GateHouse News Service National Budget
For 12/15/08 editions
 
Here are the top national stories coming today from GateHouse News Service. Stories are available at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/. Please submit stories below no later than 6 pm local time, unless you have breaking news that is changing significantly.
 
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SPECIFICS ON INAUGURATION PLANS: Find answers to your questions about the inauguration special section planned and more on ghnewsroom.com.
http://ghnewsroom.com/article/gatehouse-news-service-offers-inauguration-plan-details
 
IT’S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS:
Check here for a package of links to holiday content on the news service. There’s already plenty to pick from, and we’ll be adding more as your content comes in.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/holidays_seasonal/x1720672121/Christmas-holiday-content
 
NIE  PAGE: Leads with governor’s arrest.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/homepage/x1435860263/NIE-page-Governor-arrested
 
AUTO PAGE: Chrysler minivan turns 25.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/homepage/x1049848392/Automotive-page-Chrysler-minivan-turns-25
 
Lifestyles (Topic is Health)

MORNING MINUTES: Word of the Day, Web Site of the Day and Number to Know.  http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/morning_minutes
 
HEALTH WATCH: Weekly rail, leads with massage providing a respite during busy holidays; also includes items on research that shows sugar is addictive, ice skating safety tips, and more.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/homepage/x1435859579/Health-Watch-Massage-provides-respite-during-busy-holidays
 
HEALTH PAGE: Don’t risk cold meds for kids younger than 6.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x596342032/Weekly-Lifestyle-Health-Page-Branch-out-Try-decorating-with-fresh-evergreens
 
HEALTH VIDEO: Becoming a doctor, part XI
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x1049857731/Health-Fitness-Videos-Becoming-a-doctor-part-XI
 
WAYNE WESCOTT: Where to start your strength-training program. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1435859387/Wayne-Westcott-Where-to-start-your-strength-training-program

SUZETTE MARTINEZ STANDRING: Dreaming of a life purpose. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1049857237/Suzette-Martinez-Standring-Dreaming-of-a-life-purpose
 
QUESTIONS ABOUT SANTA: Is there really a Santa Claus? Answers to your questions about ol' St. Nick
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/holidays_seasonal/x1049856316/
 
HOLIDAY SHOPPER PROFILE: What type of holiday shopper are you?
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business/x1435859367/
 
PREVENT CRIMINALS: Don’t invite criminals during the holiday season
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business/x415878731/
 
SHOPPING AND KIDS: Shop and save ... your kids' patience and your sanity this season - SPRINGFIELD – It’s an all-too-familiar store spectacle — furious parent drags a lock-legged, crying child to the cash register, threats flying. But parents, take heart. It doesn’t have to be this way. With a little advance planning and patience along the way, shopping with children can be rewarding for everyone. Even fun. By DiAnne Crown of the State Journal-Register.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/family/x1049858520

TOP 10 GADGETS: High-tech for the holidays still a viable option -
PEORIA – It could be a high-tech holiday despite all the harping and hand wringing over economic downturns. If you're looking for help this season when it comes to getting technical - without looking for a bailout, that is - try our list of Top 10 Gadget Gifts. By Steve Tarter of the Peoria Journal Star.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x1720695173
 
PET TALK: Cat lovers will enjoy these books as gifts
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/books/x415878657/
 
POP CULTURE: Reading it right for Santa
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/columnists/x1009168919/
 
Entertainment
 
SUDOKU PUZZLES: Latest installment is on the site.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x466648963/Sudoku-puzzles-155-189
 
JIM CARREY: Carrey shows off silly and serious sides
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x1009168540/
 
WRITING ABOUT ROCK ROYALTY: Author Stephen Davis has chronicled rock royalty. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1435858307/Author-Stephen-Davis-has-chronicled-rock-royalty
 
GET REEL: Every 'Slumdog' has its day. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1196582477/Get-Reel-Every-Slumdog-has-its-day
 
Opinions

JEFF VRABEL: Chew on ‘snus’ - Do you enjoy tobacco, but hate the way smoking makes people look at you as though they hadn't done it themselves all through college? Or do you enjoy nicotine, but wish you could somehow absorb it in a way that involves choke-swallowing a tea bag full of damp lawn mulch? If so, get ready to absorb a tub of amazing news from the Tobacco Industry.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x776486346

CHARITA GOSHAY: Grassroots campaign to end violence
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/columnists/charita_goshay/x415878662/
 
KENT BUSH: White collars get green, blue collars left in red
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business/x776485133/
 
BERNARD SCHOENBURG: Story of Blagojevich abounds with contradictions - There have always been two faces of Rod Blagojevich — the fight-for-the-people, charming yet combative populist he portrayed to the public; and the inept, reclusive and apparently vindictive administrator whose actions defied logic, his own words, and the interests of those he professed to help.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x415879285
 
PETER COSTA: We could use a laugh or two these days. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x776486963/Peter-Costa-Laughter-deserves-an-Academy-Award

JULIA SPITZ: In tough times, keep soap alive. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1049857877/Julia-Spitz-In-tough-times-keep-soap-alive
 
LISA LILLELUND: Electric cars no longer a shocking prospect. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business/x415879551/Lisa-Lillelund-Electric-cars-no-longer-a-shocking-prospect

EDITORIAL: Shinseki pick a nice addition to Obama's solid Cabinet
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/editorials/x1009170343/Editorial-Shinseki-pick-a-nice-addition-to-Obamas-solid-Cabinet
 
EDITORIAL: Cleaning up government takes an all-out effort - U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald’s quest to clean up politics in Illinois has a long way to go and will need a lot of help. Fitzgerald has been an outside force, but he needs inside help if he’s going to continue to catch officials who have betrayed the public trust in an effort to enrich themselves. An editorial from the Rockford Register Star.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x1009170042
 
Sports
 
FOOTBALL BRIEFS: PFW news on the Browns, Texans, Giants and Cowboys, plus the latest Fantasy Buzz. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/sports/pro/football/fantasy_football/x1049858906/Football-briefs-Cowher-Schottenheimer-heavy-favorites-to-replace-Crennel
 
News
 
OBAMA’S TEAM: Who's who in Obama's White House. Here’s a list of everyone posted: Rahm Emanuel, Valerie Jarrett, Ronald A. Klain, Phil Sciliro, David Axelrod, Robert Gibbs, Ellen Moran, Dan Pfeiffer, Lawrence Summers, Timothy Geithner, Melody Barnes, Christina Romer, Heather A. Higginbottom, Alyssa Mastromonaco, Peter Orszag, Rob Nabors, Austan Goolsbee, Paul Volcker, Jonathan Favreau, Cecilia Muñoz, Hillary Clinton, Eric Holder, James Jones, Robert Gates, Janet Napolitano, Susan Rice, Louis Caldera, Bill Richardson, Eric K. Shinseki, Tom Daschle, Jeanne M. Lambrew. We’ll continue to add to the list. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/politics_elections/x466656920/
 
LEAD PAINT: Coakley, 38 other AGs reach settlement on lead paint in toys. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x415879541/Coakley-38-other-AGs-reach-settlement-on-lead-paint-in-toys
 
ILLINOIS IMPEACHMENT: House to consider impeachment options -
SPRINGFIELD – Six days after Gov. Rod Blagojevich's arrest on federal corruption allegations, House Speaker Michael Madigan is creating a special House committee to investigate impeaching Blagojevich. By Ryan Keith of the State Capitol bureau. With a list of the 21 members of the House impeachment committee, including a bio box of committee chairwoman and House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie. Early version posted; will be updated.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x1435860222
 
Business / Ag
 
CHECKOUT LANE: Tips on buying a snow blower. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1720693361/Checkout-Lane-Tips-on-buying-a-snow-blower

MAKING CENTS: Setting up cash reserve is a necessity. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1435858258/Making-Cents-Setting-up-cash-reserve-is-a-necessity
 
KELLY EPPERSON: Success of business based on golden rule
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/columnists/x1049857911/