National budget 10.25.10

Staff reports

GateHouse News Service National Budget

For 10/25/10 editions

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

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WAKE UP CALL!: More diabetes cases?

ANALYTICS: Sharing numbers with your newsroom


VETERANS DAY PAGE: How to thank a veteran you know

WEEKLY KIDZBUZZ PAGE: A math maze for Halloween

REDESIGNED BOOMERS: The winter edition features articles on Medicare changes for 2011, what to consider in a vacation home, Thanksgiving recipes for two and more.

READER CALLOUT: Fall foliage

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

Find the full year's niche schedule here


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* Questions? Contact news service editor Lisa Glowinski, or 217-816-3343.



HEALTH WATCH: There's no remedy like home remedies -- Weekly health watch with items on home remedies, a genetic link to childhood obesity and new disclaimers for some osteoporosis medications.

CONSTELLATIONS: 4 full moons, meteor shower this fall -- Doug Furton, an associate professor of physics at Grand Valley State University in Michigan, offered five tips on what to watch for in the autumn sky. By Jon Schultz/ Holland Sentinel (Mich.)

* Localization tip: Get more quotes and tips from the local astronomy club or a professional, include where the best views your town are located and whether there is a high-powered telescope available for the public in your area.

BLACK BEARS: Mystery surrounds black bear tracks -- Students are currently investigating a mysterious aspect of bruin behavior – bears that appear to deliberately retread their tracks along a predetermined trail. By Chris Potter/ Evening Tribune (N.Y.)

KEVIN FRISCH: The Candidate vs. The Opponent -- I'm Kevin Frisch, and I approved this column. By Kevin Frisch/ Messenger Post (N.Y.)

PUMPKIN CARVING: Carve your pumpkin with expert knowledge -- The best ways to pick, buy, carve and preserve your pumpkin for Halloween. By Tamara Browning/ State Journal-Register (Ill.)

* Localization tip: Include dates, times and locations of any pumpkin carving contests in your area.

TRAVEL: Visit the Jersey Shore - Atlantic City, N.J. -- Atlantic City, N.J., offers off-season fun and relaxation that's perfect for a weekend getaway. By Nancy Olesin/ MetroWest Daily News (N.J.)

JEFF VRABEL: Cuckoo for Count Chocula - I cannot buy Count Chocula anywhere remotely near my house. I don't want to minimize anyone's problems, but my problem is worse than any of yours multiplied by a blolillion, because none of you people have, in the past week, driven around for a full afternoon stopping at five grocery stores in the futile hunt for a fictitious cocoa-based vampire who apparently IS NOT VISIBLE TO THE HUMAN EYE, much, now that I think about it, like real vampires, except Carl Paladino, who is, tragically, quite the opposite. By Jeff Vrabel, GateHouse News Service columnist.

JULIE FAY: Ah, the fall - no bugs, no burns, no sweat - It’s my favorite time of year. Fall brings a crispness, a welcome clarity after the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer. As a bonus, it marks the end of unintentional sweating, my least favorite aspect of the hot season. By Julie Fay, The Patriot Ledger, Quincy, Mass.

DAVID ROBSON: Make leaves work for you - If you don’t have many leaves, you can easily rake them or mulch with your mower a couple times without the bagging attachment, and then run over them once more with the bagger attached. You’ll have much smaller pieces, though the leaf bag will be heavier because it’s fuller. You can incorporate shredded leaves directly into your garden to improve the soil’s quality for next year. By David Robson, State Journal-Register, Springfield, Ill.


SUDOKU: Puzzles 855-889 (November puzzles) are now available for download. Previous puzzles are linked to in this file as well.

POP CULTURE: TV?icons have a lasting place in iconhood - Two interesting topics came up, and I couldn’t decide which to explore. Should I choose timeliness or timelessness? 1. Two TV legends linked to '50s nostalgia died within the past week: Barbara Billingsley and Tom Bosley. 2. A new world record was set for the longest house cat. By Dennis Volkert of the Sturgis (Mich.) Journal.


BRITT CARTOON: Anonymous contributions fuel the GOP. By Chris Britt of the State Journal-Register in Springfield, Ill.

GRANLUND CARTOON: Afghan President Karzai and Iranian cash. By Dave Granlund, GateHouse News Service cartoonist.

BENJAMIN WACHS: We have met the freaks, and they are us - Until the cast of MTV’s “Jersey Shore” decides to run for Congress (and they will), this is probably the weirdest campaign season we’re going to see. But for most of American history, politicians were protected by a veil of hypocrisy (the homage that vice pays to virtue) and secrecy (which you could have before Facebook) that kept most of their foibles out of the public eye. Most of us, until just recently, were protected by that same veil. If politicians were the only ones being caught by cell phone cameras doing stupid things, this would be a very different world. By Benjamin Wachs of Messenger Post Newspapers in New York.

WENDY J. MURPHY: Two on 'The View' have no clue - If the Joy Behars and Whoopi Goldbergs of the world decide it’s time to shame protesters into silence, watch out as rage and violence emerge as the only alternatives to peaceful protest. By Wendy J. Murphy, The Patriot Ledger, Quincy, Mass.


AUTO BITS: Protect yourself - and your car - on the road this winter - Weekly auto rail, with pre-winter car-care tips, Car Q&A with Junior Damato and more. By GateHouse News Service.

* Localization tip: One idea is to have your own Q&A with a local auto expert. You can replace the Car Q&A that's here.

GREG ZYLA: 1969 1/2 Dodge Super Bee ‘Six Pack’ - At mid-year 1969, Chrysler Corporation decided to up the muscle car ante with its popular Dodge Super Bee, which it introduced in 1968. Specifically, engineers took the 440-inch high-performance V8 from the R/T, added a higher lift cam, stronger connecting rods and special valve springs and then topped it off with an Edelbrock aluminum intake and three Holley two-barrel carbs. Plymouth’s Roadrunner “Six Barrel” was Dodge’s sibling and shared all mechanicals. By Greg Zyla, GateHouse News Service auto columnist.

SHOESTRING LIVING: Are you a typical consumer? - Recently, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released its Consumer Expenditure Survey 2009 results, giving each of us a better idea of where we all stack up against the averages. Taking many facets of our spending into consideration, the survey depicts a realistic view of American spending today. Take a look to see how your own budget compares. And for those of you still operating without a budget, hopefully you’ll feel inspired to grab the reins and take control of your spending for once and for all. By Molly Logan Anderson, GateHouse News Service columnist.

HALLOWEEN WARNING: BBB issues warning about Halloween shopping - When shopping for Halloween costumes and other merchandise, the Better Business Bureau cautions consumers to be careful of seasonal stores and fly-by-night websites. Common complaints include difficulty obtaining refunds and receiving incorrect items regarding this type of merchandise. By the BBB.

ON COMPUTERS: Web domain names getting wider and wilder - Just when you have figured out the .www, .com and .org of Web addresses, things are changing radically. The problem is the same as with phone numbers. Internet domain addresses (the .coms, etc., appearing after the descriptive name) are running out. The fix is that in 2012, domains will increase exponentially as demand increases. By Jim Hillibish of The Repository in Canton, Ohio.