New England budget • 05.18.09

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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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Mother/daughter promotion a big hit in Missouri

News

SHOP AROUND BEFORE CASHING IN YOUR GOLD - Alan Nyborn, co-owner of Precious Metals Reclaiming Service in Westwood, says customers need to educate themselves to avoid getting scammed. “There are a lot of smoke and mirrors in this business. It’s easy for the public to get confused about what they’re really going to get for their stuff.”

Ledger, Onufrak, on wire now

With photos

HIKE IN SHAKEN BABY CASES BLAMED ON ECONOMY - Norfolk County District Attorney William Keating says his office has seen nine recent child abuse cases that may have involved shaken baby syndrome. Experts say a poor economy is likely contributing to the use of inexpensive child care or a parent inexperienced in the daily care of a child may have taken over those duties because of a job loss.

Ledger, Hanson, on wire now

VIDEO: BEHIND THE WALLS OF UNIT G, WHERE INMATES ARE LOCKED DOWN FOR 23 HOURS A DAY - Brockton’s Keith Luke, accused of killing two and critically wounding a third in a violent rampage in January, is one of the prisoners in Unit G at the Plymouth County Correctional Facility.

Enterprise, Boyle, on wire now

With video and photos

MARBLEHEAD MAN ACCUSED OF KILLING NINE-MONTHS-PREGNANT LOVER - A 45-year-old Marblehead man is set to be returned to the North Shore to face charges he murdered his lover, a 9-months-pregnant mother of two living in Salem. Meanwhile, Marblehead's Cohen Hillel Academy Monday rallied to support the slain woman's son, a second-grader at the school.

CNC, Olson and Gamer, on wire now

SAUGUS TEEN PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO MOTOR VEHICLE HOMICIDE - Jonathan Caruso, 18, of 16 Indian Rock Drive, Saugus, pleaded not guilty today in Lynn District Court to charges of motor vehicle homicide by reckless operation, operating under the influence of alcohol, and being a minor unlawfully transporting alcohol.

CNC, on wire now

With photo

TOPSFIELD FIREFIGHTERS RESCUE DUCKLINGS FROM ROUTE 1 DRAIN - Topsfield Fire Capt. Jennifer Collins-Brown said Don Enos of Essex and his wife were driving on Route 1 when he noticed a mother duck and 10 ducklings cross the busy state road. He then saw seven of the brood fall into a catch basin and quickly called for help.

CNC, Rogers, on wire now

With photo

Business

UTILITIES POWER UP CHARGES: DPU SAYS RAISING RATES AS CONSUMERS USE LESS IS A WIN FOR ALL - Use less energy with Bay State Gas, and your rate will rise - a system adopted by the state to make conservation more palatable to utilities.

CNC, Borkowski, on wire now

CHECKOUT LANE: CONSIDER PATIO FURNITURE MADE FROM RECYCLED PLASTICS - Your patio furniture can be green even if your lawn isn’t green yet. Chairs and tables made from recycled plastics have become popular for decks and patios.

Ledger, Onufrak, on wire now

With photos

MAKING CENTS: EVERYONE SHOULD HAVE A BUCKET LIST - “The Bucket List,” starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman, is a wild tale of two terminally ill men who create a plan to live life to the fullest before they kick the bucket. It's loaded with hoots and hollers, but its message should be touted by all financial planners, and, more importantly, by you, regardless of your age.

Ledger, on wire now

MASS. MARKET: BROADCASTING SCHOOL'S FOUNDER RESCUES HIS BABY - For entrepreneurs, there's almost nothing more horrifying than watching a business that they nurtured from its inception shut down amid a financial crisis under a new owner. But few return to the scene to rescue the business off life support. Fortunately for the Connecticut School of Broadcasting, Dick Robinson isn't like most entrepreneurs.

Ledger, Chesto, on wire now

Opinions

O'MAHONEY CARTOON: ON THE STATE OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY

Ledger, on wire now

RICK HOLMES: DARK DAYS ON BEACON HILL - On Beacon Hill, the golden dome echoes with the anguish of state legislators. This is not fun.

MetroWest, on wire now

PETER COSTA: THE VALUE AND LEGACY OF PRINT JOURNALISM - I read my first newspaper headline in the 1950s when I was a paperboy delivering a weekly newspaper on a Thursday afternoon. The paper cost 7 cents then. Today, most people would just leave a dime at the door. Then – when a penny was worth a penny – newspaper subscribers left a nickel and two pennies, or worse for my pockets, a stack of seven pennies.

CNC, on wire now

LORETTA LAROCHE: MIRACLE CURES ABOUND IN YOUR SUPERMARKET’S AISLES – or not - If you pick up a product today in your local supermarket, you’ll probably see on it a statement about how it can improve your health.

Ledger, on wire now

JEFF ADAIR: REIGNING IN THE CREDIT CARD INDUSTRY - A couple years ago, I was so fascinated by a show on PBS that I recorded it and then forced my children to sit down and watch. Schools don't teach everything; most of the common sense stuff is left to parents.

MetroWest, on wire now

MARC MUNROE DION: WORKING - AND DYING - FOR A LIVING - After various politicians are through using his death as a weapon, the city should name an elementary school after John Carvalho, the Fall River DPW worker who died after falling off a trash truck.

Herald News, on wire now

Sports

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Lifestyles

MARRIAGE LABS TEACH STRATEGIES TO HELP COUPLES STRENGTHEN RELATIONSHIP - With the divorce rate in the U.S. hovering around 40 percent, many married couples could use some tools to strengthen their relationships. One mental health practice on the South Shore is filling couples’ toolboxes, but don’t call what they do “couples therapy.”

Ledger, Fay, on wire now

SUZETTE MARTINEZ STANDRING: THE HONEYED HAND OF GOD - Ed Karle sees the divine at work in nature. And the hand of God is full of honeybees.

Ledger, on wire now

RONA PONDICK'S SCULPTURES AN AMALGAM OF THE ANCIENT AND THE MODERN - Visiting "Rona Pondick: The Metamorphosis of a Object" is a like tumbling down a rabbit hole and waking up in a sculptural wonderland at the Worcester Art Museum.

MetroWest. Bergeron, on wire now

With art

THEATER REVIEW: ‘ROMANCE’ A HILARIOUS FARCE WITH MEANING - David Mamet’s play at the American Repertory Theatre isn’t a romance at all. Billed as a satire, “Romance” takes aim at every element of humanity, underscoring our hypocrisies and perversions with utter abandon and joy.

Ledger, Gorfinkle, on wire now

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THEATER REVIEW: 'GREY GARDENS' A STORY OF RICHES TO RAGS - The play's plot line, about Edith Bouvier Beale and her daughter, “Little” Edie Beale, comes complete with a voyeuristic celebrity slant, since the Beales were aunt and cousin to Jackie Kennedy Onassis, who refused to talk about them to the press. These shards of biography have been poignantly woven into the musical “Grey Gardens,” now in its New England premiere at the Lyric Stage through June 6.

Ledger, Fanger, on wire now

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POUR FAVOR IS BREAK’N IT DOWN: WHAT TO DO WITH LEFT OVER BUBBLY! - We often think of sparkling wine as a special commodity not for everyday buying. So when purchasing a bottle (whether actual Champagne, a domestic effort or another country’s fine offering) we are remiss to “waste” it. But we all know sparkling doesn’t hold up so well overnight. All of those fabulous little bubbles loose a bit of their mojo; the wine simply cannot deliver the same experience the next day. Or can it?

Somerville Journal, Rethore, on wire now

With photo