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Prism Energy Services in Quincy helps businesses become more energy efficient

11 hours 35 min ago
Wendy Simmons, founder and CEO of Prism Energy Services in Quincy, talks about how her company assists businesses in reducing their operating costs through energy-efficient and renewable products such as solar panels and wind-powered turbines.

Getting married at the city clerk's office is a growing trend in Quincy

13 hours 5 min ago
Quincy City Clerk Joseph Shea says he officiates at a lot more marriages than he used to. In the early 1990s, he said, he married no more than 30 couples per year; in recent years, the annual total has been floating around 100. He officiated at three in one day earlier this week.

Today in the News: Ferry captain, 2 crewmembers arrested

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 15:00

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The captain and two crewmembers who were operating the South Korean ferry that crashed have been arrested, USA Today reported. The captain, Lee Joon-seok, 68, was charged with negligence of duty and violation of maritime law. The charges against the crewmembers weren't announced. Officials say the ferry was going [...]

Woodward School honors 'Women of Distinction'

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 07:46
Michelle Stenberg and Carol Bulman received recognition Thursday evening.

Morning Jolt: Evacuation order came too late for many on sinking ferry

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 06:51

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An immediate evacuation order was not issued for the ferry that sank off South Korea's southern coast, likely with scores of people trapped inside, because officers on the bridge were trying to stabilize the vessel after it started to list amid confusion and chaos, a crew member said Thursday.

The first instructions from the captain [...]

Today in the News: Search continues for those missing from ferry disaster

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 06:51

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Some 160 coast guard and navy divers searched for survivors inside the wreckage of a ferry that sank off of South Korea this morning. Cho Man-yong, a coast guard spokesman, said 16 divers approached the ferry Wednesday night but failed to get inside because the current was too strong. He said the water was very muddy and visibility [...]

Today in the News: Chelsea Clinton says she's pregnant

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 06:47

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Chelsea Clinton says she and her husband are expecting their first child later this year. The daughter of former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced at a Clinton Foundation event in New York that she and her husband, Marc Mezvinsky, are "very excited" to be having their first child later this year. The former first lady says she's "really excited" about becoming a grandmother and it makes the work of [...]

Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez dies at 87

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 06:40

MEXICO CITY — Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Nobel laureate whose novels and short stories exposed tens of millions of readers to Latin America's passion, superstition, violence and inequality, died at home in Mexico City around midday, according to people close to his family. He was 87.

Widely considered the most popular Spanish-language writer since Miguel de Cervantes in the 17th century, Garcia Marquez achieved literary celebrity that spawned comparisons to Mark Twain and Charles [...]

Quincy Center road project to start Tuesday

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 21:04
A major roadway project in Quincy Center is set to begin Tuesday, despite earlier promises from city officials that the public would get at least two-weeks notice before it started.

Apartment building fire displaces Weymouth residents

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 06:47
Residents of a 24-unit apartment building were forced out of their homes Wednesday evening by a kitchen fire, a fire official said.

Deputy Fire Chief Jonathan Tose said that utilities were shut off at 30-32 Gaslight Drive as a precaution. He said the hope is that utility service to about half of the units can be restored today after an inspection by the town’s health department.

He said the Red Cross was called in to assist, [...]

Quincy to honor Vietnam vets with dedications, ceremony

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 21:56
More than 300 people are expected to attend a ceremony next Thursday afternoon at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial clock tower at Marina Bay in Quincy. The ceremony will follow three separate memorial square dedications in different parts of the city to honor three Quincy residents killed in the Vietnam War.

Boston Marathon bombing: One year later, a city still heals, runs

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 06:39
Every time Roseann Sdoia comes home, she must climb 18 steps — six stairs into the building, 12 more to her apartment. It is an old building in Boston's North End, with doors that are big and heavy, not an easy place for an amputee to live.

$113,000 project will repair gravestones in Quincy's Hancock Cemetery

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 05:00
A company hired by the city is about to begin a $113,000 restoration of gravestones in the Hancock Cemetery in downtown Quincy. Ta Mara Conde of Historic Gravestone Services outlined the project for city officials on Tuesday.

Morning Jolt: 292 missing in South Korea ferry disaster

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 04:57
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A ferry carrying 459 people, mostly high school students on an overnight trip to a tourist island, sank off South Korea's southern coast on Wednesday, leaving nearly 300 people missing despite a frantic, hours-long rescue by dozens of ships and helicopters. At least four people were confirmed dead and 55 injured. The high number of people unaccounted for — likely trapped in the ship or floating in the ocean — raised fears that the death toll could rise drastically, making it one [...]

Quincy students show creative flair in fashion show

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 04:52
More than 90 garments crafted by Quincy High School students will be on display Thursday during the seventh annual student-run fashion show.

Today in the News: Sub dives again in search of missing plane

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 15:00

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A robotic submarine looking for the lost Malaysian jet began its second mission Tuesday after cutting short its first because the ocean waters where it was sent were too deep, officials said. Monday's planned 16-hour search lasted just six and none of the data collected by the U.S. Navy's Bluefin 21 submarine [...]

Morning Jolt: Deep water thwarts first search for missing airplane

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 04:53

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A robotic submarine hunting for the missing Malaysian jet aborted its first mission after only six hours, surfacing with no new clues when it exceeded its maximum depth along the floor of the Indian Ocean, officials said Tuesday. Search crews sent the U.S. Navy's Bluefin 21 into the depths Monday to begin scouring the seabed for the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 after failing for six days to detect any new signals believed to be coming from its black [...]

Three candidates appeal Quincy's hiring of police officers

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 19:24
Marco Defelice, James Pineo and Justin Ruggiero have filed appeals with the state Civil Service Commission after the city of Quincy hired police-officer candidates who were ranked lower than them on the Civil Service eligibility list, according to the state's Executive Office of Administration and Finance.

Today in the News: Lunar eclipse 'blood moon' to appear overnight

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 15:00

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A total lunar eclipse in the early morning will turn the moon into a "blood moon," according to NASA. The eclipse begins around 2 a.m. EDT, and the moon will turn a reddish orange color around 3 a.m. and stay that way for about an hour. This is the first of four blood moons the U.S. will see over the next year and a half, a rarity, as some periods of [...]

Feed the Need 5K in Hingham helps stock local pantries

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 12:08
Feed the Need held its 12th annual 5K event at Wompatuck State Park in Hingham Saturday to collect thousands of cans of food for local pantries in Hingham, Hull and Quincy.