National Budget for 9.25.07

GateHouse News Service National Budget
 
For 9/25/07 editions
 
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News
 
HALO VIDEO GAME AS A TEACHING TOOL? - UConn professor uses the Halo series as a teaching tool in his classics class. We find out how, why and what the students get from it. He and the students are playing the newly released Halo 3 – MicroSoft epic finale to video game trilogy - Monday. Norwich Bulletin, 15 inches, 6 p.m.
ART: With contributed photo (More screen shots here: http://www.halo3.com/ )
 
HALO OPENS: (Info to help papers localize) Sales of the hottest new video game, HALO 3, begins at midnight. Talk to retailers, game enthusiasts, etc. REPORTER/ROCKFORD/Illinois News
 
NO CALL LIST – GOOD TO LOCALIZE: Federal do-not-call list expires in nine months, meaning folks who want to remain on it will have to re-up. How does the federal rule square with Mass. do-not-call rules? MetroWest Daily News, Reuell, 15 inches, 6 p.m.
 
MENAGERIE SUIT -- 50 ANIMALS: From Margaret Avenue in the Frey subdivision on Springfield's far west side - chickens, ducks, geese and other animals can be seen scurrying around the back yard of Sheri McLean and Stan Westphal. They also have two goats, rabbits and guineas, according to neighbors, who say the total number of animals tops 50. For that, 18 of them are suing. WETTERICH/ SPRINGFIELD / Illinois News
 
MACKINAW MAILBOX BAN: The ban on mailboxes in Mackinaw will most likely be lifted during a meeting tonight. Residents have complained about being forced to buy a P.O. box and having to drive into town each day because of the 1998 ban on boxes at homes. (merits; by 9:30 p.m.) SAMPIER/PEORIA/Illinois News
 
Sports
 
CUBS: Will hit on a point Zambrano recently made about money  players coming through during this stretch. Vorva hopes to have a creative look at the top five salaried players on the team and how they've done in this 12-game stretch. W/MAGIC NUMBER/STANDINGS ˜ VORVA
 
NADEL COLUMN -  Nadel column, Lovie Smith is making all of Bear Country wait until Wednesday to learn whether Rex Grossman or Brian Griese will start the team's next game. That is the lead item in this week's Best of The Baldest Truth.. Categories: Illinois Sports and Mike Nadel.
 
LADEWSKI COLUMN: Rex is our quarterback.

Opinions
 
JEFF VRABEL COLUMN: If you’re going to sue God, dress like a cow. In / columns / Vrabel
ART: column mug
 
JERRY MOORE COLUMN: Cut in line only when pinkies point upward. GLEN ELLYN, Ill. / In / columns
ART: column mug
 
EDITORIAL: It's easy to think of Congress as little more than a debating society, where partisan games, ideological rigidity and special interests conspire to keep anything from getting accomplished. Examples abound of Congress's inability to address problems that put a squeeze on America's middle class families. That's why it's worth recognizing progress on two bills that will bring concrete relief American families. METROWEST / in / editorials
 
GRANLUND CARTOON: Dave Granlund on Newt Gingrich saying he'd run for president for $30 million. METROWEST / in / cartoons
 
BRITT CARTOON: GOP office of smear and sleaze. SPRINGFIELD/Illinois Opinions

EDIT: BAILOUT SEMATICS: A day after the Federal Reserve chopped its most important interest rate by half a percentage point, a newspaper headline proclaimed, 'Experts: Rate cut not a 'bailout.''Really? What do we call, then, a decision that immediately sent the Dow Jones industrial average surging by more than 330 points, and had pit traders on Wall Street grinning from ear to ear? PEORIA/Illinois Opinions

EDIT: WE LIKE TO WATCH: There are many angles from which to ponder Monday's
tasering of a University of Florida student. Ultimately, we think the most interesting angle is that there are literally so many angles of this incident available for viewing. PEORIA/Illinois Opinions

EDIT: THE NOTORIOUS 'OBL': Does Osama bin Laden fancy himself a rock star? PEORIA/ Illinois Opinions
 
Lifestyles (Tuesday is health & fitness)
 
HIPPOTHERAPY: Using the motion of a horse to help treat people. TAUNTON, Mass. / in / Health & Fitness
ART: pics
 
YOGA FOR KIDS: Mom designs eco-friendly yoga mat for kids. CAMBRIDGE, Mass. / in / Heatlh & Fitness
ART: pics
 
HEALTHY LIVING: Change the health care system by changing yourself. NORWICH, Conn. / in / health advice
 
PRE-TEEN HALLOWEEN: When is a teenager ready to go it alone? MILFORD, Mass. / in / Lifestyles
 
GRANDPARENTS RAISING GRANDCHILDREN - The U.S. Census Bureau says that in the United States more than six million children are being raised in their grandparent’s homes, and in Massachusetts, almost 68,000 children are living in grandparent-headed households. CNC Parents & Kids, Carrara, 35 inches, on wire now
ART: With photo
 
Coming tomorrow
 
BEGINNER’S BOX: A tasty and low-calorie dessert: Baked apples. CANTON / in / Food
ART: pic
 
KUGELS: Using their noodles: Kugels are a holiday treat. PATRIOT LEDGER, Mass. / in / Food
ART: pics, look for kugel recipe