National budget 4.20.12

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Mount Shasta Herald

GateHouse News Service National Budget


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The Street

JIM BLANKENSHIP: Law must be with Google in Java dispute -- Victory for Oracle may drive software development out of U.S. The Street

WALL STREET: The 5 dumbest things on Wall Street this week -- CME's Block Heads; Cuban's Patent Play; Cristina Plays Peron; Roche, Ross and Rachel; Pandit's Pay Problem. By Gregg Greenberg, The Street

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HEALTH WATCH: Get the dirt -- weekly Health Watch with why kids need to get dirty to stay healthy, a health tip to stay motivated at the gym, new research on girls and obesity and more. GHNS

BARBARA MURPHY: Here are a few new Murphy's Laws -- For instance: If faced with the choice of whether to eat a salad with fat-free dressing or go for the gold and order a piece of chocolate chip cheesecake while out to dinner, always order the cheesecake. You could walk out of the restaurant and get nailed by an 18-wheeler while crossing the parking lot. News-Tribune (W.Va.)

LOOKING UP: Universe to be seen, as near as the deck - Splendor of the night is revealed every time the clouds roll back and our eyes look up. Dynamics of our solar system, the spread of billions of stars to enticing wisps of galactic haze far beyond our cosmic home - all this and more - is visible from my deck. By Peter Becker, Hawley, Pa.

JOINING THE ARMY: Dominic Genetti: Some high school students just want to serve their country -- You sign up when you’re 17 and go to basic training after high school because you have to have a high school diploma now to get in the military. I’ve considered college, but if I would join the Marine Corps, they would give me the G.I. Bill, which would give me a pretty good sum to go to college. Hannibal Courier-Post (Mo.)

KITCHEN CALL: Using up all the little extras in the kitchen  -- It happens to all of us. We over-purchase. That shaker of chipotle powder, used once; the smoky ground pepper sitting idly on the spice shelf or the dregs in the bottom of a maple syrup bottle, not enough for a pile of pancakes but too expensive to throw out.

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SUDOKU MAY: Sudoku puzzles 1408-1435 (May puzzles) are available for download. Previous puzzles are linked to in this file.

AUTHOR INTERVIEW: The Readers’ Writers: Author-illustrator Nan Rossiter - Artist Nan Rossiter, a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, created art for internationally recognized companies such as Viking, MasterCard and UPS. Eventually, she opted to pursue her love of writing and combined that passion with her art to become an author-illustrator. She quickly gained national attention with “Rugby & Rosie,” an American Bookseller Pick of the Lists and winner of Nebraska’s Golden Sower Award, “The Way Home,” one of Smithsonian Magazine’s Notable Books for Children, and “Sugar on Snow.” By DA Kentner, Freeport, Ill.

DAMSELS REVIEW: Movie review: 'Damsels in Distress' packed with girl power - Writer-director Whit Stillman (“Barcelona,” “Metropolitan”) returns from a 14-year hiatus with another of his typical deadpan treatises on the young and the wealthy. By Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger.

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LUCKY ONE REVIEW: Movie review: ‘Lucky One’ is another Nicholas Sparks tearjerker - In the latest adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks novel, Zac Efron plays an ex-Marine who falls for a woman appearing in a photo (Wayland’s Taylor Schilling) he credits with saving his life in Iraq. By Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger.

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CHIMPANZEE REVIEW: Movie review: Monkeying around with ‘Chimpanzee’ - The adorable “Chimpanzee” is another Disney film, so you know what that means? Somebody's mom must die. By Bob Tremblay, MetroWest, Mass.

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MONSIEUR REVIEW: Movie review: ‘Monsieur Lazhar’ adeptly explores the tough issues - Writer-director Philippe Falardeau earned an Oscar nomination earlier this year for this deeply moving picture about an Algerian refugee awaiting asylum who enriches the lives of grief-stricken kids at a Montreal elementary school. By Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger.

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MOVIE MAN: 'Treme' offers a troubling trip to post-Katrina New Orleans - The second season of the HBO series “Treme” arrived on DVD last week, and though I recommend watching it, I recommend watching the first season first. By Will Pfeifer, Rockford, Ill.

COMEDIAN RALPHIE MAY: After health scare, comedian Ralphie May takes a new approach -- Comedian Ralphie May, the “Last Comic Standing” contender, is still doing “for adults only” routines. He uses words we can’t write here and pokes fun at things that make Americans nervous, such as racism. Brien Murphy/ The State Journal-Register (Ill.)

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GRANLUND CARTOON: Dick Clark tribute -- Dave Granlund on Dick Clark, who died Wednesday at age 82. GHNS

GRANLUND CARTOON: India missile test -- Dave Granlund on India's missile launch test. GHNS

JARED OLAR: Could we maybe get serious? -- Alright already, folks, can we be please quiet down just a little and get serious here, even for just five measly minutes? The way the two presidential candidates and their campaigns have been carrying on, you’d almost think there weren’t any important things at stake this time around. Pekin Daily Times (Ill.)

PHILIP MADDOCKS: Seeking a new advantage, Romney courts out-of-touch voters without convictions - As he heads into the general election — the Republican nomination all but assured — Mitt Romney is trying to quiet doubts about his chances in the general election by playing up his strength among out-of-touch voters who are willing to say whatever it takes to win favor. By Philip Maddocks, MetroWest, Mass.

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ERIC P BLOOM: 7 ways to treat your team like they are smart - As a manager, it’s easy for you to overpower the members of your staff. After all, you’re the manager; so generally speaking, they have to do what you tell them. As a result, there is the real potential that as a manager you can stifle innovation, perpetuate inefficiencies, and slow the growth of your staff members. By Eric P. Bloom, GHNS.

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Sports / outdoors

GEORGE LITTLE: Lost and found in the woods  -- We wouldn’t think of keeping a stranger’s wallet that we find while deer hunting. If he or she is hunting without permission, we might have them arrested for trespassing, but we wouldn’t keep the wallet. The State Journal-Register (Ill.)

DIAMOND DIRT: Adam Wainwright could be Matheny's first challenge - The former Cy Young candidate who has returned to the Cardinals after missing the 2011 championship season with Tommy John surgery is 0-3 with a 9.88 ERA after Thursday afternoon’s loss to Cincinnati, and it leaves one to guess what’s going on with the hurler who had great stuff in 2010 and appeared to pick up where he left off when he performed in spring training last month. By Dominic Genetti, Hannibal, Mo.

FENWAY PARK PHOTOS: Fenway Park in Boston celebrates 100 years. Photos by Greg Derr, The Patriot Ledger.

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