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

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ON BROADWAY: 84-year-old Hingham actress shines under bright lights of Broadway -- Alice Duffy made it to Broadway. And if the 84-year-old actress never returns, at least in a professional capacity, she’s lived to tell the tale. By Chad Berndtson of The Patriot Ledger.


QUAKE SURVIVORS: After earthquake, Haitian youngsters start new life in Brockton -- Eleven-year-old Sebastian Emile tapped on the computer keyboard, finishing the next-to-last math program assignment for class. It has been a little more than two months since Sebastian was pulled from beneath a collapsed ceiling at his Haiti home during the Jan. 12 earthquake. By Maureen Boyle of The Enterprise.

CANCER FIGHT: Cancer diagnosis sends woman on winding path to recovery -- When Jennifer Martin at age 28 discovered what felt like a “rubber ball” in her left breast, she didn’t think it would turn out to be stage IV cancer. She was too young. Martin also didn’t think she’d end up out of work, selling her condominium and trudging through a mass of health insurance forms and doctor’s bills. By Deborah Allard of The Herald News.


DR. MURRAY FEINGOLD: Health care system needs communications overhaul -- My examination has uncovered that the health care system has been infected with a serious communication virus resulting in lack of information gathering between patients and health care providers. Unfortunately, the virus is spreading and there is no vaccine in sight to cure it.

DR. JEFF HERSH: Can you be allergic to cold? -- One in every 5 people will develop hives (raised, red, itchy welts) at some point in their lives. The most common cause is "unknown"; that is, the exact cause is not identified, although reaction to some allergen (a substance such as a medication, food, topical cream, chemical, pollen, etc.) is by far the most likely explanation.

DARIN ST. GEORGE: A look at some great equipment -- Let's take a look at the gym, the exercise floor if you will, and see what jumps out at us and makes an impression.

PHYSICIAN FOCUS: Living with chronic back pain -- For most Americans, aches and pains come and go. However, roughly 10 percent of Americans experience chronic pain or pain that lasts longer than the normal healing time of three months. By Dr. Janet D. Pearl.

SENIOR SAVVY: Fighting with elderly parents over dietary restrictions -- When your father is stressed, his blood pressure could be elevated and that could cause other medical problems. Speak with your father's physician (if your father will allow you) to discuss your father's salt intake. Ask the physician to provide you with the risks involved in consuming salt. At the same time listen to your father and his requests. By Debbie Gitner and Linda Sullivan.


SUZETTE MARTINEZ STANDRING: Parents explore true meaning of Judaism with their twins - Not being firmly grounded in Judaism always bothered Carissa Steefel. So when her twins were born, she and her husband, Jeffrey, hoped to instill a love of Jewish spirituality in their children.

REV. TESS BAUMBERGER: How knitting is and is not like life -- Knitting is like a well-lived life in that first we learn the basics (hopefully from someone we love) and at first we do simple things. We build a garment one stitch at a time just as we build a life one hour, one day at a time. We persevere and it grows. When we learn new ways of doing things the range of what we can do expands.

PETER COSTA: Trying to forget spring cleaning -- Now that it is officially spring, we forget things like below-zero wind chills, foot-deep snows, and, unfortunately, in my case, the 8 times table. I misplaced it during the winter.


O'MAHONEY CARTOON: On Obama’s health care bill (for Wednesday)

GRANLUND CARTOON: Why China fears the Internet

GRANLUND CARTOON: Pope Benedict and preying clergy

EDITORIAL: Health care bill only halfway to history -- The headlines Monday morning trumpeted the passage of a bill that will be debated, dissected and tweaked for years to come. Banners like “House makes history” and “Health care history is made” jumped off the front pages of newspapers across the country. Not so fast. From The Herald News.

PETER CHIANCA: Phone for kids is a tough cell -- So how did I become one of parents, the ones who are always telling their kids about how tough times were back when we were young? That’s just what I find myself doing when my 10-year-old daughter insists that she wants — wait, scratch that — she needs a cell phone.

MARC MUNROE DION: Progress leaves us pining for the past -- The story of Irish immigration to Fall River ends when the Corky Row Club closes. And that is the biggest eulogy you can give to a small social club on a cold concrete corner in a neighborhood of old tenement houses.


LOCAL BANKS: Towns shift money into local banks -- As activists call on public treasurers to pull money from big banks, money managers at area town halls have already shifted funds to local banks. By Steve Adams of The Patriot Ledger.

CAPE WIND: Last word on Cape Wind in the books -- A four-hour meeting Monday was the last chance for members of the public to vocalize their thoughts on Cape Wind’s plans for a 130 turbine wind farm in historic Nantucket Sound. By Rich Eldred of The Cape Codder.



Residents cautious on historic health bill -- The health care overhaul passed by the House on Sunday has its share of local supporters and detractors, including one man who felt powerless in the legislative process. By Joyce Kelly of The Daily News Tribune.

Health care legislation: Residents' reactions range from anger to relief -- After Sunday's passage of national health care legislation, MetroWest residents expressed feelings ranging from anger to relief. By Evan Lips of The MetroWest Daily News.


Frustrated flood victims turn to Washington for help -- The financial fate of Massachusetts flood victims may soon rest with one man: President Obama. The Patriot Ledger.

Taunton River still causing trouble; flooding affecting businesses -- Businesses were open again on Monday after Route 44 was shut down for more than four days last week. By Amy Littlefield of The Enterprise.

After flood, Waltham home becomes a house of horrors -- Ever since March 15, Maureen Flanagan's Berkley Street home has been scaring her and making her sick. It was on that night, in the midst of the three-day storm that flooded the region and lifted the Charles River to a record level, that her dog woke her just in time for her to hear a loud splitting sound. By Jen Judson of The Daily News Tribune.

LOCAL CENSUS: Confusion with local census forms worries some officials -- As the federal government urges people to participate in the 2010 census, concern is increasing among local officials who say people are getting confused between the federal and local census and may not return one or the other. By Krista Perry.

CHILD SEATS: Death of infant alerts parents to check car seats -- National studies found seven out of 10 children are improperly restrained in vehicles, either in seats installed wrong, in the wrong type of seat or not strapped in at all. By Maureen Boyle of The Enterprise.


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