GateHouse News Service National Budget 8.20.10

GateHouse News Service National Budget 8.20.10


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NICHE SCHEDULE: 5 things to know about the 2011 niche schedule.


EDITING WORDS: Difference between 'woman' governors and 'female' ones.





NIE PAGE: Build a better breakfast.


FALL HOME IMPROVEMENTS: Our latest tab has advice on fall decor trends, how to fix up your fireplace and tips on tackling unruly closets.


NFL SEASON PREVIEW TAB: Pro Football Weekly staffers lay out the big questions of the 2010 season, and break down strengths and weaknesses of every team, every week.


SEPTEMBER FAMILY: Articles on not overloading your children with activities, budgeting now for the holidays and incorporating apples into easy, filling breakfasts.





THIS WEEK IN WEIRD: Police arrest man for faking his death and a school official resigns after Facebook post.


MOSQUE CONTENT: Check out our package of content on the Ground Zero-area mosque controversy.


BLAGOJEVICH CONTENT: Check out our package of content related to the trial of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Editorials, breakouts and opinion content have been added to the package since the verdict.





ASK DOG LADY: Dog isn't what I thought it was - Weekly Q&A with Monica Collins, with advice on dog breeds, doggy shampoo and more.


LOOKING UP: Here’s comes the 'king' of planets, Jupiter - Jupiter, called the "king of planets," is making its grand entrance in the east. The planet rises around 8 p.m. in mid-August and 8:30 by month’s end. Jupiter is nearing opposition - when it is on the opposite side of the Earth from the sun, rising at just about the very moment the sun sets below our horizon. Jupiter then reigns all night, setting in the west at sunrise. By Peter Becker.


ELIZABETH DAVIES: Learn to love the woman on the inside - I found myself deeply saddened to realize that so many women, overweight and otherwise, struggle with their weight because, at the core, they go through life wondering if they are good enough.


WOOD ON WORDS: The ‘ug’ era ends with a 'shrug' - To paraphrase a soaked and mud-stained Dennis the Menace, you never know how deep a puddle is until you wade into it. I believe I have plumbed the depths of the “ug” puddle enough to move on after this week. By Barry Wood.


PETER CHIANCA: All we need is bugs, bugs - The BBC is now reporting that Pentagon scientists are developing an “army of cyber-insects.” This is a spectacular idea; the only thing I can think of that would be better might be to mount tiny little machine guns on their backs.


CHEF FEHMI: Incredibly edible eggs - Since the great culinary era of the French chef Auguste Escoffier, eggs have occupied a very special corner in international gastronomy. Most home cooks view them as the easiest of foods to prepare. By Chef Fehmi Khalifa.


TRAVEL: It’s 1543 all over again at the Maryland Renaissance Festival - The Maryland Renaissance Festival will open at Revel Grove at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 28, and be open each weekend, including Labor Day Monday, over the following eight weeks. By Jeff Brown.


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FLICKS: Knockoffs, spoofs and fish rule the box office - “Nanny MacPhee Returns” would pass unnoticed on my radar if not for the very clear and present danger it represents to Mr. Flicks’ home life with regard to Mrs. Flicks and her BFF (Best Flicks Friend). When Nanny comes around, so too do the British accent and cries of “Nanny!” ringing through Flicks Manor. It’s a special, if short-lived torture no amount of immaturity on my part can stamp out. By John Meo.


THE SWITCH: Movie review: 'The Switch' has fatherhood issues - Here's the good news: "The Switch" is better than Jennifer Aniston's last romantic comedy, "The Bounty Hunter." Here's the bad news: A test pattern would have been better than "The Bounty Hunter." By Bob Tremblay.


NANNY MCPHEE: Movie review: 'Nanny McPhee' makes an unwelcome return - First there was “The Nanny Diaries.” Now we have what can best be titled “The Nanny Diarrheas,” or as image-conscious Universal Pictures prefers to call it, “Nanny McPhee Returns.” By Al Alexander.


CAIRO TIME: Movie review: Romance is dry as Sahara in dull but beautiful ‘Cairo Time’ - Even if you don’t give an Aswan Dam about Egypt, it’s hard not to be swept up by the grandeur of one of its most beautiful and mysterious metropolises in “Cairo Time.” By Al Alexander.


MOVIE MAN: ‘Crumb’ peeks into the creative mind - As cartoonist Robert Crumb explains at the beginning of the documentary “Crumb,” he’s most famous for three things: that “Keep on Truckin’” drawing, the cover of Janis Joplin’s “Cheap Thrills” album and the X-rated animated cartoon “Fritz the Cat.” By Will Pfeifer.


B52S: B52s are back in a big (hair) way - At the height of the hard rock era – with heavy sounds and serious, dramatic lyrics - came a band from Athens, Ga. Their signature style then as now is marked by frenetic, retro outfits and hairdos, syncopated keyboards and disarmingly daffy verses about interplanetary travel in the name of love, an ungrateful dog dyed green, a rock lobster, and one’s own private Idaho. By Margaret Smith.


JOAN OSBORNE: Joan Osborne still one of us - In the years since her most famous song, “One of Us,” became a radio hit in 1995, Joan Osborne’s kept busy and kept a low profile, and grown her fan base in pockets. By Chad Berndtson.


KEVING GUILFOILE: Novelist Kevin Guilfoile gears up for release of another mystery-thriller - Kevin Guilfoile's 2006 novel, “Cast of Shadows,” received widespread critical praise. His latest mystery-thriller, “The Thousand,” hits shelves Aug. 24. We caught up with Guilfoile to talk about his new book and the writing process. By Skylar Bergl.


SUDOKU: September puzzles (799-826) are now available for download. Previous puzzles are linked to in this file.


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GRANLUND CARTOON: U.S. combat troops departing Iraq.


BRITT CARTOON: 'Victory' in Iraq looks a lot like 'victory' in Vietnam.


GRANLUND CARTOON: Rotten eggs and Washington politics.


LLOYD GARVER: JetBlue flight attendant an American hero? - There is a tradition in America to turn those who break the law into heroes. Jesse James was a folk hero. Bonnie and Clyde were, too. And now Stephen Slater, the JetBlue flight attendant who lost his temper, quit his job while on duty, grabbed some beer, activated the emergency chute and slid to fame.


EDITORIAL: Anti-climactic close to a costly war in Iraq - Well, V-J Day, it is not. The Associated Press photo of two soldiers trotting toward Khabari Crossing at Iraq's border with Kuwait, among the last of the combat troops to leave the nation America invaded in 2003, doesn't quite rank up there with the iconic image of the sailor kissing the nurse in New York's Times Square in August 1945. If spontaneous street celebrations erupted there or in Peoria or anywhere, we missed them. By The Journal Star of Peoria, Ill.


KENT BUSH: Free speech doesn't protect popularity - Everyone knows Americans are guaranteed freedom of speech. People whine, scream and complain about it constantly. But few have any concept of what it entails. You would expect more from people who make a living under the umbrella of the First Amendment, such as Dr. Laura Schlessinger, but you would be disappointed.


CURT SMITH: A vote, not a judge, should decide gay marriage - As Justice Antonin Scalia notes, if gay marriage and sodomy are legal because all morality-based laws are unconstitutional, prostitution, polygamy and pornography must be constitutional.


PHILIP MADDOCKS: America urged to enter into a contract with Newt Gingrich - During an appearance on “Fox News Sunday,” Republican leaders urged America to enter into a contract with Newt Gingrich, the former House speaker. The contract, they said, would represent a new beginning for the country and a revolutionary commitment to Mr. Gingrich’s own ambitions.


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ERIC P. BLOOM: Managers live in fish tanks - Fish tanks? Does this sound strange or what? This is a phenomenon that we have all seen, and the higher level the manager, the worse it gets. People watch, listen and try to figure out the intentions of the managers above them.


BIZ BITS: Life insurance FYI for Generation Y - Weekly business rail, with life insurance tips, BBB warning about satellite TV and more.


DAVE RAMSEY: How big should baby emergency fund be? - Weekly financial Q&A, with advice on baby emergency funds and unmarried couples combining finances.


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