National budget 1.28.13

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Mount Shasta Herald

GateHouse News Service national budget 1.28.13

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DAVID ARKIN: 3 things I know this week: Try Vine, Super Bowl commercials hot online and print still matters

STORY IDEA: Are local musicians embracing the new Myspace?

FACEBOOK: Five takeaways from Facebook 2013 webinar


KIDZBUZZ: Make a Valentine's poem


PRO FOOTBALL WEEKLY PAGE: First of two on the Super Bowl

SUPER BOWL HALF PAGE: On the game as entertainment

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TAX PREP PAGES: Special tax situations, what's new on the Form 1040 and how to properly deduct charitable donations

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HOME HELP: Small energy improvements that save big money - GateHouse News Service's weekly Home Help, with tips on energy-saving home improvements, hardwood accents and American arborvitae. By GHNS.

THE GUY’S PERSPECTIVE: A new guy in the new year - So I met this guy on New Year’s Eve and we really hit it off. He’s been contacting me every day since we met. Finally he asked me out. We spent the night talking, joking, watching a game and having a great time; he even introduced me to a few of his friends who were at the same bar. He was a complete gentleman the whole time. He held my hand while I walked down some stairs; he opened doors and pulled my chair out when I sat down; he commented about how pretty I looked; he was just a nice guy. Anyway, he walked me home and I gave him a hug and I thanked him and walked into my apartment. I was kind of nervous to give him a good night kiss. I texted him afterwards to thank him and tell him I had a good time. He immediately responded saying, "I’m glad you had some fun." I was struck by the fact that he didn’t say that he had a good time. Does he still seem interested? I'm afraid I blew it since the goodbye was kind of awkward. He hasn’t contacted me in a week and I don’t know what to do? Should I contact him and explain myself? What do you think? By Saelen Ghose, GHNS.

CAL LORD: We're all 'somebody' in God's phone book -- It was a phone book. By Cal Lord, Norwich, CT.

TABLE TALK: One recipe for many tastes -- When I was a young girl I would often dream about my future life as a mom. By Melanie Feehan, Plymouth, MA.

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UPLOAD: Collin Tobin's 'Upload' is engaging thriller -- What are your children looking at tonight on their computers? By Chris Bergeron, Framingham, MA.

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JEFF VRABEL: 15,000 escaped crocs - On the whole it's been a pretty lousy week: Everywhere is cold, they're apparently still making another "Star Wars" movie, I managed to screw up a crock pot roast in such a way that it ended up with the flavor and consistency of a a DuraFlame (though it burned longer, of course) and the 1-year-old came down with a diaper rash of a shape and intensity that left him a shrieking crying hellbeast who developed the prescient ability to predict when you needed to change his diaper, so he could begin doing the thing where he liquefies his bones and  become impossible to pick up. That episode last I think four days, so needless to say if you ask why my eyes are so red and I look like I haven't slept, I'll probably respond by hitting you with a water balloon filled with diaper cream. By Jeff Vrabel, GHNS.

PETER CHIANCA: Faking it on Facebook -- You may have sometimes wondered why certain people spend so much time on Facebook. By Peter Chianca, North Shore, MA.

LORETTA LAROCHE: Get a Life: When you listen, are you really listening? -- For years I taught communication skills in organizations to help with conflict, and I still use some of the techniques in my stress-management workshops. By Loretta LaRoche, Quincy, MA.

RICK HOLMES: Republicans are a party divided -- Last year, two highly respected Washington centrists dissected the dysfunction in Congress and declared that, while both sides shared responsibility, most of the blame lay with the Republicans’ “new politics of extremism.” By Rick Holmes, Framingham, MA.

SHAWN VARGO: I believe that this world is unbelievable -- I would like to think we live in a pretty black-and-white world. By Shawn Vargo, Corning, NY.

COSTA LIVING: 'Be careful' and other parental warnings -- Most of us have used phrases and idioms without really knowing their meaning or origins. By Peter Costa, Lincoln.

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GREG ZYLA: More Nash Kelvinator memories - Q: Did a Nash ever pace the Indy 500? I say yes, my retired friends here at the nursing home say no. We are all car crazy and racing fans. Can you tell us more about Nash and that era of the automobile? By Greg Zyla, GHNS.

SILVIO CALABI: F Sport transforms the Lexus RX 350 - About 15 years ago, when the original Lexus RX appeared, I wrote in a huff, “If you think the Hamptons are ‘the country,’ then this is your 'off-road’ vehicle.” That was during the dawn of the age of deluxe sport-utility vehicles as we know them now, and I was still fixated on 4x4s as ruff-tuff rock-crawlers. Silly me. By Silvio Calabi, GHNS.

AUTO BITS: Still texting while driving? Quitting might be easier than you think - Weekly auto rail, with tips on how to stop texting and driving, 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.

TALKING CARS: Two very different automobiles -- Readers have asked for a few new-car reviews, and here are two new completely different 2013 models. By Junior Damato, Kingston, MA.

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RACING: Why you should be excited for racing season -- For all intents and purposes, auto racing season begins with this weekend’s Rolex 24 at Daytona -- a collection of talent from every corner of the globe in a twice-around-the-clock endurance sports car race. By Chris Gill, Corning, NY.

WHITETAIL: Whitetail rut prediction for the 2013 season -- Most deer hunters do not want to miss the most exciting time in the deer woods, the peak of the whitetail's breeding cycle! By Oak Duke, Hornell, NY.

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