National Budget 9.25.08


National Budget 9.25.08

Here are the top national stories coming today from GateHouse News Service. Stories are available at Please submit stories below no later than 6 pm local time, unless you have breaking news that is changing significantly.
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GOOD IDEA: Tell census figures in short, alternative format

TOM SUDORE: News Service launches 2008 election site
DOWNLOADING IMAGES: Check out info on downloading images, the missing search function and more.


MORNING MINUTES: Word of the Day, Web Site of the Day and Number to Know.

RELIGION NEWS: Weekly religion rail, with items on the miracle of Saint Gennaro, the end of Ramadan and more.

FAMILY PAGE: A meal that matters.

FAMILY TIME: Weekly family rail, with tips on flu vaccinations, a review of “Igor” and more.

TRAVEL VIDEO: This week, exploring the small island of Nevis.

TRAVELOGUE: Weekly travel rail, with a political journey to Phoenix, how you get in to Disney World (et al) for free next year, understanding passports and more.

VERTIGO: Along with the wrinkles and aches that accompany the aging process, some seniors also begin to feel unsteady on their feet or dizzy when they move their heads a certain way. It’s vertigo. By the Canton Repository.


FARR SIDE: Fey, Smothers take fun, serious pokes at politics.

ALBUM REVIEWS: Check out the latest reviews from the Sussex Countian in our Music section:
JULIANNE MOORE: All it took for Julianne Moore to say yes to taking a part in the film “Blindness,” based on Nobel Prize-winning author Jose Saramago’s 1995 novel, was a call from her agent telling her that Oscar-nominated director Fernando Meirelles was offering her his next movie.

NEW DVDS: A look at what’s coming out Tuesday. By Nick Rogers.

NOW PLAYING: A look at movies opening this week. By Al Alexander.


BRITT: Toon on President Bush and the economy.

KENT BUSH: The need for a candidates’ debate is above debate.

CHARITA GOSHAY: As someone born in the middle of the baby boom, I feel qualified to declare the following: There’s something wrong with us. From politics, to religion, to finance, boomers seem to break every toy, sully everything we touch.

EDITORIAL: North Korea's about-face is alarming -- The North Koreans are at it again, kicking international inspectors out of a nuclear reprocessing plant and saying they plan to start making weapons-grade plutonium again soon. Peoria Journal Star.

LLOYD GARVER: My limited research tells me that everyone who owns an iPhone, a BlackBerry or any other "smart phone" loves their phone. How can you love a phone? To me, it's like loving a paper clip.

BETSY ABERNATHY: Looking at colleges in the Northeast when you live in the South turns out to be a kind of expensive proposition, so I approached the planning of the trip determined to save as much money as possible.

FRANK MULLIGAN: A friend once observed that at some point in seemingly every episode of “The Twilight Zone” one of the characters will remark, “That’s odd.”


COLLEGE FOOTBALL NATION: Early season rankings full of surprises. By Eric Avidon.

FOOTBALL BRIEFS: PFW news on Texans, Jets, Dolphins, Seahawks, Bills, Bears and more.

PFW PAGE: Run, Ronnie, Run!

NASCAR CONTENT: Includes links to NASCAR page, NASCAR rail, centerpiece on Busch and 3 Questions with Jeff Gordon.


ECONOMY IN CRISIS: Check out GateHouse content related to the economy here:

ZOGBY ON THE ELECTION: He correctly picked the winner of the 1996, 2000 and 2004 presidential elections, but pollster John Zogby says this year, we’re on our own -- either candidate could win.

WOOF N WORSHIP: Church-goers are often encouraged to bring a friend to Sunday services, but a church in Massachusetts invites them to bring “man’s best friend” to a weekly service.

DEAD WHALE: Decomposing whale carcass in Massachusetts fascinates visitors and gives fundraising event a boost.

MULTISTATE PROSTITUTION: 16 women and one man indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury in Peoria, Ill., on charges they participated in operating a multistate prostitution network. State Journal-Register.