National budget 8.2.10

Staff reports

GateHouse News Service National Budget

For 8/2/10 editions

Contacts: Lisa Glowinski, (217) 816-3343, lglowinski@corp.gatehousemedia.com

Michael Toeset, (630) 835-8870, mtoeset@corp.gatehousemedia.com

Notes

WAKE UP CALL!: The Clinton wedding and blended marriages

CHRIS BIONDI: How to use photos to drive maximum traffic

Niche

AUGUST RADARFROG PAGE, COUPON BOOK: Save on energy-efficient windows and by mending your clothes

AUGUST MOMENT IN HISTORY PAGE: Remembering Elvis, Marilyn

- NOTE: This is the last page in the monthly series

FALL BOOMERS MAGAZINE: Volunteering in retirement, travel ideas for Oktoberfest and ways to stay beautifully gray

BACK TO SCHOOL TAB: Tips on cyberbullying, when homework help is too much and how to tell whether your child has a learning disability

- More back to school content

- Back to school photos reader callout

- High school football reader photos callout

Lifestyles

HEALTH WATCH: Keep kids safe as you send them back to school -- Weekly health rail, with items on back-to-school safety, how to check the air quality in your community, recognizing juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, and more.

TATTOOS: Cosmetic tattooing can provide permanent makeup, cover scars -- Their goals are as different as the women themselves. Some want dramatic eyebrows. Others want fuller lips. A few are cancer survivors anxious to complete reconstructive surgery. Regardless of their motivation, all have chosen cosmetic tattooing. By Lori Harlan of the State Journal-Register.

GREENSPACE: Insomniac cereus blooms once a year -- The night-blooming cereus rewards your patience with a showy flower but once a year. It lasts only about six hours. By Jim Hillibish of The Repository.

GREEN THUMBS UP: Cultivating the heavenly mophead hydrangeas -- During the warm summer months, early mornings are my favorite time of day to stroll through the garden and enjoy the beauty of the flowers. By Suzanne Mahler.

JULIE FAY: A loop of PVC pipe helps whirl away cares, stress -- I was about to go pick up the kids from camp when the mailman came walking up my driveway. In his hand was a package; on his face a quizzical smile. “I’m going to go out on a limb, here, and guess that this is a Hula Hoop,” he said. I glanced at the package, wrapped neatly in brown paper and unmistakably hoop-shaped. I’d been found out.

SHOESTRING LIVING: Squeaking out more - It’s no secret that most of us are searching out ways to find some extra cash. Here are some obvious and some not-so-obvious ways to save. Apply a few of them to your own life to bank a few extra dollars over the coming months.

JEFF VRABEL: Man vs. wild - I suppose it's not very often that you put yourself in the path of a classic Hollywood-ready death on purpose, but it happens sometimes, and with good cause; I mean, it's not like those bottles of wine are going to walk through the woods to your cabin in the dark by themselves.

KEVIN FRISCH: Unidentified falling objects - Roswell Army Air Field officers investigated the incident. And by “investigated” ufologists mean “covered up.” And by “incident,” they mean “crash landing of a UFO."

JIM HILLIBISH: Air conditioning has made summertime wimps of us all - Now that everything’s air conditioned, we can hardly stand summer.

Entertainment

REEL DEAL: 'Salt' is spicy -- The thrill is often in the chase. Movies incorporate high-speed chase scenes as a shot of adrenaline – to get viewers hanging on the edge of their seats, buggy-eyed and chewing their fingernails. A good movie chase might include a rockin’ soundtrack – or eerie, tension-filled silence. The best movie chases make your heart race right along with them. By Robert McCune of The Independent.

STILL ROCKING: Rick Springfield keeps rocking with concert tours, albums, memoir -- Twelve years ago, Rick Springfield was mostly a pleasant memory for fans of 1980s Top 40 music and the soap opera “General Hospital.” But that time out of the limelight came to an end in 1998 when he was profiled in VH-1’s “Behind the Music.” Since then he’s released three albums of original rock tunes plus a covers album to go with his ’80s classics, and he’s playing two or three concerts a week in support of the 2-year-old “Venus In Overdrive.” By David Panian of the Daily Telegram.

MARK WAHLBERG: Mark Wahlberg plays against type - Think about Mark Wahlberg for a moment. You probably come up with a tough-guy image. Or you might think of dramatic roles where he plays a conflicted guy. Maybe you drift way back to his Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch days and those Calvin Klein underwear ads with his chiseled six-pack on display. One thing you probably don’t think of is Wahlberg as a comedic actor. Wahlberg, 39, gets the chance to go against type Friday in the buddy cop comedy “The Other Guys.” By Ed Symkus.

POP CULTURE:?Origins of band names - If you start a band, one of the first orders of business is to come up with a name. The next order of business: explaining to everyone how you came up with the name. By Dennis Volkert.

Opinions  

BRITT CARTOON: People want government to fix everything, but they don’t want to sacrifice anything.

EDITORIAL: It's time for a nice snooze -- What many communities need is a citywide siesta, a daily snooze, one big healthy nap. From the Rockford Register Star.

RICK HOLMES: The keys to success in Afghanistan -- School-building author Greg Mortenson teaches Afghan girls -- and American generals.

LORETTA LAROCHE: How letting go gives you more control -- It took me a long time to realize that I didn’t want to be known for how perfect I was, because it was really an illusion. My goal now is to be remembered as a wild, zany, eccentric mother and grandmother.

Business

AUTO BITS: Ten tips to keep teens safe behind the wheel - Weekly auto column, with 10 tips to keep teens safe behind the wheel, Car Q&A with Junior Damato and more.

PAUL A. EISENSTEIN: New Chevy a top small car -- American automakers have never been fond of small cars. But could the compact car segment be ripe for a revolution? That’s the sense we got after spending some time in the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze.

MAKING CENTS: New world of insurance underwriting -- If you listen to all the ads on radio and TV, you'd think that anyone with a pulse can qualify for the super-low life insurance rates. The reality is that underwriting today is a far more scientific process than it was only 10 years ago, and insurance companies can do a lot with this new information.

CHECKOUT LANE: Picking out the right baby stroller -- As a new parent, you’ll encounter many unknowns. One thing is certain, however: You will need a stroller. By Ashlee Fairey of The Patriot Ledger.

* To localize: Speak to retailers in your community for tips on buying strollers. Price ranges may vary in your area; include that information. *

ON COMPUTERS: In computerville, you ain't seen nothin' yet -- Although they still try, nobody can predict the reality of computers. That’s because the tech revolution continues to evolve. We’ll never get to the point where we say, “OK, enough is enough.” By Jim Hillibish of The Repository.