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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Ask readers to share their summer vacation photographs
http://ghnewsroom.com/article/ask-readers-share-their-summer-vacation-photographs

Front page gallery for July 28, 2009
http://ghnewsroom.com/article/front-page-gallery-july-28-2009


NEWS

PEDESTRIAN CRASHES: Penalties for drivers involved in pedestrian crashes vary -- Area drivers involved in fatal or serious pedestrian crashes may face little or no jail time — if they are ever charged at all.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x2141125009/Penalties-for-drivers-involved-in-pedestrian-crashes-vary
- Art: 2 photos

BIRTHDAY PARTY CRASH: Woman hit by car that plowed into birthday party dies of injuries -- A 36-year-old woman who was hit by a car when a neighbor drove into a birthday party Sunday afternoon has died. Kim McGinley died at Massachusetts General Hospital, police said.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1543604717/Woman-hit-by-car-that-plowed-into-birthday-party-dies-of-injuries
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GATES ARREST FOLO: Cambridge city councilors blast city manager over handling of Gates' arrest aftermath -- For the past week, city councilors say they have been kept in the dark about the details of the Henry Louis Gates Jr. case and decisions City Manager Bob Healy has made on behalf of Cambridge.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x695081778/Cambridge-city-councilors-blast-city-manager-over-handling-of-Gates-arrest-aftermath
- Art: photo of Healy

NEW POWER PLANT: Supporters, opponents gear up for state vote on Brockton power plant -- A state board may approve a proposed city power plant Thursday, and both opponents and supporters hope a show of force will sway the outcome. Groups have rented buses to take people from Brockton to the meeting in Boston, even though public comment won’t be allowed.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x695081726/Supporters-opponents-gear-up-for-state-vote-on-Brockton-power-plant
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CRIMINAL RECORDS: Activists want law to seal criminal records sooner -- Opponents of the state’s criminal records system say that in Massachusetts the real punishment doesn’t begin until after a convicted offender has served his time.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1641099414/Activists-want-law-to-seal-criminal-records-sooner
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DRUG RING: UPS deliveryman played role in Quincy Point drug ring, police say -- A UPS deliveryman was a key component of a Quincy Point prescription drug ring that was disrupted by five arrests, police say. The UPS driver, Richard Hawes, 48, of Quincy, helped run packages of pills illegally purchased from out of state by a Chubbuck Street couple, Quincy police Detective Lt. Patrick Glynn said.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/news/x836550447/UPS-deliveryman-played-role-in-Quincy-Point-drug-ring-police-say

MEDAL OF HONOR: Raynham residents discuss how to honor Medal of Honor recipient -- Jared Monti will be awarded, posthumously, the Medal of Honor — the highest military decoration awarded by the United States — at a ceremony conducted at the White House on Sept. 17. But some residents say he should also be honored locally.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x2141124884/Raynham-residents-discuss-how-to-honor-Medal-of-Honor-recipient
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BUSINESS

IN BUSINESS: Entrepreneur starts solar energy company -- Barbara Mulford's transition from business major to business owner began when she took a class in entrepreneurship to fulfill an elective requirement for her major.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x695081987/From-business-major-to-business-owner-Entrepreneur-starts-solar-energy-company
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USING THE LAND: Freelance farmer turns unused field into tomato farm -- Tim Cooke leased a half-acre of private land to plant his garden, from which he hopes to harvest 15,000 pounds of organically grown tomatoes to sell to local restaurants, markets and other farmers.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1543604887/Freelance-farmer-turns-unused-field-into-tomato-farm
- Art: 3 photos

FAMILY TEAM: Father, daughter team up at Raynham restaurant -- Nine years ago, as a gift to his family, Joe Losciuto, 54, purchased the landmark Milk Bottle Restaurant on Broadway. He and his daughter, Jamie, reopened the breakfast and lunch restaurant on Jan. 26, 2001. And the pair have been working together ever since.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1641099650/Father-daughter-team-up-at-Raynham-restaurant
- Art: 4 photos


OPINIONS

GRANLUND CARTOONS:

- On the White House beer fest: http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/cartoons/x1641099291/Granlund-cartoon-White-House-beer-fest

- On Obama's vacation to Martha's Vineyard: http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/cartoons/x592699446/Granlund-cartoon-On-Obamas-vacation-to-Marthas-Vineyard

- On staycation 2009: http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/cartoons/x695081715/Granlund-cartoon-On-staycation-2009

EDITORIAL: Learning from Gates' arrest and the nation's 'conversation' -- America's latest conversation on race began last week, like most of our conversations, before all the facts were in.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1641099696/Editorial-Learning-from-Gates-arrest-and-the-nations-conversation
- From the MetroWest Daily News

WENDY MURPHY: Gates case a lesson for everyone -- Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. had friends in every corner when he first reported being a victim of racism after police suspected him of committing a crime in his own home.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x639779007/Wendy-Murphy-Gates-case-a-lesson-for-everyone
- Art: column mug

SUE SCHEIBLE: Take your time cleaning out a parent’s home -- Experts are urging baby boomers to become familiar with their parents’ belongings long before they have to settle an estate and clean out the house. Here’s why you should be prepared, take your time and save the valuables.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x592699772/Sue-Scheible-Take-your-time-cleaning-out-a-parent-s-home
- Art: column mug


LIFESTYLES/ENTERTAINMENT

FILLING A GAP: Scituate moms provide opportunities for children with developmental disabilities -- Tracy Johnston, 42, and Marynell Henry, 48, co-founded a program to bring supplemental special-education and recreation programs to the town. Both women have children with autism.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x592699623/Scituate-moms-provide-opportunities-for-children-with-developmental-disabilities
- Art: 3 photos

CUSHING ANNIVERSARY: Former workers, patients remember hospital created for WWII service members -- German shell fire met William Brennick that June day in 1944. Brennick was among the first in the major wave of wounded soldiers who arrived at Cushing Hospital, a complex of 95 buildings created in Framingham to care for the wounded WWII soldiers returning from overseas.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1641099562/Former-workers-patients-remember-hospital-created-for-WWII-service-members
- Art: 5 photos

HOT YOGA: Video: Easton studio turns up the heat on yoga -- Open Doors Studios in Easton offers a class called “hot power” yoga, where the breathing and stretching exercises are done in a room of 85 to 105 degrees to allow muscles to loosen and provide a wider range of motion.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x2141124971/Video-Easton-studio-turns-up-the-heat-on-yoga
- Art: 5 photos

SUMMER RECIPE: Chef makes duck a summer dish -- Marisa Iocco, executive chef at Spiga Trattoria Italiano in Needham, created this lightened orange-scented version of a duck ragu for summer. It's great to serve on any type of pasta, but at the restaurant, Iocco serves it on half-moon-shaped raviolis.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1543604909/Chef-makes-duck-a-summer-dish
- Art: photo


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