GateHouse News Service National Budget for 12/1,2/07 editions

GateHouse News Service National Budget   For 12/1,2/07 editions   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.   NOTE: JEAN HODGES is off this week.   Contacts: Michael Toeset, 630-835-8870, 708-785-4355,     --Lifestyles/Entertainment--   FRANK JOHNSON: Weekly video game column. This week: Why movies don’t make good games.   VIDEO VAULT: Before Will Smith’s “I Am Legend” opens this month in theaters, check out Charlton Heston’s 1971 version of the same Richard Matheson novel – “Omega Man.”   FAMILY PHOTOS: Creating memorable family portraits can be a labor of love, lesson in patience.   FIGHT OF HER LIFE: ‘They didn't think I'd amount to anything’ – Grandmother fights her way back to wellness after debilitating accident.     --Opinions--   Journal-Standard publisher Stephen Trosley’s column will now be posted on the GHNS site. Several recent columns are posted: - - -   EDITORIAL: A new clarification of war powers might result in a more intensive public debate before the next war. Still, it won’t substitute for political backbone in a dangerous time.   EDITORIAL: There's just something about American presidents in their last year. It's as if they wake up one morning with that nagging thought: What's that one thing I've forgotten to do? Wait, it'll come to me. Oh, yeah, peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians.   FOR SUNDAY: RICK HOLMES: What can be done to reverse Bush and Cheney's expansion of presidential powers? MetroWest, 6 p.m.     --Sports--   AROUND THE NBA: Weekly roundup from Canton. / Afternoon / Pro Basketball   AROUND THE NFL: Weekly roundup from Canton. / Afternoon / Pro Football   MIKE NADEL: Sunday-for-Monday story from Bears vs. Giants. / Mike Nadel, Pro Football, etc.     --News--   THIS WEEK IN WEIRD: Missing cranes, dumb criminals and a raucous family feud are featured in this week’s edition of Weird.   FIGHTING BACK: Missouri woman fends off attack in Wal-Mart parking lot, then helps track down suspect. With mugshot and sidebar.   HONORING NIGHTCLUB VICTIMS: Survivor of deadly R.I. nightclub fire honors victims with auto restoration.   DO GOOD SCOUT: (w/pic) Tayler McGillis, the 13-year-old Cub Scout from Toluca that has received accolades for his collecting of aluminum cans for recycling instead of being placed into landfills, is at his good deeds again. Taylor has used money from the can collecting to purchase enough energy-saving lightbulbs for the 1,280 people in his hometown. He'll be handing out the bulbs Saturday at the American Legion Hall. We'll hook up with Tayler today and talk to him about his efforts. SMITH. PEORIA/Illinois News.     --Business--   BIZ BITS: Weekly business rail, this week with a twist on the year’s hottest toys (the nottest toys), tech tips and more.   WORKWISE: Professional growth through community service.   TALKING CARS: Weekly auto Q&A. Faulty electronic emission control equipment.   MAKING CENTS: Don't sign till you've read it all. Napolitano column.   GIFT TRAP: Holiday gift cards can be money-draining traps.   TIP OF THE WEEK: Use old gift cards to shop for others.