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PHOTO: COOL RECEPTION FOR ROAST BEEF THE PENGUIN - New England Aquarium volunteer Marcia Handlin lifts up Roast Beef the penguin so the children can see his webbed feet at Digital Federal Credit Union in Marlborough. As part of DCU's "Take Your Child to Work Day," Roast Beef kept the children busy with an hourlong visit.
MetroWest, Jung, on wire now



THE BOY NEXT DOOR: ALLEGATIONS STUN  PHILIP MARKOFF’S QUINCY NEIGHBORS - They knew him as the good-looking blond who gave off a frat-boy vibe and had a promising future. He was the guy with the wide smile who they’d met over drinking games, the med student who showed up at holiday parties with his beautiful fiancée on his arm. Now people are calling 23-year-old Philip Markoff the “Craigslist killer.”
Ledger, Mann, on wire now
With photos

REPORTS: VICTIMS' UNDERWEAR, HANDGUN FOUND IN ACCUSED KILLER'S QUINCY APARTMENT - Authorities say they found evidence linking a 23-year-old medical student to the recent killing of one woman and robbery of another at Boston hotels when they searched his Quincy apartment.
Ledger, Sears, on wire now

CRAIGSLIST: FROM TAME BEGINNINGS TO A TOOL FOR CRIME - Craigslist’s rapid global expansion over the past decade has created a highly trafficked marketplace for prostitutes, con artists and criminals trolling for future victims.
Ledger, Kelly, on wire now
With art

REASONABLE RENTS MAKE QUINCY A MAGNET FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS - The legions of students who commute to Boston say that, for all its charms, one factor above all draws them to the City of Presidents, far from their campus: money.
Ledger, Markman, on wire now


BRAZILIAN IMMIGRANT WANTS TO RECRUIT OTHERS FOR NATIONAL GUARD - It took Spc. Odilon Rodrigues, a Brazilian-born immigrant with a green card, 11 months to become a U.S. citizen after he joined the National Guard. Had he stayed out of the military, he would have had to wait five years.
MetroWest, Mineo, on wire now
With photo

EX-MIDDLESEX COUNTY OFFICIAL BUONOMO BACK IN COURT FOR STEALING CAMPAIGN FUNDS - A disgraced former politician who was caught on camera stealing thousands of dollars from Middlesex County copy machines pleaded not guilty Wednesday morning after investigators uncovered his latest scheme to steal campaign funds.
Cambridge Chronicle/TAB, Smith, on wire now
With photo

MAKING SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES REAL FOR TEENAGERS - At Quincy High School, students learn about the realities of chlamydia, syphilis, gonorrhea and other sexually transmitted diseases, or STDs. The visual presentation is shocking but very effective, the teenagers say.
Ledger, Scheible, on wire now
With photos

PRAISE AND PROTEST FOR IRAQ SURGE ARCHITECT GEN. PETRAEUS AT HARVARD - Gen. David Petraeus came to Harvard Tuesday to reveal “the big ideas behind the surge” in Iraq and discuss how a U.S. mission in Afghanistan will be different.
CNC, Hassett, on wire now

'THE COMPANY MEN' BRINGS HOLLYWOOD TO MARBLEHEAD - What would it be like to have Hollywood descend upon your house? Just ask the McCarthy family, who recently welcomed a film crew into their Crowninshield Road residence for a daylong shoot for “The Company Men.”
CNC, Gamer, on wire now
With photos

41ST WALK FOR HUNGER IN BOSTON IS MAY 3 - Project Bread hopes to raise $4.3 million for food pantries, meal programs in a year of increased demand for its services.
Ledger, Feinberg, on wire now
With photos

WALTHAM WOMAN FINALIST IN 'DANCING WITH THE STARS' COSTUME CONTEST - As a former professional dancer, Skye Gladstone said she can be a pretty tough critic when watching the performances on the hit television show "Dancing with the Stars." "I sit here and pull them apart," she said. "I'm worse than the judges." Gladstone, 66, may get a chance to offer up some of those critiques live. That's because the Waltham resident is one of five finalists in the show's "Macy's Design a Dance" contest.
Daily News Tribune, Conn, on wire now
With photos


MASSACHUSETTS BUSINESS IN BRIEF - NStar customers to see electric bills drop this summer; Haemonetics acquires Canadian company; AG pursues Cape time-share case; Walpole movers land a hybrid moving truck; Fort Point property gets three new tenants.
Ledger, on wire now

AD SALES PLUNGE AT THE BOSTON GLOBE - Revenues at The Boston Globe and the Telegram & Gazette of Worcester plummeted by more than 21 percent in the first three months of this year, driven largely by a 32 percent decline in ad sales.
Ledger, Chesto, on wire now

BROCKTON-BASED HARBORONE CREDIT UNION PLANS MERGER WITH ATTLEBORO CREDIT UNION - HarborOne Credit Union is looking to merge with The NationsHeritage Federal Credit Union, taking over three of its branches — two in Attleboro and one in Mansfield.
Enterprise, Papadopoulos, on wire now


Ledger, on wire now

JOE BURNS: COMMON GROUND MAKES COMMON SENSE - Gun control is a hot button issue, and last week’s column, pushed some buttons.
CNC, on wire now

BRUCE COULTER: STUDIES LINK PARKINSON’S, VIETNAM VETS - California Democrat Robert Filner, chairman of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, filed legislation last month that if passed, would finally force the Department of Veterans Affairs to recognize a link between exposure of Agent Orange and Vietnam veterans with Parkinson’s disease (PD).
CNC, on wire now

FRANK MULLIGAN: ONE BOY’S TRASH, ANOTHER BOY'S TREASURE - Fred showed his father the cool bill and suggested that now that he was a millionaire plans to enter sixth grade in the fall could be postponed. His father explained the note was worthless, so worthless in fact that German housewives had once burned them for fuel.
CNC, on wire now

EDITORIAL: A NATIONAL CALL TO SERVICE - It wasn't planned this way, but a deep recession may be the best time to launch the largest expansion of voluntary service opportunities since Franklin D. Roosevelt's administration.
MetroWest, on wire now

EDITORIAL: WHERE THE TORTURE MEMOS LEAD - Those who opine about the "torture memos" released last week by the Justice Department ought to at least take a look at the real thing, which are easily available online. Reading them shows the level of detail Justice Department lawyers were giving to agents in the field, as in this description:
MetroWest Daily News, on wire now





GETAWAY: TAKE A SPRINGTIME WALK ON THE WILD SIDE ON CAPE COD - Just thinking about heading to Cape Cod in summer, your mind eases, neck muscles loosen and pulse slows. But the reality is you can't have the Cape to yourself that time of year - there's the Sagamore Bridge traffic to contend with, not to mention other folks on the Cape Cod National Seashore beaches (and why do the loud ones always seem to be wearing Yankees hats?).
Springtime is fortunately another matter.

TRAVEL FINDS: UTAH'S RED MOUNTAIN SPA OFFERS SOUL-SEARCHING FOR THOSE IN CAREER "PAUSE" - If you get a pink slip, heading to a spa in Southwestern Utah's Mojave Desert may not be everyone's first thought. But Cindy Clemens, a life coach at the Red Mountain Spa in St. George, Utah, said it's a pretty good path to get on. And not just because of the soothing massages.


BOSS AND BAND COVER A LOT OF GROUND IN BOSTON - Springsteen opened  with “Badlands,” still potent and thrilling, followed closely by a visceral strut through “Adam Raised a Cain.” Just when fans may have expected The Boss would be doing that album in sequence, clouds of smoke announced the beginning of “Outlaw Pete” from his latest CD.
Ledger, Miller, on wire now
With photos

THE BEER NUT: PIKE BREWING COMPANY CONTINUES TO IMPROVE OUR OPTIONS - Charles Finkel, founder of the Pike Brewing Company, is responsible for bringing dozens of European beers to the U.S. when the only choices beer drinkers had here were mass-produced, light lagers.
MetroWest, Miller, on wire now
With art

PILGRIM FESTIVAL CHORUS’ CELEBRATES 10TH ANNIVERSARY - As part of its 10th anniversary celebration, The Pilgrim Festival Chorus will perform Cherubini’s “Requiem” at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, May 2, and at 3 p.m., Sunday, May 3, at The Church of the Pilgrimage in Plymouth’s historic Town Square.
OCM, Wilcox, on wire now
With photo