New England budget • 03.03.09

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DRESSED FOR SUCCESS COURTESY OF NORFOLK COUNTY - In the six weeks since the beginning of this year's Suits for Success program, the Norfolk County Registry of Deeds has collected over 200 pieces of clothing for men and women looking to re-enter the work force.

Daily News Transcript, Colby, on wire now

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FLORIDA SHERIFF ARRESTS NO. 1 DEADBEAT DAD FROM MASS. -  Christopher John Lagos, 35, was wanted for child support cases in Plymouth and Florida. Lagos, who was found living in Venice, Fla., owes $196,434 for two child support cases in Plymouth and Worcester counties, according to the state Department of Revenue, which released the names and photos of its Top Ten Most Wanted last week.

Ledger, on wire now

DRIVER BLAMES BAD ALIGNMENT FOR CLOSE CALL WITH PEDESTRIAN - A Framingham man who police said nearly ran down a pedestrian who complained about his speeding on Pitt Road on Friday blamed car trouble for the near collision.

MetroWest, Miller, on wire now

PROGRAM PUTS PAINT BRUSHES IN HANDS OF PLYMOUTH COUNTY INMATES - Inmates from the Plymouth County House of Correction did more than $500,000 worth of work for local nonprofits and government agencies last year. Tim McKenna, an inmate at the tail end of a 2½-year sentence for drunken driving, says he’s glad to participate in the county sheriff’s Project Labor. “If I am going to work, I want it to be constructive and saving the taxpayers money,” he said.

Enterprise, McCarthy, on wire now

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$1 BILLION DEVELOPMENT PROPOSED TO RESHAPE DOWNTOWN QUINCY - After nearly four decades of conversation and planning since the death of Shopperstown USA, a final vision for revitalizing Quincy Center is taking shape via behind-the-scenes work of Street-Works, an urban design firm, and its burgeoning relationship with the city.

Ledger, Mann, on wire now

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FOUR FRAMINGHAM STATE STUDENTS BUSTED ON SHOPLIFTING CHARGES - A quartet of Framingham State College students got caught Saturday trying to steal hundreds of dollars worth of clothing from T.J. Maxx at Shoppers World, police said.

MetroWest, Miller, on wire now

Business

NEW INSURANCE RULES, STIMULUS BILL CREATE MORE HEADACHES FOR BUSINESS - The new federal stimulus bill will help subsidize insurance coverage for laid-off workers, but it also creates a new headache for employers.

Ledger, Chesto, on wire now

RECYCLED PLASTIC BURIAL VAULTS AND ALTERNATIVE TO CONCRETE - The company sells and installs Eonian Burial Vaults manufactured by North Carolina-based Goria Corp. The vaults are rotationally molded, double-walled and fused together with polyethylene foam.

Ledger, Onufrak, on wire now

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MASSACHUSETTS BUSINESS IN BRIEF – Tax revenues in Massachusetts plunged 16.4 percent from the same month last year; former U.S. senator John Sununu joins Boston Scientific Corp.’s board of directors; average gas prices are up; Stop & Shop’s sales rise 2.8 percent; Uno and Boston Beer team up to make steak sauce; the Smaller Business Association of New England extends its deadline for nominations for its New England Innovation Awards to March 11.

Ledger, on wire now

Opinions

O'MAHONEY CARTOON: ON DEPLETED SNOW REMOVAL BUDGETS

Ledger, on wire now

PETER COSTA: I WAS SO SICK MY FLU HAD THE FLU - I managed to teeter into the doctor’s office last week and take advantage of the end of the day when my doctor held “sick patients’” hours. That’s when people who are ambulatory but ill can have their doctors tell them in person: “You’re sick. Go home and rest.

CNC, on wire now

GREG TORRES: GAMBLING ON CAPITAL GAINS IS BAD POLICY - Not only have we repeatedly, and mistakenly, gambled on capital gains revenue, we have significantly increased our reliance on it. Gov. Deval Patrick’s reform plan is a step away from this unstable budgeting practice.

Ledger, MassInc guest column, on wire now

Sports

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Lifestyles

DARIN ST. GEORGE: MAKING A FITNESS, NUTRITION AND TRAINING PLAN - How many of you have laid out your fitness or nutritional plan only to have it foiled at the last second? Gotten to the gym and forgotten your sneakers? Arrived at the party and found out that it's a pig roast? Life throws curve balls all the time, and I want you ready to hit them.

MetroWest, on wire now

DR. MURRAY FEINGOLD: ADVICE FOR GRANDPARENTS ON DISCIPLINING GRANDKIDS - When talking to parents about how to discipline their children, I suggest certain general guidelines. However, I must confess, I also have another set of guidelines. These are what I term my personal grandfather guidelines for disciplining grandchildren.

MetroWest, on wire now

BETSY WADLAND: MONITORING BLOOD PRESSURE - Your heart is a pump that supplies your entire body with the oxygen, nutrients and energy it needs to run, so taking good care of your heart is vitally important. One important factor in maintaining a healthy heart is to keep an eye on your blood pressure.

MetroWest, on wire now

DR. JEFF HERSH: CORNEAL ULCERS VS. ABRASIONS - Q: My friend was diagnosed with a corneal ulcer, and the doctor said she needed aggressive treatment and daily checkups for a week. I scratched my cornea last year, but it only needed antibiotic drops for a week and it healed fine. Why the difference?

MetroWest, on wire now

LORETTA LAROCHE: IF YOU THINK YOU HAVE CONTROL, YOU’RE DELUSIONAL - After months of planning, the big day had arrived. I was on the stage at the Duxbury Performing Arts Center, and there were more than a thousand people in the audience. As I was about to start my second act, something went wrong.

Ledger, on wire now