New England budget • 05.01.09

Staff reports

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:

Swine flu page available on news service

News

FREETOWN SAILOR, EXPLOSIVES SPECIALIST WITH NAVY SEAL TEAM, DIES IN IRAQ - Freetown resident Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Tyler Trahan, a third generation serviceman, was killed in action in Iraq Thursday. Trahan, an explosive ordnance disposalman, was with a Navy Seal team.

Herald News, Pateakos and Wagner, on wire now

With photos

CHURCHES CHANGE MASS TO AVOID SPREADING THE FLU - To ease parishioners’ worries about the swine flu, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Bridgewater will only serve communion wafers, and not a shared cup of wine, at its Masses, said the Rev. Joseph Raeke, church pastor.

Enterprise, Papadopolous, on wire now

FIRE DAMAGES HOME WHILE COUPLE IS AT THEIR WEDDING REHEARSAL - Wedding dress, rings, tuxedos, honeymoon passports are destroyed in blaze at 299 North Ave., but a neighbor rescues the future bride’s beloved dog.

Enterprise, Stein, on wire now

With photos

REBECCA RILEY’S DOCTOR NOW THE TARGET OF A GRAND JURY - Already facing a civil lawsuit for medical malpractice, Dr. Kayoko Kifuji is under investigation by a Plymouth County grand jury. If indicted, she could face manslaughter charges.

Ledger, Lambert, on wire now

With photos

WITH: PROSECUTORS WANT CAROLYN RILEY BACK BEHIND BARS

IMPROVEMENTS, CHALLENGES IN NEW ARCHDIOCESE FINANCIAL REPORT – Increased collections show the Archdiocese is recovering from the clergy sex abuse scandal. But the recession’s impact isn’t in this year’s numbersIncreased collections show the Archdiocese is recovering from the clergy sex abuse scandal. But the recession’s impact isn’t in this year’s numbers.

Ledger, Lambert, on wire now

IN BRAINTREE MOTEL MURDER, ESTRANGED HUSBAND WAS LIVING IN NEARBY ROOM - The estranged husband of the woman found stabbed to death in an apparent murder-suicide at a Braintree Motel 6 was living in the same motel where the killing occurred.

Ledger, Kelly, on wire now

ANIMAL-CRUELTY CONVICTIONS OF 'CAT LADY' UPHELD - Plymouth’s attorney says the state Appeals Court decision to uphold animal-cruelty convictions of the so-called “cat lady” may make it easier for Plymouth prosecutors to seize a Great Dane that is in her care.

Ledger, Race, on wire now

Business

BOSTON-AREA HOTEL RATES DIP AMID TRAVEL DOWNTURN - Room rates and occupancies suffered double-digit declines at Boston-area hotels in the first quarter due to shrinking leisure and business travel.

Ledger, Adams, on wire now

MASSACHUSETTS BUSINESS IN BRIEF - LoJack reports a $6.4 million loss and a 40 percent revenue decline; Private equity firm may make offer for J. Jill; Boston Herald will raise its price this month; MassDevelopment looking for builders to construct environmentally-friendly homes at Devens.

Ledger, on wire now

Opinions

PHILIP MADDOCKS: TOM RIDGE URGES THE CDC TO COMBAT swine flu with duct tape and plastic sheeting.

CNC, on wire now

COSTA: HELP, THE FLU IS FALLING, THE FLU IS FALLING - All we have to fear is flu itself. Going back to the future, I could envision FDR wearing a hygienic mask as he gives his fireside talk. Today, I could see the Secret Service exchanging Obama’s bulletproof teleprompter screens with hermetically sealed ones that would prevent the transmission of the dreaded swine flu.

CNC, on wire now

HOLMES COLUMN: WHY NEWSPAPERS ARE IN TROUBLE.

MetroWest Daily News, 7 p.m.

MITCHELL CHESTER: STATE COMMISSIONER OF EDUCATION SAYS USE STIMULUS MONEY not just to patch holes in town budgets, but to build schools of the future.

MetroWest Daily News, 7 p.m.

EDITORIAL: NEW POLL SHOWS HOW QUICKLY ATTITUDES ON SOCIAL ISSUES CAN CHANGE. A poll this week, for instance, found that for the first time more Americans support gay marriage than oppose it.

MetroWest Daily News, 7 p.m.

Sports

WATCH FOR PRO SPORTS at prosports@gatehousemediane.com

Lifestyles

THEATER REVIEW: 'FUNNY GIRL' IS FIDDLEHEAD'S SWAN SONG - The Fiddlehead Theatre Company is proud of its ability to recall the style and grace of bygone eras through its presentation of classic musicals. Therefore, it is fitting that in the wake of founder and president Meg Fofonoff’s recent announcement that Fiddlehead is leaving the Norwood Theatre (its home since 1996) that the last production be a show fondly recalling people and places from times past.

Ledger, Dorman, on wire now

With photos

BLOGGER ACCEPTS BAKING CHALLENGE: KETCHUP CAKE

PHOTOS FROM AFRICA, NORTH AMERICA ON DISPLAY AT LINCOLN PUBLIC LIBRARY

PHOTO GALLERY: IMAGES FROM AROUND MASSACHUSETTS, APRIL 23-29

THREE QUICK GIFT IDEAS FOR MOM

SNEAK PREVIEW: 'WOLVERINE' AND OTHER MOVIES IN THEATERS

WAYLAND'S HANEY PENS, PRODUCES DOCUDRAMA 'AMERICAN VIOLET'

MOVIE REVIEW: 'BATTLE FOR TERRA' DOESN'T TARGET ANY AUDIENCE

MOVIE REVIEW: FORMULAIC 'GHOST OF GIRLFRIENDS PAST' OFFENDS

MOVIE REVIEW: ACTING SWEET IN 'LEMON TREE'

MOVIE REVIEW: 'X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE' SHUNS ORIGINALITY