New England budget 11.20.09

New England budget 11.20.09


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DOG ATTACKS: State data indicate local dog attacks on the rise - The number of dog bites that resulted in emergency room visits were at their highest locally and statewide last year, the most recent for which data are available. Similarly, there was a 19.7 percent increase statewide in bites that ended up with the victims admitted to the hospital. By Jack Encarnacao.

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AFGHANISTAN DEATH: Final farewell for Plymouth paratrooper who died in Afghanistan - The emotional homecoming of a 21-year-old Plymouth paratrooper who died in Afghanistan early this month culminated Friday morning in a final farewell for Army Sgt. Benjamin Sherman. By John P. Kelly.

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SEX OFFENDERS: Homeless advocates tell state: Keep high level sex offenders out of shelters - Providers say shelters like Father Bill’s Place aren’t proper for Level 3 offenders. And they say the state should take the responsibility to make sure they have housing and support. By The Patriot Ledger.


SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION: Surprise inspection in Brockton finds 52 violations of school vehicles - Some schoolchildren are riding to school in uninspected vans, cars with bald tires and unlicensed drivers behind the wheel, a surprise check by state Registry of Motor Vehicles found Thursday. By Maureen Boyle.

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DNA: DNA technology helps crack a Raynham robbery case - DNA from 2006 holdup in Raynham matches a woman in jail. By Maureen Boyle.

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KITTY RESCUE: Photo gallery: Holliston cat rescued from tree after 5 days - A 4-year-old short hair grey cat named Rocky was rescued just after noon Thursday after spending five days in an 85-foot tall oak tree in Holliston. By Art Illman.


COW BENEFIT: Southborough cows need a hand - Breakneck Hill Cow Fund organizer and caretaker Laurie Bourdon says the "chips are down" for the town's beloved herd of belted Galloway cows, affably referred to by locals as the "oreo cows" or "belties." Saturday night, residents have the opportunity to go all-in for the bovine beauties when the Woodville Rod and Gun Club hosts a charity Texas Hold 'Em poker tournament on behalf of the fund. By Evan Lips.

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FIREARM FEES: Lower firearm license fees sought - Hunters and outdoor enthusiasts brought their support for lower firearm licensing fees to the State House yesterday, arguing that cutting the $100 fee in half would promote land preservation, help get kids outdoors through hunting trips and help maintain a balanced ecosystem. By Jen Judson.


LOTTERY AGENTS: WCVB investigation: 219 Lottery agents delinquent on payments - More than 200 former Massachusetts Lottery agents, including eight in MetroWest and the Milford area, owe $2.8 million in proceeds from past ticket sales, a WCVB-TV investigation has found. The 219 agents owe anywhere from $1,100 to $69,000. Thirty-five owe more than $25,000 each. By David Riley.


GREEN LINE: Demands made at Somerville hearing for more comprehensive environmental plan for Green Line extension - While people were happy to see information available and the chance for public comment, most said the long-awaited Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Assessment presented is inadequate and will not serve as a complete environmental plan for the $1 billion extension project. By Auditi Guha.

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SMOKING HYPNOSIS: Smokers' opinions split after free hypnosis session at Bristol Community College - Debby Skerry came away a believer. Linda Pinchbeck was a little more skeptical. The ladies were part of a crowd of approximately 50 people who attended the group hypnosis session for smokers trying to quit at Bristol Community College on Wednesday. By Derek Vital.


LIVING HISTORY: Residents bring Fall River's history alive through treasured artifacts, stories - They were passing around a beer bottle Wednesday night at the meeting of the city’s history club. The bottle was empty and it was historic, bearing the imprint of the long-departed King Philip Brewery on Bay Street in Fall River. By Marc Munroe Dion.




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THANKSGIVING PRICES: Prices for Thanksgiving menu items have dropped - Turkey, stuffing, cranberries, pumpkin pie and the rest of the traditional trimmings for a classic Thanksgiving dinner have dropped four percent in price this year, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation. By Sara Castellanos.


MOHEGAN: Mohegan Sun reports poor fourth quarter, poor fiscal year - By any measure, Mohegan Sun had a poor fourth quarter and an equally poor fiscal year based on results released Friday by the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority. Most indices fell double digits. But company wide, the decreases were lessened by growth at the Pocono Downs casino in Plains, Pa. By Norwich Bulletin.


FORECLOSURES: Bay State foreclosures continue to rise - Massachusetts foreclosures rose 30 percent in October, hitting their third-highest level for any month in 2009. By Steve Adams.





GRANLUND CARTOON: On new mammogram guidelines.


GRANLUND CARTOON: On Obama's Afghanistan decision.


PHILIP MADDOCKS: God confirms he is just doing Lloyd Blankfein’s work - At a rare public appearance in lower Manhattan this week, God offered his strongest support to date for the unparalleled and "blessed" wealth accumulation at Goldman Sachs, reaffirming that He, the Almighty, was "just doing Lloyd Blankfein’s work."

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DEIRDRE REILLY: Screeching to the choir - I recently joined the church choir. I should mention here that I don’t really sing. Oh, sure, I do a pretty good Dolly Parton imitation, and I LOVE singing in my car to everything from Aerosmith to Air Supply, but that is not, as far as I know, the same thing as being a trained singer.

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AT THE MOVIES: Check out our collection of movie content this week, including several “Twilight” items, the Flicks column, Sneak Preview and more.


HANDY MA’AM: This author is a handy ma’am - For years, handywoman Marie Leonard has shown women how to use a power drill, replace a leaky faucet or rewire an electrical outlet. Now she is sharing her knowledge globally with her new book, “Marie’s Home Improvement Guide.” By Peter Costa.

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AUTHORS: Melrose Public Library hosts ‘A Celebration of Authors’ series with sportswriter Steve Buckley - The Melrose Public Library’s “A Celebration of Authors” series will feature Steve Buckley, sportswriter, Sportsradio 850 WEEI commentator and author on Thursday, Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m. By Melrose Free Press.

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RABBI RANDY KAFKA: What is a face? - I love faces. Wherever I am, I love looking at people’s faces. It’s one of my favorite things to do. A face is a message.

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SCHAEFFER SPEECH: Author of 'Patience with God' to give talk tonight - Local author Frank Schaeffer will present his newest book “Patience with God, Faith for People Who Don't Like Religion (or Atheism),” a provocative challenge to atheists and fundamentalists alike, tonight at 7 at Jabberwocky Bookshop, the Tannery, 50 Water St., Newburyport. By Barbara Taormina.

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CHEF FEHMI: Perfect beef stew and pumpkin cheese mousse cake - Every nation boasts of at least one culinary masterpiece. To the French, a beef bourguignon or a coq-au-vin is perhaps the crowning jewel of their cuisine. curried lamb Madras sits at the heart of Indian gastronomy. A goulash is as precious to the Hungarian as a tagine is to the Moroccan.

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EDUCATION HELP: Growth Through Learning helping African girls receive education - Growth Through Learning, a nonprofit organization that sponsors the education of young girls in Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda, started in Worcester in 1996 when an insurance salesman named Roger Whiting and his wife, Jeanne, went on safari. By Neil Escobar Coakley.

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CANCER RESEARCH: Wellesley resident starts group to help pediatric cancer research - Wellesley resident Eliane Markoff co-founded Art in Giving. She has brought about a dozen other artists together to help her raise funds for children with cancer. The goal is to get local companies and individuals to buy a piece of artwork to give as a gift or reward to a client or employee. Half the proceeds go to pediatric cancer research. By Elana Zak.

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL NATION: Weekly column from Eric Avidon leads with item on Michigan failing to gain relevance this year.


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