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State graduates 200th firefighting academy class

State Fire Marshal Stephen Coan says 17 fire departments around the state will be getting rookies from the class of 23 new firefighters, which included 21 men and two women.

Their nine-week training program included practice fighting flames, classroom instruction and physical fitness training.

Coan says they also learned about responding to hazardous materials incidents, making rescues in confined spaces, and managing stress.

Recruits had to show proficiency in search and rescue techniques, pump operation, and ladder operations to graduate.

HBO to film series on North Shore

A new four-part HBO miniseries starring Frances McDormand of “Fargo” fame is scheduled to begin filming in the area this fall.

That’s according to the Massachusetts Film Office, which said the series should be an economic boon to the area. The production is using Massachusetts-based businesses and services and his hired some local cast.

Officials at the Film office describe the miniseries as the story of a “seemingly placid New England town wrought with illicit affairs, crime and tragedy.”

The production is HBO’s second in Massachusetts recently.

The film “Clear History,” starring Larry David, Kate Hudson and Michael Keaton was filmed on the North Shore last year.

The comedy debuted earlier this month.

Police probe teen’s death at Worcester condo party

Worcester police say they responded to reports of an injured person at about 4:45 a.m. Sunday. They found the unidentified teen unresponsive and not breathing.

He later died at a local hospital

The fight between the victim and someone else spilled out onto the condo property.

Police say the victim was hit with an object and he was found by friends on the condo property.

Police say the cause of death is unknown and are investigating. The medical examiner’s office is scheduled to conduct an autopsy.

No other details were available Monday morning.

Study: Slave’s stay inspired ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’

And Susanna Ashton thinks that, were it not for the one-night visit, the book that polarized a nation in the years before the Civil War might never have been written.

Ashton has extensively researched the life of John Andrew Jackson, who escaped from a plantation in South Carolina’s Sumter County in 1847. He then lived in Massachusetts until the Fugitive Slave Act was passed, forcing him to make his way to Canada three years later.

Ashton says he shared his stories of the brutality of slavery during his brief stop at Stowe’s home in Brunswick, Maine.

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