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2008-09-18 09:00:00

By EDWARD B. COLBY Kingston A new nonprofit has ambitious plans to raise $90,000 to buy 144 new computers for Kingston's K-6 schools. The Kingston Education Foundation, formed in July, is focused short-term on filling a pressing need at Kingston Elementary School and Kingston Intermediate School. Excluding computers older than five years and those inaccessible to students, the schools have a ratio of 36 children per computer - far above state technology guidelines, which recommend fewer...

2008-09-05 09:00:17

By EDWARD B. COLBY gustav As another monster hurricane bore down on New Orleans, Lou Cimini had one major concern: whether the city's levees will hold this time. "Last time, I think I was surprised how unprepared they were," said Cimini, a Norwell resident who in 2005 oversaw the effort to house roughly 235 Hurricane Katrina evacuees at Otis Air National Guard Base in Bourne. "I was surprised how quickly things got flooded and the levees broke. I'm very curious to see how the repairs...

2008-08-01 18:00:15

By EDWARD B. COLBY WORKING TOGETHER AND HAVING FUN KINGSTON Kingston youngsters Andrew Burke, Desmond Core, Michael Donovan and Joe Manning spent a good chunk of time cooperatively constructing their massive entry in a sand castle contest at Gray's Beach. When they were done, the foursome had built two dry moats ringed by bucket castles. One moat's castles were adorned by white flowers and green stalks, while the other featured big rocks and black, dried seaweed. The moats were...

2008-07-18 09:00:41

By EDWARD B. COLBY KINGSTON - Local environmental groups plan to sue federal and state regulators and the city of Brockton, alleging violations of the federal Clean Water Act and mismanagement of water resources in Southeastern Massachusetts. The alleged mismanagement covers two watersheds in the region, but the effects on the Jones River fish population alone are powerful, the groups say. The herring that spawn in the river are "on the verge of disappearing, and it's in large part that...


Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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