At long last, the Red Sox are playing baseball.
There's a cold 12-pack of IPA in the fridge.
Life is good.
UPDATE: Big Papi steps up for his first preseason at-bat, and...
Nineteen guns were taken...
...all of the guns have been recovered.
ROANOKE -- A Botetourt County couple is seeking $10 million from a sheriff's deputy they say stole into their 10-year-old daughter's bedroom one night this month and terrified the girl.
In a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Roanoke yesterday, Mark and Cheryl Hunsberger said Mark Hunsberger bolted into their screaming daughter's bedroom at 1:16 a.m. Feb. 2 to find Deputy J.A. Wood, in uniform, aiming a flashlight at the girl while another man tried to yank the bed covers off her.
"The child was terrified, and Mrs. Hunsberger spent some time comforting their daughter," according to the lawsuit. "When Mrs. Hunsberger said something about calling the police, Deputy Wood responded, chillingly, 'I am the police.'"
Botetourt Sheriff Ronnie Sprinkle said the lawsuit does not tell the whole story. "We had a reason to be there, but I'm not going to say any more."
Wood told the Hunsbergers he had knocked on the door for 30 minutes but no one answered, yet the Hunsbergers heard no knocking, according to the suit.
The lawsuit states that neither Wood nor the man who accompanied him had a warrant to enter the Hunsberger home. The suit seeks $10 million as compensation for the violation of their constitutional right against unlawful search and seizure.
Mark Hunsberger ordered Wood and the unidentified man, named as defendant John Doe, to leave, and the Hunsbergers later learned that "several other deputies apparently waited outside the Hunsberger home while Deputy Wood and John Doe broke into the Hunsberger home," the suit states.
According to the suit, the Hunsbergers live in a four-bedroom home in a subdivision of Botetourt and they have three children, ages 18, 16 and 10. The 10-year-old daughter's bedroom is adjacent to theirs.
The suit states that, after ordering Wood and the other man to leave, Mark Hunsberger dialed 911 to report a break-in. A deputy came to the home and took their criminal complaint, but the Hunsbergers have heard nothing about it since, according to the suit. The suit also states that the couple now believe the deputy who responded to their call might be related to the unidentified man who accompanied Wood.
The suit states that the Hunsbergers received a letter from the sheriff's office saying the incident would be investigated, but they have received no word of the inquiry; nor have they received any explanation as to why Wood was in their daughter's bedroom.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A rare, 184-year-old copy of the Declaration of Independence found by a bargain hunter at a Nashville thrift shop is being valued by experts at about 100,000 times the $2.48 purchase price.
Michael Sparks, a music equipment technician, is selling the document in an auction March 22nd at Raynors' Historical Collectible Auctions in Burlington, North Carolina. The opening bid is $125,000 and appraisers have estimated it could sell for nearly twice that.
Sparks found his bargain last March while browsing at Music City Thrift Shop in Nashville. When he asked the price on a yellowed, shellacked, rolled-up document, the clerk marked it at $2.48.
It turned out to be an "official copy" of the Declaration of Independence — one of 200 commissioned by John Quincy Adams in 1820.
CONCORD - Gov. John Lynch urged legislators on Thursday to raise New Hampshire's minimum wage.
He spoke in favor a bill to raise the wage from the current $5.15 an hour to $7.25 over two years.
The governor told a House committee that many families are working hard just to get by, and often not making enough for basics. He said raising the wage is the right thing to do.
"It is time we do the right thing for our families and raise the minimum wage," Lynch said.
Hotel and restaurant owners are criticizing the proposal, saying it's unnecessary because most businesses already pay their workers more.
With big corporations now hiring public relations firms to pay fake bloggers to plant favorable opinions of the businesses online, many political bloggers are concerned that candidates, too, will hire people to pretend to be grass-roots citizens expressing views.
OCONOMOWOC, Wis. (AP) -- A man says he broke into an apartment with a cavalry sword because he thought he heard a woman being raped, but the sound actually was from a pornographic movie his upstairs neighbor was watching.
"Now I feel stupid," said James Van Iveren, who has been charged in the case. "This really is nothing, nothing but a mistake."
According to a criminal complaint, the neighbor told police that Van Iveren pounded on the door and kicked it open without warning Feb. 12, damaging the frame and lock.
Contesting his neighbor's account, Van Iveren said he didn't look anywhere in the apartment except the front room, and that he never threatened the neighbor with the sword.
"I had the sword extended. But that was all," he said.
But if Van Iveren was attempting to rescue what he thought was a woman in danger he was "obnoxiously late," said Stieghorst, who said he watched the movie between 1 and 2:30 a.m., but Van Iveren did not burst into his apartment until about 11:30 a.m.
Stieghorst, who said he has lived in his small downtown apartment for five years, said he was watching an adult DVD in Spanish called "Casa de Culo." He said the movie has no screaming that would suggest to someone a woman was in danger.
"It's all in Spanish, and I don't understand a word of it," he said. "I only bought it for the hot chicks."
MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Manchester police on Wednesday investigated the theft of several guns from Wildlife Taxidermy and Sports.
Police said the break-in occurred at about 1 a.m. Surveillance tapes showed two men breaking into the front door and smashing a display case.
The store owner told police that 20 firearms of various types were taken.
Police said both men were thin and about 5 feet 8 inches tall. One man was wearing a black sweatshirt with yellow stripes and baggy blue jeans. The other man was wearing a black jacket, a white hooded sweatshirt and black baggy jeans.
CARACAS - Meat cuts vanished from Venezuelan supermarkets this week, leaving only unsavory bits like chicken feet, while costly artificial sweeteners have increasingly replaced sugar, and many staples sell far above government-fixed prices.
President Hugo Chávez's administration blames the food supply problems on speculators, but industry officials say government price controls that strangle profits are responsible.
The Boston Police Department will launch an unprecedented recruiting campaign today, counting on snazzy ads and billboards to reverse a troubling downturn in the number and quality of applicants.
I opened up my Springfield Republican newspaper this morning to find the following headline: Patrick bill proposes series of tax increases. Luckily the Globe had a bit more neutral tag, Patrick eyes corporate tax changes, although the article picked up the "taxes are raised at the expense of economic growth" frame.
Deval Patrick is in danger of having his vision impeded if the conventional wisdom becomes that he is simply raising taxes or "growing government". We must help by letting people know the truth behind this initiative.
Already facing heat for flying to events in a state police helicopter, Gov. Deval Patrick is now cruising in a pricey, tricked-out Cadillac DeVille at taxpayer expense.
The governor’s new luxury Cadillac DTS sedan is a lease that puts a $1,166-a-month strain on the state budget and replaces the much more modest Crown Victoria that former Gov. Mitt Romney was driven around in.
State Sen. Richard Tisei, the top Republican in the senate [like that means anything - ed.], said the cost of the Cadillac is exorbitant, especially when the governor is proposing new taxes to help pay for local services.
"With all this talk about raising taxes, you would think the governor would want to set an example with belt tightening in his office," Tisei said.
"The governor has to realize that there is a lot of symbolism to what he does and he has to set an example for state government."
Patrick seeks tax freedom for cities, towns
Governor Deval Patrick's administration is preparing a push to give Massachusetts cities and towns more freedom to raise taxes and fees, as a new report suggests Boston will lose talent and businesses to other similarly-sized cities because it is hamstrung by state constraints.
Governor Deval Patrick's plan to help cities and towns ran into immediate resistance in the Legislature yesterday, with the House speaker characterizing portions of it as "absolutely" tantamount to raising taxes and cautioning that it would not benefit all communities equally.
In Boston, where a new 2 percent meals tax could bring in another $40 million, leaders were gleeful.
Mayor Thomas M. Menino said a provision that would allow communities to impose new taxes on telecommunications equipment would save Boston homeowners an average of $200.
MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Police said that a man playing Russian roulette shot and killed himself Monday night.
Witnesses told police that Anthony Santiago Cadiz Jr., 19, pulled the trigger of a gun once and nothing happened. He tried again, but the gun went off.
...and the gun went off, just like it was designed to do.
Police said Cadiz accidentally killed himself while playing Russian roulette with a .357-caliber Magnum revolver. The shooting happened in front of friends in an apartment in the city.
In his attempt to commit suicide, Mr. Cadiz accidentally forgot to manually advance the cylinder one notch, after loading the revolver with just a single cartridge, and had to pull the trigger a second time to achieve the desired result.
Cadiz Sr., sitting in his living room, shook his head in disbelief. He and other family members are trying to figure out where Santiago got the gun.
Cadiz Jr. was a kid of the violent streets of Springfield, Mass., said his father. He was born in Northhampton, Mass., and raised in Springfield by his mother, Melissa Vasquez.
SHEBOYGAN, Wis. --Sheboygan County prosecutors hope to add imprisonment to injury. They charged a 31-year-old man Monday with being a felon in possession of a firearm after he shot himself in the foot Friday.
Patrick R. Hupf Jr. was cleaning the trigger of a .22-caliber rifle when it fired and hit him in the right foot, according to a criminal complaint. Hupf said the gun belonged to his father, the complaint said.
Governor Deval L. Patrick yesterday appointed a Superior Court judge with no professional background in insurance as the state's top insurance regulator.
Nonnie S. Burnes , 64, a former law partner of Patrick , will give up her court robes Feb. 26, but as the new insurance commissioner she will still issue plenty of rulings, establishing auto insurance rates for the state's 4 million drivers and setting policy on health, worker's compensation, and coastal home insurance issues.
In a telephone interview, Burnes said she assumed that Patrick hired her in part because she will bring a fresh set of eyes to the job -- "someone not committed to one point of view or another," she said.
Burnes listed three major issues facing the Division of Insurance: the future of automobile insurance regulation, skyrocketing coastal home insurance rates, and health insurance.
A 10-year-old girl from Jamaica Plain has been arrested for a shocking and brutal attack at a Target department store in Dorchester.
Boston police say a gang of four young girls jumped a 22-year-old woman at the South Bay Target just before 4 p.m. Sunday after the woman bumped into the 10-year-old in an aisle and allegedly refused to apologize.
Police spokesman officer Eddy Chrispin told WBZ the girls knocked the woman to the floor, hit her, ripped some of her hair out and took off her pants.
LAWRENCE, Mass. -- Police in Lawrence are asking for a subpoena against MySpace.com to get to the bottom of a crime online.
Authorities hope to discover who is responsible for "The Unofficial 'Official' Home of the LAWPD" Web site link found on the Lawrence department's MySpace.com profile.
The posted page features provocatively clad policewomen, profane language and raunchy romance advertisements.
Two auxiliary officers in the Lawrence Police Department were fired for creating a web page which contained the official department emblem along with photos of scantily clad women and obscene language.
PORTSMOUTH -- A number of area restaurants are already trans fat-free...
...but that isn't stopping employees from voicing concern about a bill that could outlaw the use of trans fats in restaurants and delis across New Hampshire.
Issues raised ranged from government interference to increased business costs.
Melissa Jasper, owner of The Friendly Toast in Portsmouth, said she doesn't like the fact that the state could mandate the ingredients she uses, even though her restaurant has also been artificial trans fat-free for a few years.
"I don't like government micro-management at this level, but we made it a point to change a few years ago for the health of the public," she said.
When The Friendly Toast first switched, Jasper said, she made a point of letting customers know.
"We did sort of brag about it at first," she said. "It helped business."
[Scott Borkland, director of operations at Newick's Seafood in Dover] said there may be some problems for small businesses if the law is passed in New Hampshire.
Borkland said all restaurants should get rid of trans fats, but he's not sure the state should mandate it.
"It is an important thing. I just know it's another regulatory thing that could make it harder (for) small businesses to survive," he said.
Governor Deval Patrick signaled yesterday that he has little appetite to take on a state policy, one fiercely protected by the state's police unions, that allows officers to collect tens of thousands of dollars extra each year for working construction details.
It's "not at the top of my list, to be perfectly candid," Patrick said...
John Coflesky, president of the State Police Association of Massachusetts, defended the detail pay, saying that having officers at construction sites instead of civilians enhances public safety.
A 2004 study by Suffolk University's Beacon Hill Institute, examined data from details at construction sites in 103 cities and towns and found that the state has the worst accident rate in the country measured by property damage and the second worst measured by bodily injury.
Officers observed the driver’s side window of the car in question to be smashed. Upon looking inside the car, officers saw the following: (1) a brick resting on the driver’s seat, (2) broken glass scattered throughout the motor vehicle, (3) a black-and-yellow screwdriver resting on the driver’s seat and (4) a missing GPS system.
When we reached the rear of the house, I was amazed to see no fewer than 40 children eating a mid-day meal at tiny tables, laughing and chatting (I am always amazed when speaking Spanish with a Cuban child how expansive their vocabulary is; a literacy rate higher than many parts of the United States and a society that values conversation over television encourage help develop this).
A Boston Public Works Department employee accused of running down a 64-year-old woman with a city snowplow as she crossed a South Boston street had a long history of drug violations and driving infractions when the city hired him in 2005. But city officials never checked his record because of a new "second-chance" employment policy for criminal offenders.
Joseph M. MacDonald, a 26-year-old South Boston resident who was suspended without pay Saturday after he allegedly fled the scene, had been convicted of illegal drug possession three times and had his driver's license suspended seven times for other infractions in the five years prior to his hiring by the city in September 2005, records show.
City officials say Mayor Thomas M. Menino authorized a new policy two years ago eliminating questions about criminal convictions on all city job applications and dispensing with criminal background checks for applicants for jobs that don't involve working with children or the elderly or accessing residents' homes.
CONCORD, N.H. -- Two Portsmouth Democrats...
...are on a mission to ban New Hampshire restaurants and stores from preparing and selling food made with heart-damaging trans fats.
The bill sponsored by Reps. Paul McEachern and Jim Splaine was scheduled for a hearing Tuesday before the House Commerce Committee.
Under the proposal, restaurants and stores found to be repeatedly violating the trans fat ban would "constitute an immediate endangerment of public health and safety."
Offending businesses could lose their food service licenses.
About 985,000 Easy-Bake Ovens sold since last May, manufactured by Easy-Bake, a division of Hasbro Inc., because children can get their hands or fingers caught in the oven's opening, which poses an entrapment or burn hazard.
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"Wait! How did he know about Belden?"
Walford Market owner Clive Weidle said he always wears his weapon and he won't hesitate to use it.
"It's closer to me than my wife," said Weidle, laughing.
When two masked armed robbers marched into his market just before closing time, Weidle said, "I had to go for it or be at their mercy, and I'm not going to be at their mercy like that."
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic U.S. presidential candidate John Edwards on Sunday said that he would raise taxes, chiefly on the wealthy, to pay for expanded healthcare coverage under a plan costing $90 billion to $120 billion a year to be unveiled on Monday.
"We'll have to raise taxes. The only way you can pay for a healthcare plan that cost anywhere from $90 to $120 billion is there has to be a revenue source," Edwards said on NBC's Meet the Press news program.
"If you hate our gun laws so much, why don't you just move to another state where you and all your knuckle-dragging redneck friends can buy all the guns you want?"
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1. New Hampshire could completely eliminate the property tax with a 5.3% income tax...
2. or a 13% sales tax.
3. For people living in New Hampshire but working in Massachusetts, which has a 5.3% income tax rate, an income tax would be "free:" it would simply transfer their tax payments to NH instead of MA.
4. An income tax rate of 6% rather than 5.3% would bring another $330 million to the state.
...I'm not claiming this is a clear plan for a more sensible tax policy.
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