GateHouse News Service National Budget
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WAKE UP CALL!: Some stores restricting coupons

FOURTH COVERAGE: Creative event coverage, photos and more

EDITING WORDS: Why are they called the 'dog days of summer'?


AUGUST FAMILY: Brown-bag lunches that fit new MyPlate guidelines, how to communicate with your kid's teacher and teaching kids about money

BACK TO SCHOOL PAGE: Clothing trends

BACK TO SCHOOL TAB: Tips for kids heading to elementary school through college



Embed codes for some NDN videos that you can add to your Zope stories on these topics:

- NASA’s Final Four: A final shuttle crew of just four members means more space for supplies for the International Space Station.
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-- Localization: Run with your coverage of NASA’s final space shuttle flight.

- Casey Anthony: Alternate Juror Calls Her 'Good Mother'
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-- Localization: Run with your Casey Anthony coverage; can also poll readers if they agree with this juror.

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HOME HELP: Continue caring for spring-planted trees -- weekly Home Help with items on caring for trees planted in the spring, California's new law that aims at carpet recycling, the Emergency Homeowners’ Loan Program and more. By GHNS

TILE REGLAZING: Is tile reglazing a good option? - We love do-it-yourself home projects. We also love recycling and repurposing products. Therefore, we should be big fans of DIY tile reglazing, but we don’t recommend it. By Steve Graham,

TRADING POST: Strawberry Summer Salad and Berry Smoothie -- The salad is from Dotti Milner of Springfield, Ill. “It is great with steak and baked potatoes. Easy to do, also. Nice presentation in a clear bowl,” she writes. Kathryn Rem/ State Journal-Register (Ill.)

RECIPE: The Texas Breakfast -- Tired of the same old, same old for breakfast? Do as the Texans do. They combine all of their favorite breakfasts in one dish. Then, to make things easy in the morning, they make it the night before. Jim Hillibish/ Canton (Ohio) Repository

JIM HILLIBISH: Bringing back the trifle -- Trifles offer many variants, including cream flavored with rosewater and ginger. They embrace history –– Oliver Wendell Holmes celebrated his jelly version in 1861. Ice cream trifles, requiring quick assembly, are an American invention and are most often found in fine restaurants. Canton (Ohio) Repository

BEER NUT: Stay and brew at the Woodstock Inn - Visitors to one of the Woodstock Inn Brewery's Brewer's Weekends can help making some of the inn's beers and learn more about craft-brewing. By Norman Miller, MetroWest, Mass.

HEALTHY GRILLING: Hope Danielson: Summer grilling is healthy -- Did you know that using an outdoor grill is a great way to prepare healthy meals? Grilling your foods reduces the amount of unhealthy fats and adds a delicious flavor. It's also a great way to keep your kitchen cool on a hot summer day. Be Healthy Springfield (Ill.)

CIGARETTE LABELS: Katie Lorenz: Cigarette warnings get graphic -- As required by the Family Smoking and Tobacco Control Act, the Food and Drug Administration has recently enacted a final rule that requires graphic health warnings on all cigarette packages and advertisements starting in the fall of 2012. View the final selected images at Be Healthy Springfield (Ill.)

WATER SAFETY: Linda Pfeiffer: Safety rules around water, swimming  -- Drowning is the second leading cause of accidental deaths for children, four out of five of whom are male. Children from low-income families are four times more likely to drown. It happens in as little as 20 seconds, which is less time than a typical TV commercial, and it usually happens without a sound. Be Healthy Springfield (Ill.)

KENT BUSH: Few success stories in Ethiopian orphanages -- Sometimes it is good to be reminded how good you have it. That’s why it was important to me to take my 7-year-old to the boys’ orphanage in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Blake needed to see what some other boys have to endure. In fact, that would have been his new brother’s fate, had he not been adopted in time. Augusta Gazette (Kan.)

LOST IN SUBURBIA: Chew on this - I try to check everyone’s pants pockets before I do the laundry so I do not discover something unwanted after the fact, such the errant hair doo-dad, pencil eraser or dead cricket (which hopefully was that way before he went through the wash). By Tracy Beckerman, GHNS columnist.


5 THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND: This week’s suggestions include celebrating aliens, watching "Zookeeper," taking part in Teddy Bear Picnic Day and more.
* Localization tip: Swap out any of these items for any big local events, list good places to have a Teddy Bear picnic and ask readers what their favorite ice cream is.


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MICHELLE TEHEUX: Retirement is a thing of the past -- Hello? Retirement is for Baby Boomers, government workers and the well-off. Most rank and file workers will never be able to retire, and the sooner we face this fact and plan for it, the better off we will be. Pekin (Ill.) Daily Times


DAVE RAMSEY: OK to skip a payment after refinance? - Weekly financial Q&A, with advice on mortgage payments and Peer-to-peer lending. By Dave Ramsey, GHNS columnist.

MAKING CENTS: Time to set some financial priorities - The second half of 2011 officially began on Friday. Yes, time does fly, and the second half of the year frequently passes faster than the first. Beaches, barbeques and rejuvenation times dominate the summer months, and that is a good thing. But just like you don't stop your workouts or other routines, you shouldn't stop paying attention to your personal finances. By John P. Napolitano, The Patriot Ledger.

CHECKOUT LANE: Simple rules for picking the right bike helmet - You shouldn't travel very far on that new bike without the right helmet. "If you're going a block from your house, you should always wear a helmet," said Dave Forsyth, owner of Dave's Bike Infirmary in Milton, Mass. By Alex Spanko, The Patriot Ledger.
* Localization tip: Talk to bike experts in your area and add/swap out their quotes and tips.