Monthly Archives: June 2013

91-year-old WWII veteran gets high school diploma

A 91-year-old retired police officer from Northampton has received his high school diploma, 71 years after he left school to work on a farm. Edward Morrissey was one of 100 graduates who received diplomas Thursday from Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School. Morrissey says he was just weeks from graduating in 1942 when his father told him to leave school and get a job milking cows. He also worked at a gas station and a gun maker before enlisting in the U.S. Navy. He served in the Pacific during World War II and was a Northampton officer for 25 years before retiring in 1977. Continue Reading →

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California utility says it will retire nuclear plant

The troubled San Onofre nuclear power plant in Southern California is closing. Southern California Edison announced Friday it will retire the Unit 2 and Unit 3 reactors. Edison International Chairman Ted Craver says in a statement that the company concluded that the continuing uncertainty about when or if the plant might return to service was not good for customers or investors. The plant between San Diego and Los Angeles hasn’t produced electricity since January 2012, after a small radiation leak led to the discovery of damage to tubing that carries radioactive water. Via: Fox News Continue Reading →

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Mass. residents sue NY Post over marathon coverage

Two Massachusetts residents have sued the New York Post, saying the newspaper falsely portrayed them as suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings in part by featuring them on the front page under the headline “Bag Men.” The lawsuit said photographs and articles the Post published three days after the bombings made it appear that law enforcement officials suspected 16-year-old Salaheddin Barhoum and 24-year-old Yassine Zaimi as the attack’s perpetrators, before the FBI publicly identified two brothers as suspects. But the Post still stands by its story, and says it never identified them as suspects. Lawyers for the two Moroccan plaintiffs said Thursday the friends had hoped to run the race that day as unofficial entrants, and had running gear in their bags. The civil action said the Post’s headline implied they had bombs in their bags and accuses the newspaper of libel, negligent infliction of emotional distress and privacy invasion. Continue Reading →

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Texas teacher accused of taping student to chair

A suburban San Antonio school district said it’s reviewing training guidelines after a teacher allegedly duct taped an 8-year-old student to a chair — a year after another teacher was accused of ordering kindergartners to take turns hitting a classmate. Judson Independent School District spokesman Steve Linscomb said Thursday that school officials would review training guidelines to make sure “there isn’t something we are missing.” He promised appropriate changes will be made. Linscomb said a teacher at Woodlake Elementary School taped an 8-year-old boy to a chair in May because the child was too rowdy and couldn’t be controlled. The teacher and a teacher’s aide resigned soon after. Continue Reading →

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Somali piracy, murder trial gets underway in Va.

Defense attorneys for three Somalis charged with the murders of four Americans aboard their pirated yacht say there’s no evidence proving their clients fired the fatal shots. The comments were made during opening statements in federal court in Norfolk on Thursday. The yacht’s owners, Jean and Scott Adam of Marina del Rey, Calif., and their friends, Bob Riggle and Phyllis Macay of Seattle, were shot to death in February 2011 after they were taken hostage at sea several hundred miles south of Oman. The 19 people who boarded their yacht intended to ransom the Americans. That plan fell apart when the U.S. Navy began shadowing the yacht. Continue Reading →

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Self-help New York radio couple commits suicide, cops say

On a radio show they hosted called “The Pursuit of Happiness,” John Littig and Lynne Rosen urged listeners to embrace spontaneity. “So much about life is about impulse,” Littig said on a broadcast this year on an FM station in New York, WBAI. “It’s about doing it right now.” A shocking decision the couple made together appeared more methodical: Police say they killed themselves side by side as part of a suicide pact. Autopsies found that both Littig, 47, and Rosen, 45, died from asphyxiation after inhaling helium, a spokeswoman for medical examiner’s office said Thursday. Continue Reading →

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