GateHouse News Service National Budget 11.24.10

GateHouse News Service National Budget 11.24.10


Lisa Glowinski is off until Friday
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NOTE: The news service will not be staffed for Thanksgiving. We will be staffed Friday, Nov. 26.


THANKSGIVING CONTENT: Check out our Thanksgiving section.





WAKE UP CALL: Prepare readers for the snow.


TOP SITES: Top 50 GateHouse Media websites (page views) for October 2010.





NIE KIDZBUZZ PAGE: This week’s page will be posted this afternoon. Check here:


PFW PAGES: Week 12 pages.


* NOTE: This is the last page of the season; the page will return in February.


CHRISTMAS LIGHTS CALLOUT: For reader photos of holiday displays


LETTERS TO SANTA CALLOUT: Ask for kids' holiday wishes


DECEMBER FAMILY: Monthly tab has stories on holiday desserts, preparing your home for winter and Christmas vs. commercialism


THANKSGIVING PAGE: A history of the holiday meal
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HOME HELP: Re-gifting nostalgia -- Weekly home help with items on affordable and nostalgic gifts, removing stubborn wallpaper, alternative Christmas trees and more. By GateHouse News Service


RELIGION NEWS: Surviving the holidays with grief or divorce -- the weekly religion news with items on holiday grief and divorce seminars, “Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back,” the accomplishments of John Wycliffe and more. By GateHouse News Service


DARIN ST. GEORGE: Don't kid yourself about Thanksgiving food -- Yes, it is Thanksgiving week and it's time to relax and be thankful -- or stress out and forget all the hard work and effort you've put into your body. Read on, because you know this column is written just for you.


THANKSGIVING FOOD: Last-minute Thanksgiving dinner guide -- To help you get through the big day, we’ve compiled a quick reference guide; all the how-to questions are answered. Keep it handy. By Kathryn Rem/ The State Journal-Register
* Localization tip: Include quotes from the local fire department on kitchen safety, how to put out an oven or grease fire and how much activity the department tends to see on Thanksgiving.


ASK DOG LADY: What’s dog etiquette in Paris? - Weekly canine Q&A, with advice on Parisian dogs and providing water for traveling dogs. By Monica Collins, GHNS columnist.
* Column is moving early because of Thanksgiving.


LOST IN SUBURBIA: The good, the bad and the ‘Uggly’ - It’s not that I don’t think Uggs are incredibly comfortable boots. It’s just that I view them as the fashion equivalent of outdoor bedroom slippers. I know there are a lot of women who love Uggs, and I have nothing against their choice of footwear, but I prefer not to blend in with the girls in middle school, or to look I have bear paws for feet, or look like I could live in an igloo and go by the name “Nanook.” By Tracy Beckerman, GHNS columnist.


DR. MURRAY FEINGOLD: Take care with medicine -- When a medication becomes old, it also becomes weaker, and that is why the expiration date is usually a year after it is prescribed. Find out how to properly dispose of your drugs and keep a clean medicine cabinet.


BACK PAIN: Pauline Looye-Jones: When to see a doctor for your back pain -- The most common cause of lower back pain is strain of the muscles or other soft tissues that are attached to the vertebrae, or back bones. If any of the following red flags apply to you, see your doctor soon. By Pauline Looye-Jones/ the Oak Ridger (Tenn.)


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5 THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND: Here are five things to do this Thanksgiving weekend.
* Localization tip: This file works best localized since there generally are quite a few local happenings this weekend. List things like ice rinks that are open, hot shopping spots, Christmas tree farms, hay rides, etc.


FASTER: Movie review: ‘Faster’ never lets up - A guy is released from prison after a 10-year stretch. No doubt he’s been working out in the gym. I mean, look at those biceps and that neck! He runs – literally runs! – down the road to a junkyard, where a mint-condition, black-and-white Chevelle SS is waiting for him under a tarp, a big handgun tucked under the seat. By Ed Symkus, The Patriot Ledger.


BURLESQUE: Movie review: ‘Burlesque’ grinds more than it bumps - In “Burlesque,” Christina Aguilera is a showstopper, bringing down the house by blending her booming voice with copious amounts of va-va voom. She is a Grammy Award-winning singer, after all. But she’s not an actress, which becomes painfully obvious every time the music stops. By Dana Barbuto, The Patriot Ledger.


LOVE AND OTHER DRUGS: Movie review: Hathaway and Gyllenhaal are addictive in ‘Love and Other Drugs’ - With “Love and Other Drugs,” Ed Zwick delivers his best TV pilot in years. The co-creator of “thirtysomething” and “My So-Called Life” establishes fascinating characters and places them at the epicenter of such disparate issues as love, sex and the dwindling ethics among the pharmaceutical and medical industries. Toss in a comic sidekick, a chronic illness and a budding romance and you have enough story lines to fill a season or two. By Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger.


LOVE AND OTHER DRUGS FEATURE: Director Ed Zwick digs into pharmaceutical industry in ‘Love and Other Drugs’ - Ed Zwick doesn’t want to seem like a pill, but he’s on a rant against the pharmaceutical industry in his latest movie, “Love and Other Drugs.” On the surface, it’s your typical romantic-comedy, much like Zwick’s 1986 directorial debut, “About Last Night.” But look beneath the oft-bared skin of stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway and you’ll see some of the naked truths about the pharmaceutical industry. By Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger.


DAGENHAM: Movie review: ‘Made in Dagenham’ is a strike above - Hollywood awards folks seem to like movies about women fighting for women’s rights. Sally Field nabbed the Oscar for “Norma Rae” (textile worker unionizes the mill). Charlize Theron got the nomination for “North Country” (miner brings on a sexual harassment case). So will they go for “Made in Dagenham,” a British take on a similar situation? Sally Hawkins (“Happy Go Lucky”) certainly gives an award-worthy performance as a cheery wife-mom-Ford factory worker in the industrial town of Dagenham, England, in 1968. By Ed Symkus, The Patriot Ledger.


TANGLED: Movie review: A straight-laced ‘Tangled’ - There’s nothing kinky in “Tangled.” Nor is there much snarl. It’s all straight and clean, just the way Disney likes it. But too often this follicle fairytale feels as synthetic as the computer-generated 3-D animation. By Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger.


DECEMBER SUDOKU: Sudoku puzzles 890-917 for December are available for download. Previous puzzles are linked to in this file.


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GRANLUND CARTOON: Black and blue Friday. By Dave Granlund, GHNS cartoonist.


GRANLUND CARTOON: Flare-up in Korea. By Dave Granlund, GHNS cartoonist.


EDITORIAL: Can we manage air safety without unwelcome searches? - Today is one of the busiest flying days of the year, which makes it a high-anxiety day for those traveling, an even-higher-anxiety day for those coping with the Transportation Security Authority's new full-body scan/enhanced patdown procedures. For that Americans have one Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab to thank, the so-called "underwear bomber" who unsuccessfully tried to bring down an American airliner last Christmas. By The Peoria Journal Star.


EDITORIAL: Invasion of the body scanners - Just in time for holiday travel, the federal government is giving you a choice: a body scan that produces a naked image of you for airport security officers to examine or an enhanced pat down that makes some people feel like they’ve been sexually assaulted. By The Holland (Mich.) Sentinel.


EDITORIAL: Give thanks for being fortunate - It could be a lot worse. As the nation sits down to tables Thursday for Thanksgiving dinner, we should all be mindful — and thankful — for what we have in our lives. By The Wayne Independent.


EDITORIAL: Be ready, safe for winter -- Cold weather, it appears, is finally upon us. Simple steps can prevent a good deal of trouble. The National Weather Service, American Red Cross and others offer these suggestions. By The Examiner (Mo.)
* Localization tip: Include winter safety tips from your police department, fire department and other government divisions.


KENT BUSH: 'Dancing With the Stars' has become a national referendum - Is Bristol Palin winning "Dancing With the Stars" part of the new GOP legislative platform? Will the administration have an answer to keep her from winning? I believe this controversy demonstrates the collapse of our society. By Kent Bush, Augusta Gazette.


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ERIC P. BLOOM: Getting permission to hire - Getting permission to hire is often the hardest part of the hiring process, particularly in today’s economy. Gaining this permission is so difficult because most of the factors used to make the decision are outside your control as a manager. By Eric P. Bloom, GHNS columnist.
* Column is moving early because of Thanksgiving.


BIZ BITS: Cyber Monday tips for safe shopping - Weekly business rail, with shopping tips from the BBB, deciphering the technical lingo when buying a new TV and more. By GHNS.
* Column is moving early because of Thanksgiving.


DAVE RAMSEY: College kids don’t need new cars - Weekly financial Q&A, with advice on getting a new car and taking money out of a thrift savings account. By Dave Ramsey, GHNS columnist.
* Column is moving early because of Thanksgiving.


CHECKOUT LANE: Many cool options for skiers - Skis have become a marvel of technology, and picking the right pair can be a complicated process. Shoppers should at least learn the basics to finding the right fit before they buy. By Ashlee Fairey, The Patriot Ledger.
* Localization tip: Talk to ski experts in your area and include or swap out their advice. Also list ski shops in your area.


MAKING CENTS: Inflation needs to be understood - Discussions around the topic of inflation have been rather muted in the past decade. It's no wonder, because the consumer price index has been relatively flat during that period. Recent quantitative-easing decisions by U.S. policy makers have made Americans a bit more concerned about the possibility of future inflation. By John P. Napolitano, The Patriot Ledger.


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FANTASY FOOTBALL: Pick Six Weekly: Not very thankful for this year’s busts - Fantasy football: Thanksgiving has always been a great holiday for me. You get to see family, go to other relatives’ Thanksgiving dinners, stuff your face with as much food as you want (and even get to take some of it back home) and relax and watch some of the most forgettable football games ever. By Joey Baskerville, Freeport Journal-Standard.


NFL QUICK SHOTS: Considine makes another big play to save Jaguars – Last week, Sean Considine forced a fumble that led to Jacksonville’s game-winning Hail Mary TD pass. Sunday, Considine’s interception with five seconds left clinched a 24-20 win over Jacksonville. The former Byron star recently lost his starting safety spot for the Jaguars (6-4), but has helped keep them in the playoff race with big plays in the dime package when Jacksonville goes with six defensive backs. By Matt Trowbridge, Rockford Register Star.