Lots of stories today about Deval Patrick's grim budget news and plans to layoff state employees. Also, about the woman found murdered in the Copley Marriott -- which can't be good PR, although on the plus side the headlines do all refer to it as a "luxury hotel." Elsewhere:
--A punch in the gut for long-suffering Brockton: Rocky Marciano statue for Brockton on hold for financial reasons, the Enterprise reports.
--Milton planned to close a school for budget reasons, but has been told that if it does, the state will demand repayment of $122 million it spent on building it -- nearly four times the town's entire school budget. Patriot-Ledger has the story.
--In West Gloucester, a big community redevelopment project has been saved by state and federal assistance, reports the Gloucester Times. This is the kind of thing that should help Deval Patrick win re-election.