National budget 7.27.12

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GateHouse News Service National Budget


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REGIONAL PROJECTS: Central Illinois newsrooms focus on funding for county fairs

EDITING WORDS: More AP Olympics style tips


AUGUST FAMILY: Tips on grandparenting when you may be far from your family, swimming and teen driving safety, and choosing a pediatrician.

-- Also in Saxotech under category GHNS for July 23

NASCAR PAGE: Is Carl Edwards on the edge of glory?

BACK TO SCHOOL: Tips on school safety, trends, teacher communication and more

-- Also in Saxotech under category GHNS for July 11


-- Also in Saxotech under category GHNS for July 13

The Street

HOUSING: 10 great cities for the physically disabled

ENERGY: 5 high-tech summer energy-efficiency boosts for your home

OLYMPIC BRANDS: You don't have to be Olympic-sized to show you're a good sport

WALL STREET: The 5 dumbest things on Wall Street this week

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HEALTH WATCH: Warm up, cool down -- weekly Health Watch with how to warm up and cool down before and after your workout, a handy health tip, why the outdoors are healthy and more. GHNS

TOBACCO AND TWEENS: Smokeless tobacco marketing towards tweens -- Gone are the days of the small circular tin holding chewing tobacco or dip. Now there are new-shaped tins, similar to an Altoid mint box, that contain nicotine-filled “mints” that are being marketed towards the younger crowd, typically children ages 11-13. Heather Harris/ Wicked Local Mansfield (Mass.)

DAVID ROBSON: Which plants can survive the drought -- Drought conditions aren’t something most gardeners favor but grudgingly adapt to. Some kick, scream and cry about the heat’s effect. Some acquiesce; others never do. David Robson/ The State Journal-Register (Ill.)

WINDOWS OR A/C?: A/C or windows: Study, experts say both hurt gas efficiency  -- According to a study done by the Society of Auto Engineers, rolling down the windows in a vehicle increases the drag of the vehicle and fuel consumption. In some cases, motorists could lose the same amount or more gasoline with the windows down compared with having them up with the A/C on. Dominic Genetti/ Hannibal Courier-Post (Mo.)

MARRIAGE: Linda Castor: Healing yourself the best way to overcome hurt -- As a marriage counselor, I find I am drawn to teaching two people how to love each other by receiving the best they can give in one another. And this is not necessarily a bad thing: People in trusting relationships can bring out the best and worst in each other. Linda Castor/ Be Healthy Springfield (Ill.)

LOOKING UP: Amazing universe as near as the door - We live in an amazing universe. The wonder of it all from our perspective is that we can get a glimpse of it as near as our back door. Just look up! You can go on a great adventure, full of mystery, learning and wonder. The sight-seeing is amazing. Best of all, you don’t need to make any great travel plans, and it is all free. By Peter Becker, Hawley, Pa.

KENT BUSH: Milestones are important - Birthdays, anniversaries and other calendrical markers help us measure growth. With our son Dawit, who we adopted just more than a year ago from an orphanage in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, those milestones are especially important. By Kent Bush, Augusta, Kan.

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AUTHOR INTERVIEW: The Readers’ Writers: Mystery author Alan S. Orloff - Alan Orloff will kill you with a laugh. Or at least his skillfully crafted characters will. Orloff is the author behind the Last Laff mystery series centering around amateur sleuth and standup comedian Channing Hayes. Though Orloff employs a unique brand of humor, the stories themselves hold true to the genre with edge-of-your-seat suspense and enough clues and twists to keep the reader guessing to the very end. By DA Kentner, Freeport, Ill.

NEW MOVIES: 'The Watch,' 'The Queen of Versailles' -- Riveting documentary about how the stock market crash of 2008 even forced one of the nation’s wealthiest families to tighten its purse strings, including halting construction on their massive dream house they brazenly named Versailles. Al Alexander/ MetroWest Daily News

WATCH REVIEW: Movie review: 'The Watch' is unwatchable - After the slaying of Trayvon Martin, much worry and consternation went into 20th Century Fox’s decision to change the title of “Neighborhood Watch” to simply “The Watch.” Too bad the lame script didn’t merit the same level of trepidation. By Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger.

* Facebook idea: Ask fans to give their review of the film.

QUEEN REVIEW: Movie review: 'Queen of Versailles' humanizes the rich - Lauren Greenfield’s documentary is a profile of a family that nearly drowned in its own excess when it began constructing America’s largest home only weeks before the 2008 economic crash. By Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger.

* Facebook idea: Ask fans to give their review of the film.

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GRANLUND CARTOON: Mitt's Olympic gaffe -- Dave Granlund on Mitt Romney in London. GHNS

PHILIP MADDOCKS: Public sector confident unpaid tax bill won't prevent it from role as defender of public good - The public sector said it is ready to return to what it calls its true calling, as the gatekeeper and advancer of the public good. And after spending the better part of the last decade enriching itself while working for private industries it remains confident it will win confirmation to its old post despite recent revelations that it owes hundreds of thousands of dollars in unpaid taxes. By Philip Maddocks, MetroWest, Mass.

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ERIC P BLOOM: ‘Manager bench strength’ explained, and why you should care - For those not familiar with the expression “bench strength,” it is generally thought of as a sports term. It refers to the quality and ability of the replacement athletes you have sitting on the bench that can take the place of your star athletes if/when they get tired or hurt. On a personal note, I have a deep understanding of bench strength. As a kid of marginal athletic ability, I have a fair amount of experience sitting on the bench. By Eric P. Bloom, GHNS.

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