National budget 8.3.10

Staff reports

GateHouse News Service National Budget

For 8/3/10 editions

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WAKE UP CALL!: Check in with local golf courses



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


FAMILY TIME: Tips on how to be a good neighbor - Weekly family column, with tips on how to be a good neighbor, a review of “Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore” and more.

HAIR MEMENTOS: Remembering the dead with the hair from their heads - Ken Morris collects dead people’s hair. But not just any hair. The owner of K.M. Hair Works and Spa in Springfield, Ill., Morris about six years ago began collecting mementos of mourning — such as a wreath, watch fob, ring or bracelet — fashioned from the hair of people who have passed on. By Tamara Browning.

* Localization tip: Are there any barbers or others in your area who collect these? Focus on them in the first part of the story.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Try some cactus -- without the spines -- Weekly food rail, with tips for eating cactus, an easy coleslaw recipe, the latest from The Beer Nut, and more.

PICKLES: Pickle experts inspire interest in a dying art -- Nothing says summer quite like a cold, crunchy pickle. However, many feel the art of pickling is slowly fading away. While many pickle-makers accept it as a dying hobby, Rabbi Mendy Margolin travels across the country promoting the ancient tradition. By Catherine Groux of The Patriot Ledger.

ARTS & CRAFTS: Man rehabs home to find Arts and Crafts roots -- When Mike Ryon found a 1920 stucco and brick Dutch Colonial home, he was able to look beyond the powder blue paint and carpeting to see the Arts and Crafts bones of the structure. He bought the home in 2002 and started renovations. By Clare Howard of the Journal Star.

WHAT WOMEN WANT: Must-have items for overnight trips -- It’s summer and time for a little vacation. Where to go? And just as important, what to take? By Georgette Braun of the Rockford Register Star.

E-CIGARETTES: All the nicotine, none of the smoke -- Some smokers looking for their hit of nicotine but without all the smoke are turning away from the traditional pack of Marlboros in favor of an electronic cigarette. They eliminate harmful smoke, but health advocates note they still deliver nicotine, which has adverse side effects. By Todd Smith of the State Journal-Register.

BETSY WADLAND: Home visits for mom and baby -- I remember feeling like someone had made a terrible mistake when they let me leave the hospital with my newborns. I had taken the classes, read a stack of books, been to support groups and all the rest, but these were actual people I was being trusted with. Shouldn't there be some kind of test?

DR. JEFF HERSH: Lump may be ganglion cyst -- Soft tissue masses are usually benign, but it is still prudent to see your health care provider to have any lump examined.

DR. MURRAY FEINGOLD: Parents vs. kids over the years -- From generation to generation there are changes in child-rearing practices. In one generation the parents are permissive, in the next they are very strict. Or, at one time, Mom is obsessed with cleanliness but in the next generation, it's OK for Junior to wallow in the dirt so he can build up his autoimmune system.

DARIN ST. GEORGE: Race to fitness -- Having just recently volunteered to help conduct traffic/scream my head off at a local triathlon, I wanted to share some of my experiences with the races I've done and see if I can't help with some armchair quarterback help.


KENT BUSH: 'Real Genius' provided great one-liners -- If you've never seen the movie "Real Genius," you need to -- it's a moral imperative. The movie was released 25 years ago this week. It was more than just 108 minutes of entertainment. About half of the inside jokes my friends and I shared were drawn from lines in this movie.


EDITORIAL: Follow through on draining congressional 'swamp' - After nearly two years of investigation, the laundry list of ethics charges faced by long-serving New York Democratic Congressman Charlie Rangel is finally and officially getting dealt with. Better late than never, we suppose. By the Journal Star of Peoria, Ill.

EDITORIAL: Few extra winks could help teens do better in school -- Many high-schoolers have a difficult time with early-morning classes because of their inability to wake up. School districts should take notice of a study concluding that later start times could improve student performance. From the Messenger Post.

BENJAMIN WACHS: Tax cut extension would reward failure - Instead of giving more money to AIG executives and Goldman Sachs suits, we could use that money to save farms, to build infrastructure, to help homeowners.

CHARITA GOSHAY: Parents' 'bad cop' routine will yield a good kid -- From traveling sports teams to birthday blowouts to staving off disappointment, modern parents carry a self-imposed, Herculean burden.


E-READERS: There's room for e-books and print, book lovers say -- Dale Lombardi is old school when it comes to reading. She has built a personal library at home with piles and piles of paperbacks and hardcovers. But technology -- in the form of a portable electronic reader -- has worked its way into the Lombardi household. By Danielle Ameden of The MetroWest Daily News.

* To localize: Visit local bookstores to see what people in your community have to say about e-readers. Are bookstores seeing a change in business? Are book lovers switching over? *

CASH FOR GOLD: High gold prices entice consumers to cash in their keepsakes -- Sky-high gold prices and economic worries have made it more tempting than ever for many consumers to convert keepsakes into cash. By Steve Adams of The Patriot Ledger.

* To localize: Does your state's department of consumer affairs have any advice on selling gold for cash? Are there numbers available regarding how much merchants are paying for gold? Are there licensing rules in your state?*