New England budget 10.26.09

New England budget 10.26.09


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- Chris Biondi, 508-626-4343,

- Jean Hodges, 630-956-8834,

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H1N1: Change in swine flu strategy calls for keeping schools open - For a brief period last spring, the state was advising school districts and day care centers to close temporarily if a single student had a confirmed case of swine flu or had been exposed to a family member with a confirmed case. But those guidelines were quickly eased. The emphasis now is on keeping schools open and sick people at home. By The Enterprise.


GATOR: Alligator found near Fall River mall - Several motorists made calls to The Herald News on Sunday afternoon reporting witnessing what they believed was an alligator walking on the grass beside the highway near the intersection of Route 24 and Interstate 195 — a section that abuts South Watuppa Pond. By Jay Pateakos.


ROCKY STATUE: Rocky Marciano statue gets standing eight count due to bad economy - Two years after the World Boxing Council decided to put a statue of hometown boxing champ Rocky Marciano in Brockton, construction of the 24-foot bronze figure remains on hold because of the struggling economy. By Jim Fenton.

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BEETLE-MANIA: Homeowners try to defend against colorful insect invaders - Any time she wants to enter or exit her home lately, Michelle Daley faces a nuisance that has struck homes across the region — beetles. Daley and many other residents in the East have noticed the multicolored Asian lady beetle reappearing with a vengeance this year. By Emily Groves.

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NIPMUCS: Natick Nipmucs commemorate ancestors at Deer Island ceremony - Calling it a tragedy that must be remembered, members of the Natick Nipmuc and other local tribes gathered Friday at Deer Island, a place many of their ancestors endured concentration camp conditions during King Philip's War. By Krista Perry.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Images from around Cape Cod. By Wicked Local Cape Cod.


PINK STORIES: Links to breast cancer content.




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MAKING CENTS: Life insurance policies need close review - For decades, life insurance has been viewed as a buy-and-hold asset. It is seen as something you buy to protect a certain need, whether it's income replacement, estate planning or for business purposes. But in recent years, treating life insurance as a separate asset class - just like stocks, bonds, cash and real estate - has come into vogue among financial professionals. By John P. Napolitano.

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CHECKOUT LANE: Popularity of craft beers comes to a head - Drew Brosseau, president of Mayflower Brewing Co. in Plymouth, says craft beers, which are usually made at local breweries, offer drinkers bolder tastes than the brands hawked by the major brewers. “No doubt there’s been a big movement in the direction of local beers,” he says. By Brent Lang.

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FINE PRINT: Buyers beware - unofficial Web sites can mark up tickets - The Boston Opera House reopened in 2004, and it still doesn't have the rights to But many ticket buyers think they're visiting the venue's official Web site when they go to that address. By The Patriot Ledger.


MASS. MARKET: Sagamore Bridge project frustrates Cape businesses - Cape Cod business owners knew it would be a rough tourism season, with the recession and an unusually rainy June keeping more people at home than normal. By Jon Chesto.


GUY SALON: Norwell's Black Tie Barbershop one of top guys' salons in the U.S. - Located on Accord Park Drive in Norwell, the place is like a boys club of the 1950s, with the amenities of a modern spa, including a full product and service line with expert haircuts, shaves, waxes, massages, facials and hand and foot grooming. The spa and barbershop has received some national attention. The business was recently named one of Men’s Health magazine’s 30 “Favorite Guys’ Salons” throughout the United States. By Dana Forsythe.


MOVIE STUDIO: Plymouth Rock Studios groundbreaking in sight - Work on movie studio access road could begin in early February. By Emily Wilcox.

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CASINO: Legislature ready to roll the dice on casino? - With Milford apparently in competition to host a Massachusetts casino, officials say they'll be watching closely as the gambling debate heats up this week on Beacon Hill. By Danielle Ameden.





O’MAHONEY CARTOON: On pilots who overshot airport by 150 miles.


CONROY CARTOON: Race to beat the H1N1 pandemic.


GRANLUND CARTOON: The federal stimulus and jobs.


JEFF ADAIR: Suburbia was never immune to danger - Maybe it's me, but I listen to a lot of talk radio, read a lot of newspapers and when there's one of those big stories out there, I gobble up as much information I can. The stuff people say. The things mentioned in articles, like: "the bucolic neighborhood in which he lived was quiet." So what! Come on, nut jobs live everywhere. Insanity has no respect of ZIP code.

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EDITORIAL: Editorial: The problem with 'too big to fail' - They were "too big to fail," so their friends in Washington bailed them out. It's easy to see why. After the feds let Lehman Brothers fail in September 2008, the Dow plunged more than 500 points. A lot of people can get crushed when giants are allowed to fall. By MetroWest Daily News.


RICK HOLMES: The Bay State health reform model - Universal health care got an important endorsement last week from the people who see it up close. In a survey of more than 2,100 Massachusetts physicians, 70 percent said they support the state's 3-year-old health care reform law.

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EDITORIAL: Pike rescue - Massachusetts finally dodged a bullet last week that had been headed toward the Mass. Turnpike for months. The threat came in the form of complicated financial instruments known as "swaptions," taken out in 2001, when the Mass. Turnpike Authority was desperate for money to finish the Big Dig and Wall Street deal-makers were taking bets that interest rates would stay low and markets would keep growing. By MetroWest Daily News.


LORETTA LAROCHE: Bring back human phone operators - I wonder where all the old-fashioned telephone operators are. Have they gone to some distant planet where an evolved species has recognized the unbelievable power of “real” human connection?

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SOUND OFF: Shape-shifting sounds -- You asked for a random mix of music? OK, so maybe you didn’t, but I’m going to give it to you anyhow. Here we’ve got a new take on house music, an electronic group known more for their remixes of top indie artists, and currently one of the biggest power-pop bands in the world.


MARILEE DRISCOLL: Don't forget seniors during holiday season - Do you have elderly neighbors, relatives or friends who live alone? They may be nervous about trick-or-treaters (especially the tricksters) and appreciate an offer to help them greet and give out candy. If they are bed-bound or living somewhere (like a 55-plus community) that doesn’t get trick-or-treaters, fill your car and import some to make their day. It’s all too easy for the elderly to feel totally disconnected and isolated, and their feelings of loneliness can be toughest during holidays.

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DEAR MICHAEL: Oh brother, what a mother -- I have been married for five years, and my husband and I just had our first child. His parents have always been deeply religious, especially his mother, but she has always tried not to impose her beliefs upon me, as I am of a different faith. The problem is when I had my daughter, she started to make plans to have her baptized Catholic.





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