National budget for Aug. 4/5/6

GateHouse News Service National Budget   For 8.4-5.07 editions   * NOTE: Jean Hodges is on vacation this week. Please contact Michael Toeset in her absence.   ** NOTE: Hall of Fame budget for entire weekend is listed on budget.   Here are the top national stories coming today from GateHouse News Service. Stories are available at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/. Please submit stories below no later than 6 pm local time, unless you have breaking news that is changing significantly.   Contacts: Michael Toeset, (630) 835-8870, mtoeset@gatehousemedia.com   Jean Hodges, (630) 348-3350, (630) 956-8834, jhodges@gatehousemedia.com     NEWS   THIS WEEK IN WEIRD: A digest of some of this week’s odd news reported by GateHouse newspapers. News/ ETA: On wire now Art: Photo   15 YEARS TO SMOKING BAN: It took Gov. Rod Blagojevich a matter of moments July 23 to sign a new law that will ban smoking in public places across Illinois. The sweeping measure itself took more than 15 years to get to his desk. Illinois/ ETA: On wire now Art: None   STUPID HUMAN TRICKS: Apparently one resisting arrest charge wasn’t quite enough to persuade a man to follow the rules. In his attempts to avoid being arrested by the Missouri Water Patrol, the man jumped overboard twice after getting Maced. News/ ETA: On wire now Art: None   DIGGING IN ALASKA: Life in Kodiak, Alaska might be too isolated for many people, but for Chad Wray it is full of adventure. The Lake of the Ozarks native is taking part in an archeological expedition looking for WWII remains on Attu Island, Alaska. News/ ETA: On wire now Art: Photo     BUSINESS   TICKS BE GONE: Massachusetts woman has spent the better part of a year working on developing an effective product to combat tick bites and the possibility of Lyme disease that comes with them. News/Business ETA: On wire now Art: Photo     SPORTS   AROUND THE MLB: Andy Call’s weekly baseball roundup. Sports/Pro/Baseball ETA: On wire now Art: Column mug   BRIDGESTONE: Coverage from World Golf Championships in Ohio. With notebook. Sports/Pro ETA: Evening Art: Possible   JANE MILLER: Motorsports column. Sports/ ETA: Early evening Art: Column mug     HALL OF FAME – FOR SATURDAY   HOF NOTES: From press conference, notebook and glance items from the press conferences with each inductee. Sports/Pro/Football ETA: Evening Art: None   HALL OF FAME – FOR SUNDAY   HOF COLUMN: Column stemming from best moments from enshrinement. (This is meant to be the lead overall story from the enshrinement.) Sports/Pro/Football ETA: Evening Art: Possible   NIGHT COLUMN: Column stemming from the enshrinement, likely on it being the first night ceremony in Hall history. Sports/Pro/Football ETA: Evening Art: Possible   NOTEBOOK: Notebook items from each enshrinement Sports/Pro/Football ETA: Evening Art: None   HOF GAME PREVIEW: Look ahead at Hall of Fame Game pitting Pittsburgh Steelers and New Orleans Saints. Sports/Pro/Football ETA: Evening Art: None   HALL OF FAME – FOR MONDAY   HOF GAME: Game story from Hall of Fame Game. Sports/Pro/Football ETA: Evening Art: Possible   HOF COLUMN: Overview column stemming from the Hall of Fame Game at Fawcett Stadium. Sports/Pro/Football ETA: Evening Art: None   HOF ROUNDTABLE: Coverage of the Enshrinees Roundtable Sports/Pro/Football ETA: Evening Art: None     OPINIONS   GRANLUND: BRIDGE INSPECTIONS: Cartoon on U.S. bridge inspectors. Opinions/Cartoons ETA: On wire now   GRANLUND: NORTH POLE: Cartoon on Russia evicting Santa from the North Pole Opinions/Cartoons ETA: On wire now   EDITORIAL: OBAMA: Barack Obama would use more than the army to fight terrorism. Opinions/Editorials ETA: 6 p.m. ET Art: None   RICK HOLMES: Rick Holmes comes to the defense of invasive species. Opinions/Columnists ETA: 6 p.m. ET Art: Column mug   PHIL MADDOCKS: John Poindexter, a former national security adviser to Ronald Reagan and central figure in the Iran-Contra scandal, announced yesterday that he had entered the presidential race and demanded that all the other candidates concede defeat. Opinions/Columnists ETA: On wire now Art: None     LIFESTYLES   I SEE DEAD PEOPLE: Father-son duo from Massachusetts investigate the paranormal. Lifestyles/ ETA: On wire now Art: Photos   KINDERGARTEN: News feature on parents sending their kids to kindergarten. How to prepare, what not to do and more. News/Eduation ETA: On wire now Art: None   JEFF VRABLE: CUT THE CHEESE SCARES: Column on cheese “bomb” scare at airport recently. Opinions/Columnists/Jeff Vrabel ETA: On wire now Art: Column mug   TEENS GET CRASH COURSE ON DRIVING: News feature on teen driving program Alive at 25. The program has been deemed successful in Colorado — only nine of 85,000 “Alive at 25” graduates have been killed since 1996. Lifestyles/ ETA: On wire now Art: Photos