National Budget for 7.19.07

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.

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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
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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
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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
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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
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