For National, Mass. and Illinois

GateHouse News Service National Budget
 
For 7.19.07 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 pm local time, unless you have breaking news that is changing significantly.

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

Michael Toeset, (630) 348-3356, mtoeset@gatehousemedia.com

News

NASTY HOMECOMING: Maggots, animal urine and feces, rotten food, dirty clothes and dishes -- these are just some of the things that make up the "horrendous scene" at a soldier's home. Officials say his wife is to blame, and volunteers are frantically trying to rebuild the damaged home of the soldier who has been away at war before he comes back in the next week or two. CHARLES CITY, IOWA / In / News

SPERM BANK: Strong genetics don't necessarily guarantee academic or financial success, Slate Magazine editor David Plotz says he concluded after he did some non-scientific research on the now-defunct "Nobel Prize Sperm Bank" for super-smart people. He did the research for his 2005 book, "The Genius Factory." Strong parenting seems to have a bigger impact, he told The State Journal-Register in advance of his scheduled July 24 talk at SIU School of Medicine.  Olsen. w/mugshot of Plotz/SPRINGFIELD/moving this evening/Category: Illinois News and Health

YORKIE FOUND IN TEXAS – A Yorkie lost in Connecticut a year ago has just been found in Texas and returned to Massachusetts. Herald News, 15 inches, 6 p.m.
With photos

STUFFED ANIMAL LEADS TO ARREST  Big stuffed bar stolen from in front of a business is recovered from a car at a zoo and leads to arrest of a woman wanted on drug charges. Milford Daily News, Crocetti, 12 inches, one wire now
With photo

TEACHER IN SPACE, AT LAST - Barbara Morgan, NASA astronaut who was Christa McAuliffe's alternate in 1985 when she was an Idaho teacher, will finally get her shuttle flight in August (she has since become an astronaut). McAuliffe was from Framingham. MetroWest Daily News, Hilliard, 15 inches, 6 p.m.
With NASA shot of Morgan, MW file of McAuliffe

Sports

MIKE NADEL – Best of the Baldest Truth/column/moving this evening/Category: Illinois Sports and Columns.

BULLS — Andres Nocioni, Joe Smith news conference. LADEWSKI

Opinions

GARY BROWN COLUMN – For everything, there is a day. Fortunately for people who might have been running around in bare feet, Don’t Step on a Bee Day, July 10, came in the middle of Nude Recreation Week this year. And, the Fourth of July was the same day as Independence From Meat Day. Some vegetarian apparently had a bee in her bonnet about barbecues. CANTON / In / Lifestyles and Opinions

NOAH BLUNDO COLUMN -- Every day I wake up at the crack of whenever I feel like it and thank providence that I am not the premier of Alberta. I had absolutely no idea why I was doing this, and was even starting to consider cutting back on my drinking as a result, until early this week, when a fanatical protester, showing just how unbalanced fringe radicals can be, attempted to assault current Albertan Premier Ed Stalmbach with a pie. NEW PHILADELPHIA / In / Homepage

GRANLUND ON MURDOCH – Cartoon with Rupert Murdoch holding the Wall Street Journal with screaming tabloid-style headlines: Wolf Boy Stalks Bulls and Bears, and UFOs Monitor Market. METROWEST / In / Cartoons

Lifestyles (Thursday is Home & Garden)

JAPANESE BEETLES -- Every 15 minutes or so, a panicked victim of a Japanese beetle attack rushes into Rice's Nursery in and asks manager Steve Maddox for help. They are desperate, often clutching hole-riddled leaves from their flower beds and gardens. "Oh, my God ...  what do I need to do?" If sales of beetle traps and other anti-bug products are any indication, Maddox said this is looking to be a prolific summer for the shiny, green beetles, now in their 91st year in the United States. NORWICH,  In, Home & Garden
ART: beetle pic

PURPLE TOOL BELT -- Whether you live in a million-dollar mansion or a modest apartment, every household needs to have a toolbox or drawer for basic everyday tools and material you might need to fix minor problems. I keep mine on the floor just inside the cellar door so it is easy to access anytime but still out of the way. Other good locations are under the sink or in the pantry closet or laundry room. NORWICH / In / Home & Garden columns
ART: column mug

POTTERMANIA - "Harry and the Half-Blood Prince" left us with a head  full of questions, a wizard world in shambles and lots of ground to cover in the final book. A Cliffs Notes for those who haven't kept up. Patriot Ledger, Zaremba, 30 inches, 6 p.m.
ART: pictures and local sidebars

Coming for Friday

MICHAEL MILLER COLUMN -- Some Roman Catholics are saying, "Laus Deus!" -- praising God in reaction to Pope Benedict XVI's July 7 letter granting easier access to the pre-Vatican II Latin Mass. Others are accusing the pope of trying to roll back modernizations of Vatican II. Yet others speculate he may be trying to open a path for reunion with excommunicated leaders of the Society of St. Pius X, which broke with Rome over changes that came out of the Second Vatican Council. PEORIA / In / Religion
ART: column mug

ROMNEY & THE MORMONS -- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is getting a closer look these days thanks to the GOP presidential candidacy of Mitt Romney, former governor of Massachusetts. PEORIA, In, Religion
ART: pics


ILLINOIS BUDGET

Here are the top Illinois stories coming today from GateHouse News Service. Stories are available at http://ghns.ghnewsroom.com

*Please check this Web site in the evening for changes to story lineup, including breaking news.

Contacts:

Regional Editor Jonie Larson, (217) 816-3343, jlarson@gatehousemedia.com

News

PUBLIC CORRUPTION: 1:30 p.m. news conference by u.s. attorney to announce creation of public corruption task force and tip line. Dettro/Springfield/moving this evening/Category: Illinois News

CITY CRACKDOWN. (w/pic)  - good one to localize - City is no longer content to give people warning after warning to cut their grass. As of July 1, you get one warning. This is part of an effort to crack down on litter, weeds and other 'environmental hazards.' The neighborhood leaders we talk to think this is great, as do many city council members. City officials assure us this will not be taken to the extreme so that people are picked on for having a stray piece of litter in their yard. (12-15 inches by 5 p.m.) DAVIS/PEORIA/moving this evening/category: Illinois News

SCULPTOR: Local sculptor George Kapatas spent $2 million creating and sculpting figures from biblical scenes at Lil's Garden in Monroe Center. "Little Jerusalem" took him six years to build and attracts 8,000 people from all around the world every year. He immigrated from Greece after being awarded an agricultural scholarship in 1958. GRACE MATTIE/Rockford Register Star, evening/Category: Illinois News
PHOTOS: Done, assigned Sunday, 7/8; MONTVILLE

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: Story developing. Statehouse Bureaus

SPERM BANK: Strong genetics don't necessarily guarantee academic or financial success, Slate Magazine editor David Plotz says he concluded after he did some non-scientific research on the now-defunct "Nobel Prize Sperm Bank" for super-smart people. He did the research for his 2005 book, "The Genius Factory." Strong parenting seems to have a bigger impact, he told The State Journal-Register in advance of his scheduled July 24 talk at SIU School of Medicine.  Olsen. w/mugshot of Plotz/SPRINGFIELD/moving this evening/Category: Illinois News and Health

DOWNING DIES. (w/pic) Four-star general Wayne Downing of Peoria died late last night. He had the highest rank possible and was in Peoria in May for the unveiling of the WWII memorial. Will look at his life.  KRAVETZ./PEORIA/moving this evening/Category: Illinois

Opinion

SIN TAX BENEFITS: Last week the budgeteers from the House and Senate  as well as budget staff from the governor's office were approached by the  American Lung Association of Illinois with a proposal to significantly raise  the tax on a pack of cigarettes in Illinois."Significant" in this case  translates to a $1 per pack bump. That would put Illinois' per pack tax at  $1.98 - making it among the highest in the nation. That's probably enough  to get some people to either stop flicking their Bic or to drive to Missouri  to buy their cigarettes where the tax is a mere 17 cents per pack. But  this is an interesting proposal both from a public health and a budget health standpoint. Editorial/Springfield/moved Tuesday evening/Category: Illinois Opinion

BRITT CARTOON - Toon on Louisiana Sen. David Vitter's sex scandal/CHRIS BRITT/Springfield/posted/category: Illinois cartoons and Cartoons

Sports

MIKE NADEL – Best of the Baldest Truth/column/ In /Category: Illinois Sports and Columns.

FASTLANE -  Jane's weekly autoracing column/PEORIA/moving this evening/Category: Illinois Sports and Columns.

Travel

LET’S RIDE: Bucking broncs and bulls, beautiful queens and the best young cowboys and cowgirls in the world are returning to Springfield as the National High School Finals Rodeo rolls into town for its second consecutive year. REAVY/SPRINGFIELD/moved earlier in week/for use this weekend/Category: Travel and One-Tank-Trips

PEORIA AIR SHOW. (w/ supplied pic) Prairie  Air Show is Saturday and Sunday at Greater Peoria Airport. (ORI)/PEORIA/Category: Travel and One-Tank-Trips

Coming Thursday


Cardinal Notebook for weekend use./PILGER/Springfield


NEW ENGLAND BUDGET

Here are the top New England regional stories coming today from GateHouse News Service. Stories are available at gatehousenewsservice.com. Please submit stories below no later than 6 p.m. local time, unless you have breaking news that is changing significantly. Questions?
 
Contact: Chris Biondi, (508) 626-4343, cbiondi@gatehousemedia.com

News

YORKIE FOUND IN TEXAS – A Yorkie lost in Connecticut a year ago has just been found in Texas and returned to Massachusetts. Herald News, 15 inches, 6 p.m.

With photos

CRIME LAB FOLLOW - More on untested DNA evidence at state crime lab. If lab is under state police, wasn't Reed Hillman ultimately in charge of it? Now that he is up for US marshal position, does this reflect on his leadership or lack of it? MetroWest Daily News, Parietti, 15 inches, 6 p.m.

HELLO, CONGRESSMAN? - A new method of outreach by U.S. Rep. Mike Capuano had more than 1,000 folks from Somerville calling him in phone conference calls on Tuesday night.

Somerville Journal, Guha, 6 inches, on wire now

STUFFED ANIMAL LEADS TO ARREST  - Big stuffed bar stolen from in front of a business is recovered from a car at a zoo and leads to arrest of a woman wanted on drug charges. Milford Daily News, Crocetti, 12 inches, one wire now
With photo
 
TEACHER IN SPACE, AT LAST - Barbara Morgan, NASA astronaut who was Christa McAuliffe's alternate in 1985 when she was an Idaho teacher, will finally get her shuttle flight in August (she has since become an astronaut). McAuliffe was from Framingham.
MetroWest Daily News, Hilliard, 15 inches, 6 p.m.

With NASA shot of Morgan, MW file of McAuliffe

BRAZIL CRASH – Talking with local Brazilians, including Framingham woman whose husband is headed to the crash scene in Brazil where 176 were killed.
MetroWest Daily News, Mineo, 15 inches, 6 p.m.
 
SMALL PLANE CRASH - We try and talk to the pilot who survived crash in Uxbridge. FAA is in the process today of removing the wreckage.

Milford Daily News, Ameden, 15 inches, 6 p.m.

RAIL EXTENSION - idea being floated to extend Cape Cod rail line to Middleboro, where it would link with commuter rail from Boston. This could serve Cape visitors as well as future casino patrons if that happens. The Enterprise, Rebecca, 12 inches, 6 p.m.

With photo of area

TOWNS MEET ON CASINO - Lakeville has organized a meeting of representatives from towns who would be affected by Middleboro casino. To be held on July 25. 14 towns have accepted.

The Enterprise, Elaine A., 12-15 inches. 6 p.m.

HOSPITAL INFECTIONS – Massachusetts groups wants hospitals to make their infection rates public. MetroWest Daily News, Hilliard, 15 inches, on wire now
With photos
 
CEMETERY VANDALS – Northborough Police want help catching vandals who overturned 64 headstones. MetroWest Daily News, Breitrose, 15 inches, on wire now

Business

IDENTITY THEFT BILL -- Gov. Deval Patrick says he supports in principle a new identity theft bill passed by the Legislature, but stopped of shorting of promising to sign it into law.

The Patriot Ledger, Benner/Chesto, 12 inches, on wire now

CYBEX EXPANDS, SIGNS PATS PLAYER - Cybex International Inc. announced a major improvement to its manufacturing capabilities Tuesday with the opening of a massive new factory in the Midwest. The company also said it has tapped Ty Warren of the New England Patriots to help market its exercise equipment.
MetroWest Daily News, Turner, 15 inches, on wire now

With photos

 

CASINO UNIONS – United Auto Workers try to make inroads at Foxwoods. Norwich Bulletin, Jacobson, 10 inches, on wire now

 

CASINO REVENUE – Foxwoods takes a hit in slots revenue while Mohegan Sun sees a jump in face of increasing competition. Both plan massive expansions.
Norwich Bulletin, Jacobson, 12 inches, on wire now

ANCIENT TRADITION – Medfield company continues ancient tradition of coppersmithing during construction of church in Braintree. Patriot Ledger, Collins, 8 inches, on wire now

With photo

Opinions

COLUMN: INSURANCE REFORM – Former Gov. Michael Dukakis opines for us on true auto insurance reform, calling new proposal a failure waiting to happen. The Patriot Ledger, 16 inches, 6 p.m.

 
CARTOON: O’MAHONEY - Car insurance shopping.
 

EDITORIAL: AUTO INSURANCE - Patrick administration takes positive step toward competition on auto insurance. MetroWest Daily News, 6 p.m.

 
DEB GAUTHIER COLUMN - The Senate's pajama party changed nothing. The U.S. will get out of Iraq only when Bush gets out of the White House. MetroWest Daily News, 6 p.m.

Sports

CHINESE OLYMPIANS - Members of Chinese women’s softball team have found a home away from home among Quincy’s booming Asian-American population while training for 2008 Olympics.
Patriot Ledger, Menard, 15 inches, on wire now

ATHLETIC DIRECTOR - Stonehill College director of athletics Paula Sullivan will be doing double duty beginning next month. In addition to overseeing all of the Skyhawks’ programs, Sullivan will serve as the interim commissioner of the Northeast 10 Conference for up to six months.

The Enterprise, 20 inches, 6 p.m.

Lifestyles

POTTERMANIA - "Harry and the Half-Blood Prince" left us with a head  full of questions, a wizard world in shambles and lots of ground to cover in the final book. A Cliffs Notes for those who haven't kept up.

Patriot Ledger, Zaremba, 30 inches, 6 p.m.

With pictures and local sidebars