GateHouse News Service New England Budget • April 21, 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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BOSTON MARATHON – Overview of the day.

MetroWest Morton, 6 p.m.

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MetroWest, Morton, on wire now

PAUL REVERE RIDES AGAIN UP BROADWAY TO ALERT THE COLONISTS - It was up Broadway, through what was then Charlestown, that Paul Revere rode on that long night retold in Lonfellow's poem.

CNC, on wire now

With video and photos

TOUGH TIMES FORCE MUSEUMS TO BE CREATIVE – For regional museums and cultural institutions, surviving uncertain times has become an art in itself. From Acton's Discovery Museums to Plimoth Plantation in Plymouth, directors must attract paying customers from home and abroad as leisure time shrinks, gas prices soar and kids spend more free time indoors and online.

MetroWest, Bergeron, on wire now

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TAUNTON CREWS BATTLE LARGE BRUSH FIRE - A large brush fire estimated to be 10- to 20-acres in size got the full attention of the Taunton Fire Department Sunday night.

CNC, Cohea, on wire now

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COMMUNITY BULLETIN BOARDS ALIVE AND WELL IN INTERNET AGE - This more simple form of communication is a way for people to connect, gather and even barter. It’s an old-time way of advertising that hearkens back to simpler days when folks might post their church dance flier on a tree outside the parish.

Herald News, Allard, on wire now

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POLICE WARN HOME-SELLERS TO PROTECT VALUABLES - Home sellers take note: People attending your open house may be less interested in the number of bedrooms than what is in them.

Ledger, Goulart, on wire now

AQUADOME PROJECT AIMS TO BOOST FISHING INDUSTRY -  5,000 black sea bass will be released into what is called an Aquadome, a mesh-covered geodesic half-dome structure 32 feet in diameter, 16-feet tall, and installed on the seafloor at a subtidal water depth of 35 feet. The structure will be secured through anchor lines and five 1,200-pound deadweight anchors.

CNC, Salters, on wire now

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WEEKEND WARRIORS FACE HIGHER COSTS TO PLAY - Across the sports spectrum, from golf to softball to basketball to tennis, it seems weekend (and weekday morning) warriors on the South Shore are willing to grin and bear it when it comes to the ever-rising cost of recreational sports. Whether it is golf balls or running shoes, the cost of equipment goes up every year, and fees to join, play or participate never seem to go down.

Ledger, McHugh, on wire now

With photos and sidebars

CANTON MOTORCYCLIST KILLED IN CRASH - Eric Armington, 34, of Canton was killed Saturday afternoon after he lost control of his motorcycle and struck a concrete barrier and light pole on Interstate 93 north in Medford.

Ledger, Sutton, on wire now


PLASTIC TAX AIRED IN CAMPAIGN FOR REUSABLE BAGS - Tailpipes, smokestacks and oil refineries spewing pollutants used to be the images of environmental havoc, able to represent the toll that industry has taken on the planet. Now, the plastic bag has become the new bad guy.

Herald News, Welker, on wire now

COLLEGE, COMPANIES GO GREEN FOR MANY REASONS - Businesses are making themselves more environmentally friendly in a variety of ways. To mark the 39th annual Earth Day, here are a few examples.

Herald News, Welker, on wire now

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PILOT LICENSES HELP BUSY BUSINESSPEOPLE GET AN EDGE - With the nation’s commercial air travel system in increasing turmoil, private aviation presents an attractive alternative for businesspeople who are licensed pilots. It often gives them an edge over competitors who rely on commercial flights or jet charters for their business trips.

Ledger, Adams, on wire now

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FISHING BOAT CREWS WILL REEL IN A PIECE OF FEDERAL AID - Nearly 10 percent of the $13.4 million federal aid package for the state’s fishing industry will go to crew members of groundfish boats.

Ledger, Chesto, on wire now

JON CHESTO: WALGREENS GETTING IN ON CVS IN-STORE CLINIC PLANS - You had to figure that when CVS rolled out plans to open quick-service medical clinics in Massachusetts, its top rival wouldn’t be far behind. Now, Walgreens is getting into the act in Massachusetts with its own clinic chain, Take Care Health Systems.

On wire now


COSTA: BOTHERED BY A BUZZARD - I’m told the turkey buzzards sit in the trees trying to smell the vapors of decaying meat. I was glad I was wearing Old Spice.

CNC, on wire now

WENDY MURPHY: AND JUSTICE FOR SOME: AND THE LORD SAID: ‘Go forth and rape children’ (No, He didn’t!)

Ledger, on wire now

GRANLUND: PENNSYLVANIA PRIMARY - Cartoon on the Dem candidates going negative before the Pennsylvania primary.

MetroWest, on wire now



FORMER BASKETBALL STAR MAKES TRANSITION FROM COURT TO OFFICE - Former Boston College standout guard Steve Hailey hired to head up the Mansfield SportsPlex budding basketball program, bringing with him years of hardwood experience, as well as a Rolodex filled with other NCAA, ABA and current NBA stars.

CNC, Auguste, on wire now

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64TH ANNUAL NEW ENGLAND FOLK FESTIVAL RETURNS TO MANSFIELD - The New England Folk Festival is returning to Mansfield. The 64th Annual New England Folk Festival will take place on Friday, April 25 through Sunday, April 27, at Mansfield High School and Middle School on East Street in Mansfield. The main entrance to the Festival is at 250 East St.

on wire now

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THREE FIGHTERS TAKE A SHOT AT ULTIMATE STARDOM - A trio of mixed martial artists from the South Shore of Massachusetts took the day off from work, packed into a car and drove to the Sheraton Hotel in Boston last week to take a stab at a one-of-a-kind audition.

Ledger, Encarnacao, on wire now

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VIDEO: LIGHTNING IN A BOTTLE - Part 2 in a series about Plymouth Rock Studios seeking West Coast support for its East Coast plans. Life has been good to Paul Michael Glaser. Life has also been unspeakably cruel.

CNC, Wilcox, on wire now

With photo and video


WORK OF LEGENDARY SPANISH ARTIST ON VIEW AT THE MFA - Observing everyday things, Antonio Lopez Garcia paints them with the astounded clarity of a man seeing the world for the first time.

MetroWest, Bergeron, on wire now

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THIS IS THEIR 'WEST SIDE STORY' - Kirsten Gould searched far and wide to cast the legendary "West Side Story," which opens April 25 on the famed Concord Players stage.

MetroWest, Megliola, on wire now

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JOSHUA REDMAN STILL FEELS ‘CHILDLIKE SENSE OF PLAY’ WITH HIS MUSIC - When saxophonist Joshua Redman returns to his stamping grounds to be honored with the 2008 Harvard Arts Medal on May 1, there will be plenty of memories rushing back to him.

CNC, Symkus, on wire now

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KEITH ABLOW TAKING SELF-HELP MOVEMENT TO THE WEB - Last week, psychiatrist Keith Ablow launched a new Web site,, an online community that “shares the keys to improving your mood, overcoming anxiety, transforming your marriage, finding true love, defeating addictions to food or alcohol or overspending, and becoming a genuine and powerful individual.”

CNC, Taormina, on wire now

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VIDEO: A PICTURE OF A PASTEL PORTRAITIST - Katie Smith will be showing her work in an exhibit titled "About Faces: Portraits in Pastel" in the Loring Coleman Gallery at the Concord Art Association. An award-winning artist, she will be showing 14 portraits and three still lifes.

MetroWest, Bergeron, on wire now

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STYLISH, AWARD-WINNING MUSICAL ‘HAIRSPRAY’ HITS TOWN FOR BRIEF VISIT - Like its exuberant dancing, the musical “Hairspray” moves quickly, playing at the Citi Performing Arts Center for just three days.

Ledger, Feinberg, on wire now

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THE FOOLS ARE PLAYING IT STRAIGHT, EXCEPT WHEN THEY’RE NOT - The Fools aren’t so much doing reunion shows as they are just continuing performing, but with less frequency than in their hectic heyday. The current lineup includes songwriter and vocalist Mike Girard, guitarists Rich Bartlett and Stacey Pedrick, bassist Lou Spagnola and drummer Leo Black.

Ledger, Miller, on wire now

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CELLS, ROBOTS AND THE SCIENCE OF CHOCOLATE: THE SCIENCE FESTIVAL IS COMING TO TOWN! - When we think of science fairs, we can’t help but imagine a gym or cafeteria lined with baking soda volcanoes, lemon batteries and dioramas detailing the intricacies of photosynthesis by way of a single dandelion and a desk lamp.

CNC, Dunning, on wire now

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