There's probably a good story behind this photo that Craig Caplan took on Rte. 1 in Peabody at lunchtime today. Note the involvement of a white SUV, similar to the white SUV involved in that other notable recent incident that made all the papers and the national news (although granted, this is a Lexus; the other was an Infiniti).
Good Morning Wilton reports the arrest of Mark Crowley, 56, of Beverly, on charges he had contacted an 11-year-old girl in Wilton, CT and was trying to "groom" her to take and send him nude photos. Crowley was arrested in Beverly last week and extradited to Connecticut today.
WBZ reports officials in Swampscott called in officials from one of those rental companies that let you drop their bikes wherever and demanded action:
“Our biggest concern is the volume. They seem to be kind of popping up everywhere,” says Swampscott Police Lieutenant Gary Lord. He says the green bikes can become safety problems. “With the bikes tipped over at times and just parking in the wrong spots, smack dab in the middle of a sidewalk,” he says.
Marblehead firefighters and animal control jumped into action this morning and reunited ducklings and mother duck. And yes, with requisite adorable photos.
A dozen people were arrested today as police in Boston, Swansea and Swampscott raided locations related to two groups that imported massive amounts of fentanyl and other drugs from Mexico for distribution in the Boston area, local and federal law-enforcement officials said today. Read more.
Nicholas Koudanis, 67, of Topsfield, was sentenced today to two years in the federal pen after pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States by obstructing the IRS and ten counts of aiding and assisting in the filing of false tax returns related to Nick's Famous Beef in Beverly, the US Attorney's office reports. Read more.
Greg Cook and some friends gathered on a North Shore beach last night to honor the memory of Cook's father on the first anniversary of his death:
My Dad was a community college teacher who raced sailboats on weekends for years.
He sometimes talked of hoping to have a Viking Funeral.
I spent a couple days building the boat out of cardboard and paper and glue and string and tape.
(No human remains.) It was about 4-feet-long.
The Globe reports the death of Louis DiBella, who won a groundbreaking Supreme Judicial Court decision letting him hire women to dance naked in cages at his Peabody club - named for his other business selling bananas.
..if you live on the North Shore. At least 5 trains have been cancelled or delayed on the Newburyport/Rockport line tonight. I am thanking some weird prescience and a bad headache that led me to leave work early- 17 (17!) messages on my phone between 4:30 and 7...WTF??
Prevailing sentiment in progressive haunts is “2016, don’t let the door hit you on the way out.” Between a stressful election season, acts of terror, and the crisis in Syria, many of us will be glad to see the calendar page turn on Sunday night. Still, to every cloud there is a silver lining, and at least when it comes to tackling climate change in the US, Massachusetts was a bright spot amidst the clouds of 2016.
The Jewish Journal takes a look at how two area congregations are trying to revitalize themselves. In Marblehead, Rabbi David Meyer figured if the Millennials won't come to him, he'll go to them. The temple now has a young-professionals group - Jews 'n' Brews - that gets together once a month at a local watering hole. Meyer always picks up the tab for the first round. And in Brookline, Congregation Mishkan Tefila is settling in at its new home on the Congregation Kehillath Israel's Harvard Street campus after selling off its own Newton campus that had simply become too large for it.
WBZ reports. Firefighters are using foam to combat the fire in the foam factory.
The Lynn Daily Item asks: Is the Lynnway the ugliest street in America?
Transit Police have released a photo of a guy they say spit at a T bus driver on a 442 bus near Central Square in Lynn shortly before 6 p.m. on Feb. 15.
If he looks familiar, contact detectives at 617-222-1050, or send an anonymous text tip to 873873.
Aviva Chomsky discusses what happened to Globe deliverers in the Lynn area when the paper switched distribution companies: The new company ditched accident insurance, forced the deliverers it did take on to handle longer routes and decreased the per-paper fee they got. Also:
At the old distribution center in Lynn, they folded and bagged their papers inside the facility, with plenty of light, tables, and access to bathrooms. In Woburn, they are forced to do it outdoors in the icy darkness, or awkwardly inside their cars.
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