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

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SNEAK PREVIEW: 'How to Train Your Dragon' and other movies opening this week. By Al Alexander of The Patriot Ledger.

FLICKS: Despite cliches, ‘Dragon’ looks worth the trouble -- Flicks is torn this week. Two of my favorite movie things, dragons and John Cusack, are on the horizon, but the films that feature them are tragically flawed. By John Meo of the Norwich Bulletin.


BATTERY-POWERED: Man converts old Geo Metro into electric vehicle -- Dean Holden is determined not to suffer pain at the pump. With oil hovering at $81 a barrel and gas at $2.75, Holden took a broken down 1994 Geo Metro and turned it into a lean, green machine for the 21st century. Originally a 3-cylinder with a 100-pound engine, the Metro is now powered by 11 batteries weighing 900 pounds. By Kathy Uek of The MetroWest Daily News.

PET HEALTH: Make sure you understand instructions on flea/tick treatments for pets -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it has seen a significant increase in similar reports of pets suffering side effects from spot-on pesticides for fleas and ticks. The agency late last week announced plans to step up labeling and testing of such treatments. Reactions can range from mild skin irritation to vomiting, trembling, seizures and even death, the EPA said. By David Riley of The MetroWest Daily News.

RUNNING TO REMEMBER: Falmouth man to run marathon in daughter’s memory -- Three years ago, Michael and Ginny Irving suffered every parent’s worst nightmare when they lost their 6-month-old daughter Lillian Rose to a heart condition. Michael Irving will pay tribute to both Lillian’s memory and the care she received at Children’s Hospital in Boston by running the 114th Boston Marathon on April 19 as part of the Children’s Miles for Miracles Team. By Sarah Murphy of The Falmouth Bulletin.


GREEN THUMBS UP: Prioritize your springtime projects -- Spring officially arrived this past weekend as Mother Nature delivered a perfect prelude to the new growing season. By Suzanne Mahler.


JULIA SPITZ: It's March, spring's mad, so is Biden -- Flipping through the calendar made me realize April 15 is three weeks away, we're down to 10 Idols, and I haven't updated the Spitzionary once this year. How is this possible?


O'MAHONEY CARTOON: Flooding in Quincy (for Friday)

GRANLUND CARTOON: Federal limits on the fishing industry

GRANLUND CARTOON: Wall Street's Easter lesson

GRANLUND CARTOON: God’s Easter egg

EDITORIAL: Child car seats save hundreds of lives -- State police don’t know yet if the car seat of a Brockton infant who was ejected during a car crash on I-95 last week was improperly installed. But the fatal accident has made more people aware of the importance of making sure that car seats are properly secured. From The Enterprise.


GREEN INCENTIVES: Holliston looks to roll out green carpet for business -- A measure under consideration in Holiston would allow energy businesses to set up shop in the town's industrial parks with fewer procedural hurdles. Town Manager Paul LeBeau said the measure is, in part, an effort to meet goals set by the Green Communities Act, signed into law in 2008. By Kendall Hatch of The MetroWest Daily News.

SHIPYARD BUSINESSES: Stores ready to launch at Hingham shipyard -- Retail development at the Hingham shipyard redevelopment is proliferating as six major tenants open for business over the next month. North Carolina-based grocer Fresh Market plans to open a 23,500-square-foot store at The Launch at Hingham Shipyard on April 7. By Steve Adams of The Patriot Ledger.

BJ’S HQ: BJ's confirms move to Westborough -- A representative from BJ's said Wednesday the company will move its headquarters from Natick to the former National Grid campus in Westborough. By Matt Bushery and Scott O'Connell of The MetroWest Daily News.


HEALTH CARE LEGISLATION: State may get $7.7B from health bill -- The state and its residents will receive $7.7 billion in aid and tax credits under national health care reform, according to an analysis by a congressional committee released Wednesday by U.S. Rep. Edward Markey. By Michael Morton of The MetroWest Daily News.

IN SUPPORT OF SCHOOLS: Boston teachers, students, parents protest school budget cuts -- They banged drums and blew horns, but through the cacophony of noise the message was clear — don’t cut funding to Boston public schools. Inside, the school committee was working to approve Superintendent Carol Johnson’s proposed budget of $821.4 million for the 2011 fiscal year — a move that required making nearly $60 million in reductions. By Reginald Zimmerman of Wicked Local West Roxbury/Roslindale.

STUDYING GROUNDWATER: Tufts University professor finds aquifer on campus -- Grant Garven is boring. Well, not anymore — but he was last summer. In 2009, the Tufts University geology professor spent around $20,000 from research funds to drill three boreholes around the Medford-Somerville campus in order to provide students with an on-site laboratory to study groundwater running through the area. By Neil Escobar Coakley of The Medford Transcript.

YOUNG JOURNALISTS: West Bridgewater teens get phone time with U.S. Sen. Scott Brown -- Jacob Manning, Steve Ameno and Emily Miltner, students in the middle-senior high school’s broadcast journalism class, pursued – and snagged – a 10-minute telephone interview with Scott Brown, the new U.S. senator from Massachusetts and a GOP media star. By Sandra L. Churchill of The Enterprise.

ONLINE EDUCATION: Virtual High School offers online classes to students -- Advanced placement physics. Mandarin Chinese language. College-level economics. Through the Virtual High School program, many students take these and other courses their own districts do not offer. By Paula Vogler of The Enterprise.

ON-COURSE BAR: Duxbury golf course operator wants to serve drinks on the green -- Golfers know what the 19th hole is; the managers of North Hill Golf Course are interested in creating the 5 1/2th hole. By Matthew Nadler.

THANKS: East Bridgewater woman pulled from pool meets rescuers -- One day after her car crashed through two fences and into an inground pool in East Bridgewater, Marjorie Ponder thanked the three women who rescued her. By Maria Papadopoulos of The Enterprise.


MIKE FINE: March Madness? More like March Sadness -- This year is so nuts. This is no longer March Madness. It’s March Sadness, and when the tourney resumes tonight, it’ll be tough to even watch. There’s nothing like devouring this tournament when your brackets are alive and kicking. It’s all spinach and liver when you’ve got no shot.

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