GateHouse News Service National Budget
For 2/6/09 editions
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VALENTINE’S DAY: Here are some ideas from our feature editors that you might localize for your newspaper.
Video: NASCAR page to launch Tuesday with new content.
Q&A: How the Canton (Ill.) Daily Ledger successfully handles regular Web updates.
SUDOKU: Puzzles 218-252 (covering February) are now posted.

MORNING MINUTES: Note: we’re adding a little “today in history” beginning Monday. And we’ll still offer Word of the Day, Web Site of the Day and Number to Know.
ELIZABETH DAVIES: Guys, it's time to get romantic.
MICHAEL TORTORICH: Pet-sitting adventures

ANN LUONGO: Cooking's just not in my blood

SUDOKU: Puzzles 190-217 are now posted. Sudoku links package can be found here:
OSCAR NOMINEES: A look at people and movies nominated for the 81st Academy Awards.
MOVIE REVIEW – “JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU:” 'He's Just Not That Into You' not worth your time - The self-help book of the same title might have been a best seller, but the multiple characters and tangled storylines in the film weigh too heavily and in the end, you really don’t  care about any of them. Ledger, Barbuto, on wire now, with photo

MOVIE REVIEW – “CORALINE:” Wonderful animation breathes life into 'Coraline' - Based on Neil Gaiman’s award-winning book, a lonely young girl (voiced by Dakota Fanning) is torn between the real world and the seemingly more ideal world she finds waiting on the opposite side of a secret portal. It's fine family entertainment. Ledger, Alexander, on wire now with photo

MOVIE REVIEW – “The Class:” Classroom dramas should take a lesson from ‘The Class’ - Laurent Cantet’s story about a year in the life of a Parisian classroom slowly and methodically piques your interest until  you are engrossed.
Ledger, Alexander, on wire now, with photo
BRITT CARTOON: On the stimulus package. Will be posted this evening.
WOOD ON WORDS: Intimidated by English? Focus on the Fab Five.
LLOYD GARVER: To most of us, "only" half a million dollars a year doesn't sound bad. However, it's a lot less than CEOs are used to getting, so they can't be pleased. Some of them are bound to write letters explaining their outraged feelings to the president. Letters like this.
KENT BUSH: Worthless pork won't stimulate the economy.
Editorial: Don’t rely on gambling to save economy

CHARITA GOSHAY: And another thing! Lots of reasons to be cranky

PHILIP MADDOCKS: Welfare queens dragging down economy by not purchasing
JOE BURNS: Role model isn’t a part-time job
MATTHEW CASEY: Eight is too much - The media love bad news, the more depressing the better. Every so often, we get a human interest story with a happy ending thrown our way. You know, good news. CNC, on wire now

RICHARD GRIFFIN: Reflections on John Updike - Only once do I remember meeting John Updike. It happened at a party on the North Shore, hosted by another man of letters and featuring a crowd of other folks interested in the literary world. CNC, on wire now

THIS WEEK IN WEIRD: Fighting scorekeepers, a dumb criminal and more in this week‚s edition.

MADOFF AND ANTI-SEMITISM: Madoff scandal stirs old fears of anti-Semitism. CANTON

CYBERBULLIES: (Good to localize – check to see if this is happening in your town or schools. Does your school district have policies about this? Check with police, too) Cyberbullies only a phone call away. RAYNHAM, Mass.
WAL-MART WEDDING: Couple to exchange vows in store's garden center. FREEPORT, Ill.
ZELLWEGER WINS HARVARD AWARD: Actress Renee Zellweger received Harvard's Hasty Pudding award for Woman of the Year Thursday, after cruising down Mass. Ave. in a silver Bentley convertible surrounded by a motley crew of drag queens. Cambridge Chronicle/TAB, Fennimore, on wire now, With video and photos
OVERLOOKED CASH: Wad of cash found in donation to Goodwill - SPRINGFIELD – People who donate to Goodwill have been known to forget the odd $20 or even $100 in a pocket or cookie jar. But Sheryl Huneke, an employee at Land of Lincoln Goodwill Industries, found thousands of apparently overlooked dollars in a donated item on Wednesday. By Dave Bakke of the State Journal-Register.
Business / Ag
BIZ BITS: Weekly business rail, with a look at workplace relationships, tip of the week about doing your taxes online and more.
DAVE RAMSEY: Nationally known personal finance guru Dave Ramsey available on the news service every Wednesday.
CHRYSLER PRODUCTION TO STOP: BELVIDERE – Chrysler LLC is adjusting production again at its Belvidere assembly plant, deciding to close the plant next week instead of operating one shift. The plant was closed from Dec. 19 until Jan. 26, and this week, just one shift is in operation as Chrysler tries to align production with the global slowdown in auto sales. By Alex Gary of the Rockford Register Star.

CAT ON STIMULUS: Stimulus could restrict foreign trade - PEORIA – Leaving protectionist language in any economic stimulus package could have the opposite effect in the long run by possibly leading to trade wars, believes Caterpillar Inc. Likening the "Buy American" provisions still contained in economic stimulus bills being negotiated in Congress to "economic snake oil," company spokesman Jim Dugan said it could cause foreign trade to be stymied, if not halted. The impact on Caterpillar jobs here and abroad as well as other U.S.-based companies could be devastating, he said. By Paul Gordon of the Peoria Journal Star.
SUNDAY QUICK SHOTS: By Matt Trowbridge of the Rockford Register Star. Will be posted this evening for use Sunday.