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For 10/31/08 editions
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CORRECTION: The NIE page posted on Oct. 27 had incorrect numbers for Presidents Lincoln and Kennedy. Lincoln was the 16th president and Kennedy was the 35th. A corrected version of the page was posted on Oct. 30. We apologize for the errors.
HOLIDAY ON THE NEWS SERVICE: 3 new holiday Niche products are on the news service today. Check out the gift guide, cookbook and song book.
NEWS NOW HITS ILLINOIS: http://www.ghnewsroom.com/blogs.php?bid=254
GOOD IDEA: Create a sample ballot primer for readers.
MORNING MINUTES: Word of the Day, Web Site of the Day and Number to Know. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/morning_minutes
STUTTERING: Teen explains stuttering in order to educate - Eric McSherry has guts. What else would you call it when a 14-year-old asks to stand in front of his class and explain to his peers what it is like to stutter, what it is like to struggle valiantly for the next word, and what it is like to hope that his listeners will be patient? CNC, Conley, on wire now
WARM UP TO CORN: An alternative heating choice -- Earl Rogers has found that firing up a corn stove on a porch can warm a house — with savings. Rogers had a corn stove installed three years ago in the enclosed front porch of his two-story, approximately 1,500-square-foot house in Bloomington. By Tamara Browning of the State Journal-Register.
PHIL LUCIANO: Kid outgrowing Halloween? Now that's scary - The school's Halloween parade snakes along, the meandering loop of scary and fanciful costumes seemingly without end. But there will be an end. There's always an end. And that's worrisome this time. Because this might be the last Halloween - well, at least, Halloween as you've known it for the past 12 years. That's the number of times the kid has been in costume.
WILL PFEIFER: New Looney Tunes DVD set unearths rarely seen gems. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/dvds_cds/x1016924663/Will-Pfeifer-Cartoon-set-unearths-rarely-seen-gems
MOVIE REVIEW: The softer side of porn - I speak, of course, of the viral sex videos spreading across the Internet like a fire in Bill Clinton’s pants. It’s so prevalent, in fact, it’s almost become PC to get it on on your PC. Who knows, you might even make a few bucks off it, like Rick Salomon’s famous night in Paris. Ledger, Alexander, on wire now
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Ballast’ will lift you up if you let it - Hope, despair and forgiveness converge powerfully in “Ballast,” an impressive first feature from Lance Hammer that defiantly flips a middle finger at convention. Ledger, Alexander, on wire now
SNEAK PREVIEW: A look at "Zack and Miri Make A Porno" and other movies opening this week. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x635417636/Sneak-Preview-Movies-opening-this-week
FARR SIDE: "Saturday Night Live" leads us into the voting booth. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x199480386/The-Farr-Side-SNL-leads-us-into-the-voting-booth
ELIZABETH DAVIES: Voting might be a constitutionally provided right, but it’s more than that. It’s a responsibility. Voters need to have some intelligent thought behind their decisions. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/columnists/elizabeth_davies/x1016924289/Elizabeth-Davies-Please-make-an-educated-vote
DAN HALL: Race is the elephant in the room. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x199482704/Dan-Hall-Race-is-the-elephant-in-the-roon
WOOD ON WORDS: Treat yourself to a post-Halloween language lesson. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/columnists/barry_wood/x1588598378/Wood-on-Words-Treat-yourself-to-a-post-Halloween-language-lesson
DAVE BAKKE: Baby boomers may find ‘retirement’ isn’t just sitting around - It is a bad time for a crisis in retirement accounts. But, then, what would be a better time? Baby boomers are starting a trickle of retirees that will soon become a flood. People who are reaching retirement age this fall or next year have to be thinking twice and three times as they see their nest egg scrambled and fried.
PAM ADAMS: A fitting tribute for next week's historic election - The election was nowhere near decided when Arnitria Karen Shaw declared Nov. 5, 2008, "National Formal Wear Day" in honor of Barack Obama. Neither Sarah Palin nor her wardrobe's worth was in question. Hillary Clinton had not yet mentioned her "sisterhood of the traveling pantsuit."
PHILIP MADDOCKS: Undecided voters undecided about the issue on which they are indecisive - As the presidential race headed into its final days, a geographically indistinct smattering of intellectually uncommitted adults, more commonly known as undecided voters, were still waiting to hear a clear argument from either candidate as to why, after more than 20 months of campaigning and dozens of debates, voters like them remain indecisive about their indecision. CNC, on wire now
FOOTBALL BRIEFS: PFW news on Raiders’ Gallery evolving into blue-chip guard, as well as Browns, Ravens and Chiefs, plus Fantasy Buzz. Compiled by Pro Football Weekly
COLLEGE FOOTBALL NATION: Don't crown Texas the national champion just yet. By Eric Avidon. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/sports/college/x1588596613/College-Football-Nation-Texas-doesn-t-have-it-wrapped-up-yet
MIKE NADEL: Mike Singletary, the ex-Bears Hall of Famer turned 49ers interim coach, is hearing, "Way to go!" from coast to coast for the hard-line discipline he took against a player last week. In the long run, however, is it really the best way to deal with today's coddled athlete?
INSIDE THE LINES: Peoria Journal Star sports editor Bill Liesse takes an irreverent look at this weekend’s NFL games.
WINLESS LIONS: The Detroit Lions have been here before; 0-7 isn’t a huge stretch for a team that’s experiencing its eighth consecutive losing season and that has won only one playoff game in 56 years. But it is a huge comedown for a team that started 6-2 last year. By Matt Trowbridge of the Rockford Register Star.
THIS WEEK IN WEIRD: Incompetent robbers, Halloween scares and wacky animal news in this week's edition. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x1197767893/This-Week-in-Weird-Oct-31
POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: This is moving daily, and here’s a link to the latest.
HOW THEY VOTED: McCain and Obama on 5 issues.
ELECTION COVERAGE: Links to original content from GateHouse and other election/political content. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/homepage/x1197764707/Election-08-coverage
ELECTION DAY BANNERS: Urge your voters to get out and vote on Election Day with these banners.
ECONOMY IN CRISIS: Package of links for the week beginning Oct. 26
PHOTO GALLERY: Early voting across the nation
NO BEES, NO PUMPKINS: Dwindling bee population may put a scare into pumpkin lovers – Carving pumpkins into jack-o'-lanterns is a traditional fake scare for Halloween. In the future, the real scare may be what happens to the pumpkins themselves. If an eerie malady demolishing the nation's honeybees takes hold in Illinois, there may be a lot fewer jack-o'-lanterns glowing in the night. PEORIA http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x1157506350
LINCOLN STAMPS: Postal Service unveils new Lincoln stamps – Abraham Lincoln, once a postmaster, then a president, would have appreciated four commemorative stamps unveiled Thursday at the Old State Capitol. SPRINGFIELD http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x635421008
PHOTO: A gentle light - Sunrise on Cotuit Bay. CNC, Colantuono, on wire now http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1588598751/Photo-A-gentle-light
Business / Ag
BIZ BITS: Weekly business rail, with a look at the top-earning dead celebs, tips on how women can balance work and home, and more. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business/x635419697/Biz-Bits-Elvis-is-still-the-King
AUTO CONTENT: Links to this week's prepared auto page, the page content and more. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/homepage/x1196571805/Auto-content-this-week
MAKING CENTS: How to shop for health insurance.
FIREWOOD’S A HOT SELLER (Great to localize! Check with people in your town to see if firewood’s in demand) - If cooler nights have you thinking of relaxing by a fire, you should stock up on firewood now, as wood has become a popular source of heating this year. Ledger, Onufrak, on wire now
National budget 10.31.08
GateHouse News Service National Budget