National budget 8.18.10

Staff reports

GateHouse News Service National Budget

For 8/18/10 editions

Contacts: Lisa Glowinski, (217) 816-3343,

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WAKE UP CALL!: Help readers make sense of Pakistan flooding

2009 BEST OF GATEHOUSE: Winners site launched


FALL HOME IMPROVEMENTS: Our latest tab has advice on fall decor trends, how to fix up your fireplace and tips on tackling unruly closets

NFL SEASON PREVIEW TAB: Pro Football Weekly staffers lay out the big questions of the 2010 season, and break down strengths and weaknesses of every team, every week

SEPTEMBER FAMILY: Articles on not overloading your children with activities, budgeting now for the holidays and incorporating apples into easy, filling breakfasts


BLAGOJEVICH CONTENT: Check out our package of content related to the trial of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Editorials, breakouts and opinion content have been added to the package since the verdict.


HOME HELP: Paint can update your patio set - Weekly home and garden column, with tips on how to update your patio, how to choose the right broker and more.

FRANK MULLIGAN: The squirrel at midnight - I look warily toward the trees that line the parking lot at work as I head toward my car these days, the theme from “Jaws” echoing menacingly in my mind. “He’s out there,” I think, eyes scanning the horizon. Normally, I’d have said you’d be out of your tree to think a squirrel could generate this kind of fear.

THE BEER NUT: Drink in the flavor of Montreal's best beers - Montreal is one of my favorite vacation places. It's a great beer destination, and the best stop on the trip is the Dieu du Ciel brewpub. By Norman Miller.

LOST IN SUBURBIA: A name by any other name - This week, I got hit with not one but TWO crazy baby names. I’m just going to come right out with it, because I don’t want to keep you in suspense: The first kid is named Seven. The second one is named Zee. By Tracy Beckerman.


SUDOKU: September puzzles (799-826) are now available for download. Previous puzzles are linked to in this file.

5 THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND: This week’s suggestions include seeing “Piranha 3D” or “Nanny McPhee,” celebrating Hawaii, spending some time with a senior on Senior Citizens Day and more.

* Localization tip: List any big - or small - local happenings, as this weekend is fairly uneventful nationally.

FANTASY FOOTBALL: Pick Six Weekly: Why the football preseason matters - Weekly fantasy football column by Joey Baskerville: Preseason football is lame but still important to fantasy owners.


GRANLUND CARTOON: Pakistan flooding relief efforts

GRANLUND CARTOON: Bankruptcy on the rise

BRITT CARTOON: Rod Blagojevich is guilty

CHERYL MILLER: Credit is debt, and debt is slavery - Something happened between the 1990s and early 2000s. We boomers cast aside our parsimonious ways.

MICHELLE TEHEUX: War on drugs war was lost long ago - What do Peoria, Ill., and Mexico have in common? A whole heap of violence in both places is connected to the drug war, which we are losing worse than we’ve ever lost any war before.


DAVE RAMSEY: How big should baby emergency fund be? - Weekly financial Q&A, with advice on baby emergency funds and unmarried couples combining finances.