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Massachusetts State Police investigating

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — The remains of a newborn infant were found on a New Bedford street Friday evening, according to Police Chief David Provencher.

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New Bedford police said they received a call around 6:30 p.m. from a resident who discovered the remains of the infant outside a three-story home at 1065 County St.

Emergency crews rushed to the scene, and when they discovered the dead infant they contacted the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office and Massachusetts States Police.

District Attorney Samuel Sutter said the investigation into the unattended death is in its early stages and a member of the state’s Medical Examiner’s Office is expected to take custody of the baby and will perform an autopsy over the weekend.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of the mother of the infant or any other information about the incident is asked to call the New Bedford Police Department at 508-991-6300. An anonymous tip can also be made by calling 508-961-4584.


Thomas Kennedy to face charges 

 

 

BOSTON — MBTA police have made an arrest after a vicious attack on the Red Line in Boston.

Thomas Kennedy, 63, is facing assault charges after he was accused of punching, kicking and verbally attacking a student with cerebral palsy on Tuesday.

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The victim was taken to Boston Medical Center for treatment.

Prosecutors said Kennedy was already out on bail after allegedly exposing himself in a different train station in January.

If he makes bail on the new charges, he will undergo alcohol and mental-health screenings.


Former Red Sox pitcher battling cancer

BOSTON — There’s some encouraging news about former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling, who is battling cancer.

His wife, Shonda, tweeted a picture of him Tuesday with the caption, “Chemo officially done. Three more days of radiations left.”

Earlier this year, the 47-year-old announced he was being treated for cancer and had undergone surgery.

Schilling has never revealed the exact nature of his illness.


1. Old Incinerator and New Cancer in Coconut Grove

Old Incinerator and New Cancer in Coconut Grove

2. Are secret, dangerous ingredients in your food?

(Susan Biddle/Washington Post file photo)

3. In latest blow to Pebble prospect, mining giant Rio Tinto is pulling out

4. Environmental SWAT team tests runoff to nab polluters

5. U.S. sailors sue Tepco for $1 billion over alleged radiation exposure

Crew members wash the flight deck of the USS Ronald Reagan in an attempt to remove radiation deposits on March 23, 2011. Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier, in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Tohoku, had taken part in a rescue mission transporting supplies to evacuees and survivors following the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami. | AP

6. Northern Europe hit by most bee deaths – EU study

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Miriam Carey killed after car chase in Washington, D.C.

Miriam Carey

WASHINGTON — The attorney for the family of a Connecticut woman killed by police on Capitol Hill six months ago says her autopsy found she was shot multiple times from behind, including a shot to the back of the head.

Attorney Eric Sanders said on his law firm’s website that the autopsy found Miriam Carey was not under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Carey was shot to death after a car chase that went from the White House to near the U.S. Capitol in October of last year. The report from Sanders said the “Carey family is understandably upset.”

Calls to Sanders’ office and to U.S. Capitol Police were not immediately returned late Monday.

Carey, a 34-year-old dental hygienist, tried to ram her car through a White House barrier on Oct. 3 before leading police on a chase that ended with her being killed. Her 1-year-old daughter was in the car but escaped serious injury.

Carey’s relatives have challenged law enforcement accounts that she was delusional and raised questions over whether police used an appropriate level of force. Sanders has said he believes officers who shot Carey mishandled the encounter and should be prosecuted.

Carey, who had been diagnosed with postpartum depression and psychosis, told officers who responded to her Stamford, Conn., apartment prior to the Washington incident that President Barack Obama communicated with her and had set up cameras to record her life for national news outlets, police said.

In an interview Monday with the National Journal, Sanders portrayed the autopsy findings as bolstering his theory that Carey’s shooting was not justified.


1. Explore the Apostle Islands by Land, Boat or on Foot

Madeline Island Chamber of Commerce

2. Sen. Begich Presses VAWA Protections for Alaska Natives

Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) discusses his pending Safe Families and Villages legislation, as well as a clean Carcieri legislative fix.

3. First Nations Save First Foods: Northwest Tribes Seek to Restore Historic Fish Runs

Jack McNeel
Grand Coulee Dam, the so-called granddaddy of all impediments to fish migration, as seen from the hillside above the reservoir.

4. 5 Easy Steps: How to Start a Community Garden

Cheyenne River Youth Project (LakotaYouth.org)
Guided by traditional and spiritual principles, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® has incorporated the traditional Lakota values of generosity, spirituality, wisdom, respect, courage, honesty and patience into the development of its 2-acre, naturally grown, pesticide-free Winyan Toka Win (“Leading Lady” in the Lakota language) garden.

5. Packed House: Actress Stacey Thunder on ‘The Jingle Dress’ Sneak Preview Screening

Courtesy The Jingle Dress
Sisters Janet (Kimberly Guerrero) and Elsie (Stacey Thunder) share a laugh in a scene from ‘The Jingle Dress.’

6. The Royals Arrive in New Zealand to a Warm Maori Welcome

Associated Press
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince George arrive in New Zealand

7. Cherokee Nation Veterans Center Opens

Courtesy Cherokee Nation
The newly opened Cherokee Nation Veterans Center is located just east of the W.W. Keeler Complex in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.

8. Redford Hopes Obama Will Grant Peltier Pardon

The Associated Press
Robert Redford says he is ready to push again for a presidential pardon for jailed former AIM leader Leonard Peltier.

9. Indian Business Can Be Successful

Courtesy Winnebago Tribe
Left to right: Ho-Chunk, Inc. CEO Lance Morgan and COO Annette Hamilton; Winnebago Tribal Chairman John Blackhawk; Officials from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center Verron Brade and Lori Moore, at Ho-Chunk, Inc. headquarters in Winnebago, Nebraska.

10. What Does Football Have to Do With Genocide? In Washington DC, Plenty

Photo by Dakota Fine, courtesy Gregg Deal
‘Honor through football?’ Deal asks. ‘Not so much.’

11. VIDEO: AIM’s ‘Chief Wahoo’ Protest Fights Fans’ Backlash

12. Author Peter Matthiessen, Chronicler of Leonard Peltier, Walks On

Associated Press
Author Peter Matthiessen, who championed the story of Leonard Peltier and Indian country in his work, walked on due to leukemia at age 86 on Saturday April 5, 2014.

Donated organs save 640 lives in 2013

BOSTON — Massachusetts officials are urging local residents to consider signing up as organ donors.

Last year, more than 640 lives were saved in New England because of the decision of other individuals to become donors.

State health officials said thousands more had their quality of life improved through tissue donations.

State Secretary of Health and Human Services John Polanowicz is planning to join with other state officials, transplant surgeons and individuals personally touched by donations – including the families of donors – during a Statehouse event on Monday

Polanowicz will announce April as Donate Life Month in Massachusetts.

Despite the successes, there is far greater demand. There are more than 120,000 patients currently on the U.S. transplant wait list.

The event will take place at 2 p.m. Monday at the House Members Lounge at the Statehouse.


1. Anadarko Petroleum to pay $5.15 billion to settle pollution case, Justice Dept. says

AP - In this 1953 photo, Navajo miners work at the Kerr-McGee uranium mine on the Navajo reservation in Cove, Ariz. Kerr-McGee abandoned uranium mine sites, leaving contaminated waste rock piles, in the Lukachukai mountains of Arizona and in the Ambrosia Lake area of New Mexico

2. Buffalo’s decade-long dust bowl

3. Last gasp: Toxic smog causes 1.6 million to suffer asthma attacks

4. MCHM screening level weak, WVTAP says

5. Milwaukee Sinks as Ebbing Groundwater Undermines Its Foundations

6. A glowing review

Britain is paying dearly for neglecting its nuclear waste

7. Climate change will ‘lead to battles for food’, says head of World Bank

Jim Yong Kim urges campaigners and scientists to work together to form a coherent plan in the fight against climate change
World Bank President Jim Yong Kim speaks

8. A Town Called Malnourished

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John Crocker missing since Wednesday

Rockport police

BOSTON — The Massachusetts State Police and Rockport police are asking for the public’s help in finding John Crocker, 83, of Rockport.

Crocker was last seen in Rockport on Wednesday at 5 p.m. Police said he suffers from Alzheimer’s disease and walks with a cane.

Crocker is blind in one eye and has limited vision in the other eye. He also has hearing loss but he does not always wear his hearing aids, police said.

Crocker was last seen wearing blue jeans, a brown sweater and a yellowish jacket. He has a thick gray and white beard and is believed to have left on foot. He likes to visit the Beech Grove Cemetery and Kelly’s Pit in Rockport.

Anyone who sees, might have seen, or has information on Crocker’s whereabouts is urged to contact Rockport police at 978-546-1212 or 911.


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Running regularly has long been linked to a host of health benefits, including weight control, stress reduction, better blood pressure and cholesterol.However, recent research suggests there may a point of diminishing returns with running.

A number of studies have suggested that a “moderate” running regimen — a total of two to three hours per week, according to one expert — appears best for longevity, refuting the typical “more is better” mantra for physical activity.

 

The researchers behind the newest study on the issue say people who get either no exercise orhigh-mileage runners both tend to have shorter lifespans than moderate runners. But the reasons why remain unclear, they added.The new study seems to rule out cardiac risk or the use of certain medications as factors.

“Our study didn’t find any differences that could explain these longevity differences,” said Dr. Martin Matsumura, co-director of the Cardiovascular Research Institute at the Lehigh Valley Health Network in Allentown, Pa.

Matsumura presented the findings Sunday at the American College of Cardiology’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C. Studies presented at medical meetings are typically viewed as preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal.

Matsumura and his colleagues evaluated data from more than 3,800 men and women runners, average age 46. They were involved in the Masters Running Study, a web-based study of training and health information on runners aged 35 and above. Nearly 70 percent reported running more than 20 miles a week.

The runners supplied information on their use of common painkillers called NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen and naproxen/Aleve), which have been linked with heart problems, as well as aspirin, known to be heart-protective. The runners also reported on known heart risk factors such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, family history of heart disease and smoking history.

None of these factors explained the shorter lives of high-mileage runners, the researchers said. Use of NSAIDs was actually more common in runners who ran less than 20 miles weekly, Matsumura’s team noted. “The study negates the theory that excessive use of NSAIDs may be causing this loss of longevity among high-mileage runners,” Matsumura said.

So what’s the advice to fitness-oriented Americans?

“I certainly don’t tell patients ‘Don’t run,’ ” Matsumura said. But, he does tell high-mileage runners to stay informed about new research into the mileage-lifespan link as more becomes known.

“What we still don’t understand is defining the optimal dose of running for health and longevity,” he said.

Even though the heart disease risk factors couldn’t explain the shorter longevity of high-mileage runners, there do seem to be potentially life-shortening ill effects from that amount of running, said Dr. James O’Keefe, director of preventive cardiology at the Mid-American Heart Institute in Kansas City.

O’Keefe, who reviewed the findings, believes there may simply be “too much wear and tear” on the bodies of high-mileage runners. He has researched the issue and is an advocate of moderate running for the best health benefits. Chronic extreme exercise, O’Keefe said, may induce a “remodeling” of the heart, and that could undermine some of the benefits that moderate activity provides.

In O’Keefe’s view, the “sweet spot” for jogging for health benefits is a slow to moderate pace, about two or three times per week, for a total of one to 2.5 hours.

“If you want to run a marathon,” he said, “run one and cross it off your bucket list.” But as a general rule, O’Keefe advises runners to avoid strenuous exercise for more than an hour at a time.

More information

To learn more about this field of research, head to the Masters Running Study.

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