GateHouse News Service New England Budget • Sept. 10, 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

STANDALONE PHOTO: ROSH HASHANAMetroWest Daily News, on wire now

VIRTUAL PRISON VISIT: MASS. FAMILY TOUCHES BASE WITH PRISONER IN AZORES - Relatives of a woman deported from Fall River made a "virtual visit" to a prison in the Azores, where the woman faces murder charges, in what the Bristol County sheriff hopes will become a regular program to ease the anger generated by immigration crackdowns.

Herald News, Holtzman, 22 inches, on wire now

With photos

IN WESTPORT, BEAUTY HAS ITS PRICE: $8.9M - A sprawling 113-acre Buzzards Bay property could be easily the highest property sale in town history, and perhaps the highest the area has seen.

Herald News, Welker, 18 inches, on wire now

With photo

‘DARTH VADER’ AGAINST GUNS – Bristol County DA says he aggressively uses “dangerousness hearings” a statute enacted in 1994 during the Weld administration that allows the court to hold a defendant without bail for 90 days if he or she is deemed a danger to the community.

Taunton Call, Mulligan, 25 inches, on wire now

With photo

’CSI’ FOR WHALES - Regina Campbell-Malone of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is a real-life student of bones. She isn’t sifting human relics to solve crimes; she seeks to preserve a future for the North Atlantic right whale.

Falmouth Bulletin, Eldred, 22 inches, on wire now

With photo

HEART OPERATION - A 16-month Stoughton infant has rare heart surgery Monday at Mass. General. We report from inside the operating room.

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

With photos (from operating room and file photos of boy)

BIRD BRAIN PARROT DEAD AT 31 - Brandeis University’s Alex the African Grey parrot - subject of landmark studies of bird intelligence - dies at 31.

News Tribune, Perkins, 15 inches, 6 p.m.

With photo

EASTON GAS EXPLOSION - Gas explosion levels house, injuring four Stonehill College students, a gas worker and a cop.

The Enterprise, Downing, 12 inches, on wire now but will update

With photos to come

THINNING SAFETY NET FOR AUTISM - Increase in autism cases is straining support services.

The Enterprise, Starcevic, 30 inches, 6 p.m.

With photos

BRIDGEWATER ON THE BRINK? - Town faces steep cuts in fire, police and library services after voters again reject a tax hike.

The Enterprise, Starcevic, 20 inches, 6 p.m.

With photo

MASON THE DOG HITS THE STREETS - Police dog named for W.B. Mason Co., a longtime Brockton office supply business and Red Sox sponsor, has gone to work in Brockton.

The Enterprise, Boyle, 10 inches, 6 p.m.

BAGPIPING COP - Feature on Waltham police officer who plays the bag pipes on the roof of the station.

News Tribune, Gilbride, 16 inches, 6 p.m.

With photos

WILD FIRE INEVITABLE IN PLYMOUTH - Dry conditions, parched soil and highly flammable vegetation make Plymouth County a natural tinderbox vulnerable to a major wildfire, fire officials warn.

Patriot Ledger, Long, 22 inches, on wire now

With photos to come

9//1 REMEMBRANCE – Ceremoney to be held on USS Massachusetts in Fall River.

Herald News, Dion, 10 inches, 6 p.m.

Business

MEASURING THE FAIRE - King Richard’s impact on local economy tangible, yet elusive.

Patriot Ledger, Bauer, 22 inches, on wire now

With photos

GREEN CAB – New hybrid cab is a first for Somerville.

Somerville Journal, Powers, 12 inches, on wire now

Opinions

RICK HOLMES: HIGHER TOLLS - While most of us were out cruising the highways to summer vacation spots, something else was coming down the Pike: higher tolls.

MetroWest Daily News, on wire now

EDITORIAL: PUBLIC LANDS AND THE DECLINE OF HUNTING - The fall hunting season is coming, and this year the deer face better odds than they have in a long time. Hunting is in decline here in Massachusetts. Between 1995 and 2005, the number of hunting licenses fell from 36,137 to 25,891, a 28 percent drop.

MetroWest Daily News, on wire now

With Granlund cartoon

EDITORIAL: 9/11 - For so many of us in New England and beyond, Sept. 11 is a date that will always evoke breathless emotion. True shock and awe. And a sadness of some corner of the spirit that will never be consoled.

Patriot Ledger, 6 p.m.

Sports

PRO SPORTS BUDGET moving later this afternoon

Lifestyles

OPERA MASHUP IN CAMBRIDGE - American Repertory Theatre mashing-up two acclaimed operas with two acclaimed plays: Both productions, running in repertory at the ART through Oct. 6, contemporize the works to appeal to a wider audience.

CNC Metro, Ma, 25 inches, on wire now

With photo

MARTHA’S VINEYARD FILM FESTIVAL PARTICIPANT – Salem woman’s film about poverty in Senegal will be shown with 14 other international films.

Salem Gazette, D’Agostino, 22 inches, on wire now

With photo