Papers around the state fret about cuts in the House Budget: Globe, Herald, Lowell Sun, Springfield Republican, Quincy Patriot-Ledger. Elsewhere:
--Lawrence City Hall will be closed on Fridays for budgetary reasons, the Eagle-Tribune reports. Fitchburg preps for layoffs, reports the Sentinel and Enterprise.
--Federal stimulus money will speed the New Bedford Harbor cleanup, says SouthCoast Today.
--Senate President Therese Murray, speaking at the Boston Chamber of Commerce yesterday, promised a renewed push for casinos this fall, as the Globe reports. The Enterprise reports from Middleboro, aka ground zero of the great casino debate.
--Local "Tea Party" coverage: "several thousand" at the two events in Boston; 1500 in Worcester; 300 in Lowell; 200+ in Springfield; 100+ in Pittsfield; "streams" in Hyannis.
--Also in the Eagle-Tribune: Latin Kings gangbanger killed to keep his gay lover a secret, prosecutors claim.
--Pirates? Everybody's worried about pirates? C Street knows how to deal with pirates: the Patriot-Ledger reports on Southie justice, circa 1812.