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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STATEWIDE SCAMMER - A Framingham woman who once escaped prison was arrested Friday in Natick and is arraigned Tuesday. Case involves stealing people's identities and opening credit card accounts all over the state. That is what she did to originally go to prison.
MetroWest, Miller, 7 p.m.
ALLEGED CHILD GROPER SKIPS ARRAIGNMENT - A default warrant was issued for the arrest of an elderly Rhode Island man Wednesday after he failed to show up for his arraignment on charges of groping a young boy in a Raynham supermarket.
Raynham Call, Weinstein, on wire now
REPAIRS TO PORTICO OVER PLYMOUTH ROCK WILL CONTINUE INTO AUGUST - Tourists first had no view of Plymouth Rock. Now, because of construction delays, they must view the historic artifact through a plastic pane.
Ledger, Race, on wire now
VIDEO: MORE PEOPLE 'BROWN-BAGGING IT' THAN EVER - Packing your lunch? You’re in good company. Brown baggers are increasingly common, according to a report released Monday by consumer marketing research firm The NPD Group Inc.
Ledger, Swanson, on wire now
NO CASH ON HAND, MASS. LENDER TELLS STUDENTS TO FIND LOANS ELSEWHERE - A nonprofit lending authority that issued $510 million in loans last year to college-bound students in Massachusetts said Monday that turmoil in the capital markets had crushed its ability to provide any loans this fall.
Ledger, Kelly, on wire now
BLUE HILLS OBSERVATORY HOPES FOR $10 MILLION ‘GREEN’ SCIENCE CENTER - The Blue Hills Observatory has been stretched thin trying to accommodate the tens of thousands of children who visit the center each year. With a new ‘green’ building built to their needs, saying no to groups will be a rarity, staff members say.
Ledger, Manning, on wire now
HERRING CATCH BLAMED FOR SLUGGISH COD FISHERY - The catching of river herring has been prohibited in Massachusetts since 2006 and will remain so until next year. But Cape Cod Commercial Hook Fishermen’s Association believes the decline and the slow recovery of cod stocks could be linked to the harvest of sea herring by mid-water trawlers.
Cape Codder, Eldred, on wire now
INTERNATIONAL TOURISTS VISIT MASSACHUSETTS IN RECORD NUMBERS - Marketing and the weak U.S. dollar are some of the reasons more and more international tourists are visiting Massachusetts in record numbers, according to the state travel and tourism office.
Swanson, Ledger, on wire now
VILLAGE AUTOMOTIVE BUYS NORWOOD’S SAAB DEALERSHIP - Village Automotive plans extensive renovations in Norwood after its purchase of the Saab dealership on the Automile.
Ledger, Chesto, on wire now
SIEMENS DIVISION BUYS CANTON COMPANY
WEYMOUTH BUILDING SOLD FOR $2 MILLION
MINOR CHANGES SEEN TO HUMAN SERVICE PAYMENT LEGISLATION
EDITORIAL: SOLID STEP ON FORECLOSURES - Fifteen years of a Congress evenly divided between parties has demonstrated how much easier it is to stop the government from doing what must be done than to enact legislation that makes a serious effort to respond to a pressing problem.
MetroWest Daily News, on wire now
EDITORIAL: STUDENT LOANS - MEFA's last minute announcement of no money will add yet another hardship to families in the economic slump who had counted on the agency for low-cost, no or low-fee loans.
Ledger, 6 p.m.
O'MAHONEY: ON BREASTFEEDING IN MASSACHUSETTS
Ledger, on wire now
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SONGS OF SUMMER EVOKE BREEZY, EASY DAYS - The idea is to create a summer songlist, a suggested iPod program if you will, that not only evokes summer, warm weather, sunny days and the beach, but also maybe a hint of our own special corner of the world.
Ledger, Miller, on wire niow
OPERA PREVIEW: THE TRAGEDY OF CARMEN - ‘The Tragedy of Carmen’ is Bizet’s sexy, supercharged opera stripped down to 80 minutes of compelling singing and storytelling.
Ledger, Powers, on wire now
THEATER REVIEW: ‘AS YOU LIKE IT’ ON BOSTON COMMON - The Forest of Arden has been set down in the midst of the Boston Common with much more than "a hey and a ho and a hey nonino,'' in a near-perfect production of "As You Like It,'' this summer’s offering of Free Shakespeare.
Ledger, Fanger, on wire now
VIDEO: SOUTH SHORE PONDS, LAKES ARE COOL PLACES - Rather than going to Cape Cod and fighting traffic, try some of the swimming areas on the South Shore to get relief from the summer heat.
Ledger, Hoffman, on wire now
STAKES ARE HIGH FOR MASS. NATIVE IN VEGAS - Jonathan Aguiar, a Fall River native making a living as a professional poker player in Las Vegas, said the game is “98 percent loss and frustration and 2 percent success.”
Herald News, Allard, on wire now