Continental Features/Continental News Service

"The newspaper-feature super-channel"

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Who We Are:

Continental Features/Continental News Service publishes work from a number of foreign correspondents: "Dateline: Middle East" by Norman Rubin (Israel); and "Assignment: UK/ Europe" by Steve Healey.

In addition, CF/CNS administers two newspaper-feature divisions: Champion Features and Spirit of '76 Features.  In doing so, we represent the quality features of award-winning travel columnist Ann Hattes("Travelers Checks"), retired American League pitcher David Frost ("Sports and Families"), one-time Hollywood Reporter Managing Editor Harley Lond ("OnVideo"), outdoor columnist Lee Snyder ("The Politics of Nature" and "Getting There From Here"), humor columnist Mike Krivyanski ("No Assignment Too Difficult"), Gary P. Salamone("Question Time With Public Figures"), Greg A. Anderson ("Report on Science"), Charles Hampton Savage ("News and Comment" and "Court Watch"), film critic Leslie Rigoulot ("Movie Talk"), John "Sloop" Biederman ("The News Of Our Time--In Rhyme"),  and Gary P. Salamone/Editor-in-Chief ("Continental Viewpoint").  

CF/CNS caters, in part, with our children's newspaper, on the one hand, and our cartoon line-up, on the other, to the younger generations of on-line and print newspaper readers.  Among the fine newspaper feature cartoonists who produce for our monthly newspaper-feature catalog/periodic newsmagazine, Continental Newstime, are Frank Hill("Milo" and "King's Court")--who has also worked on such studio property as "Dennis the Menace"(and who has written some of the Sunday gaglines)--Dick Leahy ("Great Moments"), Greg Panneitz ("Fusebox"), Brian Crowell ("J.V. All-American"), Mitch Schwenke and Alex Avedikian ("It Could Happen To Hugh!"), Mick Williams ("Mick's Nuts" and "Morons With Money"), Jack Ricketson ("Chumley" and "Haywire History"), Ellsworth E. Jackson ("Blackouts" about African-American life), David Illsley ("Manatee Bay," "Kids Today," "Boomer Blogs,"  "Wet Noses," "Ribs 'n Jibs," "Otto Focus," "Speed Bump," "At the End of the Day," "Born Yesterday," and "Goin' It Alone"), Daryl Jay Frank ("Gilley & Wynn"), M.L. Zanco ("The Upsite, " "Heaven on Earth," "P.U. LITICS," and "The Upside"), David Anthony and Dan Alan ("Kwurks"),  Cliff Ulmer ("The Barlows," "Homeboy,"  "The Center" and "Leah and the Boys"),  David Ward and Bryan Picken ("Arkane Humor," "Reality Not Included," "Ripped from the Headlines" and "Making Waves"), Roger Martin ("The Outer Edge" and "Plato and the Professor"), Phil Jones ("Size and Stupidity"), Carlos Lantigua ("Pipsqueaks"),  Mike Shiell (general cartoon humor), Martin Tanksley ("Cleo"), and Ron Forkner (general cartoon humor).

Those editorial cartoonists, in turn, who exercise their talent under CF/CNS' banner number Christopher Doyle--who focuses on news morsels spanning world, national and California state politics--Cliff Ulmer and PIKE("Portfolio"), whose caricatures of public figures in the news are easily recognizable.

Committed to developing and maintaining a diverse news-gathering organization and newspaper-feature agency, Continental Features/Continental News Service encourages writers, cartoonists and photographers to apply for sponsorship in syndication. Please write us at the address below for our current submission guidelines, enclosing a stamped, self-addressed envelope. An "online" version of these guidelines--kindly specify which one(s) relate(s) to your specific feature proposal--is also available by E-mailing CF/CNS at the E-mail address below. (No telephone calls, please.)

Note to Newspaper Editors/Publishers: You pay only tenths of a cent per subscriber for these newspaper-quality cartoon and text features—your principal cost being printing.  Also, if your newspaper is part of a newspaper chain, you'll be interested to learn that CF/CNS has introduced, feature-pricing reform, too.  For example, instead of paying the feature rate for (a newspaper of) circulation of 20,000-50,000 twice for two newspapers having circulation barely above 20,000 apiece, your group pays only once. 

Please contact: Continental Features/Continental News Service, 501 W. Broadway, Plaza A, PMB# 265, San Diego, CA 92101  (858) 492-8696.  E-mail:

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​​Kids' NEWSTIME—A sampler of the American children's daily newspaper that could be, first published in the early 1990's and restarted on November 4, 1995, with some interruptions afterward!   Kids, how many newspapers can you read a day?....... This is today's final edition:

​                                                                                                                      VOLUME XX…….NUMBER 152......... DECEMBER 10, 2019

* News ...   District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser, whose Homeward DC Initiative is designed "to make homelessness rare, brief, and non-recurring [non-repeating]," announces that, tomorrow at 11 AM, she will mark her third annual "A Home for the Holidays" campaign by welcoming a Washington, D.C. homeless family into their new home; the Mayor adds that, since the Homeward DC Initiative began, the District has witnessed almost a 22-percent reduction in individual homelessness, with homelessness among families declining 45 percent.

* Business... U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announces, nearly simultaneous with signing by representatives of Mexico, Canada and the U.S. of amendments to U.S.-Mexico-Canada Free Trade Agreement provisions on worker rights, environmental protection, and prescription-medicine prices, that the free-trade pact "will further American prosperity, create more American jobs, and fuel economic growth in communities across the continent."

* Sports …  The National Basketball Association (NBA) reports, as Kids' Newstime went to press, that, in the Eastern Conference, Boston leads Philadelphia in the Atlantic Division by one game, Milwaukee leads Indiana by 6 games in the Central Division, and Miami leads Orlando by 6 games in the Southeast Division; meanwhile, in the Western Conference, Denver leads Utah by 2.5 games in the Northwest Division, the Los Angeles Lakers lead the Los Angeles Clippers by 3.5 games in the Pacific Division, and Dallas leads Houston by 1 game in the Southwest Division.

* Weather... The National Weather Service has received no reports of tornados, hail, or damaging wind, so far today, but yesterday hail was reported in Arizona's Maricopa County, in the area of Chandler and the general area of East Mesa.  Check the map, kids!

* Other earth news...The National Earthquake Information Center (Golden, Colorado) reports that the two highest-magnitude quakes recorded in the central and eastern regions of the Lower 48 States, earlier today, were of magnitude 3.0 in the central region of the Lower 48 States (7.3 miles from Balmorhea, Texas) and 2.5 in the eastern region of the Lower 48 States (13 miles west of New Castle, Virginia).  (With an atlas or a globe of the Earth, kids, find these places as quickly as you can.)

* Today in history ... 36 years ago: December 10, 1983—Argentine lawyer, Raul Alfonsin [pronounced “rah-OOL ahl-fohn-SEEN”] becomes Argentina’s first democratically-elected President after more than seven years of military dictatorship.

* A Quotation worth remembering ... by Thomas Jefferson (3rd U.S. President): "Pisa is sometimes spoken of as a place of education. But it does not offer the 1st. and 3d. of the advantages of Rome. But why send an American youth to Europe for education?  What are the objects of an useful American education? Classical knowlege, modern languages and chiefly French, Spanish, and Italian; Mathematics; Natural philosophy; Natural History; Civil History; Ethics.  In Natural philosophy I mean to include Chemistry and Agriculture, and in Natural history to include Botany as well as the other branches of those departments.  It is true that the habit of speaking the modern languages cannot be so well acquired in America, but every other article can be as well acquired at William and Mary College as at any place in Europe."  (Letter of October 15, 1785 to John Banister, Jr.) 

Pisa=a city in Italy; knowlege=knowledge; acquired=gained; William and Mary College=a college in Virginia.