New England budget 10.28.09
New England budget 10.28.09
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H1N1 AND CHURCH: For H1N1, Boston Archdiocese urges parishes to practice protection as well as prayer - A new directive will change worship for the rest of the flu season. Communion will be celebrated with wafers and no wine, and there won’t be any hugs or handshakes for the customary Sign of Peace. By Lane Lambert.
H1N1 SCHOOL: Cardinal Spellman High School reports first case of H1N1 flu - Cardinal Spellman High School is joining the list of schools hit with the H1N1 virus. There has been one confirmed case of the flu at the school. Raynham and Taunton schools have already had a number of suspected or confirmed cases. By Maureen Boyle.
SCUBA DEATH: Husband found guilty of killing Former Thayer Academy principal while scuba diving - The husband of a former Thayer Academy administrator has been found guilty of murdering her a decade ago while they were scuba diving in the waters off Tortola in the British Virgin Islands. Prosecutors said David Swain killed Shelley Tyre to pursue another woman. Experts testified that he tore off her mask from behind and shut off her air supply near a shipwreck. By The Patriot Ledger.
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SHOCK THERAPY: Rotenberg Center’s controversial shock therapy on hot seat at State House hearing - Parents, teachers, lawyers and advocates testified for hours Tuesday at a public hearing over whether controversial shock therapy treatments should be banned at the Judge Rotenberg Center in Canton. By Sara Brown.
MOLOTOV COCKTAIL: Somerville alderman candidate: I didn't throw Molotov cocktail - After decades of stories that say he did it, Jim Campano now says he didn’t. The candidate for Ward 6 Alderman now denies throwing a Molotov cocktail at a crane that was taking down buildings in Boston’s West End in 1958. By Meghann Ackerman.
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WIC PROGRAM: Changes make WIC clients eligible for grains, fruit and veggies - For the first time since the WIC program started 34 years ago, participants will be able buy fruits, vegetables and bread. By Linda Murphy.
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DOG DEATH SENTENCE: Death sentence for Hingham dog that bit two; owners appeal - An English mastiff that has long been a fixture at the Hingham Square Gallery has been sentenced to death by the Hingham selectmen. By The Patriot Ledger.
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WIND ENERGY: Wind energy plan begins to take shape in Harwich - Selectmen heard details Monday about the proposed renewable energy project that would site two wind turbines on town-owned land in North Harwich. By Jamie Balliett.
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FORECLOSED HOMES: Boston Redevelopment Authority to buy foreclosed houses from Bank of America - Through the Boston Redevelopment Authority, the city of Boston is going to be purchasing foreclosed homes from the Bank of America with existing tenants in place. By David Ertischek.
CASINO: Spilka says she's ready for casino talk - State Sen. Karen Spilka told selectmen last night that she is keeping an open mind about casinos. Even so, she said she'll only support proposals taking into account impacts on neighboring towns, and she alluded to a possible revenue-sharing formula. By Michael Morton.
APPLES: Plenty of apples hanging around - While a wet spring and mild summer meant most growers saw trees brimming with fruit, the pattern of rainy weekends has hurt some of the pick-your-own businesses. Alex Dowse of Dowse Orchards in Sherborn extended his pick-your-own apple season by two weeks (until Oct. 25) just to try get as much of the fruit off the trees as possible. He normally would shut down picking after Columbus Day weekend, but said the cool weather had some fruit ripening a little behind schedule and the bad weather thinned crowds on weekends. By Rob Haneisen.
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MALL FORECLOSURE FOLO: Despite foreclosure, 'business is good' at Westgate Mall in Brockton - Sales at the Westgate Mall are fairly strong and are not the reason behind its foreclosure, the mall’s general manager said Tuesday. The mall is slated to be auctioned Nov. 18 after it was recently foreclosed by Bank of America. By Kyle Alspach.
HOSPITAL EXPANSION: South Shore Hospital seeking to expand - South Shore Hospital is seeking to expand the Emerson Building, adding two stories and 60 private beds to the facility. By Allison Manning.
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O'MAHONEY CARTOON: On swine flu and Michael Jackson.
GRANLUND CARTOON: Dick Cheney says Obama 'dithering' when it comes to Afghanistan
EDITORIAL: The spotlight is on Kerry - John Kerry would probably bristle at the notion that he is just now stepping out of the shadow of Ted Kennedy. But whether or not Kennedy's passing in August had anything to do with it, Kerry has recently been emerging as a figure of consequence in Washington. By MetroWest Daily News.
EDITORIAL: Casino proposal raises issues - The overtures of a casino operator to Milford officials last week put Beacon Hill's ongoing debate over expanded gambling in more urgent focus. Resort casinos have been proposed for Middleboro, Palmer, and East Boston, but this is the first time a casino developer has come to MetroWest with a location and a plan. By MetroWest Daily News.
PETER CHIANCA: Things to do on Twitter when you’re dead -- The latest Twitter development should really push the service to the next level. Just in time for Halloween, a U.K. psychic is mounting the first-ever Twitter séance, which she’s referring to as a “Tweance.”
FRANK MULLIGAN: Time to play beat the clock -- The driver looked at the car’s clock for the fifth time in 10 minutes. It read 1:18. The driver knew it took 20 minutes to get from where he was at that very moment to the highway exit. It then took an additional 20 minutes to get from that exit to the appointment site. These were precise times, based on experience. NASA couldn’t time a space shuttle flight any more accurately.
SEXY COSTUMES FOR KIDS: Trend of sexy Halloween costumes for young girls are downright frightening, say moms - In ads for Halloween costumes, a coven of corseted witches gives their best come-hither stare. Sexy swashbucklers pose provocatively alongside frisky French maids and vampire vixens. While racy Halloween costumes are nothing new, these costumes are for young girls, and many of them are available starting in 4T. By Kate M. Jackson.
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THE BEER NUT: Suprenant's Berry Farm is brewing up jellies and jams - Bruce Surprenant does not like beer. But he loves jams and jellies that are made with craft beers. By Norman Miller.
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HOLLYWOOD EAST: Melrose’s Hollywood streak continues with Tom Cruise, Affleck’s return and WGBH's arrival - Ben Affleck came to Melrose last week. This week, it’s Tom Cruise. And the week after, Affleck returns and WGBH arrives to film a documentary. Who’s next? By The Melrose Free Press.
MOTHER'S GARDEN: Recovering from blight -- I read that 50 percent of people in this country grow food crops at home. It may be just an herb or two, or a whole variety of fruits and vegetables harvested over a many months. As one who has been growing edibles for over 30 years, I can tell stories about failures and successes of all kinds. But one old reliable has always been the tomatoes. Until this year, that is.
CANCER HELP: Ellie Fund helps with stress, money while patients battle breast cancer -- Anne Meisner of Natick was 28 and had just given birth to her second son when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in January 2007. And despite having her medical costs mostly covered, she still needed help. Meisner found the Ellie Fund, which provides day-to-day support to women battling breast cancer.
CANCER RESEARCH: Scientists hope mouse research leads to new anti-cancer therapies -- Can an experiment with rodents lead to the end of breast cancer as we know it? Recent collaborative work between Cambridge, Mass., research institutes has lead to a discovery of a method of screening for chemicals that selectively kills breast cancer stem cells in culture and in mice, a breakthrough that may directly or indirectly lead to new anti-cancer therapies.
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