GateHouse News Service National Budget
For 12/25-26/07 editions
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* PRIMARY DECISION MAKERS: Look at how Iowa and New Hampshire match up to America, in all kinds of demographics. And why Iowans take such pride in voting first. And why New Hampshire voters are ferociously independent. Use census data to compare Iowa and New Hampshire to Massachusetts, Illinois, New York, Missouri and Ohio. Talk to folks in Iowa and New Hampshire for their take on elections. FITZPATRICK
ART: pics of Iowa (by Rockford), New Hampshire (by Patriot Ledger) folks; video
WITH: numbers-based graphic, showing census comparisons (zoned for Illinois, Mass., NY, Missouri and Ohio)
BREAKOUT: What is a caucus?
RUN DATE: Before Jan. 3 (Iowa caucuses)
* EMPTY KETTLES? The bells outside the red kettles might be the only things jingling anymore. As more Americans shop for Christmas online, and as more chuck cash for credit cards at malls, less cash is changing hands and landing – in some cities and towns – in cash donations like Salvation Army kettles. FITZPATRICK
PICS: art of bell ringers from Canton, or use a pic of bell ringers in your town
* END OF YEAR BUDGET: (See below) You’ll find an end-of-year budget with links to stories such as the top weird stories, top movies, top music, highlights from American Idol, and more.
Lifestyles (Tuesday is Health; Wednesday is Food)
HEALTH WATCH: Weekly health rail, with items on the top medical myths, the power of holy basil and more.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Weekly food rail, this week with an emphasis on traditional New Year's food, including a recipe for Hoppin' John.
CHRISTMAS LISTS: A fun look at Christmas through lists, including top movies, top music, Santa Claus names and more.
EDITORIAL: Christmas is a state of mind: The housing market is collapsing, and people are losing their homes in record numbers. The country is still mired in a war it arguably should never have gotten involved in. The potentially devastating effects of global warming are more visible now than ever. And the U.S. economy is teetering on the brink of a recession. Merry Christmas. Herald News. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/opinions/x1295920732
TERRY MAROTTA: Putting things in balance.
JEFF VRABEL: My prehistoric TV is just fine, thank you.
BRITT TOON: About the war, Christmas and soldiers' children. Springfield / in / opinions, cartoons
WOOD ON WORDS: Some word origins for your stocking. Rockford / in / columnists, barry wood
SPECIAL FOR CHRISTMAS DAY: LIVES FILLED WITH ROSES?
Package on Illinois' first appearance in the Rose Bowl in 1947 in lead-up to the present-day team’s appearance on New Year’s Day.
MAIN STORY: How Mr. Illini inspired the 1947 conference championship team of WWII veterans mixed with younger.
WITH: Vignettes on several players from the 1947 team, who provide personal insight into the meaning of the game, the return from World War II and a life full of memories.
BREAKOUTS: List of Illinois' appearances in Rose Bowl, 1947 box score and Illinois' results from that season.?
Embargo until Dec. 25.
ART: photos and video.
NADEL: Scott Skiles fired on Christmas Eve / Evening / Bulls and Mike Nadel
-No NADEL for Wednesday
ILLINI: Rose Bowl package (see log description toward bottom of budget)
NIC-10 GEORGETOWN: Hononegah quarterback David King seldom passed in high school, what with the Indians leading the NIC-10 in rushing with more than 3,000 yards. But he sold himself well enough last summer, going to seven football camps and four showcases, to earn the league's first Divsion I (albeit I-AA) scholarship. He has verbally committed to Georgetown. MATT TROWBRIDGE/ROCKFORD REGISTER STAR, words 450 / Illinois Sports
BEARS COL: Last two games illustrate both Bears' potential for 2008 and what went wrong this year. The team doesn't need to be overhauled, but it can't keep relying on a rigid formula of ball-control running and defensive turnovers. That only works as a front-running strategy. Can run either Tuesday or Wednesday. MATT TROWBRIDGE/ROCKFORD REGISTER STAR, words 990 / Illinois Sports and Bears
ROMNEY: A Shrewsbury man is thrust into center of the debate over whether Mitt Romney campaign is knowingly putting forth a false claim that the candidate's father, George Romney, marched with Dr. M.L. King in Michigan during a 1960s civil rights rally. HILLIARD, MetroWest
End of year / New year:
THIS YEAR IN WEIRD: The top 10 unusual stories of the year. Art: logo. GHNS staff.
BEST MUSIC of 2007: The best albums of the year. Art: Photo of all top 10 albums. Collin Quick.
A LOOK AHEAD AT THE BEST OF 2008: What will the new year sound like? Musicophiles weigh in on the best of what’s slated to come out next year. Art: Photos of DJs. Sarah Roberts.
BEST MOVIES: Best movies of 2007. Art: Movie photos. Ed Symkus.
BEST VIDEO GAMES: The year in video games. Art: Screen shots. Frank Johnson.
BEST OF AMERICAN IDOL: A look at the impact of "AI" alumni on the music world in 2007. Art: Album covers. David Farr.
YEAR'S BEST NON-TRADITIONAL COUNTRY MUSIC: A look at some of the year's best country. Art: album covers. David Schiefelbein
YEAR’S BEST ACTORS WHO WON’T WIN AWARDS: Nick Rogers,
ISN’T IT GREAT? IT’S 2008: Let’s face it: It’s harder than ever to keep up with what’s in and what’s out in this ever-changing world. But you can stop worrying. Your guide to society, politics, fashion, the arts and life in general is here. Just be forewarned — these may all have changed by 180 degrees by the time you read this. Flip-flopping is in.?CHIANCA / ledger / in / entertainment
ART: lots of it!
National Budget for 12/25-26
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