New England budget 11.06.09

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Mount Shasta Herald

New England budget 11.06.09

Here are the top New England regional stories coming today from GateHouse News Service. Stories are available at

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- Chris Biondi, 508-626-4343,

- Jean Hodges, 630-956-8834,

- Michael Toeset, 630-835-8870,


Story comments become a destination for Veterans Day thoughts.

Kid art turns into a successful photo gallery.

WebCube moments of the week.


FORT HOOD: Local veterans shocked by Fort Hood massacre - For Army veteran Jim Murphy of Canton, the shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas, hit close to home. His son, Brian, now in Austin, was stationed at Fort Hood in March 2008. Many of his friends are still at the base. By Tony Catinella.

- With photo and video

D-DAY VETERAN: Abington veteran helped storm the beaches on D-Day - On Oct. 24, Abington resident and D-Day survivor William Ulwick turned 90. About 85 friends and family members attended a party in his honor the following day at his gym, Advanced Cardio & Strength. By Mikaela Slaney.

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FREE WEDDING GOWNS: Military brides-to-be get free wedding gowns - Several dozen future brides were stunned Thursday to discover they have a fairy godmother: Mireille Stanbro, owner of Boutique La Reine Bridal. Stanbro gave away free wedding gowns worth $800 to $3,000 to women who are going to marry men who have served in Iraq or Afghanistan, or who have been deployed themselves. By Joyce Kelly.

- With photos

YORKIES: Small dogs, big price tags mean Yorkies a frequent target of theft - Yorkshire terriers are rated the nation’s second most popular dog — next to Labrador retrievers — because of their tiny size and loving disposition. But all that furry affection comes at a price: Yorkies are often worth $2,000 or more because they are born into small litters. Their popularity, high cost and small size makes the dogs a frequent target for theft. By Allan Stein.

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DREAM WEDDING: Radio contest, Burlington businesses help Braintree couple's wedding wishes come true - All it took was a few mouse clicks to send Mary Blais and her fiancé Joshua Smith down the wedding aisle.The Braintree couple will wed Saturday, Nov. 22 at Café Escadrille, courtesy of Country 102.5, WKLB, a Boston radio station and a number of Burlington businesses that have pitched in to send Blais and Smith down the aisle in style. By Bruce Coulter.

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H1N1: Swine flu is emptying SouthCoast classrooms - The swine flu — or even the fear of catching it — is keeping area students out of school in rates that, in some cases, are double what schools would ordinarily expect. Experts say that most cases of flu, especially those in schools, are swine flu, but that H1N1 often isn’t more severe than the traditional seasonal flu. By Grant Welker.

PHOTO GALLERY: Schoolkids get visit from great pumpkin - Children at Lebanon (Conn.) Elementary School got a chance to see a local farmer's 1,183-pound pumpkin. By Aaron Flaum.

PHOTO GALLERY: Our favorite photos of the week, Oct. 29-Nov. 4 - North Shore Sunday presents the best images from Wicked Local North of Boston photographers for the week of Oct. 29-Nov. 4.


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COMING THIS WEEKEND: The Patriot Ledger’s weekend business content will move over the weekend.

SIMULCASTING: Beacon Hill panel OKs simulcasting extension at Raynham Park - A bill that could keep Raynham Park open in the new year by extending simulcast betting was approved Thursday by a state legislative committee. Currently, state law only allows Raynham Park to offer simulcasting if it also has greyhound racing. A ballot initiative that passed last year bans dog racing in Massachusetts as of Jan. 1. By Kyle Alspach.

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BASEBALL ACADEMY: Owner hopes new baseball academy is a hit - More than three months after the former HitQuarters Baseball Academy abruptly closed its doors, a long-time baseball coach has started his own business — aimed at training today’s youth in the methods and makeup of America’s pastime — in the spot. By Jay Pateakos.

- With photos, video

WIND: Cape Wind downplays latest obstacle - Cape Wind is describing as “flawed” a finding by the Massachusetts Historical Commission that Nantucket Sound is eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. By John Basile.


O'MAHONEY CARTOON: On Navy willing to be flexible on sale of former South Weymouth base.

GRANLUND CARTOON: Fort Hood shootings.

PHILIP MADDOCKS: Google will offer humans their thoughts back in real time - Google rolled out a new initiative today that will allow humans access to all their thoughts as they think them in real time. A spokeswoman for Google said the company’s new thinking service, tentatively titled "Rodin" after Auguste Rodin, the sculptor of "The Thinker" statue, will be formally unveiled at an event in front of the Lincoln Monument next Wednesday. "I think Lincoln would have embraced this new leap forward in data collection," she said.

- With column mug


MITCH ALBOM: Mitch Albom shares his ‘Faith’ - True faith has a lot to do with looking past differences, a best-selling author said Thursday. Making two speeches in Norwich, Conn., Mitch Albom detailed one-on-one relationships that changed lives immeasurably for the better. Among them was the rekindling of the relationship between Albom and Rabbi Albert Lewis, the New Jersey clergyman Albom first met as a young man. They reconnected when, at 82, Lewis asked the author to give a eulogy at his funeral. By James Mosher.

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STYLE AT HOME: Get in the holiday mood with these items - The holidays are coming, and we've found a few items that will get you in the shopping mood - without all the pesky traffic. By Kristine Lundblad.

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BARRENCE WHITFIELD: Whitfield and Monkey Hips to rock the blues in Hull - Barrence Whitfield and his new band, Monkey Hips, headline the C-Note in Hull on Saturday, when he says, “we’ll probably rekindle some old memories of Savagedom.” By Chad Berndtson.

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FLU BOOK: Wellesley resident writes kids' book about spreading flu - “Felicity Floo Visits the Zoo” takes the reader and the listener along with a drippy-nosed Felicity, who leaves her handprint of green goo on every animal she pets since she doesn’t have a tissue with her. By the time she leaves to go home, she’s spread her germs to all the animals, and the unsuspecting zookeeper wonders why all of his charges have a green cast to them, are lethargic and have temperatures that have risen above 102. What started off as a cold turns into a widespread “Floo.”

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MUSIC SCENE: It’s rhyme time for rapper Brother Ali -- Fast-rising hip-hop artist Brother Ali's fifth album, "Us," was released Sept. 22 and has garnered the best response of his career, but he's not letting the praise go to his head.

CONCERT: Kate Campbell and 'America's Got Talent' quarterfinalist perform Saturday in Mansfield - Singer-songwriter Kate Campbell and 16-year-old guitar phenom Mia Boostrom of Dighton, who made it  to the quarterfinals on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” will play the Rose Garden Coffeehouse in Mansfield on Saturday. By The Patriot Ledger.

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COOL CATS: Coffee house benefits Second Chance Fund for Animal Welfare - How about some strumming with that Stray Cat Strut? A Cool Cats Coffee House will benefit Second Chance Fund for Animal Welfare, a non-profit organization that helps cat owners with affordable and accessible spay and neuter services. By Margaret Smith.

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GIFTS OF HOPE: Gifts of Hope facility Burlington Food Pantry needs help - According to the Burlington Food Pantry, 155 Burlington families in town are struggling to get meals on their tables from day to the next. The families are the pantry’s clients and in need of extra help this year, food pantry volunteers said. Editor’s note: The Burlington Food Pantry is a beneficiary of Gifts of Hope, a Gate House Media project that supports organizations that help those in need in the community. By Joanna Kaselis Tzouvelis.

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BLIND JOURNEY: Blind student explores Grand Canyon through Global Explorers program - Bridgewater-Raynham Regional High School student Morgayne Mulkern was one of five blind or visually impaired teens selected nationwide to participate in the 2009 Global Explorers Leading the Way program to the Grand Canyon.

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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.

KITCHEN CALL: Something fishy this way comes -- Fish soup appears in every city, town and village that grows up by the sea. It is a natural outgrowth of thrift.

GREEN THUMBS UP: Tips for wintering tender plants and bulbs -- While many of my tender tropical and annual plants in open areas lie limp, black, and withered, similar plants in more sheltered corners continue to linger, offering welcome reminders of summertime splendor, but with chilly nighttime temperatures predicted for the coming week, the time has come to begin putting the gardens to bed.


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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