GateHouse News Service New England Budget • August 8, 2008

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PART 1 – TAUNTON’S PROSTITUTION PROBLEM – The city’s prostitution problem is getting worse. At times, the city has at least 25 hookers on the street and since the crime is a misdemeanor, hookers can be back out on the streets that night.

Elizabeth Graham

PART 2 – POLICE STAKEOUT – Police are trying to curb the prostitution problem in the city. The police department has a vice squad that goes on stakeouts to trap prostitutes and make arrests. The Gazette joined police on one of the stakeouts and watched as arrests were made.

Elizabeth Graham, 7 p.m.

PART 3 – LONGTIME HOOKER – She had a normal life. She was a high school graduate, had gotten married and even had a child. But, when she turned 40, she started a new life – working the city’s streets. And she doesn’t mind. This woman has built up a clientele list where she has johns – some she says are even police officers.  

Elizabeth Graham, 7 p.m.


RARE WHITE LOBSTER CAUGHT OFF PROVINCETOWN - With what is considered to be a 1 in 100 million chance, 56-year-old John Mahoney of Hull caught the white lobster while doing his 40-mile loop near Provincetown. He turned the lobster over to Chan and his wife Connie's company, Sam's Seafood Inc., in Hingham.

Milford Daily News, Studley, on wire now

With photo

ASIAN LONGHORNED BEETLE 'OUR WORST NIGHTMARE' - Less than 2 inches in size, the Asian longhorned beetle is still plenty big enough to send a shiver down the spine of local arborists.

MetroWest, Lynch, on wire now

With photo

GROUND BEEF FROM WHOLE FOODS LINKED TO E. COLI CASES - State health authorities announced today that another E. coli case linked to ground beef has been identified in a Massachusetts resident, bringing the number of confirmed cases in the state to seven.

MetroWest, Jordan, on wire now

TRIBAL CASINO COULD IMPACT STATE REVENUE - A newly released study indicates that building three casinos in the Bay State would allow the commonwealth to recoup up to $700 million of the $1.1 billion Massachusetts gamblers drop at the Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun casinos in Connecticut and Twin River in Rhode Island.

Enterprise, Elwell, on wire now

EMERGENCY CALLS TO GET A LITTLE MORE EXPENSIVE FOR SOME - Under the governor’s latest surcharge, mobile phone and Internet phone users will pay an increase.

Enterprise, Elwell, on wire now

BACK-TO-SCHOOL SHOPPERS HOPE TO CUT SPENDING IN SLOW ECONOMY - Most consumers are expected to spend less and stick to discount stores this back-to-school shopping season, reported a recent study.

Enterprise, Scarpati, on wire now

With photos


MASSACHUSETTS BUSINESS IN BRIEF - Talbots Inc. shares plunge by 12.2 percent after the retailer reports disappointing sales.

Ledger, on wire now

DEMAND UP FOR BOSTON HARBOR TOURS - More people are taking advantage of ferry services to the Boston Harbor islands this summer, and Quincy ferry operator Water Transportation Alternatives is using resources gained in a recent acquisition to meet the growing demand.

Ledger, Bauer, on wire now

With photo

BORDEN FLATS LIGHTHOUSE UP FOR AUCTION - If you’ve ever dreamed of owning a lighthouse, now could be your chance. The Borden Flats Lighthouse, situated about a half-mile from the Braga Bridge and Battleship Cove where the Taunton River meets Mount Hope Bay, is up for sale via an online auction.

Herald News, Pateakos, on wire now

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PATRICK SIGNS LNG BUFFER BILL INTO LAW - Gov. Deval Patrick Thursday signed a bill that will effectively keep a liquefied natural gas import terminal out of Fall River.

Herald News, Richmond, on wire now

CAPE CODDERS PREPARE FOR 'HORRIBLE' STRUGGLE TO PAY FOR HEAT - Home heating oil prices are predicted to be at record prices this winter, hurting not only the poor, working class and elderly, but also chipping away from the pocketbooks of the middle class.

Cape Codder, Desroches, on wire now

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MADDOCKS: MCCAIN CONTINUES TO QUESTION READINESS OF HILTON, SPEARS TO LEAD -  Senator John McCain’s campaign unveiled a new attack ad yesterday that continued its recent theme of questioning Paris. Hilton’s and Britney Spears’ readiness to lead the country.

CNC, on wire now

EDITORIAL: STUDENT LOANS -  State Treasurer Timothy Cahill's staunch opposition to the state pension fund investing  $50 million in bonds to back student loans is both shortsighted and hypocritical.

Ledger, 7 p.m.

EDITORIAL: PRICE OF POLITICS AND FUEL - A state rep goes public about how her constituents are paying the price for her refusal to sell her vote in the House speaker's succession drama.

MetroWest, 7 p.m.

RICK HOLMES: BIG OIL - Alternative energy is the everyone's horizon, but in Washington, it's still all about the power of the oil companies.

MetroWest, 7 p.m.

JEFF ADAIR: PURCHASING POWER - A group of Weston neighbors shows how to use group purchasing can bring lower home heating oil bills.

MetroWest, 7 p.m.




ART KINDLES MEMORIES OF SCITUATE - Paintings by a late local artist, on display at the town library, document a Scituate that many current residents have never seen.

LEdger, Keane, on wire now

With photos

MELVINS KEEP ROCKING AFTER 26 YEARS - The Melvins are a cult , legendary among music lovers of all stripes for their 26-year longevity.

Ledger, Berndtson, on wire now

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BLUESMAN BUDDY GUY LOVES HIS LATEST ALBUM - Buddy Guy hits the Bank of America Pavilion  Sunday, on the bill with George Thorogood and the Delaware Destroyers, and The Hot Stove All Stars. The show is the summer incarnation of the Hot Stove Cool Music baseball-themed charity series.

Miller, Ledger, on wire now

With photo

HOOTIE AND THE BLOWFISH REGROUPS FOR SUMMER DATES - Although Darius Rucker was a singing cowboy in a Burger King commercial, his solo country-themed album doesn’t sound radically different than Hootie and the Blowfish.

Ledger, Miller, on wire now

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SONGS FROM A ‘HARDCORE TROUBADOUR’ - You really have to work hard to misunderstand Steve Earle: He’s one of folk and alternative country’s most outspoken performers — and, some might say, a professional troublemaker or, even, political agitator.

Amesbury News, Lockwood, on wire now

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KEEPING FIT: SHOULD PRE-TEENS DO STRENGTH EXERCISES? - Under supervised conditions, strength training is clearly one of the safest physical activities that young people can perform. And it is undoubtedly one of the most important activities that youth should do on a regular basis.

Ledger, Westcott, on wire now

MARSHFIELD AUTHOR DRAWS ON EXPERIENCE IN LATEST THRILLER - Casey Sherman is at it again with a new novel titled "Black Dragon,'' a novel set in the heart of China. Sherman and his wife traveled to Beijing in 2003 to adopt their daughter Mia, now 5, and found the experience enlightening, if not somewhat overwhelming.

Ledger, Dreyfus, on wire now

With photos