GateHouse News Service National Budget 4.29.11

GateHouse News Service National Budget 4.29.11



Lisa Glowinski is off today
Michael Toeset, (630) 835-8870,




WAKE-UP CALL: Walmart’s bringing back the guns.


APME: Follow APME’s NewsTrain sessions this weekend.


BEST OF: GateHouse newspapers’ best of the week.





GRANLUND CARTOON: Media coverage of tornadoes and the royal wedding. By Dave Granlund, GHNS cartoonist.


HIGHLIGHTS: 5 highlights from the royal wedding, and what's next. By GHNS.


GOSSIP: Talk about today’s royal wedding. By GHNS.


JARED OLAR: Of princes and presidents - The news and entertainment media have made quite a big fuss, internationally and nationally, over today’s wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. But I know I’m not alone in saying that these nuptials hardly seem worth all the attention they’ve been given. By Jared Olar, Pekin, Ill.


ELIZABETH DAVIES: 'Obey' belongs in wedding vows - I have a guilty pleasure: Gossip magazines. It’s not often that I sit down with a People magazine — every six weeks, actually. Just about the only time I catch up on celebrity gossip is while I’m at the hair salon. By Elizabeth Davies, Rockford, Ill.


BARBARA MURPHY: Fair tale endings - Like all other little girls, my favorite fairy tales were the ones where the handsome prince saves the day by rescuing the fair damsel and carrying her away on his white stallion to a castle where they (of course) live happily ever after. It then shouldn’t come as a huge surprise to anyone that on July 29, 1981, along with 750 million people (most of them romantics just like me), I set my alarm clock and got up in the middle of the night to watch the royal wedding of Lady Diana Spencer and Prince Charles. By Barbara Murphy, News-Tribune.







FATHER'S DAY PAGE: Gifts kids can make for Dad


MOTHER'S DAY CALLOUT: For readers' photos of them and their moms


MOTHER'S DAY PAGE: Jewelry for mom


SUMMER COOKBOOK: Grilled entrees, fruit and veggie dishes, cool desserts


FLAG DAY PAGE: 10 facts you may not have known


PROM CALLOUT: For readers' photos


MEMORIAL DAY PAGE: Helping children of fallen soldiers


SALUTE TO NURSES PACKAGE: A page and marketing collateral for the May celebration


NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER PAGE: About the holiday, May 5





WOOD ON WORDS: Clarifying some tricky terms - It appears that health insurance will be a topic of continual debate for quite a while. If you are adequately insured, it’s probably because of a good job, good luck or some combination of the two. But what alternative should there be for those who are less fortunate? While I remain somewhat pessimistic about how this issue will play out, I’m hopeful I can at least shed a little light on some word issues this introduction has raised. By Barry Wood, Rockford, Ill.


LOOKING UP: Planets dance in the light of dawn - If you aren’t an early riser, you may want to be during the month of May. Four planets are doing a sort of square dance in the morning twilight glow in advance of sunrise. Taking the stage are the planets Mercury, Venus, Mars and Jupiter. By Peter Becker, Hawley, Pa.


GREEN SPACE: Impatient to plant? Get some frost protection - Patience, patience. It’s still too early to plant. By Jim Hillibish, Canton, Ohio.


RECIPE: Blueberry swirls -- Ok, so you can’t cook. You don’t need to with this pretty spring edible that can be used for a brunch buffet or dessert table. Simple assembly is all that is required. Jennifer Mastroianni/ Canton (Ohio) Repository


WAYNE L. WESTCOTT: Rotator cuff exercises help prevent injury -- Ideally, you should perform the shoulder rotation exercises at the conclusion of your standard strength training session. I suggest that you begin with one exercise each for the internal and external rotator muscles, and progress to two exercises each as these muscles become better conditioned. Patriot Ledger (Mass.)


VACATIONING: Getting more vacation for less money  -- An expert traveler shares advice for getting more out of your vacation budget. “If you can’t tell the difference between a $300 bottle of wine and a $20 bottle of wine, why pay to go to a place with a $300 bottle?” she said. Kathryn Rem/ State Journal-Register (Ill.)
*Localization tip: Highlight local families that have a cheaper vacation alternative or tips.


BEGINNER'S BOX: Caramel Corn -- It’s easy to make caramel corn and peanuts. You’ll find it better tasting than the venerable Cracker Jacks, which, of course, are more convenient. Jim Hillibish/ Canton (Ohio) Repository


WISE TO THE WORD: Cafe Brulot  -- Next time you’re in New Orleans, ask for a dessert called café brulot. It’s a strong coffee blended with spices, orange and lemon peel and brandy. Make it in flameproof bowls, set afire and ladle into cups. Brulot is French for “burnt brandy.” Jim Hillibish/ / Canton (Ohio) Repository


CRITICS CUPBOARD: Frieda’s French Style Crêpes -- If you enjoy crêpes but are too intimidated or unmotivated to make them, Frieda’s has you covered. The company’s new ready-to-use crêpes are perfect for rolling, folding or stacking into an array of sweet and savory dishes. Saimi Bergmann and Jennifer Mastroianni/ Canton (Ohio) Repository


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‘PROM’ REVIEW: Movie review: ‘Prom’ is Disney’s latest fairy tale - Teens don’t drink, have sex or behave recklessly at this “Prom,” which springs from a sanitized alternative universe called Disney. It’s a small, small world, where the punch isn’t spiked and virginity isn’t lost. By Dana Barbuto, The Patriot Ledger


'FAST FIVE' REVIEW: 'Fast' and superfluous -- "Fast Five" will likely earn a place in the Macho Film Hall of Fame, with Diesel and Johnson as leading candidates for the revered title of the sultan of smackdown. During their fight scene, count how many walls and windows they smash. Bob Tremblay / MetroWest Daily News (Mass.)


SNEAK PREVIEW: 'Hoodwinked' and other movies opening this week – A look at movies opening in theaters this week. By Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger.
* Poll idea: Ask readers which movie they’re most interested in seeing.


ANTHONY ZERBE: Quiet success defines actor Anthony Zerbe's career - Hollywood is filled with veteran character actors who have long, solid careers without ever achieving the level of fame that makes them household names. One such actor is Anthony Zerbe. By Brian Mackey, Springfield, Ill.


SUMMER MOVIES: Summer movies plagued by 'sequelitis' - Just when you thought you were finally clear of the H1N1 virus, up pops a new disease guaranteed to bug us all summer – sequelitis. Yes, it’s back and more insidious than ever, with strains ranging from the inconsequential “Final Destination 5” and Spy Kids 4” to the exponentially more invasive “Pirates of the Caribbean 4” and “Hangover 2” (Are these movies or baseball scores?). By Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger.
* Embargoed until Saturday.


BOOKS: BRETT BATTLES: The Readers' Writers: Interview with award-winning author Brett Battles - Brett Battles is an author, world traveler and devoted father. His thrilling tales about a cleaner’s exploits encompass the world. A “cleaner” is a person who disposes of bodies so no trace remains of the killing or the crime scene. Jonathon Quinn is Brett’s recurring protagonist who contracts with a covert agency to clean up their messes, and usually finds himself embroiled in a mess of his own. By DA Kentner, Freeport, Ill.


BOOKS: ‘The Fifth Witness,' 'The Making of a Writer' and other books to read -- "The Fifth Witness" by Michael Connelly. That savvy lawyer Mickey Haller is back in Michael Connelly's "The Fifth Witness.” It seems even defense attorneys are feeling the recession's pinch, but Mickey uncovers a goldmine in the foreclosure market. Susie Stooksbury/ Oak Ridger (Tenn.)


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GRANLUND CARTOON: Media coverage of tornadoes and the royal wedding. By Dave Granlund, GHNS cartoonist.


CONROY CARTOON: Energy crisis and teleporters. By Bob Conroy, GHNS cartoonist.


GRANLUND CARTOON: President Obama shows birth certificate - and more. By Dave Granlund, GHNS cartoonist.


KENT BUSH: President Obama should have held on to the ultimate 'Trump' card - Why did Barack Obama release a copy of his birth certificate now? It was a horrible play. Donald Trump went all in with a pair of jacks and Obama folded. By Kent Bush, Augusta, Kan.


PHILIP MADDOCKS: Struggling U.S. lays off a dozen states and hundreds of counties - Saying it needs to streamline the way it does business in order to stay competitive with other emerging economies in the world, the U.S. announced this week that it will go ahead with plans to lay off a dozen states, scores of elected officials, and hundreds of counties, townships, cities and towns as part of a restructuring strategy aimed at trimming costs and making its far-flung operation more efficient and well run. By Philip Maddocks, MetroWest, Mass.


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ERIC P. BLOOM: How to find a mentor - I can't overemphasize the advantage of having one or two knowledgeable, well-connected mentors. A mentor is a person more senior than yourself who takes an interest in you and your career. By Eric P. Bloom, GHNS columnist.


BIZ BITS: Steps for catching up with old 401(k)s - Weekly business rail, with tips on 401(k)s, BBB advice on solar power and more. By GHNS.
* Localization tip: You could include a weekly tax tip from a local expert, have a business-related Q&A with a local expert or do a “business of the week” feature in which you highlight a local business.


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DIAMOND DIRT: If they wear it, they will come - Alternate uniforms means more merchandise and more fans in the stands. By Dominic Genetti, Hannibal, Mo.


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