National budget 5.26.11
GateHouse News Service National Budget
Contacts: Lisa Glowinski, (217) 816-3343, email@example.com
Michael Toeset is off this week.
WAKE UP CALL!: Are your readers looking for storm shelters?
TORNADO COVERAGE: Joplin-area papers offer dramatic coverage
DISASTER PLAN: Would your newsroom know what to do in an emergency?
JOPLIN TORNADO: Photos, video and news from the devastated Missouri town
JOPLIN HOSPITAL: St. John's pledges to rebuild -- by Morning Sun (Kan.)
JOPLIN ANIMALS: American Humane Association to help animal victims of disaster
JOPLIN SCHOOLS: Schools struggling to regroup -- Joplin R-8 schools are scrambling to regroup after Sunday's tornado destroyed three buildings, including the high school, and seriously damaged three more. By William Kluesner, Morning Sun (Kan.)
JOPLIN HOMELESS: Agencies stepping up efforts to help Joplin homeless -- The death toll from Sunday's massive tornado that ripped the heart out of Joplin stands at 125, with nine people rescued alive from the rubble in the days after the storm. By John Hacker, Carthage (Mo.) Press
JOPLIN MEMORIAL: Missouri Gov. Nixon meets with clergy, sets memorial service -- After meeting with area clergy Wednesday afternoon, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon held a press conference announcing a memorial service for Joplin tornado victims at 1 p.m. Sunday. By Todd G. Higdon, Carthage (Mo.) Press
SENATOR/JOPLIN: Senator Roy Blunt tours Joplin, surveys damage -- Senator Roy Blunt toured the devastating damage in Joplin, Mo., Tuesday that resulted from Sunday’s deadly tornado. Blunt met with federal and local authorities to ensure that there is a speedy and comprehensive recovery. Cody Dyer/ The Carthage Press (Mo.)
JOPLIN'S NEIGHBOR: Joplin's neighbor, Duquesne, Mo., also suffers tornado damage, deaths -- Tornado damage slices down the 20th Street corridor of Joplin, Mo., but it doesn’t end at the city limits. The trail of debris rolled right through Duquesne, Mo., a city of 2,000 that joins the eastern side of Joplin. Eight of the 125 dead were found here, and 300 houses were destroyed. Amye Buckley/ Neosho (Mo.) Daily News
JOPLIN RED CROSS UPDATE: Red Cross disaster relief update in Joplin -- There were about 200 residents at a shelter in Joplin, Mo., Wednesday night, run by the Greater Ozarks Chapter of the American Red Cross, which continues to operate the shelter at Missouri Southern State University. Carthage (Mo.) Press
JOPLIN NFL BRIEF: St. Louis Rams players to visit Joplin -- Today, current and former football players of the St. Louis Rams will travel to Joplin, Mo., to deliver supplies to an American Red Cross shelter, tour the damage and meet with tornado survivors. Carthage (Mo.) Press
JOPLIN MISSING BRIEF: Missouri safety officials take charge of locating unaccounted-for individuals -- At the direction of Gov. Jay Nixon, the Missouri Department of Public Safety has assumed control of the process of locating unaccounted-for individuals as a result of Sunday’s deadly tornado in Joplin, Mo. Carthage (Mo.) Press
CONROY CARTOON: Hell comes to the heartland -- Bob Conroy on the tornadoes hitting the Midwest. Bob Conroy/ GHNS
KIDZBUZZ: How to make ice cream (posted in advance for the holiday)
-- NOTE: The final KidzBuzz page of the school year will publish June 3. It will return weekly in the fall.
JULY FAMILY: Save on amusement park tickets, fun car-ride games for kids and a no-cook dinner recipe
BUYING INSURANCE PAGE: Making sure you have enough coverage
JUNE RADARFROG PRODUCTS: Baby food on a budget; air-dry laundry and save
FOURTH OF JULY PAGE: Patriotic quotes
FATHER'S DAY PAGE: Gifts kids can make for Dad
MEMORIAL DAY PAGE: Helping children of fallen soldiers
FLAG DAY PAGE: 10 facts about the flag you might not have known
RELIGION NEWS: NFL player seeks to grow Christian apparel company -- weekly Religion News with items on Mark Clayton, St. Louis Rams wide receiver, and his Christian apparel company, “Getting to Heaven: Departing Instructions for Your Life Now” by Don Piper and Cecil Murphey and more. By GHNS
DANNY HENLEY: Facing a pair of tuxedo shoes -- For heaven’s sake, it could have been a snippet of information gained when a Guantanamo Bay detainee was forced to wear a pair of tuxedo shoes that enabled U.S. forces to locate Osama bin Laden. Hannibal (Mo.) Courier-Post
KELLEY BALDWIN: T-ball time for 6-year-olds -- There’s nothing that separates the men from the boys more than the first T-ball practice for 6-year-olds. Especially when we’re talking about my husband, Mr. Assistant Coach With Dreams of Grandeur. Maryville (Mo.) Daily Forum
DIANA BOGGIA: Sensory integration disorder in children -- I was introduced to a mom who said her 9-year-old daughter was causing so many problems within their family that it was nearly destroying her marriage. She reported that their 7-year-old son was so easygoing and compliant, but their daughter had been “difficult” since birth. Canton (Ohio) Repository
MEGAN TILK: When it rains on your parade -- Nothing brings out the true colors of family more than an entire weekend of togetherness. As typical, Midwest thunderstorms fell over southwest Iowa on the day of my kid brother's graduation reception, and the women of my family sprang into action. Maryville (Mo.) Daily Forum
CHERYL MILLER: Energy Star or energy waste? -- As apartment dwellers during the first 15 years of our marriage, we had to start from scratch when we furnished the house we eventually built. Thus, all of our major household appliances are now the same age: 26 years. By Cheryl Miller, Messenger Post (NY)
FRANK MULLIGAN: The power of posited thinking -- Beware "wouldn't-it-be-funny-ifs." By Frank Mulligan, GateHouse Media New England
DAN MAC ALPINE: Apocalypse not now -- News flash: The end of the world has been pushed off to the end of October if you're one of the Rapture folks, or to the end of 2012 if you prefer the Mayan view of things. By Dan Mac Alpine, Wicked Local Ipswich (Mass.)
STAY TUNED: Will Katie Couric's exit save 'CBS Evening News'? -- Couric's successor for the anchor position is "60 Minutes" correspondent and 21-year CBS News veteran Scott Pelley, whom former CBS anchor Dan Rather calls a "rock-solid believer in the tradition, history, legends and myths of CBS News." By Melissa Crawley, GHNS
FARR SIDE: McCreery's win concludes strong 'Idol' season -- With new judges, new contestants and a few new rules, "American Idol" had its best season yet. By David T. Farr, Sturgis (Mich.) Journal
GRANLUND CARTOON: Memorial Day sacrifice -- Granlund on Memorial Day and fallen soldiers. Dave Granlund/GHNS
EDITORIAL: Medicare: Preserve it or end it? -- The choice for voters comes down to intentions: Will they support the party that pledges to end Medicare as we know it, or the one that promises to preserve Medicare as we know it? The MetroWest Daily News (Mass.)
PHILLIP M. DAMPIER: Net neutrality heads off corporate greed -- Now big cable and phone companies want to be paid twice to deliver that Internet content — once by you and once again by me. Imagine paying for a long-distance call and learning AT&T also wants to bill whoever answers. MPNNow (N.Y.)
BIZ BITS: Ways to keep your small business tax-healthy -- Weekly business rail with items on small-business tax rules, a Better Business Bureau warning on driving schools and more. By GHNS
DIAMOND DIRT: Don't let what happens off the field keep you from the ballpark -- Like it or not, baseball does have a business side. Purists like myself really do hate it when there’s no team loyalty and players bounce around for the best price, but that’s just the way things go. Dominic Genetti/ Hannibal (Mo.) Courier-Post
* Poll idea: Which sports game would you rather attend: baseball, basketball, hockey, football?
LANCE ARMSTRONG: John Reilly: Lance Armstrong could be most criminal athlete in U.S. history -- Before I start, let me just state for the record: I like Lance Armstrong, and I find Tyler Hamilton detestable. But if these accounts hold true and the allegations of trafficking and doping against Armstrong eventually manifest into charges, he may well go down in sports lore as the most criminal athlete in United States history. John Reilly/The Patriot Ledger (Mass.)
* Poll idea: Do you think Lance Armstrong used performance-enhancing drugs, or did he win his races fair and square?