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Today's Massachusetts Papers, 4/27

It's all about the swine flu in today's papers -- taking the fear-and-panic focus off the Craigslist killer where it belongs. I mean, are there any secret pantie stashes in the swine flu story? I think not. Plus, it seems we're better prepared than when I told you to be very afraid of avian flu back in '05. Elsewhere:

--Everyone's writing about taxes as the House budget goes into debate this week. The Sentinel & Enterprise sez that people don't like the sales tax increase. In a sign of fights to come, the budget crisis has pitted state rep Harriett Stanley against Haverhill city council, the Eagle-Tribune reports.The Globe runs two editorials today that essentially agree with what the Phoenix said in last week's issue. 

--In case you haven't heard -- and if you missed the recent developments in the blogosphere -- Christy Mihos will run for governor as a Republican this time around. A bit odd given his previous stressing of the importance of independent candidates, but understandable nevertheless. Are we heading toward a Patrick (D)-Cahill (I)-Mihos (R) ballot?.

--16-year-old Brockton girl shot to death outside a baby shower, the Enterprise reports; she had complained of gang threats.

--How about some good news? Six years after the Buzzards Bay oil spill, the cleanup is apparently complete, reports the Cape Cod Times.

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