GateHouse News Service National Budget
3/21/12
  
Contacts: Lisa Glowinski, (217) 816-3343, lglowinski@corp.gatehousemedia.com
Michael Toeset, 630-835-8870, mtoeset@gatehousemedia.com

NOTE: GateHouse News Service will syndicate four carousel items to your sites this week:
    -- Thursday, an item on this weekend's opening of "The Hunger Games" movie
    -- Saturday after 7 p.m. CDT, an item on results of the Louisiana primary elections
    -- Monday, an item on rising gas prices and how to find the best prices in your area

Questions? Contact Lisa Glowinski, (217) 816-3343, lglowinski@corp.gatehousemedia.com


On GHNewsroom.com

STORY IDEA: 'Hunger Games' movie a phenomenon
http://www.ghnewsroom.com/blog/story-ideas/x1837953277/Story-Idea-Hunger-Games-movie-a-phenomenon

EDITING WORDS: AP style on travel words
http://www.ghnewsroom.com/top%20stories/x1837951298/AP-style-on-travel-words

BEST OF THE DAY: Keep your Facebook page in fans' news feed
http://www.ghnewsroom.com/top%20stories/x872948949/Best-of-the-Day-Keep-your-fan-page-in-fans-news-feed-3-19-12


Niche

NASCAR PAGE: Great expectations for Dale Jr.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/ghns_pages/x1831801957/Weekly-Nascar-page-Great-expectations

NCAA TOURNAMENT BRACKET: With last weekend's winners and this weekend's matchups
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/ghns_pages/house_ads/x453928073/NCAA-Tournament-Mens-Div-I-bracket?page=None
    -- Week 2 NCAA half page: http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/ghns_pages/x1413596316/NCAA-page-Week-1?page=None

OUTDOOR LIVING: How to introduce kids to fishing, tips for turkey season, prepare now for the fall hunt
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/ghns_pages/x872945064/Spring-2012-Outdoor-Living-magazine-Family-fishin

KIDZBUZZ: Draw the emerging flowers of spring
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/ghns_pages/x1907511059/Weekly-NIE-Page-Spring-scene

APRIL FAMILY: Simple and cheap spring activities for the family, making the most of your next road trip, an organic dinner recipe for Earth Day
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/ghns_pages/x299883316/April-Family-magazine-Spring

OPEN HOUSE WEEKEND PAGE: For the National Association of Realtors' nationwide event April 28-29
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/ghns_pages/x503119360/Nationwide-Open-House-Weekend-9-tips-on-attending-open-houses

SPRING SPORTS QUARTER PAGE: With space for coupons or business-card-size ads
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/ghns_pages/x1785619069/Spring-sports-4-reasons-to-get-into-the-game

SPRING HOME & GARDEN: Tips for the first-time vegetable gardener, upgrade ideas for your floors and bath, dozens of landscaping tips
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/ghns_pages/x570354608/Spring-2012-Home-Garden-magazine


The Street

JIM CRAMER: Apple upstaged iPad with cash plan - Candidly, I was disappointed in Apple. Not because they are paying out a relatively paltry dividend given their cash hoard. After all, if this stock were to come down, then you know the dividend would seem rather bountiful. No one should ever sniff at $2.65 a quarter when not that long ago the stock was in the $200s. By Jim Cramer, The Street.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/x1581724245/Jim-Cramer-Apple-upstaged-iPad-with-cash-plan

PRAISE AND PROFIT: How religion pays off -- The assets behind organized religion can be as massive as they are hidden. By Joe Mont, The Street
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business/x221200167/Praise-and-Profit-How-Religion-Pays-Off

HP: HP reportedly merging printer, PC divisions -- HP is reportedly going to merge its printer and PC arms to try to cut costs. By Chris Ciaccia, The Street
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business/x221199945/HP-Reportedly-Merging-Printer-PC-Divisions
    -- Merger a cost-saving measure: http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business/x1450085167/HP-Merges-PC-Printer-Units-as-Sales-Slacken

More from The Street at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business/


Lifestyles

LOST IN SUBURBIA: When good scales go bad - When I get on a scale, I can immediately tell one of two things: Either the scale is right … or it's broken. By Tracy Beckerman, GHNS.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x1907508224/Lost-in-Suburbia-When-good-scales-go-bad

GARDEN PLANTS: Sun vs. shade: Know before you plant - When it comes to gardening successfully, selecting the right plant for the right place is key. To determine what the right place in your landscape is for your plants, you need to familiarize yourself with what conditions individual plants need to thrive. Look for labels when you purchase plants that state the desired amount of light required i.e., full sun, shade or part shade. These are broad terms and the intensity of the sun varies according to what part of the country you live in and what season it is.  Afternoon sun is brighter than morning sun and certain plants are more likely to be stressed by afternoon sun. By Erica Glasener, Networx.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x1785610627/Sun-vs-shade-Know-before-you-plant

CANDICE TELLS ALL: Cramped kitchen treated to tasteful makeover - The kitchen is the heart of the home, but what do you do if your kitchen is distinctly unappetizing? Victor and May inherited a dysfunctional kitchen renovation from the previous owners of their home, who managed to butcher the space with a choppy layout and a monstrous obstacle of an island. By Candice Olson, Scripps Howard.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x271612251/Candice-Tells-All-Cramped-kitchen-treated-to-tasteful-makeover

HOMEFIX: Cleaning a contaminated crawlspace or basement - Q: I have an older home with a bothersome smell. After maneuvering into the dirt crawlspace under the house, a broken pipe was discovered. It had probably been leaking sewage for one or two months. We had the pipe repaired thinking this would solve the smell problem. It did not. We discovered that thick plastic had been laid on top of a muddy composting mess. My husband removed the plastic and dug out several inches of sewage/mud. He also laid oyster shells on top of the damp ground to help neutralize the smell. He then opened all foundation vents and placed a fan to blow the air out from under the house. So long as the fan is blowing, the smell does not drift up through the wood floor and stink up the house. You have suggested charcoal. Should we put open bags of charcoal on top of the dirt/mud under the house? What else can we do? By Dwight Barnett, Scripps Howard.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x738242846/Homefix-Cleaning-a-contaminated-crawlspace-or-basement

HOME STYLE: Spicing up your kitchen - If it's not in the cards to renovate your kitchen, don't worry. You can still transform the look of this hardworking heart of the home just by decorating it well. Here are three tips to get you started. By Mary Carol Garrity, Scripps Howard.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x738242859/Home-Style-Spicing-up-your-kitchen

More in home and family at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle


Entertainment

5 THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND (March 23-25) - This week’s suggestions include watching “The Hunger Games,” watching March Madness, celebrating Waffle Day and more.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x872949283/5-Things-to-Do-This-Weekend-March-23-25
* Localization tip: Swap out any of these items for local happenings; list any “Hunger Games” parties or early showings, etc.; and list any places that are doing puppy adoptions.

HUNGER GAMES QUIZ: Think you know ‘Hunger Games’? Take this quiz - The quiz, based on Suzanne Collins' book, might not be as difficult as winning the Hunger Games. But some of the questions rely on trivia from the text, and these are designed to be challenging. By Mary Colurso/The Birmingham News.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x872944909/Think-you-know-Hunger-Games-Take-this-quiz

HUNGER GAMES FACTS: 12 things to know about ‘The Hunger Games’ - Whether you need a refresher on “The Hunger Games” or have never read the books, we’ve got you covered. Here are 12 things to know about “The Hunger Games.” By GHNS.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x299889599/12-things-to-know-about-The-Hunger-Games

More in music and movies at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment


Opinions

GRANLUND CARTOON: Concern about China's economy. By Dave Granlund, GHNS.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/x1837953438/Granlund-cartoon-Concern-about-Chinas-economy

GRANLUND CARTOON: George Clooney arrested. By Dave Granlund, GHNS.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/cartoons/x394115172/Granlund-cartoon-George-Clooney-arrested

JERRY MOORE: Racists out to smear Derrick Bell and President Obama - Some readers challenged assertions in two recent columns that whites continue to pursue dominance in our society. But an incident a few weeks ago shows that the pursuit of privilege remains a primary goal of white people. By Jerry Moore, Chicago Suburban.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/ebyline/opinions/x1730866367/Jerry-Moore-Racists-out-to-smear-Derrick-Bell-and-President-Obama

KENT BUSH: 'October Baby' - tale of abortion survival reveals value of every life - "October Baby" is a film that touches on a hot-button issue by focusing on a group of people touched by abortion that few people know about – abortion survivors. The movie's main character is Hannah, played by Rachel Hendrix. Due to a medical issue, she discovers she was adopted as an infant after surviving her mother’s attempt to abort her. By Kent Bush, Augusta, Kan.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/ebyline/religion/x738242907/Kent-Bush-October-Baby-tale-of-abortion-survival-reveals-value-of-every-life

More in columns and cartoons at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions


Business

DAVE RAMSEY: How do I protect my teen from credit sharks? - Weekly financial Q&A, with advice on credit cards, when to buy a car and scholarships. By Dave Ramsey, GHNS.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x1837950997/Dave-Ramsey-How-do-I-protect-my-teen-from-credit-sharks

BIZ BITS: Know your legal rights in personal injury cases - Weekly business rail, with tips on your rights in a personal injury case, BBB advice on auto repairs, and more. By GHNS.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x1907508494/Biz-Bits-Know-your-legal-rights-in-personal-injury-cases
* 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.

MAKING CENTS: Try to keep emotion out of investing - Few people would argue that emotional investing is a good idea. It's what propels people to buy high and sell low, and ruin their returns along the way. But being objective is easier said than done. And I believe it will only get more difficult to build a portfolio that will not raise your emotional anxiety. By John P. Napolitano, The Patriot Ledger.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/x1704641775/Making-Cents-Try-to-keep-emotion-out-of-investing

More in tech and finance at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business