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2 people dead in Norwell crash

(Information in the following story is from: The (Quincy, Mass.) Patriot Ledger, )

NORWELL, Mass. (AP) - Authorities say two people have died in an early morning traffic crash in Norwell.

Fire Chief Andrew Reardon confirmed the fatalities in the Thursday morning crash to The Patriot Ledger.

The victims' names were not immediately available.

Reardon says the crash at River and Green streets was reported at about 5:45 a.m.

No additional details were immediately available.


Ex-Market Basket boss wants to buy company

TEWKSBURY, Mass. (AP) - The former chief executive of the Market Basket supermarket chain whose ouster has led to employee protests, customer boycotts and empty shelves wants to buy the entire company.

Arthur T. Demoulas said in a statement Wednesday that he and his side of the family want to buy the 50.5 percent of the company now controlled by relatives who backed his firing last month.

Demoulas said the offer was a "very full and fair one and should meet or exceed a seller's expectations of the value of the company."

Demoulas was ousted by a family faction supporting his cousin, Arthur S. Demoulas. Both are grandsons of the company's founder and have been locked in a decades-long feud.

The Tewksbury, Massachusetts-based chain has 71 stores in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine.


Jury award $14M in death of woman

WOBURN, Mass. (AP) - A Middlesex County jury has awarded $14 million to the family of a 90-year-old nursing home resident who died in 2008 after being taken to the hospital suffering from a variety of untreated ailments.

Genevieve Calandro was taken to the hospital after falling out of her wheelchair at the Danvers nursing home. Doctors found a festering pressure sore on her back, acute appendicitis, a urinary tract infection so severe it had invaded her blood stream, kidney failure, uncontrolled diabetes, and severe dehydration. She died a month later.

The jury ruled that Radius HealthCare Center was grossly negligent. Radius has since gone out of business.

A lawyer for the company told The Boston Globe a "breach" in the standard of care Calandro received did not cause her death.


Police cruiser, car collide north of Boston

BURLINGTON, Mass. (AP) - Authorities say two people have been injured, including a police officer, after a crash involving a police cruiser north of Boston.

Burlington police say Officer Robert Aloisi was responding to a report of a commercial burglar alarm Wednesday afternoon when his cruiser collided with another car at an intersection.

Aloisi and the driver of the other car were taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Police say the officer's lights and sirens were activated at the time of the crash.

They continue to investigate.

They say the burglar alarm was handled by other officers. It had been accidentally set off by contractors working in the building.


North Adams man gets up to 5 years for stabbing

(Information in the following story is from: The Berkshire (Mass.) Eagle, )

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) - A North Adams man who stabbed a friend nine times with a steak knife because he thought he had stolen $600 from him has been sentenced to up to five years in prison.

The Berkshire Eagle reports Mario Babbs was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty to assault and battery with a dangerous weapon in connection with the June 2012 stabbing of Cole DeSanty.

Prosecutors say the 27-year-old Babbs had borrowed DeSanty's car, and after returning the vehicle found he had lost his wallet. After Babbs found the wallet, without the money, he asked DeSanty to his apartment where he stabbed him.

DeSanty denied taking the money.

Prosecutors say DeSanty's wounds were life threatening and included a severed rib, punctured left lung, internal bleeding and compromised hearing and vision.


New Massachusetts law would bar shark finning

BOSTON (AP) - The practice of shark finning would be outlawed in Massachusetts under a bill set to receive Gov. Deval Patrick's signature.

Advocates for the ban say shark fins are often removed for use in soup while the rest of the shark is thrown back in the sea, still alive. They call the practice inhumane.

The impetus for the legislation came from a 9-year-old Lowell boy. Sean Lesniak, who took a keen interest in the subject of shark finning, passed out stuffed sharks to lawmakers during a Statehouse visit in May.

Patrick is scheduled to sign the bill on Thursday at the New England Aquarium. The measure would ban the possession, sale or distribution of shark fins. Violators could face up to 60 days in jail or fines of up to $1,000 per fin.


Vandals topple headstones at Auburn cemetery

(Information in the following story is from: Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.), )

AUBURN, Mass. (AP) - Police in Auburn are investigating after vandals toppled 19 headstones at a central Massachusetts Jewish cemetery.

Chief Andrew Sluckis estimated the cost of the damage at the Worcester Hebrew Cemetery discovered earlier this week at $15,000.

Of the 19 headstones knocked over, two were cracked in half.

Sluckis says some evidence has been recovered at the scene.

Jordan Robbins, co-chairman of running the cemetery for the Jewish Federation of Central Massachusetts, tells The Telegram & Gazette the federation is offering a $500 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

The cemetery was also vandalized around the Memorial Day weekend, when eight headstones were knocked over.


Military projectile found on Cape Cod beach

(Information in the following story is from: Cape Cod (Mass.) Times, )

WELLFLEET, Mass. (AP) - A military projectile possibly dating to the World War II era has been destroyed after it was found on a Wellfleet beach.

A fisherman found the device in the sand at Marconi Beach at about 3 p.m. Wednesday and alerted authorities.

The state police bomb squad responded and the device was blown up on the beach at about 7 p.m.

Officials kept curious spectators about 1,000 feet away from the explosion to protect them from shrapnel.

Sgt. Jerry Galizio of the bomb squad tells the Cape Cod Times the military used area beaches as practice ranges during World War II, and it's not uncommon for ordnance to be found even to this day.


JFK returns to old look in new collectors' coins

WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) - President John F. Kennedy is getting his old look back on new collectors' coins.

The slain president's profile debuted on the half dollar 50 years ago, and the image was subtly tweaked in the 1990s. Now the U.S. Mint is producing collectors' coins that restore the original 1964 design, which incorporated suggestions from a grieving Jacqueline Kennedy.

Gold coins being stamped at the mint's West Point plant this week portray JFK's famously tousled head of hair a bit fluffier, his part is less severe and his cheeks less chiseled than on the half dollar discontinued in 2001.

Mint officials say the throwback design being featured on collectors' coins this year is truer to both the president's appearance and his widow's wishes.

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