GateHouse News Service New England Budget • August 13, 2007

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Here are the top New England regional stories coming today from GateHouse News Service. Stories are available at gathousenewsservice.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) 269-3994, cbiondi@gatehousemedia.com

News

HANDICAP PARKING CRACKDOWN - Massachusetts cracks down on people who illegally use handicapped placards to get free parking. We hit up MetroWest advocates for the handicapped and elderly about this problem.

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

SHUTTLE DANGER - Checking with Christa McAuliffe Center in Framingham about concerns over damage to the space shuttle.

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

COP CARS - While there are still a few antiques with sparse features, several local police departments have cars with a host of gadgets and other add-ons aimed at helping fight crime and more.

Patriot Ledger, Menard, 18 inches, 7 p.m.

With photos and a sidebar on the Dodge Charger that seems like a dud

STORE CRASH: A car crashed through a convenience store window and then some in Stoughton, causing mayhem if not necessarily injuries. With pictures.

Patriot Ledger, Jette, 10 inches, 7 p.m.

With photos

Business

MASS. MARKET - Many fishermen are now thinking about banding together to form local cooperatives, known as ''sectors,'' in which they would be assigned limits for how much fish the total group could catch in a given fishing year.

Patriot Ledger, Chesto, 18 inches, on wire now

Opinions

EDITORIAL: Karl Rove bids adieu. His legacy is either GOP Rasputin or loyal Bushie foot soldier. You hate him as an enemy, you love him as a friend.

Patriot Ledger, 14 inches

O’MAHONEY CARTOON – Farewell Karl Rove

Sports

MASS. RECORD SHARK - In his first time shark fishing, the 35-year-old Scituate captain and his four-member crew on the Alexa Ann spent three hours towing the 455-pound monster fish to Mill Wharf in Scituate Harbor on Sunday.

Patriot Ledger, Saldingher, 12 inches, on wire now

With photo

Lifestyles

HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL - Pre-teens across the country are counting the days and hours until 8 p.m. Aug. 17, the moment “High School Musical 2” debuts on Disney Channel.

Patriot Ledger, Mackay, 15 inches, on wire now

With photo