GateHouse News Service New England Budget • January 16, 2008

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This three-day package from The Patriot Ledger and The Enterprise on the state of day care in Massachusetts is embargoed to Jan. 19/20, 21 and 22, as indicated on each story.


OBAMA COMPARISONS - Locals who knew JFK and MLK, as well as area experts, give their take on how Obama compares to both men. The comparisons have been central to recent tensions between the Obama and Clinton camps.

Patriot Ledger, Lambert, 22 inches, 7 p.m.

With file pics of MLK, JFK and fresh Obama pics

ROTENBERG CENTER - Hearing at the State House regarding the Rotenberg Center's latest shocking incident, in which the center shocked two students as punishment after they made a prank call.

Ledger, Benner, 18 inches, 7 p.m.

COMMUTER RAIL MEETING - The Southeastern Massachusetts Commuter Rail Task Force will meet today (Wednesday) from 4:00 to 6:00 at the Advanced Technology and Manufacturing Center, 151 Martine St., Fall River.  This meeting will be part of the South Coast Rail Civic Engagement process.

Herald News, 9 p.m.

CLONED MEAT - FDA says meat and milk form cloned animals is safe to eat. But would you eat it? Should it be labeled as coming from cloned animals or should products be labeled `clone-free'.

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

TEEN SUICIDE - Local reaction to statewide concern.

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

WITH: DEPRESSED - Coverage of a mental health forum about depressed kids. A DVD of a Needham kid is going to be shown at the event.

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

STATE HOMELESS COMMISSION LOOKS TO FOLLOW FRAMINGHAM - Charged with finding new solutions to the state's homelessness problem, a special legislative commission wants people first to believe that ending homelessness is possible.

MetroWest, Parietti, 18 inches, on wire now

MIT GRAD STUDENTS CREATE WEB SITE FOR REALITY SHOW JUNKIES - And are you already getting a sense of the best singers on the new season of “American Idol” that began this week? Then Dave Hui of Cambridge has just the game for you.

CNC, Ma, 22 inches, on wire now

With photo

'RARE' PROSTITUTION ARREST AFTER NEEDHAM POLICE RAID MASSAGE PARLOR - Acting on an anonymous tip, Needham police last week raided a Needham massage parlor and arrested a Newton woman suspected of prostitution.

CNC, Simpson, 12 inches, on wire now

With photo

LITTLE BRADY A ‘BIG FAN ALREADY’ - The 'Brady' name has also become more fashionable among boys in Massachusetts - rising from a ranking of 93rd in 2002 to 48th in 2005, before slipping a bit to 54th in 2006.

Ledger, Colby, 8 inches, on wire now


DESALINATION PLANT EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED BY APRIL 1 - The Aquaria desalination plant, believed to be the first of its kind in the northeastern United States, is nearing completion on the banks of the Taunton River in North Dighton, just south of Taunton.

The Enterprise, Downing, 12 inches, on wire now


GRANLUND: GOP FRONT-RUNNER - Cartoon on there being no clear front-runner in the GOP presidential race.

MetroWest, on wire now

GRANLUND: PLOW PROFITS - On snow-plowing profits being way up this year.

MetroWest, on wire now

GRANLUND: WALL STREET SKID - On the Wall Street skid and drunken winter driving.

MetroWest, on wire now

GRANLUND: PATRIOTS VS. CHARGERS - On the Patriots taking the charge out of the Chargers.

MetroWest, on wire now

GRANLUND: CLONED ANIMALS AS FOOD - Cartoon on FDA declaring cloned meat is safe to eat.

MetroWest, on wire now

MAHONEY: HUMPTY-DUMPTY the baseball player's great fall

Ledger, on wire now

DEB GAUTHIER: When politicians speak, hold the applause.

MetroWest, 6 p.m.


A PRO SPORTS BUDGET will be e-mailed this afternoon




GETAWAY: FAMILY BONDING ON THE HIGH SEAS - There comes a time in every family, no matter how tightknit, when for kids the idea of traveling with parents is a lot less appealing than hanging out with friends. That said, cruise lines have put a lot of energy into creating a product that entertains hard-to-please teens.

IN NEW ENGLAND: WARM INDOOR FUN IN VERMONT - Most people head to Vermont in winter to enjoy the outdoor delights, but there are plenty of enticing indoor activities as well. If you're not a skier, or when your legs tell you it's time for a break from the slopes or cross-country trails, check out some of these educational options.


GONE ADRIFT: LYRIC’S ‘MACAO’ OFFERS MODEST ENTERTAINMENT - "Adrift in Macao," currently on the boards at Lyric Stage, is a small musical in every way, including its pay-off for the audience. Of particular interest, however, is one performer new to the area - a rubber-faced, sweet-singing comedian named Austin Ku - and one number he delivers late in the line-up about certain of his talents.

Ledger, Fanger, 15 inches, on wire now

With photos

COMPLEX TASK: FIVE ACTORS TACKLE 30 ROLES IN SUBDUED ‘HENRY V’ - For all the pomp and waving banners, Shakespeare’s ‘‘Henry V’’ has always been a problem play. While the young king is presented as a hero for leading his undermanned army to victory against the French at Agincourt in 1415, there are troubling aspects to his character.

Ledger, Fanger, 15 inches, on wire now

With photos

'MOMIX' DIRECTOR DRAWS ON ENERGY OF THE '60S - Witnessing the impossibly flexible dancers of Momix contort their bodies in a surreal production on stage, it’s easy to be pulled in by their elegant and soft movements, and the graceful choreography.

CNC, Ma, 22 inches, on wire now

With photo

FOOD FLAIR ON THE AIR: 'DINING OUT' RADIO SHOW DEDICATED TO GOOD FOOD - "Dining Out MetroWest," a radio show dedicated to the fine art of dining out, is served with a generous amount of entertainment. Broadcast live Saturday mornings, from 8 to 9, on WCRN-AM 830, the show describes itself as "the most delicious hour on the air."

MetroWest, Tremblay, 25 inches, on wire now

With photo

SPRING CLEANING FOR THE BODY - Dtox International, a N.H.-based company that specializes in an ionic detoxifying system as well as oxygen treatments and liquid nutritional supplements, recently opened an office in Sudbury.

CNC, LaMond, 25 inches, on wire now

With photo

KEEPING TABS: EVENTS IN AND AROUND BOSTON - Before I had this job, I was pretty green in terms of being cultured. Sure, I watched documentaries and listened to the occassional Bach (it still counts if I'm sleeping). But since taking on the position of assistant arts editor my eyes have been opened to a new world, where people rank you by how many Pinter plays you've seen (I haven't seen any, so I'm on the lowest tier, which leaves me open for artistic hazing and it's as bad as it sounds). I already experienced the opera (seriously, not that bad), so this year I'm going to tackle Pinter. He better watch out.

CNC, Ma, 20 inches, on wire now

With photo