New England budget 12.10.09

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

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LIFESTYLES: GENERAL

MOTHER THERESA: Religious image appears on woman's cutting board -- Wendy Golini has a reputation as boisterous conversationalist, a reputation well known to the customers at her Cedar Perk restaurant on West Emerson Street in Melrose, but when she recently saw an image of Mother Teresa on her cutting board at the restaurant, Golini said she only shared it with a few friends. By Daniel DeMaina of the Melrose Free Press.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x2086037900/Religious-image-appears-on-womans-cutting-board

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JEWISH STUDIES: 'Daughters of the Torah' explore history, religion, life -- On a recent rainy Sunday, when the downpour might have been incentive to sleep in, members of Bnot Torah instead were ready to learn. They gathered in a classroom at the Munroe Center for The Arts for a seminar on history, faith, and a few revolutionary rabbis whose legacy endures in Jewish scholarship. By Margaret Smith.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1929465473/Daughters-of-the-Torah-explore-history-religion-life

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SERVICE MEDALS: World War II vet receives honors long delayed -- James. J. Medeiros Sr. came home from the Pacific campaign in World War II with shrapnel permanently embedded in his body. Now he has different and more visible emblems of his service. Medeiros, now 88, and recovering from a stroke, finally received his service medals from the battles he fought during the Pacific Campaign. By Dan Mac Alpine.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1582020248/World-War-II-vet-receives-honors-long-delayed

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LIFESTYLES: HOME&GARDEN

FIR REAL: Five things you need to know before buying a Christmas tree -- The “choose and cut” is not only a fresher alternative to the store-bought variety, but also more environmentally conscious.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1929465233/Fir-real-Five-things-you-need-to-know-before-buying-a-Christmas-tree

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GREEN THUMBS UP: Collect, clean and store your garden gear – With the warmth of a week ago only a fleeting memory, Old Man Winter made his debut this weekend, signaling a dramatic conclusion to our unseasonably mild weather. As temperatures dropped during the evening hours, a mixture of rain, ice and snow created a crusty crystalline coating, crushing statuesque clumps of ornamental grasses while the delicate branches of shrubbery sprawled beneath the weight of the icy covering.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1154125736/Green-Thumbs-Up-Collect-clean-and-store-your-garden-gear

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ENTERTAINMENT: ARTS

CHRISTMAS CAROL: Actor re-creates Charles Dickens' reading of 'A Christmas Carol' -- Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" will be presented in the style of a Victorian-era dramatic reading Thursday in Framingham and Saturday at the Wayside Inn. Dressed in period clothes and speaking in a British accent, Framingham native Al LePage will again perform Dickens' classic tale as "Englishman Thomas Hutchinson, Amateur Thespian."

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x2086037973/Actor-re-creates-Charles-Dickens-reading-of-A-Christmas-Carol

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NUTCRACKER REVIEW: Mateo’s ‘Nutcracker’ keeps you on your toes -- Jose Mateo’s production of “The Nutcracker” turned into a family affair last weekend, but not just for Clara and her parents onstage. The children of the South Shore cast that will appear in Duxbury over Christmas weekend were giving their first performance of the season, with many of their parents helping backstage or in the house. By Iris Fanger of The Patriot Ledger.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1154125485/Review-Mateo-s-Nutcracker-keeps-you-on-your-toes

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ENTERTAINMENT: MUSIC

SEASONAL SPIN: Dobro master Jerry Douglas breathes new life into tired yuletide tunes -- What’s arresting about Douglas' renditions of familiar songs is his ability to be creative and reverent at the same time. He and his bandmates, including John Oates of Hall & Oates and Crooked Still’s Aoife O’Donovan, play Showcase Live tonight. By Chad Berndtson of The Patriot Ledger.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1154125408/Dobro-master-Jerry-Douglas-breathes-new-life-into-tired-yuletide-tunes

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ENTERTAINMENT: MOVIES

SNEAK PREVIEW: 'The Princess and the Frog' and other new movies -- Rumors that traditional pen-and-ink animation are dead have been greatly exaggerated in the mind of Disney’s animation chief, John Lasseter, who helped develop "The Princess and the Frog." By Al Alexander of The Patriot Ledger.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x1142254911/Sneak-Preview-The-Princess-and-the-Frog-and-other-new-movies

FLICKS: Matt Damon can do no wrong, but these films can -- We at Flicks have already established we believe Matt Damon — MATT DAMON!!! — is incapable of making a bad movie. Enter “Invictus.” By John Meo of the Norwich Bulletin.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/connecticut/x987135929/Flicks-Matt-Damon-can-do-no-wrong-but-these-films-can

LIFESTYLE COLUMNS

LLOYD GARVER: Come on down, space aliens - Next year, Denver voters will be asked to approve the establishment of an Extraterrestrial Affairs Commission. No, this is not about members of Congress having affairs in space (although all bets are off if there are motels out there). This is about creating a mood in Denver that would welcome beings from outer space to the Mile High City.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x1582019863/Lloyd-Garver-Come-on-down-space-aliens

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SCOTT C. SMITH: Susan Boyle, everyone’s dream -- Are you one of the more than 100 million people who watched that fateful performance of Susan Boyle on YouTube? You know, the one in which she won the heart of the whole world?

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1929465343/Scott-C-Smith-Susan-Boyle-everyone-s-dream

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OPINIONS: TOONS, EDITORIALS & NEWS COLUMNS

O'MAHONEY CARTOON: On new Quincy snow-plowing contract

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/opinions/x1142255449/OMahoney-cartoon-On-new-Quincy-snow-plowing-contract

GRANLUND CARTOON: On parents giving the 'birds and the bees' talk

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/cartoons/x304323058/Granlund-cartoon-On-parents-giving-the-birds-and-the-bees-talk

EDITORIAL: Debate the science of climate change, not the e-mails – With thousands of serious-minded people gathered in Copenhagen to plan a global response to the multiple threats from a changing climate, global warming-deniers are making a big deal out some stolen e-mails. By the MetroWest Daily News.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1142255113/Editorial-Debate-the-science-of-climate-change-not-the-e-mails

NEWS: GENERAL

HEALTH CARE: Fewer uninsured Massachusetts residents were fined in ’08 -- Young, single, male and poor. That’s the profile of the uninsured that has emerged from a state report on Massachusetts’ universal health care system. The report says fewer residents were penalized for lacking health insurance last year than the year before. By John P. Kelly of The Patriot Ledger.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1154125179/Fewer-uninsured-Massachusetts-residents-were-fined-in-08

POWER PLANT: Task force to seek ban on power plant construction – Writing new legislation to temporarily halt all construction of fossil-fuel power plants in Massachusetts is the next step for the Regional Task Force on the Brockton Power Plant. By Sandra L. Churchill of the Enterprise.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1929465513/Task-force-to-seek-ban-on-power-plant-construction

RELIGIOUS SYMBOLS: Holliston firefighters angry at town for banning cross atop fire station -- A group of firefighters is unhappy with a town policy they say disrupts a holiday tradition stretching back nearly 70 years. By Kendall Hatch of the MetroWest Daily News.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1582019835/Holliston-firefighters-angry-at-town-for-banning-cross-atop-fire-station

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DOUGHNUT ASSAULT: Man wielding doughnut targets officer, police say -- A Lexington police officer was grazed by a flying doughnut Friday. Police said the incident occurred during Lexington’s Festival Night, an annual event that welcomes Santa to Lexington Center for the official lighting of downtown’s holiday display. By Emily Costello of the Lexington Minuteman.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1142255014/Police-Man-wielding-doughnut-targets-officer

NEWS: POLITICS

POWERFUL DEMS: Republicans hopeful Brown can pull off win in Democratic state -- With state Sen. Scott Brown and Attorney General Martha Coakley both cleaning house in their respective party primaries, the four-week sprint to the Senate has boiled down to one question: Does the Republican Brown have a shot against Coakley and the state's formidable Democratic machine? By Dan McDonald of the MetroWest Daily News.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x2086037646/Republicans-hopeful-Brown-can-pull-off-win-in-Democratic-state

AG RACE: Bristol County DA Sutter hints at run for attorney general -- With Attorney General Martha Coakley’s Democratic primary victory for the U.S. Senate seat previously held by Edward Kennedy, potential suitors are beginning to line up for Coakley’s current job. Bristol County District Attorney Sam Sutter is one of them. By Will Richmond of the Herald News.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1154125294/Bristol-County-DA-Sutter-hints-at-run-for-attorney-general

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HOUSE SEAT: Whitman Republican already eying House seat in 2010 -- Whitman resident Geoff Diehl is hoping to unseat incumbent Rep. Allen McCarthy in November. Diehl is pushing a platform based on pocketbook issues that he hopes will appeal to voters frustrated by the state budget and local economy in the 7th Plymouth District. By Nancy Reardon of the State House Bureau.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1154125213/Whitman-Republican-already-eying-House-seat-in-2010

NEWS: EDUCATION

TOP SCHOOL: Brockton High named one of the best in the country by U.S. News & World Report -- Brockton’s high school was named one of the best in the country by U.S. News & World Report magazine, news that is boosting the morale of students and staff after a dropout was shot outside the school last week. By Maureen Boyle of The Enterprise.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1582019992/Brockton-High-named-one-of-the-best-in-the-country-by-U-S-News-World-Report

IN COPENHAGEN: Q&A with student attending climate change convention -- Daniel Trindade isn't a big shot in the political arena yet, but after attending the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Copenhagen, Denmark, he hopes that will change. By Krista Perry of the Milford Daily News.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1582020095/Q-A-Student-attending-climate-change-convention

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SPORTS

COLLEGE FOOTBALL NATION: No clear Heisman winner this year - Ladies and gentleman, the winner of the 2009 Heisman Trophy is ... a mystery. For the first time in a while, since Eric Crouch won the award in 2001, no one jumps out, no one or two players had such statistically superb seasons that they separated themselves from the rest. By Eric Avidon.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/sports/college/x1142255097/College-Football-Nation-No-clear-Heisman-winner-this-year

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