New England budget 11.24.09

New England budget 11.24.09


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The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has recommended that regular mammograms start at age 50 instead of 40. Will this affect your health choices?

- No way. I'm getting regular mammograms in my 40s, no matter what they say.

- Yes, I have no problem putting it off.

- Maybe, depending on what my own doctor says.

- Maybe, depending on what my insurance will cover.

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YOUTUBE THREATS: YouTube rappers charged with threatening police, New Bedford probation officer - Two men who police say are members of a local rap group were arrested after appearing in a profanity-laced YouTube video threatening a state police officer and a New Bedford District Court probation officer. The video contains images of crime scenes, guns, police officers and police cars. By Grant Welker.


COP DEATH: Elderly driver who killed cop sentenced to 1 year house arrest - Ronald E.Gale, who will turn 80 next week, changed his plea in Norfolk Superior Court to guilty Monday, and was sentenced by Judge Janet L. Sanders to a year of house arrest and 15 years probation, with no possibility of ever driving again. By Allison Manning.

- With photos


DRUNKEN DRIVING: Device intended to keep drunken drivers off roads - Hingham police show how interlock safety devices installed in vehicles prevent drunken drivers from starting their cars. By Dennis Tatz.


BIG MONEY: Raynham man scores $100,000 in TV poker tournament - Brian Barboza, who won $100,000 on “Million Dollar Poker Challenge” that aired on Fox 25 on Sunday, will now be going to Los Angeles in December to take a shot at another $100,000 and possibly a $1 million pot. By Sharon Holliday.


DAY IN THE LIFE: Spending a shift with the Wareham Police Department -- Wareham Courier reporter Ruth Thompson was invited by the Wareham Police Department to ride along with police officers on the 4 p.m. to midnight shift Saturday, Nov. 15. The purpose was for her to get a firsthand account of what being a police officer in Wareham entails.

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STATE SENATE SEAT: Stoneham attorney to run for state Senate seat -- Michael Day, a Stoneham Democrat who works at a major Boston law firm, said Monday ‹ not long after Republican Sen. Richard Tisei's announcement that he would run for lieutenant governor ‹ that he will be running for state Senate.

- Art: headshot of Day




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HOMES: Home sales increase; median price falls - Sales of single-family homes in Massachusetts shot up by about 17 percent in October when compared to the same month last year, but the median price continued to slide down. By The Herald News.


FUNERAL HOMES: Some local funeral homes violate rules - Several area funeral homes are regretting or disputing the state's charges they violated federal regulations about providing services to the bereaved. By Danielle Ameden.

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SWEET HOUSE: Have $24.5 million? Weston mansion is an abode above all -- Looking to relocate? A nice home just hit the market in Weston. If you long for a quaint, small place to put your feet up, relax and never have to worry about getting lost in your own home, this abode might not fit your style. Those who want their new digs to include a hair salon, private spa, home theater and a waterfall, however, can step to the front of the line.

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FORECLUSURES: Foreclosures may hit hard during holidays in Plymouth County - More Plymouth County families will be facing the threat of foreclosure this holiday season than at any point in the housing crisis so far, according to a review of Registry of Deeds figures. In October, the number of foreclosure notices spiked to the highest level yet, with 317 Plymouth County homeowners receiving the notices. By Kyle Alspach.





O'MAHONEY CARTOON: On holiday travel.


O'MAHONEY CARTOON: On Native Americans, turkeys and Thanksgiving.


GRANLUND CARTOON: On Oprah’s new business venture.


GRANLUND CARTOON: On the real 1621 Thanksgiving menu.


LLOYD GARVER: The Heroes of Health Care - I hate to admit it, but some political strategists are geniuses. They have taken something that has been hated, reviled and scorned by Americans for generations and turned it into an institution that many now believe we must protect, foster and preserve. No, I'm not talking about telemarketers who call during dinner. I'm talking about the medical insurance industry.

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PETER CHIANCA: 22 (more) reasons to be thankful -- Around this time each year I like to take a moment to remind my readers that there are still plenty of reasons to be truly thankful. And if I can say that from my perch here in the newspaper business, you can certainly come up with something.

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CHAZY DOWALIBY: Get over yourself and think about others - The next time you’re playing shopping cart dodge ’ems, pounding the comment keypad, zipping blithely between lanes, or flipping that phone, take a breath and THINK. Think about one other person who might be affected by what you are doing.





TURKEY TAKE-OUT: More families getting Thanksgiving dinner delivered - Restaurants and caterers are finding increasing demand for prepared Thanksgiving meals, as more families outsource their holiday dinner preparation. By Steve Adams.

- With photos

- Localize it: Talk to caterers, other companies in your area to add quotes, etc.


APOCALYPSE: It's the end of the world as we know it: Millions still awaiting doomsday - Like millions of evangelical and Pentecostal American Christians, the Rev. Paul Haynes is watching and waiting for the second coming of Jesus Christ. And like most of them, the retired New Hampshire pastor is resisting the urge to predict the date. By Lane Lambert.

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APOCALYPSE SIDE: End of the world? It’s happened before - There have been plenty of predictions that Armageddon was upcoming. And in movie theaters, fresh panic is setting in, thanks to “2012” – a blockbuster premised on the “fact” that on Dec. 21, 2012, all hell would break loose. By Lane Lambert.


REV. TESS BAUMBERGER: Practicing gratitude - As the holidays approach, what keeps coming to my heart is gratitude – gratitude for all the gifts in my life and in my work. So let me invite you to join me in the spiritual practice of gratitude.

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SUZETEE MARTINEZ STANDRING: Blind jewelry designer sees God clearly - Jewelry designer Susan Michel of New York brings a unique insight into gifts. Her one-of-a-kind castings and jeweled flowers are surprising. What is most unexpected is that she is blind. Yet no one would know.

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PHOTO EXHIBIT: MFA exhibit focuses on photographer Harry Callahan -- In the exhibit, ³Harry Callahan: American Photographer,² contrasting images reveal the artistic, inventive and searching qualities that have made the late photographer Harry Callahan a near-legend among collectors, curators and photographers.


THEATER REVIEW: In ³Civil War Christmas: An American Musical Celebration² at the Huntington¹s B.U. Theatre,  playwright Paula Vogel aims to build the kind of broad tapestry that¹s the stock in trade of Charles Dickens and E. L. Doctorow, but in the end, it may serve as a reminder of why novels are novels and plays are plays.

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HOLIDAY HELP: Electricians donate time to bring holiday lights to Roslindale -- Paul Roche has been happy to use his skills as an electrician to volunteer around Boston, but doing so in his own neighborhood of Roslindale made the experience even more special for him. On Saturday, the 50-year-old was one of more than 15 Local IBEW 103 electricians from Roslindale, South Boston and Dorchester who donated their time to wire 40 streetlights in Roslindale Village.

- Art: 3 photos


TRADITIONS: Holiday traditions continue at Enchanted Village, Edaville Railroad -- Eight-year-old Ben Kaplan was in awe, staring wide-eyed at the decades-old Enchanted Village display. The nostalgic Christmas village ­ which features the same children and animal figures that were on display years ago in Jordan Marsh at Downtown Crossing in Boston ­ is now on display for free through mid-January at Jordan¹s Furniture in Avon.

- Art: photo gallery


TURN OFF THE LIGHTS: Family says 40-acre Christmas display in Millis on hiatus -- Without 40 acres of bright lights, dancing elves, a jolly glowing Santa Claus, and a peaceful nativity scene this year, Millis won't be quite the winter wonderland it has been in recent years.

- Art: file photo





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