National budget 5.1.12

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GateHouse News Service National Budget

5/1/12

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On GHNewsroom.com

STORY IDEA: Can Tasers be fatal?

http://www.ghnewsroom.com/blog/story-ideas/x206668511/Story-idea-Can-Tasers-be-fatal

SEO & ANALYTICS: How sitemaps boost your pageviews

http://www.ghnewsroom.com/top%20stories/x1700673439/SEO-tips-Boost-your-page-views-with-sitemaps

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Niche

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND QUARTER PAGE: http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/ghns_pages/x1018072237/Memorial-Day-quarter-page-4-Reasons-to-Celebrate

KIDZBUZZ: It's bike safety month

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/ghns_pages/x1780496470/Weekly-NIE-Page-May-is-American-Bike-month

PROM PHOTOS CALLOUT: http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/reader_callouts/x1274363769/Reader-callout-Prom-photos

*NOTE: This is May's syndicated Local Loop callout

NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER QUARTER PAGE: 4 ways to celebrate

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/ghns_pages/x1170667050/National-Day-of-Prayer-quarter-page-Day-to-Pray

MOTHER'S DAY CALLOUT: http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/reader_callouts/x596773012/Reader-callout-Draw-your-mom-for-Mothers-Day

MAY RADARFROG PAGE: Pamper mom on a budget

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/ghns_pages/x1783288132/May-RadarFrog-Pamper-mom-on-a-budget

FARM LIVING: Bison re-emerging on farms and ranches; what's next in the 'pink slime' debate

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/ghns_pages/x2094177423/Farm-Living-magazine-Where-the-bison-roam

SUMMER BOOMERS: Salad recipes, safe travel tips, home advice from HGTV's Mike Holmes

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/ghns_pages/x1783275259/Boomers-summer-Garden-of-Eatin

The Street

401(K): Ten ways your 401(k) can fail you -- Some 401(k) failings are self-inflicted by investors, but there are also structural weaknesses to look out for. By Joe Mont, The Street

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business/x677628529/10-Ways-Your-401-k-Can-Fail-You

SIRIUS: Sirius gets revenue beat on subscriber growth -- Sirius beat Wall Street's revenue estimate in the first quarter, boosted by strong subscriber growth. By James Rogers, The Street

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business/x677628531/Sirius-Gets-Revenue-Beat-on-Subscriber-Growth

More from The Street at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business

Lifestyles

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Grilling 101 -- weekly Food for Thought with tips on grilling techniques, "Vegan Cooking for Carnivores: Over 125 Recipes So Tasty Your Won't Miss the Meat" by Roberto Martin and more. GHNS

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x272275004/Food-for-Thought-Grilling-101

FAMILY TIME: What everyone needs to know about estate planning - Weekly family rail, with tips on estate planning, a review of "B Is for Beer" and more.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x787568893/Family-Time-What-everyone-needs-to-know-about-estate-planning

* 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.

THE REV. ED SCHNEIDER: A pastor can kill the Church’s growth -- Would you believe it is possible to kill a church through the process of showing too much kindness? Hard to believe, isn't it? However, it is true and in a growing number of churches it is slowly killing any chance they may have to live out the mission it has been designed to accomplish. Oak Ridger (Tenn.)

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/ebyline/religion/x206668463/The-Rev-Ed-Schneider-A-pastor-can-kill-the-Church-s-growth

GREG ALLEN: Why is God such a threat? - An overwhelming majority of Americans believe there's a God, but a few don't. Why? It would seem their logic is consumed by the notion of self, and anything contrary to that is but a threat. By Greg Allen, GHNS.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/religion/x1942597590/Greg-Allen-Why-is-God-such-a-threat

101 IDEAS: Top rules for spring gardening -- Help ensure your garden's success by heeding these dos and don'ts. Scripps Howard News Service

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/ebyline/home_and_garden/x1120187979/101-Ideas-Top-rules-for-spring-gardening

ASK THE PLUMBER: Looking for a brand-new old-style tub -- I want an old-style claw-foot bathtub. Everyone is telling me that my best bet is to get a reconditioned one, but I don't want an old tub. I want a brand-new cast-iron claw-foot tub. Is that too much to ask for, and are they still being made? Scripps Howard News Service

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/ebyline/home_and_garden/x1120188038/Ask-the-Plumber-Looking-for-a-brand-new-old-style-tub

INTERIORS: A new site for color selections -- Is it time to recolor your home? The colors you pick are important, as they not only reflect your personality but also help you feel comfortable in your surroundings. Rosemary Sadez Friedmann/ Scripps Howard News Service

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/ebyline/home_and_garden/x1018074464/Interiors-A-new-site-for-color-selections

TREASURES: Circus toys more valuable if maker known -- A family member who was a carpenter made these toys sometime during the late 19th century to circa 1900. They were passed to me, and I was wondering if they have any value. -- G.W., Charlotte, N.C. Scripps Howard News Service

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/ebyline/home_and_garden/x1120188085/Treasures-Circus-toys-more-valuable-if-maker-known

HOME STYLE: Dress up the table for a Mother's Day celebration -- One great way to celebrate Mother's Day is with an exciting new tabletop, complete with the season's hottest new styles and colors. Here's a quick glance. Mary Carol Garrity/ Scripps Howard News Service

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/ebyline/home_and_garden/x1942568143/Home-Style-Dress-up-the-table-for-a-Mothers-Day-celebration

FAMILY HOUSE: The old family house - In 1926, my great-grandfather wrote a poem that hung nonchalantly for nearly a century just beside the chimney in what was then a simple cottage in Chatham, Mass., that was built in 1860. (It has been expanded a bit since then.) The words were as simple as the house and -- I've realized now that the house is no longer in our family -- just as powerful and just as poignant. For over a century, the house and my family's attachment to it were among the only constants in lives that grew increasingly busy, spread out and independent. By Nick Fitzhugh, Scripps Howard.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x1942599331/The-old-family-house

CANDICE TELLS ALL: The trouble with turrets - Tara and Chris live in a gorgeous old storybook home with a ton of character. Its crowning glory is a romantic turret that gives the house a royal air. The turret is what first attracted the couple to this home, but they quickly discovered that turning that awkward space into a multipurpose space was a story with a not-so-happy ending. By Candice Olson, Scripps Howard

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x272276439/Candice-Tells-All-The-trouble-with-turrets

More in food and family at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle

Entertainment

MOVIE REVIEW: Judi Dench takes a chance in 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' -- There is no such thing as a weak performance from Dame Judi Dench. Nor, it seems, is any character out of her range. Her role in “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”  is a far cry from Bond’s M. Ed Symkus/  The Patriot Ledger (Mass.)

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/ebyline/entertainment/x1018074124/Judi-Dench-takes-a-chance-in-The-Best-Exotic-Marigold-Hotel

More in music and movies at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment

Opinions

GRANLUND CARTOON: Secret Service and Charlie Sheen -- Dave Granlund on the Secret Service scandal and Charlie Sheen. GHNS

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/cartoons/x272274588/Granlund-cartoon-Secret-Service-and-Charlie-Sheen

EDITORIAL: 'Speak softly and carry a big stick' still the best foreign policy - It's election season and so anything goes, but it would be appropriate if the standard-bearers for both major political parties put Osama bin Laden to rest, once and for all. By Peoria, Ill.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/x272276450/Editorial-Speak-softly-and-carry-a-big-stick-still-the-best-foreign-policy

KENT BUSH: They call the Correspondents' Dinner 'nerd prom'  -- The annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner is one of the most unusual events in the free world. I’m sure in Iran and China they do some pretty freaky stuff that they don’t let us in on. But as events go, this is one of the weirdest we get access to each year. Augusta Gazette (Kan.)

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/ebyline/opinions/x206668457/Kent-Bush-They-call-the-Correspondents-Dinner-nerd-prom

AMY GEHRT: GOP’s ‘war on women’ is very real - The Republican Party is feverishly trying to dismiss its "war on women" as a mere myth — a ploy concocted by Democrats to win votes from a key demographic. By Amy Gehrt, Pekin, Ill.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/2012-elections/x1018074072/Amy-Gehrt-GOP-s-war-on-women-is-very-real

* Poll idea: Do you think the current GOP is anti-woman?

More in cartoons and columns at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions