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Morning Jolt: Why the Internet is melting over the new 'Star Wars' trailer

18 hours 15 min ago
Familiar faces, new characters and a ton of action dominate the first extended trailer for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Mike Janela takes a look and gauges fan reaction.

Lawyers question alleged cat killer's competency

22 hours 40 min ago
DEDHAM - Lawyers for a Quincy woman accused of killing a cat in a dryer have raised questions about her competency to stand trial after she behaved strangely during jury selection earlier this week.In a motion filed Wednesday, the lawyers said Lori Tasney nodded off repeatedly during the process, wrote indecipherable notes to herself and did not seem to remember which jurors were selected or why. In response, the court ordered Tasney to undergo a competency evaluation [...]

Today in the News: Jameis Winston's accuser files civil lawsuit

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 13:00
The woman who accused Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston of raping her in December 2012 filed a civil lawsuit against Winston today.

Keenan to be honored by Quincy health center

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 12:00
QUINCY – The Manet Community Health Center, a not-for-profit primary care provider, will award State Sen. John Keenan with the Manet Medallion at this year’s annual Dinner and Auction on Wednesday, May 27. Each year, the Manet Medallion is presented to an individual or organization who has demonstrated leadership or goodwill in community health. "Senator Keenan was selected because of the [...]

Arthur I. Cyr: Cuba’s enduring challenge to American foreign policy – and American politics

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 05:30
“You know, next time you’re going to have to do better, Mr. President.”That was former President Dwight D. Eisenhower, talking with successor John F. Kennedy about the devastating failed invasion of Cuba at the Bay of Pigs in early 1961. JFK had reached out for political cover, and also insight regarding the military defeat and diplomatic disaster at the start of his administration.The current news about Cuba and President Barack Obama is considerably more positive. [...]

Morning Jolt: Kanye, Bradley Cooper top Time's 100 list

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 04:12
Time magazine today released its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world, and five different magazine covers will be available when the issue hits newsstands Friday: Kanye West, Bradley Cooper, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Jorge Ramos and Misty Copeland.

'Sound of Music' opens May 1 at North Quincy High

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 01:36
QUINCY– The auditorium of North Quincy High School will be alive with the sound of music May 1-3 when the Drama Club stages "The Sound of Music.""We decided that we wanted something that was family oriented, had a big cast and a big ensemble," director Tracy Phelan said. "We have a lot of seniors that are graduating and we wanted to give them a meaningful show to send them off."The 20-person cast [...]

Quincy students to reprise famous von Trapp family

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 23:58
QUINCY– The auditorium of North Quincy High School will be alive with the sound of music starting May 1 when the Drama Club reprises the tale of the famous von Trapp family and all the well-known tunes that come with it."We decided that we wanted something that was family oriented, had a big cast and a big ensemble," director Tracy Phelan said. "We have a lot of seniors that are graduating and we wanted to give them a meaningful show to [...]

Today in the News: Pilot arrested after small aircraft lands on White House lawn

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 13:00
A pilot of a small aircraft that landed on the Capitol building grounds in Washington, D.C., this afternoon has been arrested, authorities say.

MBTA cuts back on late-night bus service

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 11:56
BOSTON -- State transportation officials are paring back late-night MBTA service. The state board that oversees the MBTA on Wednesday agreed to a staff recommendation that the program continue, but run until 2 a.m. instead of the current 2:30 a.m.  to match supply and demand for the service.MBTA staffers said the reduction was an alternative to eliminating the service or charging a premium. [...]

Morning Jolt: Tax Day freebies from burgers to pizza

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 04:18
Tax Day is the worst, but Gillian Pensavalle tells where you can get freebies to ease the pain.

Today in the News: Obama submits request to remove Cuba from terror list

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 13:16
President Barack Obama submitted a request to Congress today to have Cuba removed from the U.S. government's list of state sponsors of terrorism, a list Cuba has been on since 1982.

Morning Jolt: Rita Wilson says she had double mastectomy for breast cancer

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 04:09
Actress Rita Wilson told People magazine in an exclusive story that she had breast cancer and underwent a double mastectomy. Wilson, 58, also underwent reconstructive surgery, and she says she is now cancer-free. She credits a second opinion to helping her discover the cancer and advises other women, "I share this to educate others that a second opinion is critical to your health. You have nothing to lose if both opinions match up for the good, and everything to gain if something that was [...]

Today in the News: Tulsa deputy charged in shooting

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 13:17
A white reserve deputy in Tulsa, Oklahoma, who shot and killed a black man during an undercover weapons sting earlier this month was charged with murder earlier today.

Kent Bush: Clinton 2.0 is neither new nor improved

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 10:39
Hillary Clinton became the first Democrat to throw her hat into the ring for the 2016 presidential election.USA Today chose the headline, “Second chance at a first impression.” That headline is false.Clinton is not reinvented, restored or renewed. If anything, Clinton 2.0 is a far inferior product to the candidate who lost her initial bid to Barack Obama in 2008.Clinton’s original campaign for the highest office in the land came after she had stepped away from [...]

Morning Jolt: Nobel-winning writer Gunter Grass dies at 87

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 04:16
Author Gunter Grass, who won the Nobel prize for literature in 1999, died this weekend at age 87, his publisher said today. Grass was most famous for his novel “The Tin Drum,” which was made into a movie. Grass frequently wrote about war, and it was a topic in “The Tin Drum” also. He was born in 1927 in Danzig, which is now Gdansk, Poland.

Congressman Keating confident federal aid is coming for winter storms

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 02:17
After speaking to the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Congressman Bill Keating said he's optimistic officials will act swiftly to get disaster relief to communities crippled by the relentless series of winter storms and record snowfall.