GateHouse News Service New England Budget • July 23, 2008
Here are the top New England regional stories coming today from GateHouse News Service. Stories are available at gatehousenewsservice.com. 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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ARMED INVADERS STEAL 6 BABY PIT BULLS FROM QUINCY HOME - A Quincy Center couple had just finished cooking dinner when four men wielding knives broke into their home and took off with six of their pit bull puppies.
Ledger, Mann, on wire now
POLICE SAY TAUNTON WOMAN FACING FORECLOSURE COMMITS SUICIDE - A city woman shot herself to death Tuesday afternoon after she sent a fax to her mortgage company threatening suicide because of plans to auction off her home later in the day, police said.
Taunton Gazette, Winokoor, on wire now
OFF-DUTY TROOPER KILLED IN HINGHAM CRASH - An off-duty State Police trooper died today when his car hit a tree in Hingham. The man was alone in a car that left the road and struck a tree near the intersection of Central Street and Emerald Street, police said.
Ledger, Conkey, on wire now
PANTYHOSE PROBLEM PLAGUES NEIGHBORHOOD - The case of the "Pantyhose Bandit" has neighbors on Geneseo Circle creeped out and at their wit's end: the culprit keeps dumping pairs of ladies' tights right by their children's bus stop on Camp Street in Milford.
Milford Daily News, Ameden, on wire now
FOOT FETISH SUSPECT, FORMERLY OF WAKEFIELD, ARRESTED IN N.H. - A former Wakefield resident has been apprehended and has admitted his involvement in a string of inappropriate incidents at fitness centers in New Hampshire and possibly Massachusetts, according to police.
CNC, O'Neil, on wire now
Q&A: SUE MCQUAID OVERSEES THE NEPONSET VALLEY CHAMBER - When the Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce hired Sue McQuaid in February 2007, her mission was to strengthen its role in the region’s economic development.
Ledger, Bauer, on wire now
CRANBERRY BOG OWNER AIMS FOR HEALTHIER, DISEASE-RESISTANT VARIETIES - The Discovery Hill Cranberry Bog on Route 6A in Sandwich is undergoing renovations to accommodate a new kind of cranberry. The bog’s owner, Doug Beaton, says he’s replacing the native cranberries with three new hybrid varieties which contain better antioxidants and are disease-resistant.
Sandwich Broadsider, Babin, on wire now
CHARLES WINOKOOR: OLD WHITE MEN STILL GOT IT GOING ON - It’s been fashionable for some time now, among some youngish dudes and dude-ettes, to poke fun at and denigrate so-called “old, white men.”
Taunton Gazette, on wire now
HOLMES: GRAMM, MCCAIN AND POLITICS FOR THE RICH - I'm going to miss Phil Gramm. When times are tough and you're feeling down, there's nothing like having an old rich guy tell you it's all in your head.
MetroWest, on wire now
O'MAHONEY: ON MASSACHUSETTS TAX-FREE HOLIDAY
Ledger, on wire now
PETER CHIANCA: INDIANA JONES AND THE PLAYDATE OF DOOM - They say that kids spend twice as much time watching television and movies as they do interacting with their parents, and I think I’ve finally figured out why: It’s because parents don’t spend nearly enough time throwing Nazis out of moving vehicles.
CNC, on wire now
RED SOX, CAPE LEAGUE A PERFECT MATCH - Eight current Boston Red Sox players prepped for their Major League careers by spending at least one summer playing in the Cape Cod Baseball League, and most of them played in the annual All-Star game.
CNC, Sherlock, on wire now
HOT ISSUES FACING AFC TEAMS AS TRAINING CAMP OPENS - Right now, none of the heavyweights appears particularly vulnerable, so any would-be upstarts (Browns, Bills, Texans, etc.) will have to work to carve out a playoff spot for themselves.
Ledger, McHugh, on wire now
HOT ISSUES FACING NFC TEAMS AS TRAINING CAMP OPENS - Brett Favre has sure made a mess of things, huh? First he retires, then he wants back in. The Packers say, thanks, but we like Aaron Rodgers.
Ledger, McHugh, on wire now
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GETAWAY / TRAVEL FINDS PACKAGE FOR JULY 30 PUBLICATION
GETAWAY: LONDON'S WEST END IS THEATER LOVER'S DRAW – There's something about visiting London's West End that stirs excitement even in a theater critic like me who routinely sees hundreds of shows a year in New York.
TRAVEL FINDS: CARNIVAL BRINGS 'FUN SHIP' CRUISING TO EUROPE - Yes, there is a hairy chest contest onboard the Carnival Splendor, because American-style fun is what this brand new 3,006-passenger ship is all about - even if it is spending its first season in Europe.
KEEPING TABS: EVENTS IN AND AROUND BOSTON - Park it here: There’s something about Shakespeare that makes actors and directors want to run outdoors and perform it in a park. Few are more successful at it than the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company which returns to the Boston Common with one of the Bard’s pastoral comedies.
CNC, on wire now
HIP-HOP’S ANNUAL SHOWCASE RETURNS - A Boston-area installment was added in 2007 and sold more than 9,000 tickets, and this year’s festival returns to Mansfield and the Comcast Center for 11 hours of music this weekend. Cypress Hill’s B-Real will serve as host, and the lineup includes a reunited A Tribe Called Quest, Nas, Mos Def, Rakim, Murs, the Cool Kids, Method Man & Redman and Santogold.
Ledger, Berndtson, on wire now
POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE OF NEW ENGLAND - Jim Benson’s collection of cards dates back to the turn of the 20th century. More than 200, or more than half his collection, have been used in a new book published by Arcadia called “Along Old Canada Road,” which goes on sale Monday.
CNC, DeFilippo, on wire now
'I WANT TO BELIEVE' WILL LEAVE 'X-FILES' SERIES FANS WITH SAME QUESTIONS - Writer and director Chris Carter deliberately wanted the second movie based on the groundbreaking science fiction show he created to be a standalone story separate from the show’s labyrinthine conspiracy plot. He wanted the reunion of his star-crossed heroes to be one that would be appreciated by fans yet easily accessible to newbies.
Ledger, Chesto, on wire now
VIDEO: PARANORMAL GROUPS SEEK HAUNTED HISTORY AT AREA SITES - On a sweltering Saturday afternoon, only a slight breeze brought relief from the heat. But instead of sitting home in air-conditioned comfort, a small group from Boston Paranormal Investigators roamed among historical sites in Lexington.
CNC, Smith, on wire now
CAPE COD THEATER PROJECT EXPLORES NEW WORKS - Each summer for the past 13 seasons, an ever-changing troupe of young actors has camped out in Falmouth to present adventuresome, book-in-hand productions of plays that routinely go on to the stages of regional theaters across the country.
Ledger, Fanger, on wire now
PET PROJECT: RANDOLPH NATIVE COMPILES BOOK ON ANIMAL RESCUES - While pets make up a large part of Holly Vietzke’s personal life, it’s seeped into her professional life as well. The professor at the Massachusetts School of Law in Andover, where she teaches writing, public speaking, and animal law, said animal law covers almost every aspect of the law.
CNC, DeFilippo, on wire now
THE BEER NUT: THE BRITISH ARE COMING (AND THEY BROUGHT BEER) - British Beer Company is bringing a new pub-style restaurant offering more than 100 brews to Framingham.
MetroWest, Miller, on wire now
DINING ON SPECTACLE ISLAND IN BOSTON HARBOR - Evening clambakes are part of new cruise package offered by Boston Harbor Islands Express.
Ledger, Russo, on wire now
SCITUATE’S SPIT IS A MECCA FOR BOATERS, FAMILIES FROM ALL OVER - Twice a day, as a tide goes out, the mouth of the North River between Scituate and Marshfield shrinks and acres and acres of sand emerges, creating a summertime playground – primarily for boaters. It’s a spot known as the Spit, and it’s one of the South Shore’s worst-kept secrets.
Ledger, Hoffman, on wire now
COMIC BOOK ‘KING’: STONEHAM WRITER'S CREATION AMONG CONTEST FINALISTS - Waiting in the hospital for his son to be born, Curtis Lawson frantically typed away on his laptop, adding the finishing touches to his comic book creation, “Sleeping King," in time to meet the deadline for the national Comic Book Challenge. Eventually, Lawson’s comic book entry was selected as one of the challenge’s top 50 remaining submissions.
CNC, Swasey, on wire now
VIDEO: BUZZARDS BAY BREWING HAS THE COLD ONES; YOU JUST BRING THE MEAT - Every Thursday during the summer is Lager Education Night at the brewery. Visitors are welcome to BYOG (bring your own grillables). For $5, they can buy a Buzzards Bay pint glass that comes with two beers of the night. Inside, they can tour the brewery and taste any one beer for free or buy a sample glass for $5 and taste all four.
Herald News, Allard, on wire now
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BILL KIRCHEN TO PLAY AT HABITAT FOR HUMANITY BENEFIT IN SHIRLEY - Bill Kirchen will join local acts in Shirley to give new meaning to the tag, “house band.” They’re ready to make a whole lotta noise Saturday for Habitat for Humanity at Shirley Fest, a day-long benefit show to raise funds to build the first Habitat for Humanity home in town.
CNC, Smith, on wire now
COSBY READY FOR A SPIN AT CAPE COD MELODY TENT - Bill Cosby is fairly certain it happened at one of the eastern Massachusetts tent venues, most likely the Cape Cod Melody Tent in Hyannis, where Cosby returns for two shows Saturday. On that night, Cosby, already a bit hesitant about the whole revolving stage idea, noticed his audience was jumping to their feet, section by section.
Ledger, Miller, on wire now