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 OF THE DAY: The Patriot Ledger named GateHouse front page of the day
http://ghnewsroom.com/front-page/patriot-ledger-named-gatehouse-front-page-day-friday-march-19

WEBCUBE: WebCube Moments of the Week for March 19, 2010
http://ghnewsroom.com/article/webcube-moments-week-march-19-2010

LOCALIZING TAX SEASON: Tax accountants feel economy pinch; how you can localize the story
http://ghnewsroom.com/article/tax-accountants-feel-economy-pinch-how-you-can-localize-story

LOCALIZING THE CENSUS: Find four ideas to make the census story your own.
http://ghnewsroom.com/article/localization-tip-writing-about-census

READER CALLOUT: Ask readers to submit their Easter photos to you.
http://ghnewsroom.com/article/reader-callout-ask-readers-send-you-their-easter-pictures

READER CALLOUT: Seek spring gardening tips.
http://www.ghnewsroom.com/article/reader-callout-ask-readers-spring-gardening-tips


A&E: MUSEUMS

MUSEUM MYSTERY: 20 years later, the Gardner Museum heist remains a mystery -- Twenty years ago, two men masquerading as Boston police officers overpowered guards at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum on the Fenway and stole 13 masterpieces worth an estimated $300 million. The artwork is still missing and the identity of the thieves unknown. But the FBI is resubmitting some evidence from the crime scene to its lab in Virginia. By Robert Sears of The Patriot Ledger.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1526471193/20-years-later-the-Gardner-Museum-heist-remains-a-mystery

AUDIBLE ART: MFA's rare and beautiful instruments are audible art -- With the opening of the Museum of Fine Art’s Huntington Avenue entrance last year, more people are finding their way to the acclaimed but overlooked treasure of instruments housed in a small gallery near the cloak room. This pleases curator Darcy Kuronen, who recently led a public demonstration of some early keyboard and wind instruments. By Jody Feinberg of The Patriot Ledger.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x99758676/MFAs-rare-and-beautiful-instruments-are-audible-art

PARKS EXHIBIT: Explore U.S. National Parks through National Heritage Museum exhibit -- Explore 58 U.S. national parks in "Treasured Lands," a gorgeous exhibition of color photos of all 58 national parks in the U.S. at the National Heritage Museum in Lexington. By Chris Bergeron of The MetroWest Daily News.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1336916853/Explore-U-S-National-Parks-through-National-Heritage-Museum-exhibit

MIXED MEDIA: Media Mix exhibit includes woven car -- The sports car inside the South Shore Art Center in Cohasset is unexpected, made even stranger by its checkerboard weave covering and ceramic floral stick shift. The “Woven Car,” part of the new exhibit Media Mix, is an eye-catching, inventive, whimsical contraption created by Hingham artists Jeanne Wiley and Ann Conte from recycled and overstock materials. By Peggy Mullen of The Patriot Ledger.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1664765562/Media-Mix-exhibit-includes-woven-car


A&E: MUSIC

NEW ARTISTS: Music store owner helps find hot artists for Natick space -- When Jonatha Brooke performs Sunday at The Center for Arts in Natick, the lyrical folksinger might want to thank music store owner Russell Reitz for recommending her to TCAN Director David Lavalley. The owner of Listen Up in downtown Natick, Reitz is stocking CDs by musicians who've performed at TCAN. By Chris Bergeron of The MetroWest Daily News.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x99758855/Music-store-owner-helps-find-hot-artists-for-Natick-space

ALBUM REVIEW: She & Him, ‘Volume Two’ - The more I hear of She & Him, the more delightful it seems that M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel managed to find each other. Yes, I said delightful, which is not a word often used to describe pop music these days … at least not by me. By Peter Chianca.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/dvds_cds/x1526472896/Album-review-She-Him-Volume-Two


A&E: THEATER

POLITICAL PLAY: Politics are a joke in 'You're a Good Man, Scott Brown' -- Aiming to entertain audiences from both ends of the political spectrum, The Improv Asylum in Boston will stage the very timely -- and very irreverent -- musical, "You're a Good Man, Scott Brown," starting Sunday. By Julie M. Cohen of The MetroWest Daily News.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x99758748/Politics-are-a-joke-in-Youre-a-Good-Man-Scott-Brown


A&E: FILM

HUBBLE: See what the Hubble sees in IMAX 3-D -- As seen in the new IMAX film “Hubble 3-D,” the seven astronauts on the STS-125 Mission had some serious business to take care of. “Hubble 3-D” opens at the New England Aquarium Simons IMAX Theatre today. It’s scheduled to open at the Jordan’s Furniture Verizon IMAX Theater in Natick on April 23. By Ed Symkus of The Patriot Ledger.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x645471530/See-what-the-Hubble-sees-in-IMAX-3-D

FLICKS: Too much to focus on in 3-D ‘Alice’ version -- Sitting through two-plus hours of “Alice in Wonderland” confirmed one thing for me: 3-D is fully and horribly overrated. By John Meo of the Norwich Bulletin.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x427976091/Flicks-Too-much-to-focus-on-in-3-D-Alice-version

MOVIE REVIEWS:
- 'The Bounty Hunter' a painful dud of a film: http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x1526473285/Moview-review-The-Bounty-Hunter-a-painful-dud-of-a-film
- 'Girl With the Dragon Tattoo' a gritty thriller: http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x1526473262/Movie-review-Girl-With-the-Dragon-Tattoo-a-gritty-thriller
- 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' doesn't make successful transition to film: http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x1526473242/Movie-review-Diary-of-a-Wimpy-Kid-doesnt-make-successful-transition-to-film
- 'Neil Young Trunk Show' fantastic, but only diehard fans will want to see theater version: http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x1526473181/Movie-review-Neil-Young-Trunk-Show-fantastic-but-only-diehard-fans-will-want-to-see-theater-version
- 'A Matter of Size' simply a long joke about fat people: http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x673428262/Movie-review-A-Matter-of-Size-simply-a-long-joke-about-fat-people
- Sci-fi 'Repo Men' graphically reveals consequences of debt: http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x673427091/Movie-review-Sci-fi-Repo-Men-graphically-reveals-consequences-of-debt


LIFESTYLES: GENERAL

LIGHTHOUSE KEEPER: For history teacher, Old Scituate Light will always shine -- Standing in the master bedroom of the keeper’s cottage at Old Scituate Light, Bob Gallagher realized just how badly he wanted the job of lightkeeper. Ruth Downton, then keeper of the light, was telling him about the intricacies of the house, where she had lived since 1986. But Gallagher, who grew up a stone’s throw from the lighthouse, was captivated by what he saw out the bedroom window. By Kaitlin Keane of The Patriot Ledger.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x673427106/For-history-teacher-Old-Scituate-Light-will-always-shine

CHEERLEADING: New generation of athletes changing the face of cheerleading -- These aren’t your grandmother’s cheerleaders. Cheerleaders don’t just cheer for the athletes. They consider themselves athletes, too. “One hundred percent, yes,” agreed Kathie Lewis, cheerleading coach at Archbishop Williams High School in Braintree. From The Patriot Ledger.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1526472793/New-generation-of-athletes-changing-the-face-of-cheerleading

PIECE OF HISTORY: Canton revives 224-year-old quilt -- Martha Howard sewed each leaf and feather into the salmon-pink cloth by hand, and her tiny stitches are still visible in the paper-thin wool 224 years later. The quilt, which dates back to 1786, is a cornerstone of Canton’s history. Now, with the help of a federal grant and donors, the Canton Historical Society had the quilt cleaned and stabilized, and will display the rare piece of town history. By Amy Littlefield of The Patriot Ledger.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x673426231/Canton-revives-224-year-old-quilt


LIFESTYLES: FOOD

KITCHEN CALL: Why not take in the few needed bits of soothing winter comforts before eschewing them for green vegetables and a more slimming diet? I can’t think of a nicer way to use up leftover bread than to make it into a Pilgrim-style pudding. By Linda Bassett.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1526472719/Kitchen-Call-Proof-is-in-the-bread-pudding


OPINIONS: TOONS, EDITORIALS & NEWS COLUMNS

GRANLUND CARTOON: Health care March Madness
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/cartoons/x1526472877/Granlund-cartoon-Health-care-March-Madness

EDITORIAL: It’s time to let sun shine in on Beacon Hill -- Today marks the last day of Sunshine Week, an annual event designed to encourage people to exercise their right to see how their government operates. Pushing changes that would pull Beacon Hill out from the shadows is a worthy way of doing just that. From the Patriot Ledger.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x673427945/Editorial-It-s-time-to-let-sun-shine-in-on-Beacon-Hill

 

BUSINESS

POWER PLANTS: Power plant task force drafts moratorium legislation -- The Regional Task Force on the Proposed Power Plant has drafted legislation to place a moratorium on new construction of fossil fuel power plants in Massachusetts. By Sandra L. Churchill of The Enterprise.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1664766657/Power-plant-task-force-drafts-moratorium-legislation

AFFORDABLE HOUSING: High court rules against Canton, approves housing project -- The state’s high court ruled that a New Jersey developer has the right to build 227 housing units on Randolph Street in Canton, seven years after the town first nixed the proposal. By Steve Adams of The Patriot Ledger.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1526472957/High-court-rules-against-Canton-approves-housing-project

STORE SUPPORT: Stoughton thrift store supports Jewish community --At thrift stores, finding a great item for a bargain price can seem like a perfect way to spend your money. Thanks to a new shop that opened this month in Stoughton, every deal you find there can also help support the local Jewish community. By Lana Lagomarsini of The Patriot Ledger.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x427977628/Stoughton-thrift-store-supports-Jewish-community

LANGUAGE TOOL: Sing-A-Lingo helps children learn Spanish without making it a chore -- The ideas for turning Sing-A-Lingo from a local playgroup into a bonafide business has taken a turn even the Maderas can’t believe. By Nell Escobar Coakley of the Medford Transcript.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x645470650/Sing-A-Lingo-helps-children-learn-Spanish-without-making-it-a-chore


NEWS

BULLYING BILL: Anti-bullying bill passes House -- Local educators say the trickiest component of the state’s anti-bullying bill will be the requirement to notify law enforcement in the most serious cases. Help will be on the way in the form of guidelines drafted by the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. But the bill will go into effect immediately once the governor signs it, but the guidelines don’t have to be in place until the end of the year. By Nancy Reardon of the State House Bureau.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x99758470/Anti-bullying-bill-passes-House

DIABILITY VICTORY: Government links Hanover veteran's cancer to pollution at Marine base -- For Paul Buckley, the victory was four years in the making and is about more than money. The Department of Veterans Affairs granted full service-related disability pension to the Hanover man, whose cancer was linked to exposure to contaminated drinking water at Camp Lejuene in North Carolina. By Fred Hanson of The Patriot Ledger.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x99754167/Government-links-Hanover-veterans-cancer-to-pollution-at-Marine-base

MATCH DAY: Medical students consider what the future holds -- With debate on health care reform and costs in full swing outside their doors, 101 graduating medical students crowded into a school function room Thursday to await an envelop bearing their fate. They had gathered for an annual rite called "Match Day," when those about to finish four years of schooling find out if a national system has placed them in a desired residency program. By Michael Morton of The MetroWest Daily News.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1664766427/Medical-students-consider-what-the-future-holds

HORSE RESCUE: Donated equipment helped rescue pony now recovering from pool plunge -- Star, the 900-pound horse that took a plunge in a backyard pool, is on the mend, her owner said. Abby Crosby of Marshfield said the animal’s body temperature dropped to 96 degrees and she had been slightly hypothermic when she was hoisted out of the water Wednesday. Star’s temperature was back to normal on Thursday. From The Patriot Ledger.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x673427959/Donated-equipment-helped-rescue-pony-now-recovering-from-pool-plunge

STUDENTS FIND GRENADE: Inert grenade discovered in woods outside elementary school -- Mansfield High School baseball team members made a potentially explosive discovery Thursday afternoon when they stumbled upon an inert grenade while holding team tryouts at Jordan/Jackson Elementary School. By Stacey Gallotta of The Mansfield News.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x99757708/Inert-grenade-discovered-in-woods-outside-elementary-school

WEATHER ROUNDUP

Police: Scammers posing as FEMA employees -- A crew of Federal Emergency Management Agency officials may have been in the area assessing flood damage on Thursday, but they weren’t the ones trying to get into homes. Those were the scam artists, Quincy police say. By Jack Encarnacao of The Patriot Ledger.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x427977277/Police-Scammers-posing-as-FEMA-employees

Numbers-crunching begins for ‘disaster area’ declaration following flood -- Teams of emergency management officials toured flooded sections of Quincy, Braintree and Holbrook on Thursday, collecting information that could lead to the region being declared a disaster area. By Jack Encarnacao of The Patriot Ledger.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x673427976/Numbers-crunching-begins-for-disaster-area-declaration-following-flood

As floodwaters retreat, homeowners fight mold -- As they waited for floodwaters to subside Thursday, many homeowners started cleaning up amid warnings that mold could be their next problem. By Alice C. Elwell.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1664766698/As-floodwaters-retreat-homeowners-fight-mold

Feds coming to Brockton to assess flood damage -- Federal officials are expected to visit Brockton on Friday to assess damage from last weekend’s torrential rains and winds. By Maria Papadopoulos of The Enterprise.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x645471468/Feds-coming-to-Brockton-to-assess-flood-damage


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