GateHouse News Service national budget 8.25.11

GateHouse News Service national budget 8.25.11


Contacts: Lisa Glowinski, (217) 816-3343,
Michael Toeset, (630) 835-8870,


NOTE: Is anyone from your readership area going to 9/11 anniversary events in New York or Washington, D.C., next month? Contact Lisa at (217) 816-3343, -- I'd like to put them in touch with our reporters who will be in NYC and D.C. covering the events.





WAKE-UP CALL: Are students getting their vaccinations?


HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Options for presenting high school football coverage.





PFW: NFL season preview pages from Pro Football Weekly.
NOTE: There are three additional stories you can use as well – they are linked to from this package.




FALL HOME & GARDEN: Learn about eco-roofs, ideas for bold and cozy kitchens, new shower doors a simple bathroom upgrade


KIDZBUZZ: Making friends at school




CAREERS SERIES: Four pages on starting a business, finding a new career and succeeding at the job you have


FALL OUTDOOR LIVING: Tips on deer hunting season, how to prevent kids from getting lost outdoors, advice on getting a more accurate rifle


LABOR DAY PAGE: Industries that are hiring now





RELIGION NEWS: Call for civil discourse during 9/11 talks -- weekly Religion News with a message from the Religion Communicators Council, “The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything: A Spirituality for Real Life” by James Martin and more.


DIANA BOGGIA: To change a behavior, think about the big I.D.E.A. - The acronym I.D.E.A. can be a helpful, quick little word trigger to remind you that you can change a behavior, once you identify it, determine how you are going to proceed, make a continued effort to implement your plan with love and consistency, and give your child plenty of positive attention when he changes his behavior. Put your own I.D.E.A. in place. By Diana Boggia, Canton, Ohio.


INTERIORS: Impact-resistant windows add security, value to home -- Replacing your windows with impact-resistant ones is costly, but if you consider the alternative, it might be worth it. In storms, for example, an old or defective window might break. Rosemary Sadez Friedmann/ Scripps Howard News Service


THE GARDENER WITHIN: Controlling powdery mildew -- While rarely fatal, powdery mildew is very unsightly and can stress and weaken plants. If enough leaf surface is covered with the mold, photosynthesis is inhibited and the leaves will fall off prematurely. Joe Lamp'l/ Scripps Howard News Service


DIVORCE/DECORATING: After a divorce, redecorating can be therapeutic  -- Gordon Baxter thought about selling his house in Hopkins, Minn., after his divorce last year. But a counselor told him that kids weather the upheaval of a parental split better if they don't also have to move. So Baxter made some changes to accommodate his new life as a single dad. Kim Palmer/ Scripps Howard News Service


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MUSIC: Jimmie Vaughan talks on ospening for Jimi Hendrix -- Q: What was it like opening for the Jimi Hendrix Experience? A: I was in a band called the Chessmen, and we opened the show at McFarland Auditorium in Dallas, Texas. It was Jimi Hendrix, so everybody was completely excited, and I think maybe I was the most excited. I was an absolute crazy fan. Brian Mackey/ State Journal-Register (Ill.)


BRIAN MACKEY: Musicians' T-shirts always make a statement -- Last year, country singer Darius Rucker wore the logo of ‘80s rap crew Run-D.M.C., while Blondie drummer Clem Burke had a black T-shirt with the logo of CBGB, the legendary New York music club. State Journal-Register (Ill.)


NEW MOVIES: 'Our Idiot Brother' and other movies opening this week. Roundup by Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger.


STAY TUNED: 'Life 2.0': Better living through technology? - “Life 2.0,” part of the OWN documentary series, follows a group of people whose real lives are deeply impacted by their participation in the virtual world “Second Life.” By Melissa Crawley, GHNS columnist.


BOOK NOTES: 'Prime Time' by Jane Fonda - At 73, Jane Fonda is many things. The most obvious is that Fonda is a striking beauty. At a recent Barnes & Noble event in Manhattan, I sat in a standing-room-only audience listening to people wonder: How will she look? By Rae Francoeur, Cape Ann, Mass.


FARR SIDE: Colbie Caillat and Matt Nathanson primed for stardom - Colbie Caillat and Matt Nathanson are artists on the rise. Caillat’s latest CD, “All Of You” and Nathanson’s “Modern Love” are available now. By David T. Farr, Sturgis, Mich.


5 THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND: This week’s suggestions include seeing “Our Idiot Brother” or another new movie, watching the MTV Video Music Awards, celebrating Women’s Equality Day and more.
* Localization: Swap out any of these items for big local events, and list any events for Women’s Equality Day and National Dog Day.





GRANLUND CARTOON: Hurricane warning flags. By Dave Granlund, GHNS cartoonist.


GRANLUND CARTOON: Hurricane Irene and the East Coast quake. By Dave Granlund, GHNS cartoonist.


BRITT CARTOON: Damage in D.C. By Chris Britt, Springfield, Ill.


EDITORIAL: End of Gadhafi era welcome in U.S. - It's not over until it's over, but if the reporting coming out of Libya is accurate, it's curtains for Moammar Gadhafi in Libya after 42 years as its leader. By Peoria, Ill.


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BIZ BITS: Which tablet is right for you? - Weekly business rail, with tips on choosing the right tablet, a BBB warning about theft at schools and more. By GHNS.
* 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.


DAVE RAMSEY: A parent’s last days - Weekly financial Q&A, with advice on a parent wanting to spend lots of money, diversification and down payments. By Dave Ramsey, GHNS columnist.


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GEORGE LITTLE: Nothing friendlier than a wet dog -- Toby has seen the bath equipment come out before. By the time I had the towels piled up and the tub full of water, he had his stubby little tail between his legs and was howling loud enough to scare away werewolves. I tried to tell him in 30 minutes it would be over. Thirty minutes in dog years must seem like an eternity. State Journal-Register (Ill.)


DIAMOND DIRT: What are Dodgers doing to Vin Scully? - Apparently ownership isn’t the only problem the Los Angeles Dodgers are having this season. Apparently the folks running the team want some feedback, and apparently they’re asking dumbfounded questions. By Dominic Genetti, Hannibal, Mo.


FANTASY FOOTBALL: The night I betrayed Chris Johnson on draft day - It was a dark and stormy fantasy draft night. Wait, no it wasn’t. It was actually a pretty calm night and other than a celebratory brunch with my newspaper crew, last Sunday was actually kind of boring. That is until I betrayed the fantasy player I’ve vouched for the last three fantasy seasons. I didn’t draft Chris Johnson (insert dramatic music here). By Joey Baskerville, Freeport, Ill.


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