GateHouse News Service New England Budget • December 20, 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?
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WHAT’S IN/WHAT’S OUT END-OF-YEAR PACKAGE:
ISN’T IT GREAT? IT’S 2008! - WHAT'S IN AND WHAT'S OUT - Your guide to society, politics, fashion, the arts and life in general is here. Just be forewarned — these may all have changed by 180 degrees by the time you read this. Flip-flopping is in.
CNC, Chianca, 120 inches, on wire now
With LOTS of photos
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.
• A BUDGET WITH STORY LINKS CAN BE FOUND BY CLICKING HERE.
• OPPORTUNITIES FOR LOCALIZATION ARE NOTED.
• TOM BENNER WILL WRITE A FRESH LOOK-AHEAD ANAYSIS – LOOK FOR IT ON FRIDAY’S BUDGET
• The graphics (in three formats), 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.
JAILHOUSE HOLIDAY: BEHIND BARS, CHRISTMAS BARELY EXISTS - As with other major holidays for all faiths, there are few reminders of Christmas at the Norfolk and Plymouth County jails - no festive decorations, not even a single strand of lights or tinsel garland. Except for worship services, the only special event will be a roast beef dinner.
Ledger, Lambert, 30 inches, on wire now
With photos to come and lists of prison meals
COMCAST GETS SOLDIERS A LITTLE CLOSER TO HOME - This Christmas, the first Olivia has spent away from her father, the 6-year-old will have something even better to help her think of him: a personalized video message that she can play whenever she wants. That’s thanks to Comcast’s free Troop Greetings On Demand service.
Ledger, Keane, 15 inches, on wire now
With photos to come
MASSACHUSETTS SPRINKLER LAW TO BE TESTED IN COURT - In one of the earliest court tests of a state law enacted in the wake of a deadly Rhode Island nightclub fire, the town of Whitman is seeking to close a business for failing to install a sprinkler system for fire protection.
Enterprise, Allegrini, 15 inches, on wire now
TOLL COLLECTORS - How much money does it cost the turnpike authority to employ 550 toll collectors versus how much they bring in from tolls. This is relative to a discussion the board had Monday about changing more cash lanes to fastlane and getting rid of some of the collectors, who make up half of the people on the authority's payroll.
MetroWest, Parietti, 18 inches, 6 p.m.
JUDGES RULES FOR NEIGHBORS IN BATTLE OVER ACCESS TO HINGHAM BEACH - Attorney Jim Timmins of Quincy, who represents the families, said he hopes to plan a “gate-taking-down” ceremony now that the judge has ruled that the gate at the top of Melville Walk that was installed 3-1/2 years ago must be removed.
CNC, Ford, 25 inches, on wire now
WINTER STORM PACKAGE:
ICE DAMS - Snow storms and the coming heavy rain and 50 degrees on Sunday are creating huge roof ice dam problems for people. What can be done? Are people buying snow rakes or hiring contractors to remove ice from roofs?
MetroWest, Conn, 15 inches, 6 p.m.
SHORT ON ROCK SALT - Rock salt supplies are running out. Where can you find sand and salt? MetroWest, Breitrose, 6 inches, 6 p.m.
CELTICS: MORE THAN A GAME, IT'S AN EVENT - This season, buying tickets to a Celtics game gets you a lot more than just basketball action.
Enterprise, Goldman, 22 inches, on wire now
LEGISLATOR SAYS TRIBE CAN OPEN 'FULL-BLOWN' CASINO IN MIDDLEBORO - Casino nights held by churches and charities have given the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe the right to have table games, says a lawmaker who testified at this week's pro-casino hearing held in Boston.
Enterprise, Elwell, 15 inches, on wire now
A ROCK-SOLID BUSINESS: KARTEN FAMILY MAKING JEWELRY IN REGION SINCE 1945 – What began as the Karten family’s side project has become one of the most successful jewelry stores in the area.
CNC, Mucciarone, 25 inches, on wire now
MOVIE COMPANY IS READY TO SHOUT ‘ACTION’ IN PLYMOUTH - State and town officials want to fast-track permits for a proposed movie production studio on 1,000 acres of town-owned land off Route 25, despite some concerns about creating a ‘‘Hollywood East.’’
Ledger, Race, 20 inches, on wire now
SOUTH SHORE HOSPITAL GETS WINNING BOND GRADE - South Shore Hospital has earned another winning grade for its bonds, despite the fact the hospital is preparing to substantially increase its debt load by $40 million early next year.
Ledger, Chesto, 12 inches, on wire now
EDITORIAL: GET OUT THE SHOVELS - Winter isn't just inconvenient, it can be deadly: Shovel the sidewalks so people don't get killed walking in the street.
MetroWest, 6 p.m.
PETER COSTA: NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS: DÉJÀ VU ALL OVER AGAIN - One of my New Year’s resolutions last year was not to write a column about New Year’s resolutions. As you can see, I can’t seem to keep to my resolutions.
CNC, on wire now
GRANLUND CARTOON – On Huckabee and religious symbols
MetroWest, on wire now
MAHONEY CARTOON – Is myrrh led free?
Ledger, on wire now
A PRO SPORTS BUDGET will be e-mailed this afternoon
'AFTER HOURS' EVENTS BRING ISABELLA STEWART GARDNER'S DREAM FOR HER MUSEUM TO LIFE - Outside Boston's cineplexes and noisy bars, art aficionados have a new haven where they can tap into a cool vibe of culture, cocktails and conversation.
MetroWest, Leiner, 25 inches, on wire now
MOTHER'S GARDEN: CELEBRATE THE WINTER SOLSTICE - Today, as I shoveled ice in descending darkness at 4 p.m., I looked up towards the cold north spirits, those ice maidens who live in the castle on top of the slippery white mountain.
CNC, Ruth S. Foster, on wire now
THE SCIENCE OF SANTA PACKAGE (An annual – since 1998 - package from Patriot Ledger):
MAIN: FROM REINDEER AERODYNAMICS TO CHIMNEY PHYSICS TO REDUCING THE JELLY BELLY - It used to be that people took it on faith that Santa Claus and his reindeer could fly. Long before we became the skeptics we are today, no one really cared how the big guy accomplished his seemingly impossible trek through the atmosphere every Christmas Eve. But, alas, times have changed.
SIDE: UP THE CHIMNEY HE ROSE: IS IT MAGIC ... OR PHYSICS? - With no room for a running approach, the jump would have to be from a standing start, and the world record for a vertical high jump is only 4 feet. In order to exceed that, and reach 30 feet, Santa would need a means to blast off like a human rocket.
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