GateHouse News Service New England Budget • December 7, 2007

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FOR MONDAY: STATELINE/MASSACTION PACKAGE

STATELINE – On AG seeking to strengthen open meeting law.

Ledger, Benner, 15 inches, this evening

MASSACTION – A look at the week ahead.

Ledger, Benner, this evening

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BLACK WIDOW IN GRAPES - A Weston woman buys grapes at the Natick Stop & Shop, gets home and finds a black widow spider among them. We talk to grocery store

about this not-infrequent problem of poisonous hitchhikers.

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

With image from Web

CARJACKING - A mother and her 14-year-old son were forced into a  car at gunpoint in Dorchester and brought on a harrowing ride before being let out of the vehicle in Quincy. A manhunt continues for the suspect.

Patriot Ledger, Conkey, 12 inches,

SNOW DOUBT IT’LL PILE UP THIS WINTER: FORECAST MODEL RIGHT SINCE 2000 - Marshfield meteorologist predicts that the Boston area will get more than the annual average of 42 inches of snow, basing his call on his simple premise that a cold fall usually leads to a snowy winter.

Ledger, Colby, 15 inches, on wire now

OPENING OF NAZI ARCHIVE VAULT WILL SHED LIGHT - In addition to helping survivors trace their families, the unsealing of the Nazi archives in Bad Arolsen for the public on Nov. 28 will enable detailed research in myriad areas of the Holocaust, such as the transport of prisoners, the camp populations, and the health of forced laborers.

MetroWest, Kelly, 20 inches, on wire now

With photo

ROOF COLLAPSE INVESTIGATION COULD TAKE MONTHS - It could be weeks or months before information is released about the cause of Tuesday's roof collapse during the construction of a Taunton warehouse.

Gazette, Faulkner, 15 inches, on wire now

POLICE: WOMAN PUNCHES BOYFRIEND FOR SPENDING TIME WITH HIS WIFE - Instead of a wife finding her husband with a girlfriend, girlfriend Mariluz Rosa, 35, found her boyfriend with his wife and attacked him, police spokesman Lt. Paul Shastany said.

MetroWest, 12 inches, on wire now

Business

A $600 STROLLER? UPPABABY CASHES IN ON UPSCALE BABY GEAR TREND - After helping design Mustangs and Tauruses for Ford Motor Co., Bob Monahan has achieved more recent success with a different sort of four-wheeled icon: the UPPAbaby stroller.

Ledger, Adams, 18 inches, on wire now

With photos

HARVARD'S KENNEDY SCHOOL OF GOVERNMENT TO REBRAND ITSELF - The John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University plans to rebrand itself the ``Harvard Kennedy School'' in an effort to lessen confusion about its identity and better leverage the Harvard name.

Ledger, Colby, 18 inches, on wire now

DEVICE MAKES IT EASIER FOR PARENTS TO ADMINISTER GROWTH HORMONE TO THEIR CHILDREN - Delivering daily injections of growth hormones has become easier for parents now that EMD Serono has launched a new electronic device called the ``easypod.''

Ledger, Chesto, 12 inches, on wire now

With photo

Opinions

FOR SUNDAY: ROB MELTZER: AL GORE'S GLOBAL VISION - It is important for us to reflect on what the Nobel Committee might have been thinking when it nominated Al Gore for the peace prize, and I can only do so from my own personal feelings toward Al Gore.

MetroWest, on wire now

With Granlund illustration

MADDOCKS: DESPITE NEW FINDING ON HIS INTELLIGENCE BUSH MAINTAINS HIS HARD LINE AGAINST THINKING - Defending his credibility, President Bush said yesterday that he had not reconsidered any of his policies or decisions and will continue to act "as if my brain isn’t there" despite a blockbuster intelligence finding that the president’s own intelligence had not

CNC, Maddocks, on wire now

FOR SUNDAY: YOU BE THE JUDGE: HOW A VIOLENT CON WAS RELEASED, ONLY TO COMMIT MURDER - If you’re heading to Seattle soon, you might want rethink those travel plans. A good number of people in the of state of Washington are disgusted with Massachusetts for running a state judicial system that unleashed convicted killer Daniel Tavares Jr. on the rest of the country.

North Shore Sunday, Taormina, 35 inches, on wire now

With sidebar and possibly an illustration

NEW COLUMN: WENDY MURPHY: AND JUSTICE FOR SOME - Wendy Murphy's initial piece to classify crimes against children as hate crimes.

Ledger, 18 inches, 6 p.m.

With mugshot

GUEST COLUMN: KIP TIERNAN: JESUS WAS A HOMELESS CHILD: Kip Tiernan, founder of Rosie's Place opines on us celebrating the life of a homeless child's birth and we still have more

to do 2,000 years later.

Ledger, 20 inches, 6 p.m.

FOR SUNDAY: HOLMES: ON ROMNEY - What Romney left out of his speech on religion is as interesting as the platitudes he put in.

MetroWest, 6 p.m.

FOR SUNDAY: EDITORIAL: ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS - We can disagree over what to do about illegal immigrants, but we ought to agree that the backlog that is preventing thousands of legal immigrants from having their citizenship applications approved is inexcusable.

MetroWest, 6 p.m.

FOR SUNDAY: EDITORIAL: DIRECT CARE WORKERS IN MASS. - Direct care workers who serve the state's elderly, sick and disabled residents are seriously underpaid. A proposal to remedy that deserves support.

MetroWest, 6 p.m.

Sports

A PRO SPORTS BUDGET will be e-mailed this afternoon

Lifestyles

SLIPPERY STUFF: GEAR UP FOR SKIING AND SNOWBOARDING - Here's some cool stuff - some from Massachusetts companies - we found this year at the Boston Snowsports Expo.

MetroWest, Olesin, 20 inches, on wire now

With photos and video