National budget 11.15.10
GateHouse News Service National Budget
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WAKE UP CALL!: No Social Security benefits increase in 2011
BEST OF THE WEEK: Cool callouts, polls, and another paper/site goes pink for breast cancer
READER CALLOUT: Fall foliage
WEEKLY KIDZBUZZ PAGE: Learn about Puerto Rico
NOVEMBER FAMILY: 4 ways to put a new spin on Thanksgiving dinner, Black Friday shopping prep, teaching teens to be safe drivers and more
HALLOWEEN CALLOUT: Send in your Halloween photos
-- HALLOWEEN PAGE: Make your house haunted
-- READER CALLOUT: Show off your pumpkin carvings
THIS WEEK IN WEIRD: In this week’s edition, police say a robber was discovered in a home’s bathroom, a man was arrested hours after charges against him were dropped and more.
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ASK DOG LADY: Dump the dog or the boyfriend? - Weekly canine Q&A with Monica Collins, with advice on a dog-boyfriend conflict and dog ears.
LOOKING UP: First exo-planet discovered 15 years ago - Imagine that perhaps most of the stars you see at night have planets circling about them. From this far distance, we can ponder minuscule solar systems, their planets unimaginably small specks beyond hope of our ever seeing them with our finest of backyard telescopes. By Peter Becker.
WOOD ON WORDS: Who's behind these famous sayings? - In the 1978 film “Revenge of the Pink Panther,” a merchant assures Chief Inspector Clouseau that his new disguise will allow him to “work the Left Bank and Montmartre with anonymity.” By Barry Wood.
EASY RECIPES: Try a new vegetable: kale -- Kale, a member of the cabbage family, thrives in autumn’s lower temperatures.
SHAYNE LOOPER: Surviving the spiritual wilderness -- They think that God is out to get us and, in a sense, they are right. He is out to get us like a suitor is out to get the object of his dreams, like adopting parents are out to get the child for whom they have longed.
MURPHY'S LAW: Held hostage by a horde of stink bugs -- The correct name for these pests is the brown marmorated stinks bug. I found that these pesky slow-moving creatures are a native of China.
SNEAK PREVIEW: 'Red' and other movies opening this week - Sly Stallone proved with “The Expendables” that you don’t have to be young and spry to produce a solid action movie. And Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich and Helen Mirren are prepared to second that motion with this tongue-in-cheek tale (based on a graphic novel) about retired CIA agents drawn back into the fray after they are framed for the assassination of a world leader. By Al Alexander.
RED: Movie review: Old pros give ‘Red’ a well-aged vintage - The new action-comedy “Red” – an acronym for “retired, extremely dangerous” – is filled with gunfire and explosions and fistfights, but it’s about longtime friendships, forced retirement and ageism. By Ed Symkus.
MOVIE MAN: Lessons from the new 'Exorcist' DVD - “The Exorcist” first arrived in theaters back in 1973, was a huge hit then and has remained a horror landmark. By Will Pfeifer.
REEL DEAL: Movie creations get out of control - It’s only a matter of time before every creator loses control over his or her creation. That’s true of parents, who create new life; and even of our almighty Creator to some extent. It also applies to young, ambitious, cut-throat entrepreneurs. Films featured in this week’s Reel Deal column focus on a billionaire nerd, a couple of scientists and a lobbyist with one thing in common: a god complex. By Robert McCune.
LLOYD GARVER: The Columnist Who Once Killed a Fly - What do you think of this story? A guy who has never written a book before decides to write a 10-book series. He completes only three of the 10 before he dies suddenly at the age of 50, not living long enough to see any of them published. The three books become enormous bestsellers, earning millions of dollars. But wait, there's even more behind the story of Stieg Larsson, the author of "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo," “The Girl Who Played With Fire" and "The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest."
JOAN DE LA HAYE: Interview with author and publisher Joan De La Haye - Joan De La Haye is the daughter of diplomats, educated partially in Vienna, fluent in four languages, qualified in hypnotherapy, holder of a degree in art and creative design, a devout lover of animals and ecology, and co-owner of Rebel ePublishers who tackles marketing and operations. This golden-haired woman is also an outstanding, veteran author of … horror. And not your everyday chew-your-fingernails-to-the-elbow horror. By DA Kentner.
BRITT CARTOON: More people buried alive.
GRANLUND CARTOON: Mortgages and foreclosures.
KENT BUSH: Polls tell a story, and sometimes it’s even true - If the question is asked properly to a population selected scientifically, they often provide an accurate projection. But pollsters can twist a question or spot select respondents to try to gain results to affect what people think and create a tectonic shift in public opinion. One example of this is in Nevada's Senate race.
PHILIP MADDOCKS: Nation’s benchmark indices try to close enthusiasm gap with investors - Facing the potential for historic losses in confidence in the economy, the nation’s benchmark indices tried to light a fire under investors this week by staging an unabashedly profligate rally in front of thousands of shareholders on Madison Avenue in New York City that organizers hope will restore faith in and add profits to Wall Street.
ERIC P. BLOOM: Being the chief cheerleader for your department - As the department manager, you should be the No. 1 advocate for your group.