GateHouse News Service New England Budget • December 4, 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

SIX WORKERS INJURED IN MASSACHUSETTS WAREHOUSE ROOF COLLAPSE - Six construction workers were hurt when roof sections on a dry storage building under construction in the Liberty and Union Industrial Park collapsed this morning.

Taunton Call, Mulligan, 18 inches on wire now

With photos and video to come

Watch for updates at:

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/news

TOXIC TOYS - The Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow, a Boston-based group focused on curbing toxic chemicals in society, releases its list on the unsafest toys -- in terms of those with the highest PPM lead, arsenic, cadmium and other such levels.

Patriot Ledger, Benner, 15 inches, 8 p.m.

With photos of unsafe products

Do not post story to your Web sites until after midnight embargo

VOTER REGISTRATION - Primary is a month earlier this year and that means so is the deadline to register. What are the secretary of state and local town clerks (Natick, Quincy, Marlborough) doing to get the word out? Secretary of state also chose (at random) the ballot order today.

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

WITH: Breakout box of how R and D ballots will appear

JURORS: MWRA MUST PAY $10M FOR FORE RIVER LAND - Jurors decided the MWRA should pay $10 million for about 15 acres the agency took at the mouth of the Fore River in North Weymouth, more than triple what the agency’s experts argued it was worth.

Ledger, Jette, 12 inches, on wire now

FARMERS FACE DEADLINE ON FEDERAL ID PROGRAM - Farmers have until Dec. 14 to decide if they will participate in a federal database designed to keep a lid on animal diseases.

Enterprise, Elwell, 18 inches, on wire now

CROSS-DRESSING DECOY HELPS IN KINKO'S SHOPLIFTING SPREE - Police are looking for a pair of shoplifting ladies and the cross-dressing man who allegedly served as their decoy while the women stole batteries and computer software from a 24-hour Kinko’s in Harvard Square.

CNC, Smith, 7 inches, on wire now

SPECIAL OLYMPICS AIMS FOR NEW $10M MASS. HQ - Special Olympics Massachusetts has raised a third of the money necessary to build the 25,000-square-foot center in Marlborough, which would serve as a training facility for nearly 1,500 coaches and volunteers.

MetroWest, McDonald, 15 inches, on wire now

With photo

Business

LEGISLATIVE PANEL EYES SOLUTIONS TO COASTAL HOMEOWNERS' INSURANCE PROBLEMS - Proposals aim to reduce the skyrocketing costs to insure a house that's on or near the coast.

Ledger, Chesto, 14 inches, on wire now

Opinions

HOLMES: GIULIANI QUESTIONS - Rudy Giuliani's trysts are grabbing headlines, but the spotlight is starting to turn on his business partners, including a Persian Gulf emir accused of harboring the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks.

MetroWest, 6 p.m.

EDITORIAL: TAKING DOWN SIGNS FOR TROOPS - The time for the homemade welcome home signs and patriotic displays along the state's highways has passed and MassHighway is right in taking

down the displays.

Patriot Ledger, 6 p.m.

MAHONEY CARTOON: Easter comes after Christmas and don't you forget it.

Ledger, on wire now

RABBI THOMAS: HANUKKAH AND CHRISTMAS DON’T HAVE TO SHARE A SPOTLIGHT - Hanukkah comes early this year, so Jews kindled the first light on Dec. 4, and conclude our festival on Dec. 12. With Hanukkah so early, we will have celebrated eight nights, finished the leftover latkes and packed away our menorahs and dreidels a full two weeks before Christmas begins. I, for one, am delighted whenever Hanukkah and Christmas don’t have to share a spotlight.

CNC guest column, with mug shot

PETER CHIANCA: TIDINGS OF GREAT JOY? – Sorry to interrupt, but I’m bursting with excitement and had to share: I just got, not one, not two, but three personal e-mail messages from none other than Joan Collins! Yes, they were all exactly the same, but I do know that they were each a personal message from Joan Collins, because all three subject lines said “Personal message from Joan Collins,” and the “From” line said … wait, let me check my notes … “Joan Collins.”

CNC, on wire now

With art

Sports

A PRO SPORTS BUDGET will be e-mailed this afternoon

Lifestyles

FOXBORO THEATER PRESENTS ITS FIRST STAGE ADAPTATION OF CLASSIC FILM ‘A CHRISTMAS STORY’ -  If you’ve forgotten what it was like to want something so bad for Christmas that you would do almost anything to get it, perhaps it’s time to revisit “A Christmas Story,” Jean Shepard’s folksy and comical tale of 9-year-old Ralphie Parker’s passionate pursuit of a BB gun.

Ledger, Dorman, 20 inches, on wire now

With photo

AFTER 50 YEARS, GRINCH SURE HAS LASTING APPEAL - Fifty years and 5 million copies later, Dr. Seuss’s famous tale “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” sure does have enduring appeal. Generations of readers continue to delight at the Grinch’s attempts to stop Christmas from coming.

Ledger, Fay, 20 inches, on wire now

With photos

With sidebar and at a glance at bottom

LOVIN’ LATKE: CREATIVE TOPPINGS FOR HANUKKAH LATKES - When a holiday lasts eight days, there’s plenty of time to celebrate with both traditional foods and a twist on them. For Hanukkah, that means topping latkes – a potato-based patty – with more than just applesauce and sour cream.

Ledger, Feinberg, 25 inches, on wire now

With photos