GateHouse News Service New England Budget • June 25, 2008

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ENTWISTLE VERDICT– Verdict announcement imminent.

MetroWest, Miller, ASAP

Will be updated

VIDEO: PERIPATETIC PEAHEN RESCUED IN RANDOLPH – An errant emerald peahen was captured Tuesday in Randolph. Now the hunt is on for her owners.

Enterprise, Swanson, on wire now

With video

PRISONER MAKES DARING DAYLIGHT 'SHUFFLE' ESCAPE - A Lawrence man being held in connection with a 2007 violent home invasion pulled off an escape Wednesday in broad daylight and in the presence of at least two Essex County Sheriff’s deputies outside Salem Superior Court.

Beverly Citizen, Gates, on wire now

With photo

DRIVER'S EDGE OFFERS FREE TRAINING FOR NEW DRIVERS AT GILLETTE STADIUM - Driver’s Edge, a non-profit group that promotes traffic safety, will hold free road training for new drivers and parents at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro this weekend. Participants will be taught by professionals who have driven in IndyCar, NASCAR and other racing organizations.

Ledger, on wire now

With photos

REGIONAL MILK BANK IN INFANCY STAGES - Despite widespread acknowledgment of the healing power of breast milk, there are no milk banks in New England. The last one in the area closed in 2001. Newton resident Naomi Bar-Yam wants to change that.

CNC, Long, on wire nlow

With photo

STATE REP. FILES BILL TO PROHIBIT DRIVING TAX BASED ON MILEAGE - State Rep. David L. Flynn, D-Bridgewater, has filed a bill that would prohibit new taxes from being levied on family vehicles based on mileage counts.

Raynham Call, Weinstein, on wire now

ARCHDIOCESE OF BOSTON IS PACKING ITS BAGS FOR BRAINTREE THIS WEEK - The Archdiocese of Boston is preparing to move nearly 300 jobs from its Brighton headquarters and a few other locations to a modern office building in Braintree near the Randolph border this week. The archdiocese plans to open its new Pastoral Center for business next Monday, replacing its Brighton chancery, which will close on Friday.

Ledger, Chesto, on wire now

VACCINE FOR GIRLS IS A DILEMMA FOR PARENTS - Parents and family groups disagree on push to vaccinate young girls with Gardasil, which protects against one of cervical cancer’s most common causes: a sexually-transmitted infection known as HPV.

Enterprise, Scarpati, on wire now

With photo


MASSACHUSETTS BUSINESS IN BRIEF - Bill to help pay social service providers moves through the Senate; Company explores heliport proposal in Southie; Suffolk gets cleared to renovate the Modern Theatre; Boston ranks fourth on “cybercity” list.

Ledger, on wire now

A CONVERSATION WITH THE CEO OF VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL - It was only about 10 years ago that taking online courses from a high school sounded ridiculous to many administrators. The idea high school students could be taught in an online environment, without direct supervision, was laughable, says Liz Pape, CEO of Virtual High School.

CNC, Kelly, on wire now

With photo


EDITORIAL: MANY PATHS TO HEAVEN - Of all the dogma that has sustained the religious through the millennia, none is a more problematic in the 21st century world than this: Our faith is the one true path to heaven.

MetroWest, on wire now

EDITORIAL: THE SUICIDE OF CPL. CIARA DURKIN - The Army investigation that determined Cpl. Ciara Durkin died by her own hand may bring some painful closure for her family and friends but it

also should not be dismissed that the Quincy soldier was every bit a casualty of this drawn-out war as anyone who died a combat death in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001.

Ledger, 6 p.m.

MAHONEY CARTOON: FREE SODA WITH HOUSE - Free two-liter bottle of Coke with purchase of any new home.

Ledger, on wire now


Ledger, on wire now






GETAWAY: HIT THE ROAD WITH THE RED SOX - Red Sox Nation knows how hard and expensive it can be to snag tickets to a home game at Fenway, let alone coveted seats when we're up against the deaded Yankees.

IN NEW ENGLAND: GETTING ACTIVE IN MAINE - Away from Maine's bustling Bar Harbor ("Bah Hahbah"), and off the congested Park Loop Road of Acadia National Park, there's a whole 'nother world to explore.


EATING GOOD IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD - Farmer’s markets are officially in season on the South Shore.

Ledger, Sutton, on wire now

With photos and list of farmer's markets

FOLK, ROCK AND FAITH FIND 'COMMON GROUND' AT CHRISTIAN COFFEEHOUSE - At Common Ground in Fitchburg, it’s all about high-octane entertainment, but it’s also about providing a bit of sanctuary in a busy urban area.

CNC, Smith, on wire now

With photo

HANGING WITH ONE OF THE ‘BOYS’ - His character on the sitcom "My Boys'' is a Chicago Cubs fan, but actor and comedian Jamie Kaler, a Massachusetts native, is a fierce Boston sports fan.

Ledger, Barbuto, on wire now

With photos

READY TO WEAR: THE ART OF NATICK'S VIRGINIA FITZGERALD - Sporting a paste-on tattoo of the Hindu goddess Shiva, Virginia Fitzgerald fashions a dress from hundreds of dog tags in her downtown Natick studio that resembles a child's playhouse.

MetroWest, Bergeron, on wire now

With photo

WHAT'S HAPPENING: SOUTH SHORE, BOSTON AND BEYOND - A weekly calendar of arts and entertainment events on the South Shore, in Boston and Cambridge, and within a short drive.

Patriot Ledger, on wire now

With photos

HARVARD ART IS ON THE MOVE - When the doors of the Fogg Museum in Cambridge close to the public on June 30, they won’t open again until 2013.

CNC, Ma, on wire now

With photos

WORK IS PLAY FOR WORKINGMAN’S JAZZ DUO - The duo – bassist Rick Maida of Maynard, and Tad Hitchcock, guitarist and vocalist -- has established their latest regular gig at Thirty-One Main in Ayer – a new bakery, café and restaurant and bar -- where they will perform every Thursday, beginning tonight, Thursdday, June 26, 7 to 10 p.m

CNC, Smith, on wire now

With photos

ART TROUPE DIVES INTO COLE PORTER PORTFOLIO - Get ready for a marvelous party. It’s hosted by Cole Porter. The American Repertory Theatre’s upcoming Cole Porter revue reunites the four cast members from last year’s highly successful and critically acclaimed “A Marvelous Party!”

CNC, Ma, on wire now

With photo

ROCKPORT ANIMATOR TAKES PIXAR IN NEW DIRECTION WITH ‘WALL-E’ - Writer-director-animator Andrew Stanton left his native Rockport, Mass., and headed west when he was 18, but he still carries a piece of home with him — in fact, it’s a piece of the Red Sox.

CNC, Symkus, on wire now

With photo