GateHouse News Service New England Budget • Sept. 21, 2007

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News

STANDALONE: FANCY FOOTWORK – Tedy Bruschi meets a young fan in Acton

The Beacon, John Walker, on wire now

WITCH RELATIVES ON TOUR - Descendents of accused Salem 'witches' return to site of trials.

Salem Gazette, Moore, 20 inches, on wire now

With photo

MAILMAN PICKS UP A SIDE JOB: DOG POOP - If he had the money, he would have opened up a Dunkin’ Donuts franchise. But the Pet Butler franchise was cheaper and fit a niche.

Chelmsford Independent, Metzger, 18 inches, on wire now

With photos and video

SAND TIGER SHARK MAKING COMEBACK IN SOUTH SHORE BAYS? – Maybe the sharks like the food supply. Maybe they like the slightly warming water. Maybe they like the pristine water of the Jones River, the largest river on the bay.

Kingston Reporter, Smith, 18 inches, on wire now

With photos

SELECTMAN SEX STING TRIAL - Jury selection in trial of former Plymouth Selectman Sean Dodgson begins, he was nabbed in Internet sex sting last year.

The Enterprise, Boyle, 8 inches, 6 p.m.

With file photo

HIPPOTHERAPY - Youngsters learn  movement skills in the saddle of horses through “hippothereapy" at the Greenlock Therapeutic Riding Center in Rehobeth.

The Enterprise, 18 inches, 6 p.m.

With photos

Business

WATERPARK PLANNED NEAR FOXWOODS - A lodge-themed water park hotel catering to families may be coming to property owned by the Mashantucket Pequot tribe near its Foxwoods Resort Casino, according to an announcement made Thursday by the tribe and Great Wolf Resorts.

Norwich Bulletin, Jacobson, 15 inches, on wire now

QUAKER BUYER KNOW FOR ECO-FRIENDLY PRODUCTS - The Canadian textile maker that purchased the assets of Quaker Fabric in Fall River is a small, family-founded firm that has grown in recent years thanks to its focus on producing environmentally friendly materials.

Herald News, Dion, 12 inches, on wire now

PLASTIC PRESSURE - Retailers cry foul about increasing use of credit & debit cards.

Patriot Ledger, Adams, 6 p.m.

With photos

FOX AND COMCAST - Fox Sports New England about to changeover to Comcast, other changes

Planned.

Patriot Ledger, Adams, 6 p.m.

With photo

Opinions

EDITORIAL: BLACKWATER MUST BE ACCOUNTABLE - One of the most important untold stories of the Iraq war is the unprecedented role of armed civilian security contractors. The oft-discussed troop force totals - currently 160,000 U.S. troops - don't include the estimated 30,000 civilians doing jobs performed by uniformed troops in other conflicts.

MetroWest Daily News, on wire now

With Granlund cartoon

EDITORIAL: REPEAT DUI’S - If someone cannot stop themselves from drinking and terrorizing our

roads, they must be stopped. and if putting them behind bars is the only solution, then safety has to trump compassion. They can't say they weren't warned.

Patriot Ledger, 17 inches, 6 p.m.

O'MAHONEY CARTOON: Things that Fall in Autumn.

JULIA SPITZ: MOM FLUNKS SCHOOL VISIT 101 - No matter how many times I've done it, I always get nervous when it's time to go back to school.

MetroWest Daily News, on wire now

EDITORIAL: MASS. ROADS - The Transportation Finance Study Commission did a good job of determining what it would cost to repair and maintain Massachusetts' roads, bridges and

rails. Now if it could only teach the governor and legislative leaders how to do simple arithmetic.

MetroWest Daily News, 6 p.m.

EDITORIAL: MOVE ON, PLEASE - As if they didn't have better things to do, the United States Senate voted this week to denounce a newspaper ad.

MetroWest Daily News, 6 p.m.

EDITORIAL: TED KENNEDY IN ACTION - Given how often big issues result in stalemates, it's easy to think Congress is nothing but a debating society. But when serious legislators roll up their sleeves, they can have a positive impact on real people's lives. Ted Kennedy recently provided two examples.

MetroWest Daily News, 6 p.m.

RICK HOLMES COLUMN - Health care reform is back on the political agenda, along with the star of the last health care reform epic, Hillary Clinton.

MetroWest Daily News, 6 p.m.

LAUREN RIKLEEN GUEST COLUMN - The indignities the political system imposes on women

candidates.

MetroWest Daily News, 6 p.m.

With Granlund illustration.

Sports

A PRO SPORTS BUDGET will be e-mailed this afternoon

PATRIOTS PREVIEW - History and numbers working for New England

Enterprise, Farley, 22 inches, on wire now

With game matchups by Farley

FLAWLESS FARLEY – NFL game picks for week 3

Enterprise, Farley, 20 inches, on wire now

TONY DICICCO NEW BREAKERS COACH - Tony DiCicco, the most successful coach in the history of United States international soccer, was named Friday morning head coach and technical director of the Boston Breakers, the women's professional soccer franchise that returns to play in April 2009.

MetroWest Daily News, Biglin, 22 inches, on wire now

Lifestyles

A WRINKLE IN TIME: COLLECTORS FIND HIDDEN MEANING IN LOST PHOTOS - Does a photograph lose its power to move people when it’s separated from the family album? Can abandoned family mementos found in a flea market shoebox be treated as museum art?

Salem Gazette, D’Agostino, 30 inches, on wire now

With photos and a sidebar

INTERIOR PAINTER: LIFE’S TOO SHORT FOR WHITE WALLS - Taunton-based Final Touch Painting specializes in decorative painting and murals.

Herald News, Pelletier, 20 inches, on wire now

With photos

‘FATAL FORECAST’ - Twenty-seven years have passed since Plymouth lobster man Gary Brown and three others died in a hurricane-force storm on the fishing grounds of Georges Bank. The tragedy and miracle from that unforeseen November storm are dramatically told for the first time in the book "Fatal Forecast," by Michael Tougias of Norfolk.

Patriot Ledger, Feinberg, 30 inches, on wire now

With photos