Here are the top New England regional stories coming today from GateHouse News Service. Stories are available at gatehousenewsservice.com.
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?
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AFTER DAUGHTER INJURED, FATHER WARNS OF DANGERS OF BACKYARD NETS - After a heavy hockey net tipped over and injured an Ashland girl Sunday, emergency responders and the girl's father are reminding parents to be sure backyard sports goals, swing sets and other home play equipment is anchored down.
MetroWest, Riley, on wire now
ANNUAL HERRING RUN UP THE TAUNTON RIVER IS A RITE OF SPRING - Beginning about a month ago and continuing through the first couple of weeks of May, the annual herring run — when the fish return to their natal rivers to spawn — is surging through the region.
Enterprise, Elwell, on wire now
With photos and fact boxes
DALAI LAMA PREACHES HUMANITY, HAPPINESS DURING CAMBRIDGE VISIT - With hands gently pressed together and eyes connecting with a crowd of anxious members of the local and foreign press, His Holiness the Dalai Lama fielded questions about human rights, the country’s economy crisis, President Barack Obama, and his eventual return back to Tibet.
Cambridge Chronicle/TAB, Fennimore, on wire now
VIDEO: HOSPITALS INCREASE PROTECTIONS AGAINST SWINE FLU - South Shore hospitals and doctors are stressing increased vigilance – not panic – as swine flu concern mounts around the country and the world.
Ledger, Scheible, on wire now
TECHNOLOGY TURNING UGLY, STALKERS TAKE TO THE INTERNET - Stalking is about taking control from victims, making them feel powerless and watched at all times - and thanks to the Internet, social networking Web sites and cell phones, a stalker doesn't even have to leave home.
MetroWest, Miller, on wire now
MASSACHUSETTS BUSINESS IN BRIEF - State economy shrinks by 4.2 percent in the first quarter; No power shortage seen for New England this summer; Golf ball maker to slice nearly 170 jobs in Southeastern Massachusetts; Dorchester service station to pay $72,000 to settle allegations of bogus car inspections.
Ledger, on wire now
EDITORIAL: POTENTIAL SWINE FLU PANDEMIC SCARY FOR A REASON - On the list of words no one wants to hear, “pandemic” has to rank near the top, right up there with “apocalypse,” “Armageddon” and “nuclear fallout.” It is indeed a frightening word, inspiring images of victims suffering from horrible diseases that threaten to wipe out entire communities. Bubonic plague. Ebola virus. Small pox. Pig flu?
Herald News, on wire now
O'MAHONEY CARTOON: ON AIR FORCE ONE CONTROVERSY IN NEW YORK
Ledger, on wire now
PETER CHIANCA: THE BBC IS NOW REPORTING THAT PENTAGON scientists are developing an „army of cyber-insects.‰ This is a spectacular idea; the only thing I can think of that would be better might be to mount little machine guns on their backs ˜ that way they could strafe us when we come after them with the Bug-B-Gone.
LLOYD GARVER: I READ THE OTHER DAY THAT IBM PLANS ON HAVING A COMPUTER compete against human contestants on the TV show "Jeopardy." So what's the big deal? If IBM (or one of its clones) were announcing that it had finally made a computer that will last longer than a ballpoint pen, then I might be excited.
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WINE RIOT NOT YOUR TYPICAL WINE EXPO - On a recent Friday night, a new generation of oenophiles let go of their inhibitions and embraced the wine world. Donning jeans and cocktail dresses, attendees were not your typical sippers, swirlers and sniffers. The two-night Wine Riot, the first major event from the creators of The Second Glass magazine, had two goals: Expose an emerging crowd of young drinkers to 250 wines that don’t come in a box or $10 jug. And to introduce the show’s 40 vendors to their new audience: young, eager and curious consumers.
Ledger, Keane, on wire now
MOVIE REVIEW: A GHASTLY 'GHOSTS' - Dickens' romantic retooling starring Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Garner deserves a bah humbug.
MetroWest, Tremblay, on wire now
THE ENERGY OF NEW LIFE IS CAPTURED IN WALPOLE ARTIST'S PAINTINGS AT MOOSE HILL WILDLIFE SANCTUARY IN SHARON - With Polo Barrera's paintings of blossoming forsythia and sun-dappled tulips, spring erupted in bursts of brilliant colors inside the gallery at Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary, weeks before the season arrived.
MetroWest, Bergeron, on wire now
With video and photos
DANCE REVIEW: AILEY'S TROUPE CREATE A DAZZLING DISPLAY - Thanks to Celebrity Series, for the past four decades the most joyous sign of spring in Boston has been the Ailey troupe’s annual visit. The company opened its week-long engagement at The Opera House on Tuesday night with a brief film about Ailey’s life and legacy, followed by a rousing program of three works, that were met with standing ovations.
Ledger, Fanger, on wire now
THEATER PREVIEW: 'SPRINGER’ IS USED TO THE HOT SEAT - What’s all the fuss about? Well, “Jerry Springer: The Opera,” offers up about 200 expletives), blasphemy, and tap-dancing members of the KKK. In other words, it’s not far from Springer’s talk show. But an opera that starts as a (perhaps somewhat predictable) parody slowly turns darker and, depending on your point of view, more objectionable. In the second half, all hell breaks
CNC, Stevens, on wire now
COMEDIAN JAY MOHR IS BACK ON HIS FEET - Jay Mohr is back playing stand-up stages after a two-year hiatus. He’ll still be the profane, razor-edged, Christopher Walken-spouting comic when he turns up Saturday at the Wilbur Theater in Boston. It just so happens he feels a little better about life and a lot better about love.
Ledger, Berndston, on wire now
MERRIMACK REPERTORY THEATRE'S 'MOON FOR THE MISBEGOTTEN' IS MORE COMIC THAN HEARTBREAKING - One can't help but love the Merrimack Repertory Theatre for having the courage to slip Eugene O'Neill's "A Moon for the Misbegotten" into the final slot of their season.
MetroWest, Brooks Andrews, on wire now