GateHouse News Service national budget 3.20.12

GateHouse News Service national budget 3.20.12


Contacts: Lisa Glowinski is off today, 217-816-3343,
Michael Toeset, 630-835-8870,


NOTE: GateHouse News Service will syndicate three carousel items to your sites this week:
-- Today after 7 p.m. CDT, an item on results of the Illinois primary elections
-- Thursday, an item on this weekend's opening of "The Hunger Games" movie
-- Saturday after 7 p.m. CDT, an item on results of the Louisiana primary elections
Questions? Contact Lisa Glowinski, (217) 816-3343,





STORY IDEA: Teens more likely to text than talk


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NCAA TOURNAMENT BRACKET: With last weekend's winners and this weekend's matchups


OUTDOOR LIVING: How to introduce kids to fishing, tips for turkey season, prepare now for the fall hunt


KIDZBUZZ: Draw the emerging flowers of spring


APRIL FAMILY: Simple and cheap spring activities for the family, making the most of your next road trip, an organic dinner recipe for Earth Day


OPEN HOUSE WEEKEND PAGE: For the National Association of Realtors' nationwide event April 28-29


SPRING SPORTS QUARTER PAGE: With space for coupons or business-card-size ads


SPRING HOME & GARDEN: Tips for the first-time vegetable gardener, upgrade ideas for your floors and bath, dozens of landscaping tips





APPLE: Why Apple’s still a buy


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PETER CHIANCA: Help! I think I may be middle-aged! - Thank you for your interest in our program, “Help! I Think I May be Middle-Aged!” Please be assured that many people have similar concerns to yourself; however, just because you’re beginning to feel middle-aged doesn’t mean you actually are. It could be allergies. By Peter Chianca, North of Boston.


FAMILY TIME: Four tips to help prepare for pregnancy - Weekly family rail, with tips from mom expert Rosie Pope, a look at “The Hunger Games” novel and more. By GHNS.
* Localization tip: Any of the first three items can be localized – ask a local family counselor to provide a tip of the week, ask movie-going parents to give reviews of movies or ask youngsters to send in book reviews.


FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Fun for kids -- weekly Food for Thought with having fun with kids in the kitchen, "Les Petits Macarons: Colorful French Confections to Make at Home" by Kathryn Gordon, Anne E. McBride and more. GHNS


PETER COSTA: Spring is the time to assess the green -- Nearly 45 years ago, environmental activists urged everyone to say goodbye to Mrs. Robinson, leave their plastic worlds and commune with nature. Going green, they said, would not only protect the planet but also save the soul. Wicked Local Lincoln (Mass.)


SALT INTAKE: Hold the salt: We get way too much -- According to the CDC, about 90 percent of Americans eat more sodium than is recommended for a healthy diet. And the culprit is often the very the convenient or ready-made foods made for busy people. Tamara Browning / The State Journal-Register (Ill.)


WAYNE L. WESTCOTT: Get positive resistance from aquatic exercises -- All movements in water require greater effort than movements on land, because water resistance is much greater than air resistance. To experience this difference first walk across the pool deck, then walk across the pool in waist deep water. The Patriot Ledger (Mass.)


SENIOR Q&A: Was Dad discharged too quickly? -- Q: My father was discharged too quickly from the hospital and returned home with pneumonia. He was only home for a few days, and I brought him back to the hospital because he was coughing and having trouble breathing. Debbie Gitner and Linda Sullivan/ MetroWest Daily News (Mass.)


101 IDEAS: Hire a pro or do it yourself? -- Should you hire a pro or tackle that home-repair job yourself? Chip Wade of HGTV's "Curb Appeal" weighs in on some common questions. Scripps Howard News Service


ASK THE PLUMBER: Cleaning up your showerhead language -- Q: I want to install a showerhead and have been trying to choose a new one. But it seems that everyone I talk to has a different term for a showerhead, and there's a lot of choices. Please explain the correct terms. Scripps Howard News Service


SPRING PLANTING: Don't let the weather trick you into planting too soon -- Vegetable-garden veterans call this "false spring" and will hold off planting any tender crops, knowing that cold weather, frost and maybe even snow could come at any time. But there are plenty of things you can plant now if you follow some simple guidelines. Scripps Howard News Service


GARDENER: No-prune dwarf shrubs - It used to be that everything came in "supersize" -- from extra-large boxes of cereal to cars the size of whales to homes on half-acre lots, and more. Today, of course, it seems like everything is getting smaller, including the areas we have for gardening. Whatever your personal view of these paradigm shifts, there is a bright side: because more homes are being constructed on much smaller lots, combined with a shift back to an appeal for urban living, plant breeders have been introducing new varieties to fit the space-challenged gardener. By Joe Lamp’l, Scripps Howard.


TREASURES: R.S. Prussia tankard a rare bird indeed - Dear Helaine and Joe: I have an R.S. Prussia tankard. I was wondering if you might help me find the value. Any help would be appreciated. By Helaine Fendelman and Hoe Rosson, Scripps Howard.


BUTTONED UP: Must-have tech tools for streamlining finances - Many people put off organizing their finances because they believe it will be a time-intensive chore. Fortunately, in this day and age, it doesn't have to be. A wide variety of free and fee-based tools exist that can make the entire process as easy as pushing a button or two. But with thousands of personal-finance websites to comb through and app libraries filled with hundreds of options, it's easy to get lost in the weeds. By Sarah Welch and Alicia Rockmore, Scripps Howard.


YARDSMART: My woeful tale of crown rot - I can count the number of truly major mistakes in my gardening career. There is one great faux pas that I will never forget, and, hopefully, it will educate all of you about this simple yet deadly error. By Maureen Gilmer, Scripps Howard.


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GRANLUND CARTOON: Paul Ryan budget plan  -- Dave Granlund on Rep. Paul Ryan. GHNS


GRANLUND CARTOON: President Obama documentary. By Dave Granlund, GHNS.


KENT BUSH: GOP suffers from insulated opinion - I write about 150 columns a year. But this isn’t a column. It is a parable. There was a time in a town in Oklahoma when a civil war broke out. Is there anything more divisive in a small town than how a school district spends its money? In this civil war, everyone had to pick a side. No conscientious objectors were allowed. By Kent Bush, Augusta, Kan.


AMY GEHRT: Hanging up on robocalls - Have you received one of those annoying robocalls recently? If so, you might be surprised to learn the call is likely illegal ... and the sales pitch is almost certainly a scam. By Amy Gehrt, Pekin, Ill.


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