GateHouse News Service New England Budget • August 27, 2008

Here are the top New England regional stories coming today from GateHouse News Service. Stories are available at 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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PATRICK DRAWS ON OWN STORY TO PRAISE OBAMA - Gov. Deval Patrick drew from his own inspirational story to praise Barack Obama, his friend and political confidant, during a prime-time speech Tuesday at the Democratic National Convention. But Patrick’s moment in the national spotlight dimmed slightly as neither national broadcast nor cable TV appeared to dedicate time to the speech.

Ledger, Kelly, on wire now

VIDEO: SINGING CONTEST A HIGH NOTE FOR FENWAY ANTHEM FINALISTS - Julie DiGiovine, a 19-year-old student at Berklee College of Music, and Dorchester resident Katani Sumner, a counselor at Newton South High School, beat out 20 other hopefuls in the radio station's "Oh Say Can You Sing?" contest, held Monday at Jordan's Furniture.

MetroWest, Ameden, on wire now

With video and photo

EX-YOUTH GROUP LEADER ADMITS HE STOLE THOUSANDS FROM SCOUTS - Raffi Donoyan, 49, from Burlington, entered a plea reversal, pleading guilty to stealing thousands of dollars from Homenetmen, an Armenian youth group, after previously saying he didn’t do it.

CNC, Bagley, on wire now

VIDEO: SCHOOLYARD BLEACHERS LATEST TARGET OF METAL THIEVES - When it comes to scrap metal, almost anything is fair game, even the schoolyard bleachers. That’s what police say two Abington men took Monday.

Enterprise, Allegrini, on wire now

With video and photo

CHAIN SAW SAFETY: DON'T CUT CORNERS - A return to wood as a home-heating fuel may translate into growing numbers of homeowners taking to the woods, armed with dangerous power tools like chain saws and log splitters.

MetroWest, Reuell, on wire now

With photo


ENTERGY CORP. CLEARS A HURDLE IN ITS EFFORT TO SPIN OFF THE PILGRIM NUCLEAR PLANT - The Nuclear Regulatory Commission decides that it doesn’t need to hold hearings to consider concerns raised about Entergy’s pending spin-off of Pilgrim and four other nuclear plants.

Ledger, Chesto, on wire now


ROGERS: HILLARY NOSE-CUTTERS COULD COST OBAMA THE ELECTION - In the world of politics, perhaps the most aggravating bunch of nose-cutters are those Hillary Clinton supporters who say they’ll cross party lines and vote for Republican presidential candidate John McCain this November.

CNC, on wire now

EDITORIAL: THE LANGUAGE OF ZENOPHOBIA - Rather than capitalize on its growing popularity outside of the United States, LPGA officials have issued a myopic - some might say xenophobic - decree making English the official language of the women's tour in apparent deference to the American sponsors.

Ledger, 7 p.m.

EDITORIAL: POLICE ROADBLOCK - What is hard to fathom is why lawmakers did not see fit to fully fund the state’s six main police training academies as requested by Patrick, a decision that will close academies in Plymouth, Boylston and New Bedford and overload the three remaining sites in Randolph, Reading and Springfield.

Ledger, on wire now

JOE BURNS: GOOD INTENTIONS TRUMP IMPERFECTIONS - For years there’s been talk on Cape Cod regarding local businesses creating housing for their employees. The concept could be called an act of enlightened self interest, and I have little doubt that those who proposed or embraced the idea saw it that way. But I always wondered if workers already dependent on their employer for their income and family’s health benefits might find themselves at a disadvantage if their housing also was dependent upon their keeping their job.

CNC, on wire now






GETAWAY: JOY OF GOLF IN FLORIDA’S BROWARD COUNTY - We came out of the north with our rusty swings, three old buddies from Nebraska, Minnesota and Massachusetts, in search of warmth and the healing power of the little white ball. Everything we needed was within a drive and a chip from Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

TRAVEL FINDS: SURF AND TURF IN DELRAY BEACH - Finding a little bit of Boston in Delray Beach is a surprise, but then again this beachfront community is full of surprises


QUICK! DRAW FLUFF BOY AND GET IN THE TRIBUTE TO FLUFF'S INVENTOR! - For this third annual event, you can appear in the Fluff Boy Comic Book. In this 32-page full-scale comic book, Somerville artists tell how Jimmy, a sweet youth from Union Square, is transformed into a Fluff-filled superhero and through struggles comes to terms with his new sticky superpowers. It includes additional shorter tales inspired by the nostalgic foodstuff that is Fluff.

CNC, Guha, on wire now

UPSTAIRS ON THE SQUARE GETS HOPPING WITH WINIKERS - It probably would’ve been enough of a draw just to call it by name: Thursday Night in the Monday Club Bar. But the folks at Upstairs on the Square in Cambridge have a few more crowd-attracting tricks up their sleeves for their monthly dinner dances.

CNC, Symkus, on wire now

VIDEO: SHOPPERS FIND COMMON THREADS AT SARI SALE - In a small function room at the Best Western New Englander hotel in Woburn, shoppers gather about once a month to browse through the latest from New Jersey-based Indira – racks of saris on hangers, or in neat, folded piles on tables, with colors from burning orange to soothing pastels.

CNC, Smith, on wire now

With photos

VIDEO: WINGED THINGS FIND SANCTUARY AT BUTTERFLY PARK - At The Butterfly Place in Westford, ethereal beings soar in the humid air. Sometimes they rest on the leaves of trees and flowers, or on the walkway, or on the humans who come to visit.

CNC, Smith, on wire now

With video and photos

BOOK REVIEW: 'BUTTERFLY' EXPLORES INSECTS' BEAUTY, MYSTERY - Nature photographer Thomas Marent of Switzerland has traveled the world to capture images of all kinds of creatures - as if composing a visual symphony of life on Earth.

CNC, Smith, on wire now

With photos

MUSIC COMIN' ROUND THE MOUNTAIN AT WACHUSETT FESTIVAL - Saturday, Sept. 6, is MusicFest, a showcase of blues and rock artists with a feast of southern sounds, headlined by The Outlaws, along with Pure Prairie League, Whiskey Falls and more. Sunday, Sept. 7, brings BluesFest and The Fabulous Thunderbirds’ roadhouse style rock, along with the Chris Fitz Band, Ernie and the Automatics, Mary Lou Ferrante and soul diva Bettye Lavette.

CNC, Smith, on wire now

With photos

TIME TRAVELING AT THE ICE CREAM STAND - Labor Day is nearly here, but there’s still time to get in summer’s last licks at a local ice cream stand.

Ledger, Lambert, on wire now

With photos

STRONG PERFORMANCES BY CHEADLE, PEARCE LIFT FAST-PACED THRILLER - The new movie "Traitor'' goes behind the lines of the war on terror and yields a surprising amount of intelligence.

Ledger, Alexander, on wire now

With photos