GateHouse News Service New England Budget • Sept. 18, 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

MAN BEATS KITTEN TO DEATH AFTER IT URINATES ON HIM - Police charged a Plymouth man with smashing a kitten onto the pavement of a parking lot and injuring it so badly it had to be euthanized. The man told police the kitten had urinated on him.

Patriot Ledger, Race, 6 inches, on wire now

A CAR THAT DRIVES ITSELF -The SUV represents an Massachusetts Institute of Technology-based team’s best shot at creating a vehicle that can drive as well as a human being on a road full of obstacles - in a contest funded by the Department of Defense.

Patriot Ledger, Encarnacao, 18 inches, on wire now

With photos to come

JANITOR TO KEEP WORKING DESPITE $1M LOTTERY JACKPOT - Janitor David Alves wears a scruffy look - jeans and a navy "Milford Schools" crew neck sweatshirt - and a million-dollar smile.

Milford Daily News, Ameden, 15 inches, on wire now

With photo

DOG OWNER, PET SAVED AFTER BEE ATTACK - The woman got immediate treatment, but the staff faced a dilemma with the dog. Although it is not hospital policy to take care of animals, something had to be done.

The Enterprise, Alspach, 10 inches, on wire now

15-TIME DRUNK DRIVER - Robert Scheller, a Marshfield carpenter, is back in court having been charged with a drunken-driving offense for the 15th time.

Patriot Ledger, Race, 15 inches, 6 p.m.

With photos

CASINO FORUM - A panel of experts (including Tim Cahill and Rep. Bosley) talks about gambling in the region, in light of Gov. Patrick's casino plan.

Patriot Ledger, Benner, 15 inches, 6 p.m.

INTEXICATED LAWS - State lawmakers are considering bills - modeled on one signed in California - that would ban drivers under 18 from using mobile devices. A transportation committee hearing is scheduled for today, and we should also have comments from Quincy teens.

Patriot Ledger, Wang, 15 inches, 6 p.m.

‘MOO-BILE’ STATUE OF FAMED COW - The Peace Abbey in Sherborn, Mass., hopes a ``moo-bile'' statue of Emilie the Cow – who escaped the slaughterhouse to live a long and happy life - and a new book about her saga will raise the profile (and raise some money?) for the struggling venue.

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

With photos

Business

HIGH-TECH SOUND - Bose Corp. unveils latest high-tech sound system, details of which are secret until press conference.

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

With photo

Opinions

UNDERFUNDING SMART GROWTH IS DUMB - Just as Chapter 40R is building momentum, the state now threatens to derail it by not putting aside enough money to pay cities and towns what they are due under the law. Chapter 40R embodies an innovative approach to managing the state's housing and growth challenges. Municipalities increasingly are recognizing its value and

embracing it.

Patriot Ledger guest column, Scott, 18 inches, 6 p.m.

O'MAHONEY CARTOON - Casinos, Sox, mosquitoes and the pope. Joe puts them all together.

Patriot Ledger, 6 p.m.

Sports

PRO SPORTS BUDGET will be e-mailed this afternoon

Lifestyles

AFRICAN FOOD - New cookbook teaches about the flavors and techniques used in African cooking.

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

With photo

PLAYING DON QUIXOTE - Boston-area actor is the Man of La Mancha at Boston theater.

MetroWest Daily News, Megliola, 18 inches, on wire now

With photo