New England budget 1.22.10


New England budget 1.22.10


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- Chris Biondi, 508-626-4343,

- Jean Hodges, 630-956-8834,

- Michael Toeset, 630-835-8870,





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DAVID ARKIN: A look back at Week 1 of News Cube meetings.


WEB CUBE: Web Cube moments of the week.


KIDZBUZZ ON HAITI: GateHouse News Service offers a page targeted at children to help them understand the Haiti earthquake.


POLL QUESTION IDEA: Will there be national fallout from Republican Scott Brown winning the U.S. Senate race in Massachusetts?


NASCAR PREVIEW SECTION: Find our NASCAR 2010 Preview Section on GateHouse News Service, along with a flier and promo ad.





AT THE MOVIES: Check out our collection of links to this week’s movie content.


DIAL M FOR MURDER: Death livens up the party at Quannapowitt Playhouse in Reading - What is it about a murder mystery, that’s so suspenseful, and yet so reassuring? It probably helps if the murder mystery is set in the 1950s, when people seemed so much tidier even if they were caught in the acting of picking off another human being. So it is with the classic thriller, “Dial ‘M’ for Murder,” presented as a radio drama by the Quannapowitt Players of Reading. By Margaret Smith.




NORMAN MAILER: Memoir offers insight into Norman Mailer's final years - When Dwayne Raymond signed on to help Norman Mailer in 2003, he never dreamed it would become a life-altering experience. Certainly he never planned to parlay his exquisite journey into a memoir that touches the heart and offers a brilliant glimpse into the great author’s life and family. But he has. By Melora B. North.


FOOD RULES: Book review: Michael Pollan gives us 64 ways to eat healthy - Nutrition, writes the talented journalist Michael Pollan, is a science in its infancy. Nutrition science is where surgery was in the 1650s. But what we do know, he says in his brief eater’s manual “Food Rules,” is quite enough to make Americans healthy. By Rae Francoeur.


REPORTER TO NOVELIST: Former Milford reporter turns to fiction writing - Stacy Juba, a Blackstone wife and mother of two young daughters and former Milford Daily News reporter, has dug into her past to create fictional alter egos in her mystery novels. By Chris Bergeron.





BATS: Expert to discuss local decline of bats at NSRWA lecture in Norwell - A deadly fungus has depleted the bat population in Massachusetts and throughout the Northeast.Dr. Tom French has been studying the reasons behind the sudden decline of bats in the United States over the past few years. By Gabrielle Boyle.


CHEF FEHMI: Take stock of a culinary treasure -- Behind every great sauce there is a stock. Stocks, unlike broths, are made from bones, meat scraps, aromatics (carrots, celery and onions), water and spices. They simmer for some time in order to dissolve the collagen (glue-like substance found in muscles, bones and connective tissue) and extract all of their flavors and nutrients. The final strained liquid is gelatinous, flavorful and worthy to be called the first pillar of gastronomy.





O'MAHONEY CARTOON: On a Massachusetts Republican in Washington. (For Saturday)


GRANLUND CARTOON: Slow aid to Haiti.


GRANLUND CARTOON: On the victims of Wall Street.


GRANLUND CARTOON: Supreme Court and corporate campaign spending.


PHILIP MADDOCKS: With its attacks on rivals exhausted, Tea Party turns its anger on itself.





UNEMPLOYMENT: State’s jobless rate rises to 9.4 percent - The state’s unemployment rate reversed course in December, rising to its highest point since the 1970s as the state’s employers collectively cut an estimated 8,400 jobs. By Jon Chesto.


VACATION SCAM: Cape Cod vacation scam victims get money back - Most of the victims of an Internet scam last summer involving multiple vacation home rental swindles on Cape Cod have gotten their money back, according to the Miami State Attorney’s Office. By Pru Sowers.


GYM MEMBERSHIPS: Joining a gym? Make sure to read the fine print - Ed Siegal was surprised when a $25 “enhancement fee” from Gold’s Gym was deducted from his bank account in early January. He had canceled his membership to the gym in November. Or so he thought. By Bridget MacDonald.

- Localize it: Talk to gyms in your town about their policies.





STATE OF THE COMMONWEALTH: Patrick vows to put people to work - In his State of the Commonwealth address Thursday night, Gov. Deval Patrick said he wants to tackle unemployment, lower property taxes and cut health care costs, but provided few details on how he would accomplish those goals in the year ahead. By Nancy Reardon.


STATE OF THE COMMONWEALTH 2: Patrick praises Brockton students in State of the Commonwealth - Imagine visiting the State House for the first time and finding you and your friends are featured in a State of the Commonwealth speech by Gov. Deval Patrick. That’s just what happened to Fabieny DePina on Thursday night. By Stephanie Bergman.


GATES COP: Cop in Gates incident won’t speak at police academy graduation - State officials have overruled an invitation by police academy cadets to have Cambridge Sgt. James Crowley speak at their graduation in the spring. Crowley arrested Henry Louis Gates Jr. at the Harvard professor’s home in July, setting off a debate over race relations. By The Patriot Ledger.


PHOTO GALLERY: Our favorite photos of the week, Jan. 14-20 - North Shore Sunday presents the best images from Wicked Local North of Boston photographers for the week of Jan. 14-20.


SCOTT BROWN ELECTED: We’re collecting content related to Scott Brown’s victory and will update the links package as new items come in. Several items have been added today.


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





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