GateHouse News Service national budget 6.29.12

GateHouse News Service national budget 6.29.12



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ANNIVERSARY PAPER: The Patriot Ledger publishes in old style for historic milestone


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EDITING WORDS: AP Style on the Olympics









NASCAR PAGE: 9 great drivers from northern states


SUMMER OLYMPICS PREVIEW PAGES: Four broadsheet pages on new sports, Team USA athletes to watch, about the venues and more


JULY RADARFROG PAGE: Barbecue on a budget


JULY FAMILY: 8 ways to save on summer, how to build a treehouse, simple party food recipes







10 Ways To Buy Your Private Island


Water Parks Aren't Just Family Fun -- They're Family Run


The Five Dumbest Things on Wall Street This Week: June 29


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GEEKOLOGY 101: To 3-D or not to 3-D - So I?am a little behind the times here when it comes to expressing my opinion on the 3-D?phenomenon that is going on with movies nowadays. By Gary Darling, Maryville, Mo.


HEALTH WATCH: Whiten teeth -- weekly Health Watch with how to make teeth whiter, new research about worldwide drug abuse, heat warnings for seniors and more. GHNS


JIM HILLIBISH: Dog Dicer may earn its keep -- Infomercials for cooking trinkets usually link a problem you don’t have with a solution you don’t need. The Dog Dicer is different. It actually works, and it can solve problems beyond cutting hot dogs into little pieces that will not choke babies. Canton (Ohio) Repository


RINGING IN EARS: Scientists to study chronic ringing in ears -- Scientists in Springfield, Ill., believe a specific part of the brain will become a useful tool in developing medicines to treat tinnitus, a chronic ringing in the ears that affects millions of Americans. Dean Olsen/ The State Journal-Register (Ill.)


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AUTHOR INTERVIEW: The Readers’ Writers: Reviewing the reviewers - Many of us readers take note of reviews from major sources such as the New York Times and USA Today. Times have changed and continue to change. While the Internet has allowed for a new generation of independent (indie) publishers, it has also opened the door to individuals, such as multi award-winning suspense author John L Betcher, who have elected to publish their work themselves. Literally, thousands of new books become available to readers each and every month. Obviously, a need arose for a platform by which these authors’ work could be considered. By DA Kentner, Freeport, Ill.


MAGIC MIKE REVIEW: Movie review: Very dirty dancing in 'Magic Mike' - Channing Tatum takes it off again in a story inspired by his early work as a male stripper. Steven Soderbergh directs. By Dana Barbuto, The Patriot Ledger.
* Facebook idea: Ask fans to give their review of the film.


PEOPLE LIKE US REVIEW: Movie review: It can be difficult to relate to ‘People like Us’ - Albeit “inspired” by actual events in director Alex Kurtzman’s life, nothing about “People Like Us” rings true. By Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger.
* Facebook idea: Ask fans to give their review of the film.


TED REVIEW: Movie review: 'Ted' is 'bearly' amusing - When I heard Seth MacFarlane, the baby-faced genius behind TV’s most hilarious sitcom, “Family Guy,” was planning his feature-film debut, I was as excited as Stewie Griffin at (Turkish) bath time. I was even more thrilled to learn the plot would revolve around a foul-mouthed, pot-smoking teddy bear magically brought to life via his owner’s childhood wish. And when I discovered Mark Wahlberg and “Family Guy” regular Mila Kunis were signing on to star, I began eagerly counting the days until the aptly titled “Ted” premiered. But ... By Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger.
* Facebook idea: Ask fans to give their review of the film.


MOVIE MAN: ‘Harold and Maude’ a cult movie for gentle souls - Cult movies are the sort of films that used to lure audiences into the out-of-the-way theaters in the hours past midnight. Normally, that sort of audience is craving something different, daring and maybe even a little dangerous. That’s why cult movies usually feature gory violence (“Night of the Living Dead”), strange sexuality (“The Rocky Horror Picture Show”) or both (“Eraserhead”). By Will Pfeifer, Rockford, Ill.


READERS GUIDE: 'Freddy: A Love Story' – Quick reviews of books, by Susie Stooksbury, Oak Ridger, Tenn.


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PHILIP MADDOCKS: Roger Clemens offers to defend attorney general in battle with Congress - Mr. Clemens, a seven-time winner of the Cy Young Award as the best pitcher in his league, said his own experience, in which he was recently acquitted of all charges that he lied to Congress in 2008 when he insisted he never used steroids or human growth hormone, made him uniquely qualified to help defend the attorney general, and he suggested that his successful strategy could serve as a legal blueprint for confronting Mr. Holder’s own continuing difficulties. By Philip Maddocks, MetroWest, Mass.


GRANLUND CARTOON: 'Obamacare' upheld. By Dave Granlund, GHNS.


EDITORIAL: A referendum on 'Obamacare' in November - So it was the predicted 5-4, after all, if not in the direction we would have wagered. The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the essence of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - aka “Obamacare” - with Chief Justice John Roberts, a Bush appointee, seeming to defy stereotype by joining the court's liberal bloc. A little more court consensus would have been nice. Arguably nothing has been resolved. By Peoria, Ill.


EDITORIAL: Ruling that health law a tax settles one issue, raises others - Thursday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding the federal health care law as a tax contained surprises, but it does clear up some questions and draws some important limits on federal authority. By Adrian, Mich.


KENT BUSH: GOP left to draw lines in the sand -- That’s really not true because about 99 percent of what they do is refereeing mundane rules that interest very few people who aren’t directly involved in the arguments. But occasionally –– like this week with the national health care debate –– the Supreme Court becomes the focal point of the political world. Augusta Gazette (Kan.)


O'MAHONEY CARTOON: Roger Clemens and Jerry Sandusky. By O'Mahoney, The Patriot Ledger.


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ERIC P BLOOM: You don’t need all the answers, just the right questions - When I first became a manager, I thought I needed to know all of the answers to all of the issues in my department. I was wrong. I quickly learned that management was more about asking questions, communicating, making decisions, management process and leadership. In this week’s column, as the column name alludes, I would like to specifically discuss asking questions, and its first cousin, listening. By Eric P. Bloom, GHNS.


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CHRIS GILL: Perfect timing for Taylor, Angelelli -- In last year’s Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen, Ricky Taylor stepped out of the shadow. Coming into this year’s second leg of the Rolex Series’ triple crown, the 22-year-old son of sports car champion Wayne Taylor has been blinded by the searing spotlight. Corning Leader (N.Y.)


CHRIS GILL: Grand-Am building backup -- Introducing a brand-new kind of race car was a huge gamble for Grand-Am in 2003, but four years later it looked like the risk had paid off. Rolex Series fields were at their fullest everywhere except the Daytona 24 and the premier class, the Daytona Prototypes, were growing in number. Corning Leader (N.Y.)


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