Here are the top national stories coming today from GateHouse News Service. Stories are available at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/.

GateHouse News Service National Budget
For 2/11/10

Here are the top national stories coming today from GateHouse News Service. Stories are available at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/.

Contacts:
- Jean Hodges, (630) 348-3350, (630) 956-8834, jhodges@gatehousemedia.com
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Notes:

POLL IDEA: Did the media release too many details from Michael Jackson's autopsy?
http://ghnewsroom.com/article/poll-question-idea-did-media-release-too-many-details-michael-jacksons-autopsy

Q&A: How Pennsylvania newspaper improved their Facebook page.
http://ghnewsroom.com/article/qa-how-pennsylvania-newspaper-improved-their-facebook-page

LEADERSHIP SERIES 2010: The LEDE is GateHouse Media’s new training program.
http://ghnewsroom.com/article/leadership-series-2010-lede

READER CALLOUT: LENT: Reach out to your readers for their Lenten thoughts.
http://ghnewsroom.com/article/reader-callout-ask-readers-lenten-thoughts


Lifestyles

MORNING MINUTES: 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

VALENTINE’S DAY CONTENT: Our collection of content related to Valentine's Day. If your paper has something that would work on a national scale, please Zope it to us or e-mail it to national@gatehousemedia.com.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/special_reports/x231968471/Valentines-Day-2010-content

RELIGION NEWS: Christian magazine announces book awards -- Weekly religion rail, with items on Christian books, a Hindu tradition newly permitted in Britain, a survey about religion and Hollywood, and more.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x196127974/Religion-News-Christian-magazine-announces-book-awards

DIANA BOGGIA: Show your children unconditional love -- Unconditional love builds a feeling of security, safety, self-confidence and trust. When our children feel our love, and truly come to know what love is, they can learn to ask for it when they need it.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/family/x1124766264/Diana-Boggia-Show-your-children-unconditional-love

RUNNERS CORNER: In 2006, Chris McDougal wrote the book “Born to Run,” which reignited interest in barefoot running. While the book seeks to learn the secrets of the Tarahumara Indians, who seem to posses extraordinary capabilities as ultra-distance runners, McDougal added one chapter that presented evidence that would lead you to believe that man was, indeed, born to run. By Tom Licciardello.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/health/x2077693208/Runners-Corner-Barefoot-running-gains-traction

LOST IN SUBURBIA: All I want is chocolate-covered jewelry for Valentine's Day - Being the wonderful guy that he is, my husband knows that the way to my heart is through chocolate. I’m not a snob ... really any chocolate will do. Except the kind with coconut on the inside. Or cherry goop. Or insects. But other than that, I’m happy to be lavished with any other kind of chocolates.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x1103041382/Lost-in-Suburbia-All-I-want-is-chocolate-covered-jewelry-for-Valentine-s-Day

KATHRYN REM: Candy hearts continue to change with the times -- For 145 years, the Revere, Mass.-based New England Confectionery Co. has been turning out Sweethearts — those pastel-hued, sugary hearts so popular around Valentine’s Day. In an attempt to keep the messages on them relevant, “Tweet Me” and “Text Me” are replacing the oh-so-outdated “Email Me” and “Fax Me.”
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x1631823901/Kathryn-Rem-Candy-hearts-continue-to-change-with-the-times


Entertainment

SUDOKU FEBRUARY: Puzzles for February (582-609) are available for download. Previous puzzles are linked to in this file, or visit our Puzzles category.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/puzzles/x1090814405/Sudoku-puzzles-582-609-February-puzzles

5 THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND: This week, “Percy Jackson” and other new movies, the Winter Olympics, the NBA All-Star festivities, the Great Backyard Bird Count and Valentine’s Day.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x1919582986/5-Things-to-Do-This-Weekend-Feb-12-14
- Localize it: List local Audubon chapters, wildlife centers and the like; list pubs and theaters; list Valentine’s Day suggestions.

SNEAK PREVIEW: 'Valentine's Day,' 'The Wolfman' and other new movies -- Director Garry Marshall crams more than a dozen big-name stars (Julia Roberts, Shirley MacLaine, Anne Hathaway) into "Valentine's Day." By Al Alexander of The Patriot Ledger.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x1328934612/Sneak-preview-Valentines-Day-The-Wolfman-and-other-new-movies

FLICKS: My movie wheelhouse is clearly defined -- Certain movies are squarely in Mr. Flicks’ wheelhouse. I’m fine with that. If it involves elves/dwarves/dragons, werebeasts, giant robots, mutants (or the Marvel variety) or kookie British gangster-types, I’m all in. If Megan Fox (or Brad Pitt ... hey, I’m comfortable with my masculinity) is somehow part of the equation, all the better. By John Meo of the Norwich Bulletin.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x626052247/Flicks-My-movie-wheelhouse-is-clearly-defined

WOLFMAN: Movie review: Del Toro delivers a 'gutsy' performance in 'The Wolfman' - After seeing "The Wolfman," one can't wait for the promotional tie-in with an action figure. By Bob Tremblay of The MetroWest Daily News.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x1328933135/Movie-review-Del-Toro-delivers-a-gutsy-performance-in-The-Wolfman

THE FARR SIDE: ‘Survivor’ brings together heroes, villains -- "Survivor” paved the way for the reality TV craze 10 years ago when it made its debut. The program changed the landscape of prime-time TV. It’s hard for me to believe it has been 10 years since Richard Hatch took home the $1 million prize and become the sole survivor. I can remember being glued to the TV. By David Farr of the Sturgis Journal.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x1631825858/The-Farr-Side-Survivor-brings-together-heroes-villains

BOOK NOTES: Who killed the killer in 'Secrets of Eden'? - In bestselling author Chris Bohjalian’s “Secrets of Eden,” some mysteries untangle themselves as we approach the last pages of his cleverly told novel. By Rae Francoeur.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x626050915/Book-Notes-Who-killed-the-killer-in-Secrets-of-Eden


Opinions

GRANLUND CARTOON: Refresher course for meteorologists
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/cartoons/x228082335/Granlund-cartoon-Refresher-course-for-meteorologists

GRANLUND CARTOON: Boehner's bipartisanship
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/cartoons/x626051018/Granlund-cartoon-Boehners-bipartisanship

LICCAR CARTOON: A future Fox News commentator
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/cartoons/x1631826455/Liccar-cartoon-A-future-Fox-News-commentator

EDITORIAL: Like it or not, the troops are there -- A congressman’s visit to Afghanistan has led to better understanding and new perspective to additional troop deployment. Whether you agree with the decision to send more American soldiers or not, now that they’re in place, it’s imperative to support them. By the Messenger Post.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/editorials/x196127992/Editorial-Like-it-or-not-the-troops-are-there

EDITORIAL: It pays to be counted -- Within the next few weeks, households across America will start receiving 2010 census forms in the mail, and it will pay for all communities for all of us to stand up and be counted. By the Holland Sentinel.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/editorials/x1328935000/Editorial-It-pays-to-be-counted

EDITORIAL: In Washington, ‘bipartisan’ all but a dirty word -- While health care reform is moved to the back burner, the nation’s latest deficit is estimated at $1.3 trillion. These are the latest results to come out of an increasingly fractured nation’s capital. By the Messenger Post.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/editorials/x1328934934/Editorial-In-Washington-bipartisan-all-but-a-dirty-word

EDITORIAL: No choice but to combat Asian carp advancement -- Up to 3 feet of snow may have blanketed Washington, D.C., all but closing the federal government on Monday and Tuesday, but there's one thing the blizzard couldn't stop: Asian carp. The invasive species was the subject of a too-important-to-be-canceled hearing on Capitol Hill, where testimony was heard regarding Uncle Sam's newly unveiled, $78.5 million plan to halt their relentless swim into the Great Lakes. By Peoria Journal Star.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/editorials/x228083034/Editorial-No-choice-but-to-combat-Asian-carp-advancement

MICHELLE TEHEUX: Politicians could learn from dogs -- I’m thinking of entering my dogs as write-in candidates to hopefully replace some of the other choices on the ballot I don’t care for. I got the idea the other day after watching my dog Ginger skulk around with her tail between her legs. She was a sight, with her head hanging down in shame, and her legs bent to the point her belly barely cleared the floor. She wouldn’t meet our eyes. Immediately we knew she was guilty of something. Wouldn’t it be great if our politicians did the same thing?
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/midwest/illinois/x1025058501/Michelle-Teheux-Politicians-could-learn-from-dogs

LLOYD GARVER: Palin’s playground - You probably know that when Sarah Palin spoke at a recent Tea Party gathering, she had some "crib notes" written on the palm of her hand. What strikes me – and probably everyone else – is that it’s something that brings to mind school days. This got me thinking. Maybe politicians will follow Palin's lead and revert to the behavior and words of kids.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x228082343/Lloyd-Garver-Palin-s-playground

KENT BUSH: Now is the time for politicians to compromise - You should never ask a people to compromise their principles. That's the problem in government. Some items that seem blatantly obvious to a conservative seem equally ridiculous to a liberal. Moderates tend to believe both are wrong.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x196129463/Kent-Bush-Now-is-the-time-for-politicians-to-compromise

CHARITA GOSHAY: Political criticism devolving into babble -- I get that some people don’t like President Barack Obama. That’s not a problem; that’s democracy. But too many people have convinced themselves that the duly-elected president of the United States is Hitler with a BlackBerry, and a socialist-Muslim-Marxist-communist.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/columnists/charita_goshay/x655695061/Charita-Goshay-Political-criticism-is-devolving-into-babble


News

CENSUS: FAQs about the 2010 Census and tips on how to recognize a Census worker.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business/x1328932793/Census-2010-What-you-need-to-know-about-the-process
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SNOW: Fooled ya! Weather forecasters have some explaining to do - The snow that kept workers and students home on Wednesday finally arrived late Wednesday afternoon. But the foot of snow predicted for southeastern Massachusetts on Wednesday, causing schools to close and commuters to stay home for the day, turned out to be more like 4 to 6 inches. But the storm whacked New York and the mid-Atlantic. By Maria Papadoloulos of the Enterprise.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x228082378/Fooled-ya-Weather-forecasters-have-some-explaining-to-do

FAMILY SECRETS: Search for long-lost aunt reveals family secrets -- Curiosity about a long-lost aunt sent Susan Hadley on an odyssey that would unravel the truth about a decades-old tragedy and bring closure to a family fractured by a secret. By Charita Goshay of The Repository.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/family/x644566306/Search-for-long-lost-aunt-reveals-family-secrets


Business / Ag

BIZ BITS: Weekly business rail, with tips on a new career path, BBB advice on choosing a tax preparer and more.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business/x1124764548/Biz-Bits-The-surprising-rewarding-path-many-career-changers-are-following

DAVE RAMSEY: With financial Q&A, with advice on paying for a wedding and auto insurance coverage.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business/x1919583764/Dave-Ramsey-Parents-can-t-afford-daughter-s-dream-wedding

MAKING CENTS: Pros and cons of immediate annuities - It wasn't long ago that single premium immediate annuities were bashed regularly as a lousy use of money. Today, however, with longer life expectancies, baby boomers reaching retirement age and increased volatility in the financial markets, these annuities are gaining in popularity. By John P. Napolitano of The Patriot Ledger.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business/x503202446/Making-Cents-Pros-and-cons-of-immediate-annuities

CHECKOUT LANE: Picking out a wine for Valentine’s Day - Ryan O’Malley, manager of Ralph’s Derby Street Wine & Spirits at the Derby Street Shoppes in Hingham, Mass., advises customers to shop around for unusual or lesser-known brands. By Lana Lagomarsini of The Patriot Ledger.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/food/beverages/x655691900/Checkout-Lane-Picking-out-a-wine-for-Valentine-s-Day
- Localize it: Talk to wine sellers in your area to get quotes, information.

SHOESTRING LIVING: Health care prevention pays - Budget necessities typically include things like food, water, shelter and clothing. When times are tough, expenses get paired down to the basics, which for many families doesn’t include things like preventative medicine. But for those of us with a frugal mindset, taking care of ourselves should be a top priority now, since it may lead to less spending on expensive illnesses down the line. By Molly Logan Anderson.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business/x655692579/Shoestring-Living-Health-care-prevention-pays


Sports

NASCAR PAGE: Daytona 500 preview: Green flag.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/homepage/x644563451/NASCAR-page-The-green-flag

-- Olympics --

OLYMPIC VILLAGE: 'We're all just people': Athletes sow friendships in Olympic Village -- At the Olympic Village in Whistler, nationalities don't matter. Oh, if athletes were heads of state, things would get done. By Anne Delaney of the Observer-Dispatch.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x2077693705/Were-all-just-people-Athletes-sow-friendships-in-Olympic-Village

PLAYER’S PERSPECTIVE: The view from Vancouver – Meghan Duggan is writing about her Olympic adventures as a member of the USA Olympic women’s hockey team.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1328934471/A-player-s-perspective-The-view-from-Vancouver-by-a-Danvers-Olympian

BOBSLEDDER: Steve Langton goes for Olympic gold with U.S. bobsled team – Melrose, Mass., native Steve Langton will represent his country as a member of the U.S. national four-man bobsled team in the XXI Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver. By Christopher Hurley.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x196129088/Melrose-resident-Steve-Langton-goes-for-Olympic-gold-with-U-S-bobsled-team

SKIIER: Michael Morse a moguls man for U.S. - U.S. Olympic team member Morse skis best under pressure, and it doesn’t get any bigger than the Winter Games in Vancouver. By Sean Mulready of The Patriot Ledger.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1025058054/Duxbury-s-Michael-Morse-a-moguls-man-for-U-S