GateHouse News Service New England Budget • Sept. 17, 2007
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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MASS. CASINO COVERAGE:
CASINOS MAIN - Reaction to Gov. Deval Patrick's plan to license three casinos in Massachusetts, including its prospects of becoming law given various legislators stances on the issue.
Patriot Ledger, Benner, 15 inches, 7 p.m.
With sidebar on how the licensing process would work and how many casinos we may see
MIDDLEBORO REACTION - Impact on Middleboro of governor's endorsement of three casinos in Massachusetts.
The Enterprise, Elwell, 15 inches, 9 p.m.
SCALPING TRIAL - Renowned statewide consumer advocate Coleman Herman wins his scalping trial against a ticketing agency (Admit One), whom he'd accused of unfair business practices for selling overpriced Red Sox tickets.
Patriot Ledger, Tatz, 15 inches, 9 p.m.
DEADBEAT DAD – New Bedford deadbeat dad who owes well into six figures in back child support but skipped town and his last court date is located by police.
Herald News, Richmond, 12 inches, 6 p.m.
DANGEROUSNESS HEARING - The Freetown special ops guy who held his wife at gunpoint and police at bay several weeks back returns to court Tuesday to continue world’s longest dangerousness hearing. Some interesting aspects, such as the charges being upgraded to attempted murder and the possibility that one of the felony charges should really just be a misdemeanor.
Herald News, Holtzman, 12 inches, 6 p.m.
RIP TIDE WARNINGS - As beach season winds down, officials assess effectiveness of riptide forecasting system, a new-this-year forecasting system for beaches from RI to Cape Cod, which were able to get daily forecasts this year for rip currents to provide early warnings to help lifeguards prepare for rough ocean conditions that have in past years been fatal.
Herald News, Welker, 15 inches, 6 p.m.
LOBSTERMEN STRUGGLE - In the fishing areas in Boston Harbor and off the South Shore, fewer lobstermen are pulling in fewer lobsters in recent years, and those who still fish often need to take second jobs to make ends meet.
Patriot Ledger, Long, 25 inches, on wire now
FACEBOOK, MYSPACE HAVE WEIGHT IN COLLEGE ADMISSIONS - Many high schoolers might not know it, but a quarter of colleges use search engines to research potential students and a fifth use social network sites like Facebook.com and MySpace.com to see what students are like outside of their applications, a University of Massachusetts Dartmouth study has found.
Herald News, Welker, 18 inches, on wire now
9/11 VICTIM ID’D ON EVE OF ANNIVERSARY - She died on Sept. 11, 2001. Her husband held a memorial service, but there was nothing for him to bury. Then, on Wednesday, the day after the sixth anniversary of 9/11, Mark Morabito got the call.
MetroWest Daily News, Spitz, 20 inches, on wire now
REMEMBRANCE PROJECT - The Remembrance Memorial consists of more than 4,050 figurative sculptures, one to honor each United States serviceman and woman killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, and also to remember those who continue to serve their country.
Herald News, Allard, 18 inches, on wire now
With small photos
DOG HELPS FEMALE SOLDIER WHO LOST LEGS IN AFGHANISTAN BLAST - She is the first woman veteran to team up with a NEADS Canines for Combat Veterans dog. Her yellow Lab provides balance when she walks, goes up and down stairs, or gets up from a sitting or fallen position.
MetroWest Daily News, Uek, 20 inches, on wire now
FOOTBALL INJURIES - Devastating injury to NFL player resonates through local high school football scene. Coaches reinforce safety practices.
The Enterprise, Alspach, 20 inches, 6 p.m.
CVS PRESCRIPTION ERRORS - State of Mass. says CVS pharmacy has made progress but has a ways to do in reversing its sorry history of prescription drug errors.
The Enterprise, Alspach, 15 inches, 6 p.m.
FARMING - Carver farmers inspire visitors from China.
The Enterprise, Fernandes, 15 inches, 6 p.m.
MASS. TRANSPORTATION PLAN - Coverage of release of transportation finance report
by committee charged with coming up with a plan, with reaction from MW delegation
MetroWest Daily News, Parieti, 15 inches, 6 p.m.
PIKE TOLL VOTE DELAYED - Pike board delays a vote on how much and when to raise fees, deciding instead to see where they might be able to save money. One target: North End parking garage where people can park for $1 if they know they can get ticket stamped by some local merchants.
MetroWest Daily News, Parietti, 15 inches, 6 p.m.
ARBELLA INSURANCE FINE - Quincy-based Arbella Insurance to pay the state $56K and offer reimbursements to some former customers to settle accusations that the insurer either cancelled customers for the wrong reason or didn't provide reasons for cancellation.
Patriot Ledger, Chesto, 12 inches, 6 p.m.
DJ FIRM SIAGEL EXPANDS - Newton-based entertainment firm opens its second dance studio at the Striar Community Center in Stoughton. Owner is looking to branch beyond his standard bar and bat mitzfah entertainment clients.
Patriot Ledger, Bauer, 12 inches, 6 p.m.
LIVING A TOY STORY: MASS. COUPLE OPERATE INDEPENDENT TOY, COMIC BOOK COMPANY – IN Q&A FORMAT. The goal with creating Pheyden was to create a figure that would be detailed enough to satisfy collectors and also be accessible to children.
The Beacon (Acton, Mass.), Schiavone, 25 inches, on wire now
EDITORIAL: AILING LIBRARIES - libraries are struggling to restock their shelves and keep their doors open, let alone take advantage of new information technology.
MetroWest Daily News, on wire now
PRO SPORTS BUDGET will be e-mailed this Afternoon
DORY DAZE: THE JOURNEY THAT LAUNCHED THOREAU'S WRITINGS - A handmade replica of the dory "Musketaquid" is now displayed at the Concord Museum in an engaging exhibit "Building Thoreau's Boat."
MetroWest Daily News, Bergeron, 25 inches, on wire now
With photos and a sidebar on a barn tour
BRITISH RE-INVASION: CHAD AND JEREMY STILL RESONATE - For people of a certain age, the songs of Chad and Jeremy evoke memories that seem bathed in perpetual sunshine. They are coming to Natick, Mass.
MetroWest Daily News, Bergeron, 20 inches, on wire now
WHAT THE FLUFF? - It’s been 90 years since Archibald Query made Fluff in Somerville. That’s something to celebrate, as the city will on Sept. 29.
Somerville Journal, 6 inches, on wire now
With graphic of poster
LETTERBOXING - Taunton feature on interest growing in old family hobby of letterboxing – a sort of treasure hunt with map and compass.
The Enterprise, Enos, 15 inches, 6 p.m.
HOOPING COMES AROUND: MORE HIPS SWINGING IN BOSTON AREA - If you’ve seen a group of Hula Hoopers in Cambridge Common every Wednesday evening, you’re not dreaming.
Cambridge (Mass.) Chronicle, Harris, 15 inches, on wire now