New England budget • 05.28.09

Here are the top New England regional stories coming today from GateHouse News Service. Stories are available at Please submit stories below no later than 6 p.m. local time, unless you have breaking news that is changing significantly. Questions?

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Video of the week: Gas station held up at gunpoint


TAKE-CHARGE KIND OF GUY CONVERTS SUV TO ELECTRIC CAR - Unable to purchase an electric car because the manufacturer wasn’t taking orders, Tom Reid of Weymouth decides to convert an SUV from gasoline to electric power.

Ledger, Steele, on wire now

With photos

STUDY: STATE EDUCATION REFORMS HAVEN’T BRIDGED GAP BETWEEN POOR, WEALTHY DISTRICTS - Massachusetts education reform has not achieved its goal to close the achievement gap between high- and low-spending school districts, according a report released today. The study by MassINC, a nonpartisan research group, also warns that the disparities could worsen if education funding is cut.

Ledger, Reardon, on wire now

TOPSFIELD WINS ROLE IN NEW BRENDAN FRASER FLICK - Hollywood will be coming to Topsfield in July for the filming of a new Brendan Fraser movie that will feature a cast of animals and possibly one of the town’s elementary schools. The film, called “Furry Vengeance,” will be shot primarily in Topsfield, a location manager said.

CNC, Lewis, on wire now

ARMING OF COMMERCIAL SHIPS TOUTED AT CONGRESSIONAL HEARING - Capt. Thomas Bushy, skipper of the training ship Kennedy assigned to Massachusetts Maritime Academy, told a Congressional subcommittee Thursday morning that firearms should be introduced to commercial ships on a limited basis and that sea-going crews should be increased instead of decreased.

CNC, Gately, on wire now

VIDEO: MAN STARES DOWN COYOTE TO SAVE FAWN - When Doug DelPrete first saw the baby deer, its head was in the mouth of a coyote. “I just kind of looked at him,” DelPrete said. “I wasn’t quite sure what was going to happen.”

Enterprise, Manning, on wire now

With video and photos


GATEHOUSE PLANS TEMPORARY SALARY REDUCTIONS IN MASSACHUSETTS - GateHouse Media New England plans to implement a temporary salary reduction starting next week as it reacts to an industrywide downturn in advertising sales. The company, which publishes nearly 100 other newspapers in the state, announced the salary reduction to employees on Thursday. The pay cut is aimed at saving $2.5 million this year.

Ledger, Chesto, on wire now

MASSACHUSETTS BUSINESS IN BRIEF - Boston Scientific loses two board members; Commuter rail company seeks consumers’ opinions; Museum of Science sets up wind turbine lab; Curt Schilling’s game company buys a Maryland firm.

Ledger, on wire now



Ledger, on wire now


Ledger, on wire now




THE BEER NUT: WATERMELON IS THE SEED TO SUCCESS - The 21st Amendment puts two of its beers on Massachusetts store shelves.

MetroWest, Miller, on wire now

With photo

A RUSSIAN RENAISSANCE SEEN IN ICON EXHIBIT - He gazes at the world from an exalted place, much as earlier believers might have envisioned the Olympian gods looking upon human affairs.

CNC, Smith, on wire now

With photos

TWO PHOTOGRAPHERS EXPLORE ABSTRACTION AT GRIFFIN MUSEUM - Instead of just reflecting what they see, Dorothy Tribeman and John D'Agostino take photographs that make your flesh tingle and your eyeballs pop.

MetroWest, Bergeron, on wire now

With photos

INDUSTRIAL, ORGANIC, AND ORIGINAL EXHIBIT AT ARTSPACE MAYNARD - If good fences make good neighbors, good neighbors – if they are artists – can fuse their talents to express a new vision.

CNC, Smith, on wire now

With photos

A SCENT OF INDIA AT MUSEUM OF SCIENCE - Even on a giant screen, India is just too geographically and culturally diverse to be captured in a 44-minute travelogue.

MetroWest, Bergeron, on wire now

With photos

VIDEO: ‘SAND AND FOG’ AUTHOR ANDRE DUBUS III ON WRITING AND HIS 9/11 BOOK - Andre Dubus III is the author of “House of Sand and Fog,” the basis of an acclaimed film starring Ben Kingsley.

CNC, Smith, on wire now

With photos