National Budget for 10.27-28

GateHouse News Service National Budget
TURN CLOCKS BACK, BUT NOT YET: This is the first time people will delay turning their clocks back from the last week in October to the first Sunday in November. We have a clock illustration. Click on our news category on the news service, or use this link.
DISASTER PROJECT: All content for the national project with a run date of Nov. 4 is now on the news service under news/special reports to give you time to localize.
For 10/27-28/07 editions
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BIRD WHISPERER UNMASKED: The Bird Whisperer has been hired by cities for years to get rid of birds and would not reveal his secrets. As it turns out, this fabled, and mysterious bird expert uses Avitrol, a poison, and maybe a pellet gun or .22 rifle. Plus a fast-moving cleanup crew. SPRINGFIELD/this evening. (For publication Sunday and after)
WINDY CITY HAUNTS - RESURRECTION MARY. The story usually goes something like this: A motorist traveling on a dark, desolate road picks up a mysterious woman hitchhiker who - wouldn't you know it - turns out to be a ghost. Folklorists say it’s a common urban legend, but Chicago has its own variation and a name for the roaming spirit: Resurrection Mary. RAMSEY/CHICAGO BUREAU. W/art. W/ breakouts on other Chicago ghost stories and ghost tours. Posted/Illinois, Illinois News and Midwest
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PRESCHOOL FOR ALL: The much-touted, Illinois state-funded "Preschool for  All" program doesn't really live up to its  name, at least not yet. But the program's supporters say that if all goes according to plan during the next five  years, any Illinois parents who want to enroll  their 3- and 4-year-olds in state-subsidized, high-quality preschool will be able to do just  that. Parents retain the option of sending their kids to private preschools or of keeping  them out of preschool. CAPITOL BUREAU/posting early Friday/Illinois, Illinois News
BREAKOUT: Chart (posted on same file after main bar)

ANNIVERSARY OF MURDER: THE SHELTONS, 60 YEARS LATER. (w/pics)  This week marked the anniversary of the unraveling of the infamous Shelton Gang, when brother and family leader Carl Shelton was shot to death in an ambush near his farm in southern Illinois, Oct. 23, 1947. His death remains unsolved. Now, 60 years later, what is the legacy of this bloody and once-notorious family? (30-40 inches) RADOSEVICH/PEORIA
CONSULTANTS: While overcrowding continues to be a problem at the Sangamon County Jail, officials say there are no plans to expand the existing jail or build a new facility. Instead, they have implemented a variety of measures to reduce the daily jail population, and have hired a consultant to advise them on possible long-term solutions. REYNOLDS/SPRINGFIELD/Illinois (For publication Sunday and after)
INMATE:In well-written letter and subsequent interview, guy who spent a week in jail for driving violation details problems he saw. Jail officials say the guy is wrong. REYNOLDS/SPRINGFIELD w/photo/S.Kirshner. (For publication Sunday and after)
TRAIN EDUCATION: Grief-stricken mother of a Girard teen who died two weeks ago when his SUV was struck by an Amtrak train wants to get the word out that drivers should be more cautious around railroad crossings. New details on the accident: State police says the teen was on his cell phone at the time. The train was going 79 mph, and it dragged the SUV a third of a mile before it could stop. Conductor said the driver didn't yield before crossing the track. BOLINSKI/SPRINGFIELD/Illinois (For publication Monday and after)
WORLD SERIES COVERAGE: Pics and stories to move as soon as possible tonight.
ILLINOIS vs. BALL STATE PREVIEW: Illinois' success earlier this football season not only sold more tickets but also rebuilt interest with former Illini, who were staying away in recent years. Serves as game preview. With preview capsule. SUPINIE. Champaign. Moving early evening/Illinois Sports and Big Ten

PILGER NOTEBOON ON RAMS – The expected return Sunday of St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson, who has been out of action since suffering a groin tear after rushing for 115 yards on 30 carries Sept. 23 at Tampa Bay, couldn't come at a better time for the punchless, winless club. PILGER/SPRINGFIELD/Illinois Sports and Pro Football/posting this afternoon.
INDIANS WRAP-UP: Replaces Around the MLB. CANTON
FLAWLESS FARLEY: NFL picks. Dolphins so bad, they’ve been sent to London. ENTERPRISE
AROUND TH NFL: Weekly column. Canton
INSIDE THE LINES: pro football column. LIESSE, PEORIA
For Sunday
ILLINOIS vs BALL STATE. Package moving late afternoon/early evening.
Game story. Coverage of the homecoming game. Kickoff is 11 a.m.
Report card. Analysis of Illinois' performance on offense, defense, special teams and overall.
Notebook. News and notes from the locker room.
Blog. Available through >  and > .

MIKE NADEL:  Illinois vs. Ball State. COLUMN/MIKE NADEL and Illinois Sports
For Monday
BIG TEN BASKETBALL: Media day story will likely center on Indiana coach Kelvin Sampson's latest problems with NCAA rules. SUPINIE. Chicago. Early evening.

ILLINOIS BASKETBALL: Coverage of Illinois' preseason scrimmage in Assembly Hall. SUPINIE. Champaign. Moving late evening.

ILLINOIS FOOTBALL: Short follow. SUPINIE. Champaign. Moving early evening.

MIKE NADEL: Bears vs. Lions. COLUMN/MIKE NADEL, Illinois Sports, Bears.

CHARITA GOSHAY COLUMN: Consider it one more step toward his capture. Al-Jazeera TV recently released an audiotape in which Osama bin Laden scolds his al-Qaida foot soldiers for bickering among themselves. CANTON / in / opinions columns goshay

BRITT: Toon depicting the 'Global Warming Hall of Extinction,' which includes an odd-looking Republican. CHRIS BRITT/SPRINGFIELD/Illinois Opinions and GHNS-Opinions.
GRANLUND TOON: On World Series. On wire now / Mass. Opinions
HOLMES COLUMN: Will Patrick's army march to Obama's rescue? MetroWest
Coming Monday (Biz)

Biz Bits: Weekly business rail, including standing topics and news items. Here’s one: Free tacos for all! IN / business
CHECKOUT LANE: Focus on accessories to make your Halloween costume stand out. PATRIOT LEDGER / in / business
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WORKWISE COLUMN: This week: Exploring health care career options. Mildred Culp. IN / business / columns
BIZ TIP OF THE WEEK: Avoid the “Trojan Horse” virus. CANTON / in / biz
JOHN NAPOLITANO COLUMN: Common stock can help combat inflation. PATRIOT LEDGER / in / biz