New England budget 5.6.09

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Mount Shasta Herald

New England budget 5.6.09

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NEWS

Video: 7-Eleven clerk unfazed by attack - http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1797206548/Video-7-Eleven-clerk-unfazed-by-attack - After fighting off two thieves who hit him with a hammer, coffee and a cash drawer, 7-Eleven clerk Bill DeBoe says he did the only sensible thing: he finished his shift.

Enterprise, Alspach, on wire now

With video and photos

State Senate president jetting off to Ireland - http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1393562847/State-Senate-president-jetting-off-to-Ireland - Senate President Therese Murray said she will be in the loop with Senate leaders and her staff about the state’s tottering finances while in Ireland this week. The Plymouth Democrat leaves tonight for five days to attend a health care summit on electronic medical systems in Ireland.

Ledger, Reardon, on wire now

With photo

Costner and Affleck bring a bit of Hollywood to Quincy Point – http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1194157347/Costner-and-Affleck-bring-a-bit-of-Hollywood-to-Quincy-Point - Joe and Dolores Russell never had any illusions that their 1½-story Cape-style home in Quincy Point had Hollywood appeal. Turns out it does. Actors Ben Affleck and Kevin Costner filmed scenes Tuesday for “The Company Men” at a house at 18 Watson Road in Quincy Point.

Ledger, Kelly, on wire now

With photos

Mass. inmate accused in Ponzi scheme convicted of trying to hire hitman – http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x362983821/Mass-inmate-accused-in-Ponzi-scheme-convicted-of-trying-to-hire-hitman – An Attleboro man in jail while awaiting trial for his role in a Ponzi scheme has been convicted of trying to hire a hitman to kill 12 expected witnesses. By MetroWest.

Swastika-tattooed man pleads innocent to racially motivated killings – http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x362983939/Swastika-tattooed-man-pleads-innocent-to-racially-motivated-killings – Keith Luke, 22, of Brockton, handcuffed and shackled, entered innocent pleas to a string of charges stemming from what authorities called a racially motivated attack that left two people dead and a third critically wounded on Jan. 21. By Maureen Boyle, Enterprise

Quincy mom avoids prosecution for leaving daughter in Foxwoods hotel – http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/connecticut/x342383385/Quincy-mom-avoids-prosecution-for-leaving-daughter-in-Foxwoods-hotel – Connecticut state prosecutors have decided not to pursue a criminal case against a Quincy, Mass., woman accused of leaving her 9-year-old unattended at a Foxwoods Casino hotel. By Greg Smith, Norwich

Woburn woman arrested in $20,000 massage therapy jewel heist sting – http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1797207009/Woburn-woman-arrested-in-20-000-massage-therapy-jewel-heist-sting – A sting operation conducted by Winchester police last Friday led to the arrest of a Woburn woman for extortion, larceny over $250, receiving stolen property and conspiracy to commit a felony. By Eric Tsetsi, Winchester.

Regional school confirms swine flu case; Winchester Hospital mostly mum on status of two flu victims under their care – http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1393563257/Regional-school-confirms-swine-flu-case-Winchester-Hospital-mostly-mum-on-status-of-two-flu-victims-under-their-care – Several cases of swine flu have been reported in and around the Winchester region. Joe Tabbi, a health agent with the Winchester Board of Health, announced Monday that a possible case of H1N1 (swine) flu had been reported by the Winchester Hospital. By Eric Tsetsi & Rory Schuler, Winchester.

First swine flu case reported in Mansfield – http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x362983704/First-swine-flu-case-reported-in-Mansfield – Mansfield schools have the dubious distinction of having the first case of the H1N1 (aka swine flu) in the area. By Meredith Holford, Mansfield.

Nashoba student tests positive for H1N1 – http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1194157713/Nashoba-student-tests-positive-for-H1N1 – A student in the Nashoba Regional School district has tested positive for the H1N1 flu virus, Superintendent of Schools Michael Wood reported today. By Holly Camero, Bolton

Ashland State Park beach may not open this summer – http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x362983817/Ashland-State-Park-beach-may-not-open-this-summer – Faced with budget cuts, the agency that runs state parks might lay off staff, cut hours or keep some recreation areas closed this summer but has not made any final decisions, a spokeswoman said yesterday. vBy Michael Morton, MetroWest

Photos: Monarch butterflies released at butterfly sanctuary. By Norwich. http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x362984007/Photos-Monarch-butterflies-released-at-butterfly-sanctuary

BUSINESS

Study: Ban on smoking would cost Mohegan Sun jobs – http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x342383391/Study-Ban-on-smoking-would-cost-Mohegan-Sun-jobs – Mohegan Sun this week released a study showing that a smoking ban would result in significant losses in jobs and revenue to the casino and the state. The study estimates the revenue decline at between 10 percent and 20 percent. If revenue dropped 10 percent, Mohegan Sun could lose 990 jobs, with another 497 workers cut elsewhere. By William Sokolic, Norwich

Live Nation sells Boston Opera House, Orpheum and Paradise ventures to Don Law and David Mugar - http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x362983244/Live-Nation-sells-Boston-Opera-House-Orpheum-and-Paradise-ventures-to-Don-Law-and-David-Mugar - Three prominent entertainment venues will change hands now that concert promoter Live Nation Inc. has decided to sell them for $22.5 million to two local businessmen, including Live Nation’s local president.

Ledger, Chesto, on wire now

OPINIONS

O’Mahoney is Quincy-specific today.

Editorial: We cannot afford decades more of pension abuse – http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/opinions/x1194157790/Editorial-We-cannot-afford-decades-more-of-pension-abuse - Having recently been told by state legislative leaders that we may be facing the worst fiscal crisis in Massachusetts history – with years of financial woes to come – it is imperative the Legislature not allow these pension injustices to linger. Patriot Ledger.

Editorial: Cahill should reconsider position on pension abuse – http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/opinions/x1393563279/Editorial-Cahill-should-reconsider-position-on-pension-abuse – State Treasurer Timothy Cahill should not be too quick to dismiss the idea of investigating recently uncovered cases of possible pension abuse. Patriot Ledger.

Frank Mulligan: Riddles wrapped inside mysterious enigmas - http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/columnists/x845565818/Frank-Mulligan-Riddles-wrapped-inside-mysterious-enigmas - In life, we are frequently confronted by deep, profound questions of such magnitude and import they define us as sentient, soulful beings. Then there are dumb questions that just kind of crop up.

Bruce Coulter: Cancer risk for some Lejeune Marines - http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x845565730/Bruce-Coulter-Cancer-risk-for-some-Lejeune-Marines - For some time now, Camp Lejeune officials have asked Marines, family members and civilians who were at the base prior to 1987 to register for information regarding the base water study

CNC, on wire now

Rob Haneisen: Fighting for parenthood - http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1194157372/Rob-Haneisen-Fighting-for-parenthood - The path to parenthood for Sharon Ralston and Andrew Aylesworth was filled with an abundance of luck - both good and bad, heart-rending decisions, dejection and in the end a huge gamble.

MetroWest, Haneisen, on wire now

Deirdre Reilly: Thank you, Mom - http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x1393562166/Deirdre-Reilly-Thank-you-Mom - Moms have a different DNA that makes contradictions seem totally normal. Their arms seem capable of hugging the whole world, while making their kids feel like they’re the only people on earth when they’re lovingly embraced in them. They’re the hardest on you, but they believe in you the most.

SPORTS

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LIFESTYLES

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GETAWAY / TRAVEL FIND PACKAGE FOR MAY 13 PUBLICATION

Getaway: Oh, Canada: Stretch your travel dollar and take in the cultural and natural delights of the Canadian Maritime Provinces - http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x2133271313/Getaway-Oh-Canada-Stretch-your-travel-dollar-and-take-in-the-cultural-and-natural-delights-of-the-Canadian-Maritime-Provinces - If the current economy has you dreaming about a spectacular summer vacation but worrying about your budget, the answer may be found in our neighbors to the northeast - Canada's spectacular Maritime provinces.

Travel Find: Historic Louisbourg, Nova Scotia, where the past is present - http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1797206534/Travel-Find-Historic-Louisbourg-Nova-Scotia-where-the-past-is-present - Take a step back in time with a visit to the Fortress of Louisbourg in the Cape Breton region of Nova Scotia. It's one of the most extensive historical re-creations you'll find anywhere.

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