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For 12/24-27/09 editions

Happy holidays from GateHouse News Service. Our office is closed on Dec. 25, but if you need anything, please contact Jean Hodges at jhodges@gatehousemedia.com. I’ll be monitoring e-mail.

Here are the top national stories coming today from GateHouse News Service. Stories are available at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/. Please submit stories below no later than 6 pm local time, unless you have breaking news that is changing significantly.

Contacts: Jean Hodges, (630) 348-3350, (630) 956-8834, jhodges@gatehousemedia.com

Michael Toeset, (630) 348-3356, (630) 835-8870, mtoeset@gatehousemedia.com

Notes:

8 IDEAS FOR DAY-AFTER-CHRISTMAS EDITIONS: Find ideas for coverage on Christmas Day and advance stories you can do for your Dec. 26 edition.
http://ghnewsroom.com/article/7-ideas-day-after-christmas-edition

POLL IDEA: Each week we’ll post a national poll idea you can use on your own Web site to allow your readers to weigh in on a topic of interest, whether it’s a news story, a pop culture story or a sports story. Check out our first question, with embed code.
http://ghnewsroom.com/article/poll-question-idea-did-economy-affect-your-holiday-spending

GateHouse Media’s 12 Days of Successes
http://ghnewsroom.com/article/gatehouse-medias-countdown-2010-12-days-successes-january

TAX PAGE FOUR-PART SERIES: This four-part series looks at new laws, how to avoid mistakes that might lead to an audit, what to do with your refund and setting yourself up for a relatively painless tax return next time around.
http://ghnewsroom.com/article/four-part-tax-series-all-set-january-news-service

YEAR IN REVIEW PAGE ELEMENTS: Find a logo and page banner that you can use for your Year in Review stories and pages.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/images/x1508037125/Year-in-Review-Page-Elements

BEST OF 2009: Click the link below to go to a budget of year-end items the news service is expecting over the next couple of weeks. Available now is a Niche year-end page, and links will be added as we receive your copy. If your newspaper is planning something that works on a national scale – e.g. Best Movies of 2009 or Top 10 Songs of 2009 – please let us know by e-mailing national@gatehousemedia.com.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/homepage/x1903560869/Best-of-2009-content

'TIS THE SEASON: GateHouse holiday content -- Christmas and holiday content from GateHouse News Service. If your paper has something that would work on a national scale, please Zope it to us or e-mail it to national@gatehousemedia.com.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/special_reports/x1945265215/Tis-the-season-GateHouse-holiday-content

HOLIDAY PAGES, TABS. Find out what the news service is offering for the holidays this year.
http://ghnewsroom.com/article/holiday-pages-tabs-adorn-gatehouse-news-service

Niche 2010 schedule: Check out the Niche products planned for next year.
http://www.ghnewsroom.com/article/gatehouse-2010-niche-schedule

Lifestyles

SANTA TRACKER: For your Web site – links to NORAD Santa Tracker contents.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x1107768712/The-Santa-Tracker

MORNING MINUTES: Includes Word of the Day, Web Site of the Day, Number to Know, This Day in History, Today’s Featured Birthday and Daily Quote.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/morning_minutes

RELIGION NEWS: Weekly religion rail, leads with getting Bible-blitzed, a survey on what conservative Republican think of how friendly Dems are toward religions, a book on “The Ultimate Happiness Prescription,” and more.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/x1145292209/Religion-News-Get-Bible-blitzed

FAMILY TIME: Weekly family rail, with a review of “Avatar,” vital skills for kids and tips for teaching them, and more.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/family/x1107767177/Family-Time-Avatar-OK-for-older-kids

POISETTIA POINTERS: Rewards are worth the challenges with this holiday plant. LAKE SUN, Mo.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x1689181364/Poinsettia-pointers-Reward-worth-the-challenge

CHARITA GOSHAY: Letters to Santa from the rich and famous.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/columnists/charita_goshay/x1055575502/Charita-Goshay-Better-to-want-what-you-have-than-to-get-what-you-deserve

SANTA’S RISE: Is it physics or magic? LEDGER
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/family/x664190289/Up-the-chimney-Santa-rose-Is-it-magic-or-physics

CHRISTMAS COOKIES: Hark! The art of Christmas cookie decorating - SPRINGFIELD – Snowflakes. Wreaths. Angels. Christmas trees. Bells. These are the targets of the metal-tipped pastry bags, filled with colorful icing, wielded by the members of the women’s society of St. John Vianney Catholic Parish in Sherman as they gather for two days each December for a marathon cookie-decorating session. By Kathryn Rem of the State Journal-Register.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x1820915510/Hark-The-art-of-Christmas-cookie-decorating

BEER: All about beer: Drinking it, brewing it, cooking with it - That bottle of Bud or Guinness or Great Lakes in your hand is a piece of history. Beer is perhaps the oldest of processed beverages, third only to water and tea worldwide. By Jim Hillibish.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/food/beverages/x1679099645/All-about-beer-Drinking-it-brewing-it-cooking-with-it

THE BEER NUT: My 10 favorite beers of 2009 - The end of 2009 is approaching, and it is time to look back at the year in beer. By Norman Miller.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/food/beverages/x1136809801/The-Beer-Nut-My-10-favorite-beers-of-2009

SHOESTRING LIVING: Appetize your wallet.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business/x1145295429/Shoestring-Living-Appetize-Your-Wallet

REV. TESS BAUMBERGER: Pondered in her heart: Mary in the Christmas story - The Christmas story in Luke’s gospel ends by saying that Mary treasured all that had transpired, and pondered it in her heart.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x1679100759/Rev-Tess-Baumberger-Pondered-in-her-heart-Mary-in-the-Christmas-story

ASK DOG LADY: Dog lights up laid-off worker’s life - Q&A with Monica Collins about getting a dog to spend time with you and picky puppies.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/family/x1107767133/Ask-Dog-Lady-Dog-lights-up-laid-off-worker-s-life

KITCHEN CALL: Paella makes for a colorful New Year.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x664193058/Kitchen-Call-Paella-makes-for-a-colorful-New-Year

GREENSPACE: Coddle that holiday poinsettia
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x1689181345/Greenspace-Coddle-that-holiday-poinsettia

LORI KILCHERMANN: Have no fear, bring on the New Year - New years are like shimmering and sparkling second chances. When 2010 arrives, we can let go of our tarnished, battered and worn-out 2009 model and trade up. We can bid farewell to the missteps and mistakes of the previous year, and maybe even from the entire decade.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x664192530/Lori-Kilchermann-Have-no-fear-bring-on-the-New-Year

Entertainment

5 THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND: This weekend’s suggestions: Celebrate Christmas, check out one of the new movies opening this week (“Alvin and the Chipmunks,” “Sherlock Holmes,” etc.), check out some holiday TV, watch some great sports and celebrate Kwanzaa.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x1107768645/5-Things-to-Do-This-Weekend-Dec-25-27
- Localize it: Christmas and Kwanzaa items especially should be localized – add local happenings, etc. For the other items, you can add theater info, pub info, etc.

SUDOKU: Puzzles for December (526-553) are available for download. Previous puzzles are linked to in this file, or visit our Puzzles category.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x1076978543/Sudoku-puzzles-526-553-December-puzzles

SUDOKU JANUARY: Puzzles for January (554-581) are available for download. Previous puzzles are linked to in this file, or visit our Puzzles category.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/puzzles/x1792921242/Sudoku-puzzles-554-581-January-puzzles

AT THE MOVIES WITH GATEHOUSE: Check out this week's movie content, which includes numerous reviews, a feature on "Sherlock Holmes" and more.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x370501068/At-the-movies-with-GateHouse

SHERLOCK HOLMES: Movie review: Sherlock Holmes: He’s back, bad and kickin’ butt - Robert Downey Jr. as Holmes is a cunning, scruffy, tempestuous fellow who insults women, shoots off guns in his London flat and practices chemistry experiments on the dog. By Dana Barbuto.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x1136812880/Movie-review-Sherlock-Holmes-He-s-back-bad-and-kickin-butt

ROBERT DOWNEY JR.: Downey talks about his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes, with a frank discussion of the detective’s drug use (and Downey’s own past in that regard). SYMKUS
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x1136812865/Comeback-kid-Downey-puts-fight-in-British-detective

IT’S COMPLICATED: Movie review: ‘Complicated’ is much too simple - In “It’s Complicated,” Meryl Streep plays a fifty-something divorcee looking to renovate both her beautiful Santa Barbara cottage and, as is the dictate of the chick-flick genre, her life. Now, I hate to appear insensitive, but why should I care about some wealthy empty-nester with great looks, a successful bakery and a crib right out of Architectural Digest? By Al Alexander.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x664193051/Movie-review-Complicated-is-much-too-simple

NINE: Movie review: ‘Nine’: La vita is still dolce - It’s no 10, but “Nine” is a solid 7 on the musical scale. By Al Alexander.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x1437792914/Movie-review-Nine-La-vita-is-still-dolce

SINGLE MAN: Movie review: 'Single Man' a moving story of love and loss - An abrupt, out-of-left field, unnecessary bummer of an ending keeps me from giving the otherwise terrific “A Single Man” a total rave. By Ed Symkus.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x370501052/Movie-review-Single-Man-a-moving-story-of-love-and-loss

BROKEN EMBRACES: Movie review: Wrap your arms around ‘Broken Embraces’ - Whenever Penelope Cruz and Pedro Almodovar get together, magic happens. And while their latest, “Broken Embraces,” isn’t quite up to snuff with “Live Flesh,” “All About My Mother” or “Volver,” it’s still a collaboration between a filmmaker and his muse that demands attention. By Al Alexander.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x1136812860/Movie-review-Wrap-your-arms-around-Broken-Embraces

THE YOUNG VICTORIA: Movie review: A cinematic peek into Victoria’s royal secrets - The love affair between Queen Victoria and Prince Albert ranks as one of the greatest and most tragic romances of all time. But it took a King and a duchess to finally bring it to the screen. By Al Alexander.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x1689181367/Movie-review-A-cinematic-peek-into-Victoria-s-royal-secrets

BRIAN MACKEY: Celebrate the season with non-Christmas Christmas movies - There are movies that let you enjoy the mood of the season without being bludgeoned with the so-called spirit of Christmas.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/dvds_cds/x1462337795/Brian-Mackey-Celebrate-the-season-with-non-Christmas-Christmas-movies

COLIN FIRTH: Colin Firth could be the darling of this awards season - Firth shows a whole different side of his acting chops in “A Single Man,” which opens Dec. 25. By Ed Symkus.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x1689179698/Colin-Firth-could-be-the-darling-of-this-awards-season

SHERLOCK HOLMES FANS: GREAT TO LOCALIZE: What do diehard fans hope for from the new movie? While this is really a local story, Springfield has some great breakouts that would work for anyone. Find your own fans and swap out the quotes. SPRINGFIELD
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x1437792862/Sherlock-fans-hope-film-stays-true-to-original-stories

FLICKS: ‘Chipmunks’ could upset ‘Avatar’ at the box office - “Avatar” is No. 1 at the box office, but it feels to Flicks as if this is by default. Few movies hold on to the top spot for very long. Even “New Moon” lost steam after about two weeks. It’s very likely this week will bring on another shift, with the reborn Robert Downey Jr.’s take on “Sherlock Holmes,” and the very intriguing “It’s Complicated,” which stars Alec Baldwin, Meryl Streep and Steve Martin. That’s a ton of star power for a movie that, with lesser talent, would be cookie-cutter-old-people-sex hijinks disaster. By John Meo.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x1462337959/Flicks-Chipmunks-could-upset-Avatar-at-the-box-office

IN & OUT: What’s hot and what’s not as 2010 kicks off.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x141511543/In-and-Out-What-s-hot-and-what-s-not-as-2010-kicks-off

PETER CHIANCA: 5 albums you should have bought in 2009.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x1689175907/Peter-Chianca-Five-albums-you-should-have-bought-in-2009

FARR SIDE: Top 10 albums of ’09 - 2009 has been a banner year for great music. Solo female artists commanded most of my attention, as they did most of the airwaves, too. Beyonce awed me with her impeccable style, Kelly and Pink rocked me and I went gaga for a new Lady from Britain — and I don’t mean Susan Boyle.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/dvds_cds/x664192559/The-Farr-Side-Top-10-albums-of-09

BRIEN MURPHY: What's your favorite song about Jesus' birth? Some of our most enduring Christmas songs have us jingling all the way while chestnuts roast on an open fire and reindeer paws click, click, click up on the housetop. Christians, of course, observe more than a visit from Santa Claus later this week — they celebrate the birth of the man they believe is their spiritual savior. With that in mind, what are the most popular songs about Jesus’ birth?
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x664187286/Brien-Murphy-Whats-your-favorite-song-about-Jesus-birth

FAHRENHEIT 451: Graphic novel version of 'Fahrenheit 451' has the right spark - We’re basically living in Ray Bradbury’s imagined world now. Even those particularly familiar with this author are acting out all the permutations of his visions. By Margaret Smith.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/arts/x1107766467/Graphic-novel-version-of-Fahrenheit-451-has-the-right-spark

AMANDA PALMER: Amanda Palmer joins The Pops on New Year's Eve - Her resume may include posing as a statue, but Amanda Palmer is not one for standing still. By Margaret Smith.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1462338005/Amanda-Palmer-joins-The-Pops-on-New-Years-Eve

Opinions

GRANLUND CARTOON: Health care reform celebration.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x1679101471/Granlund-cartoon-Health-care-reform-celebration

GRANLUND CARTOON: Santa busted by Border Patrol.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x1136811766/Granlund-cartoon-Santa-busted-by-Border-Patrol

GRANLUND CARTOON: Christmas Day in the forest -- Cartoon for Dec. 25.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/cartoons/x967381408/Granlund-cartoon-Christmas-Day-in-the-forest

GRANLUND CARTOON: Christmas before and after.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x1107767027/Granlund-cartoon-Christmas-before-and-after

O’MAHONEY CARTOON: On Christmas giving.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/cartoons/x664189012/OMahoney-cartoon-On-Christmas-giving
- For THURSDAY release

O’MAHONEY CARTOON: On gift returns.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/cartoons/x1689177383/OMahoney-cartoon-On-gift-returns
- For MONDAY release

LLOYD GARVER: My wish list for 2010 - 2010 is the most important year for the world since 2009. Below is a list of how I would like things to be in this very important year:
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x664191808/Lloyd-Garver-My-wish-list-for-2010

PHILIP MADDOCKS: Tiger Woods’ image says it is being unfairly punished for the real Tiger’s transgressions
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x1679101759/Philip-Maddocks-Tiger-Woods-image-says-it-is-being-unfairly-punished-for-the-real-Tiger-s-transgressions

KEVIN FRISCH: The 12 days of post-Christmas.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x1437792832/Kevin-Frisch-The-12-days-of-post-Christmas

EDITORIAL: Kennedy's final victory - None of the deaths in the year now ending touched the nation like that of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, who lost his long battle with brain cancer in August. Kennedy's death was especially poignant because his health care work was not done. By MetroWest.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/editorials/x370500950/Editorial-Kennedys-final-victory

News

RELIGIOUS PROTESTOR: Appeals court upholds conviction of religious protestor - An appeals court on Wednesday upheld the conviction of a religious protestor who claimed his rights were violated when Salem police arrested him for disorderly conduct on Halloween night in 2007. By Lisa Guerriero.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x664192763/Appeals-court-upholds-conviction-of-religious-protestor

JURORS AND FACEBOOK: More judges pulling the plug on jurors' access to Facebook - After his client was convicted of embezzling $350,000 from Bridgewater State College, attorney Brian Kelley went on the social networking site Facebook and looked up the names of the jurors. That is when he discovered at least three jurors had been posting comments during the trial on their Facebook pages about being on the jury. By Maureen Boyle.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1820915500/More-judges-pulling-the-plug-on-jurors-access-to-Facebook

Business / Ag

DAVE RAMSEY: How do I make a lowball offer? - Weekly financial Q&A, with items on how to make a lowball offer and creating a no-gossip work culture.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x664188776/Dave-Ramsey-How-do-I-make-a-lowball-offer

PAUL EISENSTEIN: Will new small cars like Fiesta and Mazda2 find a market?
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business/x1535679765/Paul-A-Eisenstein-Will-New-Small-Cars-Like-Fiesta-and-Mazda2-Find-a-Market

SHOESTRING LIVING: Appetize your wallet.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business/x1145295429/Shoestring-Living-Appetize-Your-Wallet

BIZ BITS: (moved early for the holidays) Weekly business rail, with tax tips, BBB warning about rebates and more.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business/x1107767337/Biz-Bits-Five-ways-to-save-time-and-money-on-your-taxes

CHECKOUT LANE: Unlimited borders on framing options - With thousands of frame samples and mat options to choose from, custom framing may seem overwhelming, but framers say the results are priceless. By Sara Castellanos.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business/x967383352/Checkout-Lane-Unlimited-borders-on-framing-options
- Localize it: Talk to local framers and add their quotes, info.

FINE PRINT: Stay safe and save money with holiday lighting - Today's holiday lights aren't the same energy-sucking bulbs that our parents used when we were kids. Miniature holiday lights have largely replaced the big bulbs as a popular way to illuminate holiday decorations. By The Patriot Ledger.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business/x967383358/Fine-Print-Stay-safe-and-save-money-with-holiday-lighting

MAKING CENTS: Many need long-term care insurance - Long-term care insurance is one of the most widely misunderstood financial products in America. In my experience, only a small percentage of the population that should own long-term care insurance does own it. Long-term care insurance is for illnesses or disabilities that last longer than three to six months. By John P. Napolitano.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business/x1535679646/Making-Cents-Many-need-long-term-care-insurance

Sports

NASCAR PAGE: The weekly page will return just before the season starts next year.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/homepage/x1792908441/NASCAR-page-Take-it-from-the-top

FANTASY FOOTBALL: Do coaches play fantasy? - I’d like to go over the many coaching blunders across the NFL that have probably cost you a shot at the paramount of fantasy. Weekly fantasy football column by Joey Baskerville.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/sports/pro/football/fantasy_football/x664192546/Fantasy-Football-Do-coaches-play-fantasy

COLLEGE FOOTBALL NATION: Rutgers’ season not bad at all – Weekly column by Eric Avidon leads with item on Rutgers.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1689179313/College-Football-Nation-Rutgers-season-not-bad-at-all

OAK DUKE: Buck bedded near the Christmas tree lights. (outdoors column)
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x1136812817/Buck-bedded-near-the-Christmas-tree-lights