GateHouse News Service National Budget
For 8/30 – 9/2/08 editions
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HOLIDAY INFO: We’re moving several items early because of the Labor Day holiday, so check the site (and this budget for the Health rail, Health page, and more). If you need to reach someone on Labor Day, please contact Casey Laughman, (217) 816-3343, or
LABOR DAY RAIL: History and facts about Labor Day and U.S. workers.
MULTI-PHOTO UPLOADS: Zope to release multi-photo uploader. Find out about it (with a link to a tutorial) on

LOOKING UP: Don't be fooled by e-mail hoax about Mars. By Peter Becker.
MORNING MINUTES: Files through Sept. 2 are now posted. Check out the Morning Minutes category. Word of the Day, Web Site of the Day and Number to Know.
HEALTH WATCH: Weekly health rail for Monday, moved in advance. Includes items on germs in home offices, exercise tips, and more.
HEALTH PAGE: (moved in advance for Monday) Pet Zen
FAMILY TIME: Weekly family rail, with a review of „House Bunny,‰ tips on teaching your child social skills and more.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: (moved in advance for next week) Weekly food rail, with items on butter vs. oil, an easy buttermilk pie recipe, quiz on lobsters and more.

HOME HELP: (moved in advance for next week) Weekly home & garden rail, with tips on how to make your own terrarium, how to put “family” back in the family room and more.
TRANSFORM OLD CLOTHES: Don't trash those old clothes -- make them into a fashionable treasure
LOVE OF 4-H: Woman passes love of 4-H to children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren

SPIRITUAL JOURNEY: Pastor visits the Dalai Lama
ANNE PALUMBO: I’m not saying that moving into a cramped dorm with last-year’s hairballs is easy on a college kid.  All I’m saying is that moving into a dorm – hairballs or not – is way harder on the stressed-out parents.
ALBUM REVIEW: Songwriter Mark Erelli delivers America in haunting album

MOVIE REVIEW: 'Stealing America' steals your precious time
GARRISON KEILLOR INTERVIEW: Garrison Keillor wants ‘just enough success to keep working’ - Keillor’s "A Prairie Home Companion: The Rhubarb Tour'' – a live variety show adapted from his broadcast program – pulls into the Cape Cod Melody Tent in Hyannis on Sunday and South Shore Music Circus in  Cohasset on Monday. Ledger, Berndtson, on wire now
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BRITT: Toon on McCain’s choice of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate. Will be posted this evening.
KENT BUSH: Forty-five long years after Martin Luther King Jr. gave his "I Have a Dream" speech, the greatest country in the world has finally exorcised its most troublesome demon and nominated a man of color to compete for the highest office in the land.
NATHANIEL LIEDL: Who was that speaking last night? Barack Obama or Ronald Reagan?
DAN HALL: I do not think very many white people, myself included, really quite grasp the depth of emotion so many black Americans have toward the nomination of Barack Obama as the Democratic candidate for president.
WOOD ON WORDS: Using the wrong word? Consider yourself busted.
EDITORIAL: Pay attention to Pakistan's political problems - Imagine if Republicans and Democrats in Congress forged an alliance and pressured President Bush into resigning. Then, days later, Democrats got fed up with the GOP and quit the government - leaving the nation, and the rest of world, wondering what would happen next in the power struggle. Sound far-fetched? That's pretty much what transpired over the past couple weeks in Pakistan. An editorial from the Peoria Journal Star.
EDITORIAL: What does Labor Day mean to you? By the Messenger Post.
FOOTBALL BRIEFS: News from Chargers, Panthers, Saints, Lions, Broncos and Colts.
ILLINOIS-MISSOURI: John Supinie and Mike Nadel will be writing from Saturday’s Illinois-Missouri game in St. Louis. Game time is 7:30 p.m. Story and column will be posted about 10:30 and updated.

For Monday: Analysis of the Illinois-Missouri game. A look back and a look ahead. Will be posted Sunday evening.
ELECTION MUGS: Barack Obama, Joe Biden, John McCain and Sarah Palin.
THIS WEEK IN WEIRD: Mules, bees, pennies and more in this edition.
UNDERGROUND RAILROAD: A tie to the Underground Railroad JACKSONVILLE – If only the antique doorbell on the entryway door of the historic Woodlawn Farm home could trade its sound for talk of things that happened in the foyer during the 19th century. The doorbell — embossed with the date Oct. 23, 1860 — is a reminder of things that happened in the two-story brick home built in 1840 by Michael Huffaker, a pioneer settler who people wouldn’t dream was involved in anything clandestine. Michael and his wife, Frances, were owners of the safe house in the Underground Railroad, a system of cooperation among people in the United States that sheltered slaves escaping to freedom in the north or Canada. SPRINGFIELD, Ill.
HOLIDAY CLOSE TO HOME: Holiday driving screeches to a halt (Easy to localize by talking to folks in your town) – Birmingham, Iowa, resident Jim Gengler had a travel decision to make. Thursday afternoon he was pumping $3.70 a gallon gasoline into his silver Hyundai Sante Fe at Beachler's Service Center in Peoria. Oregon or central Illinois? Central Illinois or Oregon? Guess where he decided to vacation? PEORIA
PRIVATE EYE: Private eye in Rockefeller case talks about his profession - Marshfield private detective G. Robert Warren has been named as a witness in the case of Clark Rockefeller, who is charged with abducting his 7-year-old daughter in Boston last month. Ledger, Schwartz, on wire now
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LOUISIANA AND GUSTAV: Louisiana keeping an eye on Gustav
SUN POWER: Homeowner captures power of the sun
BIZ BITS: Weekly business rail, with a look at hip-hop’s biggest earners, tips for women to boost their financial confidence and more.
AUTO SALES: Rental companies driving Caliber sales – When it was introduced in 2006, the Dodge Caliber was so hot that buyers sometimes waited two to three months for the Belvidere-made sporty crossover. But the craze faded. And with the auto industry struggling to find U.S. buyers, Chrysler LLC sold more Calibers to fleet customers — 28,256 — than to the general public — 21,682 — in the first six months of the year. ROCKFORD

INJURIES LEAD TO FITNESS INNOVATION – Kelly Engaldo’s quest for a good workout has taken her further than most, all the way to becoming part of the fitness industry. Her route to becoming the inventor and marketer of EZ Swimmer, an aquatic resistance-training tool, was marked by health problems. ROCKFORD
SPORTS MARKETING, VIDEO GAMING: Gillette, EA Sports team up as partners - Gillette has teamed up with EA Sports in a push to expand its sports marketing into video gaming in a major way. Ledger, Sewell, on wire now
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