New England budget 1.26.10

New England budget 1.26.10

 


Here are the top New England regional stories coming today from GateHouse News Service. Stories are available at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com.


 


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BEST OF GATEHOUSE: Contest submissions are due Feb. 1.


Contest details: http://www.ghnewsroom.com/article/seeking-entries-best-gatehouse-2009-editorial-contest


Contest FAQ: http://ghnewsroom.com/article/faq-answers-five-best-gatehouse-contest-questions


 


READER CALLOUT: Ask readers what the state of their union is.


http://ghnewsroom.com/article/reader-callout-ask-readers-what-state-their-union


 


RECREATION: Recreational content — like this package from Suburban Life — engages new sports audience.


http://ghnewsroom.com/article/recreational-content-package-suburban-life-engages-new-sports-audience


 


READER CALLOUT ADS: Ask for readers’ love stories this Valentine’s Day.


http://ghnewsroom.com/article/reader-callout-seek-readers-valentines-day-love-stories


 


 


A&E


 


YOUTUBE STAR: YouTube business booming for Brockton's Venetian Princess - Jodie-Amy Rivera’s one-woman show as the “Venetian Princess” earns her about 11 million YouTube views per month. The Brockton native is the site’s No. 1 most-subscribed female since surpassing teen star Miley Cyrus in 2008. By Amanda Reed.


http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x231957294/YouTube-business-booming-for-Brocktons-Venetian-Princess


- Note: This story is also on the budget under Business


 


LOCAL MOVIE STAR: Scituate mom gets big part in major motion picture - In about the time it takes to become a mother, Erica McDermott went from her Scituate stage debut in a comedy about motherhood to a major role in a movie alongside stars Amy Adams, Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale. By Jody Feinberg.


http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x190614457/Scituate-mom-gets-big-part-in-major-motion-picture


 


MEL GIBSON: Mel Gibson returns to acting in new action flick - There have been a couple of cameos in recent years, but Gibson hasn’t starred in a film since “Signs” in 2002. “It was just time to act again,” he said. “If the tarnish is on it and the glow goes off it, you walk away for a while, and when it’s time to come back, you come back.” By Ed Symkus.


http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x1643198871/Mel-Gibson-returns-to-acting-in-new-action-flick


 


 


LIFESTYLES


 


ICE SKATING: Skate back to the 1830s at Old Sturbridge Village - Visitors to Old Sturbridge Village can now relive the simple -- and safe -- joys of ice skating outdoors in a picturesque 19th-century setting. By Chris Bergeron.


http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x349735195/Skate-back-to-the-1830s-at-Old-Sturbridge-Village


 


 


LIFESTYLES: TRAVEL


 


SMUGGLERS’ NOTCH: Travel: Family-friendly fun at Smugglers' Notch - Smugglers' Notch resort in Vermont offers skiing on three mountains and lots of other fun activities on and off the snow for all ages and abilities. By Nancy Olesin.


http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x1090819380/Travel-Family-friendly-fun-at-Smugglers-Notch


 


 


LIFESTYLES: COLUMNS


 


DIANNE MCDONALD: True friends are worth keeping -- Women really need female friends. There is something truly innate that leads women to gravitate to other women for friendships.


http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x1090821119/Dianne-McDonald-True-friends-are-worth-keeping


 


DR. MURRAY FEINGOLD: Statistics tell an interesting medical tale – The latest vital statistics, which are for the year 2007, were recently released and they reveal some interesting findings. There was a 2 percent increase from the previous year in the percentage of babies born by Caesarean delivery. Overall, 32 percent of all babies were delivered by C-section. This is certainly a growing trend.


http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/health/x231957191/Dr-Murray-Feingold-Statistics-tell-an-interesting-medical-tale


 


DARIN ST. GEORGE: Where's your head at? -- What is fitness, anyway? "Run like someone's chasing you, lift like something fell on you and eat like someone else," I repeatedly say. There must be some element that makes it more difficult than that, though, or everyone would be buff and I would work for NASA (my fall-back career choice). Oh, right: It is people's emotional and intellectual capabilities that ultimately lead to success.


http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/health/x349735254/Darin-St-George-Wheres-your-head-at


 


SENIOR SAVVY: Working with a geriatric professional -- Can you explain the role of a geriatric care manager and when I need to hire one? My mother is 90 years old and she is forgetful but managing at home. What services can a geriatric care manager provide to me?


http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x1920339894/Senior-Savvy-Working-with-a-geriatric-professional


 


 


OPINIONS: TOONS, EDITORIALS & NEWS COLUMNS


 


GRANLUND CARTOON: No texting for truckers.


http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/cartoons/x1920339814/Granlund-cartoon-No-texting-for-truckers


 


EDITORIAL: Challenging the power of the speaker - House insurgents are moving beyond the legal fees spent on the Sal DiMasi case to a broader critique of the system. "When all power is put in the hands of one person, it corrupts that process and opens the door to abuse," eight members wrote in a letter to their colleagues last week. "A Speaker now determines everything in the Massachusetts House." By MetroWest Daily News.


http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x562882140/Editorial-Challenging-the-power-of-the-speaker


 


 


BUSINESS


 


SOCCER SHOP CHARITY: WeGotSoccer teams up with Making Strides Against Breast Cancer - Michael O’Connor, president of Foxborough-based WeGotSoccer, has found the solution that works for his business. After experiencing rapid growth, moving from a small facility in Raynham to a 70,000-square-foot building on Rte. 1 last year, and balancing the books during a rocky economic cycle, O’Connor’s company, which sells soccer equipment and apparel, has devised a winning game plan. It will focus its philanthropy solely on one charity, Weston-based Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. By Alison O’Leary Murray.


http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1090820963/WeGotSoccer-teams-up-with-Making-Strides-Against-Breast-Cancer


 


DOG TRACK: Raynham to explore development possibilities near dog track - A study is being commissioned to evaluate what kind of industrial, retail or office development the market would best support for the 215-acre area if the rail line connecting Boston to Fall River and New Bedford is built, and what development would be most appropriate if the train does not come through. By Erik Potter.


http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x562881919/Raynham-to-explore-development-possibilities-near-dog-track


 


YOUTUBE STAR: YouTube business booming for Brockton's Venetian Princess - Jodie-Amy Rivera’s one-woman show as the “Venetian Princess” earns her about 11 million YouTube views per month. The Brockton native is the site’s No. 1 most-subscribed female since surpassing teen star Miley Cyrus in 2008. By Amanda Reed.


http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x231957294/YouTube-business-booming-for-Brocktons-Venetian-Princess


- Note: This story is also on the budget under A&E


 


FINE PRINT: Make sure roof is snowstorm-ready after warm weather - With warmer temperatures expected to interrupt the typical chilly January weather, this is as good a time as any to make sure your building's roof is ready for the next big snowstorm. By The Patriot Ledger.


http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business/x867962447/Fine-Print-Make-sure-roof-is-snowstorm-ready-after-warm-weather


 


MAKING CENTS: Choosing a beneficiary is crucial - Selecting a beneficiary for many people is a once-in-a-lifetime decision - and that's exactly where the trouble starts. By John P. Napolitano.


http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business/x190612673/Making-Cents-Choosing-a-beneficiary-is-crucial


 


CHECKOUT LANE: Don’t let broken computer break your spirit - Sometimes people think that a repair can cost more than to actually replace the computer but often it is actually something simple to fix that is wrong with it. By Lana Lagomarsini.


http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business/x231954105/Checkout-Lane-Don-t-let-broken-computer-break-your-spirit


- Localize it: Talk to a computer expert in your town to get quotes, info.


 


MASS. MARKET: Unions’ efforts fell short in U.S. Senate race - All the unions’ letters, signs and phone calls couldn’t overcome the GOP’s national political machine and a frustrated electorate. By Jon Chesto.


http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x190612669/Mass-Market-Unions-efforts-fell-short-in-U-S-Senate-race


 


 


NEWS


 


DELAHUNT: Republicans line up to challenge Delahunt - Republicans have painted a bull’s-eye on U.S. Rep. William Delahunt. At least five people are considering a run for the 10th Congressional District seat he has held since 1997. By Nancy Reardon.


http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x231956980/Republicans-line-up-to-challenge-Delahunt


 


PENSION: Lucrative perk remains for those fired from state jobs - Although Gov. Deval Patrick and legislative leaders call a pension reform bill passed last year a major step toward restoring public trust in government, they left in place a questionable pension perk that has allowed hundreds of public employees who are fired or whose positions are eliminated to begin collecting lucrative state "termination pensions'' while still in their 40s and early 50s. By Michael Jonas.


http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1920339752/Lucrative-perk-remains-for-those-fired-from-state-jobs


 


STUDENT BMI: State requires schools to measure students’ body mass index - A regulation adopted by the state Public Health Council in April requires schools to calculate the body mass index, or BMI, of students in grades 1, 4, 7 and 10 and report the numbers to parents and the state. By Kaitlin Keane.


http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x562881978/State-requires-schools-to-measure-students-body-mass-index


 


HAITI LINKS PACKAGE: Massachusetts stories of the disaster in Haiti are linked to here. Several items were added today, and we’ll keep updating as stories come in.


http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1560339596/Haiti-earthquake-coverage


 


 


SPORTS


 


RANDY JUIUS OUTDOORS COLUMN: It's a great season for ice fishing - Ice fishermen haven’t been complaining about the cold weather, and neither are bait-and-tackle shop owners, who say business has been great.


http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x231957381/Randy-Julius-Its-a-great-season-for-ice-fishing


 


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Entertainment: http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts_entertainment