National budget 8.24.10

Staff reports

GateHouse News Service National Budget

For 8/24/10 editions

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

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WAKE UP CALL!: Do your readers drive with their pets?

FACEBOOK: 5 ways to create reader relationships


OUTDOOR LIVING: Tips on buying binoculars, getting into dove hunting and being a smarter deer hunter

LABOR DAY PAGE: Make your workplace happier, more productive

LABOR DAY CALLOUT: Ask for readers' weekend photos

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

NOTE: Weekly regional pages become available Wednesdays starting Sept. 1


ALLIGATOR: Firefighter spots alligator crossing road - Why did the alligator cross the road? Brockton, Mass., firefighter Scott Hurst says he doesn’t know, but he won’t forget seeing the 3-foot, sand-colored reptile, wearing a dark brown collar, hustling across the street at 7 a.m. Sunday. By Vicki-Ann Downing.

BOBCAT: Bobcat bites Michigan teenager - While looking out at his backyard in Ionia, David Butler saw what he thought was a house cat. “I saw this cat and thought, ‘That’s a different kind of cat,” said David Butler, adding that when his daughter Emma saw the creature, she said, “This is not a cat.” It was a bobcat. By Jon Szerlag

MOSQUE CONTENT: Check out our package of content on the Ground Zero-area mosque controversy.

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.


FAMILY TIME: Dogs need a little more love during mosquito season - Weekly family column, with dog-care tips, a review of “Nanny McPhee Returns” and more.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Get to know chilies, figs - Weekly food rail, with tips on the CDC's fruit and vegetable of September, an easy chili cheeseburger recipe and more.

ALLERGIES: Something to sneeze at: Allergy season almost here - Fall doesn’t begin for another month, but the itchy and watery eyes, runny nose, sneezing and coughing of fall allergy season are here. Use these tips to feel better if mold and pollen make you miserable each autumn. By Theresa Schieffer.

PASTORS: Too many pastors, not enough work - While some church denominations acknowledge that pastors are staying in those roles because of the economy, those same denominations note the economic downturn means many churches are cutting staffs, sharing pastors or using other measures to pay the bills while meeting spiritual needs. The result means there’s either a pastor glut or a pastor shortage, depending largely on where you live. By Steven Spearie.

* Localization tip: Focus on your area, and use this story as a frame.

KENNETH KNEPPER: The windy, long road to map-making - I never believed my son had a future as a cartographer until he showed me a series of squiggly lines, which managed to depict perfectly a recent trip we made to Arkansas.

KENT BUSH: Birth certificate, no; seed of Islam, yes - As a parent, you really have to be careful who your children hang around with. You never know what they will be exposed to. Will it be bad language, drugs, alcohol or pornography? But as important as it is to keep your kids from being exposed to adult situations as children, I never knew I had to protect my son from birthers in the first grade.

DIANNE MCDONALD: Football, feminism make a good team - Fall is almost here, and like many women, I become heavily involved in football as the parent of a student athlete.

SENIOR SAVVY: Dehydration a risk for the elderly – Senior care Q&A: I am worried that my mother is not drinking enough and will become dehydrated with the summer heat. What are the signs of dehydration? By Debbie Gitner and Linda Sullivan.

DR. MURRAY FEINGOLD: Research brings new light to birth order, only children - There are pros and cons of being an only child. The child certainly gets more parental attention, but there is also the chance of being spoiled.

DR. JEFF HERSH: Infection spreads in groups – Medical Q&A: There was an outbreak of hand, foot and mouth disease at my daughter's day care. What is this from?

DARIN ST. GEORGE: Road trip to fitness - Here are some ideas to squeeze in exercise no matter where you are or how little time you've got.


BRITT CARTOON: How would you like your eggs?

GRANLUND CARTOON: How the FDA inspects eggs

GRANLUND CARTOON: Direct talks between the Palestinians and Israelis

EDITORIAL: Enough of Rod Blagojevich's antics, move ahead with retrial - Few politicians have done less to earn their swagger than felonious former Gov. Rod Blagojevich has his. By The Journal Star.


PAUL A. EISENSTEIN: Small Mazda handles impressively - Unless you’re talking about an exotic sports car, driving something small has typically been an act of endurance. But there’s no reason a subcompact has to “feel like a cheap penalty box,” says Dave Coleman, product development engineer behind the 2011 Mazda2.