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

Here are the top New England regional stories coming today from GateHouse News Service. Stories are available at gatehousenewsservice.com. Please submit stories below no later than 6 p.m. local time, unless you have breaking news that is changing significantly. Questions?

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News

FAITH AN ANCHOR IN THE STORM  - As Lent begins and the recession deepens, Catholic and Protestant churches are responding with donations, words of hope and Easter dinners for the needy.
Ledger, Lambert, on wire now
With photos

MASHPEE WAMPANOAGS LABEL SUPREME COURT DECISION ‘INSULTING’ - The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe is calling Tuesday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision insulting. “What little we have … including our dignity … they are trying to strip that away, too. It’s unacceptable,” said Aaron Tobey, vice chairman of the Mashpee Tribal Council.
Enterprise, Alwell, on wire now

BENTLEY PROFESSORS DISSECT FEDERAL BAILOUTS - Scott Latham, assistant management professor at Bentley University, said it's going to be a "long slog" before the end of the current economic slide. Latham and three other professors dissected the global financial mess during a panel discussion held at the university Tuesday.
Daily News Tribune, Conn, on wire now
With photo

VETERAN EARNS HIS STRIPES ... AGAIN - After 64 years, Anthony Scarsciotti has his sergeant's stripes back. Scarsciotti, 85, who served as a high-speed radio operator in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II, was demoted to private in 1945 after his captain learned he had revealed their unit's location to his father, Joseph, a Navy man. Using a code name, Scarsciotti told his father that he was stationed on the island of Sansapore, making possible a wonderful, if brief, reunion.
Daily News Transcript, Colby, on wire now
With photo

Business

HOME PRICES PLUMMET, SALES SHOW IMPROVEMENT - Bargain-hunters boosted sales activity south of Boston in January as single-family prices fell to their lowest levels since 2002.
Ledger, Adams, on wire now

SEMINAR TO SHOW HOUSE CLEANERS GREENER OPTIONS - Brazilian workers often clean five to six houses a day, and many suffer from skin and eye irritations, respiratory problems, allergies and migraines resulting from exposure to cleaning products containing toxic chemicals.
MetroWest, Mineo, on wire now

Opinions

JOE BURNS: CONQUERING COWARDICE - Let’s hear it for the New York Post. No sooner had U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder taken Americans to task for failing to talk about race when the Post published a political cartoon with racial overtones that had everyone talking.
CNC, on wire now

EDITORIAL: TAIL SHOULD NOT WAG THE DOG AT MSPCA - Local communities are left with the impression that fat cats are taking precedence over stray cats and the MSPCA needs to show them that’s not true.
Ledger, on wire now

EDITORIAL: MAKING BAD TOLLS WORSE - It's not surprising that the Mass. Turnpike Board voted yesterday to raise tolls effective the end of next month, and again in July. Gov. Deval Patrick appointed all but one of the members, and he wants the toll hikes hanging over the Legislature as an incentive to enact his transportation reform legislation, including a 19-cent hike in the gas tax. If the gas tax hike is approved, the toll increases would go away.
MetroWest, on wire now

Sports

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Lifestyles

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GETAWAY / IN NEW ENGLAND FOR MARCH 4 PUBLICATION

GETAWAY: SKIING PEAK TO PEAK - We're standing at the top of Deer Valley Resort in Utah, at an elevation of 9,400 feet. For two skiers from Boston, that's a little closer to heaven. But heaven isn't just above us, it's also before us: A couple inches of famously dry powder - the good stuff - born over the deserts to the west, now laying before us like the puffy white clouds of a child's painting.

IN NEW ENGLAND: WINTER WEEKEND ON THE VINEYARD - Chilly as Martha's Vineyard may appear at first glance in winter, you can have yourself a perfectly lovely weekend of scenic landscapes, art and French cuisine.

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THE BEER NUT: A MAN WHO POURS HIMSELF INTO TRAVEL - He lives the life almost any beer lover would want to lead. John "Woody" Chandler has traveled to every state, and most of the Canadian provinces, drinking beer.
MetroWest, on wire now

VIDEO: 'UKE' IS JUST WHAT THIS FOUNDING MEMBER OF THE CARS NEEDED - When musician Greg Hawkes’ wife, Elaine, gave him a ukulele for Valentine’s Day eight years ago, it was the beginning of something that might be called destiny. Hawkes is now a virtuoso on the toy-like string instrument. From the modern fluke ukulele to its “brother,” the flea, Hawkes plays the entire range, sopranino to baritone.
CNC, Cruz, on wire now
With video and photos

PLYMOUTH COMMUNITY THEATRE HOPES SPONSORS CAN SAVE SHAKESPEARE - It seems people either love Shakespeare or don’t get Shakespeare. And now Plymouth Community Theatre is planning its second Shakespeare on the Rock production for this summer. But there’s a catch.
CNC, Smith, on wire now

MAHJONG AND BEYOND: PEM EXHIBIT UNLOCKS THE SECRETS OF MODERN-DAY CHINA - The great Chinese philosopher, Confucius, is said to have created the original game of Mahjong. Similar to Rummy, newly drawn tiles, rather than cards, are arranged and rearranged into pairs, melds and runs with an existing hand to create a winning combination.
CNC, Phelan, on wire now
With photos

THEATER REVIEW: ‘BLACKBIRD’ EVOKES CONFLICTING EMOTIONS - A haunting tale about a confrontation between a couple years after their illicit affair will resonate long after you leave the theater.
Ledger, Fanger, on wire now
With photos