New England budget 8.20.09
New England budget 8.20.09
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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DRUGGED DRIVING: Drugged-driving arrests skyrocket statewide - Police are on track to make more arrests for driving under the influence of drugs this year in Massachusetts than in any year in at least the past decade. And according to a 2008 federal government survey, Massachusetts ranked third – behind only the District of Columbia and Rhode Island – in having the highest rate in the nation of driving while impaired by drugs. By John P. Kelly, Ledger.
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ADDICTS: The hidden cost of drug addiction — the price of goods at the stores - Drug addicts are shoplifting in Raynham to get cash to pay for their habits. By Maureen Boyle, Enterprise.
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OIL HAWK: Hawk found last month drenched in oil-like substance ready to fly again - After weeks of caring for two red-tailed hawks who were found drenched in an oil-like substance, wildlife expert Marcy Jeppe plans to release one of the birds this Saturday. By Sandra L. Churchill, Enterprise.
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FOOT FETISH: Attention, shoppers: Beware of the foot-licker - Cambridge, Mass., Police are on the lookout for a middle-aged foot-licker with a penchant for accosting high-heeled shoppers outside a Whole Foods. By Erin Smith.
HURRICANE BILL: MEMA says Hurricane Bill could strike Massachusetts on Sunday - Hurricane Bill has already become a dangerous Category 4 storm over the Atlantic ocean, and it remains a question if and when it will hit the Bay State. Although as of now there is only a 5 percent chance of the storm striking, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency believes residents living near the harbor should begin to follow the weather forecast very closely. By Tony Catinella, Ledger.
TRANSPLANT LADY: Woman dies 21 years after heart-lung transplant that gave her a taste for beer - Claire Sylvia, who was the first person in New England to undergo a heart-lung transplant, has died at age 69, 21 years after the operation. Her story received worldwide attention after she claimed that she inherited characteristics of the young man whose organs she received, including a taste for beer. By Dennis Tatz, Ledger.
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GATES: Gates arrest panel chairman: Cambridge committee to produce 'something tangible' - Chuck Wexler knows a bit about bettering police departments. As executive director of the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) — or what he calls the Washington, D.C.-based police think tank — Wexler has worked around the globe with policing projects seeking ways to deliver services more efficiently to different communities. Wexler can now add Cambridge to that list. By Jillian Fennimore, Cambridge.
GREEN CARD: Holliston woman's green card request denied because of ex-lawyer's conduct - After waiting eight years, JosianeCardoso finally got word that immigration officials are rejecting her green card application, saying they believe they found fraudulent documents in a significant number of cases handled by her attorney. By David Riley, MetroWest.
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PHOTO GALLERY: Tracking the nation's fastest Chihuahua - Chihuahua Tiffany gets a little help with directions by owner Amber Ryan after getting lost on the racetrack during Petco’s fifth Annual National Chihuahua Races on Aug. 15 at the Mansfield, Mass., Petco. It was one of seven regional races set across the country in the quest to determine the nation’s fastest Chihuahua. The championship race will be held Aug. 29 in New York City, and the champion will win a trophy, a $300 Petco gift card and a year’s supply of Royal Canin Chihuahua food.
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VIDEO GAMES: Marlborough hosts gaming convention this weekend - Gamers, limber up those thumbs for a non-stop 72-hour video game convention starting Friday at the Best Western Royal Plaza in Marlborough. By Chris Bergeron, MetroWest.
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BOSE AND BECK: Bose drawn into flap over Glenn Beck's 'racist Obama' comment - Bose Corp. has found itself involved in a mudslinging public relations flap that has liberal and conservative activists at loggerheads over statements of conservative Fox News talk show host Glenn Beck. By Dan McDonald, MetroWest.
CASINO: Could Middleboro casino plans move ahead without the tribe? - They may not be funding the Mashpee Wampanoags any longer, but the investors behind a proposed $1 billion casino are still making payments to the town. By Kyle Alspach, Enterprise.
O’MAHONEY CARTOON: On Barney Frank's health-care forum.
GRANLUND CARTOON: On President Obama’s vacation.
GRANLUND CARTOON: Symptoms of the health care debate.
EDITORIAL: Identity protection plan leaves taxpayers exposed - Massachusetts is to be commended for enacting regulations designed to better protect residents from identity theft, but its failure to apply the same standards to municipal governments is dangerous and unfair. The Patriot Ledger.
LLOYD GARVER: The government wants to dine with you - I recently learned there is a proposed provision in the health care bill called The Affordable Health Choices Act. This has to do with insisting that restaurants put on their menus caloric and other nutritional information about the food they serve. Why haven't I seen crazed people (some with their precious legal guns), screaming their opposition to the government telling them what to eat?
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RAMADAN REVEALED: Muslims prepare to celebrate Islam's holiest month - As the Muslim population in the U.S. has grown, the Islamic holy month of Ramadan has become a fixture on the nation’s religious calendar. But most non-Muslims remain unfamiliar with Ramadan’s meaning and practices. Here's a primer. By Lane Lambert, Ledger.
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BLACK CROWES: Black Crowes flying again – finally - The once-chart-topping southern blues and folk-rockers almost hung it up for good earlier this decade, only to reunite and push through a series of sometimes-frustrating lineup changes to get to where they are now, which is making some of their best music ever. By Chad Berndtson, Ledger.
BASTERDS REVIEW: Tarantino goes to war with 'Inglourious Basterds' - The Good, The Bad and The Nazi. That could be the subtitle for Quentin Tarantino's latest foray into sweet and tender filmmaking, "Inglourious Basterds." By Bob Tremblay.
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SNEAK PEAK: 'Inglourious Basterds' and other movies opening this week. By Al Alexander.
FLICKS: It’s open season on Nazis in ‘Inglourious Basterds’ – The wideworldinterwebnets tells me Quentin Tarantino’s new movie, “Inglourious Basterds,” is a remake of a cornball movie of the same - well, similar - name, in 1978, or 1977, depending which version you’re talking about.
BEER NUT: Redhook has quantity and quality - Breweries are sometimes overlooked for various reasons the quality may not be up to snuff, or the beer is a little too hard to get. For Redhook, neither of those are an issue. By Norman Miller.
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SEALS: Seals are the stars at New England Aquarium's marine mammal center - Some kisses are not forgotten. Like the kiss Mary Lagrotteria, 15, of Scituate, received from an 80-pound fur seal, who touched her nose gently to the teenager’s cheek. “It was all wet and slimy,” said Lagrotteria, a student at Notre Dame Academy in Hingham. “But it was cute.”
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DARK DUET: Dreamchild to hold CD release party at Arlington's Regent Theatre - The Allston-based duo of Frank Gerace and Cheryl Warner are bringing their melancholy music and theatrical visual shows – complete with a dash of Lizzie Borden and Lady MacBeth – to the Regent Theatre to celebrate the release of their double CD, “Sleeping Flowers, Severed, Scream of Slaughter.” By Margaret Smith.
FUNKY ART: Eclectic art brings park-goers together in Worcester - Exotic art transformed Stonehenge and Easter Island into places of mystery and magic. Add Elm Park in Worcester to that list of wondrous landscapes. By Chris Bergeron, MetroWest.
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GREEN THUMBS UP: Star performing shrubs in the late-summer landscape -- While some plants may be languishing due to the damp, dreary weather during June and July, others have positively flourished with Mother Nature’s delivery of abundant moisture. Have the members of the hibiscus and hydrangea family ever been more beautiful?
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