GateHouse News Service New England Budget • August 3, 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

CASINO COMPETITION -  Members of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe say they aren't concerned about reports of possible casinos opening in other towns.

Enterprise, 13 inches, 6 p.m.

COUGAR ON CAMERA? - Turns out plenty of people have seen big cats in the region around Norwich, Conn. The Audubon has actually set up cameras to try to catch the cats in the act.

Norwich Bulletin, 15 inches, 6 p.m.

LONG ISLAND - Long Island is the largest island in the Boston Harbor National Park area, with a shelter for 396 homeless, a summer camp, and grounds for 12 organic-farmers-in-training. But due to transportation and other issues, it's future is in doubt.

Patriot Ledger, Lambert, 22", 7 p.m.

With photos

Business

TICKS BE GONE - Cohasset woman has spent the better part of a year working on developing an effective product to combat tick bites and the possibility of Lyme disease that comes with them.

CNC South, White, 20 inches, on wire now

With photo

Opinions

EDITORIAL - Accusations in Middleborough after casino vote point out the hazards of the gambling game.

MetroWest Daily News, 6 p.m.

EDITORIAL- Obama would use more than the army to fight terrorism.

MetroWest Daily News, 6 p.m.

EDITORIAL - As Massachusetts residents have learned from the Big Dig fiasco, even relatively new construction can fail without warning. The state has had more than enough warning to get up to speed on bridge and road maintenance.

Patriot Ledger, 6 p.m.

RICK HOLMES COLUMN - Rick Holmes comes to the defense of invasive species.

MetroWest Daily News, 6 p.m.

PHIL MADDOCKS COLUMN - John Poindexter, a former national security advisor to Ronald Reagan and central figure in the Iran-Contra scandal, announced yesterday that he had entered the presidential race and demanded that all the other candidates concede defeat.

CNC West, on wire now

Sports

TY WARREN FEATURE - Patriots feature on defensive end Ty Warren being ready to step up among the NFL's elite defensive players.

Enterprise, Farley, 16 inches, 6 p.m.

THOMAS STEPS UP - Patriots' free-agent addition Adalius Thomas is making a sudden impact in

training camp at linebacker.

Enterprise, Farley, 16 inches, 6 p.m.

BEGINNING MONDAY: 6-part series by Patriot Ledger’s Eric McHugh on 1967 Red Sox

FOR MONDAY: THE SUMMER OF LOVE - Part I of a six-part series remembering the 1967 Red

Sox. First installment has players remembering their triumphant return at Logan Airport on Jul 23, 1967, when 10,000 fans greeted them after returning home in the wake of a 10-game winning streak. The moment set the tone for the remainder of the magical season.

With a sidebar.

McHugh, Patriot Ledger, 30 inches, part I on wire now

Waiting on photo

Lifestyles

WEIRD AL INTERVIEW -  In anticipation of 'Weird Al' Yankovic’s Aug. 11 concert at North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly, we talked to the multi-platinum artist and onetime high school valedictorian about success, file sharing and pie.

North Shore Sunday, Chianca, 25 inches, on wire now

With photos