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For 12/22/08 editions
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SPECIFICS ON INAUGURATION PLANS: Find answers to your questions about the inauguration special section plans and more on ghnewsroom.com.
IT’S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS:
Check here for a package of links to holiday content on the news service. There’s already plenty to pick from, and we’ll be adding more as your content comes in.
BEST OF 2008: Check out our package of year-end best-of content. Links will be added as stories come in. This Year in Weird (the best of the weekly weird news) will be added this afternoon.
NIE PAGE: A mighty mouse.
AUTO PAGE: Big SUVs may be on the way out.
Lifestyles (Topic is Health)
MORNING MINUTES: Word of the Day, Web Site of the Day and Number to Know. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/morning_minutes
HEALTH WATCH: Weekly rail, leads with keeping New Year's resolutions with simple tricks. Also includes inflamed gums and health disease, health tip on shoveling snow, plus items on children’s health and senior health.
HEALTH PAGE: Safety on the slopes.
HEALTH VIDEO: Differences between the common cold and flu.
HOLIDAY BLUES? You're not alone
HOLIDAY TREATS: Celebrate holidays with special treats
BAD GIFTS: Bad gifts abound at Christmas – When presented with a Christmas present, do you tentatively peel back the wrapping, your excitement tempered by trepidation? If so, you’ve at one point probably fallen victim to a bad gift. SPRINGFIELD http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x512360140
SUDOKU PUZZLES: Latest installment is on the site.
BEST OF 2008: The year’s best music http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/music/x260980715/
ALBUM REVIEW: 'Da Realist,' by Plies
THIS KID CRANKS IT UP: 'Guitar Hero' star shares his secrets
‘MISHA’ HOAX: Author/publisher Jane Daniel tells her side of “Misha” hoax. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1647201138/Author-publisher-Jane-Daniel-tells-her-side-of-Misha-hoax
FOR CHRISTMAS EVE PUBLICATION: O'Mahoney cartoon: Merry Christmas. Ledger, on wire now http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1720700802/OMahoney-cartoon-Merry-Christmas
O’MAHONEY CARTOON: On volatile myrrh market changes wise gift choices. Will be posted this evening.
BRITT CARTOON: On the wind chill. Will be posted this evening.
BRITT VIDEO: A very Blagojevich Christmas.
JEFF VRABEL: Cold has taken over everything
CHARITA GOSHAY: All I want for Christmas … Check out these Santa letters from lots of folks in the news this year.
DEIRDRE REILLY: Celebrate the reason for the season. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/columnists/x1060483059/Deirdre-Reilly-Celebrate-the-reason-for-the-season
POP CULTURE: The art of the end-of-year Top 10 list
GERI NIKOLAI: Santa, here’s what not to bring
SUE VANDERGRIFF: Good news at Christmas
EDITORIAL: One step backward for U.S.-Iraq relations - When an Iraqi television journalist angrily flung his shoes at visiting President George W. Bush during a Baghdad news conference recently, it was about more than assault with a smelly weapon. It was a reminder of the deep divisions that persist in how America is viewed in the Middle East. PEORIA
EDITORIAL: In effect, governor is being fired - Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s attorney, Edward Genson, has made passionate but ultimately baseless arguments against the governor’s impeachment, none of which should sway anybody. If Genson were operating in a court of law, with the potential of Blagojevich losing his freedom instead of his job, the points he has made might deserve serious consideration by a judge and jury. SPRINGFIELD
FOOTBALL BRIEFS: PFW news on the Chiefs, Rams, Panthers, Cardinals and Eagles, plus the latest Fantasy Buzz. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/sports/pro/football/fantasy_football/x16583601/Football-briefs-Chiefs-Rams-overhauls-under-close-scrutiny
WHAT’S IN/WHAT’S OUT: Isn’t it fine? It’s 2009! Your guide to what's in and what's out - Is it really possible that another year has already gone by? Well, aging is out, so we’d rather not admit it — but it’s true, 2009 looms just around the bend. And that means it’s time for us to bring you your annual update on what’s in and out in society, politics, the arts, sports and life in general. CNC, Chianca et al, on wire now
OBAMA’S TEAM: Who's who in Obama's White House. Here’s a list that we’re continually updating: Rahm Emanuel, Valerie Jarrett, Ronald A. Klain, Phil Sciliro, David Axelrod, Robert Gibbs, Ellen Moran, Dan Pfeiffer, Lawrence Summers, Timothy Geithner, Melody Barnes, Christina Romer, Heather A. Higginbottom, Alyssa Mastromonaco, Peter Orszag, Rob Nabors, Austan Goolsbee, Paul Volcker, Jonathan Favreau, Cecilia Muñoz, Hillary Clinton, Eric Holder, James Jones, Robert Gates, Janet Napolitano, Susan Rice, Louis Caldera, Bill Richardson, Eric K. Shinseki, Tom Daschle, Jeanne M. Lambrew, Arne Duncan, Tom Vilsack and Ken Salazar. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/politics_elections/x466656920/
INAUGURATION: Check out our links package of the prepared preview page of the inauguration, as well as other content. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x1009174358/Inauguration-preview-page-and-original-content
NUNS, MONKS, LLAMAS AND OUR TROOPS: Nuns, monks and llamas help keep troops comfortable
GALESBURG – The daily, 50-degree temperature swings during winter in the Iraqi desert are brutal on troops, and nuns and monks at the Holy Rosary Abbey are donating labor and resources to knit llama wool helmet liners for the soldiers' comfort. Their effort is part of Operation Helmet Liner - a nationwide drive to knit hypoallergenic liners from soft wool and donate them to soldiers serving in harsh climates. Members of the Galesburg group, which raises the llamas and harvests the fleece, say it is a natural step for them. By Gary Tomlin of the Peoria Journal Star.
FEWER TRAVEL FOR HOLIDAYS: Travelers getting more elbow room for Christmas - It’s a clean sweep: Travel is down for all major holidays this year. About 63.9 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles from home during the Christmas holiday, AAA Chicago said, a 2.1 percent decrease from last year. It’s the fifth straight major holiday to see a decline and the first time Christmas travel has dropped since 2002. ROCKFORD http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x16583496
Business / Ag
CHECKOUT LANE: Choose flat-screen TV that fits your home
MAKING CENTS: Difficult but essential discussions. Now that the holiday season is in full swing, families will be gathering from all over the country. At some point, your sister who moved to Ohio 15 years ago will secretly ask you - “How is Mom doing?” How do you handle those conversations?
TIPS ON TIPPING: Who deserves it? How much?
CATERPILLAR CUTS: Cat cuts executive pay, freezes hiring, offers buyouts - Caterpillar Inc. announced Monday it will cut the compensation for its executives and senior management, suspend merit raises and institute a hiring freeze as the economy continues to deteriorate. PEORIA http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x16583473
National budget 12.22.08
GateHouse News Service National Budget