Bob Odenkirk honored as 2023 Hasty Pudding Man of the Year
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by Dakota Antelman
5h ago
Two-time Emmy Award winner Bob Odenkirk was in Cambridge Thursday to receive his Man of the Year award from the Hasty Pudding Theatricals organization at Harvard University.  Odenkirk has gained popularity following his role as Saul Goodman on “Breaking Bad” and its spin-off “Better Call Saul.” He took the stage at Harvard for a roast and challenges as part of the Hasty Pudding’s traditional Man of the Year festivities. The Hasty Pudding’s Man and Woman of the Year awards are presented annually to performers “who have made lasting and impressive contributions to the world of entertainment ..read more
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No school in Woburn for 5th day as teachers strike continues
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by Annie Sandoli
5h ago
Classes will be canceled at Woburn Public Schools for the fifth straight day Friday as teachers continue to strike amid ongoing contract negotiations despite a court ruling Wednesday approving fines for the strike. Though they haven’t reached an agreement, parties said they’ve made progress toward a deal. Teachers plan to be back at the Woburn Common on Friday, protesting in shifts during forecasted cold weather. “Today was the most productive day yet,” Woburn Teachers Association President Barbara Locke said Thursday. “If we had a productive day like this day one, we would have been done in t ..read more
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1 dead, officer wounded in shooting at Memphis library
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by Owen Boss
10h ago
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A shooting at a Tennessee library on Thursday left one person dead and a police officer critically wounded, authorities said. Officers were called to the Poplar-White Station Public Library around 12:30 p.m., where they encountered a man who had been the subject of a trespassing call in the same neighborhood about thirty minutes earlier, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Keli McAlister said on Thursday. The man had started a confrontation with another person inside the library, and when officers attempted to talk with him, he pulled out a weapon and shot one o ..read more
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Pentagon: Chinese spy balloon spotted over Western US
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by Owen Boss
10h ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is tracking a suspected Chinese surveillance balloon that has been spotted over U.S. airspace for a couple days, but the Pentagon decided not to shoot it down due to risks of harm for people on the ground, officials said Thursday. A senior defense official told Pentagon reporters that the U.S. has “very high confidence” it is a Chinese high-altitude balloon and it was flying over sensitive sites to collect information. One of the places the balloon was spotted was Montana, which is home to one of the nation’s three nuclear missile silo fields at Malmstrom Air Force B ..read more
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Here Comes the Cold: Arctic blast set to arrive Friday morning, bringing coldest temps and wind chills in years
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by Josh Wurster
10h ago
An arctic hammer is set to fall on New England in a matter of hours, heading south through Canada to bring the region dangerously cold temperatures and wind chills through Saturday. Wind Chill Warnings have been issued for the vast majority of New England effective Friday morning, with chills potentially as low as -25 to -40 degrees, with frost bite possible after 10-15 minutes of exposure. The arctic front is expected to arrive in New England by 6 a.m., with temperatures starting to slide from an average of 23 degrees at 7 a.m. to 3 degrees by 7 p.m. During that same timeframe, wind chills ar ..read more
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Beyond Phil: Other rodents that purport to ‘predict’ weather
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by Dakota Antelman
13h ago
Rodents predicting weather trends. Why? Just as fair a Groundhog Day question, though, is this: Why not? And more importantly, why should Punxsutawney Phil always get to, well, hog the press? The spring-heralding (or spring-delaying) small animal has taken firm root in some swaths of American culture. And while Phil and his Pennsylvania ilk are the most celebrated, there is an astonishingly broad selection of other critters who have felt the need (or, at least, their handlers have) to put reputations on the line to “predict” meteorology in the dead of winter. Here we offer just a few ..read more
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FBI is expected to search Mike Pence’s home and office for classified materials soon
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by Dakota Antelman
13h ago
(CNN) — The FBI is expected to search former Vice President Mike Pence’s house in Indiana and office in Washington for additional classified materials soon, sources familiar with the matter tell CNN. Pence’s representatives have been in talks with the Justice Department over the searches and have expressed that they want to completely cooperate. The Pence team does not believe there are classified documents either at his home or at his office as they have done what they considered an extensive search themselves, a source said. CNN reported last month that earlier in January, a lawyer for ..read more
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Regulators Declare “Successful” Sports Betting Launch
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by James Paleologopoulos
13h ago
There were no hiccups or problems in the first 48 hours of in-person sports wagering in Massachusetts and the newly legal activity was humming along according to plan, the executive director of the Gaming Commission said Thursday. “The launch of the sports wagering at the retail sites, at the three casinos, was successful. I have not heard any issues or any problems that have come to light, either technical or otherwise. So, so far, so good,” Karen Wells told the commission at the start of a relatively short Thursday morning meeting. Plainridge Park Casino, MGM Springfield and Encore Boston Ha ..read more
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House passes resolution to remove Ilhan Omar from Foreign Affairs Committee
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by James Paleologopoulos
14h ago
(CNN) — The Republican-led House of Representatives voted on Thursday to pass a resolution to remove Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar from the powerful House Foreign Affairs Committee. House Republicans have argued Omar should not serve on the committee in light of past statements she has made related to Israel that in some cases been criticized by members of both parties as antisemitic. Democrats have criticized the push to oust Omar, arguing it amounts to an act of political revenge and that the Minnesota Democrat has been held accountable for her past remarks. The party-line vote was 218 to 211 ..read more
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Boston Public Schools to close Friday due to extreme cold
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by Dakota Antelman
14h ago
The Boston Public Schools will close Friday due to forecasted extreme cold temperatures.  BPS Superintendent Mary Skipper announced the closure Thursday afternoon.  “With extreme weather conditions and many of our students commuting to and from school, walking, and waiting for public transportation outdoors, we have made the decision to close for the day,” she said.  Skipper cited an increased risk for hypothermia and frostbite during the cold.  “We acknowledge closing schools is a challenge to many of our families and encourage families in need to take advantage of warming ..read more
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