NEWS

GateHouse News Service New England Budget • August 2, 2007

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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

BRIDGE STORY OPTIONS

- STATE BRIDGES I - Revisit list of bridges state inspections showed had problems in the past couple years. What is status? Are they being reinspected in light of Minn. disaster? Also, talk to lawmakers, MassHighway, Pike, etc. about funding for bridge repair, concerns over deficient bridges.

MetroWest Daily News, Riley, 15 inches, 6 p.m.

- STATE BRIDGES II - The Fore River bridge and one over Rte. 3 in Hanover are two of several area crossings and overpasses in Massachusetts that have needed/need repairs. In light of the Minneapolis collapse, how safe are our area bridges and overpasses?

Patriot Ledger, Jette, 15 inches, 7 pm.

- DOCTOR CONNECTION - Framingham native Dr. Joseph Clinton is head of the medical center in Minneapolis, dealing with all the injuries from the collapse.

MetroWest Daily News, Lord, 15 inches, 6 p.m.

SELLING SELF ON EBAY - A college student stranded in Europe put himself up "for bid" on eBay.

Whoever won would get a week's worth of his work, in return for a plane ticket back to the U.S. The owner of a russian tea room won the bidding, and this week the student is working at the tea room in Quincy.

Patriot Ledger, Benson, 17 inches, 6 p.m.

With photo

SHARK TOURNEY - This year's "Heritage Days" festival features a revival of the Shark Tournament -- even though these tournaments have come under fire from animal rights activists in recent years.

Patriot Ledger, Long, 15 inches, 7 p.m.

MIDDLESEX JAIL - A just-released study notes that of all the possible jail sites in the 54 cities and towns of Middlesex County, only four in East Somerville were studied.

Somerville Journal, Ackerman, 20 inches, on wire now

With cartoon

CASINO MEETING - Representatives from communities  surrounding Middleboro will meet in Lakeville next week to decide what  steps they can take now that the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe has a host agreement with Middleboro to build a casino.

Enterprise, 28 inches, 6 p.m.

SNOB ZONING - A petition to repeal Chapter 40B, the state's so-called anti-snob housing

law, was filed this week with the state attorney general. At the same time, repeal supporters will begin gathering the necessary 66,000-plus signatures needed to get it on the November 2008 election ballot across the state.

Enterprise, 14 inches, 6 p.m.

Business

NORDSTROM TOUR - Nordstrom offers tour of luxury department store it plans to open Sept. 7 in the massive Natick mall addition.

MetrWest Daily News, Diederich, 15 inches, 6 p.m.

With photos

PATRIOTS NEW VENTURE - Krafts show off their "man mall" development on the backside of Gillette Stadium in Foxboro.

Patriot Ledger, Adams, 16 inches, with photos

BREWERY PLANS GO FLAT - Boston Beer has chosen the cheaper route of buying a brewery in Pennsylvania over building a new brewery in its home state of Massachusetts as the popularity of its Sam Adams brands continue to grow.

Patriot Ledger, Chesto, 12 inches, 6 p.m.

Opinions

DEB GAUTHIER COLUMN - Forty years, in an age where spouses are treated like easily replaced appliances, is something for which we are justifiably proud.

MetroWest Daily News, on wire now

EDITORIAL: FLAG CONTROVERSY - For many people, symbols pack more power than policies. A reasoned disagreement on issues can quickly turn emotional if someone inserts the flag into it, which is exactly what has happened in Framingham, Mass.

MetroWest Daily News, on wire now

EDITORIAL: MIDEAST ARMS RACE - It is especially sad that the Bush administration, which talked so long and loudly about bringing peace and democracy to the Middle East, is now arming it for a regional conflagration.

MetroWest Daily News, on wire now

With Granlund cartoon

CARTOON – Granlund on Mideast arms race

MetroWest Daily News, on wire now

CARTOON – Mahoney on “Delead Me Elmo”

EDITORIAL: CONSUMER PROTECTION - One urgent bill finally made it to the desk of Gov. Deval Patrick. The bill seeks to protect consumers from the very real and growing problem of digital pickpockets.

Patriot Ledger, on wire now

Sports

GAGNE OPTIMISTIC - Red Sox feature on newly acquired reliever Eric Gagne's optimism over his

new surroundings.

Enterprise, Stern,15 inches, 6 p.m.

NEW PATS RECEIVER’S BASEBALL CONNECTION - Pats feature on new receiver Kelley Washington who once played in the minor leagues with Josh Beckett for the Miami Marlins.

Enterprise, Farley, 20 inches, 6 p.m.

EYES ON CAPE PITCHER – Wellesley grad, Duke student a star in Cape league, drawing lots of attention from scouts.

Wellesley Townsman, Fields, 25 inches, on wire now

With photos

BELICHICK ON WALSH - When Bill Belichick got his first defense to run, at the age of 33 with the 1985 Giants, he only had to worry about one Bill Walsh-run offense.

MetroWest Daily News, Breer, 15 inches, on wire now

BEN WATSON – In five years as a Patriot, Daniel Graham built a reputation as a devastating force in the running game who could double as a tackle. And when he left for Denver in March, a void was left that won’t easily be filled. But know this: Benjamin Watson intends to try.

MetroWest Daily News, Breer, on wire now

Lifestyles

OLD STURBRIDGE VILLAGE - The Regiment de Saintonge will be among 26 groups of re-enactors from across New England who will transform Old Sturbridge Village into a living history lesson spanning 165 years of North American life.

MetroWest Daily News, Bergeron, 20 inches, on wire now

With photo

IRISH FESTIVAL - The Irish Connections Festival has been an area staple since its inception: a celebration of Irish music and culture, in recent years hosted by Canton’s Irish Cultural Centre.

Patriot Ledger, Berndtson, 25 inches, on wire now

Photo may come

COPLEY SQUARE HISTORY TOUR - Want a fun 90-minute crash course on Copley Square's architectural wonders while walking off a few pounds? Lee Fernandez is the tour guide for you.

MetroWest Daily News, Bergeron, 20 inches, on wire now

With photos

YOUR CAPE REPORT – Weekly roundup of news and entertainment.

CNC Cape, 6 p.m.

With photo