GateHouse News Service National Budget

For 4/17/08 editions

Here are the top national stories coming today from GateHouse News Service. Stories are available at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/. 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, jhodges@gatehousemedia.com

Michael Toeset, (630) 348-3356, (630) 835-8870, mtoeset@gatehousemedia.com

NOTES:

FAMILY TAB: Check out the May Family tab on the news service.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/x987430277

EARTH DAY RAIL: A compilation of info on Earth Day, posted today.

AND: If you have Earth Day (4/22) content planned, please send it to national@gatehousenewsservice.com. We’ll package any content received.

BEST GATEHOUSE PICS OF THE WEEK: Take a look at the best of our photographers’ work on ghnewsroom.com.
http://ghnewsroom.com/news.php?newsid=1208263032

Lifestyles (Thursday is Home & Garden)

HOME PAGE: It’s easy being green.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/home_and_garden/x253019193

HOME HELP: Suet-feeder tips, how to tell if your garden is ready for planting, some more low-budget decorating tips and more. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/home_and_garden/x450932077

HOME VIDEO: This week, looking at different types of grass.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/home_and_garden/x253019534

ADDING UP PASSOVER: A number-by-number look at Passover. By Michael Miller, Peoria. Story can run as is, or you can localize with a couple quotes.
With: Illustration
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/religion/x37012139

TRAVELOGUE: A look at the five Home of the White Squirrels, long-trip tips, where not to drive fast in Germany and more. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/travel/x681528414

JASON SEGEL: Actor/writer shows off (his talent and his body) in "Forgetting Sarah Marshall." http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/movies/profiles/x282702782

MOVIE REVIEWS:

- "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" has flaws, but it's a laugh riot. Symkus. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/movies/reviews/x170769759

- "Flight of the Red Balloon" an experimental disaster. Alexander. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/movies/reviews/x2037900888

POP CULTURE: Sturgis (Mich.) Journal features editor Dennis Volkert writes a weekly column lampooning popular culture. Some of his most recent columns are linked to here: http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x489723125

Opinions

MICHAEL WINSHIP: Let's put the Obama "bitter" talk in context, folks - and why SHOULDN'T we be bitter? http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/columnists/michael_winship/x1498096096

BRITT: Toon on President Bush meeting Pope Benedict XVI. Will be posted this evening.

ELIZABETH DAVIES: True Olympic spirit shines in ’92 skating medalist. 
Everyone has their top Olympic moment. It’s the one performance that stands out as a pure, unadulterated victory. Maybe your moment came when Mary Lou Retton took home gold in 1984. Maybe it was when Michael Jordan led the American “Dream Team” to victory in 1992. ROCKFORD
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/opinions/x225270042

EDITORIAL: The 'growing' economy - The United States is facing one of the worst food price inflations in recent memory, and analysts expect it only to worsen in coming months. The increased cost of doing business has also put the squeeze on small, independent farmers, many of whom are finding it difficult to remain in operation. Herald News, on wire now
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/opinions/x1838782409

Sports

NASCAR CONTENT: This week's NASCAR offerings can be found here: http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/sports/x489722577
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News

TUTU GETS LEADERSHIP PRIZE: Archbishop Desmond Tutu will receive the Lincoln Leadership Prize, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation announced Tuesday. SPRINGFIELD
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x1838782436

GREETING THE POPE: Peoria native first to greet pope at Andrews.
Peoria native Nancy Brinker, State Department chief of protocol, was the first person to greet Pope Benedict XVI when he landed at Andrews Air Force Base Tuesday. PEORIA
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x2037900812

VIRGINIA TECH ANNIVERSARY: A year after she lost her son Ross in the Virginia Tech shootings, Lynnette Alameddine is fighting for legislation that would require universities to issue campus emergency notifications in 30 minutes or less. She is also advocating gun control laws. CNC, Gaffney, on wire now
With photo
http://ghns.ghnewsroom.com/archive/x883016434