National budget 5.12.11

Staff reports

GateHouse News Service National Budget


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WAKE UP CALL!: New concerns about bedbugs

GRADUATION IDEAS: How to involve readers in your coverage

POLL QUESTION IDEA: Should parents be taxed for obese kids?


TORNADO CHASER: A look at storm chaser Bob Ulchak - Bob Ulchak may seem like an ordinary man, but he has extraordinary love - for weather. A Quincy, Mass., resident, Ulchak is heading to "Tornado Alley" on Sunday on a tornado-chasing trip. He'll be reporting on his exploits in Gatehouse Media newspapers around the country. By Dan McCready, The Patriot Ledger.

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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


RELIGION NEWS: Survey asks if rejoicing in bin Laden's death is wrong -- weekly Religion News with items on what the Bible says about rejoicing in an enemy's death, “Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy” by Eric Metaxas and more. By GHNS

REV. LINDA KNIERIEMEN: How should we respond to bin Laden's death?  -- Osama bin Laden has been killed. How does a person of faith respond? In particular, how do the lenses given to us by Jesus affect how we see and how we react to the assassination of an enemy? The Holland Sentinel (Mich.)

GEORGE LITTLE: Full moon may affect animals' patterns  -- Abnormal human and animal behavior has been attributed to the full moon since the first “recorded” werewolf sighting near Cologne, Germany, in 1591. The werewolf has done more for full-moon folklore than Babe Ruth did for baseball. State Journal-Register (Ill.)

BACK PAIN IN KIDS: More young people are complaining of back, hand, finger pain  -- Young people from their middle teens up to 25 who haven’t been performing the type of repetitive work usually associated with overuse injuries are coming to Houghton with complaints of carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow and hand and finger pain. Mike DeDoncker/ Rockford Register Star (Ill.)

* Localization tip: Get quotes and opinions from local physical therapists about young people and nerve pain.

BEGINNER'S BOX: It’s easy to tame the yeast beast -- Yeast at one time was considered magic. Now it’s simply science, but a lot of our baking depends on it. Jim Hillibish/ Canton (Ohio) Repository


‘BRIDESMAIDS’ REVIEW: Movie review: Kristen Wiig is hilarious in 'Bridesmaids' - If you thought Pippa Middleton’s curvaceousness can steer attention away from Wills and Kate, wait until you see what Kristen Wiig does to upstage the betrothed couple in “Bridesmaids.” By Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger.

SNEAK PREVIEW: 'Priest,' 'Bridesmaids,' 'Everything Must Go' and more opening movies -- Yet another vampire flick. Is there enough blood in the world to handle the demand? Apparently not, judging how Paul Bettany and the other human refugees have holed up out of sight in their post-apocalyptic world. Al Alexander/ Patriot Ledger (Mass.)

STAY TUNED: 'The Voice': Power to the (singing) people - Now that you've had time to recover from the royal wedding, you can return to that other wildly popular form of reality TV. You know, the one where there's less wacky hats and more pop songs. But before you go back to the love fest that has become “American Idol,” check out “The Voice,” NBC's contribution to singing competitions. Contestants sing and famous people judge, but in a way that disrupts the typical power dynamic and provides an exciting new template for televised talent shows. By Melissa Crawley, GHNS columnist.

FARR SIDE: ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ intrigue - I wasn’t going to get sucked into “Celebrity Apprentice” again, but it was too late. I got caught up in the madness — that is, the branding of Donald Trump. By David T. Farr, Sturgis, Mich.

BOOK NOTES: 'Railway Maps of the World' by Mark Ovenden - According to Mark Ovenden, author of “Railway Maps of the World,” the pattern of human settlement, as we now see it in America, Asia and Australasia, can be attributed in large part to railways. His great new book — a wonder of illustration and information — presents a unique historical perspective that bears out his assertions. By Rae Francoeur, Cape Ann, Mass.

READER'S GUIDE: 'I'll Walk Alone,' 'A Covert Affair,' 'Eve' and more good reads -- "I'll Walk Alone" by Mary Higgins Clark, "A Covert Affair" by Jennet Conant, "Eve" by Iris Johansen and more good reads. Susie Stooksbury/ the Oak Ridger (Tenn.)

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


GRANLUND CARTOON: Newt Gingrich's baggage. By Dave Granlund, GHNS cartoonist.

GRANLUND CARTOON: Grads and student loans. By Dave Granlund, GHNS cartoonist.

BRITT CARTOON: The continuing adventures of Spaceman Mike. By Chris Britt, Springfield, Ill.

EDITORIAL: Does debt ultimatum mean pain will be shared? - It's not hard to understand why U.S. House Speaker John Boehner and other Republicans are playing chicken with the nation's debt limit, insisting on serious spending cuts in exchange for their support in raising it. They're merely using the leverage they have. By Peoria, Ill.

EDITORIAL: Uncle Sam doesn't have to like Pakistan, just work with them, for now - You've heard the saying that "real friends don't let friends drive drunk"? Real friends don't consistently bite the hand that feeds them, either. By Peoria, Ill.

BENJAMIN WACHS: Will the United States ever grow up? - It’s nice to think that the grownups will step in and save us. But if recent history has taught us anything, it’s that there are no grownups left in America. By Benjamin Wachs, Messenger Post.


BIZ BITS: How to ace a phone interview - Weekly business rail, with tips on doing a phone interview, a BBB warning about free Wi-Fi and more. By GHNS.

* Localization tip: You could include a weekly tax tip from a local expert, have a business-related Q&A with a local expert or do a “business of the week” feature in which you highlight a local business.