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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AT GHNEWSROOM.COM

BEST OF GATEHOUSE: Contest submissions are due Feb. 1.
- Contest details: http://www.ghnewsroom.com/article/seeking-entries-best-gatehouse-2009-editorial-contest
- Contest FAQ: http://ghnewsroom.com/article/faq-answers-five-best-gatehouse-contest-questions

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-jan-29

WINTER OLYMPICS TAB: Check out our TV listings for the Winter Olympics.
http://ghnewsroom.com/article/winter-olympics-tv-listings-tab-gatehouse-news-service

PRESIDENTS DAY CALLOUT: Our weekly reader callout asks readers to weigh in on their favorite presidents.
http://ghnewsroom.com/article/reader-callout-find-out-readers-favorite-presidents

READER CALLOUT ADS: Ask for readers’ love stories this Valentine’s Day.
http://ghnewsroom.com/article/reader-callout-seek-readers-valentines-day-love-stories


A&E

AT THE MOVIES WITH GATEHOUSE
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x231963460/At-the-movies-with-GateHouse

SNEAK PREVIEW: 'Edge of Darkness' and other new movies -- Mel Gibson returns to the screen for the first time since his drunken tirade in 2006. The question is: will his fans still support him? By Al Alexander.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x1920344742/Sneak-preview-Edge-of-Darkness-and-other-new-movies

FLICKS: Flicks: Gibson embodies the dude movie -- There’s little not to like about Mel Gibson, aside from the alcoholism (he had treatment!) and the anti-Semitism (um, a product of the media?) and so it’s nice to see him back on the big screen. By John Meo.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x231960622/Flicks-Gibson-embodies-the-dude-movie

MOVIE REVIEWS:
- ‘When in Rome’ another formulaic chick flick: http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x690801724/Movie-review-When-in-Rome-another-formulaic-chick-flick
- ‘Creation’ needs to evolve: http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x402456825/Movie-review-Creation-needs-to-evolve
- Mel’s mad in ‘Edge of Darkness’: http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x231962633/Movie-review-Mels-mad-in-Edge-of-Darkness
- ‘Edge of Darkness’ takes itself too seriously: http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x1920345380/Movie-review-Edge-of-Darkness-takes-itself-too-seriously

OSCAR NOMINATIONS: Predicting the nominees: Oscar announcement set for Tuesday -- The Oscars will be bigger than ever this year, as the field for best picture expands from five to 10 nominees. That means fan favorites like “Avatar,” “Star Trek” and “The Hangover” just might make the cut, whereas in past years they would not. By Al Alexander.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x1920346856/Predicting-the-nominees-Oscar-announcement-set-for-Tuesday

HASTY PUDDING: Harvard honors actress Anne Hathaway -- Midday snow showers Thursday did not stop crowds of people from flocking to Harvard Square looking to get a glimpse of this year’s Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year – Anne Hathaway. By Jillian Fennimore.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/entertainment/x562889180/Harvard-honors-actress-Anne-Hathaway


LIFESTYLES

KETTLEBELLS: Lift your fitness level with kettlebells -- You don’t ring a kettlebell. And you don’t use it to boil water for a soothing cup of tea. No, the roundish cast-iron weights with the sleek handles, which range in heft from 9 to 88 pounds, anchor a fitness regimen that practitioners pledge will increase strength, endurance, flexibility and balance - all at the same time. By Frank Mulligan.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/health/x690801489/Lift-your-fitness-level-with-kettlebells

BEATING INJURY: Cheerleader overcomes severe injury to become member of Celtics' 'Green Team' -- Two years ago, Stephanie Wright closed her eyes, not knowing if she’d still have her left arm when she opened them. Then a Gloucester High School senior, it was the day Wright had her second surgery on the arm she badly damaged in a cheerleading practice. By Dominic Nicastro.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x231964596/Cheerleader-overcomes-severe-injury-to-become-member-of-Celtics-Green-Team


LIFESTYLES COLUMNISTS

DONNA WHITEHEAD: Looking beyond winter -- The warm yellow tulips rise defiantly from a clear vase set on a green tablecloth on my dining room table. It’s a talisman giving me hope that spring is on the way.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/home_and_garden/x402459111/Donna-Whitehead-Looking-beyond-winter

RABBI RANDI KAFKA: Serve somebody -- Do you remember that Bob Dylan song from his gospel phase in the late ’70s? “Well it may be the devil or it may be the Lord, but you’re gonna have to serve somebody.” Whatever judgments we may have about Dylan’s personal spiritual journey, this is a message worth considering.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x562889154/Rabbi-Randy-Kafka-Serve-somebody


OPINIONS: TOONS, EDITORIALS & NEWS COLUMNS

GRANLUND CARTOON: Ben Bernanke and Groundhog Day
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/cartoons/x562889293/Granlund-cartoon-Ben-Bernanke-and-Groundhog-Day

GRANLUND CARTOON: Death of the printed book
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/cartoons/x690800151/Granlund-cartoon-Death-of-the-printed-book

O’MAHONEY CARTOON: On Quincy mayor Tom Koch
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x402459087/OMahoney-cartoon-On-Quincy-mayor-Tom-Koch

O’MAHONEY CARTOON: Last act for O'Brien, Gibson, Edwards, state budget?
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1090828112/OMahoney-cartoon-Last-act-for-OBrien-Gibson-Edwards-state-budget

LLOYD GARVER: Privacy? Forget about it -- Most of us have learned to be very careful when we're online. We don't give out our Social Security number or any private information that we don't want others knowing. As a result, we're safe from strangers knowing all kinds of things about us that we want to keep private, right? Wrong.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1920345087/Lloyd-Garver-Privacy-Forget-about-it


BUSINESS

ALTERNATIVE ENERGY: Linen manufacturer Matouk & Co. invests in solar power -- With nearly 500 solar panels ready to be sparked to life, alternative energy isn’t the only thing abuzz at John Matouk & Co., the third generation bed and bath linen manufacturer located in Industrial Park. By Jay Pateakos.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x690801567/Linen-manufacturer-Matouk-Co-invests-in-solar-power

RAIL FUNDING: SouthCoast Rail shut out of latest stimulus funding -- Despite not receiving funding from the federal government, SouthCoast Rail remains cautiously optimistic with their plan to move forward on a commuter rail connecting Fall River and New Bedford to Boston. By Derek Vital.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x231964404/SouthCoast-Rail-shut-out-of-latest-stimulus-funding

WIND POWER: Setbacks slow wind-harnessing effort in Provincetown -- The challenges facing wind energy here got a little steeper Monday when selectmen were informed that a developer interested in erecting a wind turbine next to the Mt. Gilboa water tank had pulled out. By Pru Sowers.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x402458995/Setbacks-slow-wind-harnessing-effort-in-Provincetown

CASINO MEETING: Fall River mayor, tribe leader meet but remain mum on casino -- All bets could be off, at least for players who are banking on a casino in Middleboro. The leader of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe confirmed he has been meeting with the mayor of Fall River but would not discuss the details. By Alice Elwell.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1090828084/Fall-River-mayor-tribe-leader-meet-but-remain-mum-on-casino

TOYOTA CONTENT: Our package of sidebars, localization tips, photos and more related to the Toyota recall and suspension.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business/x402456732/Toyota-recall-suspension-content


NEWS

ATM FRAUD: Police break scary ATM skimming ring in Greater Boston -- With the arrest of a Canadian man in Quincy, police say they’ve made the first dent in a sophisticated scheme to drain people’s bank accounts by secretly installing bank card readers and spy cameras to record passwords and steal thousands of dollars. By Robert Sears.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business/x562889063/Police-break-scary-ATM-skimming-ring-in-Greater-Boston

ATV LAW: Bill would keep kids from driving ATVs -- All-terrain vehicles, off-road motor cycles and snowmobiles may soon be off-limits to children under 14. That’s the aim of a bill inspired by the death of an 8-year-old Plymouth boy after an ATV crash. By Nancy Reardon.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x231964353/Bill-would-keep-kids-from-driving-ATVs

BROWN ON LENO: Scott Brown holds his own on Leno -- Jay Leno and Scott Brown evidently have a lot in common. "We are both from Massachusetts and both known for our good looks. It's amazing!" Leno said last night as he introduced Brown for the "10 at 10" segment on his show. By Heather McCarron.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x231964466/Scott-Brown-holds-his-own-on-Leno

CONGRESSIONAL SEAT: Republicans line up to challenge Delahunt -- South Shore Republicans have painted a bull’s-eye on U.S. Rep. William Delahunt. At least five people are considering a run for the 10th Congressional District seat he has held since 1997.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x690801941/Republicans-line-up-to-challenge-Delahunt

HEALTHIER STUDENTS: School lunches, vending options seem headed for an overhaul in Mass. -- A school nutrition bill passed by the state House on Thursday would require public schools to serve healthier meals to students, and to overhaul vending options. The proposal received overwhelming support – the vote was 152-4 – and now heads to the Senate. By Amanda Fakhreddine.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1090828017/School-lunches-vending-options-seem-headed-for-an-overhaul-in-Mass

COACH RESIGNS FOLO: Harmless ‘prank’ led to resignation of Brockton High coach, hockey mom says -- James Connors, coach of the school’s varsity hockey team since 2007, resigned Tuesday amid an internal investigation into allegations about his conduct, school officials said. By Kyle Alspach.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1090828008/Harmless-prank-led-to-resignation-of-Brockton-High-coach-hockey-mom-says

HAITI HELP: Students reach out to help earthquake victims -- On an afternoon earlier this week, students at Potter Road Elementary School gym kept busy by shuttling plastic cups of pocket change to others who sorted, counted and rolled them. By Abby Jordan.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1090828115/Students-reach-out-to-help-earthquake-victims

HAITI LINKS PACKAGE: Massachusetts stories of the disaster in Haiti are linked to here.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1560339596/Haiti-earthquake-coverage

 

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