New England budget 11.19.09

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

New England budget 11.19.09

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- Chris Biondi, 508-626-4343,

- Jean Hodges, 630-956-8834,

- Michael Toeset, 630-835-8870,


Casey Laughman: Tips on using Web Cube basics in your sports coverage.

Hockey 101: With new team in town, Missouri paper breaks down the game.


PETER PAN STRIKE: Threat of Peter Pan strike looms over holiday travel plans - An expected strike vote Friday by Peter Pan Bus Lines drivers could affect buses connecting from Providence, Cape Cod, the Boston area and New York during the upcoming Thanksgiving week, drivers and other sources said. By Michael Holtzman.

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SENATE SEAT CELTICS: Candidate Pagliuca touts civic experience, extensive world travel - Apart from a stint as eighth-grade class president, Steve Pagliuca has never served in a government post. But the Weston venture capitalist and Celtics co-owner says his longtime civic engagement, wide-ranging international travel, and ground-level exposure to job creation and health care costs means he is ready to make the jump into the U.S. Senate seat held by the late Ted Kennedy. By Michael Morton.

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DRUNKEN DRIVER: Police: Drunken driver causes 6-car crash - Quincy police say a Hingham woman was drunk and under the influence of drugs when she triggered a six-car accident Wednesday night. By The Patriot Ledger.

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VETERANS DAY VANDALISM: Vandalized Kingston war memorial fixed - The memorial to Kingston’s war dead that was turned over on Veterans Day has been fixed by a Quincy monument company. The 91 nearby gravestones that were toppled won’t be fixed until the private organization in charge of Evergreen Cemetery has filed an insurance claim. By Brad Kane.

BIG WINNER: Stoneham mom wins $10 milloin in new state lottery game - Debra A. Roberto, a Stoneham mother, won a $10 million grand prize – the largest instant prize in America – in the new Mega Cash game from the Massachusetts State Lottery. Her grand prize ties the record for the largest instant grand prize ever awarded in the United States – and possibly the world.

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DOG RACING: Greyhound racing bill would let facilities take wagers on simulcast races - The state Senate Wednesday adopted a bill that will save hundreds of jobs statewide by allowing existing greyhound racing facilities to continue taking wagers on simulcast greyhound races held out of state after the ban on live racing goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2010. By The Herald News.

WIND TURBINE: Scituate selectmen give go-ahead for wind turbine - A wind turbine that would help power Scituate’s sewage treatment plant – and bring the town an estimated savings of $4.5 million over 15 years – is a big step closer to reality. By Jennifer Mann.


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AIR STATION: Patrick, Delahunt press Navy for price break on former Weymouth air station - Gov. Patrick and Congressman William Delahunt says they see hope the Navy will cut a deal on South Weymouth land key to development. By Steve Adams and Nancy Reardon.

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BRIDGE: Stimulus cash will pay to rebuild Route 24 Bridge in Fall River - Stimulus funds will pay 100 percent of the cost to rebuild the aging Route 24 bridge over Bedford Street near the Watuppa Reservation. By Jay Pateakos.


O’MAHONEY CARTOON: On the new American lexicon.

GRANLUND CARTOON: Flight delays caused by computer glitch.

GRANLUND CARTOON: Stores want holiday shoppers.

EDITORIAL: The price of Afghanistan troop buildup - There is a price to be paid for every important decision, but it's not always easy to find the price tag. When it comes to the decision President Obama must soon make on whether to send more U.S. troops to Afghanistan, many variables cannot be quantified. On cost, however, the White House is working from a simple formula, The New York Times reports: One troop, posted for one year, costs the taxpayers $1 million. By MetroWest Daily News.

EDITORIAL: State report undermines immigration reform effort - If your goal is to better integrate immigrants into the state’s social, economic and civic spheres why taint the effort with incendiary ideas like college aid, tuition breaks and driver’s licenses for people who are in the country illegally? The Patriot Ledger.

LLOYD GARVER: Is Disney goofy? -- How would you feel if you lost your job to a cartoon character? That's kind of what happened to noted sportscaster Al Michaels. Michaels is the famous voice America has been hearing on Monday Night Football for years. Next year, he'll be broadcasting Sunday Night Football on NBC. And he'll have that NBC job all because of a cartoon character named Oswald the Lucky Rabbit.

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TWILIGHT LINKS: Click the link below to see our collection of content related to the release of the second "Twilight" movie. Please note that some stories would work best if localized. And if your newspaper has a "Twilight"-related item, please send it to us via Zope or e-mail it to

SNEAK PREVIEW: 'Twilight,' 'Precious' and other movies opening this week. By Al Alexander.

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PRECIOUS: How the 'Precious' pieces came together - Producer-turned-director Lee Daniels turned his adaptation of the 1996 novel by Sapphire into a film with help from Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry. By Ed Symkus.

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FLICKS: Vampires are monsters - not teens in skinny jeans – It’s easy, even understandable, to dismiss things we find uninteresting, distasteful or downright stupid. I do that often enough in this column, so let me be clear: I like fantasy fiction. But there’s a scene in “Poltergeist III” ... no, really, they made three ... that pops into my head every time I hear or see anything related to “Twilight.”

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SEINFELD: Jerry Seinfeld is still master of his domain - The man known for his humorous outlook on everyday life will take the stage Friday and Saturday at the MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods. By Kelly-Ann Franklin.

JEFF CORWIN: Animal Planet's Jeff Corwin is on a mission to save endangered species - Growing up on Quincy’s Atlantic Avenue, Jeff Corwin could have easily been more city kid than nature buff. But the naturalist-turned-TV star, now in his 12th year in front of the camera, developed an early affinity for the natural world. And now he’s turning his attention to endangered species. By Kaitlin Keane.

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SISTER ACT: Three Lexington sisters to perform in Boston Ballet's 'The Nutcracker' - Fiona Wada-Gill, 12, has a schedule that most girls would find grueling, but Fiona has a secret weapon that helps her survive — her sisters. By Emily Costello.

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GREEN THUMBS UP: Prepare trees and shrubs for the chilly months ahead -- Wet, windblown leaves plaster my windowpanes as the remnants of Hurricane Ida drench the South Shore. Despite the disappointment of another damp and dreary Saturday, the nor¹easter has provided beneficial moisture to our lawns and gardens after nearly a two-week reprieve from this season¹s consistently soggy scenario.


COLLEGE FOOTBALL NATION: Weekly column from Eric Avidon leads with item on Michigan failing to gain relevance this year.

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