GateHouse News Service New England Budget • December 3, 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

SWAT TEAM LEADER RECALLS STRESS AND ADRENALINE AT CLINTON HQ STANDOFF - He dreamed as a third-grader at Woodland Elementary School of being a policeman, and now, the 37-year-old was about to be a national news star, playing a pivotal role in arresting suspect Leeland Eisenberg.

Daily News, Ameden, 18 inches, on wire now

With photo

ETHICS COMMISSIONER - Karen Nober of Hull was named on Monday as executive director of the state Ethics Commission.

Ledger, Benner, 12 inches, 7 p.m.

HANUKKAH BEGINS - Hannukah begins at sundown Dec. 4, meaning that Jewish families are getting out their menorahs and dredels. Among them is Rabbi Weiss, a Randolph rabbi and local religious leader, who tours his collection of 30+ menorahs, each of which has special meaning to him.

Ledger, Saldinger, 15 inches, 7 p.m.

With photos

MURDER CONNECTIONS - Family of Gail Bothelo, whose body was discovered 10 years after her disappearance, responds to reports that Daniel Tavares was the then-prisoner who tipped off the DA's office about where her body was located. Sister claims Walsh's office tried to link her homicide to the highway killings in spite of the fact that it was found across the street from where she lived. Walsh never pursued a case against Tavares, who was let out of prison this summer and was recently accused of killing a couple in Washington a few weeks ago.

Herald News, Holtzman, 25 inches, 8 p.m.

With submitted photo of Bothelo

BILL CLINTON SPEAKS IN WALTHAM – At Brandeis Monday.

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

With photos

GREENBUSH BUILDING RIDERSHIP - Four weeks after service began on Greenbush, the parking lots at the seven new stations between Braintree and Scituate are less than one-third full. And with the exception of some evening rush hour trains, commuters say they are enjoying a wonderful experience – uncrowded trains that run on time.

Ledger, tatz, 15 inches, on wire now

DON’T COOK YOUR REMOTE: SOUTH SHORE FIRE OFFICIALS SOMETIMES LEFT SCRATCHING THEIR HEADS - Who would be silly enough to put a pizza - box and all - in the oven, toss a charred potato into the trash or try to heat a towel in a microwave oven? More people than you might think, South Shore fire department officials say.

Ledger, Conkey, 20 inches, on wire now

THESE 'NOMADS' MOVE THE SEA FLOOR - Through all hours of the day, even if its in the 20s and windy at 3 a.m., the Southwind Construction Corp. crew is busy taking thousands of cubic yards of the Westport harbor floor and piping it onto the beach.

Herald News, 35 inches, on wire now

With photo

NOTABLE DEEDS: LAND RECORDS EXHIBIT HOLDS KEY TO PLYMOUTH COUNTY HISTORY - From the lighthouse that welcomes boaters at Plymouth Harbor, to the downtown Brockton site where the first department store Santa was introduced to the nation, registry land deeds tell the stories of the people and places that make up the county's history.

Enterprise, Allegrini, 20 inches, on wire now

With photo

RETAIL BOOM LEADS TO TRAFFIC SURGE ON ROUTE 24 - Known for its often-gridlocked commuter traffic, Route 24 is now seeing congestion at non-peak hours due to the retail boom near the highway.

Enterprise, Alspach, 25 inches, on wire now

With photos

Business

SUBPRIME LOANS AND THE FED - Eric Rosengren, president & CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, speaks at a MassINC breakfast, presenting new research his staff has conducted about the sub-prime mortgage crisis and its impact on families and the nation's credit markets.

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

With chart of foreclosure data by town

HANCOCK URGES ITS EMPLOYEES TO GO THE 'EXTRA MILE' - As the race's lead sponsor, John Hancock always has had ample race numbers to give to its employees. This time around, for the first time, the South Boston-based insurer will require them to raise at least $1,000 to help give one summer job to a Boston teen next year if they want to run.

Ledger, Chesto, 20 inches, on wire now

HIGH-TECH HOLIDAY MEANS BIG BUCKS - As has been the case in recent years, the hot, must-have holiday gifts aren't giggly dolls, but ones that come loaded with gigabytes. This year, the average family will spend just under $1,000 on the holidays, according to estimates from the National Retail Foundation, an increase of nearly 4 percent from last year.

MetroWest, Reuell, 25 inches, on wire now

With photo

NATICK FIRM PRODUCES CORPORATE VIDEOS, TV ADS AND PROMOTIONAL SPOTS - When time isn't on your side, Last Minute Productions is. The video production company, with home offices in Natick and Needham, prides itself on making deadline for its clients. What good is a great video if it arrives late? the firm asks. Conversely, what good is a mediocre video that arrives on time?

MetroWest, Tremblay, 25 inches, on wire now

With photo

A BLUE YULE WITHOUT RED BERRIES? CRANBERRY SHORTAGE POSSIBLE - A smaller-than-expected cranberry crop this year is expected to have only a marginal impact on retail prices, but the cranberries themselves could be gone from store shelves before Christmas.

Ledger, Colby, 15 inches, on wire now

With photo

SO LONG, SECRET SANTA: MORE COMPANIES TURN TO CHARITY - As this year’s holiday season warms up, more businesses say they’re tuning down the festivities and turning instead to an emphasis on charity.

Ledger, Lambert, 15 inches, on wire now

With photos

Opinions

COSTA: NO COUNTRY FOR OLD BOOKS - Experts say reading – especially intensive book reading, which requires full attention and a great many brain cells – remains the fundamental key to acquiring a sound and relevant education.

CNC, on wire now

EDITORIAL: SCHOOL BUILDING - After several years of regrouping, Massachusetts is getting back

into the school-building business.

MetroWest, 6 p.m.

MAHONEY CARTOON on home repos

Ledger, on wire now

Sports

A PRO SPORTS BUDGET will be e-mailed this afternoon

Lifestyles

HANDLING THE DOG SHOW CROWD - There are dogs being brushed and fluffed from coast to coast as their owners get ready to show them at the Bay Colony Cluster Dog Show in Boston from Dec. 6 to 9.

Herald News, Allard, 15 inches, on wire now

With photo

A BETTER WAY TO HEAL FIDO? HERBS, ACUPUNCTURE, PHYSICAL THERAPY FOR PETS - New documentary, "Dr. DoMore," an alternative to "Dr. Dolittle," educates viewers on a healthier way to treat animals by integrating options of herbs, acupuncture, physical therapy, and many other practices that enhance the well-being of the animal.

MetroWest, Uek, 20 inches, on wire now

With photo

TRIO OF UNIQUE ARTISTS TALKS PAPER - Organizing a new art show at Framingham State College, assistant professor Tim McDonald discovered an unspoken "conversation" among three very different artists with little in common but their innovative uses of paper.

MetroWest, Bergeron, 25 inches, on wire now

With photos

UNSTRUNG HEROES: GAMERS GO CRAZY FOR 'GUITAR HERO' - For the past couple months, no, make that years, gamers have been playing Guitar Hero, a rock music game that turns high school students, accountants, carpenters, engineers and newspaper reporters into world-class guitar shredders banging out familiar riffs for a virtual crowd of screaming fans.

North Shore Sunday, Taormina, 40 inches, on wire now

With photos

ARTIST FINDS COMFORT IN THE ABSTRACT - In a backyard studio built atop an old chicken coop, John Tracey has spent 28 years shaping life's ephemeral marrow into striking, deeply personal art.

MetroWest, Bergeron, 25 inches, on wire now

With photos