GateHouse News Service New England Budget • June 16, 2008

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News

ENTWISTLE TRIAL – Continues with testimony on shooting.

MetroWest, Miller, 8 p.m.

VIDEO: ADVENTURES IN ANGIOPLASTY – State-run study to determine whether suburban hospitals can safely offer non-emergency angioplasties without having cardiac surgeons on hand.

MetroWest, Morton, on wire now

With video and photos

MANY SEX OFFENDERS NEVER REGISTER - The state’s Sex Offender Registry Board confirms there’s a “big population” of sex offenders who have been released from prison but never registered. And that makes it “very hard on victims.”

Ledger, Reardon, on wire now

With photo

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A LIFE SENTENCE OF FEAR FOR SEX CRIME VICTIMS - Victims of sex crimes say that fear spirals the day the offender is released from jail because until he registers with the Sex Offender Registry Board, they often have no idea where he is.

Ledger, Reardon, on wire now

With photo

WELLESLEY COLLEGE ACQUIRES 442-YEAR-OLD COPERNICUS BOOK - After more than 20 years at Wellesley College, professor Richard French can finally ask astronomy students to spend personal time with the visionary who bumped humankind from the center of the universe to "the third rock from the sun."

MetroWest, Bergeron, on wire now

With photos

Business

'BIG PAPI' HELPS CELEBRATE NOKONA FACTORY'S GRAND OPENING – With everything from marching bands to one of Major League Baseball’s biggest stars, local dignitaries gathered Friday afternoon to officially open the Nokona Baseball Factory in the city’s industrial park.

Herald News, Richmond, on wire now

With video and photos

VIDEO: DITCH THE CAR, RIDE THE RAILS - With gas prices exceeding $4, the commuter rail's ridership has grown in recent months.

MetroWest, McDonald, on wire now

With video

WITH $4 GASOLINE, COMMUTERS SEEK SAVINGS THROUGH PUBLIC TRANSIT - Record fuel prices have become a double-edged sword for public transit systems, here and nationally, leading to substantial ridership increases but also higher operating costs that erase revenue gains.

CNC, Wasserman, on wire now

CHECKOUT LANE: BIGGER IS BETTER WHEN SELECTING SUNGLASSES - When it comes to sunglasses fashion this summer, bigger is better. That's the word from Kerrie Lawson, co-owner of Sunglass Galleria in Plymouth, Mass. She said her customers have been reaching for aviators and shield sunglasses.

Ledger, Bauer, on wire now

With photos

SLOTS UP BY SLIMMEST OF MARGINS AT MOHEGAN SUN FOR MAY - Mohegan Sun broke eight months of sliding slot revenues in May by doing almost $130,000 more than the $75 million it made in May 2007.

Norwich, Jacobson, on wire now

MASS. MARKET: STATE SLOW TO DOLE OUT GRANTS IN PROGRAM’S FIRST YEAR - In concept, the Massachusetts Opportunity Relocation and Expansion program is a good idea. However, it’s taking a long time for that money to trickle into the economy.

Ledger, Chesto, on wire now

Opinions

PETER COSTA: HELP IS IN YOUR DRIVEWAY - I saw an interesting vehicle as I drove to work recently. It was a white, step-in van that sported these words on its sides: “Flying Fur, Mobile Pet Grooming.” What a great idea. I can imagine how this concept could spread to other service areas.

CNC, on wire now

Sports

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Lifestyles

REAGLE HAS A VERY COLORFUL 'DREAMCOAT' - WALTHAM - The Reagle Players are bringing more high-octane energy to the Robinson Theatre with their production of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" than the space has seen in some time.

MetroWest, Brooks Andrews, on wire now

With photo

JEWISH IN AMERICA: ARTISTS EXPRESS IDENTITY - An intriguing exhibit at the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University in Waltham. Sometimes provocative, often challenging, "The New Authentics: Artists of the Post-Jewish Generation," asks profound questions about "Jewishness" through 54 works by 16 artists.

MetroWest, Bergeron, on wire now

With photos

VIDEO: ROCKMAN PAINTS MOTHER NATURE IN A FOUL MOOD - Fresh from a trip to Antarctica, Rockman is showing 50 large canvases that depict Mother Nature's climactic mood swings with a Technicolor immediacy. Rose Museum Director Michael Rush described the paintings as "cautionary but never didactic."

MetroWest, Bergeron, on wire now

With photos

RED SOX DVD BOX SET AN UNESSENTIAL - The first hint that the new baseball DVD box set, “The Boston Red Sox: Essential Games of Fenway Park,” would be a disappointment was the dateline on the press release: New York, N.Y. Hel-lo?

Ledger, Sullivan, on wire now

MAKE ‘CONTACT’ AT NORTH SHORE MUSIC THEATRE - “Contact” at North Shore MT may require a little attitude adjustment by the typical musical audience, but ultimately it does exactly what its title says — it makes contact, deep and poignant, sometimes joyful and fun, often painful.

CNC, Mac Alpine, on wire now

COOPERSTOWN COMES TO BEANTOWN IN FORM OF TRAVELING BASEBALL EXHIBIT - Showcasing some 500 artifacts from The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y., as well as a dozen donated by the Boston Red Sox, the touring exhibit makes its final stop in Boston, having been seen by 2.3 million people.

Ledger, Feinberg, on wire now

With photos