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For 9/28/09 editions

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SHOESTRING LIVING: Check out our new weekly frugal column, Shoestring Living, part of our growing Stretched portfolio. This week: Get accountable and stay within the budget. By Molly Logan Anderson.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x1073705483/Shoestring-Living-Get-accountable-and-stay-within-the-budget

REDESIGN: Delaware weeklies launch major newsroom overhaul.
http://ghnewsroom.com/article/redesign-delaware-weeklies-launch-major-newsroom-overhaul

ASF TEMPLATE: Sports Q&A
http://ghnewsroom.com/article/asf-template-sports-qa

Lifestyles

MORNING MINUTES: We've expanded what we're offering in Morning Minutes to provide your paper with more options and to give your readers a couple more interesting tidbits. It now includes Word of the Day, Web Site of the Day, Number to Know, This Day in History, Today’s Featured Birthday and Daily Quote.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/morning_minutes

HEALTH WATCH: Weekly rail, leads with getting headache relief with natural remedies, and includes items on personality traits and weight loss, insulin and the elderly, first aid tip and more.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/homepage/x1699599385/Health-Watch-Get-headache-relief-with-natural-remedies

HEALTH PAGE: Treat yourself with art.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x1789526154/Weekly-Health-page-Treat-yourself-with-art

WORKOUT GADGETS: Pump up your workouts with these gadgets - SPRINGFIELD – If you like to run, walk, cycle or swim, getting a good workout can be as simple as working up a sweat and feeling muscles burn. For some people, exercise is better with gadgets. Electronic gear can be helpful when it comes to getting in shape and setting goals by making it easier to know how intense, how long or how far to keep moving. By Carol Sponagle of the State Journal-Register.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/health/x593057313/Pump-up-your-workouts-with-these-gadgets

LORETTA LAROCHE: Height of fashion causes agony of the feet -- Six-inch heels will soon be relics as the latest shoe craze hits the fashion runways: heels 8 to 10 inches. What’s a woman to do?
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/columnists/x1991989080/Loretta-LaRoche-Height-of-fashion-causes-agony-of-the-feet

SUZETTE MARTINEZ STANDRING: Compelling Holocaust stories of rescue -- A new book, “They Were Just People: Stories of Rescue in Poland During the Holocaust,” (2009 University of Missouri Press) offers never-before-told narratives by Jewish survivors in Poland who were saved from Nazi extermination by non-Jewish rescuers.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/columnists/x1692321582/Suzette-Martinez-Standring-Compelling-Holocaust-stories-of-rescue

SHOESTRING LIVING: Check out our new weekly frugal column, Shoestring Living, part of our growing Stretched portfolio. This week: Get accountable and stay within the budget. By Molly Logan Anderson.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x1073705483/Shoestring-Living-Get-accountable-and-stay-within-the-budget

JULIE FAY: Some tasks are best left to the experts -- I like to think that every home has its idiosyncrasies: a creaky step here, a loose doorknob there. But I’m the only person I know who has to unplug the washing machine before reaching into it, or I get zapped. Laundry for a family of five can be shocking for anyone, but mine is positively electrifying.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/family/x1128384974/Julie-Fay-Some-tasks-are-best-left-to-the-experts

GARY BROWN: Expert tells me all things I need to know, and some I don’t -- Today I learned how to fold a T-shirt so any burglars who throw them onto the floor while they’re looking for cash in my dresser drawers know that I have class.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/columnists/x1991989174/Gary-Brown-Expert-tells-me-all-things-I-need-to-know-and-some-I-don-t

SHAYNE LOOPER: Can faith be important and impotent at the same time? -- According to a Barna Group research poll, about half of Americans say faith has transformed their lives. The rest are divided between those who say that faith, while important, has not significantly changed them (28 percent) and those who say that faith has made no difference at all in their lives (17 percent).
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/columnists/x1991989141/Shayne-Looper-Can-faith-be-important-and-impotent-at-the-same-time

FACEBOOK BOOMERS: The new Facebook boom: Boomers embracing the technology to keep up with family - It was when she was online, coaching her daughter’s friends through breastfeeding, that Heather Reyes realized social networking had reached a new level. It wasn’t just for kids anymore, and it wasn’t where you went to just gossip with old friends. By Jennifer Mann.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1789529212/The-new-Facebook-boom-Boomers-embracing-the-technology-to-keep-up-with-family
- Art: Cartoon

With: FACEBOOK BOOMERS SIDE: Confessions of a 59-year-old Facebook junkie - Heather Reyes, 59, is embracing technology with all of her fingers. She gamely agreed to fill us in. By Jennifer Mann.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1128382590/Confessions-of-a-59-year-old-Facebook-junkie
- Art: 4 photos

Entertainment

SUDOKU: Puzzles for October (463-490) are available for download. Previous puzzles are linked to in this file, or visit our Puzzles category.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/puzzles/x576519466/Sudoku-puzzles-463-490-October-puzzles

DIRECTING DEBUT: Ricky Gervais makes directorial debut with 'Invention of Lying' -- Best known as the star and co-creator of the British TV shows “The Office” and “Extras,” Ricky Gervais is the star, co-writer, co-producer and, for the first time, co-director of the new comedy “The Invention of Lying,” which opened Friday. He spoke at the Toronto International Film Festival.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x1991987031/Ricky-Gervais-makes-directorial-debut-with-Invention-of-Lying

BEHIND THE CAMERA: Drew Barrymore steps behind camera for 'Whip It' -- Drew Barrymore is excited. Or maybe she’s just an excitable gal. Getting ready to celebrate her third decade of acting in films (she appeared in “Altered States” two years before charming audiences in “E.T.”), Barrymore has now stepped behind the camera for the first time, to direct the
coming-of-age Roller Derby comedy “Whip It."
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x1789529154/Drew-Barrymore-steps-behind-camera-for-Whip-It


SOUND OFF: A rapper and a rocker -- It’s the month of the indie musician, the true do-it-yourself artist that works ’round the clock to make the best music, package it up, and send it out for the masses to hear. These two – one rapper and one rock band – recently released albums that have potential to help change the face of the industry.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/dvds_cds/x1789531409/Sound-Off-A-rapper-and-a-rocker

SONGS FROM ICELAND: Icelandic songstress Magga Edda has mass appeal -- The "American Idol" phenomenon has managed to stretch itself all over the world, even to Iceland. In its recently completed fourth season, the field of nearly 1,000 hopefuls narrowed down to one winner. But as past "American Idol" and "Pop Idol" (the United Kingdom version) competitions have proven, it’s not always the winner who achieves stardom.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x1699601672/Icelandic-songstress-Magga-Edda-has-mass-appeal

Opinions

GRANLUND CARTOON: Director Roman Polanski arrested
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/cartoons/x1128385081/Granlund-cartoon-Director-Roman-Polanski-arrested

CONROY CARTOON: The health care reform trap
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/cartoons/x576525448/Conroy-cartoon-The-health-care-reform-trap

JEFF VRABEL: Swine flu wouldn't be scary if it was called koala bear flu.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x1128384673/Jeff-Vrabel-Swine-flu-wouldnt-be-scary-if-it-was-called-koala-bear-flu

DAVID RYAN PALMER: Why so hard to fully trust those we elect? -- From the lowly municipal representative to members of the House of Representatives to the two halves of Congress, there seems to be a misconception. It's one that is screamed from most major media outlets. One that most people, on reflex, would rush to defend. That misconception is that elected officials in government, specifically congressman, are ethically and morally obligated to vote the way their constituency wants them to vote.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x1692322102/David-Ryan-Palmer-Why-so-hard-to-fully-trust-those-we-elect

ELIZABETH DAVIES: What kids can teach us about honesty -- There’s just something refreshing about honesty. If you spend your days surrounded primarily by the over-18 set, you might not be so familiar with the concept. See, we adults have learned how to be good liars. We’ve also given it a name: We call it tact.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/columnists/elizabeth_davies/x1789529117/Elizabeth-Davies-What-kids-can-teach-us-about-honesty

EDITORIAL: Chicago is pulling out all of the stops in Denmark this week in trying to land the 2016 Summer Olympics for the Windy City. Oprah will be in Copenhagen trying to woo the International Olympic Committee, as will the governor, the mayor and the nation’s transportation secretary, who happens to be from Peoria. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will be in town. They’ll find out on Friday how successful they were in their competition against Madrid, Tokyo and Rio de Janeiro. We view this bid with a mixture of excitement and trepidation. An editorial from the Peoria Journal Star.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/editorials/x1699601660/Editorial-An-Olympian-effort-from-the-Windy-City

News

SHOOTING AND BOOZE: Experts say Abington shooting highlights consequences of alcohol abuse - The shooting of two brothers in Abington highlights what can happen when people from any background have too much to drink. Nationally, guns were involved in about 1 in 25 incidents where alcohol was a factor, according to a study by the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics. By Maureen Boyle.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x593057090/Experts-say-Abington-shooting-highlights-consequences-of-alcohol-abuse
- Art: 2 photos

Business / Ag

DAVE RAMSEY: Weekly financial Q&A, with items on widow's finances and automobile pricing.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business/x593047279/Dave-Ramsey-Recover-first-from-husband-s-death-plan-later

MAKING CENTS: Americans have too little life insurance - September is officially life insurance awareness month, something that should be on your mind if you have dependants who rely on you for financial support. By John P. Napolitano.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business/x1789529335/Making-Cents-Americans-have-too-little-life-insurance
- Art: Column mug

FINE PRINT: New federal law helps protect credit card customers - Figuring out how to protect your credit score has always been a somewhat mysterious process. Fortunately, Congress made it a little easier for consumers by passing a new credit card law in the spring. The law - known as the Credit CARD Act - gives card holders more notice about rate changes and a little more flexibility to pay their bills on time. By The Patriot Ledger.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business/x576523718/Fine-Print-New-federal-law-helps-protect-credit-card-customers

CHECKOUT LANE: Picking a fence for your home - Good fences may make good neighbors, but finding a good fence takes more than just an adage. It requires legwork. By Brent Lang.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business/x593054882/Checkout-Lane-Picking-a-fence-for-your-home
- Art: 2 photos

BIZ BITS: Weekly business rail, with items on breast-cancer awareness at work, BBB advice on “friendly” fraud and more.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business/x576515567/Biz-Bits-Think-pink-on-the-job-and-raise-awareness-of-breast-cancer

FARMING SAFETY: Late harvest, shorter days could mean danger for farmers - SPRINGFIELD – Harvest is late this year due to a wet spring, and that has some local farmers worried about their safety. When they start to bring in their crops, their machinery will be sharing the road with faster vehicles as nightfall arrives earlier and earlier each day. By Rhys Saunders of the State Journal-Register. To localize: Check with local farmers to see what extra precautions they’re taking.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x1991989466/Late-harvest-shorter-days-could-mean-danger-for-farmers

Sports

NASCAR PAGE: Three of a kind.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/homepage/x576525743/NASCAR-page-Three-of-a-kind

DEER SEASON: Keep these things in mind as deer season arrives - SPRINGFIELD – With archery deer-hunting season opening Thursday, there’s a lot to think about. There are new rules and regulations to consider and follow. And as with any pastime, the deeper one delves into the subject, the more complicated it can become. By Chris Young of the State Journal-Register.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/sports/x1991989409/Keep-these-things-in-mind-as-deer-season-arrives