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2008-06-17 15:00:49

By Hiroko Sato, The Sun, Lowell, Mass. Jun. 17--TOWNSEND -- Frederick Wheeler still remembers his daughter coming home after her first day in high school and saying, "There is no way I can find my way around the high school." High school can be intimidating, said Deborah Brady, assistant superintendent of the North Middlesex Regional School District. The district's high school, which serves students from Pepperell, Townsend and Ashby, houses 1,400 students. Guidance counselors may not...

2008-06-17 15:00:36

By Dennis Shaughnessey, The Sun, Lowell, Mass. Jun. 17--BEVERLY -- And the award goes to ... Students from Tyngsboro High School and Dracut High School walked away from the third annual North Shore Music Theater Spotlight Awards ceremony on June 2 with a little bit of hardware and pride in a job well done. Twenty-four high schools and more than 1,000 students vied for top honors at the ceremony, which recognizes high-school students, teachers, musicians, directors, choreographers and...

2008-06-14 12:00:21

By Matt Murphy, The Sun, Lowell, Mass. Jun. 14--Gayle Simone gsimone@nashobapub.com Gov. Deval Patrick came to the region bearing gifts yesterday, including a major loan for a local clean-energy company and $1.3 million in job grants for Ayer to extend the town's sewer lines. Patrick started his morning on the Tyngsboro campus of Beacon Power Corp., helping that company celebrate its expansion since moving to Greater Lowell earlier this year. Beacon Power, one of the state's...

2008-03-06 21:00:27

By Jennifer Amy Myers, The Sun, Lowell, Mass. Mar. 6--LOWELL -- The staff of the Varnum Literacy and Arts Elementary School knew the end was near, but the loss still cuts to the bone of the tight-knit group. "We are very, very sad, but we understand that in a time of terrible budget crunch, decisions need to be made," said Principal Marianne Bond, who has led the school for two years. "We are trying to keep it on the bright side for the kids, because whether they are here or in another...

2008-01-17 12:00:38

By Hillary Chabot, The Sun, Lowell, Mass. Jan. 17--BOSTON -- Former Middlesex corrections officer Leo Tousignant claims he was bullied, his house was videotaped and he was eventually fired for crossing political lines and supporting Middlesex Sheriff Jim DiPaola's political opponent in 2003. Tousignant, who claims he was an award-winning all-star in the department when he supported DiPaola politically, alleges his career stalled after he helped Lowell Police Acting Deputy Superintendent...

2007-10-13 12:00:15

By Lisa Redmond, The Sun, Lowell, Mass. Oct. 13--NEWPORT, N.H. -- Chelmsford native Kenneth Carpenter was convicted yesterday of first-degree murder in the 2005 killing and incineration of a Goshen woman whom he believed was interfering with his love life. After a trial that lasted several weeks, a Sullivan County Superior Court jury deliberated about two hours yesterday morning before finding Carpenter, 56, of Lempster, N.H. guilty of murdering Edith "Pen" Meyer, 55, of Goshen, N.H....

2007-05-24 15:00:20

By Lisa Redmond, The Sun, Lowell, Mass. May 24--LOWELL -- At 5 a.m. last Friday, Andre "Dre" Young's life came to a bloody end. After a "confrontation" with Juan Carlos Felix and Eliezer Montanez in their 5 Warwick St. apartment, the 23-year-old Lowell man took two shotgun blasts to his body and was left to die, prosecutor Daniel Bennett said yesterday. The man Young had driven to the apartment with, Paris Mitchell, 21, tried to flee in a car, but Felix, armed with the shotgun, and...

2007-02-28 18:35:14

By Michael Lafleur, The Sun, Lowell, Mass. Feb. 28--Maine authorities yesterday said Carlisle resident Paul Blanco is presumed to have drowned after mistakenly driving his snowmobile into open water on Sebago Lake Saturday night. Mark Latti, a spokesman for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, yesterday said authorities have been searching the northern end of the lake for the 45-year-old Blanco's body since the accident occurred. He said boats and divers searched...

2007-02-28 18:35:08

By Robert Mills, The Sun, Lowell, Mass. Feb. 28--PELHAM -- A multitown task force of police who have spent months trolling the Internet for sexual predators has made 12 more arrests, including a 21-year-old Pelham man who was already busted once last year. The Southern Hillsboro County Cyber Crimes Task Force arrested 11 other people since August, when it began targeting those who use the Internet to lure minors, and yesterday announced 12 more arrests. Most notable was that of...

2007-01-02 12:00:50

By Matt Murphy, The Sun, Lowell, Mass. Jan. 2--The year 2006 brought a police officer putting his life on the line. It brought political intrigue in the changing of the guard in Lowell's City Hall and Police Department. It brought the halt to an effort to create the state's newest community. It brought its share of crimes and criminals And it brought ark-level rain and a reminder that, in the toughest moments, neighbors help neighbors. Here are the 10 stories that changed Greater...


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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