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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
 
Election 2008
 
BIG SPENDERS: Where some of the losers’ money goes, with historical perspective and records to show examples. Does this change the way you'll think about writing a check? FITZPATRICK (Story for publication Sunday -- before Super Tuesday)
 
POLITICAL CONTRIBUTIONS: GateHouse News Service and the Rockford Register Star have developed a national political contributions database to track what people have contributed to presidential candidates. If you’re on Zope, the database is on your web sites. Basically, you can input the name of your town or your ZIP code, and you will find names of everyone in that area, how much they’ve donated and to whom.
 
IDEAS: For a list of local story ideas with the contributions database:
http://ghnewsroom.com/news.php?newsid=1201195266
 
PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES BIO BOXES:
 
POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Everything you need to know about Super Tuesday - and more.

Lifestyles
 
RAQUELLE NASH: Who’s dressed for success? Brady or Manning? - The Super Bowl is here, and one quarterback might be stepping into that pantheon, while another would like to begin his ascension there. Not only will they go head-to-head for the Vince Lombardi trophy; I’m putting them head-to-head for the title of best dressed. Norwich Bulletin, on wire now
 
HEALTHY SNACKS: How to make game-day snackage healthier
 
Business
 
WORKWISE: Sell your way into a job in sales.

SUZETTE STANDRING: A random act of kindness is no big deal. It’s easy when no bad feelings are involved. But grace – unmerited kindness to those who hurt us -- now that’s hard. Why do I have to be nice to people who tick me off?
 
BIZ BITS: Patriots doinate Forbes' list of greatest NFL teams ever.
 
Opinions
 
BRITT: Toon on big snowstorm and dueling snowblowers.
 
BILL DUNN CARTOON: Farm Bill, House vs. Senate.
 
WOOD ON WORDS: Witty weekly word column from Barry Wood. / evening / Barry Wood and Illinois Opinions
 
PHILIP MADDOCKS: Clinton campaign hires Chuck Norris to keep Bill Clinton in check - Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign team, seeking to readjust after her lopsided defeat in South Carolina, announced that it had hired Chuck Norris to act as the presidential candidate’s new sidekick. CNC, on wire now
 
EDITORIAL: There ought to be a law on breastfeeding - Why in our Legislature, where undoubtedly a good portion of its members were brought up on breast milk and many women lawmakers themselves nursed, is it so difficult to pass a bill protecting the natural right of women to feed their babies in public? Ledger, on wire now
 
Sports
 
NASCAR PREVIEW: As an accompaniment to our 2008 NASCAR PREVIEW TAB, we're providing the full content from the section in raw format -- both in words and

MATT TROWBRIDGE: Quick Shots column on Bulls, Kevin Garnett, Johan Santana and more. / afternoon / Illinois Sports and Sports Columns
 
News
 
SUPER BOWL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: Super Bowl domestic violence surge a myth?  - Alcohol may increase the likelihood of domestic violence in an at-risk home, but there is no reason to believe more women are abused on Super Bowl Sunday, experts say. It’s been one of the more enduring Super Bowl “myths,” lumped in with reports of spikes in sales of antacid or nachos.
Norwich, Smith, 15 inches, on wire now
With info box
 
LEE SMITH: Cubs or Cards? Hall of Famer Lee Smith plays coy at autograph session. Galesburg.