New England budget 12.24.09
New England budget 12.24.09
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FLICKS: ‘Chipmunks’ could upset ‘Avatar’ at the box office - “Avatar” is No. 1 at the box office, but it feels to Flicks as if this is by default. Few movies hold on to the top spot for very long. Even “New Moon” lost steam after about two weeks. It’s very likely this week will bring on another shift, with the reborn Robert Downey Jr.’s take on “Sherlock Holmes,” and the very intriguing “It’s Complicated,” which stars Alec Baldwin, Meryl Streep and Steve Martin. That’s a ton of star power for a movie that, with lesser talent, would be cookie-cutter-old-people-sex hijinks disaster. By John Meo.
COLIN FIRTH: Colin Firth could be the darling of this awards season - Firth shows a whole different side of his acting chops in “A Single Man,” which opens Dec. 25. By Ed Symkus.
AMANDA PALMER: Amanda Palmer joins The Pops on New Year's Eve - Her resume may include posing as a statue, but Amanda Palmer is not one for standing still. By Margaret Smith.
2009 ARTS 1: Year in review: Local arts - there's no place like home - You don't have to drive to Boston for great art or exciting artists. Here's a sampling of local events in 2009 that inspired viewers. By Chris Bergeron.
2009 ARTS 2: Year in review: Art scene needs a transfusion of inspiration for 2010 - During a year with a new president, faltering economy and global unrest, it's not surprising the most memorable arts events looked back into a more glorious past or dwelled on pop culture that mostly ignored real world complexities. Here are our picks for the top visual arts exhibits of 2009. By Chris Bergeron.
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CHRISTMAS TRADITION: Two Massachusetts couples have exchanged the same Christmas card for 38 years - For two couples — whose friendship has endured nearly five decades — they have a twist on the Christmas card tradition. Martha and Bob Hurtig and Eleanor and Nick Waterman have been exchanging the same Christmas card for 38 years. By Nancy White.
WINTER CLASSIC: Melrose native Andy Brickley counts down to the Winter Classic - Andy Brickley is ready to ring in the New Year at Fenway Park. By Christopher Hurley.
FRANK MULLIGAN: A Christmas tale worth repeating - The twinkly-eyed old man was surrounded by pajama-clad moppets seated on the floor around him. It was Christmas Eve and it was story time. The children looked up at the twinkly-eyed old man, who sat in a comfortable rocker. Their tiny faces were aglow with anticipation. “This story happened on a Christmas Eve way back in the olden times,” the twinkly-eyed old man began in a resonant voice. “Back in 1997.”
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GRANLUND CARTOON: Health care reform celebration.
GRANLUND CARTOON: Santa busted by Border Patrol.
EDITORIAL: Kennedy's final victory - None of the deaths in the year now ending touched the nation like that of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, who lost his long battle with brain cancer in August. Kennedy's death was especially poignant because his health care work was not done. By MetroWest.
LLOYD GARVER: My wish list for 2010 - 2010 is the most important year for the world since 2009. Below is a list of how I would like things to be in this very important year:
PHILIP MADDOCKS: Tiger Woods’ image says it is being unfairly punished for the real Tiger’s transgressions
REEBOK: Reebok benefits from Winter Classic - The NHL’s Winter Classic is coming to Boston next week, and fans are stocking up on Reebok-manufactured apparel that commemorates the event. By Steve Adams.
PRS: Plymouth Rock Studios lays off employees, considers office move - Plymouth Rock Studios Holdings LLC laid off nine employees three weeks ago. The company laid off six employees over the summer. Today, the PRS is looking into smaller office space for its remaining 14 employees, whose energies are concentrated on securing financing for the $404 million project. By Emily Wilcox.
RADAR: New radar computer shows what’s underground; tracks cemetery usage in Harwich - When Robbin Kelley, the Harwich Cemetery administrator, first came up with the idea of buying a ground-penetrating radar to survey the cemeteries in town, many people said it was too expensive. The $20,000 piece of computer equipment, wheeled around in a device that looks somewhat like a baby stroller, uses radar waves to peer up to 10 feet underground and display images of what lies beneath the surface. By Jamie Balliett.
NOAH: Governor visits NOAH shelter - Gov. Deval Patrick stopped for coffee and a chat with clients at the NOAH shelter in Hyannis Monday afternoon. By Jen Ouellette.
RELIGIOUS PROTESTOR: Appeals court upholds conviction of religious protestor - An appeals court on Wednesday upheld the conviction of a religious protestor who claimed his rights were violated when Salem police arrested him for disorderly conduct on Halloween night in 2007. By Lisa Guerriero.
CHRISTMAS SCHEDULE: MBTA announces Christmas schedule - The MBTA has announced its service schedule for the upcoming holiday period.
NEW YEAR’S SCHEDULE: MBTA announces New Year’s schedule - The MBTA announced its service schedule for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL NATION: Rutgers’ season not bad at all – Weekly column by Eric Avidon leads with item on Rutgers.
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