National budget 6.14.11

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FAMILY TIME: Family video game night growing in popularity - Weekly family rail, with tips for holding a family video game night, a review of "Super 8" and more. By GHNS.

* Localization tip: Any of the first three items can be localized – ask a local family counselor to provide a tip of the week, ask movie-going parents to give reviews of movies or ask youngsters to send in book reviews.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Grilling safety -- weekly Food for Thought with items on grilling safety tips, “Smokin’ with Myron Mixon: Recipes Made Simple, from the Winningest Man in Barbecue” by Myron Mixon, Kelly Alexander and foreword by Paula Deen and more. By GHNS

JIM HILLIBISH: Jim Hillibish: Berries mean it's crunch time  -- Deep in the heart of American cookery, there resides a small but vocal anti-pie movement. These are folks like us, who cringe at the thought of crafting a perfect pie crust. Canton (Ohio) Repository

SCHOOLHOUSE WINERY: Couple converts 1886 schoolhouse into winery  -- School House Winery in Dover, Ohio, offers a picturesque and playful setting for enjoying handcrafted wine, nature, music, munchies and more. Jennifer and Dave Jagunic opened their business two years ago, converting an 1886 one-room country schoolhouse into a winery that seats 50 inside with ample space at picnic tables and a pavilion outside. Canton (Ohio) Repository

MURRAY FEINGOLD: Celiac disease is common -- Although celiac disease is common, affecting about 1 in 133 individuals, many people are unaware of the many aspects and facets of this condition. The basic culprit in this disease is sensitivity to gluten, a protein present in wheat, barley and rye. MetroWest Daily News (Mass.)

JEFF HERSH: Treatment for cancer of the appendix -- Q: They thought my aunt had appendicitis, but after the operation, they said it was cancer. Aren't these really different things? How come they were confused? MetroWest Daily News (Mass.)

JASON SHEA: Muscle building 101 - Workout enthusiasts spend countless hours working out in the gym trying to lose weight, tone their muscles or strive for overall health. In this quest for a healthy, toned body, have you ever stopped and wondered why and how muscles actually grow? By Jason Shea, MetroWest, Mass.

LORETTA LAROCHE: Honey, they shrunk my clothes - I recently went shopping to buy some summer clothes and was hard pressed to find any pants or blouses that didn’t look like they had been shrink wrapped. Something has happened to the sleeves on T-shirts, blouses and tunics. By Loretta LaRoche, The Patriot Ledger.


DAD FILMS: Get Reel: Films that feature dads - With Father's Day this Sunday, it seems like an appropriate time to honor dear old dad with movies that feature memorable fathers. They may not necessarily be good dads. In fact, some of the most memorable dads in movies have been bad dads or dads with issues. The bottom line: They made an impression. By Bob Tremblay, MetroWest, Mass.

* Callout/Facebook idea: Ask readers who their favorite movie dad is and why. Or ask which movie character their dad is most similar to.


BRITT CARTOON: U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner taking leave of absence. By Chris Britt, Springfield, Ill.

AMY GEHRT: GOP bumbles along bumpy road - A series of missteps continues to plague potential Republican presidential candidates, leaving the frontrunner status wide open. By Amy Gehrt, Pekin, Ill.

KENT BUSH: Search for Sarah Palin emails should be fair -- I was an editor for almost 15 years in Oklahoma. I have been a publisher in Kansas for almost four more. Never once have I filed a Freedom of Information Act request to see every email sent from a public official. But Sarah Palin was never my governor. If she had been, maybe that would have changed. Augusta Gazette (Kan.)

DIANNE MCDONALD: More women needed in politics -- From local to state to national, women should run for any elected office they can. There’s more women in the United States than men, yet women only hold 91 seats out of 535 in Congress. That’s only 16.8 percent, not even a quarter of female interest. Patriot Ledger (Mass.)

Business / auto

MAKING CENTS: Insurance exclusions complicated - With all of the bad weather that we've had around the country this spring, many homeowners are learning about exclusions to their insurance policies. Exclusions are insurance-speak for perils or risks that are not covered. By John P. Napolitano, The Patriot Ledger.