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

FOR MONDAY – WEEKLEY STATELINE/MASSACTION PACKAGE
HOW GREEN ARE MASS. LEADERS? We gave the governor, his energy secretary and several reps and sens who head environmental committees a few questions about their own energy consumption. The story is about how most of them refused to answer or gave excuses despite being given numerous chances and plenty of time.
MetroWest Daily News, Parietti

MISTRESS GORGEOUS BUSTED - Police arrested a dominatrix and her husband and seized paddles, whips, handcuffs and sex toys last week after an undercover operation revealed the couple were allegedly charging $175 for a half-hour of whipping and spanking in their Brighton apartment.
Allston-Brighton TAB, Cherecwith, 12 inches, on wire now

THE X FACTOR: INNOVATOR LEADING CHARGE IN GENETIC COMPETITION – Brookline, Mass., resident is the new executive director of the Archon X PRIZE, a contest challenging scientists and engineers to map 100 human genomes in 10 days, at a cost of $10,000 apiece.
Brookline TAB, Simpson, 22 inches, on wire now
With photo

SOLAR POWER IN CANTON - The Massachusetts Audubon Society’s Visual Arts Center in Canton will soon be getting a big boost of energy right from the sun.
Canton Journal, Mucciarone, 22 inches, on wire now
With photo

DRY WEATHER - Foliage is start ing to turn early, the for est-fire danger is unseasonably high and diminishing groundwater levels are being closely watched — all because this month is ending with the second-lowest Au gust rainfall on record.
The Enterprise, Allegrini, 22 inches, 6 p.m.
With photos
 
ON THE ROAD AGAIN - If you want to buzz Basan "Buzz" Nembirkow on weekends, call South Deerfield. The Brockton superintendent of schools has a home in South Deer field in western Massachusetts, and said he is there on weekends if he does not have busi ness in Brockton. With Nembirkow responsible for the education of 16,000 students in the district, his week end getaways are not sitting well with some people.
The Enterprise, Papadopoulos, 23 inches, 6 p.m.
With head shot, already filed

HOOKER ATTACK - Prostitute raped and beaten by a john in Brockton -- suspect arrested, is from Sharon. Follows other attacks on hookers last year.
The Enterprise, Boyle, 12 inches, 6 p.m.

Business

VIDA VERDE CLEANS GREEN - Vida Verde (“green life”) is a group of nine Brazilian housecleaners that advertises itself as “environmentally sound cleaning.”
Allston-Brighton TAB, Cherecwith, 20 inches, on wire now
With photos

Opinions

FOR SUNDAY: HOLMES COLUMN: A visit to the mostly unmarked battlegrounds of New England's
bloodiest war – King Philip’s War.
MetroWest Daily News, 6 p.m.
With photos.

EDITORIAL: LARRY CRAIG - Barney Frank has some interesting things to say about Sen. Larry
Craig's dilemma.
MetroWest Daily News, 6 p.m.

EDITORIAL: ON FALLEN FIREFIGHTERS - It was a classy and caring act by the New York Yankees Thursday to have a moment of silence before the game against the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium for fallen Boston firefighters Paul Cahill and Warren Payne along with two New York firefighters who died last month.
Patriot Ledger, 17 inhces, 6 p.m.

SZYMAN COLUMN: THE BURDEN OF WHITE PRIVILEGE - What happens to young white adults going to college who have so many advantages but return to suburban hometowns defeated, not as conquering heroes but as pent-up balls of anger and frustration?
Patriot Ledger, 18 inches, 6 p.m.

EDITORIAL: DRUNKEN DRIVING DEATHS - Credit should be spread around but the bottom line in a report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that drunken driving-related deaths in Massachusetts dropped for the sec ond straight year.
Patriot Ledger, 12 inches, 6 p.m.

COGLIANO: LABOR DAY IS FOR ALL - The fact is the unionsí numbers have been in a free fall since their heyday of the 1950ís, in large part because government has stepped in to ensure workersí rights that didnít exist when the United States was coming of economic age.
Patriot Ledger Cogliano, 18 inches, 6 p.m. (guest column from ex director of nonprofit Merit Construction Alliance, opposed to union-only bidding laws)

PHIL MADDOCKS: ALBERTO GONZALES FIRES HIMSELF – But a U.S. senator that the attorney general could face perjury charges if he wasn’t more forthcoming about the reasons for firing himself.
Natick Bulletin and TAB, 22 inches, on wire now

RICHARD LODGE: DEMAND FOR ILLEGAL MEDS SUPPLY - Why did it take police so long to catch a black market pharmacy in the act, given its prominent location? It looks like there's a cultural gap in this equation.
MetroWest Daily News, 20 inches, on wire now

DEB GAUTHIER: TV ADVERTISERS NOT GETTING THE MESSAGE - Give me a choice. Do I want to do my dishes, or do I want to watch the program? Right now, you make it easy for viewers to walk away.
MetroWest Daily News, 20 inches, on wire now

STATE SEN. SCOTT BROWN: NEW RULES FOR TEENS BEHIND THE WHEEL - In order to protect teens, we are working hard in the legislature to ensure that young drivers understand that driving is a privilege and that it must be taken seriously.
MetroWest Daily News, 20 inches, on wire now

Sports

KICKIN IT OLD SCHOOL AT THE KICKBALL FOUNDERS CUP - The Founders Cup is coming to the Boston area this weekend for the 10th annual championships to be held at Cambridge's Danehy Park on Saturday.
Daily News Tribune, Souza, 20 inches, on wire now

Lifestyles

POTENT ALLERGEN RAGWEED STEPS UP AT SUMMER'S END - Its yellow blooms are so potent, one plant can produce up to 1 billion pollen grains.
Norwich Bulletin, Howard, 18 inches, on wire now
With photo and info box

KING RICHARD'S FAIRE RETURNS SEPT. 1 - King Richard’s Faire is a longstanding tradition in these parts, and that tradition continues this Saturday.
Carver Reporter, Sistrunk, 18 inches, on wire now
With photo

RE-LIVING HISTORY: HISTORY TEACHER A BRITISH ROYAL NAVY REENACTOR - For 10 weekends a year, Derby Academy teacher transforms into Lieutenant Peter Condrick of the British Royal Navy, circa the 18th century.
Cohasset Mariner, White, 22 inches, on wire now
With photo