NEWS

New England budget 11.02.09

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

New England budget 11.02.09

Here are the top New England regional stories coming today from GateHouse News Service. Stories are available at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com.

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It's not too late to seek Halloween photos from readers.

http://ghnewsroom.com/article/its-not-too-late-seek-halloween-photos-readers

Weekend front-page gallery.

http://ghnewsroom.com/article/weekend-front-page-gallery-october-30-november-1-2009

NEWS

BREAST CANCER DEATH: Breast cancer claims life of Pembroke woman, one of four sisters with the disease - In a poignant end to National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, one of four sisters who are fighting the disease died on Saturday. The date also had personal meaning for Paula Swanson of Pembroke: It was the birthday of her late mother, who was also a victim of breast cancer. By Fred Hanson.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x933813157/Breast-cancer-claims-life-of-Pembroke-woman-one-of-four-sisters-with-the-disease

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BREAST CANCER MODEL: Cohasset native poses topless to draw attention to life after breast cancer - Pamina Brassey posed topless for a London art gallery after undergoing a mastectomy “to make a difference for the next generation of women that were going to get cancer.” She is writing a book about her experience. The Patriot Ledger.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x880800253/Cohasset-native-poses-topless-to-draw-attention-to-life-after-breast-cancer

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LOST DOG UPDATE: Stoughton fires animal control officer in wake of dog scandal - Animal Control Officer Kristin Bousquet has been fired from the position she held for six years after a hearing into a complaint that she lied to a Rochester woman about her missing silky Yorkshire terrier. “She is no longer employed by the town of Stoughton as of Friday,” said Town Manager Mark S. Stankiewicz. By Allan Stein.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x558075733/Stoughton-fires-animal-control-officer-in-wake-of-dog-scandal

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HOSPITAL DANGER: How safe is your hospital? Recent attacks highlight potential for violence - Three recent attacks at Boston medical facilities made it clear that staff and patients face more than just medical risks when they walk through the doors of hospitals, clinics and doctors’ offices. By Kyle Alspach.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1156072096/How-safe-is-your-hospital-Recent-attacks-highlight-potential-for-violence

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CRIME SPREE: Husband of R.I. rep charged with credit card crimes - The husband of Rhode Island state Rep. Deborah Fellela has surrendered on charges he used a stolen credit card at Super Stop & Shop in Milford as part of an alleged multi-state crime spree. By Danielle Ameden.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/x880800045/Husband-of-R-I-rep-charged-with-credit-card-crimes

MISSPELLING: Scituate finally fixing misspelled street sign named for colonial soldier - For a number of years, the street sign has mistakenly read “Captain Pierce.” The town’s public works department is now having another street sign made with the correct spelling – Captain Peirce Road. By Dennis Tatz.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1156071925/Scituate-finally-fixing-misspelled-street-sign-named-for-colonial-soldier

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COMMUTER RAIL, PART 1: South Coast rail foes losing steam - Stoughton, Easton and Raynham have all allocated tens of thousands of dollars to fight plans to extend commuter rail service from Stoughton to Fall River and New Bedford. While their opposition hasn’t evaporated, it has been mixed with a measure of resignation as communities seek mitigation. By The Enterprise.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1156072268/South-Coast-rail-foes-losing-steam

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COMMUTER RAIL, PART 2: Environmentalists in no mood to compromise on rail line extension through Stoughton, Easton and Raynham - Town leaders in Stoughton, Easton and Raynham may still be officially opposed to the proposed commuter rail line from Stoughton. But they have moved from outright resistance to fighting for “mitigation” measures, such as new fire stations and road improvements, to reduce the impact of the train on their towns. However, environmentalists continue to oppose the project. By The Enterprise.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1312009426/Environmentalists-in-no-mood-to-compromise-on-rail-line-extension-through-Stoughton-Easton-and-Raynham

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PHOTO GALLERY: Halloween in Salem - It's a little bit of mardi gras and New Year's Eve rolled all into one: it's Halloween night in Salem. Check out this photo gallery.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/images/x1312009048/Photo-gallery-Halloween-in-Salem

BUSINESS

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CHRISTMAS SHOPPING: Study predicts a lean Christmas shopping season - Many shoppers are expected to gravitate to discounters and downplay gift-giving in favor of get-togethers as they try to keep spending under control this holiday season. Two-thirds of shoppers polled in a recent survey by BIGresearch on behalf of the National Retail Federation say the nation’s economic doldrums will throw a damper on their holiday spending plans. By Steve Adams.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business/x896785497/Study-predicts-a-lean-Christmas-shopping-season

- Localize it: add some local quotes, flavor; insert your state's info in 10th graph.

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CHECKOUT LANE: Leaf removal is a breeze if you have right equipment - Leaf blowers can be the perfect solution to leaves all around, but choosing among the several types depends largely on the size of your yard and personal preference. By Sara Castellanos.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business/x1972885141/Checkout-Lane-Leaf-removal-is-a-breeze-if-you-have-right-equipment

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- Localize it: Talk to salespeople in your area; list prices, stores.

MAKING CENTS: Good reasons for updating an estate plan - There is little doubt among tax experts that the estate-tax rules will likely change before the end of the year, but complete estate plans deal with a lot more than just taxes. And while I am one of the biggest advocates that you'll ever meet when it comes to reducing or eliminating estate taxes, this article is going to focus on all of the non-tax reasons that you may need to consider while updating your estate plan. By John P. Napolitano.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business/x1156071142/Making-Cents-Good-reasons-for-updating-an-estate-plan

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MASS. MARKET: Erickson bankruptcy causes headaches at Linden Ponds in Hingham - After the developer of the Linden Ponds retirement complex in Hingham filed for bankruptcy on Oct. 19, the campus operators offered reassuring words for its residents that services would remain unchanged. By Jon Chesto.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x933812269/Mass-Market-Erickson-bankruptcy-causes-headaches-at-Linden-Ponds-in-Hingham

FINE PRINT: Know Lemon Law so your car deal won't turn sour - If you're plunking down the cash for a new or used car, you should know how Massachusetts’ Lemon Laws work. By The Patriot Ledger.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1972885327/Fine-Print-Know-Lemon-Law-so-your-car-deal-wont-turn-sour

FORECLOSURES: Brockton foreclosure crisis helps spark national solutions - Nylton Andrade says he never had much hope that the government would help homeowners like himself who face foreclosure. But after a bus with officials from the Federal Reserve stopped by his Moraine Street home Sunday afternoon, Andrade said he’s more optimistic. By Kyle Alspach.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1156072342/Brockton-foreclosure-crisis-helps-spark-national-solutions

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SHOVEL FACTORY: Plan to save historic Ames shovel factory in Easton to be unveiled tonight - Beacon Communities Development, a Boston-based residential developer, has a purchase and sales agreement to buy the shovel factory property. By Vicki-Ann Downing.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1312009359/Plan-to-save-historic-Ames-shovel-factory-in-Easton-to-be-unveiled-tonight

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OPINIONS

O'MAHONEY CARTOON: On Election Day.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1156071888/OMahoney-cartoon-On-Election-Day

GRANLUND CARTOON: Karzai wins presidential runoff in Afghanistan.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x1972885797/Granlund-cartoon-Karzai-wins-presidential-runoff-in-Afghanistan

CONROY CARTOON: The effects of a third bailout.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/cartoons/x1312009365/Conroy-cartoon-The-effects-of-a-third-bailout

EDITORIAL: Will MassDOT keep reform's promises? - A new day has dawned over the highways, bridges and rails of Massachusetts. Effective Nov. 1, the Mass. Turnpike Authority is dead. MassHighway is history. The MBTA is reorganized. Even the Registry of Motor Vehicles has a new place. All now fall under a new mega-agency: MassDOT. By MetroWest.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x558075730/Editorial-Will-MassDOT-keep-reforms-promises

RICK HOLMES: For Senate candidates, tough questions, few answers - Peter Meade did his best to get the four would-be senators onstage at the JFK Library to differentiate themselves from one another, to no avail.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1312008330/Rick-Holmes-For-Senate-candidates-tough-questions-few-answers

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LIFESTYLES/ENTERTAINMENT

**Not every story we post makes it on the budget. Make sure to browse the Entertainment category if you’re in need of an extra story or two: http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts_entertainment

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF: 'Fiddler on the Roof' still a good fit after 40 years - Actor Chaim Topol has performed the role of Tevye more than 2,500 times, including the 1971 film adaptation for which he won a Golden Globe Award. The show is at the Boston Opera House Nov. 3 to 15. By Jody Feinberg.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1156071864/Fiddler-on-the-Roof-still-a-good-fit-after-40-years

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CAT ON THE ROOF: Somerville's Michelle Mount stars in 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof' - She slithers across the stage, sexy, hypnotic and intentioned. She knows what she has, knows what she wants, knows how to play the game. She dominates the space, has your attention. You watch, you hang on every sultry, Southern-drenched word. By Lenny Megliola.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x896785049/Somervilles-Michelle-Mount-stars-in-Cat-on-a-Hot-Tin-Roof

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WAYNE L. WESTCOTT: Nature provides exercise in fall, winter -- Raking leaves in the fall and shoveling snow in the winter provide excellent opportunities for a workout, provided they're done in a safe, effective and efficient manner.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x933813295/Wayne-L-Westcott-Nature-provides-exercise-in-fall-winter

- Art: column mug

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