National budget 7.27.09
National budget 7.27.09
Here are the top national stories today from GateHouse News Service. Stories are available at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/.
- Jean Hodges is on vacation this week
- Michael Toeset, 630-348-3356, 630-835-8870, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Katie Bartholomew, 630-956-2598, email@example.com
SUDOKU: August puzzles are now available for download. See link below under Entertainment.
WOODSTOCK ANNIVERSARY CONTENT: We’re collecting Woodstock anniversary content as the 40th anniversary approaches on Aug. 15-18. We’ll be adding to this package of links as more content comes in, so check back often to see what’s available.
BACK-TO-SCHOOL CONTENT: Check out our package of back-to-school content, which we will update as new items come in. If your paper has an item that would work on a national scale, please send it to us via Zope or by e-mailing it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Includes COLLEGE CONTENT 2009: http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/homepage/x639777850/College-Content-2009
THIS WEEK: Video: What's happening this week with the News & Interactive Division.
READER PHOTOS: Readers like sharing their nature photographs.
MORNING MINUTES: Word of the Day, Web Site of the Day, Number to Know, This Day in History, Today’s Featured Birthday and Daily Quote.
AUTOMOTIVE PAGE: Porsche goes 4-door.
HEALTH PAGE: Don’t eat, exercise.
HEALTH WATCH: Weekly health rail, with items on carpal tunnel syndrome, electronic cigarettes, tips for avoiding poisonous plants and more.
WAYNE WESTCOTT: Be careful starting a swimming program -- Although water activities are both enjoyable and effective, exercising in a fluid medium can quickly become exhausting if you attempt to do too much, too fast. I strongly recommend a progressive interval training approach to a swimming program.
WATER: Water choices are not so clear - Water was once so simple. You opened the tap at your sink, filled your cup and your thirst was quenched. If you worried about the quality of your tap water, perhaps you invested in a filter. Visit any grocery store today and you’ll likely be overwhelmed by water options. Bottled water companies are promoting vitamin-enhanced water - but is it really better for you than what you can get from your faucet? By Shannon O'Brien.
BIBLE STUDY: How to form a Bible study group - While the purpose of Bible study groups appears obvious — to encourage participation in a moderated study of God’s Word — local study groups demonstrate that collective study also involves fellowship and loving care. By Tamara Browning.
- LOCALIZE IT: Talk to Bible study groups in your area and follow this story’s blueprint.
SHAYNE LOOPER: The high price of finding heaven -- a fable - Too few people were taking God up on his offer of eternal life, so heaven ordered the publicity department to come up with a plan. They produced a promotional campaign they called, “Finding Heaven.”
SUDOKU: Puzzles for August (puzzles 407-434) are available for download. Previous puzzles are linked to in this file, or visit our Puzzles category.
VIDEO VAULT: If Season 1 didn’t sell you on 'Mad Men,' Season 2 will – The first season of “Mad Men” was all about introducing -- or, if you’re old enough -- reintroducing the audience to the world of the early 1960s, when men wore hats, women wore skirts and the alcohol flowed freely.
GRANLUND CARTOON: Biden gives Obama tips on speaking candidly.
JEFF ADAIR: Even if he was right, Henry Louis Gates was wrong - Some call it a clear cut example of racism, and others accuse the Harvard professor of playing the "race card," grandstanding, saying he should be the one to apologize. I've written this column before, right after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. A couple times since. The conclusion: each of us sees life based on our own experiences, our own history. Race is one of many factors shading our lens.
EDITORIAL: Waiting for the day when it's not all about race - A president of the United States need not weigh in on every issue nor respond to every question. Yet there was Barack Obama last week, being questioned during a news conference about the July 16 arrest in Cambridge, Mass., of Harvard professor and friend Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and responding that the police had "acted stupidly." By Peoria Journal Star.
EDITORIAL: Work to do on health care - There was never anything sacrosanct about President Obama's deadline for pushing health care reform through the House and Senate before Congress takes its August recess. For that matter, there's nothing sacrosanct about the recess. We all like our summer vacations, but what matters is getting this legislation right. By MetroWest Daily News.
JEFF VRABEL: Entranced by incredible dogs -- I am currently planted on the couch in a state of pretty impressive dehydration slurping down Gatoradelike a crazy person and not moving, so it goes without saying that I'm watching dogs on ESPN. But I am not watching just any dogs. I am watching magic dogs from space doing tricks.
CURT SMITH: We are who — and how — we mourn - Once admiring those departed in a quiet way too deep for applause, we now honor the dishonorable, equating quality with celebrity (e.g. Michael Jackson).
FRANK MULLIGAN: A brief history of grime -- Does the universe tend toward disorder? According to what I was able to glean from Googling the question for a solid 20 minutes, this statement is too simplistic to really convey the Second Law of Thermodynamics. Despite my exhaustive research, that was all I was able to comprehend.
MICHELLE TEHEUX: The way babies are meant to be born - I last gave birth 17 years ago this month and am not planning to repeat the experience in this lifetime. But after reading a recent news story about the trend of some mothers scheduling cesareans the same way they might make dinner reservations, I can only shake my head and think back to my own two births.
LORETTA LAROCHE: Sweet, sweet slumber -- Children, worries, a husband that snored, extensive travel with lots of time changes, and, finally, menopause have all changed my sleep patterns.
JULIE KAISER: Giving our kids the freedom to be kids - A mom struggles with keeping her son safe, and letting him explore the neighborhood.
GATES FOLO 1: Audio: Police release 911 tapes in Gates arrest -- Cambridge, Mass., police have released the 911 police tapes involving the arrest of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates.
GATES FOLO 2: STUDENTS: Black students at Harvard react to arrest of professor -- As Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Cambridge Police Sgt. William Crowley prepare to resolve their dispute with a beer at the White House, black students at Harvard are still debating what the racially polarizing arrest means.
GATES FOLO 3: MEETING: White House senior adviser says Gates, Crowley meeting will happen -- White House senior adviser David Axelrod told CBS' "Face the Nation" Sunday morning that a meeting between Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates and Cambridge police Sgt. James Crowley will happen.
VANITY PLATES: You're so vain, you probably think this story's about you - Ohio calls them personalized plates. Typically, they’re referred to as vanity plates. These plates serve as moving message boards for those who pay an extra $35 to register one each year. From A to Z, you never know what you might come across. By Tim Botos.
- LOCALIZE IT: Fantastic story to localize in your state by checking the database for interesting vanity plates. Breakouts in this story can be used in any state.
HAIR: Louisiana girl cuts off 23 inches of her hair for charity - Destiney, 8, recently chopped off 23 inches of her hair to donate to Locks of Love, a public nonprofit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children under age 18 suffering from long-term medical hair loss. By Tammy Sharp.
SAVING TURTLES: State studying roads, highways to reduce turtle mortality -- Untold numbers of turtles - some on protected species lists - are killed on Massachusetts roadways each year while looking for a place to lay their eggs, searching for food or simply getting from one place to another. A collaborative project between the state Division of Fisheries and Wildlife's Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program and MassHighway might put an end to some of the deaths.
BUSINESS / AG
MAKING CENTS: Saving can also make you feel good - Emotions drive financial behavior. When fear is rampant, we simply stop spending. But by ceasing spending on things that you really didn't need, you realize that spending really didn't buy you extra happiness, and maybe saving brings a whole new type of happiness. By John P. Napolitano.
CHECKOUT LANE: Advice for obtaining a mortgage - Sure, the economy is ailing, the housing bubble has burst and credit is harder to get. Still, mortgage brokers insist this is a good time to buy a house. By Brent Lang.
MICHAEL MINNICH: I wouldn’t touch Michael Vick with a 10-foot pole if I were the general manager of an NFL?franchise.
PETER SILAS PASQUA: Jarvis Green’s comments about leaving the Patriots for the Saints misconstrued or overblown?
WNBA: All-Star Game: West outduels East in showcase - The WNBA All-Stars, taking a cue from their more popular counterparts in the NBA, decided it was time to have a little fun and celebrate their sport more so than play their game — all aspects of the game that is. By Marc Allard.