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

BIZ BITS: Refresh your resume for optimum performance - Weekly business column, with resume tips, BBB warning about investment schemes and more.


NBA FINALS: Chris Potter: More than a title on the line in Game 7 - Game 7s — and the opportunity for players to define their legacy — don’t come around all that often in the NBA. When the Celtics and Lakers tip off tonight in Los Angeles, it will mark just the third time in the past 22 years that the NBA?Finals have reached a deciding, do-or-die seventh game.