New England budget 9.25.09
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New England budget 9.25.09
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Live blogging: Follow APME Newstrain's training session in Oklahoma.
Good idea: Readers at festival 'make' the front page.
WebCube Moments of the Week.
APME St. Louis: A few free registrations still available.
PINK EDITION: We have started posting general content for the special “pink editions” on breast cancer. New links will be added as content comes in.
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HOOKED ON PORN: The Patriot Ledger’s three-day special series about Internet porn addiction, Hooked on Porn, is available on the News Service. You can find an explainer about the series, the series budget and more at:
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POT: ‘No hiding that smell’: Police find 75 pot plants in Scituate house - A Cohasset man running a sophisticated marijuana grow house from a Scituate home had $15,000 worth of equipment, but police say he couldn’t mask the smell. When police arrived at 12 Pondview Ave. Extension Tuesday to investigate a tip, the odor of marijuana hit them before they reached the door. By Kaitlin Keane.
MARRIAGE FRAUD: Fired Brockton cop set to plead guilty Oct. 1 in marriage fraud case - The fired Brockton police sergeant accused of marriage fraud is set to plead guilty in federal court next month. Lon L. Elliott, 47, of Abington, is set to change his plea Oct. 1 in U.S. District Court during a hearing before Judge Joseph L. Tauro. By Maureen Boyle.
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STUDENT SUING: Trial for student who broke her wrist at school fundraiser in 2003 set to begin - A student who fell and broke her wrist at a school fundraiser in 2003 is suing Brockton, claiming officials should have told her to wear more protective gear. By Maureen Boyle.
KILLER: Family: Man who killed Clinton woman was 'a monster' - Trapped in a cycle of domestic violence, Giselle Rodriguez tried many times to escape the abusive relationship with the "monster" who eventually killed her, family members said. By Kathy Uek.
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CRUISE AND DIAZ: Quiet on the ste: In Bridgewater, no one would have guessed Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz were in town - It was clear that something was happening in town on Thursday, but it was quiet enough that no one would have guessed that Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz were in town to film a scene for their new movie with the working title “Wichita.” By Theresa Knapp Enos.
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CHARTER SCHOOL: Politics enters equation for Gloucester charter school approval - The revelation that state Secretary of Education Paul Reville urged for approval of the Gloucester Community Arts Charter School for political reasons, rather than the merits of the proposal, has thrown yet another wrench into plans for a charter school in Gloucester. By Pamela Campbell.
GATES: Cambridge police review board votes to launch own investigation into Gates arrest - Members of the city’s Police Review and Advisory Board on Thursday night voted to launch their own investigation of three complaints that were filed in response to the controversial arrest of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. But without the official leadership of the civilian group — having been without an executive director for more than nine months — board members say their work could reach a roadblock. By Jillian Fennimore.
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ABINGTON TROUBLES: Abington’s deficit grows to $1.1 million - The town has fallen into an even deeper financial hole of $1.1 million, and selectmen want to know what caused the deficit. By Allan Stein.
PHOTO GALLERY: Our favorite photos of the week, Sept. 17-23. By North Shore.
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COMING SUNDAY: The weekend Ledger business content will move Sunday on the News Service.
BIG DONATION: Local businessman and wife donate $7 million to Stonehill College in Easton - The college in Easton dedicated its new science center Thursday night, naming the building for longtime benefactors Tom and Mary Shields, who surprised the college with the largest donation in its 61-year history. Tom Shields, a Weymouth native and chairman and chief executive officer of the Quincy-based Shields Health Care Group, and his wife, Mary, a Brockton native, have been involved at Stonehill since the 1980s. By Vicki-Ann Downing.
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NEWSPAPER: Daily News Transcript becomes weekly - The Daily News Transcript is being transformed into a new Dedham weekly newspaper and a beefed-up Norwood weekly in a move that its parent company, GateHouse Media, said will allow it to produce deeper, more focused coverage of those towns. By Edward B. Colby.
RADIO STATION: Cape radio station chain files for bankruptcy - Hyannis-based Cape Cod Broadcasting has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. By The Register.
ORGANIC CRANBERRIES: Carver farmer switches to organic cranberry crop - Carver farmer Dom Fernandes has been growing cranberries by traditional methods for many years. But he recently decided to change it up a bit and delve into the niche market of organic fruits. By Bobbi Sistrunk.
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GRANLUND CARTOON: Iran's nuclear program.
EDITORIAL: A disappointing Senate appointment - With all due respect to Gov. Deval Patrick's choice to fill the seat left vacant by Sen. Edward M. Kennedy's death, consider us underwhelmed. By MetroWest.
EDITORIAL: Cleaning up the mess at ACORN - The hidden video trick pulled off by conservative activists have made ACORN a YouTube sensation, but the loose standards of a few low-level forms processors aren't the worst of it. There are unholy scents rising from all corners of the national nonprofit organization. Which of those smells come from within the organization and which, if any, have been planted by those with a competing political agenda remains to be seen. But the need to ventilate the ACORN offices is clear.
PHILIP MADDOCKS: Senators pretty sure amended health care bill will cover senator’s cat.
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ALBRIGHT: Madeleine Albright to speak in Winchester as part of book tour - Madeleine Albright, secretary of state to President Clinton, will speak on her experience as the first woman to occupy this post – and how she envisions the future. By Margaret Smith.
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JOHN ADAMS: The changing faith of a Founding Father: Prof to lecture on John Adams - Devoutly religious all his life, John Adams became a confirmed Unitarian. On Sunday, Curry College professor John Hill will lecture on Adam’s religious journey and how it influenced his politics. By Lane Lambert.
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MUSIC SCENE: Will Hoge back from brush with death - Rocker Will Hoge takes the stage at Harpers Ferry tonight, his first national tour since the accident that nearly killed him last summer. Hoge fractured his ribs, sternum, femur, kneecap, and shoulder blades, and received more than 100 stitches. Several surgeries were required and he couldn’t play guitar for months. By Jay N. Miller.
CHILDREN’S MUSEUM: Exhibit teaches kids how to conserve energy while another explores a vanishing seacoast culture - Still in diapers, Julian Flores got an early lesson in "green" potty training at the Boston Children's Museum. By Chris Bergeron.
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THEATER REVIEW: 'Boeing-Boeing' charms without achieving full altitude - Many of us have tight schedules to be sure, but few of us have ones that are quite as tight or dangerous as Bernard's in the Hovey Players' production of the French farce "Boeing-Boeing" by Marc Camoletti. By David Brooks Andrews.
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BRUBECK: Jazz quartet offers Brubeck tribute at Regent Theatre in Arlington - The Eric Mintel Jazz Quartet will honor jazz pioneer Dave Brubeck with an evening of Brubeck favorites on Oct. 1. By Margaret Smith.
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PHYSICIAN FOCUS: Don't let back pain get you down -- Taking proper care of your back isn't something most people learn in school or even at an annual checkup. Yet low back pain affects approximately four out of five Americans and is the leading reason for missed work, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.
DR. MURRAY FEINGOLD: The call in the middle of the night -- As a general rule, phone calls in the middle of the night are not good for your mental health. The chances that such a phone call bodes good tidings is unlikely.
DR. JEFF HERSH: Something fishy is good for you -- What are the health benefits of fish oil, and how much fish do I need to eat to get them? Is tuna packed in oil better for you than tuna packed in water because of the extra fish oil?
DARIN ST. GEORGE: Tips for planning ahead -- I know that it is a worn-out cliche, but "If you fail to plan you plan to fail" can't be passed over as nonsensical blather.
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COLLEGE FOOTBALL NATION: Weekly college football column. Leads with item on Miami, Michigan, Washington and others showing strength they haven’t displayed in quite some time. By Eric Avidon.
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