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Mass. Knights Install New Officers

Mass. Knights install new officers

The Massachusetts State Council Knights of Columbus recently held its Installation of State Officers at St. John the Evangelist Parish in Canton with a Mass celebrated by the Knights of Columbus state chaplain and Boston auxiliary Bishop Robert Hennessey. Installed were state deputy Paul Flanagan of Stoughton, state secretary Michael Lesperance of Millville, state treasurer Thomas Butler of West Springfield, state advocate Robert Schwarz of Wareham, Nicholas Melanchook of Lynn and immediate past state deputy Paul O’Sullivan of Foxborough. Newly installed state deputy Paul Flanagan is the son of past state deputy (1980-1982) Newman Flanagan and the grandson of […]

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Keller @ Large: Mass. Voters Prefer Their Politicians Not Run For President

Keller @ Large: Mass. Voters Prefer Their Politicians Not Run For President

BOSTON (CBS) – From John Kennedy to Mitt Romney, there’s a long track record of Massachusetts politicians using their service here as a springboard for running for president. And it’s not hard to see why. We are right next door to the first presidential primary state, and there are plenty of well-heeled donors here ready to help out. And while JFK was the last local pol to make it all the way to the White House, the Potomac fever his success spawned continues to infect all sorts of Massachusetts political figures. Senator Elizabeth Warren is making all the right […]

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Police: Boston Woman Assaults Natick Mall Store Security Guard

Police: Boston woman assaults Natick Mall store security guard

Hide caption NATICK – A Boston woman caught shoplifting at a Natick Mall store on Wednesday punched a store security guard several times in an effort to get away, authorities said. Police arrested Joanna Etienne, 28, after the 3:15 p.m. incident at Lord & Taylor at the Natick Mall, spokeswoman Lt. Cara Rossi said on Thursday. Store security said Etienne and another woman were in the store and selecting items off the racks together. They both went into a dressing room together with the clothing and what appeared to be empty bags. A few moments later, they left the […]

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Boston City Council Calls For Hearing On Gas Utility Companies

Boston City Council Calls For Hearing On Gas Utility Companies

Boston City Council meeting, Feb. 7, 2018. Boston city council is renewing their call for heightened regulation of gas utilities operating in the city. Councilor Matt O’Malley, the council’s Environment & Sustainability Committee chair, called for a hearing to speak with gas company officials and regulators about the conditions of Boston’s gas infrastructure — considered to be some of the oldest in the country. “I am concerned, but I’m also confident that we have an opportunity to go above and beyond every safety precaution to protect the residents and the visitors of Boston,” O’Malley told reporters after Wednesday’s city […]

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Boston Police Department Joins Forces With Axon For Body-Worn Camera Program

Boston Police Department Joins Forces with Axon for Body-Worn Camera Program

BOSTON, Sept. 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Axon (Nasdaq: AAXN), the global leader in connected law enforcement technologies, today announced that the Boston Police Department (BPD), a Major Cities Chiefs Association member, has contracted with Axon for a body-worn camera program backed by the digital evidence management solution, Evidence.com. This order was received in the third quarter of 2018 and will ship in multiple phases beginning in January 2019. TASER’s Axon brand includes a growing suite of connected products and services from body cameras and digital evidence management tools to mobiles apps. BPD’s deployment of Axon’s Body 2 cameras follows […]

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Michael Moore Takes On Donald Trump In Incendiary Film

Michael Moore takes on Donald Trump in incendiary film

Michael Moore sprays water from Flint, Mich., on the governor’s lawn in “Fahrenheit 11/9.” The Bolsheviks coined the term agitprop , agitation meets propaganda, though the concept has a much longer history. Thomas Paine’s Revolutionary War tract “Common Sense” was agitprop, and without it we might still have English accents. Abraham Lincoln famously credited Harriet Beecher Stowe and her “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” — the novel as agitprop — with helping start the Civil War. Michael Moore is in that tradition. He’s yet to rescue a revolution or start a war, but he has won an Oscar for best feature […]

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Boston: Cape Cod Shark Attacks Show Need for Better Cell Service

Boston: Cape Cod Shark Attacks Show Need for Better Cell Service

Two shark attacks on Cape Cod this summer are underscoring the need for better cellphone service at some of the region’s most secluded beaches. Local officials say the issue is among their top priorities as they prepare to gather later this week in the aftermath of the attacks, including one Saturday that was Massachusetts’ first fatal shark attack in more than 80 years. Beachgoers reported having trouble calling 911. Brian Carlstrom, superintendent of the Cape Cod National Seashore, says officials will look at options like getting phone companies to erect more towers to boost service. Truro Town Manager Rae […]

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Columbia Gas Customers File Class-Action Lawsuit Over Boston-Area Explosions, Fires

Columbia Gas customers file class-action lawsuit over Boston-area explosions, fires

Investigation of Massachusetts gas explosions continues A class-action lawsuit has been filed against the utility that operates pipelines linked to a series of explosions and fires last week that shook three Boston-area suburbs. The lawsuit against Columbia Gas of Massachusetts and its parent company NiSource alleges the company was negligent and did not invest in its aging infrastructure while building more pipelines, MassLive.com reported . The suit was filed Tuesday in Essex County Superior Court by law firm Morgan & Morgan and lists Francely Acosta of Lawrence, Mass., as the plaintiff. Columbia Gas has “the worst record of pipelines […]

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Lawsuit Filed Against Columbia Gas After Merrimack Valley Explosions, Fires

Lawsuit filed against Columbia Gas after Merrimack Valley explosions, fires

BOSTON (AP) — Lawyers filed a class action lawsuit Tuesday on behalf of people who were forced out of their homes for days when dozens of natural gas explosions and fires ripped through three Massachusetts towns. The lawsuit is the first of what’s likely to be several filed against Columbia Gas and its parent company over Thursday’s explosions, which killed one person and injured more than two dozen in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover. It accuses the utility companies of negligence and seeks compensation for residents of who had to evacuate but didn’t suffer injuries or damage to their […]

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Florence Brings Flash Flood Warnings to New England

Florence brings flash flood warnings to New England

The storm formerly known as Hurricane Florence is bringing a deluge of rainfall to Massachusetts on Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service. At 6 a.m. it was 71 degrees and raining in Boston. It was also very muggy. That warmth and tropical humidity will stick around throughout the day. “We are still expecting a general 1 to 3 inches of rain as the remnants of Florence pass across the region today,” forecasters tweeted. “There may be localized heavier amounts in downpours. A few thunderstorms are also possible, with a low risk of strong wind gusts.” A flash flood […]

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