Here are the top New England regional stories coming today from GateHouse News Service. Stories are available at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com.

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Front page gallery for August 4, 2009
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NEWS

MENTAL-HEALTH FACILITIES: Concern for patients grows as state prepares to close facilities for mentally ill – Marilyn Zaslaw has a lot of questions but no answers about the future of her daughter, who is mentally ill. But most frightening, the Milton resident says, is her suspicion that the state also has no idea where her 57-year-old daughter Jeanne will end up after both Westboro State Hospital and a psychiatric unit at Quincy Mental Health Center close.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x154263490/Anxiety-grows-as-state-prepares-to-close-facilities-for-mentally-ill
- Art: file photo of Quincy center

POWER PLANT: State senator opposes petition that would ban Brockton power plant -- State Sen. Michael Morrissey, D-Quincy, is chairman of the Senate committee on consumer protection and professional license. He opposed a home rule petition filed last year to ban the power plant from Brockton and is ready to oppose it a second time.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x804163773/State-senator-opposes-petition-that-would-ban-Brockton-power-plant

COLLEGE EXPANSION: Easton’s Stonehill College continues expansion plans despite recession -- Despite a difficult economy that saw the value of the college’s endowment fall by about 19 percent in one year, Stonehill College’s new science center opened to faculty in the spring. Later this month, the center will welcome its first students, on schedule and $1 million under its $34 million budget.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1307075353/Easton-s-Stonehill-College-continues-expansion-plans-despite-recession
- Art: 7 photos of new center

SHORT-LIVED FRESH START: After spending five years in jail awaiting trial, a jury acquitted Kenneth Choy last year of arson and murder charges in the gasoline-fueled blaze that claimed the lives of his grandparents in Brockton. It would be a short-lived fresh start.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x154263378/Video-Acquitted-of-killing-grandparents-man-arrested-on-heroin-charges
- Art: mug
- Includes video from acquittal

REPEAT OFFENDER: Rockland man accused of 10th drunken-driving offense, getting phony driver’s license -- Thomas C. Plant has had no driver’s license for the past 2 1/2 years, as he has awaited trial for a ninth drunken driving offense. But police said the Registry of Motor Vehicles issued him another one anyway – in his brother’s name.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x2015103012/Rockland-man-accused-of-10th-drunken-driving-offense-getting-phony-driver-s-license
- Art: mug

WINE RETURNED: $20,000 bottle of stolen wine returned unopened to Hopkinton store -- A $20,000 bottle of wine stolen last week from a West Main Street liquor store is back where it belongs, police said.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1551839816/-20-000-bottle-of-stolen-wine-returned-unopened-to-Hopkinton-store
- Art: photo

SHOT AGAIN: Brockton man shot for third time since 2008 -- Olivio Leverone, 21, of Brockton was outside a 7-Eleven on Belmont Street earlier this year when a gunman opened fire. His 17-year-old brother was shot dead but authorities believe the older Leverone was the intended target.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1307075146/Brockton-man-shot-Sunday-has-been-shooting-victim-three-times-since-2008

SCHOOL’S NAME: Hingham voters reject naming school for superintendent -- More than 1,400 voters showed up at a special town meeting on a warm summer evening Monday to have their say on what to call Hingham’s newest school. By better than 2-to-1, they rejected the school committee’s recent decision to name East Elementary School after Superintendent Dorothy Galo, a Hingham educator for 46 years.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x804163516/Hingham-voters-reject-naming-school-for-superintendent
- Art: 3 photos

EASTON CRASH: Easton man killed in crash on Church Street -- A 49-year-old man was killed in a car crash Monday night. Thomas F. Harrington of Seaver Street died after his vehicle failed to negotiate a curve and crashed into some trees off Church Street around 9:30 p.m.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x804163472/Easton-man-killed-in-crash-on-Church-Street


BUSINESS

OVERCHARGING: McDonald’s restaurants in Newton overcharging on sales tax -- The two McDonald's restaurants in Newton have been charging 7 percent sales tax on its meals, even though the restaurant tax in Newton is 6.25 percent.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x804163435/McDonald-s-restaurants-in-Newton-overcharging-on-sales-tax
- Art: photo
- To localize: Check out McDonald's restaurants in your community. How much are they charging in sales tax? What do employees say? What do customers think?

ZOO FUNDING: Stone and Franklin Park zoo funding restored to $5 million -- The House and Senate restored an additional $2.5 million in Zoo New England funding Wednesday, one month after Gov. Deval Patrick vetoed $4 million of the $6.5 million set aside for the nonprofit corporation that represents Stone and Franklin Park zoos.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x2121670394/Stone-and-Franklin-Park-zoo-funding-restored-to-5-million

GENEROUS RESTAURANT: The Charlie Horse restaurant and sports bar in Kingston has decided not to require its customers to pay the 25 percent sales-tax increase that took effect Saturday. Operating manager Mark Beaton said the decision was driven by customer unhappiness with Massachusetts lawmakers’ decision to approve the hike, which raised the tax from 5 percent to 6.25 percent.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x2015102759/Kingston-restaurant-absorbs-sales-tax-increase-so-customers-dont-have-to
- Art: file photo


OPINIONS

O’MAHONEY CARTOON: On the passing of Father Bill
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x2121670426/OMahoney-cartoon-On-the-passing-of-Father-Bill

GRANLUND CARTOON: Taxing the middle class
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/cartoons/x804163505/Granlund-cartoon-Taxing-the-middle-class

CONROY CARTOON: On President Obama's slip of the tongue
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x154262730/Conroy-cartoon-On-President-Obamas-slip-of-the-tongue

MATTHEW CASEY: The challenging pursuit of equality -- While the history of the United States is replete with examples of racism and discrimination, the nation has historically made steady, if not remarkable, progress toward achieving equality for its citizens.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x2015102069/Matthew-Casey-The-challenging-pursuit-of-equality
- Art: column mug

JULIE FAY: Attack of the pitching machine -- Last weekend, we went to visit Brian’s godparents, who had a belated birthday gift for him. Brian’s eyes popped at the giant, colorfully wrapped box, but he nearly did a jig when the contents were revealed. Our little slugger was now the proud owner of a combination Wiffle Ball tee/pitching machine, complete with five balls and a bright yellow bat. He couldn’t wait to try it.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x154262467/Julie-Fay-Attack-of-the-pitching-machine
- Art: column mug

MARC MUNROE DION: Communities on a perpetual drunken spending spree -- I like police protection. I like schools and school teachers. So I oughta be pie-in-the-sky happy when Fall River gets a minivan full of federal government bucks to keep teachers from suffering more layoffs while at the same time hiring back cops who’ve already been laid off. And I am happy. I’m just not pie-in-the-sky happy
- Art: column mug


LIFESTYLES/ENTERTAINMENT

G-FORCE PETS: Guinea pigs are a good first pet – In “G-Force,” guinea pigs wear high-tech spy gear and grapple killer kitchen appliances. In real life, though, guinea pigs are not as tough as their big screen counterparts. They are cuter, cuddlier and are considered a good first pet for children, especially those in the Disney demographic at which “G-Force” is aimed, say animal experts.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/x154263689/Guinea-pigs-are-a-good-first-pet
- To localize: Talk to pet store owners in your area to get quotes about the cute little guys.

TREE RESCUE: Mom, firefighters, arborist team up to save kitten in tree -- For several hours Friday, a cat, a mom and a professional tree-climber took turns perched at the top of a mighty neighborhood tree.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1307073633/Video-Mom-firefighters-arborist-team-up-to-save-kitten-in-tree
- Art: 5 photos
- Includes video

COPD: Therapy helps former athlete battle lung disease -- Four years ago, Mary Jane White, a former competitive ice skater, was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Most often caused by smoking, the lung disease occurs when the flow of air through the airways and out of the lungs is chronically obstructed. The obstruction, which progresses over time, generally is not reversible.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x154262594/Therapy-helps-former-athlete-battle-lung-disease
- Art: 2 photos

HOUSES FOR SOLDIERS: Home for Our Troops to build house for Middleboro soldier -- Homes for Our Troops plans to build a new home in Middleboro for Army Sgt. Michael Downing, who lost both legs from the knees down in an explosion in Afghanistan in September 2008. The organization has built 40 homes across the country since 2004, including one in Middleboro for Army Sgt. Peter Damon.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1606969635/Home-for-Our-Troops-to-build-house-for-Middleboro-soldier
- Art: 4 photos

FREE SHAKESPEARE: Theater company performing 'The Comedy of Errors' -- The Commonwealth Shakespeare Company is giving free performances of  "The Comedy of Errors" Tuesday through Sunday, through Aug. 16, at the Parkman Bandstand, Boston Common.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x154262878/Free-Shakespeare-Theater-company-performing-The-Comedy-of-Errors
- Art: file photo

KITCHEN CALL: Making the most of Grandma’s garden goodies -- About now Grandma’s garden starts to yield the full measure of its harvest. Every year from April through October, she battles rocky soil, invading weeds and ravenous wildlife through torrential rain and scorching sun. It is August. Grandma has triumphed.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x2121669610/Kitchen-Call-Making-the-most-of-Grandma-s-garden-goodies
- Art: column mug

TOM LICCIARDELLO: Get on the road to a better life -- As our nation wrestles with the dilemma of ever escalating health-care costs, the most obvious solution is a healthier lifestyle.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x804163562/Tom-Licciardello-Get-on-the-road-to-a-better-life
- Art: photo

BETSY WADLAND: Shots are for your own good -- According to the Centers for Disease Control, "Immunization is one of the most significant public health achievements of the 20th century."
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1911311178/Betsy-Wadland-Shots-are-for-your-own-good
- Art: column mug

DR. JEFF HERSH: How malpractice figures into health care debate -- The president did not mention malpractice reform in his recent news conference on health-care reform. Isn't it still considered an important issue?
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x2015102170/Dr-Jeff-Hersh-How-malpractice-figures-into-health-care-debate
- Art: column mug

DR. MURRAY FEINGOLD: Chewing sugarless gum can help prevent cavities -- If you chew gum, you are not alone. It has been estimated that more than half of all Americans are gum chewers.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1307073799/Dr-Murray-Feingold-Chewing-sugarless-gum-can-help-prevent-cavities
- Art: column mug

DARIN ST. GEORGE: Ingredients in a good workout -- Just enough chefs: Now what could this have to do with fitness? Well, I'm sure that you've all tried one routine or another, be it from a television infomercial or torn from the pages of a fitness magazine with some thinner-than-thin model performing a move that she was born to execute.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1551838968/Darin-St-George-Ingredients-in-a-good-workout
- Art: column mug


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