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Man killed in Franklin County crash Saturday
Democrats, Rubio want 'red flags' to enable gun seizures
West Shore police warn of false report
Penn State students raise more than $10M in dance marathon
GOP Candidate For Governor: Yale Getting Off Cheap On Taxes
Council To Vote on Funding to Acquire Tradition Property
Bryce Brentz, Boston Red Sox outfielder, became a dad Tuesday and his daughter has meaningful name thanks to mom
2018-02-20 02:00:28 FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Bryce Brentz arrived at Red Sox spring training camp a new dad. He and his wife Anne Marie had their first child, a baby girl, this past Tuesday at 5:30 a.m. "It was short lived because I had to come down here," Brentz said. "I think I might be the only person to come to spring training to get sleep   Read More ...
Was selecting Jimmy Kimmel to host the 2018 Oscars a tone-deaf move?
2018-02-20 01:00:33 Jimmy Kimmel is set to host the 90th Academy Awards on Sunday, March 4, and the selection is getting mixed reactions in the current political climate. While some enjoyed his hosting in 2017, others were offended by him poking fun at the names of people of color--and some blamed him for the Best Picture mixup. Others argue he's a tone-deaf choice in the era of #MeToo and Times Up   Read More ...
NHGOP wants Attorney General to investigate Volinsky following liquor accusations
2018-02-20 00:04:24 The New Hampshire Republican Party is calling for a state investigation into a Democratic executive councilor, arguing he engaged in unethical surveillance against the New Hampshire Liquor Commission for political gain. In a statement Monday, New Hampshire Republican Party Chairwoman Jeannie Forrester accused Councilor Andru Volinsky of sidestepping the legal process by carrying out an in-person observation of sales practices at a Keene liquor store earlier this month   Read More ...
Massachusetts State Police troopers meet the man they saved in daring Merrimack River helicopter rescue
2018-02-20 00:01:03 When a young man headed to the Massachusetts State Police's Air Wing base at Lawrence Airport last week, he wanted one thing: To meet the troopers who saved his life. Raveth Than wanted to thank Troopers Russell Phippen and John Hazelrigg, members of the State Police Air Wing, who plucked Than from the icy waters of the Merrimack River in Lowell during a daring rescue in January   Read More ...
Boston Red Sox sign J.D. Martinez to a five-year deal with opt-out after second year, per report
2018-02-20 00:00:59 FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Boston Red Sox have signed J.D. Martinez, ESPN's Pedro Gomez reported. Gomez is reporting the deal is for five years with an opt-out clause after the second year. The 30-year-old Martinez is a legit power hitter. He batted .303 with a .376 on-base percentage, .690 slugging percentage, 1.066 OPS, 45 homers, 26 doubles, three triples and 104 RBIs in 119 games last year (489 plate appearances)   Read More ...
'A superhero': Friends remember Amherst blogger Larry Kelley on 1-year anniversary of crash that killed him
2018-02-20 00:00:56 AMHERST -- A year after Larry Kelley was killed in a car crash, friends are remembering the creator of the Only in the Republic of Amherst blog in online tributes. They're also also posting victim witness statements that they will send to the judge in the case of the teenager charged with negligent motor vehicle homicide in the Feb. 17, 2017, crash that killed Kelley   Read More ...
Easthampton City Council should take a stand on $109 million new school, councilor says
2018-02-20 00:00:52 EASTHAMPTON -- On May 22, voters will be asked to approve major borrowing for a new elementary and middle school, and now a city councilor is pushing his peers to take a public stand on the matter. At-large councilor Owen Zaret has introduced a measure asking the City Council and Mayor Nicole LaChapelle to "wholeheartedly" declare their support for the $109 million school construction project   Read More ...
Springfield Nun puts focus on human trafficking as $150-billion-a-year industry
2018-02-20 00:00:48 SPRINGFIELD -- Sister of St. Joseph Denise Granger once brought the world to her students as a history teacher at Cathedral High School. These days, the former teacher talks about human trafficking as part of the congregation's peace and justice ministry. Her mission is to bring awareness that this global issue exists in New England communities, as well as elsewhere in the country, and not just abroad   Read More ...
Rick Gates had his ‘queen for a day’ interview. What the heck is that?
2018-02-19 23:00:33 Has indicted former Trump campaign adviser Rick Gates been playing “Queen for a Day”? According to media reports, Gates is finalizing a plea deal with special counsel Robert Mueller and has had a “queen for a day” interview. A “queen for a day” interview happens in a federal case when someone involved in a case offers to tell prosecutors what they know, with prosecutors promising not to use that interview directly against them   Read More ...
Canada, Germany share gold in two-man bobsled
2018-02-19 23:00:28 Justin Kripps and Alexander Kopacz were thoroughly confused when they crossed the finish line. They knew they had just won an Olympic gold medal for Canada, and were puzzled why the rival Germans were running their way to celebrate. Eventually, it made sense. The closest Olympic sliding race in history had two sets of winners Monday. Canada and Germany will share gold from the two-man bobsled event at the PyeongChang Olympics after Kripps and Kopacz finished their four runs in the exact same time as the German duo of Francesco Friedrich and Thorsten Margis   Read More ...
This is how the JFK Library in Boston celebrates President's Day (photos, video)
2018-02-19 22:00:17 BOSTON- The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum hosted its sixth annual President's Day Family Festival on Monday, February 19, 2018. Actors portraying Presidents John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Ulysses S. Grant as well as First Ladies Abigail Adams and Julia Grant made appearances. Children were able to build log cabins, make Lincoln style hats, build origami ships and decorate their own White House rooms, along with other crafts   Read More ...
Winter Olympics 2018: US going for gold in women's hockey, snowboarders put on show at big air
2018-02-19 21:00:38 PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) -- The United States will play for a gold medal in women's hockey for the third straight Olympics. The Americans are back in the title game after a 5-0 victory over Finland on Monday in the semifinals. They'll play the winner of the other semifinal game between Canada and the Russians on Thursday. Also on Monday at the Pyeongchang Games, Canada's Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir broke their own record in the ice dancing short program with 83   Read More ...
You need a permit for that: Van full of 30 gallons of malt liquor leads to arrest of Waltham man
2018-02-19 21:00:33 A motor vehicle stop in Boston Monday morning led to the discovery of a van full of booze and a small amount of cocaine. The driver was arrested after Massachusetts State Police say the amount of alcohol he was transporting is only allowed with a permit. Authorities say the van had just over 30 gallons of malt liquor and 8.7 gallons of other alcohol inside along with a small amount of cocaine   Read More ...
The Latest: Hirscher leads after 1st giant slalom run
2018-02-19 20:13:15 PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) The Latest on the Pyeongchang Olympics (all times local): Marcel Hirscher of Austria has taken a big first-run lead in the Olympic men’s giant slalom and is well positioned for his second gold medal of the Pyeongchang Games. Hirscher was 0.63 seconds faster than Alexis Pinturault of France. They finished 1-2 in the Alpine combined on Tuesday   Read More ...
MLB imposes stricter mound limits, defers on pitch clocks
2018-02-19 20:13:10 NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball imposed stricter limits on mound visits by players in an effort to speed games but decided against 20-second pitch clocks for 2018. After more than a year of negotiations, the Major League Baseball Players Association refused to agree to the changes but also signed an agreement that it will not oppose the rules. The amendments to the playing rules announced Monday include a general limit of six mound visits per nine-inning game without a pitching change, whether by a manager, coach or player   Read More ...
Hirscher takes big 1st-run lead in Olympic giant slalom
2018-02-19 20:13:00 PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) Marcel Hirscher of Austria took a big first-run lead in the men’s giant slalom on Sunday and was well positioned in his pursuit of a second gold medal at the Pyeongchang Olympics. Hirscher was 0.63 seconds faster than Alexis Pinturault of France. The pair finished 1-2 in Alpine combined on Tuesday. A Norwegian racer was in third position, though it wasn’t Henrik Kristoffersen, who has been Hirscher’s main rival this season in the World Cup   Read More ...
Record-breaking Kovalchuk remains sharp despite KHL play
2018-02-19 20:12:56 GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) Ilya Kovalchuk may have been out of the NHL for almost five years, but he remains an impressive player. The former New Jersey Devils wing and five-time Olympian scored his 12th and 13th career goals at the games in Saturday’s 4-0 win over the United States. Before the game, he’d been Russia’s joint highest-scoring Olympic player since the collapse of the Soviet Union, but the first goal moved him past Pavel Bure’s 11 goals and made him the sole record holder   Read More ...
13-year-old arrested after post shows him holding gun
2018-02-19 20:07:38 TRUMBULL, Conn. (AP) — A 13-year-old Connecticut boy has been arrested after police say he posted a photo of himself holding a handgun in a group text on social media. Trumbull Police announced the arrest Sunday, a day after he made the posting. They say a parent of one of the other students alerted them to the post after they saw it on their child’s cell phone   Read More ...
Teen charged with spitting at Jersey City police, authorities say
2018-02-19 20:06:38 Jersey City police attempting to resolve a dispute early Sunday morning arrested a teen who apparently didn't want the officers' help, police said. Police responded to a Tonnelle Avenue home on a report of a man with a gun and they found a 17-year-old outside the building just after midnight Saturday, Jersey City police spokeswoman Kimberly Wallace-Scalcione said. When the officers tried to resolve the issue the boy resisted and repeatedly spit at the officers, Wallace-Scalcione said   Read More ...
School threat alert 4 months after incident causes uproar in N.J. town
2018-02-19 20:06:33 A threat made by a Mahwah student four months ago "to shoot up" a middle school on a specific date in February has caused a community uproar about notification policies after the superintendent sent out an alert Friday. Councilman James Wysocki said some parents received a vague alert about the threat in October, but a district-wide message was not sent until after the shooting in Parkland, Florida last week that claimed 17 lives   Read More ...
Head-on crash kills driver on 2-lane highway, cops say
2018-02-19 20:06:29 A 67-year-old Hammonton man was killed after a head-on crash Sunday morning on Route 206 near Union Road in Atlantic County, police said. Joseph Bellace, Sr., died after the crash at 8:38 a.m. on the two-lane highway. A witness told police Bellace's pickup truck was struck by a car that was attempting to pass another southbound vehicle by pulling into the northbound lane   Read More ...
Black Panther’ sees broad advance sales
2018-02-19 20:06:25 If Wonder Woman proved filmgoers of all ages and genders would go see a female super hero flick, Black Panther is poised to do the same with an African-American protagonist in a supersuit.AMC Entertainment Holdings, the biggest U.S. exhibitor, has   Read More ...
People for Feb. 29, 2018
2018-02-19 20:06:16 Bow Crista Alfano was named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at Endicott College in Beverly, Mass. She is majoring in hospitality management. Bristol Matthew Pritchard was named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at Endicott College in Beverly, Mass. He is majoring in communication. Contoocook Gilford Karina Tomlinson was named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at Endicott College in Beverly, Mass   Read More ...
Masons elect new officers for 2018
2018-02-19 20:06:12 The Masons of Horace Chase Lodge 72 in Penacook held elections to select officers for 2018. Family and friends attended a swearing-in ceremony on Jan. 28.   Read More ...
Fire in Philadelphia's Old City rips through buildings, kills pets
2018-02-19 20:05:09 PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Fire investigators are seeking the cause of an early morning blaze that tore through apartment buildings in Philadelphia's Old City on Sunday. Authorities say scores of people, including guests of a hotel nearby, were evacuated after the alarm was sounded shortly after 3 a.m. Sunday in the 200 block of Chestnut Street. Amazing work by @PhillyFireDept members & our support partners at 4-Alarm+ [?] this morning in Old City   Read More ...
Trump says he supports improving gun background checks after Florida school shooting
2018-02-19 20:05:03 WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- President Donald Trump offered support Monday for an effort to strengthen the federal gun background check system as he hunkered down at his private Florida golf course just 40 miles from last week's deadly school shooting. Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the president spoke on Friday to Sen. John Cornyn, a Texas Republican, about a bipartisan bill designed to strengthen the FBI database of prohibited gun buyers   Read More ...
‘How dare you.’ Fla. survivors on collision course with Trump
2018-02-19 20:01:14 PARKLAND, Fla. — Student survivors of the deadly Florida school shooting who hope to become the face of a revived gun control movement are on a potential collision course with President Trump. Several of the students have criticized the president, whose election was strongly supported by the National Rifle Association and who ran on a platform opposing gun control. Trump spent the weekend at his estate in South Florida, only an hour’s drive from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School where 17 people were fatally shot last week   Read More ...
The store that sold the AR-15 used to kill 17 in Parkland has closed
2018-02-19 20:01:10 The Florida gun shop that sold the AR-15 assault weapon used to kill 17 people in a Parkland high school last week has shut its doors. The owners of Sunrise Tactical Supply, the Coral Springs shop that authorities said in November sold suspected shooter Nikolas Cruz the AR-15, has been ‘‘closed indefinitely,’’ according to the Miami Herald. Cruz was arrested after the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, which also left 14 people wounded   Read More ...
Best Of Mass: Here are the 5 best places to get mac & cheese in Eastern Mass. (Photos)
2018-02-19 20:01:05 The search for the best macaroni and cheese in all of Massachusetts continued on Thursday, Feb. 15 as Best Of Mass Mac & Cheese judges Ellanje Ferguson and Kit Maher made their way from Springfield to Worcester, the greater Boston area and the Cape. Here are the judges Eastern Mass. restaurant stops, in order of visit: Mmmac N' Cheese, Boston Legal Harborside, Boston The Fat Cat, Quincy Bobby Byrne's, Mashpee Armsby Abbey, Worcester Check out the gallery above for a look into each restaurant and what the judges ate   Read More ...
Boston city employee salary database: Search for the highest earners in 2017
2018-02-19 20:01:01 Hundreds of workers employed by the city of Boston made more than $200,000 last year, according to newly released payroll information. The city of Boston released its 2017 employee earnings report this month, showing payroll information for the more than 22,000 people who worked for the city. Members of the Boston Police Department again top the list, 10 of whom earned more than $300,000   Read More ...
Teen, 17, arrested after alleged threat to 'shoot up' Pa. school
2018-02-19 19:44:25 CAIRNBROOK, Pa. (AP) -- Authorities say a teenager has been arrested after an alleged threat of violence toward a Pennsylvania high school. State police in Somerset County say "numerous" parents and grandparents contacted police on Friday about a possible threat to Shade Junior-Senior High School in Shade Township. Police allege that a 17-year-old Stoystown youth said "he was going to shoot up the school and the people in it   Read More ...
Police: Boy, 10, accidentally stabs brother, 5, in chest
2018-02-19 19:44:22 PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Police say a 5-year-old boy was accidentally stabbed in the chest by his 10-year-old brother in southwest Philadelphia. A police statement said the older brother was playing with a carving knife in a home in the Kingsessing neighborhood shortly after 8:30 p.m. Friday. Police said the younger boy was stabbed once in the chest accidentally. He was taken to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and listed in stable condition   Read More ...
Trump Revives Push for Limits on Immigrants Bringing Family
2018-02-19 19:41:42 When the U.S. government approved Ricardo Magpantay, his wife and young children to immigrate to America from the Philippines, it was 1991. By the time a visa was available, it was 2005, and his children couldn't come with him because they were now adults. More than a decade later, his children are still waiting. Magpantay gets worried when he hears the White House is aiming to limit the relatives that immigrants-turned-citizens can sponsor, a profound change to a fundamental piece of the American immigration system   Read More ...
Hands Off? Players Take Precautions to Avoid Norovirus
2018-02-19 19:41:35 One of hockey's most time-honored traditions is in danger of not happening at the Olympics. Officials have told players to fist-bump each other rather than shaking hands to prevent transmission of norovirus, which is highly contagious. U.S. defenseman James Wisniewski's 62-year-old father tested positive for norovirus last week and is one of 49 of 283 confirmed Olympic cases still in quarantine   Read More ...
Researchers: Blood And Urine Test For Autism Could Enable Earlier Diagnosis
2018-02-19 19:18:07 By Zahid Mahmood. ATLANTA (CNN) — UK and Italian scientists are getting closer to developing blood and urine tests for autism, which could lead to earlier diagnosis and treatment of the condition, a new study suggests. The tests look for damage to certain proteins, shown to be higher in children with autism spectrum disorders. The team from the University of Warwick and the University of Bologna tested 38 children with autism and 31 children without, ages 5 to 12   Read More ...
MLB decides against pitch clock for 2018
2018-02-19 19:17:49 CLEARWATER, Fla. — Major League Baseball chose not to implement a pitch clock for this season when it introduced rule changes Monday meant to speed up the pace of play after games reached record lengths last season. More Phillies coverage MLB instead issued rules that limit mound visits to six per team during a nine-inning game and kept in place the countdown clock between innings and the rule that keeps batters in the box   Read More ...
Major Olympic wardrobe malfunction strikes during French ice dancers' short program 
2018-02-19 19:07:42 During the first week of the Olympics, a South Korean ice dancer had to struggle to keep her top from falling down when a clasp in the back gave way just after she and her partner started their routine during the team competition. On Monday, a French ice dancer could not avoid that embarrassing fate when her left breast was exposed while she competed in the short program   Read More ...
'Black Panther' blows away box office with $192M weekend
2018-02-19 19:07:38 Already a much-celebrated pop-culture milestone, "Black Panther" is now a record-setting smash at the box office, too. The Marvel superhero film blew past expectations, with $192 million in ticket sales in North America over the weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. That makes "Black Panther" the fifth-biggest opening weekend ever, not accounting for inflation. The only films with a higher grossing opening weekend are "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," ''Star Wars: The Last Jedi," ''Jurassic World" and "The Avengers   Read More ...
Madison marquee lighting up controversy
2018-02-19 19:07:10 The Madison Art Cinemas usually attract attention for the movies listed on the marquee. But now the marquee itself is getting a lot of attention. The owner has installed a new LED marquee and some say it doesn't fit well into the quaint downtown atmosphere. But it also violates town zoning regulations according to The Patch. The PZC approved an image of a black background with white letters   Read More ...
Green Bay Packers all-time great to meet fans in Bayonne
2018-02-19 19:06:27 Green Bay Packers' all-time leading rusher and four-time Pro Bowl selection Ahman Green is scheduled to meet fans and sign autographs Saturday, Feb. 24, at a Bayonne business. Green, who is a member of the Packers Hall of Fame, will be at Luxe Autos from 2 to 3 p.m. The first five people will get a free football signed by Green and attendees can bring an item to be signed   Read More ...