GateHouse News Service National Budget
6/2/11
 
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On GHNewsroom.com

WAKE UP CALL!: U.S. passes France in wine drinking

POLL QUESTION IDEA: Will you stop using your cell phone over cancer risk?

SOCIAL MEDIA: Engagement key to social media potential


Niche

FATHER'S DAY PHOTO CALLOUT
-- Father's Day page

KIDZBUZZ: How to make ice cream
-- NOTE: The final KidzBuzz page of the school year will publish June 3. It will return weekly in the fall.

JULY FAMILY: Save on amusement park tickets, fun car-ride games for kids and a no-cook dinner recipe

BUYING INSURANCE PAGE: Making sure you have enough coverage

GRADUATION PHOTO CALLOUT

FOURTH OF JULY PAGE: Patriotic quotes

FLAG DAY PAGE: 10 facts about the flag you might not have known


Lifestyles

RELIGION NEWS: Orthodox rabbis seek ties to Christianity -- weekly Religion News with items on a statement released by the Center for Jewish-Christian Understanding and Cooperation, “Truth in the Eight Towers” by Robert Leslie Palmer and more. By GHNS

FOOD IS LOVE: Go wild for spring salmon -- If fish had a school yearbook, salmon would be voted “most popular.” Americans adore this species. With its beautiful red/orange/pink flesh –– the word “salmon” is now often used as a color –– rich flavor, versatility, healthfulness and availability, this is not a passing trend.  Jasper White/ Patriot Ledger (Mass.)

WISE TO THE WORD: Acorn squash -- Oval-shaped acorn squashes offer their own bowl. The winter squash are sliced into halves and seeded. Then they are baked and eaten in the shell.
Jim Hillibish/ Canton (Ohio) Repository

PARKINSON'S DISEASE: Teacher fights back against Parkinson's with boxing  -- To watch one of Mike Crager’s vigorous training sessions, a person would think he is preparing for the fight of his life. And in a way, he is. However, instead of facing another fighter, Crager’s battle is with an even more formidable foe: Parkinson’s disease. Danny Henley/ Hannibal Courier-Post (Mo.)
* Callout idea: If you have Parkinson's disease or know someone who does, send us your suggestions for coping with it and any breakthroughs or programs you have heard of or have helped you.

DAN SEABORN: Don't let the Hollywood limelight blind you  -- Former Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife, Maria Shriver, recently announced they were separating after 25 years of marriage. There was no mention of any particular reason, and it was just sad to see them give up. Schwarzenegger had recently left office four months earlier, and the couple had just celebrated a silver anniversary. Holland Sentinel (Mich.)


Entertainment

STAY TUNED: 'Mob Wives' - forgetta 'bout it? Maybe not - On screen, Americans of Italian descent are often connected to crime and placed in scenes where they say things such as “He sleeps with the fishes” before enjoying a nice bowl of pasta. Recently, the depiction of Italian-Americans on shows including “Jersey Shore” and the “Real Housewives of New Jersey” has made some watchdog groups upset, because in addition to “Soprano” type characterizations, they now have to deal with a group of crass, loudmouthed men and women flying the green, white and red. Then along comes “Mob Wives.” By Melissa Crawley, GHNS columnist.

FARR SIDE: Far from ‘American Idol,' Matt Giraud stays busy - For Matt Giraud, life after “American Idol” has been a “whirlwind.” “It’s been great,” Giraud said during a recent phone interview. “Life is a little better, for sure. I was playing bars and stuff, doing the hustle and grind, and now, people will buy a ticket to come and see me play.” By David T. Farr, Sturgis, Mich.

SNEAK PREVIEW: 'X-Men' and other movies opening this week - The X-Men get a needed reboot with an “origin” story about how the mutants of the world came together to form a benevolent society much misunderstood by the dim-witted mortals. By Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger.

MOVIE REVIEW: 'X-Men: First Class' redeems the franchise -- Like “Batman” and “Star Trek” before it, “X-Men: First Class” wisely goes back to the beginning to relight the fading embers of a concept that seemed to have run its course. And what director Matthew Vaughn and his army of co-writers have done to achieve that is as daring as it is galling. Al Alexander/ Patriot Ledger (Mass.)
* Poll idea: Did you like the “X-Men: First Class” movie?

WEIRD AL: Brian Mackey: Weird Al - the voice of a (nerdy) generation? - The time has come to begin taking “Weird Al” Yankovic a little more seriously. If Bob Dylan can be known as the voice of a generation, surely that leaves room for Yankovic as the voice of a demographic. By Brian Mackey, Springfield, Ill.
* Localization tip: Add breakout information if Weird Al will be touring in your area.


Opinions

GRANLUND CARTOON: Tornadoes in Massachusetts. By Dave Granlund, GHNS cartoonist.

BRITT CARTOON: Cellphones don't cause cancer. By Chris Britt, Springfield, Ill.

RICHARD HERMANN: Reprimand corrupt counselors -- America’s 1.2 million lawyers get a bad rap because of relatively few very bad actors. If the state bars want to keep lawyer jokes to a minimum, its time to step up to the plate and bring the house down on the corrupt counselors who taint the profession and make for a suspicious public. MPNnow (N.Y.)


Business

BIZ BITS: Key interview questions job seekers should expect - Weekly business rail, with job-interview tips, a BBB warnings about debt-settlement companies 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.