New England budget 1.13.10

New England budget 1.13.10


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SENATE RACE CONTENT: We’re collecting stories, cartoons, images, etc., related to the special election to fill Sen. Ted Kennedy’s seat. Links will be added as new stories come in.


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If the election for U.S. senator were held today, who would you vote for?

- Republican Scott Brown
- Democrat Martha Coakley
- Independent Joseph Kennedy
- Do I have to? They all stink.
- There's an election coming?
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POLL QUESTION IDEA: Do you think Obama was right to forgive Sen. Reid for his racial comments?


How a small newsroom tackled a big case with some innovation.





THE BEER NUT: 2010 will be a good year for beer - There will be something for every beer lover this year, with many new beers planned from some of the country's top breweries set to debut in 2010. By Norman Miller.





PETER CHIANCA: Resolving to be realistic - You’ll recall how around this time last year, I resolved that in 2009 I would become “a spectacularly wealthy icon of material success.” As you may have gathered, things didn’t quite work out that way, or else instead of typing this I’d be out stomping on all the little people. MULLIGAN: Got your back8/Peter-Chianca-Resolving-to-be-realistic


DAVID ROGERS: Signs that you may need a Facebook break - Frankly, there seems to be no way to stop a Facebook obsession other than to toss your computer out the window, quit your job and never set foot in a library or computer store again. But let’s get real. That’s like asking Sarah Palin or Keith Olbermann to stop talking.


FRANK MULLIGAN: Got your back - Yes, it’s once again time to play, “Did this conversation actually take place?” It’s the enthralling interactive column game in which you, the reader, are asked whether the following conversation occurred verbatim, is partially fabricated or is totally the product of an imagination desperately in need of an intervention.





O'MAHONEY CARTOON: On former House speaker Tom Finneran being disbarred.


GRANLUND CARTOON: On the Haiti earthquake.


GRANLUND CARTOON: States soften high school standards.


EDITORIAL: Reid's gaffe not the same as Lott's - Talking about race, and racism, is always a delicate matter, and Sen. Harry Reid might have chosen his words more carefully had he known they would be made public. But there's nothing racist about noting that skin tone can be an issue with voters, whatever their race, or that speech and mannerisms are important in weighing a candidate's prospects. By MetroWest.


EDITORIAL: Measuring the adequacy of education - The education reform bill working its way toward the governor's desk rightly focuses on the state's lowest-performing districts. But the most significant education legislation since the landmark 1993 Education Reform Act should also speak to the condition of education in all the commonwealth's schools. By MetroWest.


EDITORIAL: Don’t move too quickly on second jobs stimulus - Gov. Deval Patrick has been criticized for being too slow to spend stimulus money on transportation projects but a new study suggests the bigger problem may be that such spending isn't an effective way to create jobs. By The Patriot Ledger.





BEER AND LAUNDRY: Raynham laundry owner wants to offer alcohol at facility - George Moniz wants to brew up some business at his Raynham Laundromat. The owner of the Raynham Laundry Center says serving beer and wine will keep his clientele happy while they wash their clothes. By Susan Parkou Weinstein.


H&S TOOL: Growing company sees its future firmly in Fall River - H&S Tool and Engineering was bursting at the seams at its former 10,000-square-foot spot on 994 Jefferson St., a building shared with Anderson Airmotive Products. So co-owners Karl Hetzler and Robert St. Pierre decided to purchase a 60,000-square-foot building on Airport Road in the Fall River Industrial Park that was owned by Marshall Tubing, a company mulling relocating out of the city. By Jay Pateakos.





HAITI AID: Local aid group organizing Haitian earthquake relief - Partners in Development Inc. operates a medical clinic in Port-au-Prince and has been aiding Haiti for 20 years. By Dan Mac Alpine.


CORRECTIONAL SYSTEM: Head of the state’s correctional system defends policies - Sen. Marc Pacheco said assertions that an inmate with two previous escapes was properly classified “blows my mind.” By Nancy Reardon.


GITMO: Newton aldermen want to welcome cleared Guantanamo detainee into Garden City - Once labeled a suspected terrorist, Abdul Aziz Naji doesn’t have a home or a country. But some officials in Newton are doing what they can to give him both. Naji has spent much of the past eight years being held as an enemy combatant in Guantanamo Bay, before being cleared for release in May 2009. By Wicked Local Newton.


SEXTING ARREST: Accused Brockton High 'sexting' student pleads not guilty, released without bail - The 18-year-old Brockton School student charged with "sexting" in school was released without bail this morning after his arraignment in Brockton District Court. Evans Cesar, of Brockton, pleaded not guilty to a charge of dissemination of obscene matter harmful to a minor. By Kyle Alspach.


GOV RACE: Baker leads gubernatorial fundraising pack - Since announcing his candidacy for governor on July 8 last year, former Harvard Pilgrim Health Care CEO Charles Baker has raised almost double what Gov. Deval Patrick has raised since April 25 — the date when Patrick’s first gubernatorial challenger announced. By Daniel DeMaina.


FORMER COP ARRESTED: Former Stoughton cop faces charge of lying to FBI - Former Stoughton police Sgt. Anthony Bickerton, 60, who abruptly retired Sept. 11 after 30 years on the job, was to make an initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Boston today on a charge of lying to a federal agent.  He was arrested Tuesday night. By Maureen Boyle.





MIKE FINE: Mark McGwire still doesn’t belong in the Hall of Fame - This notion that Mark McGwire is a Hall of Fame candidate is a curious one, as if his steroids confession suddenly frees the voters, who in three years haven’t given him more than 23.7 percent of the vote, to suddenly reverse course and elect him in a landslide next year.


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