GateHouse News Service National Budget
3/14/11
 
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On GHNewsroom.com

WAKE UP CALL!: Covering March Madness

NEWSROOM PROFILE: Suburban Life Publications, Downers Grove, Ill.

ST. PATRICK'S DAY COVERAGE: New angles on the holiday


Niche

KIDZBUZZ: The science of rainbows

NCAA BRACKET

NEW GO GREEN TAB: Stories on eco-friendly auto and workplace trends, and templated pages for local event listings and volunteer profiles
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APRIL FAMILY: With features on getting the most miles out of the family car, dog obedience training and recycling old electronics

MARCH RADARFROG PAGE: Save on car rentals

MARCH RADARFROG COUPON BOOK: Be your own handyman; get rid of pests naturally

ST. PATRICK'S DAY CALLOUT: For photos of parades and other green parties


News

JAPAN: Content on the quake, tsunami
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Lifestyles

HEALTH WATCH: Nursing kids back to health -- weekly Health Watch with items on how to care for sick kids, why health professionals don't care for the animated film "Rango" and more. By GHNS

DR. JERRY REEDY: Common sleep disorders and treatment options -- According to the National Commission on Sleep Disorders Research, at least 40 million Americans suffer from chronic, long-term sleep disorders, and another 20 to 30 million experience occasional sleep problems. State Journal-Register (Ill.)

DAVID ROBSON: Share seeds and spread the garden wealth -- One of the surest methods of saving money is to start your own transplants. It’s also a great teaching opportunity for kids. And it’s frustrating. Still, it can be cost effective if you remember a few basics. First, find someone with whom to share the seedling. State Journal-Register (Ill.)
* Localization tip: Start a forum for local gardeners to share their gardening ideas and tips. Or create a space for gardeners to trade seeds and seedlings.

SHOESTRING LIVING: Say ‘yes’ to saying ‘no’ - As a parent, the hardest part of living frugally is saying “no.” Whether it’s to us, or our kids, it just doesn’t feel good. Youngsters can’t begin to understand the value of denying ourselves now with the big picture in mind. And that’s no surprise, since plenty of adults have difficulty with the concept, too. By Molly Logan Anderson, GHNS columnist.

JEFF VRABEL: Alien life forms, you don’t want to come to Earth - You guys might have missed this last week, as the news cycles were thick with unimaginable disaster (Japan) and unimaginable stupid (everything else, but let's just pick two random ones how about "Martha Stewart is a grandma" and "Timberlake/Biel split" whoa, wait, really?), but scientists kind of went and found life in space.  By Jeff Vrabel, GHNS columnist.


Entertainment

‘PAUL’ FEATURE: Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are at home in sci-fi comedy 'Paul' - The team of lanky Simon Pegg and chunky Nick Frost first appeared together for American movie audiences in the hit zombie comedy “Shaun of the Dead.” They paired up again for the hit cop-buddy spoof “Hot Fuzz.” With “Paul,” they’re tackling yet another genre: science fiction, with a twist. By Ed Symkus, The Patriot Ledger.

GET REEL: 'Honoring' the best of the worst with a Razzie - Forget about the awards for best picture and best actor: do you know what film cleaned up at the 31st annual Golden Razzie Awards on Feb. 26? By Bob Tremblay, MetroWest, Mass.
* Localization tip: You can do a poll asking readers what they thought the worst movie of 2010 was.


Opinions

BRITT CARTOON: Earthquake in Japan. By Chris Britt, Springfield, Ill.

MICHAEL WINSHIP: Wackos of the world, unite - Who’s the worst of the current masters of denial? Gadhafi has the lead when it comes to lunacy, but the U.S. House of Representatives is charging hard. By Michael Winship, Messenger Post, N.Y.

KEVIN FRISCH: Bicycle tax to raise revenue?  -- Way to go, New York! A state lawmaker goes through all the trouble of coming up with a brand new tax to help close our $10 billion deficit, and what do we do? We laugh him out of the Assembly. The Daily Messenger (N.Y.)

JARED OLAR: United by division? -- On balance, President Bush proved to be more of a divider than a uniter. But he’s got nothing on Fred Phelps of Westboro Baptist Church, who is both a uniter and a divider. Pekin Daily Times (Ill.)

EDWARD A. GARTZ: I dare to say parents are to blame for education problems -- Why do certain charter schools succeed when others do not? Could it be that parents expect students to be respectful, meet with the teachers as expected and back the teacher when they say that little Johnny has been a jerk or is failing a subject and needs extra help? Messenger Post (N.Y.)
* Poll idea: Do parents take enough responsibility for their children's education?


Business / auto

AUTO BITS: Green your tires - Weekly auto rail, with green tire tips, Car Q&A with Junior Damato and more. By GHNS.
* Localization tip: You can do a Q&A with a local mechanic, or have a mechanic (or mechanics) provide you with a tip of the week.

GREG ZYLA: 1983 Corvette and nitrogen tires - General Motors did not offer a 1983 Corvette as, according to GM reports at the time, the all-new 1984 model involved a complete revamping of the car’s assembly line. By Greg Zyla, GHNS columnist.
* This column contains letters from Illinois and Massachusetts.

ON COMPUTERS: Still using IE6? Get out of the Dark Ages - Internet Explorer 6 was on magazine lists of “the 10 worst tech products of all time.” Despite this, IE6 dominated the browser world. More than 90 percent of all browsers installed in 2005 were IE6. By Jim Hillibish, Canton, Ohio.