GateHouse News Service National Budget for 11/20/07 editions

GateHouse News Service National Budget   For 11/20/07 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, (630) 348-3356, (630) 835-8870,     --Lifestyles (Tuesday is Health)--   THANKSGIVING CONTENT: Remember, if you need timely Thanksgiving stories, check out our roundup (with links) to Thanksgiving content. Also, tomorrow look for a Thanksgiving Day rail, with bits and pieces about turkey day.   HEALTH WATCH: Weekly health and fitness rail, with items this week on smoking bans around children, STDs on the rise and how many children men should father if they want to live to 100.   HOLIDAY FAT: How to avoid blimping out on holidays.   HEALTH HISTORY: 'HealthTracks' helps parents keep track of children's health history.   QIGONG: 'It's like a miracle' - Alternative medicine taps into the ancient Chinese art qigong for healing.   ASK ATHENA: Mask may reveal your skin type.     --Opinions--   GRANLUND CARTOONS APLENTY: - On toxic toys: - On retailer behavior this shopping season: - On Bush and the middle class (Thanksgiving-related): - On today’s hunters: - On Thanksgiving turkeys (casino theme):   BRITT TOXIC TOYS CARTOON: Somebody slips Santa’s helper a toy from China. Cartoon/CHRIS BRITT/SPRINGFIELD/Illinois Opinions, GHNS-Lifestyle Christmas file and GHNS-Opinions/this afternoon   PETER CHIANCA: So many things to be thankful about, including the fact that you’re not in a carpool with Britney Spears.   KEVIN FRISCH: Be careful what you wish for – it might come true and your e-mail system crashes.   JEFF VRABLE: John McCain and 50 Cent, politicians and rap stars – two peas in the same pod.   CHARITA GOSHAY: Freedom, privacy go hand in hand.   NOAH BLUNDO: Reflecting on the Toilet King.     --Sports--   GIRL POWER: 10-year-old Mass. girl proves herself in boys' football league.     MIKE NADEL: Best of The Baldest Truth. Illinois Sport and Nadel.     --News--   SLAIN SOLDIER: Three months before she was found dead with a single gunshot wound to the head, Cpl. Ciara Durkin wrote to a friend that another soldier had pointed a 9mm handgun at her.   RETAIL THEFT: As shoppers head to the malls this holiday season, retailers hope the merchandise will be flying off the shelves - except when shoplifters are involved.   STOPPING RETAIL THEFT: Deterring shoplifting is a $13.3 billion-a-year headache for retailers, but a Mass. startup says it has a high-tech new tool for nabbing sticky-fingered thieves.   THANKSGIVING TRAVEL: AAA predicts reccord holiday travel despite high gas prices. Why? Tradition – you gotta go home for the holiday. At the same time, rental car, hotel and airfare prices are down, despite the demand. Bona/Burke/ROCKFORD/Illinois News   HOLIDAY COLLECTION.(w/pic and video) A local volunteer firefighter man has a unique hobby, he has a collection of more than 700 Christmas figurines at the Festival Building as part of the Festival of Lights. Apparently he's a big, burly volunteer firefighter and he sets up all these tiny porcelain figurines as a tribute to his mom. KOCH/PEORIA/Lifestyles Christmas file and Illinois News       --Coming tomorrow (Wednesday is Food)--   FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Weekly food rail.   THANKSGIVING RAIL: Tidbits about Thanksgiving.   SALAD GETS DRESSED UP:   CRITIC’S CUPBOARD: Original Movie Theater Popcorn.   ANNE PALUMBO: Turkey troubles? Call 1-888-Ask-Anne.