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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HOW TO CELEBRATE LEAP YEAR WITHOUT HURTING YOURSELF - It’s a leap year, and you know what that means — lots of leaping. But haphazard leaping can be a risky business — it can cause knee injuries, mid-air collisions and “America’s Funniest Home Videos” moments. So we went to the experts for advice. We asked ballet dancers the important questions: How do you do it? How high can you get? And, fashion-wise, are leg warmers still out?
CNC, Ma, 15 inches, on wire now
With photo and video
VETERAN FIGHTS VERIZON OVER U.S. FLAGS HANGING ON OFFICE CUBICLE - Last fall, during Terry Skiest’s second tour in Afghanistan in the Air National Guard, a coworker back home told him that the standard-sized American and Massachusetts flags Skiest had displayed on the outside of his cubicle wall at the Verizon Business facility in North Acton had been moved several feet to the inside of his workspace.
Beacon, Schiavone, 25 inches, on wire now
With photos to come
MAN WHO STRUCK MOTORCYCLES, KILLING RAYNHAM MAN, WILL NOT GO TO JAIL - Motorcyclists and friends of the victim were upset with the sentence and plan to rally next month in Boston.
Enterprise, Elwell, 15 inches, on wire now
MARSHFIELD HIGH ATTACK PLOTTERS SEPARATED BEHIND BARS - Joseph Nee, 21, has been transferred to a jail in Billerica to prevent him from meeting up with Tobin Kerns, 19, who is finishing up a 10-month sentence in Plymouth.
Ledger, Schwartz, 5 inches, on wire now
MOTHER OF THREE SAYS BROCKTON CAR DEALER TOOK HER FOR A RIDE - Jeanine Casano is a wife, mom and Sunday school teacher, but she never imagined she would also be a victim of consumer fraud. “We had great credit and now it’s ruined,” the 40-year-old Bourne woman said Tuesday.
Enterprise, Allegrini, 18 inches, on wire now
TUSKEGEE AIRMEN: FIGHTING WAR AND RACISM - Escorting bombers over Nazi Germany required courage, but perhaps more daunting was the discrimination the Tuskegee Airmen faced back home, according to Luther E. McIlwain, one of the last living members of the nation's first black military flying group.
MetroWest, Olesin, 22 inches, on wire now
STAY-AT-HOME MOM BUILDS HER BUSINESS - The graphic-designer-turned-stay-at-home-mom was determined to stay productive during the half-days her daughter was in school. Topping her “to do” list was starting a business.
Ledger, Bauer, 18 inches, on wire now
NEEDHAM AD AGENCY GOES OSCAR WILD - As inches of fluffy, white snow fell last Friday — and folks across the region ducked out of work early — ViewPoint Creative’s staffers buzzed around their New England Business Center digs, busy as worker bees.
CNC, Filcman, 15 inches, on wire now
EDITORIAL: PASSING THE CREATIVITY TEST - When schools become exclusively focused on MCAS scores as the measure of their quality, important skills can be neglected. Those include skills essential in the modern workplace. Think of where you work: Do employees spend all their time huddled at their own desks, engaged in solitary work, like they were filling out a standardized test?
MetroWest, on wire now
GRANLUND: AMERICANS AND RELIGION
MetroWest, on wire now
EDITORIAL: A CRIMINAL ABUSE OF POWER - It shouldn’t have to take a legislative act to warn teachers they cannot use their positions to engage students, even if they are over the age of consent, in a sexual relationship.
The Patriot Ledger, on wire now
GRANLUND: Cartoon on economy stimulus checks and preferring it in Euros.
MetroWest, on wire now
A PRO SPORTS BUDGET will be e-mailed this afternoon
GETAWAY / IN NEW ENGLAND PACKAGE FOR MARCH 5 PUBLICATION
GETAWAY: MOUNTAIN MAGIC AT SUGARLOAF IN MAINE - Sugarloaf is far into Maine, about 260 miles from the Boston area, but come here and you'll be skiing without all those beautiful people (i.e., New Yorkers) who infest tonier big mountain resorts like Killington and Stowe. That in itself is worth the trip.
IN NEW ENGLAND: HEAD TO MYSTIC FOR ITALIAN FARE AND SEAFARING TRADITION - Bravo Bravo on Main Street in the center of town, is a small, cozy, upscale restaurant that Zagat says is ``better than most New York restaurants.'' And they are right.
FORMER NORWELL RESIDENT RESCUES ‘BUCKET LIST’ FROM SCRAP HEAP - If you like the movie “The Bucket List,” then thank former Norwell resident Travis Knox.
A 1988 graduate of Norwell High School, Knox found the script, shopped it around and finally got it made after many studios rejected it. The script was essentially dead, Knox said.
Ledger, Sulc, 22 inches, on wire now
BRASS MASTER: FRED WESLEY, SIDEMAN TO THE GODFATHER OF SOUL, PERFORMS - Best known for his roles as sideman, musical director and bandleader with the James Brown ensembles of the 1960s and 1970s, Wesley’s long, decorated career has also taken him from the Count Basie Orchestra and Parliament/Funkadelic to his own bands.
Ledger, Berndston, 18 inches, on wire now
NEWTON NATIVE AND COMEDIAN LOUIS CK COMES HOME TO TAPE HBO SPECIAL - There’s something different about comedian Louis CK. He talks about the usual fare, chewing on topics like marital relations, raising a family and the sad truth of aging. But soon his show takes a different turn, one most people don’t expect. He starts talking about race and suddenly everything gets a little uncomfortable.
CNC, Ma, 20 inches, on wire now
KEEPING TABS: EVENTS IN AND AROUND BOSTON - This past Sunday I was live blogging the Academy Awards and when the short film category came up, I was lost. I hadn't seen or even heard of any of these films and had no commentary to offer. Fortunately the ICA is showing all the nominated films for the next couple of weekends. Unfortunately, it's too late for my commentary, but I'm still interested. And don't forget to check out our arts blog from time to time. That's where our crazy side lives.
CNC, Ma, on wire now
ST. VINCENT PLAYS CAMBRIDGE - Annie Clark knew her music reached a wide range of individuals, but she was completely taken aback after learning that a 12-year-old became upset because he couldn’t attend her upcoming Boston show. She had no idea she had fans so young.
CNC, Wood, on wire now