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

Q. What’s Casey Laughman’s blog about this week? A. Q&As. – Learn how to take advantage of the Q&A’s flexibility.
http://ghnewsroom.com/article/take-advantage-qas-flexibility

PRO FOOTBALL PAGES: Six weekly pages packed with pro football news produced by Pro Football Weekly are available on GateHouse News Service now.
http://ghnewsroom.com/article/pro-football-pages-available-weekly-gatehouse-news-service


GOOD IDEA

CLOSING POST OFFICES: Are post offices in your area closing? Check out the PDF at www.usps.com/communications/newsroom/stationbranchop.pdf

It contains the current list of post office branches under review by the United States Postal Service. An updated list is expected in early October.


NEWS

PLANE CRASH FOLO: 'Engine just quit' on plane that landed on 495 in Mansfield -- An FAA spokesman said the two men aboard the plane that landed on Interstate 495 in Mansfield had been practicing stalls Tuesday but "the engine just quit" forcing the pilot, Matthew Kleindienst, 24, of Stoughton, and his passenger, Brian Souza, 20, of Stoneham, to land.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1566722773/Engine-just-quit-on-plane-that-landed-on-495-in-Mansfield
- Art: 6 photos

SENATE SEAT: Who will replace Ted Kennedy? Strong contenders for Senate seat -- A few politicians have been mentioned as possible contenders for the U.S. Senate seat of the late Edward Kennedy, but none has obtained nomination papers, according to the Secretary of State’s Office.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/x1991354834/Who-will-replace-Ted-Kennedy-Strong-contenders-for-Senate-seat
- Art: photos of possible contenders

ROCKY PART 4: Marciano's road to heavyweight title littered with obstacles -- He weighed less than 190 pounds, had a short reach and got a late start in the boxing game. Put together those three factors, and it doesn’t figure that Rocky Marciano could have possibly been the undefeated heavyweight champion of the world during the 1950s. Fourth in a seven-part series.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1886199764/Rocky-part-4-Marcianos-road-to-heavyweight-title-littered-with-obstacles
- Art: 3 photos
- With video
- With links to previous 3 parts

WEATHER PREDICTIONS: Almanacs, weather service at odds over winter predictions -- If you believe government meteorologists, the coming winter will be near normal. But the Farmers’ Almanac says most of the country is going to endure numbing cold.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/x1886199702/Almanacs-weather-service-at-odds-over-winter-predictions

WEST NILE VIRUS: Mosquito-borne illness found in Quincy, Lakeville -- The state has found more West Nile virus and eastern equine encephalitis in multiple mosquito samples from various parts of the state, including Quincy and Lakeville.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1991355051/Mosquito-borne-illness-found-in-Quincy-Lakeville

PUBLIC TRANSIT: MBTA announces Labor Day schedule -- According to the MBTA, most T services will operate on a Sunday schedule on Labor Day.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1991355024/MBTA-announces-Labor-Day-schedule


BUSINESS

CROPS PART 2: Second of a two-part series: Decline in pumpkin crops makes for scary Halloween -- Heavy rain and hungry deer picked away at pumpkin production at local farms, which could drive prices up for Halloween displays.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1991354896/Second-of-a-two-part-series-Decline-in-pumpkin-crops-makes-for-scary-Halloween
- Art: photo gallery
- Includes link to Part 1

SPIN ON CHEESECAKE: Savory cheesecake business born from fundraising idea -- When life gave the McKenna family lemons, they didn’t make lemonade. They reinvented the cheesecake and in the process started a new food business, Wicked Kickin’ savory cheesecakes.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1886200279/Savory-cheesecake-business-born-from-fundraising-idea
- Art: 2 photos


OPINIONS

GRANLUND CARTOON: Labor Day weekend
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1886200475/Granlund-cartoon-Labor-Day-weekend

GRANLUND CARTOON: Demanding a refund from summer -- On the cold and rainy summer.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1991355143/Granlund-cartoon-Demanding-a-refund-from-summer

EDITORIAL: On the dignity of work – “Good job.” That simple phrase may be the most-gratifying reward one can receive in the workplace. It fulfills a particularly human need for validation and respect. Unfortunately, for entirely too many Americans capable of work on Labor Day 2009, that phrase is absent from their lives. By the Westford Eagle.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1991355110/Editorial-On-the-dignity-of-work

EDITORIAL: Partisanship should not be part of plan to replace Kennedy -- We are being told, by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and others, that the best way we can honor Sen. Ted Kennedy’s legacy is by taking a purely partisan vote on the state level to grant Patrick appointment power, so that other purely partisan votes may be taken in Washington on health-care reform and other pressing issues. By the Marblehead Reporter.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x357701953/Editorial-Partisanship-should-not-be-part-of-plan-to-replace-Kennedy

EDITORIAL: Kennedy goodwill must not drive Senate seat decision - The debate over whether the governor should be allowed to temporarily fill the late Sen. Edward Kennedy’s seat has been cloaked in lofty principles but at its heart it is a partisan effort to give one party power to stifle debate and force through its agenda. By The Patriot Ledger.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1991352912/Editorial-Kennedy-goodwill-must-not-drive-Senate-seat-decision

ROB CONSALVO: Sen. Edward M. Kennedy a mentor and friend -- In my job, I got to know Ted Kennedy as a senator and a person. I witnessed firsthand just how hard he fought for Massachusetts and for the people he represented. But Sen. Kennedy also spoke for all of those with no voice in the halls of power in Washington.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1566721365/Rob-Consalvo-Sen-Edward-M-Kennedy-a-mentor-and-friend
- Art: column mug

MARC MUNROE DION: T-ball for state legislators - T-ball is a version of baseball for really little kids. The ball they use is squishy and they don’t pitch it to the kid batting. Instead, they put it on a big plastic golf tee-looking thing. That’s so the kid swinging the bat can’t miss. Which is how our legislative delegation came together and got some color choices for the Braga Bridge repainting project.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/opinions/x1566718125/Marc-Munroe-Dion-T-ball-for-state-legislators

PETER CHIANCA: Zombie study is (un)dead on arrival - You may scoff, but it’s not just me who’s preoccupied with the pending zombie invasion. According to the BBC, researchers at the University of Ottawa in Canada have just completed a full-fledged scientific study into the possibility.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x357700436/Peter-Chianca-Zombie-study-is-un-dead-on-arrival
- Art: Photo, cartoon, column mug

FRANK MULLIGAN: My dinner with Teddy - (Editor’s note: This column first appeared in the Taunton Sunday Gazette on May 30, 2004.) A mistake had apparently been made. Some well-meaning Kennedy staffer got my name mixed in with a list of journalistic movers and shakers, and I was invited to a clambake at the Kennedy “Compound” in Hyannis Port last week.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1886198262/Frank-Mulligan-My-dinner-with-Teddy
- Art: Column mug


LIFESTYLES/ENTERTAINMENT

STARS IN BRIDGEWATER: Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz to film movie scene -- Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz will be landing in Bridgewater later this month, along with an airplane in three pieces, to film a scene for a movie in a cornfield off Curve Street.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1886200156/Tom-Cruise-Cameron-Diaz-to-film-movie-scene-in-Bridgewater

ANGELA D’URSO: Rustic tart is peachy keen -- Peaches are sweet, tart, juicy and refreshing. They are perfect grilled, baked or simply right out of the fruit basket.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1566723114/Angela-DUrso-Rustic-tart-is-peachy-keen
- Art: photo, column mug

THE BEER NUT: Merry old brews from England - Samuel Smith Old Brewery in Yorkshire, England, blends tradition with unique new beers. By Norman Miller.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/food/beverages/x357700334/The-Beer-Nut-Merry-old-brews-from-England
- Art: Photo, column mug

DARIN ST. GEORGE: Try interval training - High Intensity Interval Training. HIIT sessions vary from 15 to 30 minutes during which the participant engages in short bursts of close-to-maximum effort. Those are followed by a longer "recovery period" where you continue the same exercise at a slower, more comfortable rate until it's time to crank back up again.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/health/x1991353129/Darin-St-George-Try-interval-training#
- Art: Column mug

DR. JEFF HERSH: Preparing for the flu - It was my privilege to be part of a group advising the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on how primary care providers (PCPs) can best be integrated into the national response to disasters, specifically focusing on the H1N1 flu pandemic.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/health/x1566720981/Dr-Jeff-Hersh-Preparing-for-the-flu
- Art: Column mug

BETSY WADLAND: More matters when it comes to fruits and veggies -- The Centers for Disease Control has partnered with an organization called the Produce for Better Health Foundation to spearhead an initiative called Fruits and Veggies ... More Matters.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x357702258/Betsy-Wadland-More-matters-when-it-comes-to-fruits-and-veggies
- Art: column mug


SPORTS

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