New England budget 2.22.10
New England budget 2.22.10
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LOCAL WRITER: MetroWest writer pens second mystery novel - Former Framingham resident Steve Forman, who lives in Sudbury half of the year, has just published his second novel about detective Eddie Perlmutter, "Boca Mournings." He'll sign copies of his new book on Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m., at Barnes and Noble Booksellers in Framingham. By Kristine Lundblad.
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PETER COSTA: On words of steel and editorial rigor - You are what you eat was a popular saying years ago. Another old expression is: You are what you read. If that is true, wow, are we in trouble. Many people today read only haiku-length tweets or text grunts without vowels. When they read actual words, the words are written as if to be disposable. They carry thoughts the way soap bubbles carry rainbows – only for an instant and then they pop.
KITCHEN CALL: Confused about infusions? Ferran Adria of El Bulli in Roses, Spain, is considered by food professionals to be the world’s greatest chef. He’s generally credited with developing something called “molecular gastronomy.” So the new trend is to “re-formulate” rather than build.
GRANLUND CARTOON: New credit card laws.
CONROY CARTOON: President Obama's quagmire.
RICK HOLMES: Who killed bipartisanship? - Bipartisanship was dead long before Obama moved into the White House, the victim of long-running political trends.
EDITORIAL: The Marja test - For months, President Obama and his advisers labored to come up with a successful strategy for Afghanistan. That strategy is now being put to the test in Marja, a Taliban stronghold in Helmand Province, and Americans should pay attention. By MetroWest.
EDITORIAL: Cost of the 'people's seat' - Two days before Massachusetts voters went to the polls to choose the state's new U.S. senator, we called it a "national election," because so much was at stake. Now that the campaign finance reports are coming in, we see that Massachusetts wasn't just attracting the eyes of the nation, it was attracting its money. By MetroWest.
MARC MUNROE DION: Preserve the workers - The best thing middle-class people can do for any urban area is to live there, buy property there and pay taxes there. Those three things will do more for the city than nearly any kind of volunteer work you might do, or any ideas for “betterment” you might have or any “revitalization committee” you might join or even any work you might do as a city employee.
MAKING CENTS: Planning can bring dreams to reality - As a professional financial adviser, I am here to break the news that dreaming is good. Your personal dreams are merely a vision for your future. Where most people fail is in connecting the dreams to what they need to do in order to make those dreams reality. By John P. Napolitano.
CHECKOUT LANE: Those looking for a pet urged to adopt from shelter - Treasa Downey, director of the Scituate (Mass.) Animal Shelter, says people should consider shelter pets. “We don’t encourage people buying dogs ... from pet stores (because) we want people to think adoption first.” By Lana Lagomarsini.
- Localize it: Talk to shelters/adoption centers in your town to get their quotes, information, etc.
FINE PRINT: Fine Print: Understanding the details of the new credit card laws - The new Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act took effect Monday, and you're probably wondering what it means for you. If you're like most credit card holders, you probably don't read much into your credit card's terms and conditions. Well now is the time to change that - at least to find out how those terms may be changing in light of the new CARD Act. By The Patriot Ledger.
MASS. MARKET: Kraft family takes slice of healthy pizza franchiser - With The Kraft Group’s backing, New Orleans-based Naked Pizza is preparing for a nationwide expansion. By Jon Chesto.
CRAIGLIST KILLER CASE: Case of alleged Craigslist killer back in court - The case of accused Craigslist killer Philip Markoff is scheduled to be back in Suffolk Superior Court on Monday afternoon. Markoff is not expected in court Monday when prosecutor Edmond Zabin, defense attorney John Salsberg and Judge Frank Gaziano are scheduled to meet. By The Patriot Ledger.
STATION FIRE: Station nightclub fire survivor talks about how she's moved on in new book - Gina Russo’s last thought as she headed to the door of The Station nightclub on Feb. 20, 2003, was “Please God, let my kids forgive me for dying here.” She woke up from a medically induced coma 11 weeks later with no left ear, fourth-degree burns that exposed the bones in her scalp, third-degree burns to her neck, back, arms and right leg, and no memory of a fire — until someone at her side mentioned The Station nightclub. By Linda Murphy.
AGENT ORANGE: More local veterans reporting possible poisoning from Gagetown training - Some sick Massachusetts veterans are wondering if their medical conditions are linked to time spent at a training camp in New Brunswick, after reading a Daily News report last week about toxic defoliants used at the Canadian base. By Ashley Studley.
SNOW: Snow removal deficits mount in local communities - Strapped towns will need to make more cuts next year to pay for snow removal deficits. By Amanda Reed.
AMY BISHOP: Delahunt: DA not responsible for ‘86 Bishop investigation lapses - U.S. Rep. William Delahunt, the former district attorney whose office investigated the fatal 1986 shooting of Seth Bishop by his sister Amy, said Monday he does not feel his office “bears any responsibility” for Bishop being freed without charges. By John P. Kelly.
SETH BISHOP: 1986 story on the death of Seth Bishop - This article was printed in the Dec. 17, 1986, Braintree Forum after an interview with the family of Amy Bishop after the death of Seth Bishop.
POPE PIUS: Stonehill College priest leads effort to slow pope’s sainthood process - The Rev. Kevin Spicer, associate professor of history at the Easton college, and 18 other Catholic sholars signed a letter sent recently to Pope Benedict XVI that said “history needs distance and perspective” before definitive conclusions can be reached on the role of the late Pope Pius XII during the World War II Holocaust. By Paula Vogler.
QUINN BILL: Funding cuts jeopardize police college education incentive - Local cities and towns say the state’s decision to drastically cut funding of the Quinn Bill program has put them unfairly on the hook for sustaining the program, and has put the entire program in peril. By Jennifer Mann.
TERNS: Roseate tern decline perplexes researchers - Piping plovers get all the publicity, but Cape Cod’s shoreline is even more important to the federally endangered roseate tern. By Rich Eldred.
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