KEENE, N.H. (AP) — Police have arrested and charged a girls soccer coach with sexually assaulting a child.
Keene police say that 24-year-old Alexander Waterbury, of Keene, was arrested Tuesday. He has been charged with four counts of felonious sexual assault and two counts of prohibited sales of alcohol.
Police say that Waterbury coached the girls team at Monadnock Regional Middle-High School in Swanzey at the time of the alleged assaults. He is accused of having a sexual relationship with a student under the age of 16 but older than 13. It is unclear if the student was on the soccer team.
Alexander Waterbury (Image Keene, NH PD)
Waterbury is being held at the Cheshire County House of Correction and will be arraigned Wednesday at Cheshire Superior Court.
It is unclear if Waterbury has an attorney and a phone number for him couldn’t be found.
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a remarkable political repudiation, the Democratic-led House voted Tuesday night to condemn President Donald Trump’s “racist comments” against four congresswomen of color, despite protestations by Trump’s Republican congressional allies and his own insistence he hasn’t “a racist bone in my body.”
Two days after Trump tweeted that four Democratic freshmen should “go back” to their home countries — though all are citizens and three were born in the U.S.A. — Democrats muscled the resolution through the chamber by 240-187 over strong GOP opposition. The rebuke was an embarrassing one for Trump, and he had appealed to GOP lawmakers not to go along, but there were four Republican votes for the resolution.
The measure carries no legal repercussions for the president and the vote was highly partisan, unlikely to cost him with his die-hard conservative base.
Before the showdown roll call, Trump characteristically plunged forward with time-tested insults. He accused his four outspoken critics of “spewing some of the most vile, hateful and disgusting things ever said by a politician” and added, “If you hate our Country, or if you are not happy here, you can leave!” — echoing taunts long unleashed against political dissidents rather than opposing parties’ lawmakers.
The president was joined by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California and other top Republicans in trying to redirect the focus from Trump’s original tweets, which for three days have consumed Washington and drawn widespread condemnation. Instead, they tried playing offense by accusing the four congresswomen — among the Democrats’ most left-leaning members and ardent Trump critics — of socialism, an accusation that’s already a central theme of the GOP’s 2020 presidential and congressional campaigns.
Even after two-and-a-half years of Trump’s turbulent governing style, the spectacle of a president futilely laboring to head off a House vote essentially proclaiming him to be a racist was extraordinary.
Underscoring the stakes, Republicans formally objected after Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California said during a floor speech that Trump’s tweets were “racist.” Led by Rep. Doug Collins of Georgia, Republicans moved to have her words stricken from the record, a rare procedural rebuke.
US speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi (C) walks with reporters, before the Democrat controlled House of Representatives passed a resolution condemning US President Donald Trump for his “racist comments” about four Democratic congresswomen (Photo credit ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)
After a delay exceeding 90 minutes, No. 2 House Democrat Steny Hoyer of Maryland ruled that Pelosi had indeed violated a House rule against characterizing an action as racist. Hoyer was presiding after Rep. Emanuel Cleaver of Missouri stormed away from the presiding officer’s chair, lamenting, “We want to just fight,” which he apparently aimed at Republicans. Despite Hoyer’s ruling, Democrats flexed their muscle and the House voted afterward by party-line to leave Pelosi’s words intact in the record.
Some rank-and-file GOP lawmakers have agreed that Trump’s words were racist, but on Tuesday party leaders insisted they were not and accused Democrats of using the resulting tumult to score political points. Among the few voices of restraint, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Trump wasn’t racist, but he also called on leaders “from the president to the speaker to the freshman members of the House” to attack ideas, not the people who espouse them.
“There’s been a consensus that political rhetoric has gotten way, way heated across the political spectrum,” said the Republican leader from Kentucky, breaking his own two days of silence on Trump’s attacks.
Hours earlier, Trump tweeted, “Those Tweets were NOT Racist. I don’t have a Racist bone in my body!” He wrote that House Republicans should “not show ‘weakness'” by agreeing to a resolution he labeled “a Democrat con game.”
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, one of Trump’s four targets, returned his fire.
“You’re right, Mr. President – you don’t have a racist bone in your body. You have a racist mind in your head and a racist heart in your chest,” she tweeted.
The four-page Democratic resolution said the House “strongly condemns President Donald Trump’s racist comments that have legitimized and increased fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color.” It said Trump’s slights “do not belong in Congress or in the United States of America.”
All but goading Republicans, the resolution included a full page of remarks by President Ronald Reagan, who is revered by the GOP. Reagan said in 1989 that if the U.S. shut its doors to newcomers, “our leadership in the world would soon be lost.”
Republican leaders lobbied GOP lawmakers hard to oppose the resolution.
McCarthy called the measure “all politics,” and No. 3 House GOP leader Liz Cheney of Wyoming said the four Democrats “are wrong when they attempt to impose the fraud of socialism on the American people.”
The showdown came after years of Democrats bristling over anti-immigrant and racially incendiary pronouncements by Trump. Those include his kicking off his presidential campaign by proclaiming many Mexican migrants to be criminals and asserting there were “fine people” on both sides at a 2017 neo-Nazis rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that turned deadly.
And the strong words in Washington come as actions are underway elsewhere: The administration has begun coast-to-coast raids targeting migrants in the U.S. illegally and has newly restricted access to the U.S. by asylum seekers.
Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Rep. Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York.
Trump’s criticism was aimed at four freshman Democrats who have garnered attention since their arrival in January for their outspoken liberal views and thinly veiled distaste for Trump: Ocasio-Cortez and Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan. All were born in the U.S. except for Omar, who came to the U.S. as a child after fleeing Somalia with her family.
The four have been in an increasingly personal clash with Democratic Speaker Pelosi, too, over how assertively the House should be in trying to restrain Trump’s ability to curb immigration. But if anything, Trump’s tweets have served to ease some of that tension, with Pelosi telling Democrats at a closed-door meeting Tuesday, “We are offended by what he said about our sisters,” according to an aide in the room who described the private meeting on condition of anonymity.
That’s not to say that all internal Democratic strains are resolved.
The four rebellious freshmen joined Rep. Steven Cohen of Tennessee and a handful of others who wanted the House to vote on a harsher censure of Trump’s tweets. And Rep. Al Green of Texas was trying to force a House vote soon on whether to impeach Trump — a move he’s tried in the past but lost, earning opposition from most Democrats.
At the Senate Republicans’ weekly lunch Tuesday, Trump’s tweets came up and some lawmakers were finding the situation irksome, participants said. Many want the 2020 campaigns to focus on progressive Democrats’ demands for government-provided health care, abolishing the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency and other hard-left policies.
“Those ideas give us so much material to work with and it takes away from our time to talk about it,” Sen. Mike Braun of Indiana said of the Trump tweets.
NEWBURYPORT (CBS) – Elaine Devereaux couldn’t believe her eyes when she saw the banner plastered right outside of her Newburyport salon.
“It’s my life. It’s everything,” Elaine Devereaux said.
The message, several feet wide, twice as tall and even more offensive to Elaine.
“Oh you couldn’t miss it,” she explained. “It said my husband’s name, was an ICE agent and the owner of Salon Bellissimo and he was a danger to the community.”
Mayor Donna Holaday found it absolutely disturbing.
“I’m just really concerned that someone took the time to create this really disturbing and hateful banner, a large banner, and post it right in front of her business so it’s the first thing she saw,” she said.
Banner hung outside Salon Bellissimo in Newburyport (WBZ-TV)
“It’s hateful, it’s inaccurate and it has caused tremendous anxiety,” the Mayor added.
While Mr. Devereaux does work for Homeland Security, both his wife and the Mayor feel the banner couldn’t be more false or alarming.
“He is not an ICE agent that’s the thing. I don’t know where they got their information from but it was completely wrong,” Devereaux said.
“We have no history of ICE agents coming into our community and coming into various business and yanking families apart and we like it that way,” Mayor Holaday added.
Devereaux said the banner was so big and so heavy, it was hard to take down.
“I couldn’t drop it on the road in case it hit a car,” she said.
Just like it took two people to take the banner down, she believes at least two people had to have hung it.
What is even more hurtful, Devereaux came to this country from Ireland and knows firsthand what it takes to become a U.S. citizen.
“In 2011 and it wasn’t easy. It was long but it was fair you had to go through the proper channels and pay what you have to pay and I came to this town when I got here and that was it,” she said.
She’s worked in Newburyport ever since.
“They’ve always been very nice to me so I can’t picture who would do this,” she added.
The night before the banner was found there was a Lights for Liberty rally to protest the treatment of immigrants at detention centers. Police are still investigating whether or not the two are related.
What is clear is the mayor’s message.
“To take it to the next level and target innocent people is wrong and will always be wrong and we will always step up and denounce these kinds of behaviors,” she said. “This is not typical of Newburyport. We are a progressive, welcoming community and always have been.”
MARBLEHEAD (CBS) — A Market Basket employee in Leominster was seen Tuesday scraping away remnants of a sticker on a light post that read, “Not stolen, conquered.” The sticker was one of between 50 and 75 different Neo-Nazi signs that were posted around Leominster in the last week, said Mayor Dean Mazzarella.
“I noticed, out in front of City Hall, there was a six-by-eight inch sticker,” Mazzarella said.
A poster with white supremacy propaganda on it is partially ripped down in Leominster (WBZ-TV)
Robert Trestan, the executive director of the Anti-Defamation League’s New England office, said these two incidents did not happen in isolation. “2019 is showing us that there has been a dramatic spike, an increase in white supremacist propaganda across Massachusetts. We have already seen in the first 6 months of this year, more than we saw in all of 2018,” he said.
According to Trestan, the ADL discovered the fliers posted in Marblehead were also posted on Jewish institutions in Nebraska, Texas, and Washington. “It is coordinated…A lot of these organizations connect with their members online. Somebody puts out the initiative, the order, and people are out there carrying it out.”
Temple Emanu-El in Marblehead (WBZ-TV)
Trestan worries the rise in these type of incidents could lead to an escalation in the kind of actions hate groups are willing to take.
“We need to be vigilant, without being intimidated,” he said.
Mazzarella agreed, “They can’t tear down our community, we’ll tear them down and we’ll tear down their propaganda.”
This will be the 19th year Melissa is participating. She took on the Pan-Mass Challenge in 2001, motivated to carry on her husband’s memory. “I think the shock of having a 32-year-old, really healthy husband pass away sticks with me.”
Melissa and Perry Levy had been married for less than two years when Perry was diagnosed with cancer of the small bowel. Four months later, he was gone. “Perry was an avid athlete, cyclist, triathlete. He just had this zest for life,” said Melissa.
Given the physical challenge of the PMC, Melissa saw it as a perfect way to raise money in Perry’s honor.
In Melissa’s first PMC she rode with a close friend. She quickly began recruiting family members, including Perry’s brother, Matthew. “The first year, like Melissa’s first year, I used one of Perry’s old bikes.” Matthew signed up for a one-day ride and was immediately hooked on the event. “From there it’s history, as they say.”
Melissa Jacoby and Matthew Levy ride to remember Perry Levy (WBZ-TV)
The small army of committed cyclists called “Team Perry” has now grown to more than 80 riders. “I think all of us are amazed every year what it has become. It’s taken on a life of its own,” said Matthew.
“Most of the people on the team, at this point, never knew Perry but ride in his memory and ride for the cause,” added Melissa. The cause of funding a cure for cancer.
Money raised by the team is put to work in an eighth-floor lab of Dana-Farber. “They remind me why I’m working so hard in the lab,” said Dr. Nilay Sethi. He specializes in gastrointestinal cancers, the kind that took Perry’s life.
Part of Team Perry out for a ride (WBZ-TV)
Dr. Sethi is the 13th fellow whose position is partially funded with the money raised by Team Perry. “I cannot say enough about the team itself and the inspiration they provide us.”
“We’ve made enormous strides in 20 years. If Perry was diagnosed today he would probably survive or have a much longer life,” said Melissa. With every mile, Melissa and Team Perry know the cure could be around the next turn in the road, “It’s just this really emotional, overwhelming sense of contribution and making a difference.”
The 40th Pan-Mass Challenge will be held on the first weekend of August. We hope you will join us for PMC Opening Ceremonies live from Sturbridge on Friday, August 2nd at 7pm on WBZ-TV.
REVERE (CBS) – State police say an unconscious man was pulled from the water at Revere Beach on Tuesday.
Beachgoers pulled the man from the water just before 3 p.m. Bystanders estimate that he is approximately 50 or 60 years old.
State Police say the man was unresponsive, with witnesses telling WBZ that he looked like he was in “bad shape.”
Firefighters respond to Revere Beach (WBZ-TV)
Michael Williams, who witnessed the incident, said, “I saw them pull him out of the water. He was face down, in the water.”
Nurse Jaclyn Firestone assisted with medical attention.
“It looked like they were getting a dummy from the water and apparently it was a person,” Firestone said. “So they grabbed him, we all started doing CPR on him. Everyone was very helpful it was very scary and very sad.”
Firestone said her previous training allowed her to be able to step in.
“It was something that you learn in nursing school and you practice and hope to never do in real life,” she said.
State Police say the man was taken to a hospital in Everett and is in critical condition.
(CNN) — Having a paying job might shield women from memory loss decades later, according to a new study.
That’s because paid work may offer mental stimulation, financial benefits and social connections that could limit declines in memory as women age, said Elizabeth Rose Mayeda, who led the research as an assistant professor of epidemiology at UCLA’s Fielding School of Public Health.
With women making up nearly two-thirds of all Americans living with Alzheimer’s, the research suggests that preventing the disease may require more than drugs or medical interventions.
“Policies that promote equal pay for equal work, paid family leave and affordable child care” could one day be part of the conversation about women’s dementia in old age, said Mayeda, who presented her findings Tuesday at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Los Angeles.
The research is preliminary and has not yet been published in a peer-reviewed medical journal, but Rebecca Edelmayer, director of scientific engagement at the Alzheimer’s Association, said “it’s possible that work in mid-life may actually be protective.”
“Roles for women in the workforce and family have really changed dramatically over the years,” she added, “so it’s important that we continue to study the relevance of those changes and how they could be impacting the risk for women related to Alzheimer’s disease.”
The women facing a higher risk
Mayeda’s team looked at more than 6,000 women born between 1935 and 1956 and collected their family and employment histories through age 50. Over two decades, from 1995 to 2016, the women underwent regular cognitive assessments. They were asked to recall lists of words from memory, for example, and fill out questionnaires on cognitive decline.
Rates of memory decline were similar in mothers and non-mothers who worked, but memory decline was fastest in women who weren’t part of the workforce.
Married mothers who didn’t work, for example, saw their memory decline 61% faster over a 10-year period than those with paid jobs.
The differences were even more striking in single mothers: Their memories declined 83% faster if they didn’t participate in the workforce.
But that work didn’t have to be continuous to offer protection, Mayeda said. Married mothers who took time off to care for children but rejoined the workforce, for example, still saw slower memory declines.
“Women who engaged in the paid labor force for at least a significant time period appeared to have slower rates of memory decline in later age,” said Mayeda. “It didn’t mean that you had to work continuously, for example, in your 20s, 30s and 40s.”
Workforce offers financial benefits, ‘engagement’
Paid work may offer economic benefits that influence health, said Dr. John Rowe, a professor of health policy and aging at Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health.
“They’re in the labor force which means they may have health insurance, which gives them better access to care than people without health insurance,” Rowe said.
But work also brings people together, he said, and “there are very few jobs you get paid to do where you’re not interacting with other people.”
Offering women “social engagement” and allowing them to build a “social network through work” could protect against memory loss, Mayeda said. Her findings weren’t surprising to Rowe, who was not involved in the study, because “engagement” has been shown to prevent cognitive decline as people age.
“There are many studies that have shown that people who are engaged have greater physical and cognitive well-being than people who are not,” he said. That may not have to be paid work, he added, but could include volunteering as well.
“We need to begin to look at engagement, work for pay or volunteering, as health promotion and disease prevention,” said Rowe. “When a physician sees a patient, they shouldn’t just be asking about blood pressure and exercise, but should also ask how patients spend their lives.”
BOSTON (CBS) — It hasn’t been an ideal offseason for the Celtics, but they’ve managed to put together a pretty good team. And thanks to some salary cap gymnastics by Danny Ainge, Boston has a little extra cap space to work with to finish off their roster.
The Celtics reportedly rescinded their qualifying offer to center Daniel Theis on Monday, making him an unrestricted free agent. Theis and the Celtics agreed to a two-year, $10 million deal earlier this summer and that pact will be signed eventually, with the Celtics able to use Early Bird Rights to bring Theis back in the fold.
But in rescinding their offer to Theis, the Celtics freed up some additional cap space that they can use for their final roster spot, which is vacant after the team waived Guerschon Yabusele last week. Boston has stretched out Yabusele’s remaining contract over the next three years, freeing up a little more wiggle room under the cap this season.
The Celtics will have roughly $1.1 million to fill the 15th spot on their roster once they sign Theis. Here’s how the Celtics look at the moment (including Theis):
Guards Kemba Walker
Forwards Gordon Hayward
Centers Enes Kanter
Robert Williams III
Two-Way Contracts Tremont Waters
Ainge has a few different ways to use that $1.1 million and open roster spot. He could keep it vacant in hopes of adding a veteran later in the season, which has been his move in previous seasons. But with the Celtics falling out of contender status in the East, veterans will likely choose to go somewhere else with better title aspirations.
The most likely scenario is the Celtics will use the spot and cap space on a new deal for Waters. The second-round pick already agreed to a two-way spot with the Celtics after they drafted him out of LSU last month, but he could be in line for a four-year contract after some impressive play in the Las Vegas Summer League. Waters averaged 11.2 points and 4.8 assists in Boston’s five games in Vegas, playing in their final game just days after his father was found dead in a Connecticut motel. Second-round picks usually sign two-year deals, but the Celtics have the room to give the rookie more than the minimum, which would let them keep Waters under control their control for two extra years.
That, of course, would open up another two-way contract for the Celtics. And that, of course, would make room for one Tacko Fall, the 7-foot-6 undrafted center who took the Summer League by storm. Tacko has a lot of seasoning to go through before he is ready for the NBA, so a two-way deal would make a lot of sense for both sides. Fall could learn the ropes in the G League with the Maine Red Claws, and the Celtics would have the summer sensation under their control.
While fans are clamoring for Fall to get a deal from the Celtics, Javonte Green could also be in line for a two-way contract after an impressive summer. Green threw down some thunderous dunks in Vegas, averaging 10.3 points per game off 50 percent shooting, and may be a player Ainge wants to hang on to. While fans are hoping for Fall, the Celtics have options for that second two-way contract should it become available.
Ainge’s work is almost done constructing the 2019-20 Boston Celtics roster. Thanks to some cap maneuvering, he has a little more wiggle room to work with than he did a few days ago.
UXBRIDGE (CBS) — Uxbridge police were “amazed” that a driver only suffered minor injuries after a crazy crash on Route 146 Tuesday.
According to police, the car hit something and went airborne. When it landed, the car’s brakes did not work. “The vehicle went across the grassy area, and into the North Bound on ramp, sliding completely under this trailer and just about out the other side,” police wrote in a Facebook post.
Police said this car lost the use of its brakes and slid under a tractor-trailer on Route 146 in Uxbridge (Photo Via Uxbridge Police Facebook)
The car was then dragged by the truck.
Police said when it came to a stop, the driver was able to get out of his driver’s side door — which was underneath the trailer — without help. He was then taken to the hospital.
Police said the driver suffered only minor injuries after getting out of this car in Uxbridge (Photo Courtesy: Uxbridge Police Facebook)