GateHouse News Service National Budget
For 3/26/09 editions
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5 THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND (MARCH 27-29): Elite Eight, Earth Hour, Kids‚ Choice Awards and more are featured in this week‚s 5 Things to Do.
EASTER LINKS: Check out our package of Easter content. Check back often, as links will be added as new content comes in.
VIDEO OF THE WEEK: ‘Former addict gives herself up’
BOOMERS: Our latest quarterly boomers publication is on the news service now, with a cover story on social networking and boomers.

MORNING MINUTES: Note: we’ve added a little “today in history.” And we’ll still offer Word of the Day, Web Site of the Day and Number to Know.
RELIGION NEWS: Weekly religion rail, with items on Tariq Ramadan, a study about biblical worldviews and more.
FAMILY TIME: Weekly family rail, with a tip on keeping things simple at home, a review of „I Love You, Man‰ and more.
FAMILY PAGE: Allergies.

TRAVELOGUE: Weekly travel rail, with tire tips, a look at "the World‚s Largest Chair" and more.
GETAWAY: A taste of Italy's Lombardy region - The day had been long, and the weather in Italy's Lombardy mountains chilly. After many adventures and many miles, my companions and I were weary.

LOST IN SUBURBIA: A neighbor once cursed me, and ever since, I have been plagued by water troubles. By Tracy Beckerman.
WINE WISDOM: Wonderful wines of the Boston Wine Expo - For the devoted and faithful, an annual pilgrimage must be made. For Muslims it's Mecca. For Christians it's the Holy Land at Easter. For others, myself included, it's trekking into town every winter for the Boston Wine Expo. This year, I attended the Expo's Grand Cru Lounge. MetroWest
THE BEER NUT: Brewery Ommegang's heart is in Belgium - Brewery Ommegang may be physically in Cooperstown, N.Y., but their brewing heart is in Belgium. MetroWest
ALICE COYLE: I'm turning 40, not becoming an old lady - I jokingly insist I‚m turning 30-10 this year. Next year, I‚ll be 30-11. I just can‚t wrap my mind around 40. It sounds so, well, old.
5 THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND (MARCH 27-29): Elite Eight, Earth Hour, Kids‚ Choice Awards and more are featured in this week‚s 5 Things to Do.
MOVIE REVIEW: It's a ball with 'Monsters vs. Aliens' - Have a supersonic blast watching "Monsters vs. Aliensm" featuring the voices of Reese Witherspoon, Seth Rogen, Will Arnett and Hugh Laurie. MetroWest, Tremblay, with photo
FROM RUSSIA TO ‘HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL:’ PEORIA – Olesya Rulin's past and present are two very different worlds. Rulin, who played Kelsi Nielsen in Disney's wildly popular "High School Musical" movies, lives in Los Angeles. You'd never guess that she was born in a small, remote village in Russia. The Peoria Journal Star spoke with Rulin to find out what she's been doing since completing "High School Musical 3," and what she'll be working on down the road. By Danielle Hatch of the Peoria Journal Star.
BEYOND THE SWING REVIVAL: Squirrel Nut Zippers still zipping right along - PEORIA – It doesn't bother members of the Squirrel Nut Zippers that they got swept up into the "Swing revival" of the 1990s, along with bands like Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Atomic Fireballs and Cherry Poppin' Daddies. But that wasn't really what they were striving for. By Danielle Hatch of the Peoria Journal Star.
SUDOKU: April puzzles (281-308) are now posted in the new Puzzles category.
EASTER PUZZLES: We’ve uploaded both a secular and a Christian word find. The secular one will run on our Kidz Buzz / NIE page. The other you can run wherever you have kids content.
Christian version:
Secular version:
O’MAHONEY CARTOON: On the Postal Service's money woes – Ledger
CHARITA GOSHAY: Sexting sends bad, dangerous message that can’t be retrieved.

DEIRDRE REILLY: When young boys visit a nursing home, miracles occur - Recently I took my fourth-grade CCD class to a nursing home as part of a Lenten activity. My class of 10 is all boys, so trying to take them to a nursing home ∑ well, we had our doubts.

LLOYD GARVER: Should NASA stick with the Colbert name? NASA, the often maligned, sometimes forgotten space agency, has a galaxy-sized headache. To try to get more people interested in space exploration, NASA sponsored an online contest in which people could vote on a name for a new room to be added to the International Space Station. The choices on the ballot were Serenity, Legacy, Earthrise and Venture. However, the winner was "Colbert," named for Stephen Colbert, host of Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report."
BRIAN MACKEY: Blagojevich shows a knack for talk radio - Five years ago, the late David Foster Wallace wrote a profile of political talk radio host John Ziegler, delving into the peculiarities of the job. “To appreciate these skills and some of the difficulties involved, you might wish to do an experiment,” Wallace wrote. It turns out Rod Blagojevich’s ability to shut out the world and repeat the same talking points — honed over years in politics — are well suited to talk radio demagoguery.

BERNARD SCHOENBURG: Blagojevich’s need for attention trumps good sense - Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who refuses to go away, talked about Springfield a bit when he spent a couple of hours Wednesday hosting a talk show on Chicago radio station WLS-AM.
KENNETH KNEPPER: With any luck, my 9-year-old son will have forgotten an adventure we shared trying to capture photographic images of wild ducks long before he is able to pass it on to his children.
EDITORIAL: AIG bonuses a slap to the unemployed. Daily Messenger.
CATHOLICS DENOUNCE HOLOCAUST DENIERS: Catholics, Jews rededicate menorah, denounce Holocaust denier - At the Archdiocese‚s rededication of a Holocaust memorial menorah, words of „shalom‰ mixed with sharp denunciations of Holocaust deniers. Ledger, Lambert, with video and photos
Business / Ag
BIZ BITS: Weekly business rail, with job-search tips, the third in our series of tax tips and more.
DAVE RAMSEY: Weekly financial Q&A this week leads with information on what to do if you're laid off.
IT’S TAX TIME: We’ve started a package of links to news service content about tax time that we’ll add to as more stories flow in. Check it out, and check back as the links grow.
MAKING CENTS: Retirees still have time to make changes to financial - The lousy economy and shaky investment markets have everyone concerned - but few people are more concerned than the retired or those about to retire. There are a few ways that I'd like to share to build an income base that may be a bit more tolerable of market fluctuation. Ledger

CHECKOUT LANE: A safe can protect valuables from fire, thieves - As the stock market plummets, you may be inclined to stuff your money under your mattress. A mattress may not be such a good idea, but a safe can protect your valuables from burglars and fire.
Ledger, Onufrak, with photo
Company shines light on inexpensive uses of solar energy - Bruce Rohr, a Canton resident who is president and a co-owner of Practical Solar in South Boston, has found a less expensive approach. Instead of lining up panels on your roof, Rohr wants to put mirrors in your backyard. Ledger, Chesto, with photo
NASCAR PACKAGE: Includes page, stories, photos: Does experience on short tracks help at Martinsville? Not always.
UCONN’S RECRUITMENT ISSUES: UConn's NCAA Tourney game takes a back seat to recruitment saga - UConn may have committed NCAA violations in its recruitment of former guard/forward Nate Miles, according to a Yahoo Sports report, which include exceeding call limits to the former recruit in addition to Miles being provided lodging, transportation, restaurant meals and representation by a former UConn student manager.