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Carisa, the 14-and-a-half pound baby born to Burlington mother Caroline Ruscak. Credit: Massachusetts General Hospital
Nicholas Arzio April 23, 2014 at 11:36 pm
Beef cake!
Sunny in SD April 23, 2014 at 11:49 pm
Starting the diabetes early........
Socrates Cee April 24, 2014 at 12:24 am
Now that is something. Imagine how big this baby will be in a couple of years. He probably won'tRead More even fit through a regular door!
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NH citizen April 24, 2014 at 07:34 am
If you think about how much crime we have these days, it is only natural to want to defend yourselfRead More - especially if you are a little older and would not be able to physically defend yourself. Plain and simple - they broke in and he defended himself. He would not have known if they were armed, if there were more people outside that would come in or whether they would try to take his gun and shoot him! Would this be such an issue of the thieves were 2 men or older, etc? NOPE!!!!!!!!
Vindaloo April 24, 2014 at 07:41 am
His intent was to kill, not to protect himself. Otherwise he would have took them down then calledRead More 911. No need at all for the subsequent shots. he's an angry. disturbed killer.
Brandon April 24, 2014 at 07:50 am
It was self defense they had no business intruding; however this guy took it way to far. TeenagersRead More will kill you. I was robbed at gunpoint by two teens. Don't under estimate teens.
The Fluffernutter could become the official state sandwich. Patch File Photo
stormy April 23, 2014 at 10:30 am
Personally, I always needed Jelly, instead of Peanut Buttler on my fluffernutter... it was tooRead More sticky otherwise.
Ron Swanson April 23, 2014 at 12:54 pm
Lots of important things going on. One being Russia slowly taking over portions of the UkraineRead More under false pretenses of "protecting Russian speaking residents from aggression by a US backed terrorist regime", and we get stories on peanut butter and fluff.
Waverly Watchdog April 23, 2014 at 03:50 pm
The Fluffernutter SHOULD be the symbol of Massachusetts POLITICIANS at all levels. - - - They wasteRead More time on FLUFF and NUTTERY. - - - But, perhaps, it is not entirely the pols fault. The lapdog media must share part of the blame. - - - A case in point: This stupid story made Patch, but hugely wasteful public works projects and gross public sector union contracts are never mentioned. - - - But the pols know perfectly well they will NEVER be held to account for ANYTHING, because they can distract the media and the public with nonsense like a state sandwich. - - - I think we should have a 'state horses anatomy part'. I leave it to the reader to figure out WHICH part I'd suggest... HINT: Look under the tail.
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dee marie April 24, 2014 at 05:45 am
wow. almost all of these comments are so obviously written by woman haters, the kind of men andRead More women that just cannot stand to see a woman in a position of authority. i have just one question for all of you who think you have all the stats on Ms. Clinton, can any of you name the politician that was held responsible for the thousands of lives lost from Ground Zero? You want to talk about fools in government? Remember, this was not the first attack on the World Trade Center? Who let it happen? shame on all of you and your so called facts. your behavior is apparent. feeling sorry for all the women, young and old, who are part of your families. i bet you don't even let them vote or drive cars
Kevin April 24, 2014 at 06:45 am
dee marie,I love women. Im married to one.It's corrupt,duplicitous woman I don't like. Nice try.
Mike April 24, 2014 at 07:36 am
It's hilarious to read the unwarranted, seething hatred displayed here for Hilary Clinton. I meanRead More I really despised your president shrubbery but I didn't make a fool out of myself, going on message boards and calling him a dirty bastard. You people need to get over yourselves and get a hobby other than hating for the sake of hating. You'll live a longer life!
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Michael Anthony Satterwhite April 23, 2014 at 12:12 pm
This is a great article. If your financial institution has guarantees on fraudulent charges and theyRead More try to stick you with the bill or change certain terms and conditions without consideration or notice, make sure you seek legal advice from an attorney. It is very important that you check your credit report annually. You can check your credit report for free on the website mandated under the Fair Credit Reporting Act, which can be found at www.annualcreditreport.com.
Steve Marino April 24, 2014 at 07:35 am
Acid? Or magic mushrooms?
Steve Marino April 24, 2014 at 07:42 am
So if I get this straight, most republicans are the great business minds in this country, as wellRead More as hard working tax payers, and the majority of the people that support Obama and Clinton have their hands out waiting for the tax dollars of the people that made that happen for them. And these are the people you call minions and weak minds? Do you even read the things you say before posting them? I'm guessing its magic mushrooms that you two are on.
malcolm nichols April 24, 2014 at 07:55 am
I don't think she can run but maybe she can waddle.
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Steven Oathkeeper April 23, 2014 at 09:09 pm
Like the video game has something to do with it, who writes this rubbish? Next they will be sayingRead More is a shooter and we here to grab all your guns. As if. ~OathkeeprOne. constitution before corrupt govt.
mplo April 24, 2014 at 03:51 am
What kind of a stupid, malicious idiot would pull that sort of a prank? I agree that the kid whoRead More made the phone call to the SWAT team about his opposing video games player was a sore loser, which is why he did that, but he should be criminally prosecuted, made to pay the bill, and perhaps do some community service in order to pay off that big bill. Hopefully, that kid will learn a lesson if he is prosecuted for his prank, which he should be.
nascarblue April 24, 2014 at 07:24 am
this "to me" is not funny, the swat teams are used for serious issues, hostage taking,Read More etc. to have a swat team called to a home behind a video game is stupid, these swat members are trained to save lives, etc. to be called to a home behind a video game is not funny, what happens if a REAL call comes in and swat is needed there, I hope they catch the idiot that called swat and he gets what he/she deserves
Photo Credit: Mark Garfinkel, Boston Herald
MoonBeamWatcher April 22, 2014 at 11:28 pm
How goes that kidnaping of Justina shaping up? Held in solitary confinement, no school or church!Read More Has she been murdered by DCF yet? ACLU your silence is deafening!
Susan Petroni (Editor) April 23, 2014 at 12:48 am
This was the last report we post on Justina:Read More http://framingham.patch.com/groups/around-town/p/easter-service-protest-held-outside-wayside-sunday
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld Michigan's ban on affirmative action in college admissions.
monkey lewis April 24, 2014 at 01:52 am
word
Porter gladstone April 24, 2014 at 02:08 am
yep monkey---most homes have electricity. Guess hillbillys paying people still? didnt thinkRead More there were that many idiots out there who dont wire their homes?
Love All April 24, 2014 at 06:54 am
TO THE EDITOR....I'm seriously disappointed by the removal of peoples comments overnight.... If youRead More cannot see the flow and context of comments made,, how is one supposed to understand the comments you read? The young man, Black Panther was defending himself and his position in the face of raw bigotry and you removed that?? When you invite unfettered comments from people on a forum such as this,, CENSORSHIP HAS NO PLACE. You either put on your big boy/girl panties and allow Free Speech to run it's course,,, of you SHUT THIS DOWN. I'm so surprised at your actions. Not good!
Everyday Mathematics is just one of the programs that makes a heck of a lot of $ off of the millions of textbooks sold to schools that teach to the 'Core.' The Common Core isn't just restricting for teachers & students, it's lining people's pockets.
Gary Tobin April 24, 2014 at 07:50 am
--About The Process Fact: No teachers were involved in writing the standards. No teachers haveRead More claimed responsibility for any of the ELA standards. The entire development process was non-transparent; there are no public records showing comments and suggestions received, or any actions taken or changes made. Fact: The standards are not based on research or evidence. The curriculum study of high-performing countries on TIMSS covered only grade 1 to grade 8. The NAEP frameworks for assessing mathematics, reading, and writing are not for curriculum in English language arts. The reading document explicitly indicates this. --About Implementation Fact: The standards tell teachers what kinds of texts to teach in English language arts—i.e., how to organize their classroom curricula—and in mathematics how to approach teaching geometry, for example. Fact: Teachers are being left to implement the standards with little support or guidance. That is why they are asking for a moratorium on Common Core in many states. Fact: The standards are being implemented through No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and newer federal programs, signifying that the federal government will be leading them. Flexibility waivers from NCLB, granted by the federal government to over 40 states, effectively require states to use Common Core standards. Fact: Most states committed to the Common Core State Standards as part of the Race to the Top grant application. In return, they were supposed to be given evidence of international benchmarking for these standards. However, they have not been given the names of these countries or crosswalks showing comparisons of standards at each grade level. Fact: These standards are intended to lead to a national curriculum for our schools. Bill Gates has said so explicitly. Further, the standards contain explicit guidelines for the amount of time to be allotted to informational reading, use an experimental approach to teaching Euclidean geometry, and expect all students in a class to be taught to the same set of standards for the entire academic year. No acceleration is encouraged or desired. Fact: The Common Core State Standards initiative has never been state-led, and states are not finding it easy to withdraw from the commitments made by their state boards of education, governors, and commissioners of education. In addition, plans are already being made to eliminate local school boards in favor of regional school boards controlled by the federal government. The federal government will monitor what states do through its waiver-granting process and the Common Core-based assessments developed by the federally-funded assessment consortia. No mechanism exists for revising Common Core’s standards. Fact: The assessments based on the Common Core State Standards are intended to result in a national database on all students. While the standards do not in themselves require data collection, data are to be collected as part of administering the Common Core assessments, and the consortia are legally obligated to transfer individual student-level data to the federal government. http://pioneerinstitute.org/download/claims-and-facts-about-common-core/?utm_source=Common+Core+Validation+Apr+23+2014&utm_campaign=Common+Core+Val+April+23+2014&utm_medium=email
dwayne roberson April 24, 2014 at 08:03 am
Carrots and sticks courtesy of the Central Planners.
dwayne roberson April 24, 2014 at 08:08 am
Thanks Gary and Tamara for the info.
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Paul April 22, 2014 at 09:10 pm
Netflix is hands down the best deal going, and it has been a bargain for YEARS. I guess theRead More nonsensical whiners who complain about a long-delayed, $2 a MONTH increase are worried it will cost them a (partial) SINGLE LATTE. Utterly ridiculous.
Gregg L. DesElms April 23, 2014 at 10:36 am
TO MICHAEL BRENNICK: Leftist, Democra... WHAT? You think Comcast is part of the so-calledRead More "liberal" media (which, by the way, doesn't even exist)? Are you freakin' KIDDIN' me? [shakes head in disbelief] Wow. The FOX NEWS CHANNEL should be held criminally liable for what it has done to your brain.
Gregg L. DesElms April 23, 2014 at 02:39 pm
FOR THOSE WHO LIKE AMAZON PRIME OVER NETFLIX: Here's an interesting article from today (23 Apr 2014)Read More about how Amazon Prime just got HBO to stream at least some of its older content, plus "HBO GO," to Amazon's new Fire TV box, thereby making NetFlix upset because NetFlix (nor any other streaming service, including HULU) has never been able to get any HBO content; and so Amazon has scored a real coup! On the Fierce Wireless website | http://bit.ly/1i9J0l7 | Interesting.
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Kim Fox April 22, 2014 at 06:42 pm
I don't believe this kid is competent enough to make those decisions. Those kids need to beRead More prosecuted to the fullest and if the does judge does not agree he needs to step down.
Pat Mcloughlin April 23, 2014 at 01:27 pm
Sorry, Autistic boy, but there are a multitude of crimes here. These so called 'friends' abused youRead More terribly ~ called 'bullying', & that alone cannot be tolerated. Then, there is animal cruelty involved, another terrible crime, plus, harassment of all kinds, leudness, & who knows what else. These 'friends' need to be charged & made aware of the seriousness of their deeds, punished accordingly & helped through proper mental councelling.
nonoise April 23, 2014 at 05:49 pm
It is probly the parents that want to drop the charges, not the boy. They shouldn't. I don'tRead More know why they would want to drop the charges.
Meb Keflezighi crossing the finish line. Credit: Boston Marathon
BH April 22, 2014 at 01:19 am
He's more American than you are old pizza, simply based on his words and acceptance of people asRead More opposed to your ignorance and cluelessness of what it means to be an American.
MikeA April 22, 2014 at 01:15 pm
As Hillary might say, "What difference does it make?" It's not like "we" wonRead More the marathon. He won the marathon.
Dennis Naughton April 22, 2014 at 04:10 pm
@old pizza: Tea Party talk.
Mineta San José International Airport. Wikimedia.
april ann April 22, 2014 at 01:30 pm
I agree with B. Dub 100%! How was this kid able to scale a fence and just walk right over to theRead More plane? TSA: for all the harassing you do in the terminal...you ain't all that!! As far as the kid being a runaway..maybe he does face some serious abuse issues at home. He's damn lucky to be alive. But, I raised three boys, and a 16 year old boy can runaway for any collage of reasons. My kids never ran away but, I'm wondering if the fact that the plane was going to HAWAII has anything to do with it. It sounds a little compulsive to me. CPA need good follow up on this. Thank you lucky stars kid!
Lee Jacobsen April 22, 2014 at 06:42 pm
It wasn't a miracle that he survived, it was Easter Sunday, and good things always happen.Read More "always look on the bright side of life"......Life of Brian........overlooked miracle worker....... Not a problem to let other kids of similar intelligence do the same thing, it will improve the human gene pool immensely, and the human race will benefit overall as a result.
mimi April 23, 2014 at 02:09 pm
There are two separate issues here. The first and certainly the most obvious is security failure.Read More The second is to determine what is in the best interest of the teen, as well as the public.. He needs a psych eval, at the very least. Then again, so does most of the public.
Elizabeth Warren. Photo Credit: Ted Fitzgerald, Boston Herald
Frank Pignone April 23, 2014 at 11:07 pm
Dear God: Just keep me alive long enough to see Obama ( whatever his name is ) lift off that padRead More ending these 8 years of his being kept alive by the very laws he wishes to attack and rid us of. That we the people 'choose' to be orderly and law abiding and respectful are the only reasons he hopes to have supper tomorrow evening....and he should be thankful. Even now we see on the news that the new 'Democrat' attack ads are based on 'Veterans' who are running for the House or Senate are not 'entitled' to 'anything'...so desperate in their quest to 'hold on' in November...I'm an overseas Vet and one thing I deserve as all 'Americans' do and that is a True American as President.... and this man is no where near that and due to his secrecy, we don't know much about him at all... Just 'mouth, teeth, 'gestures, 'feinted energy', and his only thanks to "God' is the invention of a Teleprompter....and we all can't wait for the years to come when all the Truth shall 'come out'... when all the 'fear' of him.. subsides.
Iron Mike April 23, 2014 at 11:23 pm
AMEN! Frank, I say almost EXACTLY the SAME PRAYER every night! May God awaken the AmericanRead More People, - keep us whole until 20 Jan 2017, and DELIVER US FROM EVIL!
Super Fun Size April 24, 2014 at 07:12 am
RWNJs
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Elliott Lanosa April 23, 2014 at 09:33 pm
Again Disney Land ruins someone's (way too expensive) trip to their park. It is not their businessRead More and she was not doing anything wrong.
Richard Ferrari April 23, 2014 at 10:13 pm
she should have spit in his face
monkey lewis April 24, 2014 at 01:54 am
I would do her
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bg robbins April 22, 2014 at 11:39 am
I don't think were doing starving people any favors by sending them hot dogs that might make themRead More sick.
BiteMeFanBoy1 April 22, 2014 at 03:28 pm
Just another argument for KOSHER hot dogs..... All of the great taste and NONE OF THE CRAP !
Bill Harvey April 22, 2014 at 05:04 pm
Poland has already outlawed kosher killing as inhumane--it involves voiding the arteries of theRead More animal's tainted blood while it is still alive....The US will soon follow despite its Jewish lobby.
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monkey lewis April 22, 2014 at 02:30 am
Father to many married to none and in case Ya all wondered Im really well hung
B. Dub April 22, 2014 at 11:34 am
Agranon - I'm a moron because I am tired of everybody and his mother trying to put themselves inRead More every story? Then so be it - I'm a moron. To be honest, I am also really tired of all the people that were compelled to run the Boston Marathon because "I had to finish for all those who couldn't." Get over yourself. It was a tragedy. Those responsible should be ripped apart by dogs. I sincerely hope the families of those affected can move on somehow. But how does Mary Jane Smith running the marathon help ANYBODY but herself? She's not doing it for "those who can't". She's doing it to maybe get on TV and she's probably feeling a little sanctimonious because she ran 26.2 miles and you didn't. It's like, "what did YOU do to help these people?" Same as you - nothing.
Geoffrey Koppel April 22, 2014 at 04:52 pm
If this is a think tank, someone should change the filter.
Deval Patrick. Photo credit: Patch file photo.
Frank Haggerty April 21, 2014 at 09:46 am
Don't believe a word Governor Patrick tells you. Just ask about the wind turbine victims inRead More Massachusetts. Four years and ignored! Corrupt Massachusetts Politicians & Media http://falmouth.patch.com/groups/opinion/p/corrupt-massachusetts-politicians--media
John April 21, 2014 at 08:04 pm
All valid points, Myron, but let's also add eliminating the ridiculous per diem our allegedRead More representatives "earn" for driving back-and-forth to work and enacting laws that take money from the wage earners to give away to the layabouts.
MoonBeamWatcher April 22, 2014 at 01:12 pm
And the TRUTH about the abduction of the CT child from school and her family and care providers?Read More WHO in their RIGHT MIND WOULD SUPPORT MA, CPS? Sir