National budget 9.10.12

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Mount Shasta Herald

GateHouse News Service National Budget


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TIPS AND TAKEAWAYS: Digital tools to cover Election 2012

JOE GRECO: Roundup: GateHouse high school football preview sections

STORY IDEA: Study questions advantages of organic food


FALL HOME IMPROVEMENT: Articles on the revival of mid-century modern furniture, tips for a perfect paint job, fall lawn care and more.

2013 AUTO GUIDE: Reviews of more than 40 cars, pickups and SUVs, as well as tips on auto maintenance.

KIDZBUZZ: Pack a healthy lunch

PAINT IT ALL PINK: Tab and broadsheet sections for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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The Street

CONSUMER: 10 best beer investments for your cellar

POLITICS: Parties find small business doesn't always vote their ticket

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Election 2012

BIO BOX: Get to know Julian Castro – Short bio box on Julian Castro. By GHNS.


HOME HELP: How to organize your garage - Weekly home rail, with advice on cleaning out the garage, aerating your soil and more. By GHNS.

GRAB THE GOOD: Building a better partnership - Chaotic schedules, endless cleaning, homework and career demands do a number on marriage and life partnerships. It’s tough to carve out time with your soul mate when you can barely keep your eyes open. If you’re the parent of young children, spouse time likely means choosing between a late-night dinner or showering the spit-up out of your hair. For most of us, the spit-up wins. By Molly Logan Anderson, GHNS.

DAVID ROBSON: Autumn garden tasks - Things you should be doing now to make your garden grow. By David Robson, Springfield, Ill.

LORETTA LAROCHE: Aging can test the best sense of humor - Columnist Loretta LaRoche says she wasn’t all that surprised to read that brain shrinkage comes with aging. She says it only makes sense, given what’s happening to the rest of her body. By Loretta LaRoche, The Patriot Ledger.

JEFF VRABEL: I don’t care about your fantasy football team - Attention friends, family, my cousin Matt, people on Twitter until I stopped following you on Twitter, and especially work colleagues, I’ll make you a deal: I will stop telling you all about the Adorable Things My Sons Have Done and Said Lately, Including How My Baby Climbed All Over a Skeeball Machine Last Weekend and I Took an Exorbitant Amount of Pictures, if you stop, this very minute, talking to me about your fantasy football team as though I give even the slightest morsel of a whisper of a darn about you and your pretend players. By Jeff Vrabel, GHNS.

NEAL SIMON: Surviving the first week of school - Labor Day came and went last week, and then another long academic year got started for my three children. By Neal Simon, Hornell, N.Y.

* Localization idea: Run a poll asking parents if they look forward to school or dread it.

ON COMPUTERS: It’s time to look at whole-house surge protection - The average American home has something like $7,000 worth of electronics gear, or more. Add it up: computers, networking gear, HDTVs, music systems, DVD players, plus at any time, tablet and cellphone recharging. By Jim Hillibish, Canton, Ohio.

HEALTHSTYLE: Cellphone mania - I don’t have a smartphone, but I am now in the minority. If you are not using one yourself right now, take a look around you. Notice how many heads are staring down at a tiny screen, texting, talking or slidng their finger over a small, flat piece of plastic. By David Gannon, GHNS.

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GET REEL: Hollywood hails to the chief - As Barack Obama and Mitt Romney duke it out for the presidency and Steven Spielberg’s "Lincoln" draws Oscar buzz months before its release, what better time to look at movies featuring the commander in chief? By Bob Tremblay, MetroWest, Mass.

* Facebook idea: Ask fans what their favorite president movies are.

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GRANLUND CARTOON: 9/11 fading. By Dave Granlund, GHNS.

KENT BUSH: Bush-Natvig convention - the one to end all - Kent Bush holds a two-hour political convention to kick off his campaign, which aims to point out the ludicrous reality of the Electoral College. By Kent Bush, Augusta, Kan.

RICK HOLMES: The real deal on Obama’s 'new deal' - In a week spent celebrating his first term, Barack Obama’s greatest domestic achievement was barely mentioned. By Rick Holmes, MetroWest, Mass.

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Business / auto

AUTO BITS: Avoid winter woes with these fall auto fix-up tips - Weekly auto rail, with fall car-care tips, 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: Five collector-car questions - Q: Hello, Greg, I enjoy your columns and see you welcome questions. I have five questions for you I'd like your opinion on.  By Greg Zyla, GHNS.

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CHARITA GOSHAY: Art Modell managed to move past disappointment - Because the late Art Modell devoted practically his entire adult life to the NFL, he probably assumed that his longevity in the league he helped to build would be enough to get him enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, alongside such men as George Halas, the Rooneys and Paul Brown, the legendary coach he once fired. By Charita Goshay, Canton, Ohio.

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