GateHouse News Service National Budget
For 4/28/09 editions
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MOTHER'S DAY CONTENT: Check out our package of Mother's Day content. We will add new stories to the top of the file as they come in. If you have a Mother's Day story that would work on a national scale, please send it to us via Zope or by e-mailing it to
MOTHER’S DAY RAIL: Mother's Day is Sunday, May 10, 2009. Rail features holiday history, fast facts, quotes, and by the numbers.
SWINE FLU PACKAGE: Click inside to see our collection of swine flu content, including a Q&A from the CDC, an editorial and more. We'll add links as more content comes in. If your paper has something that would work nationally, please send it to us via Zope or e-mail it to
SWINE FLU PAGE: We will be uploading a swine flu page Wednesday that will include a Q&A on swine flu and tips to avoid getting it. Look for it on the news service tomorrow.

MORNING MINUTES: This includes a little “today in history,” as well as Word of the Day, Web Site of the Day and Number to Know.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Thumbs up for decadent Oreo FunStix - Weekly food rail, with a review of cookie straws, an easy recipe for Apricot Basil Dressing, tips for using Montreal seasoning, and more.
FOOD PAGE: Sweeter than sugar.
FOOD VIDEO: Preparing a pear salad with peach dressing.
PORK IS SAFE: Pork safe to eat, hog farmers emphasize
PREVENT INJURY: It's time for a safety check
DR. MURRAY FEINGOLD: Take the cough test - Here is a quick and easy way to determine if a person is over age 25 or 30. Do the cough test. If the person covers his mouth with his hand, he is older than 30. If, however, he covers his mouth with part of his arm, he is most likely less that 25 years old. MetroWest

SENIOR SAVVY: How to help mother - Q: My mother will not allow me to accompany her to the physician's appointments or talk with her physician. I am concerned because I see that my mother is repeating questions and showing signs of forgetfulness. I am concerned about my mother and feel the doctor needs to know the changes I am seeing. How can I have contact with the physician? MetroWest
SUDOKU: May puzzles (309-336) are now posted:
-- You can find links to previous puzzles in this package, or go to the main Puzzles category:
SUMMER MOVIE PREVIEW: Hollywood’s blockbuster season kicks off with
big-budget action. History has shown us that when the economy is down, movie receipts are up – way up. And Hollywood is fully prepared to take advantage with a summer line-up that offers a little something for everyone. LEDGER/ Alexander
10-SECOND REVIEW: 'Tinted Windows' by Tinted Windows
O’MAHONEY CARTOON: On the swine flu threat. Ledger

DEIRDRE REILLY: Swine flu disrupts dream vacation to Cabo San Lucas.
KENT BUSH: A torture investigation/trial would be a farce, but we can learn from our mistakes and go and sin no more.
CHARITA GOSHAY: Gay-rights activists have called for Carrie Prejean‚s Miss California crown, their argument being that her response was offensive. But there is no correct answer to such a question.
GARY BROWN: Difference between girls and guys like champagne vs. beer
MICHAEL WINSHIP: Where have you gone, Ferdinand Pecora?
DANNY HENLEY: Embracing your spirit of anticipation
KENT BUSH: Reaction from both sides of gay marriage debate misses the point.
EDITORIAL: Be 'alert, not alarmed,' about swine flu
SWINE FLU PACKAGE: Click inside to see our collection of swine flu content, including a Q&A from the CDC, an editorial and more. We'll add links as more content comes in. If your paper has something that would work nationally, please send it to us via Zope or e-mail it to
FLU AND BIZ, TRAVEL: Swine flu fears hit leisure, business travel - With government officials advising against “nonessential” travel to Mexico because of the swine flu outbreak, several customers called E-Z Travel & Cruise Vacations Monday to change their plans. But it’s not just leisure travel that’s being affected. Caterpillar, Inc. announced that it is restricting business travel to its facilities in Mexico. ROCKFORD. To localize: Are local travel agents seeing people changing plans to travel to Mexico? Are local businesses restricting travel to Mexico?

PORK IS SAFE: Farm groups reassure public that pork is safe - As the number of swine-flu cases increases nationwide, state and national farm groups are scrambling to get out the word that it is safe to eat pork. Even so, the National Pork Producers Council advised hog farmers to take precautions to protect their herds, including limiting public access, especially by anyone who recently may have been to Mexico. SPRINGFIELD
IT’S A MIRACLE: Vatican declares Massachusetts church deacon's cure a miracle
POLICE CHASE INVOLVES SWIMMING: Man swims across pond to escape police
Business / Ag
BIZ BITS: Weekly business rail, with a look at Smartphones, BBB warning about loans and more.
CHECKOUT LANE: A backyard vegetable garden can save money
MAKING CENTS: Replanning your retirement
TEEN JOBS: Teens begin the hunt for perfect summer jobs -– Summer job-hunting season is upon us, and many teens are new to the process. With summer approaching fast, now is the time to be thinking about how to get hired. Some employers offer tips for teens looking to land a summer job. SPRINGFIELD - To localize: What do employers in your area say they look for when hiring teens for summer jobs?

NASCAR PAGE: The chase is on.
HANK AARON’S HONOR: Hank Aaron honored with own room in Baseball Hall of Fame