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

Here are the top New England regional stories coming today from GateHouse News Service. Stories are available at gatehousenewsservice.com. Please submit stories below no later than 6 p.m. local time, unless you have breaking news that is changing significantly. Questions?

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News

SOMBER SCENE WHERE THREE PERISHED IN PLANE CRASH TUESDAY - Officials from the National Transportation Safety Board said from the scene this morning that they will be holding a press conference there at 3 p.m. today. They had no comment about the crash this morning.
Enterprise, Allegrini, on wire now
With photo

VIDEO: MECHANIC GETS EQUIVALENT OF 200 MPG WITH ELECTRIC CAR FROM '70S  - Though it’s smaller than a Yugo and slower than a moped, Ernie Rapoza doesn’t mind any of his Commuta Car’s shortcomings, because a gas-powered vehicle would need to get about 200 miles to the gallon to be as thrifty as his all-electric automobile.
Herald News, Patekaos, on wire now
With video and photos

THE INDOMITABLE MAGGIE MILLS: PLYMOUTH NEWS ICON, 91, DIES - Maggie died last Thursday, just four years after she left her trusty typewriter and the always energized air of the newsroom behind for the last time. The math says she was 91, though most who knew her have a hard time attributing an age to such an indomitable spirit.
CNC, Wilcox, on wire now
With photos

LONG ISLAND COUPLE WHO DIED IN EASTON CRASH LEAVE BEHIND 4-YEAR-OLD TWINS - As Robert and Donna Gregory headed to Boston in hopes of a longer, fuller life together — seeking treatment for Robert’s cancer — their lives were instead cut short when the single-engine plane they were in plummeted into an Easton parking lot Tuesday morning.
Enterprise, Scarpati, on wire now
With photo

A DREAM RINGS TRUE: STOUGHTON MAN WINS SERIES BLING - Owning an authentic 2007 World Series ring. It is the dream of every die-hard Red Sox fan and it all belongs to one Stoughton man, Rick Ward.
Stoughton Journal, Foley, on wire now
With photos

IRISH GOVERNMENT HELPS FUND CANTON CULTURAL CENTRE EXPANSION - For 20 years, the Irish Cultural Centre in Canton has been operating with an all-volunteer staff. But thanks to a $350,000 grant from the government of Ireland, the centre will now be able to hire two crucial full-time staff members—a director of programming and a director of development and membership.
Canton Journal, Jacobson, on wire now
With photo

Business

MASSACHUSETTS BUSINESS IN BRIEF - Hotel project gets green light for Boston’s Bulfinch Triangle; gas prices plummet in Massachusetts; Two former employees accused of stealing $1 million from Tufts University.
Ledger, on wire now

VIDEO: THOUSANDS DESCEND ON GILLETTE STADIUM FOR HELP WITH THEIR MORTGAGES – Foreclosure prevention workshop at Gillette Stadium brings out thousands of New England homeowners looking to come face-to-face with their mortgage lenders.
Ledger, Encarnacao, on wire now
With video and photos

STUCK ON GROWTH: Q&A WITH VENTURE TAPE CO-FOUNDER - When Lewis Cohen co-founded Venture Tape in 1980, the company sold one type of copper foil tape. Now the Rockland company manufactures more than 1,500 different varieties of tape.
Ledger, Bauer, on wire now
With photo

Opinions

LISA LILLELUND: THESE CARS NOT BLOWING SMOKE ON ENERGY SOLUTION - There is no silver-bullet solution that will solve our ever-growing need for energy. The 230 million or so vehicles on the road in the United States need to be powered somehow and many of our global neighbors in third-world countries are just beginning to be able to purchase their first car so the numbers of cars on the road will only rise each year.
Beverly Citizen, on wire now

DAN MAC ALPINE: COWBOY POLICIES MAKE IT HARD TO ROUND UP RUSSIAN TANKS - Just wondering if President Bush still thinks Vladimir Putin is someone he “can do business with” and thinking if Bush had read a few more books he might be able to read people a little better.
Beverly Citizen, on wire now

JOE BURNS: LIMITING LIMITS ON GUNS - Nothing elicits e-mail like a column favoring gun control. I’ve been hearing from the pro-gun contingent, and most of the people that I’ve heard from seemed pretty upset at my even suggesting that there should be limits placed on gun ownership.
CNC, on wire now

MAHONEY: Cops and Robbie, a look at civilian flaggers.
Ledger, 7 p.m.

GUEST COLUMN: JENNIFER MAHOLCHIC - Fear and anxiety from a Milton teen heading to Chile for 10 months as an exchange student.
Ledger, 7 p.m.

Sports

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Lifestyles

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GETAWAY: ATLANTIC CITY GETS A MAKEOVER - Once known for diving horses, an aging Frank Sinatra and, later, political corruption and rats, Atlantic City is coming of age as a place of luxury and class.

IN NEW ENGLAND: ISLAND-HOPPING CLOSE TO HOME - The two drumlins, or hills, of Spectacle Island - one of the larger islands in the Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area - rise like a pair of gargantuan humpback whales from the ocean. If you want to get a sense of how Boston Harbor is staging a comeback, take a stroll to the top of the north drumlin.

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VIDEO: WHAT TO DO WITH ALL THAT ZUCCHINI - This is the time of year when your garden or shopping bags from the local farm stand are bulging with fresh fruits and vegetables. Don't be discouraged by the heaps of produce in your kitchen. There are plenty of ways to use what you're harvesting.
MetroWest, Wasserman, on wire now
With photos and video

PSYCHIATRIST IS SPILLING THE SECRETS OF A HAPPY MARRIAGE - “Women are almost afraid to do things for their husbands,” said Dr. Scott Haltzman, co-author of “The Secrets of Happily Married Women: How to Get More out of Your Relationship by Doing Less” with Theresa Foy DiGeronimo, published by Jossey-Bass, a division of Wiley.
Herald News, Allard, on wire now
With photo

'PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE' GETS AUDIENCE MEMBERS INTO THE ACT - At each North Shore Music Theatre performance, four audience volunteers are selected and invited on stage to participate in the Bee, making each performance unique.
CNC, DeFranzo, on wire now
With photos

THE BEER NUT: CALIFORNIA DREAMIN' - The Mad River Brewing Company is a welcome reminder that not all the beers coming out of California are big, bold and hoppy.
MetroWest, Miller, on wire now
With photo

WIDESCREEN EDITION POISED TO MAKE IT BIG - The Widescreen Edition has already impressed music lovers from New York to Maine. But a recent appearance as the opening act for the popular band Lifehouse at Memorial Hall in Plymouth added a whole new group of fans of this talented foursome.
CNC, Sistrunk, on wire now
With photo

TAB THE BAND PREPARES FOR TOUR WITH STONE TEMPLE PILOTS - This Duxbury trio has played together for a little more than a year and a half, and this past Tuesday marked the release of its second full-length album.
CNC, Wood, on wire now
With photos

PIER PLEASURE FOR BOAT OWNERS ON SOUTH SHORE - Many South Shore boaters have come to find that they don’t have to leave port to get a lot of enjoyment from their boats.
Ledger, Keane, on wire now
With photos