New England budget 9.24.09

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New England budget 9.24.09


 


Here are the top New England regional stories coming today from GateHouse News Service. Stories are available at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com.


 


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Casey Laughman: Showcasing some nice work on a big story.


http://ghnewsroom.com/article/showcasing-some-nice-work-big-story


 


Q&A: New health Web site launched by the State Journal Register.


http://ghnewsroom.com/article/qa-new-health-web-site-launched-state-journal-register


 


 


SPECIAL CONTENT


 


PINK EDITION: We have started posting general content for the special “pink editions” on breast cancer. New links will be added as content comes in.


http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/news/x593046149/Pink-Series-content


***Note: Photos were added Wednesday afternoon.


 


HOOKED ON PORN: The Patriot Ledger’s three-day special series about Internet porn addiction, Hooked on Porn, is available on the News Service. You can find an explainer about the series, the series budget and more at:


http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/x837459960/Hooked-on-Porn-special-series


***NOTE: DO NOT USE image slugged “Porn 1: Porn Window,” the main image for Day 1 coverage. A replacement image called “Porn Window New” has been added to our online packages, and a new PDF of the Day 1 cover has been uploaded. Please make sure you use the replacement or another image.


***EDITORIALS on the series by The Patriot Ledger and The MetroWest Daily News are listed below under Opinions.


 


 


NEWS


 


SENATE SEAT: Longtime Kennedy ally Paul Kirk will temporarily fill Senate seat - Paul G. Kirk of Marstons Mills has been appointed interim U.S. senator by Gov. Deval Patrick. He will fill the seat left vacant by his longtime friend Sen. Edward Kennedy who died in August. Kirk will serve until a special election to fill the seat is held in January. By John Basile.


http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/x1789526391/Longtime-Kennedy-ally-Paul-Kirk-will-temporarily-fill-Senate-seat


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GOLD STAR CEREMONY: Gold Star mothers from Holbrook, Hanson to attend tribute to sons killed in war - Mary Ellen Callahan of Hanson, whose son Marine Staff Sgt. Bill Callahan of Easton, was killed in Iraq, and Theresa Davis of Holbrook, mother of Army Specialist 4th Class Richard S. Davis Jr. of Quincy, who was killed in Vietnam, will attend a tribute to Gold Star families this week in Washington. By Elaine Allegrini and Alice Elwell.


http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1073709935/Gold-Star-mothers-from-Holbrook-Hanson-to-attend-tribute-to-sons-killed-in-war


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CHERRY: Man accused of manslaughter in the death of Brian Cherry appears at pre-trial conference - The pre-trial conference for Abington resident Michael McGunigle got a late start Wednesday after his attorney, Wayne Murphy, was delayed. According to Bridget Middleton, spokesperson for Plymouth County DA Tim Cruz, the discovery portion of the trial will continue on Oct. 12. By Mikaela Slaney.


http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1699596524/Man-accused-of-manslaughter-in-the-death-of-Brian-Cherry-appears-at-pre-trial-conference


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HOPEDALE IN THE MOVIES: Hollywood looms for Hopedale: 'Surrogates' opens tomorrow - Hopedale and Hollywood have much in common. For example, both places begin with the letter "H." And tomorrow, the town will be showcased in the new Hollywood movie "The Surrogates," starring Bruce Willis. By Bob Tremblay.


http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/news/x576520044/Hollywood-looms-for-Hopedale-Surrogates-opens-tomorrow


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CSX: State to buy CSX rail tracks in MetroWest - A new agreement allowing the state to purchase the Boston-to- Worcester rail line from CSX Transportation would clear the way for more commuter trains to go through MetroWest, ease freight traffic and, down the line, address problematic crossings in Framingham and Ashland. By Charlie Breitrose.


http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/news/x180657973/State-to-buy-CSX-rail-tracks-in-MetroWest


 


REGATTA: Harbor Island Regatta to be held Saturday - The Boston Harbor Island Alliance will hold the fifth annual Boston Harbor Islands Regatta 10 a.m. 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, off Georges Island. By The Patriot Ledger.


http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1692320936/Harbor-Island-Regatta-to-be-held-Saturday


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NEW RAMP: New Quincy ramp opens today; take a video tour - New highway ramps in South Quincy will open Thursday at 2:30 p.m. following a ribbon cutting. By Tony Catinella.


http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/news/x1789524726/New-Quincy-ramp-opens-Thursday-take-a-video-tour


- With video


 


 


BUSINESS


 


NURSING PROGRAM: Medford nursing program serving as model in Egypt - The face of nursing is about to change in Egypt — and it’s all thanks to the Lawrence Memorial Hospital/Regis College Nursing Program. The school was picked from hundreds of nursing programs throughout the country by the Sawiris Foundation for Social Development in Egypt to partner over the next five years to establish the Gouna Nursing Institute, a two-year nursing program in Egypt that will replicate the Medford-based school’s curriculum. By Neil Escobar Coakley.


http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x593052107/Medford-nursing-program-serving-as-model-in-Egypt


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50TH ANNIVERSARY: Owner of Mahoney's Garden Centers celebrates 50 years in the business - When Paul Mahoney started selling vegetables in 1959, he knew he was in a “growing” business.Mahoney, now 74, has cultivated the seed of Mahoney’s Rock Ledge, the small farm stand he planted on Winchester Street a half-century ago, into a $30 million-a-year operation, Mahoney’s Garden Centers. By Brad Petrishen.


http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x593052204/Owner-of-Mahoneys-Garden-Centers-celebrates-50-years-in-the-business


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PC HELP: 20-year-old computer whiz opens PC-repair business - College didn't seem like a very good fit for Luke Scheminger. He went to UMass Amherst for a year and a half after graduating from high school in 2007, but he much preferred fixing and building computers than spending time in the classroom. Now the 20-year-old Littleton native is serving customers at his newly opened shop on Jennifer Street, LittletonPC. By Betsy Levinson.


http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x2024002130/20-year-old-computer-whiz-opens-PC-repair-business


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CANCER CENTER: Cancer treatment center debuts in Weymouth - Three hospitals officially became one Wednesday night, as the presidents of South Shore Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute cut the ribbon on their new one-stop cancer center. By Allison Manning.


http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x576520958/Cancer-treatment-center-debuts-in-Weymouth


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STUDIO: PRS awarded $550 million loan - In the two years since Plymouth Rock Studios executives made public their plan to build a state-of-the-art digital film studio in Plymouth, they've moved to the area, set up shop at Cordage Park and formed both Rock Media and the nonprofit The Rock Educational Cooperation (or TREC). From hosting the Producers Guild of America Awards to securing permission from the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce to use the Hollywood trademark for Hollywood East, PRS has continued to make headlines. But anxiety continued to build as the public waited month after month for one particular and crucial announcement. By Emily Wilcox.


http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/news/x1073709995/PRS-awarded-550-million-loan


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OPINIONS


 


O'MAHONEY CARTOON: On the appointment of Paul Kirk to Ted Kennedy's Senate seat.


http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x593052022/OMahoney-cartoon-On-the-appointment-of-Paul-Kirk-to-Ted-Kennedys-Senate-seat


 


GRANLUND CARTOON: On Kirk being appointed to Kennedy’s Senate seat.


http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/cartoons/x576520795/Granlund-cartoon-On-Kirk-being-appointed-to-Kennedys-Senate-seat


 


GRANLUND CARTOON: On parents dressing like their kids.


http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/cartoons/x2024003245/Granlund-cartoon-On-parents-dressing-like-their-kids


 


EDITORIAL: With all due respect to Paul Kirk, named by Gov. Deval Patrick to fill the seat left vacant by the death of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, consider us underwhelmed. By MetroWest Daily News. Will be posted this afternoon.


 


EDITORIAL: Wrong to paint ER fee as affront to fairness - It’s welcome news to health care consumers that Milton Hospital will no longer charge a premium for late-night emergency room visits but suggestions that such fees exceed the bounds of fair practice seem rooted more in drama than trauma. By The Patriot Ledger.


http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1789525284/Editorial-Wrong-to-paint-ER-fee-as-affront-to-fairness


 


EDITORIAL: What to do about porn - It's hard to read the accounts of those struggling with addictions to pornography or compulsive sex without sympathy, even anger. Obsession with online porn has led to broken marriages, lost jobs and financial ruin. It's tempting to call for a return of the bluenoses who made "Banned in Boston" famous. By MetroWest Daily News.


http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x593049525/Editorial-What-to-do-about-porn


- LOCALIZE SECOND GRAPH IF YOUR PAPER RAN THE HOOKED ON PORN SERIES.


 


EDITORIAL: Problem of porn addiction cannot be allowed to fester - Just as with illicit drugs, there are those who have no interest in Web porn, those who “experiment” with it and move on and those for whom it becomes a destructive obsession. And when it becomes an obsession, the destruction almost always extends far beyond the man holding the mouse. By The Patriot Ledger.


http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x593046162/Editorial-Problem-of-porn-addiction-cannot-be-allowed-to-fester


- LOCALIZE FOURTH GRAPH IF YOUR PAPER RAN THE HOOKED ON PORN SERIES.


 


 


LIFESTYLES/ENTERTAINMENT


 


MOVIE FILMING: Bridgewater boom: Friday night explosion to highlight filming of Cruise, Diaz film - Any Curve Street residents able to sleep knowing Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz are just a few hundred yards away might get woken up late Friday night by the sound of a large explosion. By Rebecca Hyman.


http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x593052079/Bridgewater-boom-Friday-night-explosion-to-highlight-filming-of-Cruise-Diaz-film


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MOVIE FILMING 2: People urged to stay away from filming in Bridgewater - Bridgewater public safety officials are urging people not to hang around the Curve Street area during the filming of the 20th Century Fox movie shooting in town. By Rebecca Hyman.


http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1789526690/People-urged-to-stay-away-from-filming-in-Bridgewater


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MOVIE FILMING 3: Video: Bridgewater takes center stage in Hollywood East - Bridgewater residents, officials and business owners weigh in on their favorite flicks featuring Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz, as filming gets underway in a cornfield off Curve Street on "Wichita," their latest movie together.


http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x576521024/Video-Bridgewater-takes-center-stage-in-Hollywood-East


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- With video


 


MOVIE FILMING 4: Hollywood spotted Bridgewater cornfield from air - How did Hollywood find Bridgewater? That is one of the first questions people ask when they hear that Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz will be in Bridgewater filming a scene for their new movie, with a working title of “Wichita.” The answer is a lot of phone calls and scouting of locations. By Theresa Knapp Enos.


http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1073710229/Hollywood-spotted-Bridgewater-cornfield-from-air


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DUST CONCERT: Assembly of Dust gets help from top-notch talent -- Assembly of Dust’s new album “Some Assembly Required” might be better described as Assembly of Dust & Friends; each of its 13 songs draws from a pool of top-notch guest talent, from jazz guitar wizard John Scofield and Woodstock icon Richie Havens to Vermont rocker Grace Potter and banjo master Bela Fleck.


http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x1128380042/Assembly-of-Dust-gets-help-from-top-notch-talent


 


SNEAK PREVIEW: 'Fame,' 'Surrogates' and other new movies -- What's old is new again as a "Fame" remake arrives in theaters this weekend.


http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x593050419/Sneak-preview-Fame-Surrogates-and-other-new-movies


 


'BRIGHT STAR': Director Jane Campion’s star is again shining brightly -- Writer-director Jane Campion, whose best-known film is the award-winning "The Piano," takes on the subject of the romance between British poet John Keats and his neighbor Fanny Brawne in "Bright Star."


http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x593050663/Director-Jane-Campion-s-star-is-again-shining-brightly


 


SIGN LANGUAGE CHURCH: Sign (language) of the times at Rockland church – The Rev. Sarah Brockmann said one of the biggest factors that led to her being the new rector at the Trinity Church in Rockland was a focus on sign language. “It’s one of the things that was most attractive to me – it’s a parish with an active deaf community,” she said. By Seth Jacobson.


http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x2024003378/Sign-language-of-the-times-at-Rockland-church


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A CUT ABOVE: Fruits and vegetables take on a new life as Thai artist creates unique centerpieces - When Punnee Burgess was growing up in Bangkok, she spent hours in the kitchen watching her mother and female relatives carve fruits and vegetables into works of art. The fanciful flowers, animals and temples are part of a 650-year tradition, which Burgess is trying to preserve by demonstrating the carving technique and making centerpieces for weddings and other events. By Jody Feinberg.


http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x2024003471/A-cut-above-Fruits-and-vegetables-take-on-a-new-life-as-Thai-artist-creates-unique-centerpieces


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- With video


 


AUSTISTIC: Norwell family says New England Center for Children has been godsend for their autistic child - Michael’s developmental delays were evident when he was just a baby, his parents recalled, but as a toddler, he played a little with trains, and spoke a few words like “up” and “I did it.” Today, Michael is 7 years old and he’s a student at the New England Center for Children, a pre-school, day-school and residential school in Southborough that specializes in autism care. For five days every week, Michael stays at the school where he receives round-the-clock care. By Matthew J. Gill.


http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1789526257/Norwell-family-says-New-England-Center-for-Children-has-been-godsend-for-their-autistic-child


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CHICKENS: A chicken in every backyard? Slowly, Marblehead getting there - While Marblehead, with its rocky shores and close-together neighborhoods, has long been known for its fishing and sailing, the raising of chickens is not typically high on the list of residents’ pastimes. But according to the town’s Board of Health, more families are erecting henhouses. By Nikki Gamer.


http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x576520891/A-chicken-in-every-backyard-Slowly-Marblehead-getting-there


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ORCHESTRAS: Orchestras tune up for fall concerts - With varied programs and community collaborations, local symphonies and philharmonics offer a range of classical music for concert veterans and newcomers alike. By Julie Fay.


http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1073710076/Orchestras-tune-up-for-fall-concerts


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SPORTS


 


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COLLEGE FOOTBALL NATION: Weekly college football column. Leads with item on Miami, Michigan, Washington and others showing strength they haven’t displayed in quite some time. By Eric Avidon.


http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/sports/college/x1789526216/College-Football-Nation-Are-the-Miami-Hurricanes-finally-back


- Art: Column mug