GateHouse News Service National Budget: For 10/6,7,8/07 editions

UPDATED: Note release on Theology on Tap story.

GateHouse News Service National Budget

For 10/6,7,8/07 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.   Contacts: Jean Hodges, (630) 348-3350, (630) 956-8834,   Michael Toeset, (708) 785-4355, (630) 835-8870,       --News—   THIS WEEK IN WEIRD: Weekly roundup of odd news reported by GateHouse newspapers. On wire now / News   MYSTERY DEATH FUNERAL: Tomorrow evening a story and photos will move from the Ledger on funeral of Ciara Durkin. / News   SOLDIER WAKE: The wake for the Quincy female soldier killed in Afghanistan will be held Friday. What is the community response, and what questions are still outstanding? Patriot Ledger, Goulart, 10inches, 9 p.m. With photos   PRIESTS AT A BAR: Advance of "Theology on Tap" - a program, led by a Quincy priest, in which people discuss politics over beers. The group is coming to Bad Abbot's bar, with none other than Cardinal O'Malley as the featured guest Wednesday. Patriot Ledger, Schoberg, 15 inches, 6 p.m. With photos. FOR MONDAY.   60 MILES IN PAIN: A 12-year-old middle-school girl had to travel more than 60 miles by bus bleeding and with a broken arm and jaw after falling from a cliff during a class trip to Purgatory Chasm in Sutton — a hiking and rock-climbing park — on a school trip. Even though injured and bleeding, Peart’s parents claim school officials, including a nurse who was on the trip, didn’t call for an ambulance, and even scolded one of their daughter’s friends after she used her cell phone to call for help.  She was treated later at Children’s Hospital in Boston for a broken jaw and arm. The Enterprise, 18 inches, on wire now / News   NO ONE NOTICED HE WAS DRUNK? Boston Firefighter Paul Cahill, who reportedly had a blood-alcohol level three times the legal limit when he was killed on the job, reported for work an hour before the fatal fire. Alcoholism experts say there was no way someone should have missed the fact that he was intoxicated. Patriot Ledger, Jennifer Mann and Julie Jette, 20 inches, on wire now. With mugs and sidebar / News   MARINE RESUE: Stranding groups merge to rescue hundreds of marine mammals in Mass. You might say it was a whale of an idea; merging the Cape Cod Stranding Network and Yarmouth-based International Fund for Animal Welfare. The Register, Eldred, 25 inches, on wire now, with photo. / News   ELDERLY DRIVERS, STOP OR LET GO? Good to localize. Statistically, 45- to 75-year-olds are among the safest drivers, and the medical community tends to think testing drivers over 80 is a good idea. Bedford Minuteman, Ball, 40 inches, on wire now, with photo. / News   HAZING: Special weekend offering: High school hazings ... for publication Sunday and after. Sources indicate high school hazings are wide spread, but well-kept secrets in many towns. Springfield State Journal-Register and Rockford Register Star reporters join efforts to bring more awareness on the topic. Good one to localize by asking readers if they’ve ever been the subject of a hazing? Look for main bar and side bar on the Web site under category: Illinois.   MENTAL HEALTH LAW: Little-heralded legislation signed into law last month makes it easier for family members to commit a loved one to a mental hospital and is "of paramount importance" in mental health circles, one of its sponsors says.Rep. David Leitch, R-Peoria, who sponsored Senate Bill 234 in the Illinois House, says it will ease the way for commitments of people who have deteriorated to where they can't recognize their mental illness or become a threat to harm themselves or others. HEUPEL/STATE CAPITOL BUREAU/Illinois   PEORIA-TO-DENVER – The inaugural flight left the tarmac today full. Will write something short about the returned daily service. HANEY/PEORIA/Illinois News   BABY DEATH – Bloomington police are investigating the death of 20-month-old Aaron O'Brien-Ishmael of Bloomington, son of Lena Ishmael and Richard Ishmael Jr., who died at a Peoria hospital Tuesday from head injuries. DOUBET/PEORIA/Illinois News     --Sports—   *NOTE: No Around the MLB column this week.   COLLEGE FOOTBALL NATION   FANTASY FOOTBALL: 40 not so bad in NFL world. Paul Anthony Arco. On wire now / Fantasy Football   AROUND THE NFL: Canton. Evening / Pro Football   FLAWLESS FARLEY: Farley's quirky -- and flawless! -- game predictions.   AROUND THE NBA: Canton. Evening / Pro Basketball   MLB PLAYOFFS: Indians, Cubs and Red Sox coverage. Check teams for categories (Red Sox stories emailed to New England papers)   NADEL: Off Friday, Cubs on Saturday and Sunday     --Opinions—   PAM ADAMS: Judging Thomas, on the bench and on TV. On wire now / Opinions   JULES MOLENDA: ‘The War’ is 14 hours of riveting drama. On wire now / Opinions   CHARITA GOSHAY: Why won’t we acknowledge arbitrary brutality of war? On wire now / Opinions   GRANLUND CARTOONS (on wire now): - On government over-classifying documents. - On secret torture tactics.   MADDOCKS: Saying that his company was the victim of "a rush to judgment" by a Congressional committee, the head of Blackwater USA introduced plans to build a circular intersection on the congressional floor that he said would slow the judgment of his inquisitors, which he said "was in the best interests of this country and Blackwater USA. CNC, on wire now / Opinions   EDITORIAL: CHILDREN’S HEALTH INSURANCE: As children's health insurance grows into a major campaign issue distortions of fact are growing as well. MetroWest Daily News, 6 p.m. / Editorials   WHAT ABOUT ARTICLE VI?: Arizona senator and presidential wannabe John McCain was factually wrong when he told an online religious publication recently that 'the Constitution established the United States of America as a Christian nation.' PEORIA / Editorials   EXPLOITING 9-11: It's to be expected that presidential candidate and former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani would give more than passing mention to the terrorist attacks that shook his city and the nation. But he and supporters have crossed the line between citing Sept. 11, 2001, as a defining personal moment and milking the tragedy for personal gain. PEORIA / Editorials     --Lifestyles (Monday is Biz/Ag)—   * BUSINESS RAIL: Check out our new weekly Business Rail, with interesting bits and pieces that you can run separately, together, or however you like. Evening / Business   WORKWISE: Meeting company requirements for skilled work. Mildred Culp. On wire now / Business Columns   A HEAD FOR MATH: Master braiders use geometry in creating their intricate hairstyles. With art. On wire now / Business   MCFUTURE: Fast-food restaurant focuses on technology for new design. On wire now / Business   NAPOLITANO: Making Cents: Some steps to take for early retirement. On wire now / Business Columns   CHECKOUT LANE: Tents -- spaciousness vs. portability. With art. On wire now / Business Columns     --ENTERTAINMENT/FEATURES—   VIDEO GAME COLUMN by Frank Johnson. Expect a full-frontal assault as this year’s holiday season gets under way. On wire now / Video Games   VIDEO VAULT: A look at an old DVD. Halloween-related. Pfeifer. On wire now / DVDs   VAMPIRE MAN: When Canton native Eric Nuzum decided to research a book about vampires, he went straight for the jugular. He spent hours in a coffin (at a haunted house) and drank his own blood. He sat through all 144 episodes of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and a slew of vampire movies, including “Jesus Christ Vampire Hunter” and “Samurai Bikers From Hell.” With art. On wire now / Lifestyles   HALLOWEEN GAMES FOR KIDS feature. With illustration. Afternoon / Lifestyles