National Budget 5.11.11

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Mount Shasta Herald

GateHouse News Service National Budget 5.11.11

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TORNADO CHASE: From May 15 through 27, GateHouse News Service will offer reports from a tornado chase tour in Oklahoma from Patriot Ledger weather blogger and ex-U.S. Navy hurricane pilot Robert Ulchak. Click the link below for more details.


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JUNE FAMILY: Great zoos, recipes for a summer lemonade stand and how to make a household emergency kit

KIDZBUZZ: National Police Week

FAVORITE CAR CALLOUT: For photos of readers' classic, first or favorite vehicles

BRIDE: Unique wedding venue ideas, fun activities for cocktail hour, different ways to use your registry

FATHER'S DAY PAGE: Gifts kids can make for Dad

PROM CALLOUT: For readers' photos

MEMORIAL DAY PAGE: Helping children of fallen soldiers

FLAG DAY PAGE: 10 facts about the flag you might not have known


HOME HELP: Recycling in the kitchen -- weekly Home Help with items on what you can recycle in the kitchen, the BlackBerry PlayBook, going green tips and more. By GHNS

BEST COUNTERTOPS: Countertop materials, ranked by stain resistance - Most countertop manufacturers market their products as stain-resistant or stain-proof, but there is often a major caveat. Many countertop materials resist stains only if maintained properly — and even with sealing and care, they aren’t always 100-percent stain-proof. Here is a list of the 16 most popular countertop options, in rough order from the most stain-resistant to least stain-resistant. Consider this list before remodeling your kitchen. By Steve Graham,

BEER NUT: Bluegrass, bourbon and beer - When Dr. Pearse Lyons bought the Lexington Brewing Company a decade ago, it didn't really seem to make sense. Lyons owns Alltech, an international company that sells animal health supplies and supplements, and the Kentucky brewery was struggling, barely remaining open. But if you look beyond the surface, you see why Lyons would want a brewery. By Norman Miller, MetroWest, Mass.

SUZANNE MAHLER: Using fragrant plants in the landscape - Outside my window, enchanting ribbons of deep blue and snow-white forget-me-nots thread their way through my shady borders amongst showy mounds of sunny yellow primroses, luxurious clumps of old-fashioned bleeding hearts, elegant, architectural stands of Solomon’s Seal and handsome hostas. By Suzanne Mahler, Hanover, Mass.

LOST IN SUBURBIA: The adventures of the lone eyebrow - I looked up from a pair of sandals I was contemplating at the shoe store and was met by the biggest, bushiest eyebrow I had ever seen. Yes, eyebrow. Singular. There was just one of them. It ran from the end of one eye all the way across the top of the salesman’s nose to the end of the other eye. By Tracy Beckerman, GHNS columnist.

BACON COOKBOOK: “I Love Bacon!” cookbook is everything bacon -- The book “I Love Bacon!” by Jayne Rockmill contains recipes for bacon cocktails, hash, sliders, macaroni and cheese, tacos, salad, candy, brioche, cupcakes and ice cream. Here is a sample from the book: Kathryn Rem/ State Journal-Register (Ill.)

NEW NURSING HOME TREND: Nursing home trend eliminates institutional feel in design, care, attitude  -- There is a national trend to make nursing homes more home-like. The trend goes by a variety of names: culture change, the greenhouse effect, the Pioneer Network. But it boils down to resident-centered care in every aspect, from what time residents eat or sleep to the architectural design of the home. Pam Adams/ Peoria (Ill.) Journal Star

STUTTERS: Jennifer Pollock: Treatment for children with a stutter -- Stuttering is a speech disorder affecting as many as 5 percent of children at some point in their early lives and approximately 1 percent of adults, which is about 68 million people worldwide. It can occur when a number of factors come together; each person who stutters may experience it differently. State Journal-Register (Ill.)

* Sidebar idea: Highlight a local child dealing with a stutter and what the family is doing for treatment.

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5 THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND: This week’s suggestions include spring cleaning and taking part in the Stamp Out Hunger food drive; celebrating National Chocolate Chip Day; watching “Bridesmaids” or another new movie; and more.

* Localization tip: List any information pertinent to your local Stamp Out Hunger food drive; replace any of these items for any big local events; and ask readers to send in their favorite recipes using chocolate chips.

LARRY KING: Larry King, stand-up comedian - Piers Morgan may have taken over the “Larry King Live” timeslot at CNN, but no one will ever really replace Larry King – or match him when it comes to big-name interviews. King clearly has a lot to talk about on stage. By R. Scott Reedy, Marshfield, Mass.

SUDOKU: June puzzles (1072-1099) are now available for download. Previous puzzles are linked to in this file.

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GRANLUND CARTOON: Oil and gas subsidies. By Dave Granlund, GHNS cartoonist.

O’MAHONEY CARTOON: Cradle-to-grade health care. By O’Mahoney, The Patriot Ledger.

CHERYL MILLER: The Internet is no place for neutrality - We equate neutrality with impartiality. But it actually means Internet service providers are prohibited from using their best judgment in running their businesses. By Cheryl Miller, Messenger Post. N.Y.

MICHELLE TEHEUX: Yes, women still die in childbirth - I was truly astounded to read, on Mother's Day weekend, that according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American women giving birth today are twice as likely to die in childbirth as their mothers were. By Michelle Teheux, Pekin, Ill.

JERRY MOORE: Perhaps doctors will share space with IRS agents -- The U.S. House of Representatives last week found an innovative way of combining fiscal discipline with social responsibility. Their goal is to finally close the notorious abortion-tax loophole, which sadly allows private individuals and companies to make poor moral decisions on America’s dime. Suburban Life Publications (Ill.)

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DAVE RAMSEY: Rethink credit card usage - Weekly financial Q&A, with advice on credit cards and debt settlement companies. By Dave Ramsey, GHNS columnist.

MAKING CENTS: Make getting grad's first job your mission - The unemployment statistics have not improved greatly for recent college graduates. As proud parents listen to the great speakers on college campuses celebrating graduations, many are also wondering what they may do for their graduate to get a job. By John P. Napolitano, The Patriot Ledger.

CHECKOUT LANE: Custom-fitted golf clubs need not cost you more - Picking a golf club that properly matches your swing and body type could make a huge difference the next time you hit the links. By Shaunna Gately, The Patriot Ledger.

* Localization tip: Talk to golf pros in your area and add/swap out their quotes and advice.

INTERVIEW WITH NEWT GINGRICH: Interview with Newt Gingrich on nation, candidacy -- Newt Gingrich answered questions from the Woodford Times in Peoria, Ill. On May 14, Gingrich will be the keynote speaker at a local college in Peoria, which has been hosting a yearlong Ronald Reagan Centennial celebration. Here’s the Q-and-A. DeWayne Bartels/ Woodford Times (Peoria, Ill.)

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