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Mass. 7th-grader competes in National Geographic Bee

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Published May 25, 2011 in The Boston Globe MetroDesk Blog

Plainville seventh-grader Karthik Karnik competed in the final round of the National Geographic Bee today against nine other geography whizzes from across the country.

While he didn’t finish in the top three, Karnik, 13, was among the seven other finalists who won $500 in the contest, which was held in Washington, D.C., and moderated by “Jeopardy” host Alex Trebek.

The top three won college scholarships of $25,000, $15,000, and $10,000. The top finisher was Tine Valencic, 13, of Texas, who will also get a lifetime subscription to National Geographic magazine and a trip to the Galapagos Islands.

Karnik had won the title of 2011 Massachusetts National Geographic Bee Champion earlier this year.

The contest is scheduled to air over four nights beginning June 13 at 6:30 p.m. on the National Geographic Channel, the company said in a statement.

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May 25, 2011 at 11:05 am

Lawrence officer rescues man who jumped 60 feet from Merrimack bridge

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Published May 23, 2011 in The Boston Globe MetroDesk Blog

A Lawrence police officer rescued a man who jumped off a bridge and fell 60 feet into the Merrimack River on Sunday night, officials said.

Officer Joseph Padellaro plucked Julio Santiago, 21, from the water, Police Chief John Romero said.

Santiago had been texting his ex-girlfriend indicating he was going to commit suicide, Romero said. She called police, who were dispatched to all three bridges in the area.

Officers found Santiago on the Central Bridge and tried to speak with him, but he jumped anyway.

“That’s a tough bridge to survive because of the water current there and it’s so cold,” Romero said.

Police were stationed along the riverbank and tried to send out flotation devices but could not retrieve Santiago. Padellaro was the last officer stationed along the river, and jumped into the water to grab Santiago, Romero said.

Padellaro was able to grab Santiago’s belt and bring him to shore, where Lawrence firefighters and an ambulance were able to treat Santiago.

He was taken to Lawrence General Hospital for treatment and evaluation. Though Santiago’s current condition is unknown, Romero said he didn’t believe the injuries were serious.

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May 23, 2011 at 11:00 am

Whales depart waters off Cape Cod

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Published May 19, 2011 in The Boston Globe MetroDesk Blog

At the beginning of each year, North Atlantic right whales travel to the coast of New England, but after appearing in record numbers this year near the tip of Cape Cod, they have all departed.

Because of their departure, the Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game has lifted the advisory warning boaters to avoid the whales, a department spokesman said in a statement.

On April 25, an aerial survey documented 124 whales in Cape Cod Bay, a record high for the area, the statement said. There are only approximately 450 in existence.

Another aerial survey conducted May 13 showed the whales had left the area, but officials are warning boaters around the Cape continue to watch for the animals.

“Though no whales were sighted in the bay, boaters should remain on the lookout for right whales as they may still be present” in area waters, the statement said.

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May 19, 2011 at 10:37 am

Trooper, driver injured in Fall River crash

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Published May 11, 2011 in The Boston Globe MetroDesk Blog

A car rear-ended a state trooper’s parked cruiser at a construction site on Route 79 in Fall River this morning, sending both the driver of the car and the trooper to the hospital, State Police said.

The driver of a 1993 Buick Regal apparently suffered a medical incident before the 11:07 a.m. crash, State Police said in a statement. The 23-year-old Dighton man lost control and hit a Toyota Prius, continuing into a barrel and sign at the construction site before striking the trooper’s cruiser.

The trooper was parked under the Brightman Bridge when his cruiser was rammed, State Police said in a statement. Though the officer was wearing a seat belt, he sustained minor injuries during the crash and was treated at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence and released this afternoon.

The operator of the vehicle that struck the cruiser was transported to Charlton Memorial Hospital after the incident, and is still at the hospital. No information was released on his condition.

The driver has not been cited for any violations. The crash is being investigated by the State Police and State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, and charges may be brought against the driver, State Police said.

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May 11, 2011 at 10:14 am

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Man attempts to steal bomb mitigation barrel from T station

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Published May 10, 2011 in The Boston Globe MetroDesk Blog

A man attempted to steal a 440-pound bomb mitigation barrel from the Shawmut MBTA station on Monday but was arrested soon afterwards, officials said.

A caller reported around 2 p.m. that a man, later identified as Patrick Beech, 23, of Roxbury, had taken the barrel from the station and was pushing it on a dolly covered by a blue blanket.

The silver-colored barrel, which is used for trash disposal, limits the impact of explosive devices, said MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo.

MBTA Transit Police officers found Beech at the corner of Pleasant and Hancock Streets in Dorchester. According to a police report, he told officers that he had found the barrel on the side of the road.

He told the officers he had seen the barrels on television and heard they didn’t work, so he decided to take it. He was planning to take the device to a warehouse.

He was arrested on a charge of larceny over $250. Beech was released last night without bail, and did not attend his arraignment hearing today, a spokesman for Suffolk district attorney’s office said. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.

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May 10, 2011 at 11:13 am

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Six-plus tons of prescription drugs collected in DEA take-back program

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Published May 10, 2011 in The Boston Globe MetroDesk Blog

More than six tons of unwanted prescription drugs were collected in Massachusetts during the recent National Prescription Drug Take-Back event, the US Drug Enforcement Administration said today.

The 12,343 pounds of unwanted and expired drugs were collected by 166 agencies at 173 different return sites in the program, which is intended to ensure proper disposal of the medications and keep them out of the reach of youth and abusers.

“This prescription Take Back event was a terrific success, and is just one of the preventative measures that DEA has initiated to help stem the illegal use of prescription medication,” said Steven W. Derr, special agent in charge of the New England office of the DEA.

From 5,361 sites across the country, the DEA collected more than 376,593 pounds of prescription drugs, including a total of 38,190 pounds from New England.

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May 10, 2011 at 10:06 am

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If she tells grads to reach for the stars, she may mean it literally

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Published May 9, 2011 in The Boston Globe MetroDesk Blog

Speakers travel from far and wide to deliver commencement addresses to college graduates, but the University of Massachusetts Amherst speaker just can’t make the trip.

Catherine “Cady” Coleman taped a speech instead, which will be played to the 4,300 graduates Friday, because Coleman will be floating in orbit around the earth, aboard the International Space Station.

Coleman completed her undergraduate career at MIT, and earned her doctorate in polymer science and engineering from UMass Amherst in 1991.

She became an astronaut in 1992, and has been on two previous NASA shuttle missions.

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May 9, 2011 at 10:12 am

Man arraigned in high-speed highway chase

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Published on May 9, 2011 in The Boston Globe MetroDesk Blog

A Buzzards Bay man was arraigned today on nine charges after he allegedly led police on a high-speed highway chase from Boston to West Bridgewater on Friday afternoon.

Boston police attempted to pull over the car driven by William Monopoli, 27, around 1:50 p.m. Friday in Boston but Monopoli allegedly fled onto Interstate 93 southbound, Suffolk district attorney’s spokesman Jake Wark said in a statement.

An off-duty state trooper saw Monopoli’s 1998 Ford Ranger and attempted to pull him over on I-93, but Monopoli allegedly increased his speed to avoid the trooper and continued onto Interstate 24 southbound. He then continued to Route 106 in West Bridgewater where he lost control and crashed, Wark said.

After crashing, Monopoli allegedly jumped from his vehicle and climbed a fence into a parking lot. But he was captured by police around 2:20 p.m.

During the pursuit, Monopoli allegedly struck a pickup truck near Milton Square on I-93, nearly struck a trooper outside of his vehicle on Route 24, and tried to ram another trooper’s car on Route 24.

He was arraigned in Dorchester District Court this morning on charges of operating with a suspended license, marked lanes violation, speeding, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, failure to stop for police, resisting arrest, possession of a Class A substance, and two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon.

A dozen pills were allegedly found in Monopoli’s vehicle, as well as a number of broken pills, Wark said. The substance is currently being tested.

Additionally, Monopoli was wanted on a warrant issued by Suffolk Superior Court for failure to report to probation.

Monopoli is schedule to return to court June 7.

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May 9, 2011 at 10:10 am

New England Aquarium closed after crack is found in tank

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Published May 5, 2011 in The Boston Globe MetroDesk Blog

The New England Aquarium has been closed so repairs can be made to a crack in its largest tank, officials said.

Officials said the crack was near the top of the giant ocean tank, which is located at the core of the aquarium, and the water level was being lowered so repairs could be made.

There is no danger to either animals or humans, said Jane Wolfson, vice president of marketing and communications at the aquarium.

The tank is made of triple-layered glass and the crack was found in only one of the layers, she said.

The tank contains 200,000 gallons of water. It is 23 feet deep, 40 feet wide, and is home to more than 600 denizens of the deep, including the famous Myrtle the Turtle, according to the aquarium website.

She said officials anticipate the building will be closed for the rest of the day, but will open tomorrow at the usual time.

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May 5, 2011 at 10:05 am

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Woman who survived 9/11 attacks says bin Laden’s death is a relief

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Published May 3, 2011 in The Boston Globe MetroDesk Blog

For one Plymouth woman, the death of Osama bin Laden Sunday had more than the usual resonance – Maura Heidcamp narrowly escaped death in the Sept. 11 attacks.

Heidcamp was working in the export division of Ocean Spray and had gone to New York for a training class the night before the attack.

The group of about 12 people from across the country met around 8:30 a.m. on the 55th floor of the North Tower of the World Trade Center. They introduced themselves to each other at the beginning of the meeting. Once they finished, the instructor turned on a PowerPoint presentation. Then the plane hit.

She and the others were able to leave the building using the stairs in an orderly fashion, without panic. Around the 20th floor, firefighters passed them on their way up but would not give them any information.

The news of bin Laden’s death nearly 10 years later – at the hands of a US special forces team in Pakistan — took her by surprise because she thought the hunt for bin Laden had been put on the back burner.

“It was happy for me, but it just kind of brings everything back when you hear that,” she said. “I was relieved that they had not only found him, but had killed him.”

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May 3, 2011 at 10:39 am