Here are the top New England regional stories coming today from GateHouse News Service. Stories are available at

Here are the top New England regional stories coming today from GateHouse News Service. Stories are available at 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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TOM SUDORE: HALLOWEEN VIDEO: SHOOTING TIPS - Shooting Halloween events can be more of a trick than a treat, particularly if events are held in low-lit arenas or worse – outside at night. Here are some tips for producing in lowlight situations.


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Holiday content

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2) Holiday Song Book (24 pp tab)

3) Holiday Cook Book (24 pp tab)

DEVICE HELPS DOCTORS, PATIENTS FIND A COMMON LANGUAGE - Known as Martti, or my accessible real-time trusted interpreter, the device allows information to be quickly conveyed between medical staff and patients who either don't speak English or who use sign language. It can be easily wheeled around the hospital and features a rechargeable battery lasting six to eight hours and a 19-inch monitor for video conferencing.
MetroWest, Morton, on wire now
With photo

MURRAY AND MORRISSEY DEFEND THEIR DEALINGS WITH WILKERSON - Senate President Therese Murray and Sen. Michael Morrissey denied any involvement in backroom deal-making at the State House while the FBI expanded its investigation into an allegedly corrupt Boston state senator.
Ledger, Kelly, on wire now

CNC, Colantuono, on wire now

FIREWOOD IS A HOT SELLER - If cooler nights have you thinking of relaxing by a fire, you should stock up on firewood now, as wood has become a popular source of heating this year.
Ledger, Onufrak, on wire now
With photos

A THIRD STRAY BULLET IN FOUR YEARS LEAVES SCITUATE RESIDENTS ON EDGE - In the aftermath of a bullet hitting a house on Heritage Trail in Scituate, people who live near the Scituate Rod and Gun Club are worried, and convinced that major changes are needed.
Ledger, Keane, on wire now

POLICE TAKE EXTRA MEASURES TO KEEP SALEM SAFE ON HALLOWEEN - Police are bracing for what could be one of the busiest Halloween nights in memory. With the holiday falling on a Friday night, the forecast for good weather and increased MBTA service, thousands of people — possible hundreds of thousands — will pour into the Witch City on the big night.
CNC, Guerriero, on wire now
With photos

TELEVISION SCAM RETURNS TO SOUTH SHORE PLAZA - Rhode Island men promised expensive televisions for a bargain become victims of a scam at South Shore Plaza.
Ledger, on wire now

FRANK DWARFS RIVALS IN CAMPAIGN CASH - U.S. Rep. Barney Frank had $821,819 left in his campaign account in mid-October. Republican challenger Earl H. Sholley had $376 the last time he filed a report. There are no records that show Independent Susan Allen has raised any money.
Ledger, Kelly, on wire now

KERRY HAS HUGE FINANCIAL ADVANTAGE - As of Oct. 15, U.S. Sen. John F Kerry had $5.3 million to spend on his campaign for election to a fifth six-year term. His Republican challenger, Jeff Beatty, had about a tenth of that, or about $58,000, and Liberatarian Robert Underwood had about $400 to spend.
Ledger, Kelly, on wire now

TEEN EXPLAINS STUTTERING IN ORDER TO EDUCATE - Eric McSherry has guts. What else would you call it when a 14-year-old asks to stand in front of his class and explain to his peers what it is like to stutter, what it is like to struggle valiantly for the next word, and what it is like to hope that his listeners will be patient?
CNC, Conley, on wire now
With photo


MASSACHUSETTS BUSINESS IN BRIEF - Former Serono director to pay $150K fine; Entergy wins key regulatory ruling for Pilgrim plant; Lazard Capital settles Fidelity case.
Ledger, on wire now

BUSINESS CONFIDENCE IN MASS. REACHES NEW LOW POINT - The Associated Industries of Massachusetts reports that its business confidence index has hit its lowest point in the 17 years that the organization has conducted the poll.
Ledger, Chesto, on wire now

FAO SCHWARZ OPENS INSIDE MACY’S STORES IN MASS. - FAO Schwarz has opened toy stores inside 11 Macy’s department stores in Massachusetts in recent months, including one in the South Shore Plaza, according to the company.
Ledger, Onufrak, on wire now

VIDEO GAME MAKER OPENS STUDIO IN DEDHAM - Video game developer Turbine will expand its local workforce after leasing a new office in Dedham Executive Center.
Ledger, Adams, on wire now


LODGE: PATRICK LOCKS OUT THE PUBLIC - "Transparency"? Civic engagement? After a string of closed-door meetings with municipal officials in Fall River, New Bedford, Quincy, Salem and, on Wednesday, in Framingham, Gov. Deval Patrick doesn't appear to be putting those words high on his "to-do" list.
MetroWest, Lodge, on wire now

EDITORIAL: KERRY FOR SENATE: FOCUSED ON THE NOW - With several meetings with Kerry over the past year, we’ve seen a changed public official, one very much at ease with his record and his place and we think he has earned the right to return to the Senate and carry on the promise many voters in the state believe they have seen through his career.
Ledger, on wire now

PHILIP MADDOCKS: UNDECIDED VOTERS UNDECIDED ABOUT THE ISSUE ON WHICH THEY ARE INDECISIVE - As the presidential race headed into its final days, a geographically indistinct smattering of intellectually uncommitted adults, more commonly known as undecided voters, were still waiting to hear a clear argument from either candidate as to why, after more than 20 months of campaigning and dozens of debates, voters like them remain indecisive about their indecision.
CNC, on wire now




VIDEO: IT'S MURDER ON THE DANCE FLOOR FOR 'THRILLER' PARTICIPANTS - Shuffle, shuffle, shuffle, twitch, twitch. I am doing my best impression of Michael Jackson in the famous 1980s “Thriller” video, along with about a hundred other zombies assembled in Salem State College’s O’Keefe Center gym.
CNC, D'Agostino, on wire now
With video and photos

IT'S TIME TO PULL UP INVASIVE SPECIES AND MAKE ROOM FOR NATIVE PLANTS - New England's wildlife, from the Eastern bluebird to the monarch butterfly, depend on "weeds" for their survival.
MetroWest, Mazar, on wire now
With photo

MOVIE REVIEW: THE SOFTER SIDE OF PORN - I speak, of course, of the viral sex videos spreading across the Internet like a fire in Bill Clinton’s pants. It’s so prevalent, in fact, it’s almost become PC to get it on on your PC. Who knows, you might even make a few bucks off it, like Rick Salomon’s famous night in Paris.
Ledger, Alexander, on wire now
With photo

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘BALLAST’ WILL LIFT YOU UP IF YOU LET IT - Hope, despair and forgiveness converge powerfully in “Ballast,” an impressive first feature from Lance Hammer that defiantly flips a middle finger at convention.
Ledger, Alexander, on wire now
With photos

‘LEGALLY BLONDE’ PLAYS IT PERKY, SAFE AND SWEET - Like, oh-mi-God, isn’t the don’t-judge-a-book-by-its cover theme so been there, done that?
Ledger, Barbuto, on wire now
With photos