GateHouse News Service New England Budget • July 22, 2008

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Behind the Story: On the Celtics championship beat

GOOD IDEA: Missouri newspaper features 'A love story' on Society page


COUPLE CHARGED AFTER DOG DIES FROM HEAT EXHAUSTION AT MALL - The French bulldog was peeing in the couple's home, so they brought it with them to the Watertown Mall and left it in the car for 30 minutes, according to police.

Watertown TAB, Fennimore, on wire now

SUSPECT IN MASS. KILLING ARRESTED AT CASINO - A 23-year-old man who Massachusetts police say gunned down a man leaving a Springfield convenience store in June was arrested Monday afternoon at Mohegan Sun, Connecticut State Police said.

Norwich, Jacobson, on wire now

WEYMOUTH MAN AND BOY HE SAVED FROM ICY POND MEET AGAIN, 69 YEARS LATER - On a February afternoon in 1939, Bill Stovold became an unlikely hero. On that day, he saved 4-year-old David Hutchinson from drowning. The two meet again recently, 69 years later.

Ledger, Hoffman, on wire now

With video and photos

MARSHFIELD DOG, OWNER PLACE THIRD IN DOGGY DUATHLON - Boo, a 5-year-old black Labrador retriever from Marshfield, and his owner, came in the first Iams Doggy Duathlon World Championships, part of the New York City Triathlon.

Ledger, Schwartz, on wire now

With photos

AFTER LIGHTNING STRIKE, SHE'S GLAD TO BE ALIVE - Rinsing off in her home’s outdoor shower after a day at the beach, Hingham resident Linda Nixon was jolted by lightning. After a 911 call and a trip to South Shore Hospital, she and her husband were counting their blessings.

Ledger, Conkey, on wire now

With photo

HORSENECK BEACH GETS A FACE-LIFT - Two new bathhouses have opened at Horseneck Beach, marking the first two major improvements to the span in 50 years.

Herald News, Dion, on wire now

With photo


BIOTECH COMPLEX - Framingham developer Patriot Partners LLC plans to build biggest life sciences complex in New England, on 250 acres in Burlington. Would include 2,000 housing units for the elderly, retail and 2 million square feet of office and lab space.

MetroWest, Breitrose, 6 p.m.

CAPE COD WORKER SHORTAGE NOT AS BAD AS ANTICIPATED - Early this year, when it became clear that returning foreign workers would not be granted their seasonal H-2B visas, business owners panicked, predicting dire circumstances ranging from reduced services to shorter hours to closing altogether.

Provincetown Banner, Sowers, on wire now

With photo

GAS PRICES CREEPING DOWN - The average price of a gallon of self serve regular gasoline in Massachusetts was down three cents.

Ledger, on wire now

NEW MUTUAL FUND HAS CHARITABLE APPROACH - Wayland-based fund steers portion of contributions to causes picked by investors

Ledger, Adams, on wire now


RICK HOLMES COLUMN: GRAMM CRACKUP - I'm going to miss Phil Gramm, who is to McCain what Rev. Jeremiah Wright was to Obama.

MetroWest, on wire now




VIDEO: TRAINER PREACHES BENEFITS OF SENIORCISE - James Rossi, 83, his wife, Claire, 87, Hank Hale, 80, and Marci Kalman, 65, walk into Patrice Cahill’s exercise class of about a dozen seniors at the Council on Aging and sit around for a hour. Well, technically, they sit around. In reality, they’re constantly moving — they just never leave their chairs.

Beverly Citizen, Mac Alpine, on wire  now

With video and photos

PACK YOUR MANNERS WHEN YOU GO THE BEACH - A little etiquette goes a long way at the beach. Have fun, but don’t treat it like your private playground.

Ledger, Feinberg, on wire now

With photos

WITH GAS PRICES HIGH, LOWELL FOLK FESTIVAL FANS GET IN GEAR - The food, the heat, the beat – the Lowell Folk Festival has been known for more than two decades for its three-day celebration of world music, song, crafts and culinary fare.

CNC, Smith, on wire now

With photos