GateHouse News Service New England Budget • December 10, 2007
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes: A couple of strong opportunities to help with your holiday papers. Both will be available through www.gatehousenewsservice.com
1. CASINOS PROJECT
A three-part regional project on a potential casino boom in Massachusetts and New England is set to launch between Christmas and New Years, Thursday/Friday/Saturday Dec. 27-29.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR LOCALIZATION ARE NOTED.
The graphics, additional photos and logos can be found in the CNC ftp, at the top level in a “CASINOS PROJECT” folder, broken down by Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3.
2. WHAT’S IN/WHAT’S OUT 07-08 - FROM CNC NORTH
Here’s a description from managing editor Peter Chianca: For anyone who's interested, I'll have the annual What's In/What's Out package ready for distribution by Thursday, Dec. 20. It's a (hopefully) humorous look at the trends that are taking off, as well as the ones that are cooling off, both in Massachusetts and nationally. (Typically in the North, each of our papers comes up with a local sidebar to go with it.) Following is a list of categories it covers: Life in the USA, Politics, Technology, Movies/Television/Radio, Music, Sports, Celebrities, Literature, Fashion and beauty, Kids
Along with the feature - which tends to run about 100 inches, but is easily trimmable - we'll have a color illustration by Marty Riskin that can run as big as six columns, and a good number of supplementary photos. The North Unit editors find it comes in handy for filling those holiday week papers when there's a notable shortage of news. I'll e-mail out the story as soon as it's ready, and make the images available on the Central Desk.
WHEN CHRISTMAS GOES GREEN - In an age with record-high gas prices, hybrid cars and concerns about climate change, many people are looking for a way to make their holidays more environmentally friendly.
MetroWest, Reuell, 30 inches, on wire now
CHECK IT TWICE: SENSIBLE PRECAUTIONS GUARANTEE SAFE HOLIDAY SEASON - An overtaxed bank account isn’t the only hazard the holidays bring each year. Police warn of thefts, the Red Cross warns of the annual spate of fires and hospitals prepare for injuries.
Norwich Bulletin, Smith, 25 inches, on wire now
With photo and tips
MICHAEL SULLIVAN: FRIENDS, NEIGHBORS REFLECT ON RISE TO NATIONAL PROMINENCE - Michael Sullivan was hard at work, tearing apart the old deck outside his Abington neighbor Donald Hart’s home. Meanwhile, 400 miles away in Washington, President Bush and his staff were hammering out Sullivan’s nomination as director of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Ledger, Rubin, 35 inches, on wire now
With fact boxes
With photo to come
CRACK SENTENCING REACTION - Supreme Court rules against mandatory minimums for crack coke possession, saying penalties are unfair vis a vis powder coke.
MetroWest, Reuell, 15 inches, 6 p.m.
BUSINESSES DONATE LESS TO CHARITY IN UNCERTAIN ECONOMY – Business are donating less to charities, shifting the burden of giving to individuals, as requests for help soar this winter.
Enterprise, Allegrini, 18 inches, on wire now
CASINOS SAY GOODBYE TO DIME SLOT MACHINES - Mohegan Sun removed its dozen dime machines before the beginning of October. The casino had experimented with them since February. Foxwoods hasn't had machines in that denomination for at least two years.
Norwich, Jacobson, 12 inches, on wire now
RETAILERS TAKE AIM AT INDIA FOR GROWTH - A rapidly expanding middle class and liberalization of foreign investment laws have triggered a headlong rush of foreign retailers into India. Canton.
Ledger, Adams, 18 inches, on wire now
CHECKOUT LANE: CLOCKS MAINTAIN FOLLOWING DESPITE HIGH-TECH ALTERNATIVES - These days it seems everyone has either a watch on their wrist or a cell phone in their pocket. But even with time always at our fingertips, there’s still something about a traditional clock that keeps people buying. Hanover and Marshfield.
Ledger, Bauer, 15 inches, on wire now
MASS. A STRONG PLAYER IN COMPUTER GAME INDUSTRY – Greater Boston's computer game industry is very much alive these days, propelled by a few blockbuster successes. They include Turbine Inc.'s adaptation of ``The Lord of the Rings,'' the ``Guitar Hero'' series developed by Harmonix Music Systems, and the dystopian world featured in Quincy-based 2K Boston's ``BioShock.''
Ledger, Chesto, 22 inches, on wire now
With mug shot
FED MAY ADJUST INTEREST RATES TUESDAY AMID FEARS OF ECONOMIC SLOWDOWN - Federal Reserve policymakers are projecting economic growth to slow to a range of 1.8 to 2.5 percent in 2008, down from 3.1 percent for the first three quarters of this year and last year’s 3.3 percent.
Ledger, Benson, 18 inches, on wire now
WESTBOROUGH COMPANY SPECIALIZES IN EVENT PLANNING ONLINE - ThePartyBuilder.com, a Westborough-based online event planning service, wants to boost this pleasure factor by making the organization of such social events easier and better. The end result could not only save the customer time but money.
MetroWest, Tremblay, 25 inches, on wire now
HANSON NURSE'S HOMEMADE REMEDY GROWS INTO A LINE OF HERBAL PRODUCTS - Jennie Head has been making her own balms and oils since her now 6-year-old daughter, Josie, developed diaper rash as an infant. Rather than simply buying a salve at the store, Head chose to research and create her own.
Ledger, Bauer, 15 inches, on wire now
FALL RIVER BRACES FOR 'RIPPLE EFFECT' OF BOSTON BEER PULLOUT - Boston Beer's pullout may have a profound economic effect on Fall River and Freetown. City officials had anticipated $1.2 million in sewer revenues and $1 million in water funding for the current year. And officials expected to pump 800,000 gallons a day of water and process 640,000 gallons a day of sewage discharge.
Herald News, Holtzman, 22 inches, on wire now
EDITORIAL: STATE HOUSE DISREPAIR - We believe there are certain obligations implicit in funding state government and along with schools and infrastructure repair, maintaining and repairing the state's seat of government, especially one of such historic importance as the Bulfinch-designed State House, is on that list.
Ledger, 6 p.m.
MAHONEY CARTOON: CELEBRITY ENDORSEMENTS - Oprah's fiscal agenda vs. Streisand's foreign policy.
Ledger, on wire now
EDITORIAL: GLOBAL WARMING - On Al Gore, global warming and the president’s threatended veto.
MetroWest Daily News, 6 p.m.
ERIC MCHUGH: VIDEOGATE REVISITED AS PATS PREPARE FOR JETS - The Patriots have beaten the Cowboys by 21, the Redskins by 45, the Bills by 46 and - most impressive of all - they just punched the Steelers in the mouth, winning by 21. What in the world might they do to Gang Green and Eric "the Whistleblower" Mangini next Sunday?
Ledger, 22 inches, on wire now
With column mug
A PRO SPORTS BUDGET will be e-mailed this afternoon
PHOTOGRAPHS CAPTURE 'SYMPHONY OF COLORS' FOUND IN NATURE - Growing up with a famous photographer for a father, Oded Burger learned how to frame a photo, measure light and trip his shutter at the precise moment.
MetroWest, Bergeron, 25 inches, on wire now
GET REEL: TUNING IN TO CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY SPECIALS - The 1960s didn't just produce arguably the best rock 'n' roll music of all time. The decade also produced the best made-for-TV Christmas movies of all time. That statement is not open for argument. It's a fact.
MetroWest, Tremblay, 30 inches, on wire now
'A CHRISTMAS STORY' A REFRESHING ANSWER TO HOLIDAY PLAYS - The Worcester Foothills offers an alternative to the big Boston blockbuster shows with "A Christmas Story."
MetroWest, Brooks Andrews, 25 inches, on wire now
RESEARCH REVEALS THE MANY FACES OF JOLLY OLD SAINT NICK - Today's Christmas is a modern-day invention, professor at the College of the Holy Cross says. A specialist in Irish-American history and urban studies, Edward T. O'Donnell said the Christmas we know today is a pastiche of popular traditions randomly absorbed from commerce and popular entertainment.
MetroWest, Bergeron, 25 inches, on wire now