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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BAN SOUGHT ON NEWLY POPULAR, AND LEGAL, HALLUCINOGENIC DRUG - Salvia divinorum, a green leafy plant native to the mountains of southern Mexico, has hallucinogenic properties that, according to the National Institute of Health, can cause short but intense delusional episodes. It is legal in Massachusetts. Now, a bill is making its way through the Legislature to ban the sale or possession of the plant.
Ledger, Lightman, 18 inches, on wire now
WESTON MAN ARRESTED ON DRUG TRAFFICKING CHARGES - Police charged a 63-year-old man with trafficking cocaine and marijuana from his Warren Avenue home over the weekend, following months of surveillance by officers.
MetroWest, Hilliard, 14 inches, on wire now
POLICE: MAN SWIPED COPPER CHURCH GUTTER - DURING EASTER MASS - A man was arrested Saturday night for allegedly stealing a copper gutter from the All Hallows Church in Plainfield, Conn. - while Easter Mass was taking place.
Norwich, 5 inches, on wire now
WEYMOUTH CASTING AGENT SEEKS AS MANY AS 800 - Are you an attractive yuppie? Do you own fine formal attire? Could you pass for a male exotic dancer? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you might have a shot at being an extra in an upcoming film starring Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway.
Ledger, Bauer, 12 inches, on wire now
CITIES AND TOWNS ARE GETTING NEW STREET SIGNS - In deference to a generation of baby boomers approaching old age, the federal government has ordered all street signs to have ultra-reflective and larger lettering by 2012.
Ledger, Schwartz, 12 inches, on wire now
QUINCY TEEN MOTHERS PROGRAM STILL A MODEL 30 YEARS AFTER ITS START - At a time when the movie “Juno” and pop stars like Jamie Lynn Spears are giving teen pregnancy a national audience, these girls are learning day in and day out what it means to be a young mom.
Ledger, Mann, 30 inches, on wire now
With photo and sidebar
CONVICTION OVERTURNED IN MISTAKEN-IDENTITY MURDER - The Supreme Judicial Court has ordered a new trial for a Boston man convicted in 2003 of the murder of Gregory Cormier. The 20-year-old former Milton High School basketball star was mistaken for a gang member and shot to death in June 1994.
Ledger, 12 inches, on wire now
AUTO INSPECTIONS - Company named Parsons ( not Bechtel/Parsons Brinckerhoff, but did do some work for Big Dig) wins contract to oversee some updates at auto inspection stations in Mass.
MetroWest, Reuell, 6 inches, 6 p.m.
'LIGHT' FARE AT RESTAURANT WITH $4,000 LED-FILLED TABLE – The future of dining is now here. At least, that's what Tamara Bourso was thinking when she invested in a touch-sensitive, light-filled table at her Central Square restaurant.
Cambridge Chronicle/TAB, Harris, 8 inches, on wire now
JORDAN'S PITCHES ANOTHER 'FREE' FURNITURE PROMO TIED TO RED SOX - Eliot Tatelman, Jordan’s president and chief executive, announced Monday that the retailer will give away free furniture if the Red Sox win the World Series again this year. But there's a catch.
MetroWest, Turner, 12 inches, on wire now
WILL BE UPDATED, WITH PHOTOS AND VIDEO
DIESEL PRICES SQUEEZE TRUCKERS, TOWNS - James Luke gets four miles to the gallon when his truck is fully loaded, and with prices of diesel fuel pumped up to $4.15 a gallon, he said he's ready to pack it in.
MetroWest, 18 inches, on wire now
VIDEO: YOUR DAILY BREAD COULD GET VERY EXPENSIVE - In nearly a century in business, Joan Thomas said, the Framingham Baking Company has never raised prices more than once a year. This year, though, is different. Different because in the 90 years since the bakery opened, it's never seen flour prices more than double in three months.
MetroWest, Reuell, 22 inches, on wire now
With video and photo
BROCKTON MAN SUES WAL-MART OVER ALLEGED DISCRIMINATION - A Brockton man claims that he was harassed and bullied because of anti-foreigner sentiments at Wal-Mart stores in Abington and Avon.
Ledger, Chesto, 15 inches, on wire now
CASINO SPENDING IS SLOWING DOWN IN NEW ENGLAND - The amount of money Massachusetts residents spend at the Connecticut casinos dropped for the second year in a row, according to a UMass Dartmouth report.
Ledger, Chesto, 12 inches, on wire now
PROFESSIONAL BOWLERS: THERE'S A CANDY SOURCE IN EVERY OFFICE - Within the corporate structure are a few common elements in personnel. A computer wiz. A brown-noser. A walking encyclopedia. An eccentric. A know-it-all. A comic. A dictator. A pushover. A candy lady.
Herald News, Allard, 18 inches, on wire now
SOUTHBOROUGH COMPANY SPECIALIZES IN LAVENDER PRODUCTS FROM FRANCE - Walk into the barn at Sunny Window and it's a safe bet your olfactory system will think it's died and gone to aroma heaven.
MetroWest, Tremblay, 28 inches, on wire now
AGENTS CRY FOUL OVER STATE'S CAR INSURANCE WEB SITE - The state Division of Insurance's new auto insurance Web site apparently has been popular with consumers, generating an average of about 19,500 hits a day since its launch a month ago.
Ledger, Chesto, 22 inches, on wire now
MARC MUNROE DION: NO ONE WANTS TO TALK ABOUT RACE - Nowadays, when someone runs for public office, you have to figure out and guess at and ferret out his/her "real" views on race and, if you work in news, you generally have to do that without revealing anything about how you feel about race.
Herald News, on wire now
EDITORIAL: 4,000 DEATHS - Iraq returns to the headlines - and to the minds of American voters - when the toll of U.S. deaths hits a round number: 4,000.
MetroWest, 6 p.m.
MAHONEY: ON GAMBLING IN MASSACHUSETTS
Ledger, on wire now
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WRESTLING WITH TRADITION: EXHIBIT PROVIDES RINGSIDE SEAT TO SUMO - A fascinating exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts uses finely crafted woodblock prints to explore the popularity of a uniquely Japanese sport as an enduring conduit to the national psyche.
MetroWest, Bergeron, 25 inches, on wire now