NEWS

New England budget 12.14.09

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

New England budget 12.14.09

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AP asking editors to vote on top stories of the year

http://ghnewsroom.com/article/ap-asking-editors-vote-top-stories-year

The Patriot Ledger named GateHouse front page of the weekend

http://ghnewsroom.com/front-page/patriot-ledger-named-gatehouse-front-page-weekend-dec-12-13

LIFESTYLES: GENERAL

RELIGIOUSLY DIVERSE FAMILY: Ecumenical home for the holidays: Family includes three religions, celebrates each - When the Shapiro family gathered Friday night to light the menorah to celebrate the first night of Hanukkah, Jews, Roman Catholics and a Muslim took part. By Kathy Uek.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/family/x819332970/Ecumenical-home-for-the-holidays-Family-includes-three-religions-celebrates-each

- With photo

ENTERTAINMENT

BOB TREMBLAY: Crazy about movie psychopaths -- Gary Lewis and the Playboys once sang that everybody loves a clown. But what about psychopaths? Where's the love for these barbaric lunatics? It just so happens that numerous thespians and moviegoers have displayed a deep affection for these deeply disturbed individuals for decades. Who wouldn't like to play or watch a character who gets to misbehave with maniacal gusto?

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/dvds_cds/x1903564612/Bob-Tremblay-Crazy-about-movie-psychopaths

- With photo

GRAMMY NOMINATION: Susan Tedeschi receives fifth Grammy nomination - Norwell native Susan Tedeschi has been nominated for a Grammy award for best contemporary blues album. By Patriot Ledger.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1669486817/Susan-Tedeschi-receives-fifth-Grammy-nomination

GREAT MAMMALS: Video: Makeover at the museum - Renovation puts critters in order at the Great Mammal Hall at Harvard Museum of Natural History. By Chris Bergeron.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1903564750/Video-Makeover-at-the-museum

- With photos, video

LIFESTYLE COLUMNS

LORETTA LAROCHE: Tiger Woods the latest celebrity to let fans down - When the news about Tiger Woods’ many indiscretions came out last week, I was saddened by his behavior, but not shocked. It wasn’t because I felt he was particularly predisposed towards infidelity, but it just seems that every so many weeks we learn that someone in the public eye is not what we imagined.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x2010181358/Loretta-Laroche-Tiger-Woods-the-latest-celebrity-to-let-fans-down

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OPINIONS: TOONS, EDITORIALS & NEWS COLUMNS

GRANLUND CARTOON: On bankers’ bonuses.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/cartoons/x1479445371/Granlund-cartoon-On-bankers-bonuses

GRANLUND CARTOON: The Salahis crash the Nativity.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/cartoons/x1903562408/Granlund-cartoon-The-Salahis-crash-the-Nativity

GRANLUND CARTOON: On climate change and Atlantis.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/cartoons/x1479445442/Granlund-cartoon-On-climate-change-and-Atlantis

CONROY CARTOON: Raising the stakes in Afghanistan.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/cartoons/x1903564592/Conroy-cartoon-Raising-the-stakes-in-Afghanistan

RICK HOLMES: You get what insurers pay for -- I had to visit the pediatrician's office last month in peak flu season and felt like holding my breath from the moment I opened the door. Not that it wasn't clean. There were hand sanitizers everywhere you looked, and face masks for all who wanted them. It's just that keeping out of doctors' offices is one way to keep from getting sick.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1488823557/Rick-Holmes-You-get-what-insurers-pay-for

- With column mug

EDITORIAL: Don't let the estate tax disappear - As if Congress doesn't have enough on its plate, a debate on the federal estate tax is looming. By MetroWest.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/editorials/x1903564654/Editorial-Dont-let-the-estate-tax-disappear

EDITORIAL: Shut down the DiMasi defense fund - Under Beacon Hill's golden dome, House staff members are being handed pink slips and summarily escorted out of the building. Legislators and aides are being pressured to take five-day unpaid furloughs. The state's budget crisis is hitting the generous accounts legislative leaders set aside for their own administrative expenses. That makes it even harder to justify the $378,000 the taxpayers are spending to defend former House Speaker Sal DiMasi. By MetroWest.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1479445239/Editorial-Shut-down-the-DiMasi-defense-fund

EDITORIAL: A vote for education - The dream of becoming a lawyer is about to become more attainable for Massachusetts residents, if just one more hurdle can be overcome. By Herald News.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x2010181336/Editorial-A-vote-for-education

MARY CONNAUGHTON: Promise of reform flops - So the truth is out. After all the hoopla over savings from the transportation reform legislation touted by Gov. Deval Patrick this summer, the likely tally for savings is minimal, if any at all. In fact, we learned from a Boston Globe report that transportation salaries soared under Patrick's watch, with the number of six-figure jobs doubling and total payroll surging 20 percent.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1903564806/Mary-Connaughton-Promise-of-reform-flops

FRANK ACKERMAN: In Copenhagen, all eyes are on us - The whole world is watching what America will do in Copenhagen. Are we going to break their hearts again?

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1479445473/Frank-Ackerman-In-Copenhagen-all-eyes-are-on-us

BUSINESS

CHECKOUT LANE: How to choose a quality snowboard - If you’ve vowed to pick up snowboarding this winter, retailers say you should make quality a priority when purchasing a snowboard. Consumers should first consider what the board is made of, said John Byrne, owner of Buckles & Boards Ski & Surf in Marshfield, Mass. By Sara Castellanos.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business/x2010180631/Checkout-Lane-How-to-choose-a-quality-snowboard

- With photos

- Localize it: Talk to shop owners in your area to get quotes, info.

FINE PRINT: You can stay warm and keep your utility bills in check - The recent bone-chilling cold left no doubt that winter is on its way. That means we'll all be cranking up our thermostats this month to adjust to the change in the seasons. By The Patriot Ledger.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x819332455/Fine-Print-You-can-stay-warm-and-keep-your-utility-bills-in-check

MAKING CENTS: Teach your children well about money - In the past several years, much effort has been introduced in the area of financial literacy. From the financial planning association to the American Association of CPAs and Junior Achievement, there are many programs designed to raise the bar on everyone's base knowledge of personal financial matters. Having been an educator, radio and TV commentator and your weekly host right here, I have concluded that a greater effort is especially essential for our children. By John P. Napolitano.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business/x819332453/Making-Cents-Teach-your-children-well-about-money

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MASS. MARKET: The duel over being New England’s biggest bank returns to Boston - The battle over the title of New England’s biggest bank has returned to the streets of Boston. By Jon Chesto.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x2010180628/Mass-Market-The-duel-over-being-New-England-s-biggest-bank-returns-to-Boston

- With column mug

DOGGIE DAYCARE: Doggie daycare businesses booming, but owners stress need for supervision - Increasing demand for doggie daycare — even in the face of recession — has caused many small, home-based businesses to spring up in recent years. But unless properly maintained and supervised, such small businesses can put dogs at risk. By Allan Stein.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1488823599/Doggie-daycare-businesses-booming-but-owners-stress-need-for-supervision

- With photos

SCALLOPS: New regulations putting the squeeze on scallopers - There may still be scads of scallops out in the deep blue sea, but new regulations could chop the numbers of fishermen and the days they can chase them. By The Cape Codder.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1769699737/New-regulations-putting-the-squeeze-on-scallopers

PHOTOS

PHOTO GALLERY: Holiday for the animals - The Sheep Pasture in Easton held a “Holiday for Animals” party Sunday to benefit the new Animal Protection Center of Southeastern Massachusetts at the former MSPCA site in Brockton. By The Enterprise.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1479445365/Photo-gallery-Holiday-for-the-animals

NEWS

CHILD RAPE: Kingston man charged with raping 3-year-old - Joseph Gardner, 26, was arrested Sunday and charged with rape of a child with force and intimidating a witness. He is being held on $1 million bail due the severity of the crime and his record, according to Kingston police. By Patriot Ledger.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1903564669/Kingston-man-charged-with-raping-3-year-old

FIREFIGHTER SHOT: Milton firefighter critical after Quincy shooting - A second-generation firefighter from Quincy is fighting for his life after a man shot him in the abdomen in a sudden attack police believe was sparked by road rage. Joseph Fasano, 30, was in critical condition at Boston Medical Center on Sunday after undergoing surgery. His girlfriend was traveling with him in the passenger seat when the shooting occurred. By Jack Encarnacao.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1903564635/Milton-firefighter-critical-after-Quincy-shooting

- With photos

CHRISTMAS TREE GONE: Removal of Christmas tree miffs employees at Quincy bank - Citizens Bank management removed the artificial decoration, stating it violated company policy. Marney Hagerty, the employee who set up the tree, says: “It’s not ostentatious; it’s just a tree, tiny.” Jack Encarnacao.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1769699797/Removal-of-Christmas-tree-miffs-employees-at-Quincy-bank

VETERAN HELP: Video: Volunteers raise roof on Middleboro home for soldier who lost legs in Afghanistan - John S. Gonsalves, president of Homes for Our Troops, said hundreds of volunteers from as far away as New York, Connecticut and New Hampshire, as well as a bevy of local contractors, took part in the “build brigade” for Staff Sgt. Michael Downing’s Marion Road home. By Alice Elwell.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1479445223/Video-Volunteers-raise-roof-on-Middleboro-home-for-soldier-who-lost-legs-in-Afghanistan

- With photos, video

VETERANS PROGRAM: Bristol Community College's jobs program for veterans could get funding - Veterans could benefit from a $100,000 jobs program operated by Bristol Community College. Funding for the program was approved in the House on Thursday as part of a large appropriations bill. By Grant Welker.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1669486756/Bristol-Community-Colleges-jobs-program-for-veterans-could-get-funding

FOOD STAMPS: Food stamp usage spikes in state - Battered by the recession, growing numbers of Massachusetts residents are turning to food stamps, with the state doing more to promote the program and make it easier to apply. By Charlie Breitrose.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1903564824/Food-stamp-usage-spikes-in-state

FLYNN: Rep. Flynn says he’ll fight for prison money for Bridgewater, but not student fees - Rep. David Flynn, D-Bridgewater, says he’ll continue to fight to get state money that was expected from the town’s minimum security prison, but that he doesn’t support charging students at Bridgewater State College additional fees. By Theresa Knapp Enos.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x819333139/Rep-Flynn-says-he-ll-fight-for-prison-money-for-Bridgewater-but-not-student-fees

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