GateHouse News Service New England Budget • April 16, 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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RECORD NUMBERS OF THE RARE WHALES FEED IN CAPE COD BAY - The show to see was not at any theater in Provincetown but in the much more impressive performance space over at Herring Cove and Race Point.

Provincetown Banner, Lum, on wire now

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ON VIRGINIA TECH ANNIVERSARY, SAUGUS MOM LOBBIES FOR CHANGES - A year after she lost her son Ross in the Virginia Tech shootings, Lynnette Alameddine is fighting for legislation that would require universities to issue campus emergency notifications in 30 minutes or less. She is also advocating sensible gun control laws.

CNC, Gaffney, on wire now

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CAMBRIDGE CRACKS DOWN ON TELEPHONE POLE FLIERS - Officials are cracking down on those who post fliers on city telephone poles and parking sign poles, some neighborhood activists are concerned the move will kill community unity.

CNS, Smith, on wire now

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A NICE LONG SHOWER, SOME CHINESE FOOD ... AND NO GUNFIRE - Her first day home, Saturday, Army Reserve Lt. Col. Karen Connick wanted “good old American Chinese food, her Husband said.

Ledger, Sears, 20 inches, on wire now

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HIGH SCHOOL DROPOUT RATES UP ON SOUTH SHORE - The dropout rates at most South Shore public high schools edged upward last year, though the vast majority remained below the statewide average. Holbrook saw more of its students drop out last year than any public school in two dozen surrounding communities. Stoughton and Randolph were not far behind.

Ledger, Kelly, 15 inches, on wire now

KINGSTON MAN HIKING APPALACHIAN TRAIL TO FULFILL A DREAM - Brad Cook is living out a dream, one step at a time. The retired Brockton health teacher left his home in Kingston last week and set out on a 2,160-mile hike on the Appalachian trail, a months long journey he hopes will inspire others to never give up.

Enterprise, Boyle, 15 inches, on wire now

HINGHAM MAN’S KIDNEY DONATION HELPS SAVE LIVES – YES, PLURAL - There are all sorts of ways for people to give. For some it’s money, for others it’s food, blood or hours spent volunteering. David Fairbanks’ way is to give up a kidney . . . to a complete stranger.

Ledger, Goulart, 18 inches, on wire now

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STATE REP. CANDIDATE HAS PAST ETHICS VIOLATION - Mike Rotondi, a candidate for state representative in Winchester and Stoneham, says his 2003 ethics violation was “a disappointment” and the issue will have little bearing on his candidacy.

Winchester Star, Tsetsi, 18 inches, on wire now

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HUNDREDS FLOCK TO ‘YES TO THE ROCK’ MEETING IN SUPPORT OF MOVIE STUDIO PROJECT - Hollywood’s lure worked its charms on about 600 Plymouth residents who showed up Tuesday night to hear about a proposed movie studio.

Ledger, Race, on wire now


JOB CUTS AT SHAW’S HEADQUARTERS - Shaw’s parent company to lay off 53 IT employees in West Bridgewater headquarters.

Ledger, Bauer, on wire now

AMUSEMENT PARK CANCELS INDOOR COASTER PROJECT - Six Flags New England is canceling plans to build a $7 million “Dark Knight” indoor roller coaster.

Ledger, on wire now


LUBY: TEENS NEED FACTS, CANDOR ABOUT SEXUAL HEALTH - Last month when the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released a report showing that one in four teen girls in this country have a sexually transmitted infection (STI), the news was widely covered by the media and was met with surprise by the public.

MetroWest, guest column, on wire now

EDITORIAL: THE 'GROWING' ECONOMY - The United States is facing one of the worst food price inflations in recent memory, and analysts expect it only to worsen in coming months. The increased cost of doing business has also put the squeeze on small, independent farmers, many of whom are finding it difficult to remain in operation.

Herald News, on wire now



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GETAWAY: BEIJING READIES FOR THE OLYMPICS - On a recent visit to China, I was standing on the Great Wall, with the little voice in my head saying, "WOW, I AM STANDING ON THE GREAT WALL OF CHINA." I was so excited I text-messaged a friend to tell him where I was.

IN NEW ENGLAND: FAMILY FUN ON I-93 - Interstate 93 draws a line through the center of New Hampshire. The highway crosses into the state near Lawrence and follows the Merrimack River through Manchester and Concord before passing the Lakes Region and traveling through the scenic heart of the White Mountains.


SUDBURY NATIVE IN BROADWAY TOUR OF HAIRSPRAY - Little did Mike Flanagan know, when he first squeaked out a tune on the saxophone at Peter Noyes Elementary School, that the instrument would be his passport to a career in music.

CNC, LaMond, 22 inches, on wire now

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HOW 'DROWSY CHAPERONE' WENT FROM A TORONTO STAG PARTY TO A BROADWAY HIT - Every musical tries to make a point, perhaps teach us something about family, friends or the pursuit of happiness. But every now and then, a musical comes along in which the creation of the show itself becomes part of the message.

CNC, Stevens, on wire now

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WITH: GEORGIA ON MY LINE - ENGEL IS A GREAT SPOKESPERSON FOR THE SHOW — she’s making herself laugh as she relates some of the “Drowsy” plotlines, particularly the foibles of the ditzy dowager she portrays.

JASON SEGEL: 'JUDD HAS BEEN SLOWLY UNDRESSING ME ON CAMERA FOR 10 YEARS' - Nothing’s left to the imagination, at least when it comes to Jason Segel’s anatomy, in the new comedy “Forgetting Sarah Marshall.” Just a few minutes in, when the title character, played by Kristen Bell, is breaking up with Segel’s character, Peter Bretter, there he is, in all his glory, stark naked, fully frontal, getting the bad news.

CNC, Symkus, on wire now

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STONE ZOO CELEBRATES EARTH DAY THIS SUNDAY – Stone Zoo will be marking Earth Day this Sunday by celebrating the great diversity in the animal kingdom with all of the incredible animals that call the zoo home. What better way to celebrate Earth Day, say organizers, than by stopping by the Stone Zoo and enjoying crafts, activities, animal encounters and environmentally friendly exhibitors?

CNC, DeFranzo, on wire now

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KEEPING TABS: EVENTS IN AND AROUND BOSTON - It's school vacation week, which means parents and kids will be demanding to be entertained. Thankfully, you have us, bringing you the six or seven events we deem worthy enough to talk about. In this week's edition of Keeping Tabs, we have a musical, dance, children's theater (that's right, it's theater FOR kids BY kids), and a mini film festival at the MFA. Enjoy ... and be safe out there.

CNC, Ma, on wire now

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A KNEAD TO HELP: STUDENTS LEARN TO BAKE BREAD, AID THE HUNGRY - When it comes to doing good deeds in their community, students at the Freetown-Lakeville Middle School know how to rise to the occasion.

Herald News, Dempsey, on wire now

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CELEBRITIES AND LOCAL FILMMAKERS AT THE INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL OF BOSTON - While you weren’t paying attention, the Independent Film Festival of Boston got big. A staggering 96 films are included in this year’s incarnation, which runs April 23-29 in Somerville, Cambridge and Brookline. In addition, there will be filmmaker Q&As, panel discussions, and parties.

CNC, Stevens, on wire now

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FIDDLEHEAD THEATRE STAGES TONY AWARD-WINNING 'CRAZY FOR YOU' - All dancing! All singing! All Gershwin! If you love musicals, who could ask for anything more?

Ledger, Dreyfus, on wire now

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SALEM MATHEMATICIAN WINS WORLD PINBALL CHAMPION TITLE - Colored lights flash and “The Simpsons” theme repeats as the game kicks into the highest level, spitting out three balls. “This is going pretty well,” says Bowen Kerins calmly.

CNC, D'Agostino, on wire now

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