GateHouse News Service National Budget
For 3/25/09 editions
Here are the top national stories coming today from GateHouse News Service. Stories are available at Please submit stories below no later than 6 pm local time, unless you have breaking news that is changing significantly.
Contacts: Jean Hodges, (630) 348-3350, (630) 956-8834,
Michael Toeset, (630) 348-3356, (630) 835-8870,
EASTER LINKS: Check out our package of Easter content. Check back often, as links will be added as new content comes in.
LOCALIZATION TIP: Gift shop owners coping during economic downturn.
ARE YOU A FAN? Become a fan of GHnewsroom on Facebook
DAVE RAMSEY: Weekly financial Q&A this week leads with information on what to do if you're laid off.


MORNING MINUTES: Note: we’ve added a little “today in history.” And we’ll still offer Word of the Day, Web Site of the Day and Number to Know.
HOME HELP: Weekly home and garden rail, with items on adapting your garden to its surroundings, the importance of clearing out clutter when selling your home and more.
HOME PAGE: Design your dream kitchen (note: this page now includes a “sell your home” tip in the ear at the top of the page.

FAMILY TIME: Weekly family rail, with a tip on keeping things simple at home, a review of „I Love You, Man‰ and more.

TRAVELOGUE: Weekly travel rail, with tire tips, a look at "the World‚s Largest Chair" and more.
GETAWAY: A taste of Italy's Lombardy region - The day had been long, and the weather in Italy's Lombardy mountains chilly. After many adventures and many miles, my companions and I were weary.

LOST IN SUBURBIA: A neighbor once cursed me, and ever since, I have been plagued by water troubles. By Tracy Beckerman.
WINE WISDOM: Wonderful wines of the Boston Wine Expo - For the devoted and faithful, an annual pilgrimage must be made. For Muslims it's Mecca. For Christians it's the Holy Land at Easter. For others, myself included, it's trekking into town every winter for the Boston Wine Expo. This year, I attended the Expo's Grand Cru Lounge. MetroWest
THE BEER NUT: Brewery Ommegang's heart is in Belgium - Brewery Ommegang may be physically in Cooperstown, N.Y., but their brewing heart is in Belgium. MetroWest
BOILING POINT: Jim Hillibish offers tips on firing up the grill.
SENIOR SAVVY: Uncle's safety should be paramount - Q: I received a call from Protective Services saying that I am not caring for my uncle properly. Protective Services is involved to see if there is any neglect or abuse. I am very scared about the investigation and worry that my uncle will be removed from his home.

SCIENTIST BY DAY: Scientist enjoys spiritual side of making music - By day, he’s a straight-shooting scientist. But ask about his hobbies and Tom Mac is anything but ordinary. The 48-year-old has performed at Carnegie Hall, worked as an extra on “ER” and been on stage as the opening act for the Beach Boys. It’s the kind of side gig that keeps his artistic side energized. By Elizabeth Davis of the Rockford Register Star.
SUDOKU: April puzzles (281-308) are now posted in the new Puzzles category.
EASTER PUZZLES: We’ve uploaded both a secular and a Christian word find. The secular one will run on our Kidz Buzz / NIE page. The other you can run wherever you have kids content.
Christian version:
Secular version:
WILL PFEIFER: AMC's 'Breaking Bad' cooks up hope
JOE BURNS: Pitching for the rich - Rush Limbaugh is at it again. The Fresh Prince of Hot Air has come to the defense of the indefensible: AIG’s multi-million dollar giveaway of taxpayer’s money to 412 high-level foul-ups as a reward for the damage they’ve done. CNC
PHIL LUCIANO: Shoring up a pillar of democracy - Is it time for a newspaper bailout? That fascinating notion is in an essay in The Nation called "The Death and Life of Great American Newspapers." The idea has been floated before, but perhaps never with as much conviction as by authors John Nichols and Robert W. McChesney, both of whom have written extensively about the media.

EDITORIAL: America on trial, just as al-Marri is - Little guy. Toothy, disarming grin. Long black beard, white kufi cap, polo shirt and slacks. Seemed tired, perhaps overwhelmed by his circumstances. Unsure of his age - 43 - when asked. Requested eyeglasses to provide some clarity on the situation. So this is Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri - alleged terrorist, accused al-Qaida "sleeper agent," designated "enemy combatant," the last of his kind, the man the federal government says should strike fear in the hearts of Americans from coast to coast? An editorial from the Peoria Journal Star.
DONATIONS UP: Salvation Army donations up in 2008 - Donations to The Salvation Army’s iconic red kettles set a new national record of $130 million in 2008, surpassing the previous record of $118 million set in 2007. The $130 million raised represents a 10 percent growth in donations year-over-year. The final figures were released late last week. GALESBURG To localize: Check with the local Salvation Army to see how donations compared to the previous.
Business / Ag
DAVE RAMSEY: Weekly financial Q&A this week leads with information on what to do if you're laid off.
IT’S TAX TIME: We’ve started a package of links to news service content about tax time that we’ll add to as more stories flow in. Check it out, and check back as the links grow.
MAKING CENTS: Retirees still have time to make changes to financial - The lousy economy and shaky investment markets have everyone concerned - but few people are more concerned than the retired or those about to retire. There are a few ways that I'd like to share to build an income base that may be a bit more tolerable of market fluctuation. Ledger

CHECKOUT LANE: A safe can protect valuables from fire, thieves - As the stock market plummets, you may be inclined to stuff your money under your mattress. A mattress may not be such a good idea, but a safe can protect your valuables from burglars and fire.
Ledger, Onufrak, with photo
NASCAR PACKAGE: Includes page, stories, photos: Does experience on short tracks help at Martinsville? Not always.