National budget 6.13.11

Staff reports

GateHouse News Service National Budget


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WAKE UP CALL!: Gas prices dropping -- will readers travel more?

NEWSROOM PROFILE: Mineral (W.Va.) Daily News Tribune

Q&A: NY weekly editor explains open meetings victory


HOW-TO TAB: How to choose the best hairstyle for your face, build a website cheaply, destress and more


-- Father's Day page

JULY FAMILY: Save on amusement park tickets, fun car-ride games for kids and a no-cook dinner recipe

FOURTH OF JULY PAGE: Patriotic quotes


HEALTH WATCH: Stress-free morning routine -- weekly Health Watch with items on de-stressing your morning routine, a new study about maternity leave and breastfeeding and more. By GHNS

DEET: DEET still the one to beat - When repelling bugs, the options are growing. But the best option remains DEET if you don't want to get bitten. By Chris Young, Springfield, Ill.

SWIMMING: Help your kids avoid swimmer's ear - The common ear infection will spike now that kids are in the pool. Here's how to avoid the pain. By Molly Beck, Springfield, Ill.

* Callout idea: Ask readers if they have any swimmer’s ear tips or home remedies.

50 DISHES BY 50: Deep-Fried Strawberries -- I’ll never forget strolling the midway at the Bolivar Strawberry Festival in Ohio years ago and stopping dead in my tracks at the sight of a sign on a vendor tent: Deep-fried strawberries. Jennifer Mastroianni/ Canton (Ohio) Repository

* Callout idea: Send us your favorite strawberry recipes to share with readers.

BEGINNER'S BOX: Kirsov is a pudding-like dessert -- One of the first recipes young Moldovan cooks master is the Kirsov, a pudding-like dessert made from sweet potatoes or yams. It is named for Chrisova, a commune “populated area” in southern Moldavia. The area is known for excellent foods from its rich soil and traditional agricultural methods. Jim Hillibish/ Canton (Ohio) Repository

SHAYNE LOOPER: You have to become your own mom - I once interviewed college students at the end of their freshman year, asking them for advice that would help new students going off to school in the fall. These men and women, with a year of college under their belts, were open about their first-year struggles and realistic about the challenges of life away from home. By Shayne Looper, Coldwater, Mich.

GARY BROWN: Demise of ‘All My Children’ has writer reminiscing -- I was reminded of this memorable summer of my life a few weeks ago when I read that “All My Children” is ending. The ABC network apparently is taking the soap opera off the air, along with “One Life to Live,” which is another long-running soap opera that, over the years, I found relatively useless for getting to know anybody. Canton (Ohio) Repository

* Comments idea: Classic soap operas are being canceled. Which ones will you miss? Who were your favorite characters? What were your favorite episodes? Discuss what you loved about these shows in the comments field below the story.

SHOESTRING LIVING: Simple pleasures make us all wealthy - I recently caught the tail end of a radio interview with author Neil Pasricha, who wrote “The Book of Awesome.” The thing that caught my attention as he rattled off a verbal list of many of life's true and tiny pleasures was when he said, "People just don't realize that the best things in life really are free." By Molly Logan Anderson, GHNS columnist.

JEFF VRABEL: Thank you, Anthony Weiner - If you're a copy editor you're probably being briefly filled with the will to live, because this is the sort of week you DREAM ABOUT, before your dreams return to the ones where you're being chased down impossibly tall roller-coaster tracks by punctuation marks in clown suits that are carrying machetes, and stop looking at me like that. By Jeff Vrabel, GHNS columnist.


GREEN LANTERN: Ryan Reynolds tackles role of comic book hero Green Lantern - Ryan Reynolds may be just another pretty face, but in the past couple of years he’s been showing a range of acting chops that, combined with those looks, have made him a Canadian who’s hot in Hollywood. By Ed Symkus, The Patriot Ledger.

DENNIS VOLKERT: All that you can't leave behind - I took a trip last weekend. Just before I left, I grabbed a stack of CDs for the journey. I sheepishly admit I’m not yet up to speed with the magic of the iPod. I’m waiting until they come down in price, then I’ll buy one and pretend I’ve hung onto it as a keepsake until I’m sure about the new technology, whatever that turns out to be (it’s possible it has already arrived, but that’s another column). By Dennis Volkert, Sturgis, Mich.


GRANLUND CARTOON: Flag Day and flag respect. By Dave Granlund, GHNS cartoonist.

BRITT CARTOON: Rod Blagojevich ponders his fate. By Chris Britt, Springfield, Ill.

EDITORIAL: Bipartisan inaction on the economy - Presidents get too much blame when the economy is bad, and too much credit when it is good, a point this page has made often, in regard to Republican and Democratic presidents alike. That's not an excuse to do nothing, which is what we're now seeing from both parties. By MetroWest, Mass.

KEVIN FRISCH: The mixed-up ride of Paul Revere -- Listen my readers and you shall hear?Of the mixed-up ride of Paul Revere. In the dead of night, he headed off, skittish,?And accidentally warned the British — That American rebels were drawing near. The Messenger Post (N.Y.)

RICHARD HERMANN: Why US should offer land for military service -- The idea of giving returning veterans plots of land is hardly a new one. Resurrecting this old idea today would be a terrific way to thank our returning veterans and to give them the wherewithal to return to civilian life as productive members of society. The Messenger Post (N.Y.)

* Poll idea: Do you think this idea that will work?

RICK HOLMES: No steps closer to immigration reform  -- Want to start a fight? Bring up immigration in mixed company. You might think after all these years of battling over immigration laws and enforcement, we'd be closer to some kind of resolution. You'd be wrong. The MetroWest Daily News (Mass.)

Business / auto

AUTO BITS: Tips for sharing the road with big rigs - Weekly auto rail, with tips for safely sharing the road with big rigs this summer, Car Q&A with Junior Damato and more. By GHNS.

* Localization tip: You can do a Q&A with a local mechanic, or have a mechanic (or mechanics) provide you with a tip of the week.

GREG ZYLA: 1964 Pontiac GTO - the birth of a legend - Of all the muscle cars ever built, the 1964 Pontiac GTO ranks at or near the top of this popular class. The GTO is also acknowledged as the car that started the mid-size muscle craze, coming to market well before the competition. By Greg Zyla, GHNS columnist.

ON COMPUTERS: Easy home wireless networking for $30? - Networking sounds complicated because it once was. It usually took a weekend, or a vacation, to get a system running. You didn’t install it, you wrestled it. By Jim Hillibish, Canton, Ohio.