New England budget 11.27.09

New England budget 11.27.09


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- Chris Biondi, 508-626-4343,

- Jean Hodges, 630-956-8834,

- Michael Toeset, 630-835-8870,





Casey Laughman: Tips for covering a weird holiday season.


Top 50 GateHouse Media Web sites (daily unique visitors) for October 2009


Top 50 GateHouse Media Web sites (page views) for October 2009





NEWSPAPERS: Newspaper readership remains strong even in thick of recession - More than two-thirds of U.S. adults read a newspaper either in print or online during a typical week, even though paid circulation levels have declined at most dailies for much of the past decade. By Jon Chesto.


LIGHTHOUSE: Monomoy Lighthouse to get repairs, thanks to stimulus - The Department of Interior is using $1.5 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds to repair historic Monomoy Light, the keeper’s house and the oil storage shed. By Doreen Leggett.

- With photo


RAILROAD: Cape-based Massachusetts Coastal Railroad to expand freight service - Massachusetts Coastal Railroad, a subsidiary of Hyannis-based Cape Rail, Inc. will acquire nearly 33 additional miles of railroad lines on the South Coast. By The Regsiter.

Cape-based Massachusetts Coastal Railroad to expand freight serviceMassachusetts Coastal Railroad, a subsidiary of Hyannis-based Cape Rail, Inc. will acquire nearly 33 additional miles of railroad lines on the South Coast.


SOLAR PANELS: Solar plan will be Cape's largest commercial project - In December, 381 solar panels will grace roof over Orleans Marketplace, making it the largest commercial solar project on the Cape. By Doreen Leggett.

- With photos


COMING SOON: Mass Market and Week in Review will move tonight on the news service. Making Cents, Fine Print and Checkout Lane will move Monday morning.





O'MAHONEY CARTOON: On the Senate race in Massachusetts. (For Saturday use.)


O'MAHONEY CARTOON: On the president's address on Tuesday. (For Monday use.)


GRANLUND CARTOON: On the White House party crashers.


PHILIP MADDOCKS: Republicans urge task force to release more guideline for them to attack -- Saying that a federal task force’s new recommendations on breast cancer screening had confirmed the worst fears of people who oppose a government role in medical decision making, Republicans in Congress argued for the release of even more controversial findings from the group.


GUEST COLUMN: Sen. Richard Tisei: For more jobs, state must rethink business policies - With the state's unemployment rate hovering dangerously close to 10 percent, and over 300,000 residents without a job, Massachusetts could use a plan for jump-starting the economy and getting people back to work. Unfortunately, you'd be hard-pressed to find any significant jobs creation plan coming from Governor Patrick or the Legislature.


MEREDITH O'BRIEN: My Christmas story, courtesy of Hollywood -- Watching the flawed and funny Parker family would help me place my family’s holiday foibles into a different context, one far removed from the one peddled by all forms of media everywhere advising me, the mom, how to create perfect holiday memories with my kids -- something which I never seemed to be quite able to achieve.





AT THE MOVIES WITH GATEHOUSE: A links collection of this week’s movie content.


HOLIDAY MOVIES: Season's screenings: Hollywood comes bearing gifts - From big-budget sci-fi fantasies to old-style animation, nearly two-dozen holiday films will be released in the next few weeks, just in time for Oscar consideration. By Al Alexander.

- With photos


MUSIC SCENE: Singer-songwriter Chuck Prophet expands horizons on ‘Let Freedom Ring’ - Chuck Prophet said his new album is “political songs for people who hate protest music. I love this country and the freedom is affords us. And the song ‘Let Freedom Ring!’ is about that, but also about the . . . free market economy run riot that got us into this mess.” By Jay N. Miller.

- With photo


THEATER REVIEW: A 'Carousel' you'll want to keep riding - With their production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Carousel," the Turtle Lane Playhouse has found the key to a very satisfying evening in the theater. By David Brooks Andrews.

- With photo


IN THE GARDEN: Highlights of the November landscape -- The mild temperatures and balmy breezes of Indian summer have temporarily rekindled the gardening spirit for many South Shore dirt diggers.





COLLEGE FOOTBALL NATION: What went wrong for Notre Dame? Weekly column by Eric Avidon.


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