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Beetles devour LA tree planted in memory of George Harrison

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

In the truth is stranger than fiction department, Los Angeles Councilman Tom LaBonge told Pop & Hiss over the weekend that the pine tree planted in 2004 in memory of George Harrison will be replanted shortly because the original tree died as the result of an insect infestation. Yes, the George Harrison Tree was killed by beetles. Except for the loss of tree life, Harrison likely would have been amused … 0

State tops in new Kids Count report

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

BOSTON — Children in Massachusetts are better off than in any other state in the nation, according to a report released Tuesday. Massachusetts was ranked No. 1 in the overall well-being of children as measured in four categories, according to the 25th annual Kids Count report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Yet despite the high overall ranking, the state cannot afford to … 0

Hysterectomy tool stirs fears; some doctors, patients call for ban

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Last year Martha Montalvo-Ariri underwent a routine hysterectomy to help treat painful uterine fibroids. During surgery, her doctor used a morcellator, a device that cuts the tissue into pieces so it can be removed through small incisions. Ten days after the procedure, Montalvo-Ariri was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of uterine … 0

Library of Congress honors Billy Joel

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Library of Congress is honoring Billy Joel with its Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. Librarian James Billington said Tuesday the singer-songwriter, whose hits include “Piano Man” and “Uptown Girl,” will receive the prize in Washington in November. The Gershwin Prize honors a living artist’s … 0

‘Fargo’ the series will return to FX with a new cold case

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Ah, geez, get that snow gear cleaned. “Fargo” the series is returning. The acclaimed TV reboot of the acclaimed Oscar-winning Coen brothers film will come back for a second 10-episode installment. Series creator Noah Hawley is working on an all-new “true crime” story that will feature an all-new … 0

ABC’s Faris gets weekend anchor job

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Paula Faris is replacing the departing Bianna Golodryga as the news anchor on the weekend edition of “Good Morning America.” ABC News said Monday that Faris will start Aug. 8. The “World News Now” anchor joined the network in 2012 from the NBC affiliate … 0

Ex-CEO wants Market Basket protesters rehired

TEWKSBURY — The fired longtime chief executive of the Market Basket supermarket chain is urging the family-owned company to reinstate workers who were fired for protests demanding his return. Arthur T. Demoulas’s statement Monday night was his first since he was fired last month by a board controlled … 0

Naming the Baby

BAUMER — Alice Mescon Baumer, daughter of Ben Baumer and Cory Mescon, of Florence, was born April 8 at the Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton. The maternal grandparents are Jeanne Borfitz of Northampton and Gary Mescon of Amherst. The paternal grandparents are Don Baumer and Polly Baumer of … 0

State tops in new Kids Count report

BOSTON — Children in Massachusetts are better off than in any other state in the nation, according to a report released Tuesday. Massachusetts was ranked No. 1 in the overall well-being of children as measured in four categories, according to the 25th annual Kids Count report by the … 0