GateHouse News Service National Budget
For 6/29/09 editions
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BOOMERS & BEYOND: Fall edition of this quarterly tab for boomers and seniors.
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.
Fun Facts rail:
Pet safety tips:
FOURTH OF JULY PROMOS: Remember to start running these promos next week.
YOU CAN MAKE A GOOGLE MAP: Make a Google Map of July Fourth events in your region: http://ghnewsroom.com/article/make-google-map-july-fourth-events-your-region
Q&A: Get to know the new Rockford Woman Web site.
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.
HEALTH WATCH: Protect your skin this summer -- Weekly health rail, with items on preventing sun damage, tips for treating acid reflux, how to avoid heat stress in children, and more.
HEALTH PAGE: Don’t take a vacation from health.
HEALTH VIDEO: New medical training mannequin
GREENSPACE: Flower preservative delays decay of bouquet -- Flowers are not exactly a cheap investment. You’re paying for the talents of two artists: Mother Nature and the flower arranger.
KRISTI HODSON: Eliminating breeding sites key to preventing mosquitoes -- The last week in June is National Mosquito Control Awareness Week.
SHAYNE LOOPER: What constitutes a healthy church? -- I am a radical at heart, so last week when a reader, Pamela, e-mailed to ask what practical plan I would suggest for making changes in the churches of our society, I had to resist the urge to say something goofy like, “Sell everything, give to the poor, and start a new society of Jesus."
SUMMER TIPS: Summer survival guide -- A collection of tips for withstanding the heat, sun and other stresses of summer.
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BANNED BOOKS: When choosing summer reading, where do administrators draw the line? On the South Shore, the choices vary widely from district to district. While some schools stick to a safe list of accepted classics, others push the envelope with new and potentially controversial work. By Kaitlin Keane.
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- To localize: How do school districts in your community handle controversial books? Do they have hard and fast rules? How do they make their decision? Which books are banned? Why? What do students think? Parents?
SURPRISE WEDDING: After 16 years of marriage, husband surprises wife with big wedding - CHILLICOTHE – The sanctuary, decorated with blue and green ribbons, was filled with family and friends. Tables and chairs were set up in the church basement for the reception and cupcakes, cookies, sodas and three kinds of potato chips awaited the invited guests. The tuxedoed groom stood at the altar, next to the preacher. "The Wedding March" was cued and ready to go. One final detail remained before the ceremony could begin: Somebody needed to tell the bride it was her wedding day. By Scott Hilyard of the Peoria Journal Star.
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.
GRANLUND CARTOON: Debate over climate change
GRANLUND CARTOON: Six Flags declaring bankruptcy
GRANLUND CARTOON: Trying to rebuild the economy
LICCAR CARTOON: Makeshift memorials
JEFF VRABEL: Johnny Depp brings new fame to Indiana -- I grew up partly in Crown Point, Ind., a fine town but one where you don’t often bump into famous people. This was before the shooting of the film "Public Enemies," opening July 1, about the life of John Dillinger, who, aside from a high-school girls basketball dynasty in the mid-1980s, is probably Crown Point's biggest claim to fame (close third: Dairy Queen).
PETER COSTA: Don’t trust anyone not on Facebook - In the 1960s, there was a popular saying among students: Don’t trust anyone over 30. With the recession denying more college graduates work and relegating them to spending hours on Facebook each day, I would revise the saying upward. Don’t trust anyone over.
- Art: Mugshot
LORETTA LAROCHE: Reality TV vs. real talent - Three people considered major stars – Ed McMahon, Farah Fawcett and Michael Jackson – passed away last week.
- Art: Mugshot
CAUGHT ON TAPE: Caught on tape, then caught by cops: Cameras throughout the region are helping to catch crooks of all types - Investigators are discovering surveillance cameras are now one of the most important eyes on the street and fast becoming a key tool in catching suspects. By Maureen Boyle.
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- With videos
- TO LOCALIZE: Contact police and businesses in your area and see what affect cameras have had.
WASHOUTS AND DERAILMENTS: Track washouts common, but most don't cause derailments - ROCKFORD – Railroad washouts are common. Accidents because of them aren’t. In the past 10 years, 64 accidents have been caused by washouts and 19 by floods — of nearly 10,000 — on the nation’s mainline rails, according to the Federal Railroad Administration. That’s because railroads are required to take specific safety measures during bad weather, experts say. By Thomas V. Bona of the Rockford Register Star.
MOSQUITO SEASON: 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
TORNADO SEASON: Are you prepared for tornado season? Here are some tips.
Business / Ag
BIZ BITS: Weekly business rail, with tips on your 401(k) if you change jobs, a look at the world’s most powerful athletes, a BBB warning about magazine scams and more.
CHECKOUT LANE: Pool upkeep saves money in long run -- A swimming pool is almost like a member of your family. It needs to be fed and cleaned, and it needs regular attention.
MAKING CENTS: Just graduate from college? Stay positive. Advice from John P. Napolitano.
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RAINED-OUT CROPS: Growers say wet weather will delay Massachusetts' corn, tomato crops -- Frank Caruso, plant pathologist for the UMass Cranberry Station research center in Wareham, Mass., says the cool and damp weather could cause problems for the potato, tomato and strawberry crops.
CREDIT UNIONS: Credit unions caught in same loan-loss tar as banks - ROCKFORD – With vastly smaller deposit reserves, few credit unions invested heavily in higher-risk mortgages or mortgage-backed securities. But that doesn’t mean the economic blowout that has shaken the banking community to its core is not hurting the nonprofit credit union industry. Bad debt is rising for the vast majority of credit unions. By Alex Gary of the Rockford Register Star. To localize: How are local credit unions faring with loans?
NASCAR PAGE: Kings & jesters.
AROUND THE NBA: Tons of trades before free-agency period -- Consider the NBA’s version of an arms race under way. The Spurs get Richard Jefferson for virtually nothing. The Cavs get Shaquille O’Neal on the cheap. The Magic get Vince Carter, though, for a steeper price. In a four-day span, three All-Stars, three guys who have played for Team USA, were acquired by teams
with championship dreams.
AROUND FOOTBALL: Indians manager keeps fighting -- The Eric Wedge situation isn’t so much a black cloud hovering. It’s more of a bad odor lingering. And the Indians aren’t doing anything to eradicate the stench.
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