New England budget 2.19.10


New England budget 2.19.10


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SHUTTER ISLAND: LOCAL PEOPLE: Locals hope to see themselves on 'Shutter Island' - Several people who worked on the film set of “Shutter Island” are excited to see Martin Scorsese’s new film, which opens today. The film, based on the best-selling novel by Dennis Lehane, is set in a 1954 hospital for the criminally insane and includes flashbacks to a Nazi concentration camp recreated in Taunton. By Maria Papadopoulos.


SHUTTER ISLAND: LOCAL SCENES: Real local flavor on display in 'Shutter Island' - It’s always great when Bostonians get to see Boston on the big screen. The most recent example was Mel Gibson’s “Edge of Darkness,” in which South Station and residential areas of Roslindale, among other familiar locales, were on recognizable display. By Ed Symkus.


MOVIE REVIEW: It's 'Shutter' chaos in Scorsese's noirish thriller -- Insanity reigns, or should I say rains, in “Shutter Island,” Martin Scorsese’s waterlogged ode to the cinematic joys of mental illness. Clearly, he’s crazy about this stuff. And you feel that love in every beautifully rendered shot of his admirably understated tale of bedlam inside an isolated Massachusetts state hospital for the criminally deranged.


AT THE MOVIES: Check out this week’s collection of movie content, including Flicks, Sneak Preview and more.


BOOK NOTES: Family values its 'privileges' in Jonathan Dee's new novel - Jonathan Dee’s new critically acclaimed novel “The Privileges” starts with a wedding, impressive for the deft writing that conveys the controlled chaos, the edgy anxieties, the many tensions springing from family members’ vying needs. By Rae Francoeur.


FOREIGNER: It feels like the first time for Worcester show - Mick Jones still leading the way for classic rockers, with new album and Worcester concert on Tuesday. By Ed Symkus.


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BOSTON BABY: Roslindale resident's new book teaches how to raise a Boston baby - Navigating the streets of Boston with a stroller is no easy feat, and Kim Foley MacKinnon, Roslindale resident, journalist and author, knows this. A self-described “city girl,” MacKinnon raised her 11-year-old daughter, Sadie, in Boston and understands the challenges of finding the right day care, child-friendly parks and activities. By Vivian Ho.


MMA: Cage Fighting Xtreme’s Linda Shields wins top honors - An undoubtedly dominant force in mixed martial arts throughout the region, Cage Fighting Xtreme’s February 20th show “Rumble in the Jungle III” in Plymouth promises to begin the new year exactly where the rising MMA promotion left off in 2009.





REV. TESS BAUMBERGER: Living from our most precious gift - Some say the illness of our times is busyness. You might even call it a false idol. As a society we seem driven to do more and more, over-scheduling ourselves as well as our children. Even retirees keep themselves going all the time. I am no exception to this rule, but during my recent retreat I experienced a breakthrough that I shared with my congregation on Valentine’s Day and would like to share with you now.


TALKING CARS: Random stalls, mechanic calls - I own a 2003 Ford Taurus 3.0 24 valve V/6 engine with 110,000 miles. Randomly, regardless of weather conditions, when the engine is at an idle it will stall. Do you have any ideas? By Junior Damato.


TALKING CARS: Is ‘good enough’ good enough? - I own a 2008 Ford Fusion. The Ford dealer uses an oil blend of part regular oil, part synthetic for oil changes. When I inquired about whether I should go all synthetic (having read your advice), the service manager said I could, but that their blend is “good enough.” By Junior Damato.





GRANLUND CARTOON: China's reaction to Obama's meeting with the Dalai Lama.





DUNKIN EXEC: Former Dunkin’ executive pleads guilty to kickback scheme - A former marketing executive at Dunkin’ Brands Inc. has pleaded guilty to charges that she steered hundreds of thousands of work to an outside contractor in return for a 50 percent kickback. By Jon Chesto.


AUTO INSURERS: Insurers reach agreement with AG’s office to properly report appeals of at-fault rulings - Three major auto insurers have reached agreements with Attorney General Martha Coakley to properly report customers’ successful appeals of at-fault accident rulings to a national database. By Jon Chesto.


SHEET METAL: Nonunion workers sue state board over new sheet metal regulations - Nonunion contractors packed three public hearings to criticize Gov. Deval Patrick’s new rules for sheet metal work. Now, those critics are taking their opposition to a new venue: the courtroom. By Jon Chesto.





AMY BISHOP: MOM: Amy Bishop’s mother went to bat for Braintree police captain at ‘86 town meeting - When a veteran Braintree police captain sought town meeting approval in 1986 to stall his mandatory retirement, Judith Bishop was among town meeting members to support him. By The Patriot Ledger.


AMY BISHOP: DOCTOR: Newton doctor calls for ‘thorough investigation’ into Bishop, shooting - A Children’s Hospital doctor who’d worked with Amy Bishop, the Braintree native accused of killing three colleagues in Alabama, said a “thorough investigation” is needed to assure “no one else (is) victimized by such senseless violence.” By The Patriot Ledger.


AMY BISHOP: 86: DA probes '86 Bishop investigation for ‘elements of criminality’ - Norfolk District Attorney William Keating said his office is probing the botched investigation of the 1986 Amy Bishop shooting to find out if “elements of criminality” were involved. By John P. Kelly.


GUN LAWS: Police, gun owners say state firearm laws are tough enough - A new report lists Massachusetts as having the third most strict gun laws in the nation, behind California and New Jersey. By Laura Krantz.


CROW POISON: Cape Cod National Seashore to poison crows to protect piping plovers - Cape Cod National Seashore plans a pilot program (at Duck Harbor and Bound Brook in Wellfleet) to insert poisoned chicken eggs into fake piping plover nests in a targeted effort to control certain crows that are eating plover eggs. By Rich Eldred.


FISH PROTEST: Fishing activists talk strategy before heading to Washington for Feb. 24 protest - Local officials and concerned members of the fishing community gathered to brainstorm a message to deliver to Washington, D.C., at the “United We Fish” rally. Fishermen and related business leaders from the Gloucester area, New Bedford, Maine and Rhode Island voiced their suggestions and asked questions about the coming protest. By Terry Weber.





MEGHAN IN OLYMPICS: Meghan Duggan of Danvers two games away from gold - Duggan scores once in 6-0 win over Finland; Next up Sweden in a women’s semifinal game Monday for the Danvers product and Team USA hockey. By Ed Klajman.


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