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An 8.2-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of northern Chile on Tuesday, generating a tsunami, authorities said.

The U.S. Geological Survey reported the quake, which hit at at 6:46 p.m. local time, was centered some 60 miles northwest of Iquique at a depth of 12.5 miles.

It had previously put the magnitude at 8.0 and the depth at 6.2 miles.

Chile’s National Emergency Office tweeted Tuesday night that it was asking everyone to evacuate the South American nation’s coast.

CNN Chile broadcast video of people in Antofagasta, a port city, walking through the streets as traffic piled up in some places. They appeared to be calm.

A tsunami warning was in effect for Chile, Peru and Ecuador.

A tsunami watch was issued for Colombia, Panama and Costa Rica, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

“Sea level readings indicate a tsunami was generated. It may have been destructive along coasts near the epicenter and could also be a threat to more distant coasts,” the center said in its evaluation.

Tsunami waves of more than 6 feet generated by the earthquake had already washed ashore on the coast of Pisagua, Chile, according to Victor Sardino with the center.

The center said nearly 7-foot waves were reported in Iquique, Chile.

There were no immediate reports of injuries, although an 8.2-magnitude earthquake is capable of causing tremendous damage.

Chile is on the so-called “Ring of Fire,” an arc of volcanoes and fault lines circling the Pacific Basic that is prone to frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

About 500 people were killed when a 8.8-magnitude earthquake struck Chile on February 27, 2010. That quake triggered a tsunami that toppled buildings, particularly in the Maule region along the coast.

According to researchers, the earthquake was violent enough to move the Chilean city of Concepcion at least 10 feet to the west and Santiago about 11 inches to the west-southwest.

The tsunami threat to Hawaii still was being evaluated Tuesday. The U.S. National Tsunami Warning Center was working to determine the level of danger for Alaska, Washington, Oregon and California, as well as Canada’s British Columbia.

The Patriot Ledger

KINGSTON, Mass. — It started with a Duxbury mom and her 23-year-old autistic son being jeered out of a movie theater because he was noisy.

It will end next week when an acquaintance will rent an entire theater to give those with special needs the chance to watch a movie without the pressure of remaining quiet and in their seats, The Patriot Ledger reported.

Emily Colson of Duxbury, author of “Dancing with Max,” a memoir about her autistic son, wrote about her movie theater experience in a blog that gained attention from readers all over the country.

Colson said answering cruelty with cruelty “doesn’t get anybody anywhere,” and she feels blessed that Renee Walston, who attends Pembroke’s North River Community Church with Colson is turning a bad experience into a chance to do good.

Walston is renting the Regal Cinema in Kingston for a showing of “Muppets Most Wanted.” Close to 300 kids, including many with special needs, will attend.
Walston said that when she read Colson’s blog describing her theater experience, she thought of her three children, all under the age of 5, enduring the same treatment.

“As Christians, we’re supposed to love our neighbor as ourselves,” she said. “I just thought that if it were my child, I would have to find a way to make this right for him.”

Colson’s blog, posted in December, described how Max became frightened, as he often does, during the previews at the start of the movie. He became loud, and others in the audience began calling out insults.
When she and Max left the theater, the audience applauded.

Colson said she is accustomed to outings that don’t go according to plan. What bothered her, she said, is that the other patrons in the theater were so quick to lash out that she and Max didn’t have time to use coping strategies they had successfully implemented many times before.

“We hadn’t even gotten past the previews. I know most of us, as families of children with disabilities, have all these plans in mind, but we couldn’t even get there,” she said.

While Colson said she understands that “someone paying good money for a movie … wants it to be quiet,” she said she felt discouraged by the crowd’s “ugly” attitude.

“I think that we have to be intentional with inclusion,” Colson said. “There are so many families (of children with special needs) that are very isolated, and there are other people that really don’t have any experience with disabilities and they don’t know what to do.”

Walston said she started by renting a 94-seat theater, the smallest possible space, because she was unsure what kind of turnout there would be. Now, the event she’s calling “Movie with Max” is on the cusp of selling out a 294-seat theater.

“It has been overwhelming, in a good way,” she said.
Colson said she is excited that families with special needs children can come together in support of each other, but she also hopes the community at large takes advantage of the screening.

The amount of interest in the event has allowed Colson to see the silver lining to what happened in December.

“It has generated a huge amount of conversation about our families in the community, and I’m so thankful for that,” she said.

The special showing of “Muppets Most Wanted” will take place at 6 p.m. on March 27 at Regal Cinema in Kingston. Limited tickets are still available, but messages of support are encouraged.

For more information, Walston can be reached at

Boston could lose federal money if plan not accepted

BOSTON — Boston Mayor Martin Walsh says he’s considering whether it’s possible to bypass the Beacon Hill Architectural Commission after it rejected pedestrian ramps with tactile warning strips for blind pedestrians.

The commission rejected the ramps with bumpy plastic strips because they would mar the neighborhood’s Colonial-era character.

Walsh told The Boston Globe he was outraged about the vote in December. He says it would not destroy brownstones or brick sidewalks.

Beacon Hill remains the only Boston neighborhood not complying with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act. Boston could lose hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal money if a plan is not approved in the next month.

Steve Young, chairman of the board of the Beacon Hill Civic Association, said the city’s initial proposal for yellow tactile strips do not meet historic requirements.

All Dressed Up Just for Me©

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Standing in the mirror

You trim your hair

You clip your side buns

Trim your mustache

Tame your eyebrows and


A splash of cologne

Dressed in your favorite dress shirt

and best dress pants

A pair of Sunday socks

and a pair of newly shined shoes

With a smile just right

You approach me with my favorite yellow roses

You guide me out the door

Opening my car door

Politely seating me

A date for just the two of us

Knowing that the kids were

Nestled safely at home

We are finally able to enjoy a night out alone

A smile comes over me

In that moment I’m filled with such happiness

A feeling felt often, but in a different way

This time I’ll remember that you went out of your way

to make our time together even more special and

You were all dressed up just for me

Thank you for gracing my heart with your love

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

All Dressed Up Just for Me©

Was written by

Felina Silver Robinson

on Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Veteran MBTA employee suspended during investigation

Tony GloBlock

BOSTON — A veteran MBTA employee has been removed from his job after a passenger took a picture of the worker apparently sleeping on the job at the Park Street station.

The employee, whose name was not released, has been with the transit agency for 27 years, MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo said.

The photo shows the employee with his head slumped into his chest as he sits at a desk.

“The employee has been removed from service while his supervisors look into the unprofessional conduct depicted in the photo,”  Pesaturo said.

Dogs abandoned in bitter cold in Sturbridge park

Dogs rescued by East Brookfield shelter

STURBRIDGE, Mass. — It’s a story that will have a happy ending, but that could easily ended so differently.

Thursday night, someone abandoned five dogs in the bitter cold at a Sturbridge park, an adult male, female and three puppies, all a golden retriever mix.

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“These dogs could have maybe lasted one night in those temperatures, but maybe not, they were already so sick and neglected,” said Joe Blancato of the Second Chance Animal Shelter.

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Thankfully people driving by the Westville Dam area spotted the dogs and alerted police.

Police called the Second Chance Animal Shelter in nearby East Brookfield.

“We’ve already had people volunteer to give these dogs homes, but first they’re in need of medical care,” said Sheryl Blancato, the shelter executive director.

The “mom” is very thin, Blancato said. The “dad” has some skin issues and missing hair, the puppies are loaded with worms and all of them were flea-infested.

“I don’t know how anyone could neglect and ultimately abandon such sweet dogs,” said Blancato

The shelter has set up a gofundme page to help with medical care.

Money that exceeds the $2,000 goal will go toward medical care for the 50 to 70 other animals the shelter cares for on an average day.

The shelter staff wants people to know that there’s no need to abandon animals in the cold. Your local shelter will take the animal, no questions asked.

Lexi, Sean Munroe trapped in Lane hope chest

Vigil held for siblings killed in hope chest

FRANKLIN, Mass. —Hundreds filled the town common for a Friday night vigil to remember two young lives lost and to offer comfort to their grieving family.

“It’s just a way to say you’re not forgotten,” said Janie Johnson.

Johnson doesn’t know the Munroe family, but felt compelled to show her support.

“Everyone who has healthy kids and who can kiss them goodnight tonight, think about those two little souls,” said Johnson.

Lexi Munroe, 8, and her brother Sean, 7, died after they were trapped in a hope chest in their family home last Sunday.

The Lane hope chest had been manufactured in 1939 and was the subject of a recall because it could not be open from inside.

An adult was home, but authorities say the chest, which the family had bought second-hand, was next to a blaring television set.

“You really can’t take anything for granted. You realize it could have happened to anyone. How often do you have your kids just play?” said resident Sandy Fredrick.

“I can’t even imagine. I can’t. There are no words,” said Kim Aten whose daughter goes to school with the children’s sibling.

The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Mary’s Church in Franklin. Calling hours will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Ginley Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, gestures of sympathy may be made in their memory to the Lexi & Sean Memorial Fund, Dean Bank, 21 Main St., P.O. Box 307, Franklin, Mass., 02038.

Thomas Goodness, 59, charged with three counts of sexual assault

CONCORD, N.H. — A Concord man has been accused of sexually assaulting a woman during a hypnotism.

Thomas Goodness, 59, turned himself in to police on Tuesday. He was charged with three counts of sexual assault.

A woman, who is a member of Goodness’s extended family, reported the assault to police on Aug. 29.

The woman told police that on Aug. 27, she sought out the help of Goodness, who reportedly described himself as a hobby hypnotist. He had previously helped her with a particular disorder.

Goodness took the woman to a camper at his home on Manor Road that day for the hypnotism. During the incident, the woman told police that Goodness believed she was under a hypnotic spell and began rubbing multiple parts of her body above the clothing. The woman said Goodness later instructed her to touch herself, grabbed her buttocks and kissed her on the lips.

Police said that the woman was uncomfortable and wanted to cry during the hypnotism, but complied with Goodness’s commands out of fear.

On Aug. 30, police executed a search warrant at Goodness’s home and recovered evidence. An arrest warrant for Goodness was issued Jan. 13.

Goodness was released on $6,000 personal recognizance bail is set to be arraigned Feb. 10.

Rescue crews, divers search for person in Sluice Pond

Car submerged in Lynn pond

Stan Forman/WCVB

LYNN, Mass. —Rescue crews responded Monday night to a submerged car and a report of a person in the water at Sluice Pond in Lynn, officials said.

Dive teams from Beverly and Cambridge were called to assist. There was no sign of anyone inside the car.


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Workers assemble the 2014 New Year’s Eve Waterford Crystal ball during its installation at One Times Square on Dec. 27, in New York City.

By Elisha Fieldstadt, NBC News

Who says only tourists go to see the ball drop in Manhattan’s Times Square on New Year’s Eve?

U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, a Bronx native, will be in charge of pressing the button that activates the 60-second descent of the sparkling ball to celebrate the introduction of 2014 in Times Square, organizers announced Sunday.

The justice will usher in the New Year in front of more than 1 million people who will gather in the center of New York City and the 1 billion people who will be watching the event on TV screens around the world, according to the Times Square Alliance, which organizes the yearly show with the help of Countdown Entertainment.

Justice Sotomayor is an inspiration to many, and it is a privilege to welcome her to our celebration to ring in 2014,” said Times Square Alliance President Tim Tompkins in a statement. “Who better to join us in the Crossroads of the World than one of New York’s own,” he added.

Mike Theiler / Reuters file

U. S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor will take center stage among about 1 million revelers in New York’s Times Square to usher in 2014 by pressing the button to lower the countdown ball, organizers said on Dec. 29.

Jeffrey Straus, president of Countdown Entertainment, said Sotomayor “is an inspiration to everyone determined to achieve their dreams in 2014.”

Sotomayor was appointed to the Supreme Court in 2009. She was the first Hispanic and third woman ever to earn a position as a Supreme Court justice among the 110 justices who came before her.

Sotomayor will add another groundbreaking milestone to her list, as she is now the first Supreme Court justice chosen to push the crystal-covered button in the 106-year history of the event.

She will join the company of Bill and Hillary Clinton, Lady Gaga and Muhammad Ali, who have all held the honor in the current millennium.

Performances by Blondie, Miley Cyrus and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis will precede the grand moment. Melissa Etheridge will carry out the tradition of singing John Lennon’s “Imagine” as 2013 comes to a close.