Here are the top New England regional stories coming today from GateHouse News Service. Stories are available at

Here are the top New England regional stories coming today from GateHouse News Service. Stories are available at Please submit stories below no later than 6 p.m. local time, unless you have breaking news that is changing significantly. Questions?

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130 CARS HIT IN BB GUN SPREE - Four people were arrested early Sunday after they allegedly went on a drive-by shooting spree with pellet guns, causing thousands of dollars in damages to parked motor vehicles throughout the city, police said.
Herald News, Moss, 15 inches, on wire now
With photos

GOVERNOR’S FRESHMAN YEAR MARKED BY MISSTEPS, TENSE RELATIONS WITH LEGISLATURE - The coming of Deval Patrick was the big story on Beacon Hill in 2007, beginning with a first-ever outdoor gubernatorial inauguration on Jan. 4 reflecting a new governor’s journey from outsider candidate to a 21-point winner on Election Day.
Ledger, Benner, 18 inches, on wire now

STATELINE: LAWMAKERS DEFEND VOTING RECORDS - When it comes to attendance on Beacon Hill, lawmakers across the state aren't making the grade, but say their less-than-perfect 2007 records are anomalies amid years of exceptional attendance. Includes Brockton and Quincy reps.
MetroWest, Pareitti, 18 inches, on wire now

$500,000 DEADBEAT DAD - Deadbeat dad from Hopkinton, whose ex-wife lives in Upton, arraigned in Milford District Court, after being deported from Canada. State says he owes almost $500K in back child support, penalties and interest.
Milford, Crocetti, 15 inches, 6 p.m.
With photo

SOUTH SHORE FLORIST HELPS DESIGN FLOATS FOR ROSE BOWL PARADE - When revelers count down the minutes tonight to usher in the new year, Susan Hands will be sound asleep.
Ledger, Keane, 15 inches, on wire now
With photo

HIKERS PLEASED HORSE PATROLS TO RESUME IN BLUE HILLS’ - The state Department of Conservation and Recreation will station a three-horse unit year-round at the Blue Hills headquarters in late spring, thanks to a $100,000 budget rider.
Ledger, Scheible, 15 inches, on wire now


HOLIDAY DEBT - Tis the season for holiday debt. December is when everyone is out buying gifts. January is when everyone pays for them. A look at some of the statistics. We also check in with local debt counseling services to see what they are dealing with this year.
Norwich, 15 inches, 6 p.m.

SOUTHEASTERN MASS. LOCAL GOVERNMENT STUCK IN 1950, ACCORDING TO NEW REPORT - Southeastern Massachusetts needs to change its transportation planning process, reform the property tax system and adopt land-use techniques that preserve open space if it wants to be “competitive and sustainable” over the next 50 to 100 years, the Southeastern Regional Planning and Economic Development District says in a new report.
Herald News, Welker, 15 inches, on wire now

PUSH TO MAKE MASSACHUSETTS A LEADER IN NEW FUELS - Could Massachusetts become the nation's 21st century version of Texas when it comes to energy production?
MetroWest, Howard, 25 inches, on wire now

EMERGENCY SERVICE - A Maine ambulance distributor and servicer  opens up shop on Route 18 in Whitman.
Ledger, Bauer, 14 inches, 6 p.m.
With photos


Ledger, on wire now

EDITORIAL: Perfect in New England – A look at the sports scene.
MetroWest, 6 p.m.


A PRO SPORTS BUDGET will be e-mailed this afternoon


SNACK MAN FINDS SUCCESS IS IN THE BAG - If it’s a snack, Jeremy Selwyn has probably munched on it. The 37-year-old Linnaean Street resident, a self-described snack expert, is the guy behind, a Consumer Reports-like Internet guide to every snack known to man.
CNC, Harris, 30 inches,
With video, photo and list sidebar