National budget 6.27.11

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

GateHouse News Service National Budget


Contacts: Lisa Glowinski, (217) 816-3343,

Michael Toeset, (630) 835-8870,


WAKE UP CALL!: Will products reduce young athlete concussions?

PHOTO TIPS: Shooting a parade

EDITING WORDS: AP style tips on temperatures



-- Fourth of July page

JULY RADARFROG PRODUCTS: Save on oil changes, school supplies, grilling out

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-- Coupon book

SUMMER HEALTHY LIVING: How to avoid and treat sunburn and heat illness, fresh fruit juice recipes and what to know about new sunscreen labels

SUMMER DRINK RECIPES CALLOUT: Send your favorite cold beverage recipes


HEALTH WATCH: Avoid shin splints -- weekly Health Watch with items on avoiding shin splints, the decline in HIV infections, a resource to help manage diabetes and more. By GHNS

BAREFOOT RUNNING: Can running barefoot - or close to it - relieve pain? - Some runners are either going shoeless, or wearing "gloves" for their feet, when they hit the pavement. By Tamara Browning, Springfield, Ill.

WAYNE L. WESTCOTT: Resistance exercise, dieting can slow aging -- Almost all program participants concurrently increased muscle and decreased fat, which reverses the typical aging phenomena of muscle loss and fat gain. This is important from several perspectives, including improved body composition, increased physical fitness, enhanced physical appearance and reduced health risks. Patriot Ledger (Mass.)

GREEN SPACE: Sow bugs are not your enemy -- Sow (or pill) bugs are Ma Nature’s great digestive system. They eat all the dead stuff –– leaves, sticks, weeds, kitchen waste –– that we collect for our compost heaps. What’s left is compost. Jim Hillibish/ Canton (Ohio) Repository

TRAVEL: Beautiful display of roses at Elizabeth Park in Hartford, Conn. -- America’s oldest public rose garden is Elizabeth Park in Hartford, Conn. There, you will see 500 varieties of roses on 15,000 rose bushes, most of them in bloom. The garden began in 1903 and continues today largely with the help of volunteer gardeners. Thomas Mickey/ Patriot Ledger (Mass.)

50 DISHES BY 50: Vodka Sauce, Chicken Tikka Masala, Warm Bacon Dressing -- As of last week, the count was 19 dishes down with 31 to go. I’ve got to speed it up. So this week, I’m offering three recipes. Two are the result of my visit to the Taste of Canton in Ohio a few weeks back. Jennifer Mastroianni/ Canton (Ohio) Repository

DIANA BOGGIA: School’s out! Kids are home for the summer ... now what? - Summertime brings back fond memories of swimming pools, days at the park, Sundays at the beach, corn on the cob and playing with all of the neighborhood kids until it got dark and the fireflies came out. Three short, warm months can provide a lifetime of fond, family and childhood memories. However, after just a few short weeks of fun and a lack of structure, parents may start to notice an increase in arguments, as well as an increase in household messes. By Diana Boggia, Canton, Ohio.

JEFF VRABEL: Age-inappropriate music my son likes, vol. 1: The Dropkick Murphys - For about five years now, I've struggled in vain to unravel the mystery behind why my second-grader likes the random, totally disconnected assortment of songs he does. (I have also struggled to understand why he doesn't like milk in his cereal and how the sentence "JUST GO GET DRESSED" can be so difficult to follow.) By Jeff Vrabel, GHNS columnist.


RICK HOLMES: A corpse on every pack - People who are trying to quit smoking need all the help they can get. But they don't need to look at a corpse every time they reach for a cigarette. By Rick Holmes, MetroWest, Mass.

* Poll idea: Ask readers what they think of the new cigarette packages.

CHARITA GOSHAY: Cigarette smokers already have the picture - Just like overeaters and compulsive drinkers, smokers don’t need to be reminded of why they should not indulge. They know full well they’re putting themselves at risk. By Charita Goshay, Canton, Ohio.

* Poll idea: Ask readers what they think of the new cigarette packages.

Business / auto

AUTO BITS: Fun tips for the family road trip - Weekly auto rail, with tips for the family road trip, 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: Those great old Studebakers - Q: Greg, how about an article on those great Studebakers from the 1950s? They sure looked different for the day and sold well. Keep those nostalgia car columns coming. By Greg Zyla, GHNS columnist.

* This contains a letter from Connecticut.

ON COMPUTERS: Don’t ignore electronic burglars - Every day, there’s another headline: Citibank network hacked. CIA website hacked. U.S. Senate hacked. Pentagon attacked. And on and on. Viruses, the most frequent result of hackers, are not going away. By Jim Hillibish, Canton, Ohio.

SHOESTRING LIVING: Banks vs. credit unions - Deciding whether to invest your money in a large bank or a local credit union bears a resemblance to selecting which college you'll attend. Will you be a small fish in a large pond, or a large fish in a small pond? Are your goals in line with what the institution offers? Cost is a consideration as well. And which one allows you to reach your goals efficiently? By Molly Logan Anderson, GHNS columnist.