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Clothing ministry in Quincy provides clothes to those in need

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 01:00
QUINCY – For nearly three decades, Bob Knowlton has been up to his neck in used clothing that he hands out for free to people in Quincy and neighboring communities.Last week Knowlton read about a family that will soon be moving into an apartment after two years living in a motel room paid for by the state."He’s a single father with two kids. They didn’t have anything," said Knowlton, who runs a clothing ministry at Fort Square Presbyterian Church [...]

App Finder: Top Apple apps of the year

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 21:01
In this week’s edition of App Finder, we highlight the 2014’s most popular iPhone apps. Check out the App Store for more on each app, and stay tuned for next week’s roundup of 2014’s most popular Android apps. Among the top free apps, social media platforms reign supreme, with Facebook Messenger taking the top spot, despite users’ complaints earlier this summer about having to download a separate app to chat with friends over Facebook. As for paid apps, [...]

Quincy business a big giver to Toys for Tots

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 08:16
Mark DiBona, owner of Cagney's for the past 23 years, said his staff and customers donated between 800 and 1,000 toys to the Marine Corps Reserve's Toys for Tots campaign this year.

North Korea-linked Sony hack may be costliest ever

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 07:00
The unprecedented hack of Sony Pictures which a U.S. official says is linked to North Korea may be the most damaging cyberattack ever inflicted on an American business.

8 Questions: How can drones help explain how tornadoes are formed?

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 07:00
Researchers say they have collected promising weather data by flying instrument-laden drones into big Western and Midwestern storms. Now, they want to expand the project in hopes of learning more about how tornadoes form.

VIDEO: Stephen Colbert's real-life controversies: Looking back at some of the most famous

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 14:00
Stephen Colbert's conservative political pundit character may be fake — and judging by the fact that the Grim Reaper ("Grimmy") is Colbert's show's final guest when it wraps up on Thursday, the persona may not be long for this world. That's OK, though, because he won't be soon forgotten; Colbert frequently waded into real-life controversy during his years on Comedy Central.

Expressway “zipper lane” to be closed most days through New Year's

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 11:45
The state Department of Transportation says shifts in holiday traffic mean the rush-hour lane won't be needed

VIDEO: NASA notes methane-level spikes on Mars

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 11:44
New results from NASA's Curiosity rover are painting a curious picture of the planet's methane. The level of the gas found in the Gale Crater is less than expected, based on prediction models. But every once in a while, it spikes. NASA scientists believe that means that the gas is being produced somewhere nearby — though they aren't sure where or how.

Cuban cigars are coming to America - sort of

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 11:04
For cigar aficionados around the country, the warming of U.S.-Cuba relations might best be celebrated beside the smoky glow of a Cohiba. And yet stateside, that still won't be easy to do for some time.

Matthew T. Mangino: The future of the death penalty in question?

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 10:06
The last 12 months may well mark the beginning of the end for the death penalty in America.This has been an inauspicious year for state-sponsored death. For the first time in recent history, a state other than Texas executed more men than any other state. Missouri executed 10 men and Texas executed eight men. Not to be outdone, Texas also executed two women. There were 35 executions carried out across the country, so to speak. Only eight states carried out executions in 2014, in fact [...]

TRAVEL TIPS: Expressway HOV lane to be closed Dec. 24-28 and Dec. 30-Jan. 4

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 10:03
Some things you need to know about getting where you want to go.

LIST: Five perceptions that might extend your life

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 08:26
How old do you feel? Think carefully — the answer might help predict how much longer you'll live. That's according to British research posing that question to about 6,500 adults. Those who felt younger than their real age lived the longest over the following eight years.

Bear down: Trestman on the brink of being removed as head coach

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 05:18
Chicago Bears coach Marc Trestman ran through the faults he saw in his team during its latest loss and it sure sounded familiar.

As ice sheet melts away, Denmark claiming North Pole and its resources

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 14:00
Scientific data shows Greenland's continental shelf is connected to a ridge beneath the Arctic Ocean, giving Danes a claim to the North Pole and any potential energy resources beneath it, Denmark's foreign minister said.

WCVB changes location of planned Quincy broadcasts

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 11:20
Channel 5's team will now deliver the news and weather Wednesday from inside the new Barnes & Noble bookstore at Quincy College inside Presidents Place. The original location for the live broadcasts was supposed to be the lawn between city hall and the Quincy Center MBTA station off Hancock Street.

VIDEO: Political argument between brothers on C-SPAN gets broken up: 'Oh God, It's Mom'

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 09:54
When two brothers with conflicting political views clashed on a C-SPAN programmer, only one caller could break it up: "Oh God, it's Mom."

NASA's $349 million monument to its drift: a mothballed rocket engine-test tower

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 07:59
In June, NASA finished work on a huge construction project here in Mississippi: a $349 million laboratory tower, designed to test a new rocket engine in a chamber that mimicked the vacuum of space.

Green Day, Reed, Starr, Jett, Withers into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 04:47
The punk trio Green Day, poet of the New York underground Lou Reed and "Lean on Me" singer Bill Withers will lead a new class of inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year.

Texas consider abandoning its 140-year ban on open carry of handguns

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 14:00
Long depicted as the rootin'-tootin' capital of American gun culture, Texas is one of the few states with an outright ban on the open carry of handguns.

VIDEO: A whisper, then tingles, then 87 million YouTube views: Meet the star of ASMR

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 11:34
The pretty blond woman is plucking at the bristles of a hairbrush with gold-manicured fingertips, tapping her nails softly against the wooden handle as she holds it close to a microphone. Bathed in soft lighting, she smiles knowingly into the video camera, as if sharing a secret.