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2009-02-19 10:30:39

The team bus for the Albany River Rats professional ice hockey team crashed Thursday in Massachusetts, leaving three people injured, state police say. Jeff Daniels, the coach of the American Hockey League team, said those injured in the accident on the Massachusetts Turnpike were players and team employees, The Albany (N.Y.) Times-Union reported. While the names and conditions of the injured team members have not been released, the injuries do not appear to be life-threatening, he said. We...

2009-01-30 14:02:31

Off-season hip surgery will prevent Boston Red Sox third baseman Mike Lowell from playing for his native Puerto Rico at the World Baseball Classic in March. Lowell's right hip led to a pain-filled second half last season and Boston did not put him on its postseason roster. Lowell, 34, underwent surgery on Oct. 20, the day after Boston was beaten by the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 7 of the American League Championship Series. Despite perceived limitations, he was included on Puerto Rico's...

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2008-10-07 09:10:28

A new study of scald burn injuries shows that microwave ovens are a serious safety issue to young children. An evaluation of records from the University of Chicago Burn Center indicates that hot foods or liquids from microwave ovens are the fourth principal reason of scald injuries in children under 5 years old. "Parents do need to teach their toddlers and their older children that the microwave is a potential source of danger as much as the stove is," said one of the researchers of the...

2008-08-05 12:00:40

By Matt Murphy, The Sun, Lowell, Mass. Aug. 5--BOSTON -- About 4,000 municipal retirees in Middlesex County will not receive the same modest boost in their pensions that the Legislature approved last week for retired teachers and state employees. With the cost of gas, food and electricity on the rise, both the Legislature and Gov. Deval Patrick have noted that retirees on fixed incomes could use the help, albeit small, to make ends meet. The plan, however, calls for only state employees...

2008-07-30 12:00:36

By Matt Murphy, The Sun, Lowell, Mass. Jul. 30--BOSTON -- Money is flowing in both directions on Beacon Hill in a final flurry of legislative activity. The Senate yesterday finalized an environmental bond bill funneling more than $10 million to Greater Lowell for improvements to parks and other local recreational and environmental projects. Meanwhile, the House approved a supplemental budget backing Gov. Deval Patrick's plan to ask hospitals, businesses and insurers to contribute...

2008-07-29 15:01:08

By Chris Camire, The Sun, Lowell, Mass. Jul. 29--BILLERICA -- Looking to avoid past mistakes, the Planning Board halted a presentation from representatives of the Billerica Energy Center last night until it determines if it has jurisdiction over the project. The issue was raised by Planning Board member Ed McLaughlin, who said he wants a written statement from town counsel or the building inspector indicating whether the power plant proposed for North Billerica requires a site-plan...

2008-07-26 12:00:48

By Rita Savard, The Sun, Lowell, Mass. Jul. 26--CHELMSFORD -- First came the closing of Westlands Elementary School. Now 26 jobs have been axed inside Chelmsford schools as officials move forward with budget cuts. "We've been cutting and it's deep," said Superintendent of Schools Donald Yeoman. "It's tragic when people lose their jobs. From cafeteria workers to teachers, this means every student is getting less." With a $2.2 million deficit, school officials said layoffs were...

2008-07-24 18:00:35

By Chris Camire, The Sun, Lowell, Mass. Jul. 24--TYNGSBORO -- Residents may be able to enjoy the land formerly known as the Tyngsboro Campground by summer's end if a new plan to revamp the Frost Road parcel moves forward. Drawn up by Southboro design firm Beals and Thomas, the plan calls for picnic tables and a volleyball pit to be installed on the riverside property. The initial improvements are expected to cost $15,000, according to Beals and Thomas engineer Dan Feeney. A master...

2008-07-21 06:00:26

By Danielle Sottosanti, The Arizona Daily Star, Tucson Jul. 21--An upcoming gathering of three Central neighborhoods and an out-of-town developer will continue years of communication and understanding, despite a separation of thousands of miles. Residents of the Campus Farm, Amphi and Limberlost neighbor- hoods originally wanted a park and a neighborhood center on about 15 acres of land on the northeast corner of East Limberlost Drive and North First Avenue. By the end of 2003, they...

2008-07-18 12:00:40

By John Collins, The Sun, Lowell, Mass. Jul. 18--CHELMSFORD -- Police Chief James Murphy said $15,000 a year is a fair price to pay for "CodeRED." And no, he's not referring to cherry-flavored soft drink, Mountain Dew Code Red. Murphy announced yesterday the town has implemented a new, "ultra, high-speed telephone communication system" that enables police to speed-dial -- at the rate of 1,000 calls per minute -- Chelmsford residents and business owners to deliver recorded messages about...