National Budget for 8.3.07

GateHouse News Service National Budget
 
For 8.3.07 editions
 
* NOTE: Jean Hodges is on vacation this week. Please contact Michael Toeset in her absence.

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: Michael Toeset, (630) 348-3356, (630) 835-8870, mtoeset@gatehousemedia.com
 
Jean Hodges, (630) 348-3350, (630) 956-8834, jhodges@gatehousemedia.com


BRIDGE COLLAPSE

Note: Many newspapers are writing local/state pieces on bridges – e.g. Illinois papers have a wealth of local/Illinois content. For the sake of brevity and relevance, those stories are not listed on the national budget. If you’d like content like that near you, please contact a regional editor or other newspapers. GHNS will assist as much as possible; contact Michael Toeset if you need help finding content, etc.

‘GEPHYROPHOBIA’: FEAR OF BRIDGES: More than a few people suffer from gephyrophobia, which many considered an irrational fear – until now. What exactly is gephyrophobia? How does one deal with it? What will the Minneapolis bridge collapse mean to sufferers? Lauren FitzPatrick, GHNS.
News/
ETA: Early evening
Art: File photos of bridges

INFRASTRUCTURE MAINTENANCE (possible): Some states are doing much more than others to maintain their infrastructure (Missouri and Utah, specifically). A look at what they’re doing and how it’s working. Lauren FitzPatrick, GHNS.
News/
ETA: Possible
Art: None

5 THINGS: Digest-type item(s) on facts, findings culled from today’s GateHouse papers.
News/
ETA: Evening
Art: None

DOCTOR CONNECTION: Framingham, Mass., native Dr. Joseph Clinton is head of the medical center in Minneapolis, dealing with all the injuries from the collapse.
News/
ETA: Early evening
Art: None

STRUCTURALLY DEFICIENT: Excel spreadsheet put together by Lauren FitzPatrick for editors/reporters to use. Lists percentages of every state’s structurally deficient bridges.
See attached Excel file

BRIDGE TYPES: A quick look at the main bridge types. Culled from Wikipedia.
News/
On wire now
Art: none

SOLIDARITY IN MINNESOTA: Dave Granlund cartoon on the Minneapolis bridge collapse.
Opinions/Cartoons
On wire now


NEWS

SELLING SELF ON EBAY: A college student stranded in Europe put himself up "for bid" on eBay. Whoever won would get a week's worth of his work, in return for a plane ticket back to the U.S. The owner of a Russian tea room won the bidding, and this week the student is working at the tea room in Quincy, Mass.
Massachusetts/News
ETA: 6 p.m. ET
Art: Photo

SHARK TOURNEY: This year's "Heritage Days" festival features a revival of the Shark Tournament -- even though these tournaments have come under fire from animal rights activists in recent years.
Massachusetts/News
ETA: 7 p.m. ET
Art: None

COPING WITH GRIEF: The laughter of children echoes inside the walls of Discovery Depot Children’s Museum, at times even drowning out the roar of trains passing by just outside the door. That laughter is a sound Darcy Thorp wants to hear every day because it eases her grief over losing her own child. SIDEBAR: Grief camp and support groups. (Attached to same file as main bar)
Illinois/News
On wire now
Art: Photos

BUS COMPETITORS: Caterpillar is hosting this year's America's best school bus technician competition. It is the first time an engine manufacturer has hosted the event. Will featurize. 15 inches.
Illinois/News
ETA: Evening
Art: Photo


BUSINESS

BREWERY PLANS GO FLAT: Boston Beer has chosen the cheaper route of buying a brewery in Pennsylvania over building a new brewery in its home state of Massachusetts as the popularity of its Sam Adams brands continue to grow.
Massachusetts/News
ETA: 6 p.m. ET
Art: None


SPORTS

MIKE NADEL: Column from Cubs/Phillies game.
Sports/Columnists/Mike Nadel
ETA: Early evening
Art: Column mug

BELICHICK ON WALSH: When Bill Belichick got his first defense to run, at the age of 33 with the 1985 Giants, he only had to worry about one Bill Walsh-run offense.
Sports/Pro Football
On wire now
Art: None


HALL OF FAME

HOF PENSIONS: Story on the NFLPA/pension issue and what may be happening this weekend during HOF festivities.
Sports/Pro Football
ETA: Evening
Art: None

HOF NOTEBOOK: News and notes from Hall of Fame festivities.
Sports/Pro Football
ETA: Evening
Art: None


OPINIONS

TAKE IT EASY ON THE FAST FOOD: The ABC reality show "Shaq's Big Challenge" aired its climatic - and rather sweet - final episode this week. The show features NBA star Shaquille O'Neal and six obese middle school students from South Florida. Shaq - no small guy himself - spent nine months along with trainers, nutritionists and a chef helping the kids to a healthier, happier, slimmer lifestyle.
Opinions/Editorial
On wire now
Art: None

GRANLUND: RICHARDS: Cartoon on Keith Richards’ autobiography.
Opinions/Cartoons
On wire now

MAHONEY: ELMO: Joe Mahoney cartoon on “Delead Me Elmo.”
Opinions/Cartoons
On wire now

CHARITA GOSHAY: ANIMAL ABUSERS: Something very wrong with two boys who would set a pit bull on a cat.
Opinions/Columnists/Charita Goshay
On wire now
Art: Column mug

GARY BROWN: SWEET! Column on couple who took a challenge to only communicate using M&Ms.
Opinions/Columnists
On wire now
Art: Column mug


LIFESTYLES (FRIDAY is Religion)
 
HARRY POTTER AND J.K. ROWLING EVIL? Rockford, Ill., group says Potter books are of the devil, and its members are praying for the soul of Rowling.
Lifestyles/Religion
On wire now
Art: Photo
 
MICHAEL MILLER: IN THE ZONE: Column on In the Zone, a Christian men’s group.
Lifestyles/Religion
On wire now
Art: Column mug


COMING THIS WEEKEND

- NFL Hall of Fame coverage continues
- This Week in Weird