Here are the top national stories coming today from GateHouse News Service. Stories are available at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com. Please submit stories below no later than 6 pm local time, unless you have breaking news that is changing significantly.

GateHouse News Service National Budget
For 1/25/10 editions

Here are the top national stories coming today from GateHouse News Service. Stories are available at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com. Please submit stories below no later than 6 pm local time, unless you have breaking news that is changing significantly.

Contacts: Jean Hodges, (630) 348-3350, (630) 956-8834, jhodges@gatehousemedia.com

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Notes:

BEST OF GATEHOUSE: ONE WEEK LEFT: Contest submissions are due Feb. 1.
- Contest details: http://www.ghnewsroom.com/article/seeking-entries-best-gatehouse-2009-editorial-contest
- Contest FAQ: http://ghnewsroom.com/article/faq-answers-five-best-gatehouse-contest-questions

HAITI HELP: Peoria Journal Star photo editor involved in efforts to help Haiti
http://ghnewsroom.com/article/peoria-journal-star-photo-editor-involved-efforts-help-haiti

STATE OF THE UNION READER CALLOUT: What would your readers tell Obama? – As President Obama prepares to deliver his State of the Union address, ask your readers about how the country’s issues are affecting them. What would they like the president to know? Check out an example from The Repository (Canton, Ohio) here:
http://www.cantonrep.com/carousel/x1643199621/What-would-you-tell-Obama-about-the-state-of-the-union

READER CALLOUT ADS: Ask for readers’ love stories this Valentine’s Day.
http://ghnewsroom.com/article/reader-callout-seek-readers-valentines-day-love-stories

NASCAR PREVIEW SECTION: Find our NASCAR 2010 Preview Section on GateHouse News Service, along with a flier and promo ad.
http://ghnewsroom.com/article/nascar-preview-2010-gatehouse-news-service

KIDZBUZZ ON HAITI: GateHouse News Service offers a page targeted at children to help them understand the Haiti earthquake.
http://ghnewsroom.com/article/kidzbuzz-page-focus-haiti

NICHE 2010 SCHEDULE : Check out the Niche products planned for next year.
http://www.ghnewsroom.com/article/gatehouse-2010-niche-schedule


Lifestyles

MORNING MINUTES: Includes Word of the Day, Web Site of the Day, Number to Know, This Day in History, Today’s Featured Birthday and Daily Quote.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/morning_minutes

HEALTH WATCH: Beat in-home allergies this winter -- Weekly health rail, with items on preventing allergies, a new study that shows parenthood can lower blood pressure, tips on getting iron in your diet, and more.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/health/x190610924/Health-Watch-Beat-in-home-allergies-this-winter

HEALTH PAGE: Get moving – how to pick a gym
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/health/x485625935/Weekly-health-page-Get-moving

SMUGGLERS’ NOTCH: Travel: Family-friendly fun at Smugglers' Notch - Smugglers' Notch resort in Vermont offers skiing on three mountains and lots of other fun activities on and off the snow for all ages and abilities. By Nancy Olesin.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x1090819380/Travel-Family-friendly-fun-at-Smugglers-Notch

MISSIONS WORK: Economy not affecting zeal for overseas mission work – Despite the economic downturn, church leaders say their congregations still have a yen for mission work, both foreign and domestic. And it’s not just about giving money, they say. Church members are more willing than ever to do mission work themselves, like the 30 people — including 15 high school students — from Calvary Temple Christian Center in Springfield, Ill., who are headed to Calcutta, India, this May.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x1090819485/Economy-not-affecting-zeal-for-overseas-mission-work
- To localize: Check with local churches to see if their congregations are still supporting mission work.

CRUNCHED FOR TIME? If you're short of time, here's how to get some back -- The 21st century finds us as busy as ever; people log many hours at work, and often take work home with them. And when they get home, there may be more tasks associated with the house or the family that need to be handled.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/health/x985821087/If-youre-short-of-time-heres-how-to-get-some-back

SHOESTRING LIVING: Services with frugal families in mind - Watch a few minutes of television or page through a magazine and it seems the whole world is geared toward the wealthy. Whether it’s $150 T-shirts in magazine spreads or that silly commercial around the holidays that implies there are more than a few of us waking up on Christmas morning with a new, red-ribbon-donning car parked in the driveway, I’m often left wondering, who are the people they’re speaking to? By Molly Logan Anderson.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business/x1090818913/Shoestring-Living-Services-with-frugal-families-in-mind

JULIE KAISER: Disney World, $40 kajillion later, was worth it -- Silly me to think that escaping to Florida in January would involve balmy temperatures, warm breezes and tropical living. After we spent our first night watching fireworks at SeaWorld, huddled in our windbreakers with hundreds of whining Floridians, I realized this was not going to be the vacation I had packed for.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/family/x1920338024/Julie-Kaiser-Disney-World-40-kajillion-later-was-worth-it

MEREDITH O'BRIEN: Doing it all means living with the imperfect -- Whenever I pick up a new book about work and moms, I mentally prep myself for a chastising lecture. Could journalist Mika Brzezinski's new book "All Things at Once," be any different? I was pleasantly surprised.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/family/x1643199940/Meredith-OBrien-Doing-it-all-means-living-with-the-imperfect

SHAYNE LOOPER: Reverence is the air the spirit breathes -- According to Oprah Winfrey, she was sitting in church one Sunday listening to her pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, preaching. Something in his sermon disturbed her. He made a point of saying that the Lord is a “jealous God.”
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/michigan/x1090818979/Shayne-Looper-Reverence-is-the-air-the-spirit-breathes


Entertainment

SUDOKU JANUARY: Puzzles for January (554-581) are available for download. Previous puzzles are linked to in this file, or visit our Puzzles category.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/puzzles/x1792921242/Sudoku-puzzles-554-581-January-puzzles

SUDOKU FEBRUARY: Puzzles for February (582-609) are available for download. Previous puzzles are linked to in this file, or visit our Puzzles category.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/puzzles/x1090814405/Sudoku-puzzles-582-609-February-puzzles

REEL DEAL: 'Up in the Air' deserves award-season praise -- The Golden Globes got it wrong. To better prepare for the film awards season, I settled in for two big contenders this week – “Up in the Air,” likely nearing the end of its theatrical run, and “The Hurt Locker,” new to DVD. Both were clearly superior to the Globes’ dramatic darling, “Avatar.”
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/dvds_cds/x867963422/Reel-Deal-Up-in-the-Air-deserves-award-season-praise

MEL GIBSON: Mel Gibson returns to acting in new action flick - There have been a couple of cameos in recent years, but Gibson hasn’t starred in a film since “Signs” in 2002. “It was just time to act again,” he said. “If the tarnish is on it and the glow goes off it, you walk away for a while, and when it’s time to come back, you come back.” By Ed Symkus.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x1643198871/Mel-Gibson-returns-to-acting-in-new-action-flick

ALBUM REVIEW: 'Expando,' by Timothy Schmit -- "Expando," crafted with a hand-picked cast of all-star contributors ranging from Graham Nash to Dwight Yoakam to the Band's Garth Hudson to (wha...?) Kid Rock, shows some flashes of cool, classic rock and folk, but all too often has the same plasticized-country-rock feel that still causes testy debate between rock fans about the Eagles' place in the pantheon.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/dvds_cds/x1920338156/Album-review-Expando-by-Timothy-Schmit

ALBUM REVIEW: 'Astro Coast,' by Surfer Blood -- From the Day-Glo harmony of the Beach Boys to the violent tremolo of the opening notes to Dick Dale's "Misirlou," something about surf music just stirs the soul. Florida-based group Surfer Blood mixes a little indie-rock angst in amongst the waves on "Astro Coast," putting together a sunny record that occasionally wanders into a darker undertow.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/dvds_cds/x1643199772/Album-review-Astro-Coast-by-Surfer-Blood


Opinions

GRANLUND CARTOON: Obama prepares his State of the Union speech
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/cartoons/x1643200103/Granlund-cartoon-Obama-prepares-his-State-of-the-Union-speech

GRANLUND CARTOON: Sen. Scott Brown and Republican transparency
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/cartoons/x231954779/Granlund-cartoon-Sen-Scott-Brown-and-Republican-transparency

CONROY CARTOON: Republican domino effect
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/cartoons/x231955107/Conroy-cartoon-Republican-domino-effect

JEFF VRABEL: You can run, but you can’t hide from age -- If you page back through human history, you'll find a pretty short list of reasons that people have had to run for long distances, which are all basically some variation of "I was being chased by this thing with blood in its teeth and meat-tearing claws, and what's with all the questions anyway, Glunk?"
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x1643199128/Jeff-Vrabel-You-can-run-but-you-can-t-hide-from-age

LORETTA LAROCHE: TV: Where losers become famous -- It fascinates me that there is no end to how media moguls choose to entertain the public with shows that feature individuals who are essentially losers. If it’s disgusting, derogatory or immoral, they will find a way to showcase it.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x985821003/Loretta-LaRoche-TV-Where-losers-become-famous

RICK HOLMES: What happened in the Senate race - It's hard to explain something like this to out-of-state folks steeped in the national media's stereotype of Massachusetts as lockstep liberals united in Kennedy adulation. It's impossible to explain in less than 140 characters, though people have been trying all week, especially for those who hope their abbreviated version of what happened will help them win the next battle.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1090818173/Rick-Holmes-What-happened-in-the-Senate-race

WENDY J. MURPHY: Brown Senate victory a true sign of diversity - Democrat or Republican, conservative or liberal, independent or libertarian - you gotta love it when democracy breaks the stranglehold of any form of monopolistic partisan politics, and democracy was the clear winner in the Massachusetts battle between Martha Coakley and Scott Brown for a U.S. Senate seat.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x867963398/Wendy-J-Murphy-Brown-Senate-victory-a-true-sign-of-diversity

CHARITA GOSHAY: Movie monsters no match for the real deal -- What’s scary about human monsters is that they don’t always behave monstrously — at least not right away. We’ve seen it in countless other incidents involving what everyone assumed was a normal person. News reports about the mayhem these monsters inflict always seem to end with the requisite quote from a neighbor or co-worker: “He seemed like a nice guy. Kinda quiet.”
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/columnists/charita_goshay/x985821450/Charita-Goshay-Movie-monsters-are-no-match-for-the-real-deal


News

SAVING THEIR SON: Family works to bring home 12-year-old son from Haiti -- After spending the last two years deep in the adoption process, an Arkansas couple were rocked to the core last week after the Haiti earthquake.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/southwest/arkansas/x1090816004/Family-works-to-bring-home-12-year-old-son-from-Haiti

NEW START: Haitian twins start new lives – Mike and Sandy Hurtubise carried their newly adopted 5-year-old Haitian twins Angela and Angelo through the front door of their Rochester, Ill., home Sunday night, bringing the children into a starkly different world than the orphanage they have called home for nearly three years. The homecoming ended a two-year adoption process. The couple was nearing the end of that process when a devastating Jan. 12 earthquake leveled the House of God’s Children orphanage, where the children were staying.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x1090819593/Haitian-twins-start-new-lives-in-Rochester

HAITI COVERAGE: The effects of the earthquake in Haiti are being felt all over the world. Here’s a link to a collection of stories, columns and more from GateHouse newspapers with connections to the tragedy. If you have content that will work on a national level, submit it through Zope or e-mail national@gatehousemedia.com.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/special_reports/x1409375779/Haiti-earthquake-content


Business / Ag

BIZ BITS: Weekly business rail, with tips on shopping for a new TV or camera, BBB warning about Haiti charity scams and more.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business/x1301082982/Biz-Bits-TV-or-camera-shopping-What-you-should-know

AUTO BITS: Car care myths exposed.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business/x190610761/Auto-Bits-Car-care-myths-exposed

PAUL A. EISENSTEIN: 2011 Chevrolet Volt lives up to the hype -- Few automobiles have received as much hype as the Chevrolet Volt, which has made headlines since the day it rolled onto the stage at the 2007 Detroit Auto Show. But will the production version live up to expectations?
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business/x1090818938/Paul-A-Eisenstein-2011-Chevrolet-Volt-lives-up-to-the-hype

FINE PRINT: Make sure roof is snowstorm-ready after warm weather - With warmer temperatures expected to interrupt the typical chilly January weather, this is as good a time as any to make sure your building's roof is ready for the next big snowstorm. By The Patriot Ledger.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business/x867962447/Fine-Print-Make-sure-roof-is-snowstorm-ready-after-warm-weather

MAKING CENTS: Choosing a beneficiary is crucial - Selecting a beneficiary for many people is a once-in-a-lifetime decision - and that's exactly where the trouble starts. By John P. Napolitano.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business/x190612673/Making-Cents-Choosing-a-beneficiary-is-crucial

CHECKOUT LANE: Don’t let broken computer break your spirit - Sometimes people think that a repair can cost more than to actually replace the computer but often it is actually something simple to fix that is wrong with it. By Lana Lagomarsini.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business/x231954105/Checkout-Lane-Don-t-let-broken-computer-break-your-spirit
- Localize it: Talk to a computer expert in your town to get quotes, info.

SHOESTRING LIVING: Services with frugal families in mind - Watch a few minutes of television or page through a magazine and it seems the whole world is geared toward the wealthy. Whether it’s $150 T-shirts in magazine spreads or that silly commercial around the holidays that implies there are more than a few of us waking up on Christmas morning with a new, red-ribbon-donning car parked in the driveway, I’m often left wondering, who are the people they’re speaking to? By Molly Logan Anderson.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business/x1090818913/Shoestring-Living-Services-with-frugal-families-in-mind


Sports

NASCAR PREVIEW SECTION: Will Jimmie Johnson win an unprecedented fifth consecutive championship? Will Danica Patrick be more than a marketing blip for NASCAR? Find these are more stories in our NASCAR Preview 2010.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/ghns_pages/x1689212017/NASCAR-2010-Preview-magazine-Can-Jimmie-take-5

NASCAR PAGE: The weekly page will return just before the season starts.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/homepage/x1792908441/NASCAR-page-Take-it-from-the-top

CHRIS GILL: Watkins Glen taking away track excitement -- This year, racers at Watkins Glen International won’t have to worry about burying their cars in sand if they screw up going into the chicane. They won’t have to take such a conservative line coming out of Turn 5 anymore. When they approach Turn 10, they can let it hang out a little bit more because half of the beach in that corner will be removed.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/new_york/sports/x867963272/Chris-Gill-Watkins-Glen-taking-away-track-excitement

JIM KILCHERMANN: Stiffer laws for poachers needed -- Every year I hear the same old story about this guy or that guy getting arrested for illegally harvesting deer, more commonly known as poaching. In several instances, it is not the violator’s first offense and most likely it will not be their last. I am not talking about someone out trying to feed his family. In these trying times, I would find it hard to fault someone taking a deer if it was the only means of feeding their children.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/sports/x231955184/Jim-Kilchermann-Stiffer-laws-for-poachers-needed