National budget 7.29.09
National budget 7.29.09
Here are the top national stories today from GateHouse News Service. Stories are available at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/.
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GHNEWSROOM: Video of the week: Demolition Derby.
GHNEWSROOM: WebCube and your newsroom.
GHNEWSROOM: Editor gets a read on reader involvement.
WOODSTOCK ANNIVERSARY CONTENT: We’re collecting Woodstock anniversary content as the 40th anniversary approaches on Aug. 15-18. We’ll be adding to this package of links as more content comes in, so check back often to see what’s available.
BACK-TO-SCHOOL CONTENT: Check out our package of back-to-school content, which we will update as new items come in. If your paper has an item that would work on a national scale, please send it to us via Zope or by e-mailing it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
MORNING MINUTES: Word of the Day, Web Site of the Day, Number to Know, This Day in History, Today’s Featured Birthday and Daily Quote.
HOME PAGE: Safe and sound.
HOME HELP: Weekly home and garden rail, with items on power tools, things to know before you build a deck, ways to prevent a devastating plant disease and more.
SMALL GARDEN: Tiny garden space is no big deal for this gardener - Despite having only a few square feet in which to work, senior Ann Walker makes the most of what she's got, producing towering tomato plants, statuesque sunflowers and zippy zinnias in her tiny garden.
JODY JOHNSON: Aloe vera – A cheap trick - Research indicates that aloe vera’s earliest use originated from the Egyptians. This plant, comprised of 99 percent water and 1 percent glycoproteins and polysaccharides, which are anti-inflammatory and healing agents, truly has an interesting history.
FAMILY TIME: Weekly family rail, with tips on how to do a candy craft, a review of “G-Force,” a corn dog recipe and more.
LOST IN SUBURBIA: What's that stench? -- Our family car is not exactly a model of cleanliness. With two kids, a number of their friends and a steady flow of crumb-generating snack food, it is easy to understand why my husband has dubbed our SUV “the garbage truck.” By Tracy Beckerman.
BEER NUT: The Beer Nut: 'King of beers' toppled in taste test - Is the "King of beers" really the king? Or is the "Champagne of bottled beers" the better choice? Or could it be something "Brewed with pure Rocky Mountain spring water" that is best?
BONUS BEER NUT: What should they drink at the White House? – Norman Miller will suggest some appropriate American beers that might be suitable for the White House meeting of Obama, Gates and Crowley on Thursday. Will post to news service this evening.
SANGRIA: Sangria -- inexpensive wine plus other ingredients such as fruit juice, fresh fruit, liquor (rum, triple sec, schnapps), sparkling wine, simple syrup or lemon-lime soda -- is a casual beverage, suitable for large groups and outdoor dining, and can be made without a lot of fuss. By Kathryn Rem.
TEXTING: When texting turns bad: Tips on what to do - The National School Safety and Security Services is tracking more and more school incidents across the nation where rumors spread by texting have disrupted schools and have even resulted in dramatic decreases in school attendance and even school closures due to fears of rumored violence. By Leigh Kreimeier.
DIRTY DOZEN: Women's fun and friendship has lasted 40 years and counting -- Ages 65 to 82, they call themselves the “Dirty Dozen.” The chic and vivacious bunch has been meeting every other week for nearly 40 years, bonding over a regular schedule of tennis, bridge, drinks and lunch – in that order.
SENIOR SAVVY: No pattern to progression of Alzheimer's disease -- Alzheimer's disease can progress rapidly or progress slowly. There is no pattern to the way the disease progresses. It is unpredictable.
DR. MURRAY FEINGOLD: How to care for a fingernail injury -- A subungual hematoma is the presence of blood under the nail.
DARIN ST. GEORGE: Let's make some magic -- In the world of fitness, like the world of magic, "It's never the want, it's the wizard." In other words, it's not the equipment you use, it's the effort you put into your workouts.
SUDOKU: Puzzles for August (puzzles 407-434) are available for download. Previous puzzles are linked to in this file, or visit our Puzzles category.
BRITT: Toon on beers at the White House. Will be posted this evening.
GRANLUND CARTOON: On texting while driving.
KENT BUSH: Issue of racism becomes more convoluted - While President Barack Obama finishes plans for his first kegger since taking up residence in the White House, the real issue of racism in America becomes more and more convoluted.
DAN MAC ALPINE: How many ‘teachable moments’ do we need? Dan Mac Alpine wonders how life-long slights affected personal responses in the Henry Louis Gates affair.
EDITORIAL: So what does Cambridge do now? -- It won’t be long before the national media moves on from “Gatesgate,” that otherwise uneventful July afternoon when a well-known, wealthy black professor met a working-class white police officer, creating a firestorm of debate throughout the country about race, class and police transparency and accountability. But none of this will disappear anytime soon for those who still live and work in Cambridge.
WADE MCINTYRE: Health care in a nutshell - The guys in the white coats are kind of a necessary evil, like lawyers. Both professions do good making people well, or whole, but are made up primarily of businessmen and businesswomen interested in making money. Doctors need disease and injuries in order to have successful businesses as surely as lawyers require automobile and workplace accidents to make a living.
CHERYL MILLER: President Obama’s health care reform numbers don’t add up.
CHARITA GOSHAY: Why do people persist in saying President Obama wasn’t born in the U.S. despite the overwhelming evidence that he was? And why is the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 25th anniversary concert being held in New York City?
GARY BROWN: Who needs water when those energy drinks are available?
KRISTI HODSON: Don't forget to practice cell phone courtesy this month - Jacqueline Whitmore, the wireless phone etiquette spokeswoman for Sprint and the person who founded Cell Phone Courtesy Month in 2002, offers some tips for practicing cell phone courtesy.
MEREDITH O’BRIEN: My hero wears glasses and has wizardly charm – In preparation for the release of the new movie "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" this summer, the twins and I simultaneously re-read the sixth book in the series. (I claimed the house copy while they borrowed copies from the library.)
GATES 911 CALLER: Woman responds to criticism caused by Gates arrest -- Lucia Whalen was just going on her lunch break. Little did she know she would be making the 911 call heard around the world.
BURGER INSPIRATION: Restaurant adds 'Sgt. Crowley burger' to join 'Skip Gates burger' already on menu -- While Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Cambridge Police Sgt. James Crowley enjoy a beer in the White House with President Barack Obama, hungry meat-lovers can enjoy burgers named after the two men.
CANCER WALK: Michigan woman with cancer walking to medicine man in Colorado - Tawny Shepherd had a simple answer when asked if the first part of her 1,200-mile walk from Michigan to Colorado has left her tired and worn out. She said it could be worse. And she should know.
CITIZENSHIP: Cutbacks could block a road to citizenship - Rock Valley College’s citizenship program is facing possible cuts and is at the mercy of the state’s economy. The program runs on $110,055 in state grant money. Without that nonprofit program, people seeking citizenship could be without the necessary tools and support to pass their naturalization test, which costs $675, paid to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
- LOCALIZE IT: Are local citizenship programs in danger of losing state funding?
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DAVE RAMSEY: Weekly financial Q&A, with advice on a large car loan by a minimum-wage worker and handling finances in a marriage.
NASCAR PAGE: Need for seed.
NASCAR POSTER: Poster page: Mark Martin.