GateHouse News Service New England Budget • January 9, 2008

Here are the top New England regional stories coming today from GateHouse News Service. Stories are available at 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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DUKAKIS TALKS ABOUT ROMNEY’S LOSS in N.H. – Former Mass. governor analyzes the primary.

Taunton Gazette, Tuoti, 12 inches, 6 p.m.

GOV. PATRICK KEEPS OBAMA N.H. LOSS IN PERSPECTIVE AT $1,000-A-PLATE BOSTON LUNCH - A smiling Gov. Deval Patrick greeted the press before joining Barack Obama at a downtown fundraiser Wednesday, casting the Illinois senator’s second-place finish in New Hampshire as a near miss.

MetroWest, Parietti, 18 inches, on wire now

LATINOS AND POLITICS - We check with MetroWest-area Latinos to get their take on the presidential candidates. Who are they supporting and why?

MetroWest, Mineo, 18 inches, 6 p.m.

TRAIN STRIKE LOOMS - Amtrak's union is threatening to strike as soon as Jan. 30, which would mean shutting down South Station (as well as the Stoughton/Providence line) - something that might have a major effect on local commuter rail lines  and commuters.

Ledger, Conkey and Riglian and the Enterprise, 18 inches, 9 p.m.

With file photos

MINUTE CLINICS - The state approves the "Minute Clinics" - setting the stage for the first one to set up shop at a Weymouth CVS.

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

BIG FINE IN TEEN’S DEATH - A big fine has been levied against a N.H. farm in the death earlier this year of a Marlborough, Mass., teenager who was doing construction there when he was crushed.

MetroWest, 6 p.m.

PRANKSTERS PLAN PANTS-FREE SUBWAY RIDES IN 6 U.S. CITIES SATURDAY NIGHT - Inspired by a New York comedy troupe’s tradition, organizers in Boston and five other cities are planning ‘‘No Pants 2K8’’ subway rides on Saturday night.

Ledger, Adams, 10 inches, on wire now

BUSINESS CHALLENGES CONSTITUTIONALITY OF STATE FIRE SPRINKLER LAW - The owners of a Whitman business are challenging the constitutionality of a state law that requires automatic sprinklers in bars and other entertainment venues that can hold 100 or more people.

Enterprise, Allegrini, 25 inches, on wire now

With photos

NEW METERS LET RESCUERS QUICKLY DETECT CO POISONING - With the help of a $20,000 grant from the Framingham Cooperative Bank Charitable Foundation, the Framingham Fire Department purchased six portable meters designed to give near-instant readings.

MetroWest, Reuell, 15 inches, on wire now’

With photo

MIDDLEBORO SELECTMEN REACH OUT TO CASINO TASK FORCE - Strains between Middleboro and the regional task force peaked in October when they denied permission for Middleboro Town Planner Ruth McCawley Geoffroy to address the group.

Enterprise, Reece, 15 inches, on wire now


ELITE GOLF CENTER IS IN FULL SWING - The 4,300-square-foot, 28-foot-high indoor golf center building in Swansea includes everything from golf simulators, tour line turf and tour-quality putting greens, full length shooting mirrors and video-recording devices with computerized simulation in each of its eight hitting bays.

Herald News, Pateakos, 20 inches, on wire now

With photos

FOOD SHOPPING HAS GOTTEN A LOT MORE FUN - At 90 Stop & Shop locations, you can wander the market like some grocery gunslinger, clutching in your shooting hand a sort of “gun” with an elongated handle and a bulbous head with a screen.

Herald News, Dion, 22 inches, on wire now

With photo

WESTWOOD STATION COULD IGNITE OFFICE SPACE DEMAND SOUTH OF BOSTON - Real estate experts predict that construction of the $1.5 billion Westwood Station project will stir up more demand for office space south of Boston.

Ledger, Adams, 18 inches, on wire now

With photo to come

ELDER ASSET PROTECTION COMPANY EXPECTS BUSINESS INCREASE (A Q&A) - For the last 15 years, Phillip Amaru and Laureen Vaughn have been helping nursing home patients stave off financial destitution.

Ledger, Bauer, 22 inches, on wire now

With photo to come

MASSACHUSETTS FIRM PROVIDES SECURITY SCREENING FOR PRESIDENTIAL DEBATES - Security screening may be a nuisance to the rest of us, but to Westborough resident Michael White it's big business. White's company, Security Detection Inc., has provided metal detectors and other security weapon detector systems to events ranging from the Super Bowl to the historic Iraqi elections of 2005.

MetrpWest, O’Connell, 22 inches, on wire now


GAUTHIER COLUMN: Mid-winter election year blues.

MetroWest, 6 p.m.

EDITORIAL: GLOBAL WARMING HYPOCRITES - Why, we wonder, do those who so derisively and casually dismiss the theory of global warming in the midst of below-freezing winter weather suddenly become so silent and invisible when the thermometer hits record highs in early January?

Ledger, 6 p.m.

GRANLUND CARTOON – Romney not cut out to be president

MetroWest, on wire now

GRANLUND CARTOON – Hillary pulls of nice trick in N.H.

MetroWest, on wire now

GRANLUND CARTOON – On Hillary’s new strategy: Cry

MetroWest, On wire now

STATE SEN. RESOR/STATE SEN. SPILKA: SAFER ALTERNATIVES TO TOXIC CHEMICALS - We believe that the Massachusetts legislature must act to protect the citizens of the Commonwealth if the federal government will not. That's why we are cosponsors of Senate Bill 2406, An Act for a Healthy Massachusetts: Safer Alternatives to Toxic Chemicals.

MetroWest, on wire now

With mugs

EDITORIAL: AN ADVOCATE FOR EDUCATION - Representation by a cabinet-level position, whether it is at the state or federal level, indicates the seriousness with which an issue or agenda is treated.

Patriot Ledger, on wire now

PETER COSTA: OVER-SALTING THE STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN - You had better laugh at this column because it is costing me about $1,500. That’s how much my local mason wants to charge me to repair the flagstone stairs that I over-salted during the depths of December.

CNC, on wire now

EDITORIAL: ROGER CLEMENS HEADED FOR THE HALL OF SHAME - All Roger wants is to be believed. But anyone who saw him on TV and listened to his “third-ear defense” had to be skeptical.

Enterprise, on wire now


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GETAWAY: QUEBEC'S 400TH BIRTHDAY BASH - Quebec City is turning 400, and everyone is invited to what promises to be a major 10-month celebration.

IN NEW ENGLAND: MAD RIVER GLEN - SAME AS IT EVER WAS - Mad River Glen in Fayston, Vt., hasn't changed much since 1947, when it was started by a bunch of disgruntled traditionalists who thought the skiing at Stowe had become too commercial. (Wonder what they would think today?)


'GOLDEN DRAGONS' BRING CHINESE ACROBATICS TO STAGE - The Golden Dragon Acrobats will (finally) make their Boston debut at Symphony Hall on Jan. 13, bringing 10 traditional acts that still have the ability to captivate audiences around the world.

CNC, Ma, 25 inches, on wire now

With photo

'CONAN' WRITER RETURNS HOME AND TO THE STAGE - Comedian Brian Kiley is making people laugh during an unfunny time. The Writers Guild of America strike, which started on Nov. 5, has trudged on longer than anyone expected, and that means that Kiley, a staff writer for the “Conan O’Brien” show, has been out of work for two months.

CNC, Ma, 25 inches, on wire now

With photo

KEEPING TABS: EVENTS IN AND AROUND BOSTON - The madness of the holidays have passed (though Valentine's Day still looms in the future) and it's now time to deal with the clean up and the bills that you forgot about last month. But, as always, distractions are needed and we have a variety of them from contemporary dance to "adult" puppets, which is great for anyone who longs for the show "Greg the Bunny" to return to television.

CNC, Ma, on wire now

With photo

CELEBRATING THE IMPERFECT WORLD IN NEW BOOK - Sisters Gina Gallagher and Patty Konjoian are imperfect, and they’re not afraid to admit it. This quest for imperfection is chronicled in their book, “Shut Up About… Your Perfect Kid!” Both women have daughters with disabilities and use their natural sense of humor to vent about society’s obsession with perfection and some of the challenges they’ve faced with their daughters.

CNC, Kelly, 18 inches, on wire now

With book cover