New England budget 2.18.10

New England budget 2.18.10


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- Chris Biondi, 508-626-4343,

- Jean Hodges, 630-956-8834,

- Michael Toeset, 630-835-8870,





POLL QUESTION IDEA: Do you think the economic stimulus package has helped the country?


SPECIAL SERIES: Dental dilemma: How Springfield produced series on Medicaid's lack of dental coverage.


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BOOK NOTES: Family values its 'privileges' in Jonathan Dee's new novel - Jonathan Dee’s new critically acclaimed novel “The Privileges” starts with a wedding, impressive for the deft writing that conveys the controlled chaos, the edgy anxieties, the many tensions springing from family members’ vying needs. By Rae Francoeur.


CONCERT PREVIEW: Editors bring added element to live show - When Editors drummer Ed Lay first started playing new material from the band’s third studio album, "In This Light and on This Evening," it didn’t exactly go as planned. By Ryan Wood.


FOREIGNER: It feels like the first time for Worcester show - Mick Jones still leading the way for classic rockers, with new album and Worcester concert on Tuesday. By Ed Symkus.


SCIENCE & AQUARIUM FILMS: 'Arabia' and 'Tahiti' films carry us away to other worlds - Films on Saudia Arabia and Tahiti at the Museum of Science and N.E. Aquarium educate and inspire audiences. By Chris Bergeron.


SNEAK PREVIEW: 'Shutter Island' and other new movies -- Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio team up for the fourth time in "Shutter Island," based on the novel by Dennis Lehane and set in Boston. It's the story of an investigation into the disappearance of a patient from an island hospital for the criminally insane. By Al Alexander of The Patriot Ledger.


FLICKS: Willis does nothing for his image in 'Cop Out' -- Cop out: 1: to back out (as of an unwanted responsibility); 2 : to avoid or neglect problems, responsibilities, or commitments - Merriam-Webster Online. Beginning a column with a definition is a terrible cliche, but how can I not, when faced with “Cop Out”? By John Meo of the Norwich Bulletin.


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IN THE GARDEN: Superb shrubs for multi-seasonal appeal -- Shrubs that exhibit colored twigs during the winter months are great additions to our borders and are particularly effective against a backdrop of evergreens or when landscapes are snow-covered. By Suzanne Mahler.





LLOYD GARVER: Fly the skinny skies -- I recognize that obesity is a big problem in America, and I understand that there may be times when someone is big enough to squish the person next to him. But was actor-director Kevin Smith's physique really such an inconvenience for other passengers or such a danger to the flight that he needed to be removed from the plane?





WINTER VEGGIES: As snow falls, summer veggies sprout in Middleboro - While others were shoveling snow this week, two local farmers were starting their seedlings of onions, spinach, leeks and broccoli to get a jump on spring and be ready to offer up home-grown vegetables when the weather breaks. By Alice C. Elwell.


GOING GREEN: Swansea's desalination plant going green - With the region's first public desalination plant six months away from full operation, the facility is about to get a whole lot greener to tap into additional federal stimulus funds. About 375 solar panels are being installed on the 14,000-square-foot roof of the desalination building. The work should be complete sometime next week, according to Water District Superintendent Robert Marquis. By Jay Pateakos.





LICENSE RENEWAL PROBLEMS: Notify drivers by mail or spend less? RMV chooses latter - In December 2008, the Registry of Motor Vehicles stopped mailing license renewal reminders to drivers, saving an estimated $800,000 a year. By Amanda Fakhreddine.


LENNON STATUE: Imagine that: Cohasset man handling sale of John Lennon bronze - The former Beatle gave Bruce Replogle his first entertainment job - publicist for his comeback album “Double Fantasy.” Three decades after the rock star’s death, Replogle is working for Lennon in a very different way: He’s handling the sale of a life-size bronze statue of Lennon. By Lane Lambert.


40B: Ballot initiative aims for repeal of 40B housing law - Slow Growth Initiative wants to repeal the 41-year-old law, saying it is an unfunded mandate that allows developers to flaunt home rule while lining their pockets without benefiting Massachusetts taxpayers. By Dan McDonald.


DESERTION: Newton woman charged with desertion from Army - A Newton woman who was arrested on Valentine’s Day and charged with desertion from the Army will be discharged, according to an Army spokesman. By Dan Atkinson.





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