New England budget 12.04.09

New England budget 12.04.09

 

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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AT GHNEWSROOM.COM

 

5 things an editor has learned from online story comments.

http://ghnewsroom.com/article/5-things-editor-has-learned-online-story-comments

 

Web Cube moments of the week.

http://ghnewsroom.com/article/webcube-moments-week-15

 

 

NEWS

 

SEX OFFENDERS: State is working to meet sex offender guidelines - The state's Sex Offender Registry Board says it is working toward a July 2010 deadline for implementing federal guidelines that would strengthen registration requirements nationwide. By Abby Jordan.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x2072233374/State-is-working-to-meet-sex-offender-guidelines

 

DRUG DISCUSSION: Parents, educators share stories at community drug forum -- Gail Draheim recalled her son¹s death in October 2004 at age 23 from drug use during a community drug forum Thursday night attended by more than 100 people at Whitman-Hanson Regional High School. She was just one of many people who talked about the impact of drug use on students. By Mike Melanson.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x2072233148/Parents-educators-share-stories-at-community-drug-forum

 

SAME-SEX MARRIAGE: Church leader celebrates opportunity to perform same-sex marriages -- Applause broke out during Rev. Terry Pannell’s sermon Sunday at St. Mary of the Harbor Episcopal Church, an unusual occurrence. By Pru Sowers.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/x1945280055/Church-leader-celebrates-opportunity-to-perform-same-sex-marriage

 

PORTUGAL: President Obama names non-Portuguese ambassador to Portugal - The next U.S. ambassador to Portugal will not have a Portuguese last name after all. Significant lobbying efforts on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean urging President Barack Obama to pick someone with Portuguese roots have been unsuccessful. By Lurdes C. da Silva, O Jornal.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1355822067/President-Obama-names-non-Portuguese-ambassador-to-Portugal

 

TEEN STRUCK: Father says teen hit by car in Waltham showing signs of progress -- The 17-year-old fighting for his life after being hit by a car Sunday remains in critical condition, but he's showing signs of improvement, his father said. To reduce the swelling in his brain, John Causland is heavily sedated at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, his father, Manny, said, but there is reason to be optimistic. By Joyce Kelly.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x730414087/Father-says-teen-hit-by-car-in-Waltham-showing-signs-of-progress

 

OLYMPICS HOPEFUL: Hopkinton woman training in hammer throw for Olympics - Emily Daly, 22, a graduate of Hopkinton High School and Dartmouth College, is training in hammer throw for the 2012 Summer Olympics scheduled for July 27 through August 7 in London. By Deborah Gauthier.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1758552223/Hopkinton-woman-training-in-hammer-throw-for-Olympics

- With photo

 

PHOTO GALLERY: Our favorite photos of the week, Nov. 26-Dec. 2. By North Shore Sunday.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1682950449/Photo-gallery-Our-favorite-photos-of-the-week-Nov-26-Dec-2

 

SENATE SEAT COVERAGE: These stories, review stories and more can be found in this links collection.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1945273903/Senate-candidate-content

 

 

BUSINESS

 

COMING SOON: The Ledger’s weekend business content will move by Sunday unless otherwise noted.

 

CRANBERRY INSPECTIONS: Ocean Spray: Rival cranberry company has been told to allow plant inspection -- Ocean Spray Cranberries officials say a federal judge has instructed rival Decas Cranberry Products to allow an inspector at Decas’ Carver plant to see if Decas violates an Ocean Spray patent for sweetened dried cranberries. By Jon Chesto.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business/x1682951478/Ocean-Spray-Rival-cranberry-company-has-been-told-to-allow-plant-inspection

Art: 2 photos

 

LOTTERY: Abington, Rockland stores on lottery list - Lottery agents posted the names of 219 Massachusetts stores that owe the state up to $1.8 million for the right to distribute lottery tickets. One of them — Old Towne News at 217 North Ave, Abington — owes $62,030 to the state, and had rights to lottery sales revoked July 16. By Mikaela Slaney.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1945279726/Abington-Rockland-stores-on-lottery-list

 

TURBINES: Harwich neighbors oppose wind project -- About a dozen residents living near a proposed municipal wind turbine project turned up at the board of selectmen¹s meeting Monday night to voice their dismay. The project ³seems like something that was put under the radar,² said Sheila Bowen of West Tupelo Drive. The town plans to erect two 400-foot wind turbines on town land in West Harwich. By Jamie Balliett.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1682951446/Harwich-neighbors-oppose-wind-project

 

 

OPINIONS

 

GRANLUND CARTOON: Vladimir Putin on Joseph Stalin.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/cartoons/x1758552956/Granlund-cartoon-Vladimir-Putin-on-Joseph-Stalin

 

O'MAHONEY CARTOON: On lack of housing in Hull for people with disabilities.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1945280167/OMahoney-cartoon-On-lack-of-housing-in-Hull-for-people-with-disabilities

 

WENDY MURPHY: Tiger would have more sympathy if the whole truth came out - At this week's very weird press conference, the Florida Highway Patrol announced that the investigation of Tiger Woods' incident with his car is over. Woods paid a small fine and the rest of the story will remain a mystery. The FHP said there was insufficient evidence to issue a subpoena for Tiger's medical records form the hospital that treated him for his injuries.  So - the cops have a quicky presser - and It all wraps up nicely. Except that it doesn't.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x730414031/Wendy-Murphy-Tiger-would-have-more-sympathy-if-the-whole-truth-came-out

- With column mug

 

RIC OLIVEIRA: What’s an ambassadorship worth? - So President Obama goes out and gets a Portuguese waterdog for his White House but sends a Katz to Portugal?

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x2072233416/Ric-Oliveira-What-s-an-ambassadorship-worth

 

 

LIFESTYLES/ENTERTAINMENT

 

TINY CHRISTMAS: Yarmouth Port tiny town exhibit is big on imagination - It might take a second, or even a third, look to catch all the tiny details of Carolyn Ray’s Christmas in Miniature exhibit at the Captain Bangs Hallet House in Yarmouth Port this weekend. By Jen Ouellette.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1682951562/Yarmouth-Port-tiny-town-exhibit-is-big-on-imagination

- With photos

 

THEATER DIRECTOR: For this director, the stage is right - Nancy Curran Willis of Burlington has been directing plays for community theaters for 20 years – but theater has been a part of her life since childhood. By Margaret Smith.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1682950456/For-this-director-the-stage-is-right

- With photo

 

SHAKESPEARE: ‘Winter’s Tale' gets a gospel makeover at ART - "The Winter's Tale," one of Shakespeare's "problem plays," would seem to provide unlikely inspiration for an R&B makeover. But Randy Weiner, who wrote the lyrics and co-wrote the book for "Best of Both Worlds," says it makes sense. By Alexander Stevens.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x441568568/-Winter-s-Tale-gets-a-gospel-makeover-at-ART

- With photo

 

MUSIC SCENE: Close to home is fine for Kevin Connolly - Folk rocker Kevin Connolly, who is a Marshfield native, plays the Poetry Readers and Songwriters Coffeehouse in the G.A.R. Hall, at 157 Old Main St. “That old hall has some history for me too, since I used to walk by it on the way to school every day, ” Connolly said. By Jay N. Miller.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x2072233225/Music-Scene-Close-to-home-is-fine-for-Kevin-Connolly

- With photo

 

NEW SPIN ON HOLIDAY MUSIC: Holly Cole aims to make Santa sexy -- To Canadian jazz chanteuse Holly Cole, Christmas and holiday music should be as fun, wry, exciting and fresh as it is traditional and cozy.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x2072233200/Holly-Cole-aims-to-make-Santa-sexy

 

AT THE MOVIES: A links collection of this week’s movie content.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x2072233313/At-the-movies-with-GateHouse

 

PORT OF CALL PROFILE: Nicolas Cage, Warner Herzog are partners in crime -- It took two very different, but equally eccentric talents to put together “Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans”­ a sort of contemporary take (not a remake) of the 1992 Abel Ferrara film “Bad Lieutenant,” which starred Harvey Keitel. But often overwrought actor Nicolas Cage and loopy director Werner Herzog (“Fitzcarraldo,” “Grizzly Man”) found some common ground. By Ed Symkus.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x1945279933/Nicolas-Cage-Warner-Herzog-are-partners-in-crime

 

UP IN THE AIR PROFILE: Jason Reitman gets real in casting people who’ve lost jobs -- To find some truth in performances for Reitman’s newest, “Up in the Air”­ the story of a man who fires people for a living but doesn’t have much of a life of his own ­ Reitman chose some solid actors: George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick. But the film¹s best performances belong to its non-actors. By Ed Symkus.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x1682951424/Jason-Reitman-gets-real-in-casting-people-who-ve-lost-jobs

 

MOVIE REVIEWS:

- Clooney dazzles in an uplifting comedy:
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x1945279928/Movie-review-Clooney-dazzles-in-an-uplifting-comedy

- 'Everybody's Fine' should feel better:
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x1945279960/Movie-review-Everybody-s-Fine-should-feel-better

- 'Defamation' director has lost his way:
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x1792923992/Movie-review-Defamation-director-has-lost-his-way

- Just say no to these 'Brothers':
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/dvds_cds/x1792923963/Movie-review-Just-say-no-to-these-Brothers

 

 

SPORTS

 

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL NATION: Bowden belongs in coaching pantheon – Weekly column by Eric Avidon leads with item on the retiring Bowden.

http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/sports/college/x441566731/College-Football-Nation-Bowden-belongs-in-coaching-pantheon

 

 

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Business: http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts_business

 

Entertainment: http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts_entertainment