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For 12/31/08 editions
Happy New Year from the news service!
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.
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NEW YEAR’S BANNER: Looking for a front page topper? Check out this one:
BEST OF 2008: Check out our package of year-end best-of content. We've got a look at the best political moments of the year, several movie and music features, a roundup of the best weird news stories, a special look at 2009 and more. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x415884208/GateHouse-presents-Best-of-2008
SPECIFICS ON INAUGURATION PLANS: Find answers to your questions about the inauguration special section plans and more on ghnewsroom.com.
NEW YEAR'S CONTENT: Check out our links package of New Year's Eve/New Year's Day content. Links will be added as new stories are posted. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/homepage/x16588296/New-Years-Eve-content
INAUGURATION DONATIONS: Track local donations to Obama’s inauguration.
COOL VIDEOS: Get ideas from some of the cool videos produced by GateHouse newspapers.
ONLINE INITIATIVES: Check out these online initiatives by GateHouse web sites during 2008.
(all weekly rails moved early for holiday week)
MORNING MINUTES: Word of the Day, Web Site of the Day and Number to Know. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/morning_minutes
LOOKING UP: (moving early for the holiday) It's cold out, but it's worth an extra layer to see the stars. (Moving early because of New Year's) http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x16589583/Looking-Up-Its-cold-out-but-its-worth-an-extra-layer-to-see-the-stars
HOME HELP: Weekly rail, leads with: Reduce packaging and your carbon footprint. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/home_and_garden/x1060484270/Home-Help-Reduce-packaging-and-your-carbon-footprint
HOME PAGE: Squirrels
TRAVELOGUE: Weekly rail, leads with: Family fun with intergenerational travel. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/travel/x946492234/Travelogue-Family-fun-with-intergenerational-travel
GETAWAY: Coastal South Carolina: A trip to homemade culinary heaven - At historic Hopsewee Plantation in Georgetown, S.C., afternoon tea is much more than a tea bag dunked into a pot of boiling water. Raejean Beattie serves her delicate scones on doilies with a homemade preserve made from fresh figs picked from the tree in her yard.
FAMILY TIME: Weekly family rail, moving early for the holiday week. Leads with ‘Marley & Me‚’ a howl. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/family/x1369589232/Family-Time-Marley-Me-a-howl
RESOLUTION SOLUTIONS: How to stick to your goals in 2009. By Andrea Zimmermann. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x1277298765/Resolution-solutions-How-to-stick-to-your-goals-in-2009
THE BEER NUT: A peek into 2009 - Going into 2008, brewers really did not know what to expect - there was a worldwide hop shortage, and the cost of malts, gasoline and pretty much everything else needed for brewing shot through the roof. But overall, 2008 was a good year for beer. Several breweries produced new and wonderful beers and better-beer drinkers were not left wanting anything more. MetroWest, Miller, on wire now
SUDOKU: Puzzles 190-217 are now posted. Sudoku links package can be found here: http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x776476232/Looking-for-Sudoku
5 GREAT ALBUMS FROM 2008: Five albums you should have bought in 2008 - Rather than pick his “top albums” of the year — which would insinuate that he listened to all or even most of the albums that came out, and then compared them, and who has that kind of time? — Peter Chianca of the Blogness on the Edge of Town blog offers his list of five albums that may have passed you by in 2008, but shouldn’t have. CNC, Chianca, on wire now
POP QUIZ: Think you know the key moments of 2008 pop culture? Take this quiz to find out. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/holidays_seasonal/x1277298782/Think-you-know-pop-culture-2008-Take-this-quiz-to-find-out
BEST OF 2008: The year’s best music http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/music/x260980715/
BEST OF 2008: Will Pfeifer takes a look at the best DVDs of the year. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/dvds_cds/x1737132599/Best-of-2008-The-years-best-DVDs
TOP 18 MOVIES OF THE YEAR: Ed Symkus weighs in with his picks for 2008.
TOP MOVIES OF THE YEAR: Al Alexander takes a look at the year‚s best movies. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x1060485219/Best-of-2008-Ledger-Downey-Slumdog-lead-the-way-in-a-year-of-great-movie-moments
--With list of the good, bad and ugly: http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x16585256/Best-of-2008-The-best-and-worst-of-this-year-s-movies
CHRIS BRITT is off this week, but he did a special cartoon on the Blago-Burris incident: http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x1060492145/Britt-cartoon-On-Blagojevichs-appointment-of-Burris
JOE BURNS: We’ve only just begun - Calling 2008 a tough year would be understating the obvious. On the plus side, the year, which also included a presidential race of historic proportions, didn’t lack fodder for columnists. But the election is over, the Republicans who gave those of us in the liberal media conspiracy so much to write about are gone, and we wonder how we can carry on. CNC, on wire now
CHUCK SWEENY: Roland, we hardly knew ye, and ye won‚t be senator. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x1621230113/Chuck-Sweeny-Roland-we-hardly-knew-ye-and-ye-won-t-be-senator
KELLY EPPERSON: Happy New Year! Ring it in with glad tidings. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x512370176/Kelly-Epperson-Happy-New-Year-Ring-it-in-with-glad-tidings
EDITORIAL: Any choice by this governor would be the wrong choice. By the Rockford Register Star. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/editorials/x2094347244/Editorial-Any-choice-by-this-governor-would-be-the-wrong-choice
EDITORIAL: If you doubted indicted Gov. Rod Blagojevich could find another way to immerse himself in contempt, he disappointed you. By The Journal-Standard. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/editorials/x131783201/Editorial-Burris-should-know-better
EDITORIAL: Roland Burris must now be wondering whether he's made the biggest mistake of his political career. By the Journal Star. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/editorials/x512369994/Editorial-The-political-job-absolutely-not-worth-taking
EDITORIAL: Rod Blagojevich is a non-homicidal version of The Joker from the summer blockbuster „The Dark Knight.‰ They have one thing in common: a desire to shock people and sow discord. By The State Journal-Register. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/editorials/x131783269/Editorial-Rod-The-Joker
FOOTBALL BRIEFS: PFW news on the Dolphins, Raiders, Chiefs, Eagles and Jets. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/sports/pro/football/fantasy_football/x1621230136/Football-briefs-Dolphins-winning-the-veteran-way-in-young-man-s-game
MIKE NADEL: 2008 was annoying, crazy, inspirational sports year
FOOTBALL PAGE: Super Bowl or bust.
PAINFUL FUN: Fantasy football just as agonizing as the real thing. By Joey Baskerville. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/sports/pro/football/fantasy_football/x131783196/Fantasy-football-just-as-agonizing-as-the-real-thing
KIRK WESSLER: Time to hand out the Kirk & Jerk Awards. This is a national column for good guys and bad guys in sports in 2008. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x1621229862/Kirk-Wessler-Time-to-hand-out-the-Kirk-Jerk-Awards
THIS YEAR IN WEIRD: A roundup of the year's best weird news stories, as reported by GateHouse newspapers. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x1060480653/This-Year-in-Weird
WHAT’S IN/WHAT’S OUT: Isn’t it fine? It’s 2009! Your guide to what's in and what's out - Is it really possible that another year has already gone by? Well, aging is out, so we’d rather not admit it — but it’s true, 2009 looms just around the bend. And that means it’s time for us to bring you your annual update on what’s in and out in society, politics, the arts, sports and life in general. CNC, Chianca et al, on wire now
OBAMA’S TEAM: Who's who in Obama's White House. Here’s a list that we’re continually updating: Rahm Emanuel, Valerie Jarrett, Ronald A. Klain, Phil Sciliro, David Axelrod, Robert Gibbs, Ellen Moran, Dan Pfeiffer, Lawrence Summers, Timothy Geithner, Melody Barnes, Christina Romer, Heather A. Higginbottom, Alyssa Mastromonaco, Peter Orszag, Rob Nabors, Austan Goolsbee, Paul Volcker, Jonathan Favreau, Cecilia Muñoz, Hillary Clinton, Eric Holder, James Jones, Robert Gates, Janet Napolitano, Susan Rice, Louis Caldera, Bill Richardson, Eric K. Shinseki, Tom Daschle, Jeanne M. Lambrew, Arne Duncan, Tom Vilsack and Ken Salazar. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/politics_elections/x466656920/
INAUGURATION: Check out our links package of the prepared preview page of the inauguration, as well as other content. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x1009174358/Inauguration-preview-page-and-original-content
SENATE SEATS FOR SALE: Gov. Rod Blagojevich might deny selling the state's U. S. Senate seat, but "Al the Jeweler" is hopeful the public will want to buy plenty from him. By John Sharp. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x131783257/Senate-seats-for-sale-Jeweler-satirizes-Blago
BLAGO/BURRIS FOLO: Story likely will touch on various aspects of yesterday's naming of Roland Burris to the U.S. Senate seat. For instance, observers are offering mixed views on whether Secretary of State Jesse White's refusal to certify the Burris appointment really would keep Burris out of the Senate. By Doug Finke. Will be posted this evening.
Business / Ag
BIZ BITS: (moving early for the holiday) Keys to a successful financial plan. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business/x131780828/Biz-Bits-Keys-to-a-successful-financial-plan
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