Here are the top New England regional stories coming today from GateHouse News Service. Stories are available at gatehousenewsservice.com.
Here are the top New England regional stories coming today from GateHouse News Service. Stories are available at gatehousenewsservice.com. 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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FISHERS ON THE LOOSE - Residents in Arlington are reporting fisher sightings and close encounters with the weasel-like creature that sometime take to munching on cats. The critters were pretty much absent from the scene a few years ago, but are popping up in Mass in increasing numbers. Animal control officer also notes the coyote problem seems to have quieted down this year.
CNC/Arlington, Bombard, 25 inches, 6 p.m.
OBESITY STUDY - Report based on Framingham Heart Study data says that obese people tend to live among other obese people (could be family, friends, coworkers, etc.), in part because obesity is more socially acceptable in those circles.
MetroWest Daily News, Lord, 15 inches, 6 p.m.
TURNPIKE ASSETS FALL 8 PERCENT - The Turnpike Authority lost nearly $50 million in assets last year because of costs associated with Big Dig debt, employee health care and retirement benefits.
MetroWest Daily News, Parietti, 10 inches, on wire now
FIREWORKS CONTAMINATION - With yet another community (Mendon) facing possible water
pollution from perchlorate (Buckminster Pond in Westwood has this problem), a material in fireworks, are other towns looking at town land, ponds, streams, etc. where annual fireworks displays might have polluted? Northborough raised questions about this, too.
MetroWest Daily News, Breitrose, 15 inches, 6 p.m.
SOLDIER WEDDING DEPOSIT SPAT - For the second time in two months, a function hall in town is being accused of uncharitable treatment of a soldier. Army Pvt. Jose Silva of Brockton was told he can't get his $150 deposit back from the Abington Knights of Columbus after he had to change his wedding date. They changed their mind after we reported on it.
The Enterprise, Kyle, 15 inches, 6 p.m.
SIMPSONS - D'oh! For a generation, Homer Simpson has been a father figure non-paraleil, Bart a cool dude, Lisa a voice of reason and much more. Thousands of Simpson collectors, fans and more are on pins and needles in anticipation of the Friday release of the full-length feature film. Our story explores the unique culture and devotion of Simpsons buffs.
Patriot Ledger, Dembrosky, 25 inches, 6:30 p.m.
With photo, list/box of "Homerisms"
RILEY HEARING - A motion hearing was held for the parents of Rebecca Riley, accused of murdering their child who died of a lethal combination of prescription drugs. During the hearing, the judge threatened Riley's lawyer with contempt for leaking grand jury testimony to the Ledger.
Patriot Ledger, Jette, 12-15 inches, 6:30 p.m.
PARALYZED MAN DIES - Matthew Nagle was paralyzed at a July 4 party six years ago, and became famous after becoming the first person to have a microchip implanted in his brain, in something called Braingate. Though he was taken off his ventilator in 2006, he died Monday after a week-long coma brought on by a blood infection.
Patriot Ledger, Walsh, 18 inches, on wire now
RIP CURRENT RESCUES - Especially severe rip currents have resulted in more than 50 rescues at Horseneck Beach, Westport, Mass., so far this year, on pace to easily exceed last year’s total.
Herald News, Welker, 15 inches, on wire now
LITTLE SISTER READIES FOR WAR - When Sarah O’Hearn arrives in Iraq, her thoughts will likely drift home to Marshfield, to a horseback ride on Rexhame Beach.
Patriot Ledger, Conkey, 20 inches, on wire now
BUSINESSES PITCH IN AFTER MILL FIRE - Businesses in and around Uxbridge come forward to help raise money, help, dozens of small businesses displaced by massive mill fire.
Milford Daily News, Lynch, 15 inches, 6 p.m.
HOME POKER GAMES – Conn. Attorney General Richard Blumenthal said soliciting players to make up poker games doesn’t exactly comply with the pre-existing social relationship clause of allowing home poker games to be legal.
Norwich Bulletin, Jacobson, 12 inches, 6 p.m.
INVESTING IN BONDS SCANDAL - When life gives you a disgrace of a home-run champion, why not turn your disgust into dollars? That’s the business plan of young entrepreneur Yoni Golub-Sass, a 19-year-old Marblehead High School graduate and rising sophomore at Salem State College..
CNC North, Olson, 18 inches, on wire now
With photo to come
BEIGE BOOK - The Federal Reserve releases its regional "Beige Book" today, releasing economic information -- statistical and anecdotal -- on the district.
Patriot Ledger, Adams, 15 inches, 6:30 p.m.
GRANLUND CARTOON - Everyone wants to be a Wampanoag.
MetroWest Daily News, on wire now
MAHONEY CARTOON – Patriots uniforms and bad publicity in pro sports
THIS IS NO LONGER COMING: COLUMN: HEALTH CARE LAW WITH TEETH - We have a dentist/lawyer form Scituate who says the new health care law need to include dental well-being in order for it to be complete and address all health care issues. It's got a bit to it.
Patriot Ledger, Materas, 12 inches, 6 p.m.
COLUMN: SEX ABUSE QUESTIONS REMAIN - With the latest settlement from L.A. on the clergy sex scandal in the books, we still have no answers why this continued unabated and unaddressed for decades and why men with pedophilic tendencies were drawn to the calling.
Patriot Ledger, Cravatts (from Weston, Mass.), 23 inches, 6 p.m.
EDITORIAL - Cleaning up the mess at the state police crime lab.
MetroWest Daily News, 6 p.m.
10 PRESEASON QUESTIONS ABOUT THE NFC - Cowboys, Saints look to be early favorites. As training camps open across Football America, here are 10 questions to ponder as the NFC tries to change its luck:
Patriot Ledger, McHugh, 23 inches, on wire now
10 PRESEASON QUESTIONS ABOUT THE AFC - The Colts are wearing Super Bowl rings ... thanks to their defense. Randy Moss is a - gulp! - Patriot. Bill Cowher’s chin won’t be jutting out from the Steelers sideline anymore.
Patriot Ledger, McHugh, 23 inches, on wire now
BUGGED BY A MURDER - Walpole, Mass., man is on one of two teams of "regular people" pitted against one another to solve a re-enacted crime pulled from police files for a Spike TV reality show.
Daily News Transcript, Grieco, 18 inches, on wire now
PHOTOGRAPHER OF BOXERS AND PRESIDENTS - An extensive collection of local history moved Monday from the home of legendary city photographer Stanley A. Bauman to Stonehill College in Easton.
The Enterprise, Papadopoulos, 15 inches, on wire now
MAYFLOWER II ROUNDUP – Package of three stories, three photos on anniversary of voyage last Sunday.
CNC South, on wire now