Security plans for Boston Marathon to be detailed
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (AP) - Public safety officials are getting ready to release more details about enhanced security for this year's Boston Marathon.
Local, state and federal agencies, the Boston Athletic Association and leaders from the eight communities that make up the marathon route are expected to reveal the new security measures during a news conference Monday at the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency's headquarters in Framingham.
Authorities have been meeting for months to come up with a plan to beef up security for the April 21 marathon following last year's deadly attack. Three people were killed and more than 260 injured after two bombs exploded near the finish line of the race.
This year, police are expecting about 36,000 runners and up to a million spectators.
Boston's Callahan Tunnel reopens
BOSTON (AP) - The Callahan Tunnel in Boston has reopened after a $19 million makeover.
The two-lane tunnel that carries traffic from downtown to Logan International Airport reopened at about 4:45 a.m. Monday, two days ahead of schedule.
The 52-year-old tunnel was closed for renovations on Dec. 27, creating traffic headaches for commuters and residents.
The renovation was planned after a corroded wall panel fell onto the roadway in December 2012. No one was hurt and no vehicles were struck.
The project included the replacement of the deck, curbing and wall panels.
A few minor fixes remain, but state Transportation Department officials that work will be done during the overnight hours in the coming weeks.
Mass. patient death results in $4.8M jury award
BOSTON (AP) - The family of a man whose lethal heart ailment was misdiagnosed as a lung infection has been awarded $4.8 million by a Suffolk County jury that determined a doctor was responsible for the death.
Jeffrey Kace went to St. Elizabeth's Medical Center complaining of a cough, fever, and chest pains in August 2006. During a short visit, the doctor diagnosed the 23-year-old man with bronchitis, prescribed antibiotics and painkillers, and sent him home.
Robert Higgins, the lawyer for Kace's family, tells The Boston Globe that Kace was found dead in bed the next morning.
The medical examiner identified Kace's cause of death as myocarditis, a virus that infects and inflames the heart muscle.
Neither the doctor nor his lawyer would comment. The doctor no longer works in Massachusetts.
DOUGHNUT SHOP SHOOTING
1 man shot at Revere doughnut shop
REVERE, Mass. (AP) - Police are investigating a shooting at a Revere doughnut shop that left one person injured.
Police say one person was shot late last night at a Dunkin' Donuts on Bennington Street.
Lt. Michael McLaughlin did not know the extent of the victim's injuries, but the victim's injuries are not thought to be life threatening.
No names were released and the shooting remains under investigation.
Chancellor: Partiers 'brought shame' on UMass
AMHERST, Mass. (AP) - The chancellor of the University of Massachusetts' Amherst campus says student behavior at the pre-St. Patrick's Day "Blarney Blowout" party over the weekend "brought shame on our fine university."
Campus and town police arrested more than 70 students who attended the off-campus party that started Saturday night and ran into Sunday morning.
At least four police officers received minor injuries as some revelers threw bottles, cans and snowballs at police who dressed in riot gear to break up the party attended by thousands.
Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy said in a statement Sunday it is "unequivocally clear that the University of Massachusetts Amherst condemns the outrageous behavior of those students who acted out without any regard for public safety and the community in which they live."
The arrested students face expulsion.
TOLL PLAZA CRASH
Driver, 6 kids OK after NH toll plaza crash
BEDFORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire State Police are investigating a Bedford Toll Plaza crash in which an SUV carrying a man and six children crashed into two concrete structures, rolled over and caught on fire.
Several bystanders assisted in pulling 52-year-old David Sullivan of Sherborn, Mass., and the children, ages 10 to 16, out of the vehicle on Sunday. The crash happened at about 5:45 p.m. at the toll plaza on the Everett Turnpike south.
All were taken to hospitals in Manchester as a precaution. They suffered very minor, if any, injuries.
The vehicle was destroyed from the crash and was towed from the scene.
Sullivan is facing a charge of reckless driving.
Woman suffers leg injury in NH snowmobile crash
MILAN, N.H. (AP) - The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department says a Massachusetts woman has suffered a leg injury after she crashed a snowmobile into some trees in Milan.
Officials say 21-year-old Samantha Carneiro of Franklin, Mass., was on a rented snowmobile when she went off the snow around a sharp corner and crashed into the trees around 2:30 p.m. Sunday. She was taken to a local hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
Authorities say it appears that her lack of riding experience was a factor in the crash.
Swimming pool stolen from West Springfield store
WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - Two thieves who struck a West Springfield business over the weekend weren't looking for cash.
Police say one of the men pulled a gun on an employee as he and another man hauled away a $500 inflatable swimming pool.
Police say the suspects entered Leslie's Swimming Pool Supplies at about 3:45 p.m. Sunday and began dragging the 15-foot pool away.
When a store worker asked if they needed help, one man pulled a gun and pointed it at her.
Both suspects were described as white, about 5-foot-6 inches and tall and with thin builds.
DOG TAG RETURNED
Mass. veteran gets dog tag he lost 70 years ago
(Information in the following story is from: Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.), http://www.telegram.com )
WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) - A dog tag a Massachusetts man lost as he stormed ashore at Anzio during the Allied invasion of Italy in 1944 has finally been returned, 70 years later.
World War II Army veteran Alfred Cabral received the weathered scrap of copper-nickel alloy during an emotional ceremony at a Worcester nursing home last weekend.
The now 88-year-old Cabral quivered and tears rose in his eyes as he received the identification tag.
An Italian man walking on a beach near Anzio found Cabral's tag late last year. The man turned it over to a nearby cemetery where thousands of American GIs are buried.
The Telegram & Gazette reports that the then 18-year-old Cabral enlisted just days after his high school graduation. He returned home with a Purple Heart and Bronze Star.
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