New England budget • 03.19.09

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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

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News

HUSBAND DIES HOURS AFTER WIFE'S FUNERAL - Three hours after his childhood sweetheart was laid to rest March 14, Bruno Ribotto died at the Medway home they shared for nearly half a century.

MetroWest, Uek, on wire now

With photo

NEW WEAPON KEY TO DISARMING SITUATIONS - A suicidal Hopkinton man armed with a knife held police at bay for about 30 minutes on Monday, threatening to kill himself, police said.

MetroWest, Miller, on wire now

With photo

ANTI-GAY GROUP TO PROTEST AT CANTON HIGH - An anti-gay group plans to visit Canton High School Friday, March 20, to protest the presentation of "The Laramie Project," a play about the aftermath of a murder of homosexual man, in Laramie, Wisc.

Canton Journal, Hall, on wire now

VIDEO: 'CAT LADY' MAY FACE NEW ANIMAL-NEGLECT CHARGES IN PLYMOUTH - Police oficers and the town’s animal control officer went to Heidi Erickson’s Lothrop Street apartment Wednesday and removed eight live cats in various stages of neglect, and a Great Dane, police said. She is expected to face animal neglect charges.

Ledger, Race and Schwartz, on wire now

With video and photos

WITH FEW JOBS, MORE STUDENTS CHOOSING PUBLIC SERVICE - In the past, the work force and graduate school have been the top two choices for seniors. But now, a third option is growing in popularity: public service, like the Peace Corps, AmeriCorps or Teach for America.

Ledger, Manning, on wire now

With photos

MEDICAL HELP ON WEB FOR CHINESE SPEAKERS - On E-Doc Consult, a new Web site, people can fill out an anonymous form with their age, gender and medical question. A retired cardiovascular surgeon will post his answer on the site in Cantonese or English.

Ledger, Lotan, on wire now

VIDEO: BRIDGEWATER COUPLE ARE LEAD PLAINTIFFS IN NEW SAME-SEX MARRIAGE SUIT - A Bridgewater couple is the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit against the United States government to challenge a 1996 law blocking same-sex spouses from receiving federal marriage benefits they say every married couple should be awarded.

Enterprise, Scarpati, on wire now

With video and photos

NEW LAW GIVES PUBLIC SAFETY WORKERS SOME SPACE - Three Massachusetts State Police troopers have been injured this year when they were struck by passing vehicles on highways while responding to other incidents.

MetroWest, Miller, on wire now

With photo

MUGGERS IMPERSONATE POLICE, SWIPE CASH AND ELECTRONICS - Two teenagers were scammed out of their wallets, cell phones and an iPod by two men posing as undercover police officers at the Wal-Mart early Wednesday morning.

Taunton Gazette, Faulkner, on wire now

Business

MASSACHUSETTS BUSINESS IN BRIEF – EMD Serono teams up with MS Society; ticket surcharge to fund Logan safety projects; J. Jill launches clothing drive; Vineyard restaurant relocates and adds jobs.

Ledger, on wire now

FALLING DEMAND FOR POWER RAISES DOUBTS ABOUT BROCKTON POWER PLANT - Two Massachusetts power plant projects are on hold due to falling electricity demand, raising questions about whether the proposed Brockton power plant will be next. The developer behind the two delayed projects, in Billerica and Uxbridge, says he doesn’t see any reason other power plants wouldn’t be facing the same roadblocks.

Enterprise, Alspach, on wire now

Opinions

O'MAHONEY CARTOON: ON THE LATEST DELAYS IN DEVELOPING WEYMOUTH NAVAL AIR STATION

Ledger, on wire now

Sports

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Lifestyles

POET SONIA SANCHEZ TO BE HONORED WITH ROBERT CREELEY AWARD IN ACTON - African-American poetess Sonia Sanchez, who infuses her verse with musical beats and performed at the inauguration, will receive the ninth annual Robert Creeley Award in the late poet's hometown of Acton.

MetroWest, bergeron, on wire now

With photo

NEWTON PHOTOGRAPHER SEES BEAUTY IN A DAMP FOG - Engineer and inventor turned photographer, John Borchard reveals mysteries in mists floating across beaches, forests and mountains.

MetroWest, Bergeron, on wire now

With photos

EMERSON HITS RIGHT 'WOOLF' TONE WITH EDWARD ALBEE CLASSIC - It was the golden age of the cocktail party – the smiling get-togethers where the sparkle of post-war optimism tinged with resentments that gushed out after lubricated hours of weekend merriments.

CNC, Smith, on wire now

With photos

HOVEY PLAYERS' 'SOME GIRL(S)' EXPOSES SOME GUYS - For a little over a decade now, Neil LaBute has been telling us in his plays just how cruel and ugly men can be to women, and sometimes vice versa. His "Some Girl(s)" is now being staged by the Hovey Players in their basement theater in Waltham.

MetroWest, Brooks Andrews, on wire now

With photos

MOVIE REVIEW: ROBERTS, OWEN GET DOWN AND DECEITFUL IN 'DUPLICITY' - For a look at corporate malfeasance of the cheating kind rather than the ripping-taxpayers-off variety, there's "Duplicity," an alleged thriller starring Julia Roberts and Clive Owen as two spies caught up in industrial espionage as they work out the kinks of their love affair.

MetroWest, Tremblay, on wire now

With photo

PARADISE CITY CRAFT FEST HITS MARLBOROUGH THIS WEEKEND - As warmer days chase away the winter blahs, why not support President Obama's stimulus plan by treating yourself to a handcrafted leather bag, some custom pottery or maybe a hand-carved moonstone ring?

MetroWest, Bergeron, on wire now

With photos

ZUMBA FITNESS CRAZE CONTINUES TO GROW - It’s an international fitness craze and classes at the Middleboro YMCA are booming. Called “the best party around,” Zumba fuses hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves to create a dynamic fitness program.

Enterprise, Elwell, on wire now

With photos

SHAKESPEARE TAKES ON THE FUTILITY OF WAR - Actors’ Shakespeare Project comes bearing a movable but blood-drenched feast, as it relocates to the old Somerville Armory with a smartly produced revival of Shakespeare’s “Coriolanus.”

Ledger, Fanger, on wire now

With photo