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TRAVEL TIPS: Traffic advisories for eastern Massachusetts

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 10:11
Some things you need to know about getting where you want to go.

Police say West Quincy bartender led assault on patron

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 11:42
The city's licensing board will consider penalizing a West Quincy bar Tuesday after police say one of the establishment's bartenders led a group assault on a patron and then later failed to cooperate with police officers.

Morning Jolt: Apple CEO Tim Cook giving away almost all his money

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 04:15
According to a report from Fortune, Apple CEO Tim Cook is going to donate almost all of his money to charity. Cook, who is almost a billionaire, will pay for his 10-year-old nephew’s eventual college education and then donate the vast majority of the rest. Cook’s salary alone at Apple is worth $9.2 million, and he has hundreds of millions in stock from the company.

Fracking opponents wary of Weymouth pipeline plan

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 20:42
For the second time in a week, Spectra Energy gave local residents a chance to ask questions and voice concerns about its plan to expand its Algonquin gas pipeline and build a compressor station near the Fore River Bridge.

Heroin, cash seized in raid on Quincy home of suspected drug distributor

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 07:51
QUINCY - Police say they seized heroin and cash in an early-morning raid on the Nelson Street apartment of a suspect in a drug distribution operation.Police say the suspect, 32-year-old Robert Rutledge, was charged with possession of heroin with intent to distribute. He was arrested Wednesday after police searched his apartment at 51 Nelson St. in Quincy.Police said Rutledge had been the primary [...]

Weymouth man charged with indecent exposure at T station

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 05:59
Stephen McHugh, 25, was seen by T police late Wednesday night, as he urinated outside the North Quincy Red Line station. He'll be arraigned Thursday.

Morning Jolt: Alps plane crash was 'deliberate'

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 04:02
Marseille Prosecutor Brice Robin says the co-pilot “deliberately crashed” the plane that landed in the Alps.

Community Development Week brings Quincy events

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 23:56
QUINCY - National Community Development Week will take root in Quincy this April with a series of events aimed at highlighting inclusion, community programs and renewable energy.This year marks the 40th anniversary of Quincy’s participation in thee U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant program. Block Grant funds are administered through the city’s planning and development [...]

Jury shown graphic autopsy photos of Boston bombing victim

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 19:01
BOSTON — A medical examiner testifying Thursday in the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnev described in graphic detail the devastating injuries that ravaged the body of a 29-year-old woman and caused her to bleed to death on the pavement.One juror cried and wiped her face with a tissue as the jury looked at autopsy photos and listened to the description of injuries suffered by Krystle [...]

State policy cracks down on student restraints in public schools

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 17:36
Starting next year, schools and publicly-funded childcare programs must follow new rules that significantly restrict when students can be restrained and put limits on “time-outs.”

Pressure cooker parts, BBs, found in marathon bombers' home

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 12:22
 BOSTON — Nails, BBs, pressure cooker parts and other potential bomb components were found inside Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's family apartment, an FBI agent testified Wednesday.The items were found during a search four days after the 2013 terror attack, which killed three people and injured more than 260 others. [...]

No decision yet whether Quincy smoking ban will include medical marijuana

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 09:32
The head of Quincy Housing Authority says he's not sure if a proposed smoking ban on publicly-subsidized properties would also include medical marijuana, which is now legal in Massachusetts.

Morning Jolt: Heinz and Kraft to merge

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 04:06
After the markets closed last night, Heinz announced that it is buying Kraft Foods. The merger makes the new company the fifth largest food and beverage company in the world, according to CNN. The company will be headquartered in Chicago and Pittsburgh.

Tsarnaev blamed bad grades on loss of loved ones in Chechnya

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 03:19
BOSTON – Three months before he bombed the Boston Marathon, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev told college officials he had been unable to concentrate on his studies because he had "lost too many" loved ones in Chechnya during the previous year, a school administrator testified Tuesday.The jury in Tsarnaev’s federal death penalty trial was shown a form he filled out to explain his poor grades at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth in 2012. [...]

Reaction mixed to proposed smoking ban at Quincy public housing properties

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 23:55
Quincy Housing Authority Executive Director James Lydon cited safety concerns and maintenance costs as to why his agency is considering imposing a smoking ban across all of its publicly-subsidized properties in Quincy.

Some Quincy schools still have openings for new students

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 12:59
Student enrollment for next fall is almost at capacity at four Quincy schools, but there are openings still available at two elementary schools, two middle schools and both of the city's high schools.

Dianne Williamson: College admissions mania ill-advised

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 06:25
When I was a senior in high school, I posed one of the cruelest questions ever to my parents.“So,” I asked, one night at the dinner table. “How much money have you saved for my college education?” The question was mean because I knew full well they had saved nothing for my college education. My parents worked hard to provide a nice life for their kids, but extra dough for college wasn’t in the cards. The guilt on their faces when they revealed [...]

Morning Jolt: Angelina Jolie has her ovaries removed

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 04:19
Angelina Jolie has announced that she has had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed as a preventative measure against cancer. Writing in the New York Times, the Hollywood star explained that she had recently undergone surgery after discovering she carries a gene that gave her a 50 percent risk of developing ovarian cancer. The move comes two years after the actress and director had a double mastectomy in a bid to prevent breast cancer, the disease that killed her mother.

USS Salem to reopen in Quincy before move to Boston

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 23:27
Michael Condon, executive director of the group that owns the USS Salem, said Monday the ship will reopen to the public this spring at the former Fore River Shipyard. The ship, which has been closed for 18 months, will reopen for tours and group events as soon as next month, Condon said

A GOOD AGE: Making a hard decision to stop driving at age 81

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 23:00
At age 81, Vivian Quint of Quincy has made the difficult decision to stop driving. She'll give her car to a granddaughter in college and use the RIDE, Quincy Elder Services medical vans, regular bus service and friends to get around. She shares why she chose something she never imagined even 10 years ago. Another elder, 87, who made the same choice nearly six years ago offers some advice.