GateHouse News Service New England Budget • August 12, 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?

Contact: Chris Biondi, (508) 626-4343, cbiondi@gatehousemedia.com

News

VIDEO: THREE KILLED IN EASTON 'ANGEL FLIGHT' PLANE CRASH – Plane crashes into shopping center parking lot.

Enterprise and CNC coverage

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THE DOCTOR IS NOT IN: MORE PATIENTS, FEWER DOCTORS DRAWN TO PRIMARY CARE OFFICES - According to practitioners and experts, the primary-care medical field is buckling under the weight of growing patient loads, onerous insurance regulations, long hours and salaries that – especially compared to those offered in medical specialty fields – fail to make it all worthwhile.

Ledger, Kelly, on wire now

With photos

IS THE USS SALEM HAUNTED? - Professional ghost hunters and first timers can partake in a hands-on investigation on August 23, which will feature an appearance by Shannon Sylvia from the show Ghost Hunters International.

Ledger, Mann, on wire now

With photo

NORWELL MAN HELD ON KIDNAPPING CHARGES AFTER DOMESTIC DISPUTE - A college professor from Norwell faces several charges after he allegedly held his wife captive in their home for several hours and threatened to kill her and burn the house down.

Ledger, Keane, on wire now

With photo

MARSHFIELD FAIR KICKS OFF ON FRIDAY - More than 170,000 people are expected to attend the fair, drawn by attractions that include farm exhibits, carnival rides, music, arts and crafts, and vehicle shows.

Ledger, Schwartz, on wire now

With photos

LEARN TO COPE REACHES OUT TO FAMILIES OF JAIL INMATES IN BRISTOL COUNTY - Parent support group is now working with the Bristol County sheriff’s office to host a support group for families of drug-addicted inmates to help the prisoners stay straight after release.

Enterprise, Boyle, on wire now

AFTER 95 YEARS ‘AT HOME,’ A BIG CHANGE - At age 95, my father was being asked to make a huge and upsetting change – leaving his familiar, comfortable home for the unknown of an assisted-living residence.

Ledger, Scheible, on wire now

With video and photo

VIDEO: PRIEST WALKING TALL IN JOURNEY TO SUPPORT HUMAN RIGHTS - Jim Harney, who has a rare form of salivary gland cancer, is doing a 200-mile trek from Boston to New Haven to show his solidarity with the 13 million undocumented immigrants who are here from Latin America.

Ledger, Swanson, on wire now

With video and photo

Business

THE ONES THAT GOT AWAY: STOP & SHOP LETS THREE KINDS OF FISH LEAVE ITS SHELVES - Stop & Shop has decided to not stock shark, Chilean sea bass or orange roughy to protect the fish stocks.

Ledger, Chesto, on wire now

CURSES! MALL CRACKS DOWN ON SWEARING, ROWDYISM - South Shore Plaza is cracking down on unruly behavior with a new educational campaign emphasizing its code of conduct.

Ledger, Braintree, on wire now

ENTREPRENEUR COOKS UP GARLIC MOSQUITO SPRAY - Jason Salim was searching for an earth-friendly way to make money last year when he discovered the power of garlic.

CNC, Weinstein, on wire now

With photo

Opinions

FRANK MULLIGAN: TURN, BABY, TURN - There are many types of people in the world. There are those who see the cup as half full. Those who see it as half empty. And those who want to throw the cup to the floor. Then there are the “turn-signal challenged.”

Lakeville Call, on wire now

EDITORIAL: SEX, RACE AND POWER - We would ask why, as we sit eight years into the 21st century, we still  track the number of women and minorities in positions of power in government but the answer is as apparent  as the nose on your face. Opining on results of study released yesterday on women and government.

Ledger, 7 p.m.

MAHONEY: Drinking and golfing in Massachusetts.

Ledger, 7 p.m.

Sports

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Lifestyles

SEX TALK: CERTIFIED SEX THERAPIST OFFERS ADVICE ON MARSHFIELD RADIO SHOW - Dr. Julie A. Johnson is the South Shore’s own Dr. Ruth. Like the popular Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Johnson is a certified sex therapist who hosts a radio show, “Sexually Speaking,” on WATD-FM in Marshfield. She co-hosts the 30-minute show at 6:30 p.m. Sundays with Beth Kelley.

Ledger, Thomas, on wire now

With photos

MOVIE REVIEW: 'TROPIC THUNDER' RAISES LAUGHS AND EYEBROWS - Ben Stiller directs and stars in a comedy about actors playing soldiers who accidentally get caught up in a real war. The movie is already raising controversy for Robert Downey Jr.’s black-face performance.

Ledger, Alexander, on wire now

With photos

CHESS SHOW IS A WHOLE DIFFERENT MONDAY NIGHT GAME - Stop by Fitchburg Access Television on Monday evenings and you will see the world in black and white.

CNC, Smith, on wire now

With photo

POETS FIND NEW VENUE FOR VERSE - Spoken word followers of The Poets’ Asylum endured the sounds of silence for a while, until the group found a new home to host its Sunday night reading series.

CNC, Smith, on wire now

With photo