WAKEFIELD (CBS)- The Boston Red Sox-Houston Astros playoff battle is top of mind in New England, but it’s an especially hot topic in one Wakefield home.
That’s because of twin sisters who live there. And when you hear their middle names, you’ll know why.
“My middle name is Boston,” says one. “My middle name is Houston,” adds the second.
Nine year old twins Phoebe Boston Corcell and Felicity Houston Corcell. No kidding. It’s spelled out in black and white on their birth certificates.
“Usually when people learn that that’s our middle names, they’re like what’s the story behind it,” says Phoebe.
Phoebe Boston and Felicity Houston (WBZ-TV)
There’s definitely a story. It starts 9 years ago when the family was living in Texas, and Marybeth Savicki, a Massachusetts native, learned she was pregnant with twins.
“I was feeling extremely homesick and wanting one to have the middle name, Boston, and then thinking that was a bit of a slight to where they were born if I didn’t include Houston, so I figured one would be Boston and one would be Houston,” says Marybeth.
Now Major League Baseball has thrown them a curve, with the ALCS series between Boston and Houston.
“I’m rooting for the Boston Red Sox,” says Phoebe.
“And I’m rooting for the Astros,” Felicity says.
“It can get a little dicey in our house when the Red Sox are playing the Astros,” says Marybeth.
“I want to see who proves the other twin wrong, because if I win, I will rub it in her face,” says Felicity. “I’ll do the same thing,” adds Phoebe.
But by the end of our visit, when we asked them who would win, even Felicity Houston softened, and answered “Boston.”
“Even though I like Houston, I think Boston is going to win,” she says.
BOSTON (CBS) — After spending Sunday night in the hospital, Chris Sale has been cleared to rejoin the Red Sox in Houston on Tuesday.
Sale was admitted to Mass. General Hospital on Sunday afternoon with a stomach illness and was kept overnight for evaluation. The Red Sox say Sale was released from the hospital Monday morning.
The 29-year-old lefty lasted just four innings in Game 1 of the ALCS Saturday night in Boston, allowing two runs while striking out five batters but walking four and hitting one with a pitch. He is scheduled — tentatively, at least — to pitch Game 5 of the American League Championship Series on Thursday in Houston.
The Red Sox and Astros are tied at 1-1 in the ALCS, with the next three games being played in Houston. The series resumes Tuesday night, with Game 3 set to begin at 5:09 p.m.
BOSTON (CBS) – As we head into the heart of flu season, Dr. Mallika Marshall provides the facts you need to know to keep you and your family safe.
The time to get vaccinated against the flu is now. The vaccine is widely available at doctor’s offices and pharmacies and it take a couple of weeks to build immunity to the flu and the flu season has started. Massachusetts has seen at least 80 lab-confirmed cases of influenza so far, which is typical for this time of year. Plus, a child in Florida has already died from the flu. She was healthy but had not been vaccinated.
Getting the flu shot is the best way to protect yourself but a new national survey by Orlando Health found that a shocking number of parents are skeptical about the flu vaccine. For example, 30-percent of parents believe the flu shot is a conspiracy and almost as many believe that it causes autism.
These myths are absolutely untrue and here are some other flu vaccine myths out there:
More than 50-percent of parents believe their child can get the flu from the flu shot. Not true. Flu vaccines contain either killed or weakened virus that are not capable of causing the flu. One reason people believe this is that they get vaccinated in the fall and winter when other circulating viruses are causing cold and flu-like symptoms. They get the vaccine and then get sick and think the two are related. They’re not.
Some people do get achy and tired after getting the vaccine but that’s usually just the immune system mounting a response.
A third of parents believe that the flu vaccine doesn’t work. It’s true that the effectiveness of the flu vaccine varies from year to year because scientists have to do some guess work when formulating the vaccine and sometimes it’s not the best match. But even if the vaccine is a poor match one year, it certainly provides better protection that nothing.
One of the most common myths is, “I’m not going to get vaccinated because I never get the flu.” If you have ever had the flu, you’ll do just about anything to keep from having it again. You really feel like you’ve been run over by a bus. So even if you’ve never had the flu before or you think you’re too healthy to get it, don’t gamble because your luck may eventually run out. And even if you think you’re invincible, by getting vaccinated, you’re also protecting the people around you: your children, your parents, and your co-workers.
PEABODY (AP) — A house where a victim of the Salem witch trials once lived is on the market for $600,000 just in time for Halloween.
The outside of the Proctor house. (Photo credit: J Barrett & Company)
The nearly 4,000-square-foot (371-square-meter) home built in 1638 was once the home of John Proctor, who was convicted of witchcraft and hanged in 1692. The six-bedroom, two-bathroom home is in Peabody, which at the time was part of Salem.
The Proctor house kitchen (Photo credit: J Barrett & Company)
Real estate agent Joe Cipoletta, of J. Barrett and Co., said some parts of the original structure, including wooden beams, are still visible. It has been modernized and includes an in-ground pool.
A living room in the Proctor house. (Photo credit: J Barrett & Company)
BOSTON (CBS/AP) – Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren has released the results of a DNA test reportedly showing she does have Native American ancestry, increasing speculation she may run for president in 2020.
The analysis was done by Stanford University professor Carlos Bustamante, who is an expert in the field. It shows most of Warren’s ancestry is European, but a Native American relative appears in her family tree 6 to 10 generations ago.
President Trump and other politicians, notably former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown, have mocked Warren for claiming a Native American descendant. Trump has often referred to her as Pocahontas, claiming she has lied about her heritage.
Warren’s has said that her great-great-great-grandmother, O.C. Sarah Smith, was at least partially Native American. That would make Warren 1/32nd Native American. But if her ancestor is 10 generations back, that could mean she’s just 1/1,024th Native American, according to the report. That could further excite her critics instead of placating them.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren. (WBZ-TV)
The Boston Globe said Warren provided the test results to the paper Sunday “in an effort to defuse questions about her ancestry that have persisted for years.”
She released them to the public Monday morning in a video on a new website Warren’s staff created to explain her heritage.
“This new website has more than you’d ever want to know about the smears, made-up quotes, and invented stories thrown at me,” Warren said in a statement. “It has personnel files. It has interviews with the people who hired me – and it has my own family members’ opinions about the attacks.”
Warren later challenged President Trump to make good on his promise to donate $1 million a charity of Warren’s choice. She selected National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center.
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Warren is currently running for re-election in the Senate. She will debate Republican challenger state Representative Geoff Diehl Friday night on WSBK-TV and CBSBoston.com.
She has also said she will take a “hard look” at running against Trump in 2020.
“I hope she’s running for president because I think she would be very easy. I hope that she is running. I do not think she would be difficult at all. She’ll destroy the country. She’ll make our country into Venezuela,” Trump told reporters Monday.
President Donald Trump talks to reporters before leaving the White House October 15, 2018. (Photo credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
At a summer rally in Montana, the president declared that he would give a million dollars to charity, “paid for by Trump,” if Warren takes the test “and it shows you’re an Indian.”
“I didn’t say that,” Trump said Monday. “You better read it again.”
This story has been updated to correct an earlier reference to the percentage of Native American ancestry had the ancestor lived 10 generations ago to 1/1,024th, instead of 1/512th.
PHILADELPHIA (CBS Local) — A new report reveals that Facebook is working on an unsend message button feature. According to TechCrunch, a tipster generated screenshots of a prototype unsend button from Facebook Messenger’s Android code.
Facebook Messenger is finally working on "Unsend Message" in the app for everyone!
BOSTON (CBS) — After missing all but five minutes last season, Gordon Hayward will make his triumphant return to the Celtics on opening night.
But don’t expect to see the forward putting in a full night’s work. At least not yet.
It should come as no surprise that the Celtics are going to ease Hayward back after his year of rehab. Celtics head coach Brad Stevens told reporters Monday afternoon that Hayward will play roughly 25 minutes per game for the first couple of weeks of the season.
Stevens said Hayward will likely play about 25 mins a game the first couple of weeks.
Hayward’s rehab from last year’s devastating and gruesome ankle injury on opening night has been well documented, but it’s not the only injury he’s coming back from. The forward also battled a bad back during the preseason, missing Boston’s final exhibition game on Oct. 6. Hayward appeared rusty in his 59 minutes of preseason action, hitting just five of his 20 shots from the floor.
But that was to be expected from a player who missed almost an entire season. In a recent chat with WBZ-TV’s Steve Burton, Hayward said he’s feeling good and is excited to finally get a chance to show what he can do in a Celtics uniform.
“My [left] leg is strong, probably stronger than my right leg because I focused so much time and effort on that one leg. The other parts of my body have to catch up because they were dormant for so long,” Hayward explained. “I’m feeling confident and ready to get back on the court. I’m ready to play at the Garden in front of our fans. It’s going to be all smiles from me [Tuesday night].”
It’s going to take time for Hayward to return to form, and the Celtics are not going to rush that process.
The Celtics will tip off the 2018-19 NBA regular season Tuesday night at TD Garden, hosting the Philadelphia 76ers in a rematch of last year’s Eastern Conference Semifinals.
LYNN (CBS) – You might know Lynn as the Shoe Capital of the World, the home of the Fluff factory, or The City of Sin. But Massachusetts’ 9th largest city should be known for something else: the breathtaking scenery of Lynn Woods.
At 2,200 acres, it’s three times the size of Central Park, boasting 30 miles of trails, and a rich and colorful history. As Kate Merrill shows us in the video above, that history even includes pirate treasure.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has announced a $1 billion investment to study computing and artificial intelligence in an effort to make the U.S. a world leader in the field.
The university on Monday said the work will take place in the Stephen A. Schwarzman College of Computing, made possible by a $350 million gift from Schwarzman, the chairman, CEO and co-founder of investment firm Blackstone.
(Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
The center is scheduled to open next September and will move into a new building since 2022, marking what the university is calling the most significant structural change to MIT since the 1950s.
President L. Rafael Reif in a statement said as computing and AI reshape the world the new center at MIT “intends to help make sure it does so for the good of all.”