National budget 8.8.12

Joey Baskerville

GateHouse News Service National Budget


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

Michael Toeset is out of the office.

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STORY IDEAS: 5 for back to school

REGIONAL PROJECTS: Diabetes' effects on towns examined

DAVID ARKIN: Issues around NBC's Olympics coverage similar to newspaper challenges


SEPTEMBER FAMILY: Gymnastics for fitness, cleaning tips for homes with pets and homemade frozen yogurt recipes

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NASCAR PAGE: 5 things that could shake up the Race for the Chase

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL TEMPLATES: Season preview, game preview and poster templates, in tab and broadsheet versions, in Quark and InDesign


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FALL BOOMERS: Articles on healthy aging, fall allergies and benefits of a protein-rich diet

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*NOTE: This will be August's syndicated callout, to be posted to your sites Monday

The Street

OPINION: Machines hijack our stock market

CONSUMER: 10 best fruity beers for late-summer sipping

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TRUMAN BOMB: Veterans commemorate Truman's pivotal decision -- It was arguably one of the toughest political decisions made in the 20th century. By Adrianne DeWeese, Independence (Mo.) Examiner


LOST IN SUBURBIA: This toaster oven is toast - Goldilocks has nothing on me. She couldn’t find a chair that wasn’t too hard or too soft. Me? I’m on my fourth toaster oven in two weeks. Yes, it’s an addiction. I have major toaster oven issues. I am officially ready for toaster oven rehab. By Tracy Beckerman, GHNS.

DORM ROOM DECORATING: Dorm room decorating 101 -- Over generations, the dorm room hasn't gotten bigger. But the amount of must-have stuff -- including technology -- that needs to squeeze into that space has morphed into a much longer list. Debbie Arrington/ Scripps Howard News Service

HOME STYLE: 5 points for shopping for dining table -- The holidays are just around the corner, and you'll be filling your home with friends and family. Where will you seat all those hungry guests? If you're dining table isn't up to snuff, this is the perfect time to consider something new. Mary Carol Garrity/ Scripps Howard News Service

WATERING TIPS: How to water a garden during the heat of summer - When it comes to watering the plants in your landscape and garden there is nothing like a long, gentle soaking rain, especially during the hot summer months. As there is no guarantee that you will get regular rainfall when you most need it, what is the best way to water your plants and keep them lush and happy? There are a number of factors to consider when you water your garden. By Erica Glasener, Networx.

GARY BROWN: Kinder, gentler GPS needed for driving -- I keep a woman’s voice on the GPS in my car because it seems to have a kinder and gentler tone than the man’s voice. I already cart around enough guy friends to know that all male voices will have a sarcastic side when they provide travel navigation. Canton (Ohio) Repository

TASTE OF TRAVEL: Maine's Hartstone Inn honors Julia Child -- Aug. 15 would have been Julia Child's 100th birthday. By Charlene Peters, Wicked Local

DOGS/FARMERS MAREKT: Do dogs belong at farmers markets? -- Mary Geddes loves dogs. She loves fresh fruits and vegetables, too. But the woman from Springfield, Ill., is a little disturbed at farmers markets when she sees shoppers pet the occasional dog on a leash and then touch the produce. Kathryn Rem/ The State Journal-Register (Ill.)

ASIAN CARP: Clean taste, bad image -- Part of the Asian carp’s poor image stems from its name. It’s often confused with the common carp, a bottom feeder with a flavor sometimes referred to as “muddy.” Kathryn Rem/ The State Journal-Register (Ill.)

HEALTHY HABITS: Food allergy rates on the rise -- Do you ever go to the fridge to figure out what’s for dinner and have trouble deciding? Nothing looks particularly interesting, aside from that leftover birthday cake, but your stomach is starting to growl. Now imagine if there were some foods that you simply couldn’t eat. Not just because they were unhealthy, but, because they might cause severe respiratory, gastrointestinal or other reactions. By Betsy Cross, MetroWest Daily News contributor

FLEXIBLE FITNESS: Using the R.I.C.E. method for injuries -- Hot, humid, sunny days are times when we all want something icy to cool us off. Do you know when, ho, and why to use ice for an injury regardless of the temperature outside? By Laura Lapolla, MetroWest Daily News contributor

DR. JEFF HERSH: Shoulder is the most commonly dislocated joint -- Q: My boyfriend dislocated his shoulder while playing basketball over the weekend. He is totally healthy and in excellent shape, so why should this happen? By Dr. Jeff Hersh, MetroWest Daily News contributor

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5 THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND - This week’s suggestions include seeing a new movie (“The Bourne Legacy,” “The Campaign,” “Hope Springs”), watching the last weekend of the Olympics, seeing the Perseids meteor shower, and more. By GHNS.

* Localization tip: Swap out items for any big local events; insert a reference to your garage sale listings; and list any good places to see the meteor shower.

MUSIC/ COUNTRY: Mat Kearney takes requests from Brad Paisley  -- More than a decade after Kearney, as he described it, was “pouring my heart out in college with the two chords I knew,” he’s now taking calls from Grammy Award-winning country music superstar Brad Paisley to co-write songs. Brien Murphy/ The State Journal-Register (Ill.)

MUSIC: Dean Back from Theory of a Deadman continues to travel afar  -- Theory of a Deadman bassist Dean Back has two small children — age 3 years and 14 months — at home in Vancouver, British Columbia. “If I could freeze this moment in time, it’d be awesome,” he said. Brien Murphy/ The State Journal-Register (Ill.)

MOVIE REVIEW: Streep, Jones deliver virtuoso performances in 'Hope Springs'  -- As estranged bedfellows, Tommy Lee Jones (he’s a little bit Harvard) and Meryl Streep (she’s a little bit Yale) make great combatants in a rousing battle of the sexes refereed by Steve Carell in an ironically idyllic venue they like to call “Hope Springs.” Al Alexander/ The Patriot Ledger (Mass.)

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GRANLUND CARTOON: Political incivility -- Dave Granlund on the 2012 presidential election and campaigns. GHNS

MICHELLE TEHEUX: What’s in it for the political liars? -- Chances are good that you have something like this in your email box, or in your Facebook feed, right now. So will you roll your eyes and delete it, because it doesn’t pass the sniff test, or will you forward it to everyone you know? Pekin Daily Times (Ill.)

MASS SHOOTINGS: Mass shootings will continue unless we educate  -- Two tragic shootings at public places have rattled our nation. First, there was Aurora, Colo. Then we had the shooting at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis. It's made me realize one frightful characteristic about our nation: we have become obsessed with violence. Alix Kunkle/ Leesville Daily Leader (La.)

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DAVE RAMSEY: Get the brother-in-law out! - Weekly financial Q-and-A, with advice on in-law living with you, and doing the Baby Steps when you have a sick child. By Dave Ramsey, GHNS.

BIZ BITS: Save money, even when you splurge - Weekly business rail, with money-saving tips, BBB advice on “staycations,” and more. By GHNS.

* Localization tip: You could include a weekly tax tip from a local expert, have a business-related Q&A with a local expert or do a “business of the week” feature in which you highlight a local business.

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PICK SIX WEEKLY: What the T.O. is going on in fantasy football? -- This is the fourth year that I’ve written a weekly fantasy football column, the third year since naming it Pick Six Weekly, and I still marvel at how downright unpredictable things can get. By Joey Baskerville, Freeport (Ill.) Journal Standard

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