GateHouse News Service National Budget
8/17/11
 
Contacts: Lisa Glowinski, (217) 816-3343, lglowinski@corp.gatehousemedia.com
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NOTE: Is anyone from your readership area going to 9/11 anniversary events in New York or Washington, D.C., next month? Contact Lisa at (217) 816-3343, lglowinski@corp.gatehousemedia.com -- I'd like to put them in touch with our reporters who will be in NYC and D.C. covering the events.


On GHNewsroom.com

WAKE UP CALL!: New study says 1 in 5 U.S. kids live in poverty

SPORTS EDITOR HONORED: Peoria (Ill.) Journal Star's Kirk Wessler gets a bobblehead

BEST OF THE DAY: Readers pose with huge front page at fest


Niche

BACK TO SCHOOL PHOTOS CALLOUT

CAREERS SERIES: Four pages on starting a business, finding a new career and succeeding at the job you have

FALL OUTDOOR LIVING: Tips on deer hunting season, how to prevent kids from getting lost outdoors, advice on getting a more accurate rifle

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PHOTOS CALLOUT

SEPTEMBER FAMILY: Fall family activities, tips for stress-free birthday parties, advice for kids new to riding the school bus

PAINT THE TOWN PINK: Breast cancer awareness section in tab and broadsheet formats

LABOR DAY PAGE: Industries that are hiring now


News

OBAMA TOUR: President Obama visits Illinois - Peoria Journal Star reporter Chris Kaergard is reporting from President Barack Obama's Illinois tour today. Watch for updates.


Lifestyles

HOME HELP: Paint prep -- weekly Home Help with how to prep for a DIY paint job, Apple's new recycling program, how to make your backyard a wildlife habitat and more. By GHNS

HVAC: Yearly HVAC filter changing schedule - In the old days, the only filter most folks had to worry about was in the furnace, but that's changed. In today's airtight and precisely climate-controlled indoor spaces, a home may have a half-dozen or more filters to check, some of them on a year-round basis. At the same time, much more is known about indoor air quality and its health effects, resulting in greater emphasis on clean filters. While it's true that clean air is better for your body, it's also better for your HVAC equipment. Dirty, clogged filters make blowers and other mechanisms work harder, ultimately shortening their life. By Philip Schmidt, Hometalk.com.

STYLE AT HOME: Beautify your kitchen island -- If you have an island in your kitchen, chances are this is the hub around which all the love and laughter is shared, so make it beautiful. Here are some quick and easy looks to inspire you. Mary Carol Garrity/ Scripps Howard News Service

DR. MURRAY FEINGOLD: Children are safer when grandparents are driving  --- The vibes I receive are that the parents believe their precious little ones are at a greater risk of injury when PopPop is behind the wheel instead of them. They provide me with more driving advice than I care to or can remember. Not only have I been driving twice as long as they have, unlike some parents I know, but since I don't know how to text, I don't text while driving. MetroWest Daily News (Mass.)

TERRY SUTHERLAND: Exercise is good health at any age -- For adults age 18 and older, 20 minutes of vigorous, intense exercise or 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity at least three to five days per week are recommended in order to promote and maintain health. For older adults who are unable to exercise because of chronic conditions, the recommendation is to be as active as possible for at least 150 minutes per week. Terry Sutherland/ MetroWest Daily News (Mass.)

DENTAL HEALTH: Early intervention is key to fixing a bad bite -- Seven out of 10 children will have developed a malocclusion, or bad bite, by the time they have reached peak puberty. It is the goal of the pediatric orthodontist to intercept and rectify abnormal growth patterns of the cranio-facial structures. Dr. Leonard J. Carapezza/ MetroWest Daily News (Mass.)

DR. MICHAEL JONES: Is your child’s backpack too heavy?  -- Chiropractors and pediatricians agree backpacks are a problem for a child's spine. It is usually not the backpack by itself that causes the issues, but rather the improper carrying of the bag as well as overloading that can lead to headaches and neck, shoulder and lower-back pain. BeHealthySpringfield (Ill.)

JIM HILLIBISH: Perfect grilling takes practice, the right tools  -- Experience is the key to fantastic grilling. All cooking times are suggestions because every grill is different. It would be a good idea to test recipes before rolling them out for a crowd. Here's Jim's basic rules for grilling excellent food. Canton (Ohio) Repository

BEER NUT: Vineyard brewpub makes it off the island - If you can't make it to Martha's Vineyard this summer don't fret, because the Offshore Ale Company is bringing a little bit of the island to liquor stores. By Norman Miller, MetroWest, Mass.

LOST IN SUBURBIA: Darnit, that’s one good dang diner - “Hey Mom, I’m hungry, can we stop for something to eat?” inquired one of my offspring. “Sure,” I said, looking out the car window.  “How ‘bout we go to that Dam Diner.” “TRACY!” yelled my husband. “What?” I replied, smirking. “That’s what it’s called: ‘The Dam Diner.’” I pointed out the window to a restaurant coming up on the right. It was, in fact, called The Dam Diner, and the sign said they served the best Dam food in the state. By Tracy Beckerman, GHNS columnist.

GO GREEN: September Go Green stories are now posted. Topics include green renovation tips for older homes, eco-communities, landscaping with native plants and eco-friendly cleaning products. By Carolyn Sperry, GHNS


Entertainment

5 THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND: This week’s suggestions include seeing “Conan” or “Spy Kids,” celebrating National Aviation Day and Hawaii, and more. By GHNS.
* Localization: Swap out any of these items for big local events, list any National Aviation Day events and ask readers what movie they most want to see.


Opinions

BRITT CARTOON: Another Texan in the White House? By Chris Britt, Springfield, Ill.

EDITORIAL: Jim Thome is a Hall of Famer in more ways than one - So, how's it feel to be the father of a first-ballot Hall of Famer? Chuck Thome chuckles for a moment, then says, "I hope you're right. I don't care which ballot it's on." On Monday night his 40-year-old son, Jim, pretty much locked up his ticket to Cooperstown by hitting his 599th and 600th home runs, and Dad was there in Detroit to witness it. "It's indescribable," he said Tuesday. "Surreal." By Peoria, Ill.


Business

DAVE RAMSEY: How much money is enough for retirement? - Weekly financial Q&A, with advice on retirement funds, how to prove you're not dead and how to handle a husband who has an expensive hobby. By Dave Ramsey, GHNS columnist.

MAKING CENTS: Want to retire? Follow these basic rules - Last week was yet another emotional roller coaster for anyone who follows financial news, especially for anyone thinking about retiring. The oddest part of all this is that many companies are in great financial condition today. For many companies, cash balances are higher and debt is lower than they were a couple of years ago. The remedy for corporate America in 2008 was to cut back on expenses, pay off debt and take in more cash than they spend. By John P. Napolitano, The Patriot Ledger.

CHECKOUT LANE: Regular trimmings are good for your dog - Dog grooming isn't reserved for pampered celebrity pups. In fact, it can be an important part of any pooch's health regimen. "Keeping your pet clean is going to keep them healthy," said Willow Mell, a manager at Doggie Style Salon in Quincy, Mass. By Alex Spanko, The Patriot Ledger.
* Localization: Talk to local groomers and add or swap out their quotes and advice.


Sports

FANTASY FOOTBALL: Do 'sleepers' still exist with social networking at our disposal? - Are there such things as sleepers any more in fantasy football? There’s more access today to information on NFL teams’ rosters than there’s probably ever been. And it’s not just coming from teams on their respective websites. By Joey Baskerville, Freeport, Ill.
* Facebook idea: Ask fans if they think there's such a thing as a sleeper anymore.

DIAMOND DIRT: Babe Ruth is still the best -- Tuesday marked the anniversary of the death of The King. Yes, Elvis Presley did die on Aug. 16, but that was in 1977. I’m talking about the baseball king, Babe Ruth –– the “Sultan of Swat,” the “Colossus of Clout,” the “Great Bambino.” Dominic Genetti/ Hannibal Courier-Post (Mo.)