GateHouse News Service National Budget
For 6/24/09 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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Michael Toeset, (630) 348-3356, (630) 835-8870, mtoeset@gatehousemedia.com
 
Notes:
 
** NOTE: EDITORIAL CARTOONIST DAVE GRANLUND IS BACK!
http://ghnewsroom.com/article/cartoonist-dave-granlund-back-news-service
 
IT’S HOT! 20 ways you can tell the heat wave story: http://ghnewsroom.com/article/its-hot-20-ways-you-can-tell-heat-wave-story
 
FOURTH OF JULY CONTENT: Check out our package of links to Fourth of July content on the news service. We’ll continue to add to the package as your submissions come in, so check back often.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x313690180/Fourth-of-July-content-2009
WITH:
Fun Facts rail:
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/x2085764688/
Pet safety tips:
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/holidays_seasonal/x2122538804/
FOURTH OF JULY PROMOS:  Remember to start running these promos next week.
http://ghnewsroom.com/article/download-fourth-july-promotions-start-running-them-next-week
 
Lifestyles

* MORNING MINUTES: We've expanded what we're offering in Morning Minutes to provide your paper with more options and/or to give your readers a couple more interesting tidbits. It now includes Word of the Day, Web Site of the Day, Number to Know, This Day in History, Today’s Featured Birthday and Daily Quote.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/morning_minutes
 
HOME HELP: Bring the bold, bright side of nature indoors -- Weekly home and
garden rail, with items on nature-inspired decor, how to prevent clogs in
your gutters, a contest to find "funky" bird nests, and more.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/home_and_garden/x998782036/
 
HOME PAGE: Hazardous waste
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/homepage/x931200496/Weekly-Home-page-Hazardous-waste

GREEN THUMBS UP: Coping with the consequences of perpetual dampness --
Sadly, another week of intermittent showers and a seemingly endless soggy
scenario have taken their toll on our gardens as many plants sulk, rot,
droop or sprawl beneath the weight of perpetual dampness.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/home_and_garden/x737341768/

CHERYL MILLER: Gardening challenges follow beginner's luck -- My gardens are
a woeful plot of mismatched flowers struggling valiantly against weeds with
roots that grow to China in soil that would be put to better use in brick
making.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/home_and_garden/x998782276/

FRESH FOOD: To enjoy food at its best, be sure to read the label -- Dates
and codes on fresh, canned and packaged goods can be confusing to figure
out, but there are ways to detect whether that can of green beans or carton
of milk has been in the cupboard or refrigerator too long.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/food/x488809313/
 
PLAN-FREE GARDEN: Planning not required for spectacular garden - Tammy Lewis is proof it doesn’t take a master gardener to cultivate a backyard sanctuary. More than 50 plant varieties grow in her yard, but Lewis said she has never had a plan for her garden. SPRINGFIELD
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/home_and_garden/x998781834
 
FAMILY TIME: Weekly family rail, with staycation tips, a review of “Year One” and more.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/family/x737339828/
 
LOST IN SUBURBIA: How do you get a sofa down the stairs?
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/family/x986614355/
 
BOXING TO EGGS: Video: Ex-boxer finds peace as an egg farmer in Holbrook - Mike Ohan, a former professional boxer for 12 years, has found peace and happiness on his small Holbrook farm as an egg farmer. The former sparring partner of Marvelous Marvin Hagler is now surrounded by Araucanas, Rhode Island Reds, Leghorns, Barred Rocks, and Red Stars and the eggs that they lay. Patriot Ledger.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x998783808/
- Art: 8 photos
- With video
 
DISNEY WORLD: Disney without tears? It's possible - here's how - I’m a Mickey Mouse mom and was hell-bent on creating Disney memories with my son. Certainly I was discouraged against bringing a 2-year-old to Disney World – the cost, the travel, limited age-appropriate activities and attractions, and so on. Could I really make Disney happen for a 2-year-old and simultaneously keep my marriage intact over four days? Yes, but I had to plan. Here’s what to do. By Dana Barbuto.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/family/x1662363919/
Art: 3 photos
 
BEER NUT: German lagers with a woman's touch - Carol and Ed Stoudt decided to turn their restaurant into a brewpub in 1987. Now, more than 20 years later, Stoudt's Brewing Company is one of the most established breweries on the East Coast. By Norman Miller.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/food/beverages/x737340393/
Art: Beer and Norman
 
Entertainment
 
SUDOKU: Puzzles for July and the first week of August (puzzles 372-406) are now available for download. Previous puzzles are linked to in this file, or visit our Puzzles category.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/puzzles/x931198145/Sudoku-puzzles-372-406-July-puzzles
 
TRANSFORMERS: Movie review: ‘Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen’ has plenty of explosions, but it’s far from a blast – it’s as loud and obnoxious as frat boys on an end-of-semester bender, which is fitting because it’s those boys – and younger – at which this testosterone-charged flick is aimed. By Dana Barbuto.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x135724573/
art: Movie stills
 
DAVID SHIEFELBEIN: Koko Taylor's music will reign on --
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/music/x998783866/
 
Opinions

** NOTE: EDITORIAL CARTOONIST DAVE GRANLUND IS BACK!
Here are a few of his cartoons, for use immediately:
 
HEALTH CARE REFORM: http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/cartoons/x998783529/
 
IRAN ELECTIONS: http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/cartoons/x488810900/

OBAMA AND HEALTH CARE: http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/cartoons/x737342009/
 
And check out the news service for more:
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/cartoons
 
CONROY CARTOON: On the state of health care reform.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/cartoons/x135724557/
 
CHARITA GOSHAY: True justice can make us struggle.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/columnists/charita_goshay/x737340203/Charita-Goshay-True-justice-can-make-us-struggle
 
KENT BUSH: Covering up reporters’ kidnapping a risky move.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x931203755/Kent-Bush-Covering-up-reporters-kidnapping-a-risky-move
 
DEIRDRE REILLY: Coming down with a case of rain dementia - Here on the East Coast, we are experiencing our ninety-nine millionth day of rain. Fish are drowning in the ocean. I can actually hear plants choking in my front yard from too much water. And I think I’m losing it.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/columnists/x931203811/Deirdre-Reilly-Coming-down-with-a-case-of-rain-dementia
- Art: Mugshot
News
 
JESUS STUNT: A man who once filmed himself walking around downtown Brockton, Mass., in a child’s cowboy hat and a fake mustache as “The Sheriff of Brockton” was seen again Tuesday afternoon dressed like Jesus being whipped by friends.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/x998783732/
 
PHELPS ON NEWSPAPERS: Former New York Times editor Robert Phelps sees bright future for newspapers; a Q&A. By Ben Aaronson, with photos
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business/x488810918/

RABID FOX: Report of suspicious fox in Bridgewater earlier on same day as rabid fox attack - The rabid fox that attacked a 39-year-old Bridgewater mother of two on Curve Street last week may have struck earlier in the same day on the same street. By Rebecca Hyman.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x998783506/

-- WITH: Preventing rabies - Here are some tips from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health on preventing rabies.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x998783541/
 
'THIS IS HOME' Bosnian refugees come of age -- A decade ago, Utica, N.Y., became the new home to more than 1,000 children and teenagers displaced with their families from war-torn Bosnia. Today, those children ‹ grown into adults ‹ have become fully incorporated into the community's fabric. Despite the difficult past from which they¹ve come, the young adults have fast become a viable part of life in the city.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/x931200728/

OLD SKELETON: Skeleton from 1800s found at high school -- An intact skeleton that could date to the 1800s was found by a contractor digging a small trench at New Hartford High School in New Hartford, N.Y., on Monday night.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/x488809457/
 
MOSQUITO SEASON COMING SOON: Buzzing, biting, pesky skeeters - Mosquito experts say the intensity of this season, running until about mid-September, looks to be in line with the past few years. But the wet spring, which facilitates larvae growth, could mean it is going to be a bit worse. Ledger, with photo
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1393575296/Coming-soon-Buzzing-biting-pesky-skeeters
 
TORNADO SEASON: Are you prepared for tornado season? Here are some tips.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x342391463/
 
Business / Ag
 
DAVE RAMSEY: Weekly financial Q&A, with items on investing and multi-level
operations.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business/x135722542/
 
HYBRID BULLDOZER: Caterpillar Inc. is getting into the hybrid vehicle business. Except these won't be vehicles you'll see on the highway. The company Tuesday officially launched its line of Diesel-electric hybrid bulldozers - the D7E - that it says will improve fuel efficiency 30 percent or more while not skimping on the power its customers expect from Caterpillar equipment. By Paul Gordon of the Peoria Journal Star.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business/x998783882
 
MAKING CENTS: Think inflation when planning financial future -- Most of us would agree that it simply costs more to do just about anything today than 10 or 20 years ago. While inflation has abated somewhat with this very slow economy, I wouldn't rule out the “I” word as out of the question for the future.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x488806876/Making-Cents-Think-inflation-when-planning-financial-future
 
KILLING ALIENS: High Voltage Software takes aim at breaking ground on the Wii -  Five Rockford residents and two guys from Poplar Grove will be the death of millions of aliens. They want you to join them in killing off alien invaders and have fun doing it. Eric Nofsinger, Mark Muraski, Pat Dolan, Tom Martin, and Damion Davis, all of Rockford, along with Altair Lane and David Pellas, both of Poplar Grove, helped develop High Voltage Software’s latest release for the Nintendo Wii called “The Conduit.” ROCKFORD
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business/x931202250
 
PAUL A. EISENSTEIN: GM banking on 2010 Chevrolet Equinox -- Why is GM¹s Bob Reuter rooting for higher fuel prices? The man in charge of developing the 2010 Chevrolet Equinox is confident the 32 miles per gallon crossover/utility vehicle is going to be ³in the sweet spot,² as gas prices once again start to rise.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/transportation/x931200943/
 
Sports
 
NASCAR PAGE: Anytime, anywhere.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/sports/racing/x488807471/NASCAR-page-Anytime-anywhere
 
KIDS’ SPORTS AND HEAT: – Hot or not, children’s summer sports games and practices continue, but area parents say avoiding problems is a matter of common sense. SPRINGFIELD. To localize: How are local youth sports teams handling the heat?
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/sports/x1662366256