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 p.m. local time, unless you have breaking news that is changing significantly.

GateHouse News Service National Budget
For 10/30/09 editions

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 p.m. local time, unless you have breaking news that is changing significantly.

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Notes:

WEBCUBE: WebCube Moments of the Week
http://ghnewsroom.com/article/webcube-moments-week-11

APME BLOG: Follow the St. Louis conference
http://ghnewsroom.com/article/apme-blog-follow-st-louis-conference-week

FALL BACK: Need a time change illustration? Check out ours.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x23528641/Fall-back-Time-change-illustration

NICHE 2010 SCHEDULE: Check out the Niche products planned for next year.
http://www.ghnewsroom.com/article/gatehouse-2010-niche-schedule

HALLOWEEN CONTENT: Check out our Halloween links package, and continue to check back, as we’ll update as new stories come in. If your newspaper has something to share, please send it to us via Zope or e-mail it to national@gatehousemedia.com.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x576526613/Halloween-2009-content

FLU SEASON: H1N1 and seasonal flu content - Stories, columns, cartoons and more on H1N1 "swine flu" and seasonal flu. If your paper has an item to share, please send it to us via Zope or e-mail it to national@gatehousemedia.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/special_reports/x1699605699/H1N1-and-seasonal-flu-content


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

LOOKING UP: Peter Becker’s astronomy column will be posted this evening.

ASK DOG LADY: Choosing to spend money on your dog -- Dog Lady offers advice on dealing with naysayers, and the dangers of irresponsible pet owners.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x884493133/Ask-Dog-Lady-Choosing-to-spend-money-on-your-dog

THRILLED BY CHILLS: Haunted houses offer us a safe way to confront our deep-seated fears - The autumn wind skittered curling leaves under a bright quarter moon on Thursday night as 1,200 people gathered at Barrett’s Haunted Mansion in Abington for the chance to be scared. Mary Barrett, who created the attraction 18 years ago on the property of her Abington Ale House, knows why they come. “I think people like scary things because they like being scared,” said Barrett, 54, of Scituate, who has always had an interest in the supernatural. “It’s just a total release. It puts you in a totally different world.”
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x1717116031/Thrilled-by-chills-Haunted-houses-offer-us-a-safe-way-to-confront-our-deep-seated-fears
- Localize it: Add some local quotes and haunted house references.

HORROR FILMS: Exploring the attraction of horror films - “Horror really can be a social experience,” said professor Jason Reiss of Wheaton College in Massachusetts. That is just one of the observations Reiss and the students in his first-year seminar, “Psychology and Horror,” have made as they explore people’s attraction for horror films.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x1520371389/Exploring-the-attraction-of-horror-films

HEARING ANEW: Cochlear implant surgery has grandfather rediscovering life -- Mike Scheerer was sitting at his kitchen table, drinking his coffee - his regular morning ritual. But this particular morning, he kept hearing a "tick, tick, tick." "Do you hear that second hand?" Scheerer asks his guest. "I had never, ever heard that before." The soft click of his wall clock was the first distinct new sound Scheerer's brain picked out the morning after his new cochlear implant was turned on.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x1914254945/Cochlear-implant-surgery-has-grandfather-rediscovering-life

BLACK BELT: Wheelchair doesn't stop tae kwon do student from earning black belt -- In tae kwon do, age doesn’t factor into where you rank in the classroom. What you’ve achieved does. Danny Hicks has a front-row position at the Auvenshine School of Tae Kwon Do in Auburn, Ill. His hard work over the past decade has made him one of the highest-ranking students in the school: a first-degree black belt. And he got there in a manner few, if any, have: from the seat of a wheelchair.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x1914254939/Wheelchair-doesnt-stop-tae-kwon-do-student-from-earning-black-belt

WOMEN AVIATORS: Women aviators help keep Earhart’s legacy alive -- At the very heart of it, they are women who love to fly. Along with 5,500 women pilots all across the world, Margot Cheel and Trish Sauve are part of a organization keeping alive and continuing the long history of women in aviation. The Ninety-Nines International Organization of Women Pilots, whose first president was Amelia Earhart, was established to provide mutual support and advancement of aviation.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/x1717115010/Women-aviators-help-keep-Earhart-s-legacy-alive

KITCHEN CALL: The magical mystery cake -- When World War II came along, food rationing followed. Homemakers left the kitchen for the factory. Quick to prepare and with the main ingredient conveniently on the shelf, tomato soup spice cake provided a dessert or snack without eggs or butter, and with a minimal measure of sugar.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/food/x1615059061/Kitchen-Call-The-magical-mystery-cake

SUZETTE MARTINEZ STANDRING: Surviving incest -- The taboo against incest is so great, victims often feel buried alive, mummified in shame. In Quincy, Mass., at age 67, “Elizabeth” is an incest survivor. She won’t divulge her real identity because her sisters still hide the truth of what happened to them.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/columnists/x884494061/Suzette-Martinez-Standring-Surviving-incest

REV. TESS BAUMBERGER: Ministries of the valley - In communities of faith, our valley ministries accompany people through the rugged terrain known as grief, hardship and/or crises of faith. Valley times can be constricting times of doubt and difficulty that test our trust in ourselves, in other people, in the world, and in the Divine. Valley times call us to understand our selves, each other, our world, and the Sacred in many ways that are more honest, mature and intimate.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1914253215/Rev-Tess-Baumberger-Ministries-of-the-valley

ALICIA GOSSMAN-STEEVES: Confess negligence and ask for healing -- I found out this week while I was wasting time taking a quiz on Facebook that I am very much like Beowulf. I'm confident; I stick to my beliefs and I would rather die than ask a friend for help.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/southwest/colorado/x1914253134/Alicia-Gossman-Steeves-Confess-negligence-and-ask-for-healing

 

Entertainment

5 THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND: This weekend’s suggestions: Catch some playoff baseball and soccer; celebrate Halloween; catch a scary movie at the theater; check out some new books; and celebrate the Day of the Dead.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x884490756/5-Things-to-Do-This-Weekend-Oct-30-Nov-1
- Localize it: The Halloween item is meant to be localized, so add relevant info about events in your town. Also, add bar/pub info for sports item, add theater info, add bookstore and library info, and add any info on Dia de los Muertos events in your area.

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

SUDOKU: Puzzles for November (491-525) are available for download. Previous puzzles are linked to in this file, or visit our Puzzles category.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/puzzles/x637605105/Sudoku-puzzles-491-525-November-puzzles

AT THE MOVIES WITH GATEHOUSE: Check out this week’s collection of movie content, including the Sneak Preview and Flicks movie columns, reviews of the Michael Jackson movie and more.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x1520370134/At-the-movies-with-GateHouse

VIDEO VAULT: Take a wild ride with Alfred Hitchcock -- Back in 1958, when they were working on “North by Northwest,” Alfred Hitchcock told screenwriter Ernest Lehman that they weren’t making a movie. Instead, he explained, “We’re constructing an organ ... and we press this chord, and now the audience laughs; we press that chord, and they gasp, and we press these notes and they chuckle.”
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/dvds_cds/x1914254240/Movie-Man-Take-a-wild-ride-with-Alfred-Hitchcock


Opinions

GRANLUND CARTOON: Happy birthday, Internet
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/cartoons/x1717116321/Granlund-cartoon-Happy-birthday-Internet

GRANLUND CARTOON: Why the GOP can't get its act together
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/cartoons/x1520372271/Granlund-cartoon-Why-the-GOP-cant-get-its-act-together

LICCAR CARTOON: On the Chiefs' Larry Johnson's troubles
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/cartoons/x1914254073/Liccar-cartoon-On-the-Chiefs-Larry-Johnsons-troubles

EDITORIAL: Both sides earn a 'time out' in Obama vs. Fox feud -- For as long as Barack Obama has been in the national eye, there has been little love lost between him and Fox News Channel. Both the president and the network have traded barbs, with Obama describing them as "entirely devoted to attacking my administration." A hard freeze has now settled in as aides have been making it clear the administration views Fox as anything but a legitimate news outlet. From the Peoria Journal Star.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/editorials/x665158325/Editorial-Both-sides-earn-a-time-out-in-Obama-vs-Fox-feud

EDITORIAL: Be rational if you get sick -- The H1N1 virus and its potential to kill has scared people, driving up emergency room visits. Given the publicity surrounding the virus, which health experts believe is causing most U.S. flu cases, precaution and fear are understandable. But it’s important for people to know that H1N1, while a new and aggressive flu strain, is not any more dangerous than the seasonal flu, which can also kill. It’s important to be rational if you get sick. From the State Journal-Register.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/editorials/x1717116547/Editorial-Be-rational-if-you-get-sick

ELIZABETH DAVIES: Taking every precaution against the flu -- This year’s flu season has turned me into a germaphobe. It’s a completely foreign role to me. I was the woman who had a five-second rule on her child’s pacifier. I asserted, “That’s what an immune system is for!” when I got looks from other moms on the playground.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/columnists/elizabeth_davies/x23532376/Elizabeth-Davies-Taking-every-precaution-against-the-flu

WOOD ON WORDS: Do you recall the many meanings of 'recall'? -- “I don’t recall.” “I do not recall.” “I just don’t recall.” Then Attorney General Alberto Gonzales wasn’t the first government official to have severe memory problems, nor was he the last. But he certainly set the bar fairly high in an appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee in April 2007.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/columnists/barry_wood/x665157687/Wood-on-Words-Do-you-recall-the-many-meanings-of-recall

PHILIP MADDOCKS: Wall Street says it can’t do it alone, urges Main Street to offer unsustainable pay packages to its executives - Calling it the only effective means of getting the U.S. economy back on track, Wall Street executives yesterday urged ordinary businesses of every stripe to begin vastly overpaying the executives they still have.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x1914254075/Philip-Maddocks-Wall-Street-says-it-can-t-do-it-alone-urges-Main-Street-to-offer-unsustainable-pay-packages-to-its-executives

MEREDITH O'BRIEN: Scary, violent movie previews horrify kids, parent -- Before we set foot in the movie theater to watch “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” my then-10-year-old twin Harry Potter addicts and I thoroughly discussed seeing the sixth installment. We knew there’d be scary images of violent wizarding magic. But it wasn’t the lethal use of magic in a PG movie about which I should’ve been concerned. During a 1:10 p.m. showing of a kids’ film on a weekday in July, I didn’t expect that the previews would be, in a word, terrifying, at least from a 10-year-old’s point of view.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x1717115096/Meredith-OBrien-Scary-violent-movie-previews-horrify-kids-parent

GARY BROWN: Make a date to check out new calendars -- I always appreciate getting a calendar such as “The 365 Stupidest Things Ever Said” because every day it makes you feel almost like an orator.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x1914254700/Gary-Brown-Make-a-date-to-check-out-new-calendars


News

WEEK IN WEIRD: Driver says he didn’t know passenger was dead, burglar flees home wearing only boxer shorts and pink ball cap and more in this week’s edition.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x1520371534/This-Week-in-Weird-Oct-30

TERROR SENTENCING: Unbuckled son put al-Marri investigation in motion – A 5-year-old boy looking out the back window of Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri's car while riding unrestrained piqued a Peoria, Ill., police officer's interest just more than eight years ago. The resulting traffic stop seemed routine enough, but it was the briefcase full of money at an East Peoria motel that drew the attention of Officer Greg Metz. Metz called the department's FBI liaison. That set into motion events that culminated Thursday when al-Marri was sentenced to eight years and four months in federal prison for providing support to al-Qaida.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x1914255035/Unbuckled-son-put-al-Marri-investigation-in-motion

GOLF CART FEUD: Dispute over golf carts on streets turns neighbor against neighbor -- It’s neighbor against neighbor in one Belvidere, Ill., subdivision over whether golf carts, which have become a common mode of transportation, should be legalized. Tension over the carts has grown enough that residents, armed with cameras, lie in wait for violators of any sort. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x1914255029/Dispute-over-golf-carts-on-streets-turns-neighbor-against-neighbor
- To localize: Are there communities in your area where use of golf carts on streets is an issue?

PHOTO GALLERY: Herd around town -- About 35 cows from Eastleigh Farm in Framingham, Mass., got loose Thursday morning and found their way to a cul-de-sac. Joan Kinner, an Eastleigh Farm worker, said the breakout happened shortly after the morning milking. "Once one goes, they all follow," she said. The herd traveled about a half-mile down a path and ended at the cul-de-sac. Several Eastleigh workers guided them back to the farm. A resident in the area was seen with a garden hose washing off cow manure. The cows also left hoof marks in the soggy soil.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/images/x665158002/Photo-gallery-Herd-around-town


Business / Ag

CONSUMER WATCH: Batteries not included, so get a charger -- You’ll be giving or receiving battery-powered gifts this season, maybe a pile of them. With “batteries included” rare, you’ll face what can be an alarming expense.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business/x665156789/Consumer-Watch-Batteries-not-included-so-get-a-charger

BIZ BITS: Weekly business rail, with tips on choosing a career in the new economy, BBB warning about charity sites online and more.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x1717108310/Biz-Bits-Choosing-a-career-in-the-new-economy

DAVE RAMSEY: Weekly financial Q&A, with advice on pre-paid legal fees and mortgages.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business/x1914247380/Dave-Ramsey-Do-I-need-pre-paid-legal

MAKING CENTS: Life insurance policies need close review - For decades, life insurance has been viewed as a buy-and-hold asset. It is seen as something you buy to protect a certain need, whether it's income replacement, estate planning or for business purposes. But in recent years, treating life insurance as a separate asset class - just like stocks, bonds, cash and real estate - has come into vogue among financial professionals.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business/x1520363552/Making-Cents-Life-insurance-policies-need-close-review

CHECKOUT LANE: Popularity of craft beers comes to a head - Drew Brosseau, president of Mayflower Brewing Co. in Plymouth, says craft beers, which are usually made at local breweries, offer drinkers bolder tastes than the brands hawked by the major brewers. “No doubt there’s been a big movement in the direction of local beers,” he says.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business/x1717107492/Checkout-Lane-Popularity-of-craft-beers-comes-to-a-head

FINE PRINT: Buyers beware - unofficial Web sites can mark up tickets - The Boston Opera House reopened in 2004, and it still doesn't have the rights to BostonOperaHouse.com. But many ticket buyers think they're visiting the venue's official Web site when they go to that address.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1520363514/Fine-Print-Buyers-beware-unofficial-Web-sites-can-mark-up-tickets


Sports

PRO-FOOTBALL PAGES: Pages from PFW, including the following versions: national, New York, Bears, Patriots, Chiefs and Rams.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/sports/x1615057981/Pro-Football-Weekly-pages-10-28-09

NASCAR PAGE: All eyes on also-rans.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/ghns_pages/nascar/x23523714/NASCAR-page-All-eyes-on-also-rans

COLLEGE FOOTBALL NATION: Chinks in Florida’s armor - Weekly column from Eric Avidon leads with a look at the Florida Gators.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/sports/college/x1717113771/College-Football-Nation-Chinks-in-Florida-s-armor

OAK DUKE: Whitetails under the light of the silvery moon -- The moon's effect on human emotion and romance has been chronicled long ago, even before pop music, but only fairly recently has the debate about the moon's effect on whitetails become serious. What is it that makes the moon's magic?
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/new_york/sports/x23531053/Oak-Duke-Whitetails-under-the-light-of-the-silvery-moon

TJ MARTINEZ: Slap shot -- a hockey fan is reborn -- I had heard for years that the live hockey experience was far superior to watching the game on TV, and after witnessing it this weekend I have to agree.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/southwest/colorado/x1520371531/TJ-Martinez-Slap-shot-a-hockey-fan-is-reborn#

INSIDE THE LINES: Peoria Journal Star sports editor Bill Liesse takes an irreverent look at this weekend’s NFL games. Will be posted this evening for use in Sunday editions.