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HOLIDAY NOTE: GHNS will not be staffed on Thanksgiving but will be on Friday. If you need immediate assistance on the holiday, submit a Zendesk support ticket or call GHNS editor Lisa Glowinski at 217-816-3343.
WAKE UP CALL!: Thanksgiving and family issues
CALLOUTS: GH papers' clever callouts for Thanksgiving
BEST OF THE DAY: 'Eyesore' highlighted
PRO FOOTBALL WEEKLY PAGES: A look at Week 12
KIDZBUZZ: Have fun indoors with a puppet show
*NOTE: Posted in advance of the holiday
KIDS' LETTERS TO SANTA CALLOUT: http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/reader_callouts/x505718367/Reader-callout-Kids-letters-to-Santa
DECEMBER RADARFROG PRODUCTS: Save on holiday decor, grocery bills
-- Page: http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/ghns_pages/x1739513095/December-RadarFrog-page-Deck-the-Halls
-- Coupon book: http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/ghns_pages/x1805330160/December-RadarFrog-coupon-book-Cut-Food-Waste-and-Save
*NOTE: This is the last coupon book GHNS will produce
2011 YEAR IN REVIEW PAGE: The national, world events that shaped the year
DECEMBER FAMILY: Cookie recipes for parties or gifts, tips for a family-friendly New Year's Eve party and ideas for winter break activities
OCCUPY: Occupy organizer hates Facebook, Twitter -- Facebook is credited with helping foment revolution, but a 29 year-old Occupy organizer doesn't even use it. By Dan Freed, The Street
BLACK FRIDAY: Too tired for Black Friday? Hire someone else to shop -- Can't be bothered to take part in the chaos of Black Friday sales? Find someone who will do it for you -- for a price. By Joe Mont, The Street
STOCKS: 3 industries will drive the stock market in 2012 -- Investors are skittish about stocks, but these three sectors are generating big profits and are priced right. By Lindsey Bell, The Street
Find more news from The Street at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business
THANKSGIVING CONTENT: Callout, page recipes and more
GO GREEN: Follow the link to see the full list of December Go Green stories. NOTE: These are the last Go Green-specific items from GateHouse News Service.
RELIGION NEWS: Occupy Wall Street and the tea party -- Weekly Religion News on which religions identify more with the Occupy Wall Street movement and the tea party and more. GHNS
*This is posted early because of the holiday.
HOME HELP: Gifting books -- weekly Home Help with items on books to buy as gifts, preparing for holiday guests, a home-selling tip and more. GHNS
GAS FIREPLACES: In search of hot deals on gas fireplaces - Mitch Heller sees the same trend every fall: When the temperature starts to go down, his fireplace business heats up. "People are not very proactive; they're reactive," said Heller, owner of the Custom Fireside Shops in Sacramento and Elk Grove, Calif. "They wait until they're cold before they come on in." By Debbie Arrington, Scripps Howard.
GAS FIREPLACE CONSIDERATIONS: Things to consider when shopping for gas fireplaces, inserts - Today's gas fireplaces and inserts are 50 percent to 70 percent more efficient than their 1990s-or-earlier counterparts, say experts. By Debbie Arrington, Scripps Howard.
ASK THE PLUMBER: Divert your attention to handheld showers - Q: I enjoyed your column a few weeks back about installing a "rain" type of showerhead. While this sounds like something I'd enjoy, for a dog owner like myself there is an issue. Even though approved rain showerheads meet the water-use limits and standards, the wider area of spray would soak me while I'm trying to rinse off the dog. I'd like the luxury of a rain shower, but still need to wash my dog. What do you do in a case like this? By Ed Del Grande, Scripps Howard.
HOBBIES: Make a one-of-a-kind slipcover - Slipcovers are a great way to revamp a chair or sofa without the cost and time of reupholstering or buying a new piece of furniture. By Dena Fishbein, Scripps Howard.
TILE: 13 unusual places to tile - The most common places to install tile in the home are in the bathroom. Where else can a home add some style and durability from a tile installation? The possibilities are endless. As a professional contractor, I have installed tile in places you'd never expect. If you're looking for a durable surface option with unlimited design potential, look no further than tile as your material of choice. Here are 13 places to tile that you might not have considered yet. By Kevin Stevens, Hometalk.com.
101 IDEAS: Welcoming holiday guests -- The first rule of thumb, says entertaining expert Dana Christine, is to know the limits of your home and don't invite more guests than you or the house can accommodate. Jennifer Huskey/ Scripps Howard News Service
INTERIORS: Simple Christmas gift ideas -- Gift giving –– oh my, what a daunting chore it can be. So many questions. Let's see if we can think of some interesting gifts to give that will be pleasing to the recipient. Rosemary Sadez Friedmann/ Scripps Howard News Service
HOME STYLE: My top five holiday gift picks -- You can see firsthand what gift items people flip over –– those can't-miss picks that score high on the ‘wow factor’ and low on the cost scale. Here are my top five favorite gift suggestions for this holiday season. Mary Carol Garrity/ Scripps Howard News Service
HOMEFIX: Preventing heat loss through a glass patio door -- Q: I have a glass sliding door with an aluminum frame. I can feel the cold air coming in. I do put plastic on it for the winter. Is their anything else I can do? Scripps Howard News Service
WINE WISDOM: Giving thanks for wine - During the holidays we often focus on the family reunion aspect, and we too often forget the "giving thanks" part of Thanksgiving. Let's change that this year by showing appreciation for the many good things we have in our lives, starting with good wine. In recognition of that, I'll stop whining and instead provide some suggestions and insights on potential wine pairings for Thanksgiving. By Mark P. Vincent, MetroWest, Mass.
THE BEER NUT: Hooked on Courage after a single sip -- I recently took a sip of Courage Imperial Russian Stout and immediately said I have to write about this beer. Norman Miller/ MetroWest Daily News (Mass.)
DIANA BOGGIA: Teach your children to apologize - A mom asked me how she could get her son to apologize. She said when her 5-year-old does something he knows he shouldn’t do, she gets very angry with him. She always tells him (and sometimes yells at him) to say he is sorry. He typically responds with eye rolling and a mouthy “Sorrrrrr-y!” She said she yells at him for the way he said sorry, and sends him to his room. She said he continues to do the exact same thing the next day. By Diana Boggia, Canton, Ohio.
* File is moving early because of the holiday.
More in home and family at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle
POOL PRO: The science of billiards - There are any number of ways to fill one’s idle time. Chris Dryden of Hannibal enjoys playing a game that blends physics and geometry. The game? Pool. “I like the challenge and science of it. The physics of the game, the way you can maneuver the cue ball, I really enjoy that,” he said. By Danny Henley, Hannibal, Mo.
* Localization: Add a local voice to this story by also highlighting that person.
‘HUGO’ REVIEW: Movie review: 'Hugo' is wonderful - Henceforth when people speak of movie magic they will think instantly of Martin Scorsese’s mind-blowing “Hugo.” It embodies everything you love about the art of moving pictures, from the sense of wonder it inspires to the deep, emotional resonance sure to set the heart racing and tears welling. By Al Alexander, The Patriot Legder.
* Facebook idea: Ask fans if they plan to see “Hugo.”
* Also could poll readers about their favorite book-to-movie adaptations. Include “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, etc.
‘MUPPETS’ REVIEW: Movie review: ‘The Muppets’ make an entertaining comeback - With their nostalgic and sentimental appeal, “The Muppets” are like cinematic comfort food. And so, it seems fitting that the big screen reacquaintance occurs on the day before Thanksgiving. By Dana Barbuto, The Patriot Ledger.
* Facebook idea: Ask fans if they plan to see “The Muppets.”
* Also could poll readers about their favorite “Muppets” movie.
‘ARTHUR CHRISTMAS’ REVIEW: Movie review: 'Arthur Christmas' delivers a sleighful of fun - Despite its rather uninspired title, “Arthur Christmas” is a high-flying holiday entertainment that should appeal to a broad audience if they can pry themselves away from “The Muppets” playing next door. By Brett Michel, The Patriot Ledger.
STAY TUNED: Real medical drama, stat! - After a recent overseas trip, the 18-hour time difference meant that while most of you were probably sleeping I was awake watching infomercials on how to achieve a supermodel's complexion and tone my abs with a series of bands and pulleys. I knew I was in trouble when I started to believe that I too could have Alyssa Milano hair if only I called and ordered the haircare system she was touting. By Melissa Crawley, GHNS.
* File is moving early because of Thanksgiving.
BOOK NOTES: 'The Forgotten Waltz' by Anne Enright - “The Forgotten Waltz” is a contemporary Irish story told to us by Gina Moynihan, a clever, observant narrator who wryly relays the course of her love affair with Seán Vallely. Author Anne Enright is the real storyteller here, and a master. This is a waltz from which you emerge a little dizzy with disorientation. By Rae Francoeur, Cape Ann, Mass.
* Facebook idea: Ask fans to say what they thought of the book if they’ve read it.
More in music and movies at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment
EDITORIAL: The true story of Thanksgiving -- Americans' knowledge of their history is so incomplete and so twisted by popular culture that most associate Indian wars with the settling of the West and recall Indians only as the kind natives who taught the Pilgrims how to grow corn. The MetroWest Daily News (Mass.)
EDITORIAL: Shop Small Business Saturday after Black Friday -- The newest retail holiday on the calendar is "Small Business Saturday." The idea –– and it's a good one –– is to encourage shoppers to spend the Saturday after Thanksgiving checking out the goods at locally owned small businesses. The MetroWest Daily News (Mass.)
EDITORIAL: Many kinds of giving for the holidays -- Spending and giving. There are many fulfilling ways to do both this time of year. Volunteering time in a soup kitchen, delivering meals or taking part in other seasonal, voluntary efforts such as contributing to an Angel Tree. Messenger Post (N.Y.)
KENT BUSH: Plenty to be thankful for -- Every time I see Dawit, I remember what it took to get him here.?I have no problem remembering to be thankful. On this day set aside for thanksgiving and praise, remember what God has done for you this year, and don’t forget to say thanks. Augusta Gazette (Kan.)
ALICE COYLE: Black Friday shopping? It never dawned on me - Black Friday. There’s nothing about those two words that make me the slightest bit inclined to rush out to the mall in the middle of the night to start my holiday shopping. And yet I know that there are thousands who will set their alarm clocks and get to bed early after stuffing themselves with stuffing in order to be one of the first in line for all those “doorbuster” savings. It sounds painful in every sense of the word. By Alice Coyle, Raynham, Mass.
* Poll idea: Ask readers if they're diehard Black Friday shoppers, casual or not at all.
BENJAMIN WACHS: Protecting the wrong rights - If people can’t protest the banks, then the banks sure as sin shouldn’t be allowed to spend money to influence an election. By Benjamin Wachs, Messenger Post, N.Y.
JERRY MOORE: Don’t define a campaign solely by its shortcomings - Occupy Wall Street, a national movement that’s grown local roots, obviously has its share of problems. But the group’s overall message should not be defined by its flaws alone. By Jerry Moore, Chicago Suburban.
MICHELLE TEHEUX: Don’t feed the shopping beast for one day -- Do you think it’s unfortunate that some retail workers have to sacrifice their Thanksgiving holiday so that others who are lucky enough to have the holiday off can shop in the middle of the night? Pekin Daily Times (Ill.)
*Poll idea: What time on Black Friday will you head out to shop? A. 12 a.m. B. 4 a.m. C. 10 a.m. D. 12 p.m. E. I'm not shopping
More in columns and cartoons at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions
DAVE RAMSEY: Mobile homes are bad investments - Weekly financial Q&A, with advice on mobile homes and expensive colleges. By Dave Ramsey, GHNS.
More in tech and finance at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news
FANTASY FOOTBALL: Not so thankful this Thanksgiving - With so much drama in the NFC, it’s kind of hard keeping my positivity. But I, somehow, someway, keep coming up with fantasy wins like every single week. Ah, if only I lived what I tried (and failed) rapping about. Then again, that hasn’t stopped most hip-hop artists from doing the same thing, but I digress. By Joey Baskerville, Freeport, Ill.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL NATION: If LSU loses, it’s pandemonium - LSU, the runaway No. 1 team in the nation, hosts third-ranked Arkansas on Friday. While the Tigers are favored and expected to win, there’s no guarantee the Razorbacks won’t rise up. And if the Hogs are victorious, LSU would likely be shut out of the SEC Championship Game. It would leave LSU, Alabama and Arkansas tied with one loss atop the SEC West - assuming ‘Bama beats Auburn on Saturday - with LSU’s loss to Arkansas, Arkansas’ loss to Alabama, and Alabama’s loss to LSU. The winner of the West would be determined by a tiebreaker, with the Crimson Tide the likely choice. By Eric Avidon.
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National budget 11.23.11
GateHouse News Service National Budget