New England budget 10.08.08

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SHIPMENT FROM PLYMOUTH NUCLEAR PLANT EXCEEDED RADIATION LEVELS - Federal nuclear inspectors are looking into why a shipment of lead shielding from the Pilgrim nuclear station in Plymouth to the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant exceeded radiation levels established by the Department of Transportation.

Ledger, on wire now

BLUE WHALE MAKES RARE APPEARANCE OFF CAPE ANN - Researchers were excited, thrilled and surprised to see a rare blue whale during their research, according to Mason Weinrich, executive director of The Whale Center of New England.

CNC, Eaton, on wire now

With photo

RINGS STOLEN FROM DEAD WOMAN ARE RETURNED - The wedding rings ripped from the hand of an 89-year-old woman after she died have been returned anonymously, her family said Tuesday.

Enterprise, Boyle, on wire now

With photo

VIBRANT FOLIAGE PREDICTED THIS YEAR - Woodlands, bogs, farms and tree-lined highways are expected to come alive this month with vibrant gold, red and purple hues, staging a dramatic comeback after last year’s disappointing foliage.

Ledger, Reardon, on wire now

With photos


STATE AGENCY AIMS TO ATTRACT MORE CREATIVE MINDS TO MASS. – State officials are in competition to entice creative minds and ideas to Massachusetts, according to the state's new "creative economy industry director."

MetroWest, Olesin, on wire now

With photo

PLYMOUTH STUDIO CONSULTANTS PREDICT MILLIONS IN TAXES, WAGES AND FEES – Consultants say the Plymouth Rock Studios project would create thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in tax revenue, all while putting minimal demands on town services.

Ledger, Race, on wire now

With sidebar

CREDIT CRISIS CRAMPS CAR SALES - The credit market crisis is starting to put the brakes on car sales as more potential buyers are rejected for loans or receive loan terms they can’t afford.

Ledger/Enterprise, on wire now

MASSACHUSETTS BUSINESS IN BRIEF - Bob’s Furniture comes to Dedham; Gap looks for kid models in Braintree casting call; Verizon unloads its Boston tower; Mass. settles with Eli Lilly.

Ledger, on wire now


FRANK MULLIGAN: FIGHTING INJURY AND THEN BACK TO THE COUCH - I was posed with a fundamental personal health question recently. I had managed to strain my back, which colleagues found intriguing given the sedentary nature of my lifestyle. One reporter pondered whether I had reached for my TV remote without having stretched first.

CNC, on wire now

EDITORIAL: UNCONTESTED MASSACHUSETTS - Running on empty: A recent survey found Massachusetts ranks dead last in the nation in contested races for seats in the Legislature. That is abysmal. We're a democracy; let's try to act like one.

Ledger, 6 p.m.

O'MAHONEY CARTOON: Sarah Palin as the Wicked Witch of the West.

Ledger, 6 p.m.






GETAWAY: SAILING'S THE LIFE IN VIRGIN GORDA - We were at one of the worlds' premier sailing destinations, Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands. And I had more at stake than a good tan. I wanted a shot at nautical glory.

I had entered the weekly Sunday Regatta at the Bitter End Yacht Club.

IN NEW ENGLAND: HAUNTED HAPPENINGS ON BOSTON ISLAND - Even if you don't believe in ghosts, you will definitely get a spooky vibe when exploring Fort Warren on Georges Island, one of the 34 islands in the Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area. Maybe it's the way a costumed park guide tells with relish the story of "The Lady in Black," about a woman hanged as a Confederate accomplice on the island during the Civil War whose ghost now haunts the ramparts.


EXHIBIT "ARTISTS AND BOOKS" A FRESH LOOK AT THE POWER OF OLD MEDIUM - The exhibit at the Art Complex Museum is a real page-turner.

Ledger, Feinberg, on wire now

With photos

FOUNDATION HOSTS WINGS OF FREEDOM RE-ENACTMENT - It’s a day to take to skies from the ground – and to relive an historic battle that is fading from living memory.

CNC, Smith, on wire now

With photo

VIDEO: PUMPING IRON HELPS DISABLED PEOPLE BOOST FITNESS AND OUTLOOK - A dozen residents of Hancock Manor Nursing Center in Dorchester are working out and having fun at the YMCA in Quincy, thanks to a state health department grant.

Ledger, Scheible, on wire now

With video and photos

VIDEO: THE BEER NUT: EQUAL RIGHTS MOVEMENT - One of my biggest pet peeves (at least, when it comes to alcohol) is how much time a restaurant will put into developing a wonderful wine list relative to the apparent neglect shown to its beer choices.

MetroWest, Miller, on wire now

With video and photo

THIS FENWAY FRANK IS ACTUALLY A MOUSE - A tale about a Vermont field mouse who moves to Boston to live at Fenway Park - the field of his dreams - "Frankie Goes to Fenway" celebrates the Boston Red Sox and its unabashedly loyal fan base.

Milford Daily News, McCarron