New England budget 1.20.10

New England budget 1.20.10


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


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- Chris Biondi, 508-626-4343,

- Jean Hodges, 630-956-8834,

- Michael Toeset, 630-835-8870,





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


WEB CUBE: Louisiana editor shares strategies on Web Cube success.





LINKS PACKAGE: We’re collecting content related to Scott Brown’s victory and will update the links package as new items come in.





THE BEER NUT: Boston Beer Works starts bottling -- Boston Beer Works, one of the most popular brewpubs in Massachusetts, is capitalizing on its popularity with its new bottled beers that debuted in stores last month.


SUSTAINABLE WINES: Biodynamic winemaking uncorks cosmic forces -- If you drink wine, you’ve probably had some made with grapes grown according to lunar cycles and fertilized by dung-filled cow horns. It’s not some kind of voodoo vintage, but a product of biodynamic winemaking, an organic farming method that claims to harness the spiritual forces of the cosmos.


WINE WISDOM: Quality French wines don't have to cost a fortune -- In the past, when anyone thought of wines, French wines immediately came to mind. Today, French wines are increasingly overlooked because, when we consider them, the world's most expensive wines come to mind.


AT THE WINE EXPO: Learn to pair wine with cheese -- Lennon and McCartney. Holmes and Watson. Astaire and Rogers. What makes a successful pair? On Sunday you can find out about pairing wine with cheese at the Boston Wine Expo from Wellesley's Steve Wasik of The Cheese Shop.





CHARACTER BUILDING: Kids building better behavior and self-esteem, one karate kick at a time -- Experience fueled Robyn Silverman's passion for helping children build the character traits necessary to help them navigate some of the difficult social and emotional hurdles most of them are bound to face, including bullying.


GREEN THUMBS UP: Developing a landscape master plan -- Several days of milder temperatures afforded a welcome opportunity to escape the dry, stuffy confines of my indoor sanctuary and enjoy pale blue skies and crisp clean air.





O'MAHONEY CARTOON: On issues that propelled Scott Brown to victory.


O'MAHONEY CARTOON: On John Kerry and the GOP Senate victory.


GRANLUND CARTOON: Scott Brown beats Martha Coakley for Senate seat.


RICK HOLMES: Martha’s many mistakes - It would be easy to say Scott Brown’s win was inevitable, given the strange and angry winds blowing across the land. It would be easier if Martha Coakley and whoever was advising her hadn’t made so many mistakes.


KENT BUSH: Coakley fails to learn the lessons of 2008 - Thanks to her political malpractice, Martha Coakley allowed Scott Brown to become the first Republican to hold a Senate seat in Massachusetts in 30 years. Coakley’s campaign made some of the same mistakes that cost the losing candidates in 2008. They signed up to run and then asked when she got to redecorate the office. She ran with all of the urgency of a trust fund kid trying to get a summer job.


DAN MAC ALPINE: A funny thing happened on her way to the Senate -- OK. So you’re not the kind of person to pose for a magazine centerfold. You lack a telegenic smile. You’re stiff and awkward in crowds. You may be a good attorney general, but you can’t cross-examine your opponent in a debate to save your political life. Thanks a lot, Martha. One question. If you had no interest in conducting a campaign, why did you run for the Senate in the first place?





HOSPITAL CUTS: Nantucket Hospital cuts 10 percent of staff - In the face of a daunting $4 million deficit, Nantucket Cottage Hospital is laying off 16 of its employees, representing 10 percent of its 160-member staff. Some of the layoffs, a combination of union and non-union positions, became effective Monday and today. By Mary Lancaster.







LINKS PACKAGE: We’re collecting content related to Scott Brown’s victory and will update the links package as new items come in.


SWINE FLU: Swine flu more widespread than reported, health officials say - The number of swine flu cases in Massachusetts is much higher than the 1,957 reported last week by the state Department of Public Health, according to state and local health officials. That’s because most people who have become ill since the virus arrived in the state last April were never tested for the H1N1 virus. By Viki-Ann Downing.


CHILD PORN: Former sports broadcaster sentenced for child porn - Former television sports broadcaster and Candlepins for Cash host Bob Gamere has been sentenced to five years in federal prison for a child pornography charge. By The Patriot Ledger.




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





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