New England budget • 03.10.09

cbiondi@gatehousemedia.com

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

At ghnewsroom.com:

Top 20 GateHouse Media Web sites (daily unique visitors) for February

ASF inspiration from around the U.S.

The Enterprise wins four national writing awards

News

POLICE: WOMAN GIVES BIRTH, STEALS PURSE TO BUY CRACK - A Framingham woman who had recently given birth stole another new mother's purse from the maternity ward Saturday at MetroWest Medical Center, police said.

MetroWest, Miller, on wire now

With photo

GOOD TO LOCALIZE: POOR ECONOMY DOGS PET OWNERS - Generally healthy, Kendall was given up for adoption because loved ones couldn't afford costly surgery to remove a melon-sized tumor from her sternum.

MetroWest, Bergeron, on wire now

With photo

OXYCODONE SHORTAGE A PAINFUL REALITY AT PHARMACIES - The generic drug oxycodone was among 60 medications recalled in February by Ethex Corp. of St. Louis after its manufacturing practices came under scrutiny by the Food and Drug Administration. Other makers have been unable to compensate for the drop in supply.

Ledger, Kelly, on wire now

JUDGE DELAYS CLOSINGS IN BOIS CHILD MURDER CASE, CITING DEFENDANT'S EMOTIONAL STATE - Closing arguments in the trial of Ryan Bois, the 22-year-old accused of raping and killing his six-year-old cousin in their grandmother’s home in 2007, have been postponed until Wednesday because of the defendant's emotional state.

Ledger, Encarnacao, on wire now

With photos

NEEDHAM HIGH SCHOOL ALUM DIES FROM AVALANCHE INJURIES - Ask anyone, and they’ll tell you Andy Entin died doing what he loved. The 1986 Needham High School graduate died from injuries suffered in an avalanche on March 3 while patrolling the slopes of Squaw Valley in California.

CNC, Bagley, on wire now

With photo

MASSACHUSETTS MAN CHARGED WITH DRAGGING COW BEHIND TRUCK - A Massachusetts man will be charged with animal cruelty for dragging his cow behind his truck after it wandered off, police said.

CNC, Mulligan, on wire now

PHOTO: DRIVER WALKS AWAY FROM OVERTURNED SUV - Dean Lundgren, right, of Bridgewater and a Mansfield police officer help an unidentified motorist out of his vehicle moments after the Nissan Pathfinder he was driving overturned after hitting a patch of black ice on Maple Street in Mansfield this morning. The driver, who was able to get out of the vehicle himself, was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

CNC, Belcher, on wire now

MBTA RIDERS SEEING RED AT PROSPECT OF 25% FARE HIKE - Many MBTA commuters are irked at a possible fare hike, which the agency’s chief financial officer will discuss Tuesday. The fare hike – as much as 25 percent – would be the fifth since 1991, and comes after one of the MBTA’s best years ever in terms of total ridership.

Ledger, Markman, on wire now

Business

CASINOS NO LONGER IMPORTING WORKERS - Neither Mohegan Sun nor Foxwoods Resort Casino will hire foreign labor this summer.

Norwich Bulletin, Sokolic, on wire now

MASSACHUSETTS BUSINESS IN BRIEF - Blinds to Go adding jobs in Massachusetts; gas prices stabilize in state; Sharon software firm opens up in Seattle; Newport investment firm accused of making up billion-dollar client to impress customers.

Ledger, on wire now

A SHINY NEW APPLE FOR LEGACY PLACE - The Legacy Place lifestyle center under construction on Route 1 is on track for a grand opening in August.

Ledger, Adams, on wire now

CAR MECHANICS ARE DOING BETTER THAN CAR SALESMEN - Experts say motorists are more likely to drive to their neighborhood mechanic when their car breaks down than make a trip to a new car showroom.

Ledger, Tatz, on wire now

With photos and info boxes

BOURNE FIRM SEES UNCONVENTIONAL GROWTH IN 2008 - A fast-growing Cape Cod company that serves the trade show industry says it grew its work force by 10 percent, or more than a dozen people, last year in the face of a deepening recession.

Ledger, Chesto, on wire now

NEW BRAZILIAN RADIO STATION HITS THE AIRWAVES - With the launching of a new radio station hosting only Brazilian radio shows, an American entrepreneur plans to become the nation's largest Brazilian broadcaster in the area.

MetroWest, Mineo, on wire now

Opinions

DONNA O’NEIL: ALL THE COOL TOYS ARE OLD - As spring nears – finally – and the thoughts of being outside and enjoying nature again flutter into mind, I am brought back to the days of my youth.

CNC, on wire now

SUE SCHEIBLE: PRIVILEGED TO SPEND FINAL DAYS WITH DAD - At 96, my father had a good, long life. He was a kind, hard-working gentleman, always gracious, and it was a privilege to be with him in his final days, to be able to comfort him.

Ledger, on wire now

O'MAHONEY CARTOON: ON YANKEES THIRD BASEMAN ALEX RODRIGUEZ'S HIP SURGERY

Ledger, on wire now

Sports

WATCH FOR PRO SPORTS at prosports@gatehousemediane.com

Lifestyles

CHEFS AND BAKERS OPEN THEIR KITCHENS TO SHARE THEIR KNOWLEDGE - Whether you’re timid or bold, there are chefs and bakers eager to teach their craft. In classes at Gimme the Skinny and Bernardo’s in Hanson, guests are invited into the kitchen. In some restaurants, guests sit in the dining room and watch celebrity chefs such as Jody Adams of Rialto, Michael Schlow of Radius, and Kevin Crawley of Coriander Bistro put on a show. At Whole Foods and Foodie’s Market in Duxbury, the stores host demonstrations as well as classes.

Ledger, Feinberg, on wire now

With photos

DARIN ST. GEORGE: MISTAKES THAT THWART YOUR FITNESS GOALS - What I would like to do today is identify some of the mistakes in your way and some solutions that will keep you in the equation, albeit in a more positive fashion.

MetroWest, on wire now

DR. MURRAY FEINGOLD: DOCTORS RARELY CHOOSE SOLO PRACTICES ANYMORE - Private group practices largely replaced the solo practitioner years ago, but many of them are now  being swallowed up by larger hospitals. Today it looks as if private practice is going the way of the house call

MetroWest, on wire now

DR. JEFF HERSH: FOOD POISONING FROM SEAFOOD - Q. I read about a kind of food poisoning that reverses someone's perception of hot and cold. Why not just infect the person again to re-reverse back to normal?

MetroWest, on wire now

GWENN SCHURGIN O'KEEFFE: SPORTS LESSONS FROM THE PROS ON CONCUSSION - The importance of proper healing time after concussion cannot be ignored by parents, coaches or young athletes. Even pros like Boston Bruin Patrice Bergeron know this well.

MetroWest, on wire now

CURTAIN CALL’S ‘12 ANGRY MEN’ IS HIGHLY COMPELLING THEATER - Director Michael Pevzner and his cast stage a gripping performance of the court-room drama.

Ledger, Dorman, on wire now

With photos