GateHouse News Service National Budget
3/19/12
  
Contacts: Lisa Glowinski, (217) 816-3343, lglowinski@corp.gatehousemedia.com
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NOTE: GateHouse News Service will syndicate four carousel items to your sites this week:
    -- Today, an item on rising gas prices and how to find the best prices in your area
    -- Tuesday after 7 p.m. CDT, an item on results of the Illinois primary elections
    -- 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

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


On GHNewsroom.com

SUNSHINE WEEK: Canton (Ohio) Repository, local officials' battle results in lawsuit
http://www.ghnewsroom.com/top%20stories/x299888851/Sunshine-week-battle-results-in-lawsuit
    -- Patriot Ledger: Secretive ways a source of embarrassment for state: http://www.ghnewsroom.com/top%20stories/x872948516/Patriot-Ledger-Secretive-ways-a-source-of-embarrassment-for-state

AWARDS: GateHouse reporter garners second place honor as Journalist of the Year
http://www.ghnewsroom.com/top%20stories/x1831800876/GateHouse-reporter-garners-second-place-honors-as-Journalist-of-the-Year
    -- Peoria sports editor recognized nationally: http://www.ghnewsroom.com/top%20stories/x299886086/Journal-Star-Peoria-Ill-sports-editor-recognized-nationally

BEST OF THE DAY: Using templates to meet Inner Circle
http://www.ghnewsroom.com/top%20stories/x1831798094/Best-of-the-Day-Using-templates-to-meet-Inner-Circle


Niche

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

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

APPLE: Apple announces dividend, buyback -- Apple has announced a dividend of $2.65 a share and a $10 billion stock buyback as a use for its cash hoard. By Chris Ciaccia, The Street
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business/x770710410/Apple-Announces-Dividend-Buyback
    -- Apple shares rise: http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business/x1569575918/Apple-Shares-Rise-on-Dividend-Repurchase

MARKET PREVIEW: Follow the leader -- Don't look now, but market forces seem to be aligning for a very bullish breakout in the banks. By Michael Baron, The Street
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business/x1569575680/Market-Preview-Follow-the-Leader

ECONOMY: Better economy puts Bernanke in a bind -- The central bank doesn't get off the hook even if the economy is nearing a turning point. By Chao Deng, The Street
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business/x770710180/Better-Economy-Puts-Bernanke-in-a-Bind

HOUSING: Housing takes the spotlight in coming week -- The main theme for economic reports next week will be U.S. housing market conditions. By Andrea Tse, The Street
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business/x770709992/Housing-Takes-the-Spotlight-in-Coming-Week

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


News

BILL SWINFORD: Meeting the Duggars at a Rick Santorum rally -- Mom and dad were at a conference in Chicago. Josh, the oldest brother, and his wife and two babies probably were sleeping somewhere, given the late hour. And their camera and sound crew apparently had the night off, too. Daily Republican (Ill.)
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x299888643/Bill-Swinford-Meeting-the-Duggars-at-a-Rick-Santorum-rally


Lifestyles

HOME HELP: Lawn care -- weekly Home Help with items on how to get your lawn ready for spring, the new Samsung Galaxy media player, how to repot your houseplants and more. GHNS
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x1612626390/Home-Help-Lawn-care

DAVID ROBSON: You can't tame these evergreens -- Needled evergreens can provide a unique backbone to the landscape, creating a textural interest with sharp to soft needles. More importantly, there is something of color in the landscape during the long boring brown winter months. The State Journal-Register (Ill.)
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x1612629322/David-Robson-You-cant-tame-these-evergreens

LORETTA LAROCHE: Live in the moment -- The more we get used to this adrenaline-driven state, the less we can quiet our mind and body. We become hooked on feeling hyped and somewhat agitated. In fact, I think a lot of people have become so accommodated to their stress that they wear it like a badge of honor. The Patriot Ledger (Mass.)
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x1907520162/Loretta-LaRoche-Live-in-the-moment

JEFF VRABEL: Indiana is back, baby! - A few things about the NCAA tournament, which this year is being attended (and handled nicely, thank you very much) by my Indiana Hoosiers, who have finally returned to the dance after a lengthy recruiting scandal in which the school hired a coach who was previously involved in a recruiting scandal and then came to Indiana and engaged in — this was weird — a recruiting scandal, a development which caused everybody in Indiana to gasp. By Jeff Vrabel, GHNS.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x1612629473/Jeff-Vrabel-Indiana-is-back-baby

WOOD ON WORDS: Here's what punctuation marks do - Punctuation marks are signals in writing that substitute for those we use in speech to make meaning clearer. But it isn’t easy to replace vocal variations such as volume, pitch and pace, and facial expressions and other body language. By Barry Wood, Rockford, Ill.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/columnists/barry_wood/x872948428/Wood-on-Words-Heres-what-punctuation-marks-do

DR. JEFF HERSH: No amount of smoking is safe -- The U.S. Surgeon General recently released their first report on youth smoking since 1994. Although it notes that there has been progress, there is still huge room for improvement. MetroWest Daily News (Mass.)
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x1907520090/Dr-Jeff-Hersh-No-amount-of-smoking-is-safe

DR. MURRAY FEINGOLD: Is there a doctor on board? -- A 1998 law protects doctors who respond to in-flight emergencies from being sued for malpractice. In some European countries, there is a legal requirement that physicians must respond to such emergencies. There is no such requirement in the United States. MetroWest Daily News (Mass.)
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x1612629317/Dr-Murray-Feingold-Is-there-a-doctor-on-board

LESSONS FROM CANCER: Knowing that we’ll beat cancer - As much as I want to KNOW that I’ll be cured of cancer, I’m stuck at HOPE. How do we get to knowing from hoping? Do we convince ourselves or does it hit us like a lightening bolt? I’ve “known” something was bound to happen only a few times and it didn’t arrive with great fanfare. It just settled in comfortably, like it always belonged. And it came from some place outside of me; not something I created. So how do I get it now? All I can do is pray for a knowing that I’m being cured. By Joyce Rothman, GHNS.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x872943758/Lessons-from-Cancer-Knowing-that-we-ll-beat-cancer

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


Entertainment

MOVIE MAN: 'War Room' peeks behind political curtain - For a 19-year-old movie about a long-ago election, “The War Room” looks very timely right about now. By Will Pfeifer, Rockford, Ill.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/ebyline/entertainment/x299888549/Movie-Man-War-Room-peeks-behind-political-curtain

HUNGER GAMES: SUTHERLAND: Donald Sutherland rules as President Coriolanus Snow in 'The Hunger Games' - Sutherland plays the small but pivotal role of the quietly vicious President Coriolanus Snow in “The Hunger Games,” a part that calls for few words but much emotion. By Ed Symkus, The Patriot Ledger.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/ebyline/entertainment/x299888598/Donald-Sutherland-rules-as-President-Coriolanus-Snow-in-The-Hunger-Games

HUNGER GAMES: LAWRENCE: Jennifer Lawrence ready to go where films, fame take her - Lawrence, 21, plays Katniss Everdeen, a teenager in a post-apocalyptic America, who, in order to save her young sister, volunteers to take part in a hand-to-hand, fight-to-the-death competition between 24 lottery-chosen teens in "The Hunger Games." By Ed Symkus, The Patriot Ledger.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/ebyline/entertainment/x299888605/Jennifer-Lawrence-ready-to-go-where-films-fame-take-her

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


Opinions

CHARITA GOSHAY: In praise of a few dirty words - When did “compromise” become a byword for betrayal and weakness? When did desiring to find common ground, to meet somewhere in the middle to get something done, morph into a seamy, squalid, unspeakable act that you wouldn’t want your mother to catch you doing? By Charita Goshay, Canton, Ohio.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/columnists/charita_goshay/x1612629598/Charita-Goshay-In-praise-of-a-few-dirty-words
* Poll idea: Ask readers if they think compromise is a bad thing in politics.

MICHAEL WINSHIP: Banks, Congress grapple with 'stubborn facts' -- Facts are stubborn things, said Founding Father John Adams, a basic truth Ronald Reagan famously mangled at the Republican National Convention in 1988, when he tried to quote Adams and declared, “Facts are stupid things,” before correcting himself. Messenger Post (N.Y.)
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x299888628/Michael-Winship-Banks-Congress-grapple-with-stubborn-facts

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


Business / auto

AUTO BITS: How to spend less on fuel - Weekly auto rail, with gas-saving tips, Car Q&A with Junior Damato and more. By GHNS.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x1612618286/Auto-Bits-How-to-spend-less-on-fuel
* 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: Dale Pulde – a ‘valley fever’ survivor - Our recent column on Dick Harrell and Dale Pulde resulted in numerous emails and letters coming our way. Several of the letters asked how Dale Pulde, a multi-time nitro Funny Car champion in his beautiful “War Eagle” funny car, has been doing lately as he nearly died from a rare disease called “valley fever.” By Greg Zyla, GHNS.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/x1831801123/Greg-Zyla-Dale-Pulde-a-valley-fever-survivor

SILVIO CALABI: King Kong in a Tux - the Infiniti QX56 - The most interesting thing about today’s monster sport-utility vehicles is not their size or their luxury or price, or even that they still exist, but how the best of them seem to defy the laws of physics. We wouldn’t expect something 18 feet long and weighing almost three tons to skip down the road with the agility of a ballet dancer. Well, OK — a retired, slightly overweight ballet dancer, but still. By Silvio Calabi, GHNS.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/x1612629421/Silvio-Calabi-King-Kong-in-a-Tux-the-Infiniti-QX56

SHOESTRING LIVING: Use social media and save - Do you spend the better part of your time online? Do you tweet, blog or Facebook? If you do, I’d say you’re in the majority these days. More than ever, people are living virtual lives; depending on social media for both their personal connections and their news. Really, it’s a whole new world. I’m not here to weigh in on how I feel about the role of technology in our lives; I use it as much as the next gal, so it’s tough to be non-biased. There are pros and cons to our online existence, of course, and one of the biggest pros is saving a little green. Here are my thoughts on how social media can save you money. By Molly Logan Anderson, GHNS.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x503119455/Shoestring-Living-Use-social-media-and-save

ON COMPUTERS: On Computers: New iPad not quite ready for prime time - I’ve suffered a lot of computer presentations and am wary of them. Here is somebody demo-ing (is that a word?) a new digital projector. She clicks on the switch. Nothing. Click, click, click. Still nothing. By Jim Hillibish, Canton, Ohio.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business/x1612625255/On-Computers-New-iPad-not-quite-ready-for-prime-time
* Facebook idea: Ask readers what they think of the new iPad. Good? Bad?

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


Sports

BOB BENZ: Fed-up fans deserve some of the credit -- On Thursday, the Buffalo Bills signed Mario Williams –– this off-season’s prize defensive free agent –– to the richest deal ever given to a defensive player in NFL history. Corning Leader (N.Y.)
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x1831801254/Bob-Benz-Fed-up-fans-deserve-some-of-the-credit

More in college basketball and NASCAR at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/sports