National budget 3.9.11

Staff reports

GateHouse News Service National Budget


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WAKE UP CALL!: Young athletes and health problems

NEW GO GREEN TAB: How to use GHNS niche's first "hybrid" section

UPCOMING WEBINARS: On watchdog reporting, marketing your newsroom


APRIL FAMILY: With features on getting the most miles out of the family car, dog obedience training and recycling old electronics

SPRING AHEAD ILLO: Daylight saving time starts Sunday

NASCAR PAGE: What happened to Trevor Bayne?

KIDZBUZZ: Telling time and "spring forward"

REAL ESTATE PAGE: Renting your home

MARCH RADARFROG PAGE: Save on car rentals

MARCH RADARFROG COUPON BOOK: Be your own handyman; get rid of pests naturally

ST. PATRICK'S DAY CALLOUT: For photos of parades and other green parties

SUNSHINE WEEK: Promo ads, infographics and more for the celebration of open government

-- NOTE: Sunshine Week is March 13-19


HOME HELP: Small spring updates -- Weekly Home Help with items on small updates to make for spring, a common mistake when mulching, how to clean leather furniture and more. By GHNS

CARRIE SKOGSBERG: New heart disease prevention guidelines for women -- The American Heart Association has released new heart disease prevention guidelines for women. While most medical guidelines are taken from research done in a clinical setting, the American Heart Association took "real world" factors into consideration when creating its new guidelines. State Journal-Register (Ill.)

MEATLESS FRIDAYS: Chefs get creative with savory fish, pasta and veggie dishes on meatless Fridays -- No matter how much you like fish and chips, they can get tiresome if you eat them every Friday during Lent. Some chefs reinvent dishes by replacing the meat with a variety of fresh, high-quality ingredients and seasonings. Jody Feinberg/ The Patriot Ledger

* Localization tip: Replace dishes and quotes with quotes from local chefs and restaurant owners offering creative food for meatless Fridays.

DR. GWENN O'KEEFFE: Understanding friends, family with food allergies -- People need to understand –– with any food allergy or intolerance –– that these foods make those of us who have the condition sick. I now understand why I never really loved pizza or pasta or beer ... it was the gluten. MetroWest Daily News

COLLEGE MATTERS: Admissions heavily weigh course choices in senior year -- Over the next several weeks, juniors will be asked to choose their classes for next year and they should give careful thought to their course selections. Allison Matlack/ MetroWest Daily News (Mass.)

CHECKOUT LANE: Factors to consider when buying next pair of sunglasses - As the days get longer and daylight saving time approaches, it might be tempting to pick up a new pair of shades. There's a wide range of factors you should consider - from style to price, brand and lens - before buying a pair. By Shaunna Gately, The Patriot Ledger.

* Localization tip: Talk to glasses experts in your town and add/swap out their quotes and advice.

CREATIVE RENOVATION: Couple uses old scrap wood to turn basement into Old World wine cellar -- Gary Romans, a retired realtor, had the opportunity to buy a lot of wine –– something this couple, who entertains often, would enjoy and use –– but no place to store it all. He also had a junk room in the basement that Penny kept after him to clean. Eventually, the solution became obvious. Jennifer Davis/ The Journal Star (Ill.)

* Sidebar idea: Highlight a local resident that did a quick, inexpensive and creative renovation in their home. Or list quick and creative ideas that people can do in their own homes and where to find the materials.

SECURITY LIGHTS: The nuances of automatic security lights - Three types of automatic security lights can make your home safer with minimal effort or cost. Some turn on automatically from dusk until dawn, while others switch on with motion sensors if something or someone moves on your property. Programmable interior lights also offer a measure of automated security. Each has advantages, drawbacks and quirks. By Steve Graham, Networx.

LOST IN SUBURBIA: Me, the ski and the tree - I am not a terrible skier, but I am not a particularly good skier either. On the Official Awkward Ski Scale, I fall somewhere between a 3-year-old on the bunny slopes and those beginner adults you see on the intermediate slopes with their arms flailing wildly and their faces frozen in an expression of sheer panic. By Tracy Beckerman, GHNS columnist.


GRANLUND CARTOON: Pot of gold IOUs. By Dave Granlund, GHNS cartoonist.

GRANLUND CARTOON: Flood insurance alternative. By Dave Granlund, GHNS cartoonist.

KENT BUSH: People of Wisconsin deserve better - The fiasco in Wisconsin is proof of why the 10th Amendment was worded so carefully. The final piece of the Bill of Rights says, "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people." By Kent Bush, Augusta, Kan.

MICHELLE TEHEUX: Revisiting the income disparity and government's purpose  -- A few weeks ago I wrote a column about the growing problem of income disparity in our country that drew two distinct reactions. About half the responses went something like this: “You’re absolutely right, but you’re probably going to get a lot of hate mail.” The other half was hate mail. Pekin Daily Times

Business / tech

DAVE RAMSEY: The right time to buy a home - Weekly financial Q&A, with advice on buying a house and family party planning. By Dave Ramsey, GHNS columnist.

MAKING CENTS: Don't ignore old 401(k) accounts - Just because you have left a job is no reason to ignore your retirement accounts that may be left behind. With profit-sharing plans, 403(b) plans or 401(k) plans, you are allowed to roll the accounts into a rollover IRA after you leave a job. By John P. Napolitano, Patriot Ledger.

ON COMPUTERS: Better hurry up, Internet2 - Right now, it’s love it or leave it for Net users, but that soon may change. The backlash against the commercial Net is well organized by people who believe we must start over. Enter Internet2. By Jim Hillibish, Canton, Ohio.