GateHouse News Service New England Budget • August 5, 2008

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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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News

VIDEO: CATCH OF A LIFETIME: CONN. MAN SAVES CHILD IN 2-STORY FALL - He waited a couple of minutes for the police — though he said it seemed like an eternity — eyes fixed on the care-free toddler and shuffling on the sidewalk beneath him as the boy strolled along the ledge. Then the boy fell. He tumbled onto the blue metal awning and into the air, putting his safety — and maybe his life — on Leonard’s catching skills.

Norwich Bulletin, Racioppo

With video and photo

VIDEO: DAY CARE CENTERS WORRIED BY PAYMENT DELAY - After sending letters to child care providers that reimbursements for vouchers could be delayed a month, state officials responded faster after some providers panicked over the weekend.

Enterprise, Scarpati

With photo

FAT FOOD: STUDY FINDS KIDS' MEALS ARE CHOCK FULL O' CALORIES - High obesity rates in children Richie’s age and the link studies showed between obesity and eating out caused a nonprofit group to write a report on the health impact of kids’ meals. Released Monday, the Center for Science in the Public Interest’s study found 93 percent of meals at 13 restaurant chains exceeded the calories the Institute of Medicine recommends for children.

Ledger, Swanson

With photo

WITH FOOD COSTS RISING, MORE GROWING THEIR OWN - Local experts say that more and more people are taking to growing their own fruits and vegetables. Doing so can be an economical way to beat rising food prices, when the gardening is done right.

Ledger, Conkey

With photos

'COUNTER-RECRUITER' WANTS SAME ACCESS AS MILITARY AT HIGH SCHOOL - Whatever the terminology, the question of whether the Bridgewater-Raynham schools should allow anti-war groups equal access to students as military recruiters will be taken up tomorrow at a meeting of the Counter Recruitment Subcommittee.

Enterprise, Enos

With photos

AN A-FRONT TO BACKYARD GARDENING - In historic Newton, growing a vegetable garden in the front would be frowned upon, said Sam. Now that there is a nationwide push to consume locally grown food, he’s hoping his neighbors will be more accepting. So far, they have been.

CNC, Long

With photos

PERJURY CONSPIRACY OUTLINED: COURT RECORDS PAINT STORY OF ADDICTION AND DEPENDENCE - Court records detail a now-jailed doctor’s alleged over-prescription of highly addictive pain medication and his patient accomplice’s growing dependence.

CNC, Tsetsi

EPA ANNOUNCES MORE MONEY FOR WATER QUALITY TESTS AT BEACHES - The EPA has announced a $251,930 grant to Massachusetts for water quality monitoring and notification at more than 500 public ocean beaches. State health officials say the number of beaches closed because of bacteria contamination dropped significantly in 2007.

Ledger, on wire now

VIDEO: TIBET: A THREATENED CULTURE - This week, the world’s eyes turn to Beijing, with the opening of the Summer Olympics. But authorities there would rather not attentions stray hundreds of miles west, to Tibet – where a culture rooted in spirituality, local pride and the surrounding Himalayas finds itself in a seemingly losing battle with the creeping forces of modernity and the Chinese government.  Patriot Ledger photographer Gary Higgins takes a look behind the curtain, at the people, places and issues that define and, in a sense, plague modern Tibet.

Ledger, on wire now

With video and photos

MAN'S FOOT SEVERED BY MBTA TRAIN - An unidentified man's foot was severed at the ankle when he was struck by a commuter train downtown Monday night.

MetroWest, Riley and Sweeney, on wire now

Business

MASSACHUSETTS BUSINESS IN BRIEF - State pension fund beats many of its peers; state tax revenues get boost from settlement; Bay state gas prices on the decline.

Ledger, on wire now

Opinions

EDITORIAL: PENSION BENEFITS - Mass. lawmakers should reconsider a billion-dollar increase in pension benefits enacted without debate during last week's legislative frenzy. Already moved.

MetroWest, 6 p.m.

RICK HOLMES COLUMN: ENERGY POLICY and the virtues of flip-flopping.

MetroWest, 6 p.m.

DION: IF ANYONE PROFITS FROM MURDER, IT SHOULD BE FALL RIVER - Now, some guy in Salem, some guy with the initiative Fall River never had, is moving forward with a Lizzie Borden museum. The guy’s 80 miles from here and HE knows how to make a buck off Lizzie.

Herald News, on wire now

PETER CHIANCA: YOUR FACE MAY BE ALMOST FAMOUS - Do you ever get the sense that society would be better off if it weren’t so hard for people to find a celebrity who looked like them? Yes, me too. It’s enough to make you miss the days, back in the ’70s, when it was very easy to find a celebrity you resembled: Ernest Borgnine.

CNC, on wire now

EDITORIAL: LEGISLATURE'S HASTE, WASTE - This is what happens when you try to cram six months of legislating into a two-week window: You look up the next morning and find you've approved a billion-dollar giveaway no one saw coming.

MetroWest, on wire now

EDITORIAL: AIDS EPIDEMIC CONTINUES - The current administration and its supporters have broomed the incidence of HIV and AIDS in this country under the table, insisting a change of habits and abstinence are the best solution.

Ledger, on wire now

PETER CHIANCA: YOUR FACE MAY BE ALMOST FAMOUS - Do you ever get the sense that society would be better off if it weren’t so hard for people to find a celebrity who looked like them? Yes, me too. It’s enough to make you miss the days, back in the ’70s, when it was very easy to find a celebrity you resembled: Ernest Borgnine.

CNC, on wire now

Sports

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Lifestyles

CAMPUS BOUND: THINK BEFORE YOU FACEBOOK - Among many things that students need to consider when applying to college is how technology can help, or hinder, their admissions chances.

CNC, Eastman, on wire now