GateHouse News Service National Budget
12/23/11
 
Contacts: Lisa Glowinski, (217) 816-3343, lglowinski@corp.gatehousemedia.com
Michael Toeset is off today

HOLIDAY NOTE: GateHouse News Service will not be staffed Monday, Dec. 26, or Monday, Jan. 2. If you encounter technical issues those days, please submit a Zendesk support ticket.


On GHNewsroom.com

WAKE UP CALL!: Holiday stress nearly over or at its peak?
http://www.ghnewsroom.com/blogs/idea-lab/x1569718171/Wake-Up-Call-Holiday-stress-nearly-over-or-at-its-peak

HOLIDAY CHARITIES: Q&A on Patriot Ledger's Lend a Hand, Enterprise's Helping Hands
http://www.ghnewsroom.com/carousel/x550228135/Q-A-on-Patriot-Ledger-Enterprise-holiday-charities

BEST OF THE DAY: Callout gets pics from around the world
http://www.ghnewsroom.com/blogs/best-of-the-day/x550225468/Best-of-the-Day-Callout-gets-pics-from-around-the-world-12-22-11


Niche

WINTER HEALTHY LIVING: Dealing with chronic pain, eating disorders after 40, a safer medicine cabinet
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/ghns_pages/x28912758/Winter-2012-Healthy-Living-magazine-Painful-subjects

BRIDE: Dress trends, the latest cake toppers, sorting out family issues
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/ghns_pages/x1980198070/Winter-Bride-magazine-Wedded-bliss

TAX PREP PAGES: Content from The Street on common mistakes, deductions to take advantage of
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/ghns_pages/x1980196569/Tax-Prep-Time-2012

KIDZBUZZ: New Year's around the world
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/ghns_pages/x1569717585/Weekly-NIE-Page-Happy-New-Year

JANUARY FAMILY: Learn to ski, make oatmeal a healthy treat, how to deal with a destructive pet
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/ghns_pages/x2019337284/January-2011-Family-magazine

PRINT ADS FOR JANUARY 2012 CALLOUTS: Promote the callouts that will be syndicated to your Local Loop sections Jan. 2
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/reader_callouts/x301188721/January-2012-callouts-print-ads?page=None

CUTEST BABIES CONTEST PAGES, ADS AND COLLATERAL: http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/ghns_pages/house_ads/x1622884798/Cutest-Babies-promo-ads-and-collateral


News

IRAQ WAR TIMELINE: The war in Iraq began on March 20, 2003, and ended on Dec. 15. Here’s a look at some of the key events of the war.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x1658266583/Iraq-War-timeline


The Street

WALL STREET: 10 dumbest things on Wall Street in 2011 -- TheStreet recaps Wall Street's most inane events of the year. By Gregg Greenberg, The Street
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business/x2023106389/The-10-Dumbest-Things-on-Wall-Street-in-2011

HOLIDAYS: You can live in Christmas -- There are a handful of U.S. towns where you can celebrate Christmas all year long if you like. By Jerold Leslie, The Street
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business/x1895997933/You-Can-Live-in-Christmas

HOLIDAYS II: New Year's Day most popular for car thieves -- We look at a few ways to protect your vehicle as the most popular holiday for car thieves approaches. By Jeanine Skowronski, The Street
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business/x987650473/New-Years-Day-Most-Popular-for-Car-Thieves

TECH: Super Bowl to stream online for the first time -- If you're not near a TV on Super Bowl Sunday, you'll be able to bring up the game on your laptop or phone. By Matt Brownell, The Street
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business/x987650475/Super-Bowl-to-Stream-Online-for-the-First-Time

Find more news from The Street at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business


Lifestyles

-BEST OF 2011--
See more at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/holidays_seasonal/new_year

CHRISTMAS CONTENT: Pages, callouts, features and more
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/highlights/x729319030/Christmas-content

LOOKING UP: Why the stars twinkle - The other night seemed promising at first. Skies were clear and there was no moon. Perhaps the stars would present themselves in abundance, their light cascading into my telescope. By Peter Becker, Hawley, Pa.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x545130091/Looking-Up-Why-the-stars-twinkle

JEFF VRABEL: When science, safety collide in a fireball -- The 7-year-old and I have been watching a lot of "MythBusters" lately. Which is obviously a fantastic idea when dealing with a second-grade spongeperson who absorbs information like a freakishly absorbent paper towel, and if that information contains explosions it becomes less an entertaining diversion and more an instinctual need. By Jeff Vrabel, GHNS columnist
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x1569720538/Jeff-Vrabel-When-science-safety-collide-in-a-fireball

DENNIS VOLKERT:?A jolly look at 2011 -- Christmas is nearly here and gone, so it’s time to turn our attention to a year in retrospect. Here are the “best” excerpts of my column, “Pop Culture,” from 2011, in chronological order, with all context removed. Sturgis Journal (Mich.)
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x550228215/Dennis-Volkert-A-jolly-look-at-2011

TRADITIONS/HEALTH: Preserving holiday traditions provides comfort to the ailing -- For some people, holiday traditions matter. Even more so when facing challenging circumstances like illness in the family or the imminent loss of a loved one. What is it about tradition that makes you feel just a little safer and a little more comforted? Cape Ann Beacon (Mass.)
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/family/x1980198159/Preserving-holiday-traditions-provides-comfort-to-the-ailing

BARBARA MURPHY: Almost down to the Christmas wire -- By the time you read this, we’ll be almost down to the wire; nearing the finish line –– ready or not! One day, I glanced at the calendar, and it was the first of December. The very next day (I swear!), I looked at it again, and it was the 16th! News-Tribune (Md.)
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/family/x545131624/Barbara-Murphy-Almost-down-to-the-Christmas-wire

MEGAN TILK: Colonel Butter and the war of knives -- We had so much aluminum foil covering our kitchen counter, we could have picked up HBO for free. But, instead, we used it to keep our holiday treats from sticking together. Boonville Daily News (Mo.)
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/family/x545131659/Megan-Tilk-Colonel-Butter-and-the-war-of-knives

More in home and family at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle


Entertainment

AUTHOR INTERVIEW: The Readers' Writers: Author and football All-Star Bruce Beaton - Three-time Canadian Football League All-Star Bruce Beaton could have easily written a book about his many personal achievements and accolades. But that isn't who he is, not really. This Nova Scotia Hall of Fame inductee chose to retire from football and pursue what truly matters to him – helping people and making a difference in their lives. In "Little Athletes, Big Leaders: Effective Sport Parenting," Bruce uses eloquence, humor and sincerity to share with parents what he has learned over the decades. By DA Kentner, Freeport, Ill.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x1658262934/The-Readers-Writers-Author-and-football-All-Star-Bruce-Beaton

‘ZOO’ REVIEW: Movie review: 'We Bought a Zoo' more bore than roar - Inexplicably stuck in the middle of this menagerie of cliches is Matt Damon, who is much too good an actor to be wasting time on such drivel. In the space of a year he’s gone from headlining in something as marvelous as “True Grit” to starring in this. By Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x1569718808/Movie-review-We-Bought-a-Zoo-more-bore-than-roar
* Facebook idea: Ask fans if they plan to see the movie or to review it if they have seen it.

‘DANGEROUS’ REVIEW: Movie review: Freud flick doesn't know when to shut up - In "A Dangerous Method," director David Cronenberg (“Eastern Promises”) and playwright Christopher Hampton reduce what should have been a compelling study of the turbulent relationship between supershrinks Carl Jung and his mentor, Sigmund Freud, into a somnambulant slog. By Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x1980196998/Movie-review-Freud-flick-doesnt-know-when-to-shut-up
* Facebook idea: Ask fans if they plan to see the movie or to review it if they have seen it.

‘ARTIST’ REVIEW: Movie review: For 'The Artist,' silence is golden - There is much to say about a movie with no words. But I’m at a loss to find the perfect one to describe the flawless beauty of “The Artist.” By Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x1980197014/Movie-review-For-The-Artist-silence-is-golden
* Facebook idea: Ask fans if they plan to see the movie or to review it if they have seen it.

‘WAR HORSE’ REVIEW: Movie review: 'War Horse' a deeply moving epic - Steven Spielberg slyly melds the best of “E.T” and “Saving Private Ryan” into a stirring epic that works on numerous levels, not the least of which is its command of your emotions. By Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x550226861/Movie-review-War-Horse-a-deeply-moving-epic
* Facebook idea: Ask fans if they plan to see the movie or to review it if they have seen it.

'DRAGON TATTOO': Director David Fincher adds 'Dragon Tattoo' to eclectic body of work -- David Fincher has made nine feature films over the past 20 years. He likes to think of his newest, “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” as a cold movie. He could be four different directors. The Patriot Ledger (Mass.)
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x1569718013/Director-David-Fincher-adds-Dragon-Tattoo-to-eclectic-body-of-work

READERS GUIDE: 'The Facebook Guide for People over 50' -- Statistics are showing one of the fastest-growing groups of Facebook users are those of us over 50. It is certainly proving to be one of the most popular ways of staying in touch with family and friends. Susie Stooksbury/ Oak Ridger (Tenn.)
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x545129633/Readers-Guide-The-Facebook-Guide-for-People-over-50

MUSIC SCENE: Aerosmith book will please diehards and casual fans  -- The holiday season is a great time to take a look at music books, and the obvious choice for a rock fans’ last-minute Christmas gift might be the new “Aerosmith: The Ultimate Illustrated History of the Boston Bad Boys” by Richard Bienstock. Jay N. Miller/ The Patriot Ledger (Mass.)
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/ebyline/entertainment/x1569720193/Music-Scene-Aerosmith-book-will-please-diehards-and-casual-fans

More in music and movies at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment


Opinions

O'MAHONEY CARTOON: Camel pooling -- O'Mahoney on the economy and car pooling.  Patriot Ledger (Mass.)
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/cartoons/x1980198137/OMahoney-cartoon-Camel-pooling

KENT BUSH: Joseph didn't raise a sissy -- As a guy, every time I hear the Christmas story, I can’t help but see the event through Joseph’s eyes. The Christmas story is really only told in Matthew and Luke. Each version comes from a completely different perspective. It makes sense when you think about it. Augusta Gazette (Kan.)
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/ebyline/holidays/x1980198109/Kent-Bush-Joseph-didnt-raise-a-sissy

JARED OLAR: Time to celebrate the Jewish and Christian overlap -- For all the spiritual patrimony that Christianity and Judaism share, and despite their shared historical origins, relations between these two faiths for most of the past 2,000 years have been pretty poor. Pekin Daily Times (Ill.)
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/ebyline/holidays/x1282422859/Jared-Olar-Time-to-celebrate-the-Jewish-and-Christian-overlap

PHILIP MADDOCKS: Romney campaign agrees to buy Gingrich campaign for $440 million - After the deal was announced, Mr. Romney became the target of mocking criticism from several of his Republican presidential rivals — except Newt Gingrich, who said that selling his campaign would allow him to spend more time with his wife Callista and Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac. By Philip Maddocks, MetroWest, Mass.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x550225815/Philip-Maddocks-Romney-campaign-agrees-to-buy-Gingrich-campaign-for-440-million

More columns and cartoons at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions


Business / auto

ERIC P. BLOOM: What tai chi taught me about being a manager - As background, tai chi is an ancient form of Chinese exercise that was initially created for fighting, like karate. Today, however, it’s primarily used as a form of exercise and provides various health benefits. As a second explanation, if you have ever seen a group of people in the park doing what looks like very, very, very slow martial arts, they are probably doing tai chi. By Eric P. Bloom, GHNS.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x636380190/Eric-P-Bloom-What-tai-chi-taught-me-about-being-a-manager

SHOESTRING LIVING: Making financial resolutions stick - I know, I know, we all have big financial plans for the new year. I do, too. And while it’s always a good time to make goals when it comes to our finances, the trick is the action behind the goal. Making our resolutions stick is exactly what we want to do, but we don’t always behave like goal-achievers. By Molly Logan Anderson, GHNS.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x301189323/Shoestring-Living-Making-financial-resolutions-stick
* Column is moving early because of Christmas.

SILVIO CALABI: Jeep Compass: Finally on course - The recent years of turmoil in Detroit have benefited no domestic automaker more than Chrysler, victim of mismanagement under three different regimes: its own, then Daimler and finally Cerberus Capital, the living embodiment of how to make a small fortune (start with a large one). Then an unlikely savior rode in from the East, and his name is Sergio. By Silvio Calabi, GHNS.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x2019336617/Silvio-Calabi-Jeep-Compass-Finally-on-course
* Column is moving early because of Christmas.

GREG ZYLA: Reader's hot 1950 Olds 88 - Q: Greg ... I wanted to let you know of the many cars I've owned in 60 years, you brought to my attention my favorite of all of them, the 1949-50 Olds Rocket 88. By Greg Zyla, GHNS.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x1658262900/Greg-Zyla-Readers-hot-1950-Olds-88
* Column is moving early because of Christmas.

AUTO BITS: Tire tips for winter driving - Weekly auto rail, with tire tips, Car Q&A with Junior Damato and more. GHNS
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x2127214956/Auto-Bits-Tire-tips-for-winter-driving
* Column is moving early because of Christmas. … Localization tip: You can do a Q&A with a local mechanic, or have a mechanic (or mechanics) provide you with a tip of the week.

More in tech and finance at www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business