New England budget 11.05.09

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Mount Shasta Herald

New England budget 11.05.09

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- Chris Biondi, 508-626-4343,

- Jean Hodges, 630-956-8834,

- Michael Toeset, 630-835-8870,


GOOD IDEA: Story comments become a destination for Veterans Day thoughts.

Casey Laughman: Show readers how big stories got started.


PRESCRIPTION FOR DISASTER: State commission looking at epidemic of opiate deaths says system ‘isn’t working’ - The recommendations range from longer treatment programs — a suggestion long urged by addicts, their families and those in the treatment field — to changing the law so parents are notified if their minor children are treated at a hospital for a drug overdose. It also calls for an overhaul of the state’s prescription monitoring program to identify doctors who are over prescribing certain type of drugs. By Maureen Boyle.

- With Wasted Youth logo

DONATION THEFT: Thief steals donations for breast cancer victim - A delivery man exploited the good will of the public when he stole a collection can that had been placed at a Pembroke general store by the daughter of a woman dying of breast cancer, police say. By Jennifer Mann.

- With photo

MONTI HONOR: Jared Monti to be honored at Veterans Day ceremony - Medal of Honor recipient Jared C. Monti will be honored at a ceremony to be held at the Massachusetts National Cemetery at 11 a.m. on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. By The Enterprise.

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LIBRARIANS: Librarians rally outside State House to protest cuts - About 200 library staff and trustees from across Massachusetts gathered outside the State House on Tuesday, and they weren’t using their inside voices. Holding signs and chanting “Don’t close the books on our libraries,” the librarians hoped their demonstration will help stave off further budget cuts to the state library system next year. By Erik Potter.

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RIVERS: State gives reprieve to rivers after environmentalist outcry - Environmental advocates are applauding the state’s last-minute reversal of a policy shift that could have left many local rivers high and dry. The state Department of Environmental Protection said this week it will suspend proposed changes to the agency’s safe yield policy, which dictates how much water can be diverted from a river or stream for water supplies or industrial use. By Kaitlin Keane.

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UNSOLVED MURDER: Provincetown's ‘Woman in the Dunes’ murder case to be reopened - The investigation into the slaying of the so-called “Woman in the Dunes,” the town’s only unsolved murder and the state’s oldest unsolved murder, is about to be revived. By Pru Sowers.

- With photos


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GOOGLE: Google looking to grow in Cambridge's Kendall Square - Even as Microsoft announced that it would cut staff in Massachusetts, search behemoth Google is looking to grow in Cambridge's Kendall Square, the company's local site director told a group of reporters Wednesday. By David L. Harris.

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INSURANCE: Companies get creative to deal with rising health care costs - With insurance premiums on a relentless rise and many companies conducting their annual enrollment, area executives and benefits advisers report higher costs for employees and an increasing reliance on programs promoting health. By Michael Morton.

MBTA: Commuter rail costs weigh on MBTA - The rising expense of running the commuter trains that serve the region is among the "unavoidable cost explosions" weighing on the state's public transit system, according to an independent review released yesterday. By David Riley.

NRG: Somerset's NRG power plant closing - Forty employees will lose their jobs when NRG Energy shuts down its circa 1925 power plant on Riverside Avenue in January. By Marc Munroe Dion.

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OVERCHARGED: Audit confirms fishermen were overcharged for fuel at Chatham fish pier - The results of the year-long audit, released this week, show that Whiteley Fuel Company, which has a contract with the town, overcharged fishermen by approximately $41,000. By Doreen Leggett.

NEW DEVELOPER: Mill Stores Plaza changes hands - The developer of a proposed retail complex at Brayton Avenue and Jefferson Street has bought the Mill Stores Plaza, which it plans to knock down to create room for three big-box stores. By Grant Welker.

- With photo


O'MAHONEY CARTOON: On the rash of pet incidents in Stoughton

GRANLUND CARTOON: Regional schools and transportation costs.

GRANLUND ILLUSTRATION: Anniversary of the 1979 Iran hostage crisis -- Granlund illustration from '79; can be used to mark anniversary.

GRANLUND CARTOON: Check out his Veterans Day cartoons in our package:

EDITORIAL: GOP in the wilderness - Much as some would like to paint Tuesday's election results as a referendum on Barack Obama, odd-year elections typically turn on local issues and candidates, telling us little about the national elections that follow them by a year. By The MetroWest Daily News.

EDITORIAL: Regional schools hit by unfair cuts - In announcing deep spending cuts to close a $600 million budget cap, Gov. Deval Patrick last week stressed that he was leaving the main sources of state aid to education intact. What he didn't say was that he was making cuts in another account that will cause immediate hardships for the state's regional school districts. By The MetroWest Daily News.

- Can use attached Granlund cartoon with this

LLOYD GARVER: Smart dogs vs. toddlers -- Just about everybody who owns a dog thinks his or her dog is smart. I've never really felt that way about any of the dogs I have had. They were lovable, cute, loyal, cuddly and great company, but I never thought of them as that smart. I used to tell people that I never met a dog that could beat me at chess.

MATTHEW J. GILL: Little things have been bugging me lately - When I see a bug in my apartment, or when I inadvertently walk through a spider’s web, I typically proceed through the following reactive steps: shudder, gather myself, watch for a bit and then plan my next move, which often involves the bug’s demise.

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YOUNG JESUS: 'Young Jesus' rises in publishing world - The "Young Jesus Chronicles," a book of cartoons created by Framingham friends, will soon join the publisher of "Dilbert," "Calvin and Hobbes" and "The Far Side." Mark Penta and Spencer Smith, who drew and captioned the book's 60 cartoons about the childhood adventures of the young savior, said they have signed a contract with Andrews McMeel Publishing of Kansas City, Mo., which will release an expanded edition of their book in February. By Chris Bergeron.

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THATABABY: ‘Baby’ makes the big time: Local cartoonist’s work makes international contest’s top 10 - Marblehead resident and freelance artist Paul Trap’s new comic strip “Thatababy” has been selected out of thousands of entries as a top-10 finalist in “Comic Strip Superstar,” an international comic strip competition hosted by Web site To view samples of Trap’s work and to vote on the contest, visit By Nikki Gamer.

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AT THE MOVIES WITH GATEHOUSE: Check out this week’s collection of movie content, including a feature story on Jared Hess, Flicks and more. File will be updated as new items come in.

THEATERS: American theaters in focus at National Heritage Museum in Lexington - Boston-based photographer Stefanie Klavens saw a history unfolding in theaters – places where, for decades, ordinary Americans lined up for a bit of escapism, in surroundings of elegance a bit at odds with workaday lives. By Margaret Smith.

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CAT ON ROOF: 'Cat on A Hot Tin Roof' at Concord Players - There’s something bracingly honest about a Tennessee Williams play performed for a contemporary audience. By Margaret Smith.

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EXPECTING: Exhibit highlights great ‘Expectations’ at Emerson Umbrella Center for The Arts in Concord - They are studies of a work in progress – of women preparing for the birth of a child, seeing how their bodies are changing, and the emotions evoked in the experience, including joy, anticipation and wonderment. By Margaret Smith.

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CLOSING THE BOOK: Swansea librarian calls it quits after 30 years - Thirty years is a long time to work at anything, but it goes by fast if you like your job. Corine Mello, who retired recently from the Swansea Public Library, is one of those fortunate folks who got to work at something they like. “I’ll be 79 on Nov. 9,” Mello said Wednesday, sitting in a small room off the library’s main area. By Marc Munroe Dion.

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FOXWOODS SONG: Foxwoods invites new spin on trademark jingle - Listen up, New England musicians. You have a chance to earn a $25,000 prize package and a stab at fame if judges select your rendition of a Foxwoods Resort Casino jingle that is being resurrected after a five-year absence. By William Sokolic.


COLLEGE FOOTBALL NATION: It’s all about peaking at the right time. Timing is everything. Don Larsen had it, pitching a perfect game in the World Series to immortalize an otherwise ordinary career. And how else to explain the popularity of pet rocks or Paris Hilton’s fame? It’s true of college football, too. Weekly column by Eric Avidon.

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