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Casey Laughman: Tips for covering a weird holiday season
HOLIDAY TV PAGE: We’ve put together a page showcasing some popular TV shows and movies airing in December, as well as when they’ll be on this season.
BLACK FRIDAY CONTENT: Here are some links to Black Friday content. Add stories to your Web site today.
'TIS THE SEASON: GateHouse holiday content -- Christmas and holiday content from GateHouse News Service. If your paper has something that would work on a national scale, please Zope it to us or e-mail it to email@example.com.
HOLIDAY PAGES, TABS. Find out what the news service is offering for the holidays this year.
Niche 2010 schedule: Check out the Niche products planned for next year.
MORNING MINUTES: Includes Word of the Day, Web Site of the Day, Number to Know, This Day in History, Today’s Featured Birthday and Daily Quote.
SHOESTRING LIVING: Strategies for holiday spending survival - It’s here. Black Friday is just days away, and the shopping season is in full swing. If you’re like me, you feel a bit of panic begin to rise as the days grow shorter and the festivities slip closer. With unprecedented unemployment and tightened budgets everywhere, I imagine I have a lot of company this year.
ASK DOG LADY: Joint custody of beagle hurting the dog - Weekly Q&A with Monica Collins features custody and sniffing questions this week.
PARTY TALK: How to talk your way to popularity at any party -- By avoiding conversational landmines and learning how to make small talk effectively, you can be the hit of any social gathering.
SURVIVOR STORY: Found early, thanks to a mammogram: Survivor tells her story -- Dianne Brennan was feeling fine when she went to a clinic for a follow-up mammogram on Sept. 28 so doctors could check something they had noticed a week earlier. She was so sure there would be no problem, she went to the clinic alone. She was by herself in the Lahey Clinic’s parking lot when she phoned her husband, Lonnie, with alarming news.
HEART HEALTH: Quadruple bypass survivor credits his improved health to walking, CHIP diet – Daryl Fountain was short of breath on a Sunday afternoon playing with his daughter. He woke up the next day short of breath and asked his wife to make a doctor’s appointment for him after work. Days later he was in the operating room at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center undergoing quadruple bypass surgery. That was almost two years ago, and Fountain, a former mayor of Henry, Ill., started making some dramatic lifestyle changes.
JENNIFER MASTROIANNI: Putting the 'ah' in caramel -- Guilty pleasures abound this time of year, so satisfying our lust for sweets is easy. Some folks go crazy for pumpkin. Others swoon for chocolate. My knees go weak for anything caramel.
GREENSPACE: Many garden pots dislike winter's cold -- I saw some cool pots in my garden store. For $75, you can get a large terra cotta planter, enough for a mini-vegetable garden right there on your deck. Of course, what they don’t tell you is that clay will shatter in subfreezing weather. Many types of pots and planters are not winter-hardy.
IN THE GARDEN: Highlights of the November landscape -- The mild temperatures and balmy breezes of Indian summer have temporarily rekindled the gardening spirit for many dirt diggers.
SUDOKU: Puzzles for November (491-525) are available for download. Previous puzzles are linked to in this file, or visit our Puzzles category.
SUDOKU: Puzzles for December (526-553) are available for download. Previous puzzles are linked to in this file, or visit our Puzzles category.
AT THE MOVIES WITH GATEHOUSE: A links collection of this week’s movie content.
HOLIDAY MOVIES: Season's screenings: Hollywood comes bearing gifts - From big-budget sci-fi fantasies to old-style animation, nearly two-dozen holiday films will be released in the next few weeks, just in time for Oscar consideration.
FLICKS: Default ‘Twilight’ box office runners-up fail to impress - "New Moon” made $120-ish million this weekend. Flicks is shocked! SHOCKED!! Reports are 80 percent of the tickets were sold to women. What’s shocking is men admitted to seeing the movie. But Flicks isn’t here to judge — oh, wait, that’s exactly what Flicks is here for!
MOVIE REVIEW: Gorgeous to look at, but this ‘Mr. Fox’ is not so fantastic: http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x1945266381/Movie-review-Gorgeous-to-look-at-but-this-Mr-Fox-is-not-so-fantastic
MOVIE REVIEW: Father and son take a harrowing, honest journey through a post-apocalyptic world in 'The Road': http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x1945266402/Movie-review-Father-and-son-take-a-harrowing-honest-journey-through-a-post-apocalyptic-world-in-The-Road
MOVIE REVIEW: Cage is good as 'Bad Lieutenant': http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x2072221264/Movie-review-Cage-is-good-as-Bad-Lieutenant
VIDEO VAULT: The world of Wes -- With “The Fantastic Mr. Fox,” Wes Anderson’s latest (and, I’m guessing, strangest) movie arriving in theaters this week, it seems like a fine time to look back on the career of this strikingly individual filmmaker. So, before you check out the stop-motion animals of “Fox,” here are the movies he made starring actual, honest-to-goodness humans.
MUSIC SCENE: Singer-songwriter Chuck Prophet expands horizons on ‘Let Freedom Ring’ - Chuck Prophet said his new album is “political songs for people who hate protest music. I love this country and the freedom is affords us. And the song ‘Let Freedom Ring!’ is about that, but also about the . . . free market economy run riot that got us into this mess.”
GRANLUND CARTOON: On the White House party crashers
GRANLUND CARTOON: On the expected toy shortage and Santa.
LICCAR CARTOON: Christmas wish lists -- there's an app for that
O'MAHONEY CARTOON: On the president's address on Tuesday. (For Monday use.)
EDITORIAL: Beware unsafe toys; make appropriate buying decisions -- Most parents know what toys are safe for their kids. Most know whether a toy can be a choking hazard or whether it’s so loud it can damage a child’s hearing. Yet, despite what most parents know, children were the victims of 235,300 toy-related injuries in the U.S. in 2008. More than 82,000 of those were younger than 5. Nineteen children younger than 15 died. Clearly toy safety needs to be considered as adults head out to shop this holiday season. From the Rockford Register Star.
EDITORIAL: Shop smart, but remember real value of Christmas - If you, like millions of other Americans, will shop for gifts Friday, keep this in mind: Retailers — especially locally owned companies — need your business this year. Think of it as giving twice — first for the recipient and then for the fortunate business that gets your dollar. However, Black Friday has a different connotation for the many people who are unemployed or who have fallen on hard times this holiday season. Now it’s more important than ever not to overextend yourself. An editorial from the Rockford Register Star.
KENT BUSH: Chasing rabbits and controversies -- have noticed a lot of people using the word "debunked" recently. Facts about the bailout get debunked. Beliefs about the health care proposal are debunked. I caught myself chasing a mental rabbit and wondering why no one ever "bunked" anything. They debunk everything.
BRIAN MACKEY: Fear robs children of their ‘kingdom’ -- Have we allowed our fears to deprive kids of experiences that may be critical to their development? Bombarded by news reports of child abuse and abductions — a phenomenon that’s statistically about as rare as it’s always been, author Michael Chabon says — parents have grown afraid to let their children explore the world.
PHILIP MADDOCKS: Republicans urge task force to release more guidelines for them to attack -- Saying that a federal task force’s new recommendations on breast cancer screening had confirmed the worst fears of people who oppose a government role in medical decision making, Republicans in Congress argued for the release of even more controversial findings from the group.
MEREDITH O'BRIEN: My Christmas story, courtesy of Hollywood -- Watching the flawed and funny Parker family would help me place my family’s holiday foibles into a different context, one far removed from the one peddled by all forms of media everywhere advising me, the mom, how to create perfect holiday memories with my kids -- something which I never seemed to be quite able to achieve.
ELIZABETH DAVIES: Balancing Santa, Jesus at Christmas -- This year, my toughest Christmas decision isn’t whether to serve gingerbread cookies or fudge. My greater quandary is over what I want my kids to learn about Christmas. My oldest child is almost 3: What we do this year sets the stage for our family traditions and expectations. So is it Santa or Jesus? Candy canes or angels? Snowmen or a Nativity scene?
Note: There will be no Wood on Words column this week
THIS WEEK IN WEIRD: Man bites off someone’s ears, separated siblings find each other through Facebook and more in this week’s edition.
SEA RESCUE: Illinois couple’s son found after going adrift in Pacific – In the darkest hours, Jim and Beth Harmon of Galesburg, Ill., found themselves standing the hallway just inside their front door, staring at framed photographs of the son they thought they lost to his abiding love. Blond-haired, 25-year-old Luke was independent and daring from the day he was born. The ocean was his love — first love, really. Now Luke was lost in a 24-foot-boat somewhere in the Pacific.
HOLIDAY RECESSION: How will the economy affect holiday spending? -- How much money will you spend this year on holiday shopping? If you’re like many people, you’re feeling cautious about the economy, and that will affect your holiday spending.
To localize: Speak to families and retailers in your community. How are families saving money this holiday season? What actions are stores taking to attract consumers? Is your town changing its holiday celebrations in response to the recession? Speak to the area chamber of commerce.
CHRISTMAS SHOPPING: Study predicts a lean Christmas shopping season - Many shoppers are expected to gravitate to discounters and downplay gift-giving in favor of get-togethers as they try to keep spending under control this holiday season. Two-thirds of shoppers polled in a recent survey by BIGresearch on behalf of the National Retail Federation say the nation’s economic doldrums will throw a damper on their holiday spending plans. By Steve Adams.
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FOOD PANTRIES: Area food pantries stretched by economy, families in need - The mention of the holiday season generates a rush of scents and tastes - stuffed turkey, mashed potatoes, fresh-baked pies - and triggers memories of full bellies and warm homes. But according to local food pantries, those holiday traditions will be a struggle for many families this year as the economy has added extra strain on household incomes. By Melanie Graham.
To localize: Check with your own food pantries to see if they need donations or expect a greater need this year.
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NEWSPAPERS: Newspaper readership remains strong even in thick of recession - More than two-thirds of U.S. adults read a newspaper either in print or online during a typical week, even though paid circulation levels have declined at most dailies for much of the past decade.
HOLIDAY PARTIES: Companies party smart, not hard this holiday season -- By Thanksgiving week in a normal year, Kiki Benson’s catering calendar would be filled every day through Christmas with private and company bookings. Not so this year. Benson, owner of A Movable Feast and Kiki B’s restaurant in Rockford, Ill., said her bookings are considerably down from 2008, when nearly every available date was taken.
To localize: Check with local companies to see how their holiday party plans have changed this year.
GIFTING CAMERAS: Holiday shoppers prepare! Digital camera ratings -- Journal-Standard photo and Web editor Joe Tamborello rates the best digital cameras, . See Joe's picks for best budget, mid-range, and high-end point-and-shoot cameras.
DAVE RAMSEY: Weekly financial Q&A, with items on investing and home equity loans.
- Moved early for Thanksgiving
SHOESTRING LIVING: Strategies for holiday spending survival - It’s here. Black Friday is just days away, and the shopping season is in full swing. If you’re like me, you feel a bit of panic begin to rise as the days grow shorter and the festivities slip closer. With unprecedented unemployment and tightened budgets everywhere, I imagine I have a lot of company this year. By Molly Logan Anderson.
BIZ BITS: Weekly business rail, with a tip on a hot career, BBB advice on shopping online this holiday season and more.
- Moved early because of Thanksgiving
FINE PRINT: How to find the best bargains on Black Friday - The best day for bargain shopping is just around the corner, and we can't think of a better person to provide advice about navigating all the deals on Black Friday than Edgar Dworsky, the founder of the ConsumerWorld.org Web site.
ADDING HOLIDAY WORKERS: Retailers adding workers before the holiday season - PEORIA – Along with bell ringers, fruit cake and carols, the holidays bring something else: jobs. That's no small matter in a down economy, even if the positions are part time and limited to the end of the year. By Steve Tarter of the Peoria Journal Star.
To localize: Are local retailers adding workers for the holiday season?
NASCAR PAGE: 2010 preview page. NOTE: This is our last page of the 2009 season. The weekly page will return just before the season starts next year.
PRO FOOTBALL PAGES: All six pages (New York, Patriots, Chiefs, Rams, Bears and national) have been posted.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL NATION: What went wrong for Notre Dame? Weekly column by Eric Avidon.
INSIDE THE LINES: Giving thanks for exceptional performances - This year, in lieu of preaching, I’ll restrict my thanks to football itself. Namely, the MVP race we have going on right now. By Peoria Journal Star sports editor Bill Liesse. Inside the Lines for this weekend’s games will be posted today for use Sunday.