Mass. among 12 states to vote on `Super Tuesday`


Mass. among 12 states to vote on `Super Tuesday`
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Mass. among 12 states to vote on ‘Super Tuesday’
AREA — Throughout
Tuesday voters across the
Commonwealth will join
with those of 11 other states
and one territory to vote
in the presidential primary
elections in what has become known colloquially as
“Super Tuesday,” a day in
which more electoral votes
are cast than in any other
single day during a presidential election year. It goes
without saying that a delegate must perform well on
Super Tuesday if they hope
to secure their party’s nomination.
Those eligible to vote in
the primary include anyone
over the age of 18 who is a
resident of Massachusetts
and has registered to vote
no less than 20 days prior to
the election.
Those voters who have
no party affiliation, and are
Feelin’ the Bern in Athol
Primary Page 5
SUPPORTERS — Nearly 50 people marched in support of Vermont Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on Saturday in Athol. Supporters walked along Main Street from the Millers River Environmental Center to the Athol Library
and then back down Main Street to the Environmental Center. Before the walk began many people stood on the sidewalk showing
off their signs in support of Sanders and gained quite a few honks from passing vehicles. (BELOW, left) Larry Buell of Petersham was seen carrying a sign reading “Farmer for Bernie.” And young and old turned out, with one supporter carrying the sign
“Grandmothers for Bernie.”
Photos by Ashley Arseneau
Super Tuesday is
super ‘nail-bitey’
WASHINGTON (AP) — Super Tuesday is the big gulp moment for any presidential candidate who makes it that far. It’s
the biggest day of competition
in American democracy except
for Election Day itself. It’s super
nail-bitey, super expensive and
often super-clarifying — the killer and maker of dreams.
So will it set everything straight
in the chaotic presidential race?
Maybe. Quite possibly not.
Five Republicans are still mixing it up, but all the bellowing is
either by or about GOP frontrunner Donald Trump. The New
Yorker is driving toward the Republican nomination and his ri-
Super Page 5
Stop & Shop
workers authorize
strike in Mass.
QUINCY, Mass. (AP)
— The union representing about 10,000 workers
at Massachusetts-based
supermarket chain Stop
& Shop has voted to authorize a strike if it can’t
reach agreement on a
new contract with the
About 2,000 members
of the United Food and
Commercial Workers Local 1445 participated in
the vote Sunday, a day
after the old contract expired.
The union members
will continue working
while negotiations are
A union spokesman
says the company’s wage
proposals are inadequate, and it wants to cut
pensions, raise health
care costs and give new
employees fewer benefits.
A Stop & Shop spokesman called the strike
vote “unfortunate” and
said its wage and benefit
proposals are generous
and its health care insuStrike Page 5
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KKK members linked to violent
California brawl are released
Associated Press
(AP) — Five Ku Klux Klan
members who were arrested
following a vicious brawl in
Anaheim were released because evidence shows they
acted in self-defense, police
said Sunday.
Seven people who remained in custody were seen
beating, stomping and attacking the Klansmen with
wooden posts, Sgt. Daron
Wyatt said.
A police statement said the
clash, which erupted after six
Klan members arrived at a
park Saturday for a planned
anti-immigration rally, was
started by a larger group of
10 to 20 counter-protesters
who had “the intent of perpetrating violence.”
Police said the Klansmen
stabbed three counter-protesters with knives and the
decorative end of a flag pole.
Brawl Page 5
Athol man
stabs female
in moving car
ATHOL — A local man
was arrested on multiple assault and battery and other
charges following a motor
vehicle accident and stabbing incident that occurred
at 9:44 p.m. on Saturday.
Leilan J. Quidoz, 19,
of 108 Highland Ave., is
charged with two counts of
assault and battery with a
dangerous weapon (screwdriver), one count of assault
and battery, one count of
leaving the scene of a motor
vehicle accident resulting
in personal injury, and one
count of leaving the scene
of an accident resulting in
property damage.
Police Chief Timothy Anderson said this morning
Qudioz and a female companion, 23, whose name was
not released, were traveling
on Drury Avenue and Hapgood Street and were arguing when Quidoz, who was
driving, allegedly picked up
a screwdriver and stabbed
the female repeatedly in
Arrest Page 5
4-day intergenerational
pipeline walk gains
more endorsements
AREA — “Taking Steps
to a Renewable Future,”
a four-day, 53-mile intergenerational walk to stop
the proposed pipeline, begins March 17, and has
garnered dozens of individual and organizational
endorsements. Endorsements include Bill McKibben, founder of;
ARISE for Social Justice;
Amherst NAACP; The
New England Peace Pagoda; Hampshire College
Climate Justice League;
The Solar Store of Greenfield; Cleanwater Action;
Post Oil Solutions; Beyond
Extreme Energy and Coop
Power, as well as churches,
synagogues, businesses, local anti-pipeline groups,
college and university
groups. Among the goals of the
walk are to increase public
awareness of the pipeline
and the negative impact
of fracked gas everywhere.
With the Friday night
March 18 appearance of
Rev. Billy and the Stop
Shopping Choir, the general public as well as the
walkers will be able to hear
more about the consequences of continued use
Pipeline Page 5
Driver Needed For
Petersham Route
Approx. 3 hours per day
Vehicle & license are required.
Starts Immediately!
PROTEST TURNS VIOLENT — A Ku Klux Klansman, left, fights a counter
protester for an American flag after members of the KKK tried to start a “White
Lives Matter” rally at Pearson Park in Anaheim on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016. The
event quickly escalated into violence and at least two people had to be treated at
the scene for stab wounds. Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times via AP
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225 Exchange St., Athol
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Athol Police Log
Obituaries & Services
Carlton K. Wilcox III
ATHOL — Carlton K.
“Skip” Wilcox III, 73, of
1755 Main St., Athol, died
Friday, Feb. 26, 2016, in the
Baystate Mary Lane Hospital, Ware.
He was born in Keene,
N.H., on May 24, 1942, the
son of the late Carlton K.
Wilcox Jr. and the late Arline V. (French) Wilcox.
He grew up in Athol and
graduated from Athol High
School with the class of
He worked for the L.S.
Starrett Company for 30
years. He attended the
Church and coached soccer
at the YMCA for six years.
He enjoyed golfing, fishing, trips to Maine, watching
game shows, watching wrestling, playing cards and was
an avid fan of all the Boston
sports teams. He also had an
extensive collection of baseball cards.
He leaves his wife of 41
years, Carol S. (Easterbrooks) Wilcox; one son,
Jason B. Wilcox and his wife
Alicia of Athol; a stepsister,
Stella Paul of Athol; and
two grandchildren, Cailin
Wilcox and Taylor Wilcox,
both of Athol.
A memorial service will
be held Saturday, March 5,
at 11 a.m., in the Athol Congregational Church, 1225
Chestnut St., Athol. Burial
will be private at a later
A calling hour will be held
Saturday, March 5, from 10
to 11 a.m., at the Athol Congregational Church.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial
contributions be made in
his memory to Athol Congregational Church — Capital Campaign Fund, 1225
Chestnut St., Athol, MA
01331 or to the American
Diabetes Association, 10
Speen St., 2nd Floor, Boston, MA 02210.
For more information
or to sign the online guest
book visit
Fiske-Murphy & Mack
Funeral Home, 110 New
Athol Rd., Orange, is directing arrangements.
Adams services
ATHOL — Funeral services were held on Sunday,
Feb. 28, 2016, at Witty’s Funeral Home in Orange for
Clifford G. Adams, 87, of
Riverbend Woods, Daniel
Shays Highway, who died
Feb. 20 at Quabbin Valley
Healthcare in Athol.
Fr. Edward Montana
of Our Lady Immaculate
Church of Athol officiated.
Following the service, a
reception was held at the
clubhouse at Riverbend
Interment with military
honors was held Monday
morning, Feb. 29, at the
Memorial Cemetery in
Winchendon with honors
provided by the Massachusetts Army Honor Guard
and the American Legion.
The American flag was presented to Cliff’s wife, Nancy Adams. Witty’s Funeral Home,
158 South Main St., Orange, was honored with directing the arrangements.
Hallett services
ATHOL — A memorial
service was held on Friday
evening, Feb. 26, 2016,
at Witty’s Funeral Home
in Orange for Gilbert G.
“Gibby” Hallett, 92, of
Daniel Shays Highway,
who died Feb. 16 at Quabbin Valley Healthcare in
Pastor Judy Jones of the
Orange United Methodist Church officiated and
words of remembrance
were offered by Jennie
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selectboard will meet today, Monday, Feb. 29, at 7
p.m., in the town hall, with
the following agenda:
Feb. 16 minutes.
Announcements — Next
meeting, March 7 (wage
and compensation); annual town reports due by the
end of February; resignation CIPC/appointment;
closing date for warrant
approximate) — 7 p.m.,
Mark Goldstein, attorney
New business — Presentation of petition.
Old business — Boundary annexation survey;
town cover report; audit/
investigation of board of
assessors; town hall painting; panic and fire alarms
at the town hall and annex.
It’s Pet Dental Health Month!
9:11 a.m. - Caller reports her
daughter, 6, was not returned to
her as scheduled on Thursday
and the child is not at school
today, Mt. Pleasant Street. She
requested welfare check at father’s residence. No answer.
9:34 a.m. - Assisted Athol Fire
Department with medical call,
Gibson Drive.
9:36 a.m. - Traffic stop, Silver
Lake Street. Citation issued for
10:05 a.m. - 911 caller requests ambulance, Main Street.
Party transported.
11:22 a.m. - Welfare check,
Pinedale Avenue. Spoke to party
who stated she was fine. Friend
on way to pick her up.
11:33 a.m. - Traffic stop, Pinedale Avenue. Citation issued for
11:44 a.m. - Caller reports her
daughter had her mail held and
then collected family’s mail and
kept it, Glen Street. Advised to
speak with post office personnel
regarding change of address.
11:45 a.m. - Assisted environmental police officers with attempt to serve warrant, Columbian Avenue.
12:31 p.m. - Caller reports
there is a package he was expecting that is not at his home,
Mystery Lane. Tracking check
shows it was delivered. Caller
wanted police aware but did not
want to report it at this time due
to UPS investigation.
1:28 p.m. - Caller reports
someone drove onto her property in the morning while she was
at work and caused damage to
gates and fences, Templeton
Road. Under investigation.
1:44 p.m. - Caller reports there
is a person sleeping on the sidewalk, Sanders Street. Subject
wearing brown coat and caller
was unable to distinguish gender. AFD en route. Officer on
scene with intoxicated subject
who had a leg injury. Subject
transported to Athol Hospital.
1:58 p.m. - Caller requests
to speak with officer regarding
harassment by family members
over the phone, Main Street. Officer at location at 2:09.
2:34 p.m. - Walk-in reports exgirlfriend slapped him. Subject
to be summonsed.
2:58 p.m. - Caller reports
medical emergency, Brookside
Road. AFD notified; officer advised.
3:16 p.m. - Caller requests to
speak to officer about getting
some of his belongings, Union
Street. Spoke to party by phone.
Left message for other party to
return call.
3:28 p.m. - State’s Department of Children and Families
reports runaway, Main Street.
Advised officer they have sent
employees to a location and
might know where the female
party is staying.
4:20 p.m. - Caller requests to
speak to the lieutenant.
4:39 p.m. - 911 caller requests
ambulance, Glen Street. Assisted AFD.
5:35 p.m. - Caller reports party
who lives in Athol has to walk in
the road because there is a basketball hoop blocking the sidewalk, Cottage Street. Advised
parties of complaint. They were
to move hoop when they get a
6:26 p.m. - Traffic stop, municipal lot. Citation issued for red
light violation.
7:35 p.m. - Assisted AFD;
wires sparking, Pine Street. National Grid advised.
8:04 p.m. - Traffic stop, School
and Riverbend streets. Verbal
warning for crosswalk violation.
9:11 p.m. - Caller reports vehicles travel too fast on South
Athol Road. Also reports he saw
vehicle take down stop sign on
Tunnel Street. Message left for
Department of Public Works advising of need to replace sign.
9:30 p.m. - Caller requests to
Gardner Museum, at 28
Pearl St., will host its spring
exhibit opening reception
on Thursday, March 3, from
6 to 8 p.m. Information provided previously was incorrect.
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hospitalization and take home dental kit.
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Monday, Feb. 29
School Union 28 Budget and
Personnel Committee, 6 p.m.,
Erving Elementary School.
School Union 28 Committee, 7 p.m., EES.
Selectboard, 7 p.m., town
Finance Committee, 6:30
p.m., town hall.
Assessors, 6 p.m., assessors office.
Selectboard, 7 p.m., town
Library Trustees, 7 p.m.,
Phinehas S. Newton Library.
Selectbord, 6 p.m., town
Meeting notices and agendas for Athol, Orange, Petersham, Phillipston and Royalston can be viewed online at
speak to officer about subject
she is no longer with and who will
not stop harassing her, Pequoig
Avenue. States party keeps calling her about property he has at
her house. Advised subject has
right to property which is his.
Also advised to seek court assistance.
9:56 p.m. - Disabled vehicle,
Main and Crescent streets. Assisted motorist who ran out of
10:11 p.m. - Traffic stop, Silver
Lake Street.
10:26 p.m. - Traffic stop,
School and Cottage streets. Citation issued.
1:01 a.m. - House check,
Brattle Street.
1:02 a.m. - House check, Old
Keene Road.
1:09 a.m. - Caller reports
suspicious activity at his house,
Pinedale Road. States while he
was away from his home someone took light bulb from his outside motion light. Nothing else
missing or out of the ordinary.
1:20 a.m. - House check, Liberty Street.
1:25 a.m. - House check, Victoria Avenue.
1:29 a.m. - House check,
Pleasant Street.
1:30 a.m. - House check,
Pinedale Avenue.
1:34 a.m. - House check,
Batchelder Road.
1:48 a.m. - House check,
Franklin Street.
2:06 a.m. - Caller reports loud
noise coming from apartment,
Harrington Street. No issues
found. Four subjects advised of
complaint and to keep voices
3:14 a.m. - House check, Myrtle Street.
4:34 a.m. - House check,
Newton Street.
7:11 a.m. - Caller wanted it on
record her son, 31, was kicked
out of her house, Exchange
Street. Advised she did not want
any action taken by police and
would call if further assistance
were needed.
7:20 a.m. - 911 caller requests
ambulance, West Royalston
Road. AFD transported party.
7:42 a.m. - Caller reports
he was almost hit by an erratic
driver, Main Street. Vehicle gone
from area on arrival. Officers to
be on the lookout.
8:15 a.m. - Officer reports
loose black and white goat,
White Pond and Partridgeville
roads. Contacted assistant animal control officer and she suggested goat might belong at
farm. Farm rents space to a person to whom the goat might belong. At 8:21, officer at location.
No answer at door. At 8:24, party
called back to provide number
for goat owner. Party just missed
officer at the door. At 8:25, ACO
advised and responding. At
8:41, goat reunited with owner,
who was advised goat cannot
be loose.
8:15 a.m. - Caller requests
information on property return
from an Athol resident. At 8:51,
officer returned call and it went
to voice mail. Message left.
Spoke to party about issue. She
was advised home owner could
be responsible for any missing
or damaged items. Home owner
has been refusing to let subject
pick up remaining items. Advised subject to seek court assistance.
9:04 a.m. - Caller reports stop
sign at Tunnel and Hapgood
streets is knocked down. Missing sign is causing a hazard and
caller reports vehicles are not
stopping at intersection. Log
check showed the DPW had
previously been advised of the
sign being down. At 9:13, message left for advising party. At
10:21, party called back and
was to send someone out to put
up a temporary sign.
9:17 a.m. - Caller reports
deceased skunk, Main Street.
Message left for DPW.
11:05 a.m. - Walk-in reports
her iPhone 6 was taken from
her unlocked vehicle at about 10
a.m. Report taken.
11:43 a.m. - Caller reports
hypodermic needle near fishing
area and it is over the wall, Shore
12:14 p.m. - Walk-in reports
someone threw something on
her car. She has already reported
it to landlord. No apparent damage. Found to be ash and some
type of liquid was on back half.
12:35 p.m. - Caller requests
to speak to officer about being
harassed by phone by ex-husband, Exchange Street. Spoke
with caller’s ex and advised of
complaint and to stop messaging. Date was for Thursday at 4
p.m. for party to collect property.
1:03 p.m. - 911 caller requests
ambulance, Drury Avenue. Call
transferred to AFD. Party transported.
2:17 p.m. - 911 caller requests
ambulance, Anzio Road. Party
2:58 p.m. - Caller reports suspicious silver Kia being driven
slowly, Charden Lane and Pleasant Street.
3 p.m. - 911 caller requests
ambulance, Hapgood Street.
Assisted AFD.
4:01 p.m. - Traffic stop, Daniel
Shays Highway. Citation issued
Warrant arrest
ATHOL — On Friday,
at 4:23 p.m., Timothy Partridge, 25, of West Royalston Road, was arrested
on two warrants at a Brookside Road location. The Orange Police assisted.
Athol log Page 3
National forecast
Forecast highs for Tuesday, March 1
Pt. Cloudy
20s 30s 40s
50s 60s
Warm Stationary
90s 100s 110s
Snow For The Great Lakes
A developing storm system will sweep through the middle of the
country, bringing snow to the Great Lakes and the interior
Northeast. Rain and thunderstorms will develop across the south
along an associated cold front.
Weather Underground • AP
AREA — Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 25. West
wind 8 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 37 mph. Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 37. Northwest wind 5 to 7 mph becoming light and variable. Tuesday Night: Snow showers likely
before 2am, then rain and snow showers likely between 2am
and 4am, then rain showers likely after 4am. Mostly cloudy,
with a low around 30. Southeast wind 5 to 7 mph. Chance of
precipitation is 70%. Little or no snow accumulation expected. Wednesday: Showers, mainly before 3pm. The rain could
be heavy at times. High near 49. Southeast wind 8 to 13 mph
becoming west in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as
23 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. Wednesday Night: A
chance of rain showers before 8pm, then a slight chance of
snow showers between 8pm and midnight. Partly cloudy,
with a low around 17. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 30. Thursday Night: Partly cloudy,
with a low around 12. Friday: Partly sunny, with a high near
28. Friday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 15.
Almanac — Sun rose 6:23. Sun sets 5:38. Length of day 11
hours, 15 minutes. New moon, March 8. Full moon, March 23.
ATHOL — Several motor vehicle accidents were
reported to police over the
On Friday, at 7:22 a.m., a
vehicle owned by Jason L.
Parker, of 2270 South Athol
Rd.; and a vehicle operated
by Hope Parker, of the same
address, were in an accident
on Conant Road. No injuries resulted and no citations were issued.
At 2:54 p.m., Friday, a
vehicle operated by Frank
M. Barilone, of 25 Bickford
Dr.; and Justin D. Andrews,
of 52 Stone Hill Rd., were in
an accident on Main Street.
The specifics of a citation
issued to Andrews were unavailable prior to press time.
On Friday, at 8:08 p.m., a
vehicle operated by Sarah
Kennedy, of West River
Street, Orange, was in an
accident on South Athol
Road. Damage was over
$1,000 and the vehicle was
towed. No injuries resulted.
The specifics of a citation issued were unavailable prior
to press time.
for speeding.
4:37 p.m. - Assisted Orange
Police Department with break-in
response, Perry Road.
5:24 p.m. - Traffic stop, Main
Street. Verbal warning for inspection sticker violation.
5:37 p.m. - Welfare check,
Leonard Street. Party taken to
6:01 p.m. - Traffic stop, Main
Street. Verbal warning for headlight violation.
6:09 p.m. - Assisted OPD with
traffic stop at New Salem town
6:46 p.m. - AH requested officer respond for combative patient. Subject non-combative
upon arrival.
7:26 p.m. - 911 caller requests
ambulance, Main Street. Assisted AFD.
7:38 p.m. - Sex offender information packet given to walk-in.
7:44 p.m. - 911 caller reports
neighbor below her is banging
on ceiling, Marble Street. Spoke
to both subjects. Ongoing issue. Advised subject to be better while walking, cleaning, etc.,
later in the night.
9:46 p.m. - Traffic stop, Daniel
Shays Highway. Verbal warning
for speeding.
10:37 p.m. - Traffic stop, Main
and Spring streets. Vehicle was
observed to be circling in the
area of previous call.
10:50 p.m. - Caller advised
of where subject might be, New
Sherborn Road. Officers advised.
11:46 p.m. - Highly-intoxicated and difficult to understand
caller reports male party took a
bunch of medication, including
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Any 2 digits
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Any Order
All 4 digits
1st 3 digits
Last 3 digits
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Tuesday, Feb. 23
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Friday, Feb. 26
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ATHOL DAILY NEWS Monday, February 29, 2016 Page 3
Ethan Stone to perform March 19 in Peterborough, N.H.
N.H. — Ethan Stone and
special guests will perform a
concert beginning at 7 p.m.
on Saturday, March 19, at
The First Church Unitarian
Universalist, 25 Main St.,
in Peterborough, N.H. The
show is open to all ages, with
a suggested donation of $15.
The concert will feature
an opening performance by
enigmatic pianist Deborrah Wyndham. Wyndham
has given over 3,000 performances nationwide. She has
established herself as one of
the most accomplished and
inventive composers on the
piano music scene today.
Her original works reflect a
unique, contemporary style
all her own that lies in the
realm somewhere between
classical and jazz. “She’s
legendary!” says Stone.
Adam Bergeron will also
perform a short but sweet
opening set of his original
material. A prolific composer, virtuoso pianist and
Ethan Stone
Submitted photo
talented multi-instrumentalist, Bergeron will also
join Stone onstage as a
guest later in the concert.
Bergeron’s original compositions highlight his strong
classical background while
seamlessly merging with
a myriad of other exciting
styles, such as rock, funk,
blues, jazz and more. Stone will perform songs
from his latest album “Sweet
Release” and songs from his
other recordings on vocals,
piano, electric drums, guitars, bass and more while accompanying himself with a
digital sampler and looping
device. Other special guests
performing with Stone include “The Captain” Chris
Coombs, Kelly and Isaiah
Critic Walter Bardwell
writes: “Ethan writes great
songs, and arranges them
well, but his new approach
to live performance is completely insane! He’s running
all over the stage playing
multiple instruments, and
it sounds like a full band is
playing. It sounds and looks
incredible! Its hard not to
wonder if there is a group of
invisible aliens backing him
up or something. Just when
you start to wonder if he’s
become more machine than
man, he’ll sit down at the
acoustic grand piano and
sing you an honest and emotional solo tune. Definitely
Poetry reading by couple Sunday in Warwick
WARWICK — The Warwick Arts Council and Mt.
Grace Land Conservation
Trust present “Poetry By
Nick & Margot Fleck,” a
special reading by the husband-and-wife duo from
Northfield. The free event
will take place on Sunday,
March 6, at 2 p.m. at the
Warwick Free Public Library, 4 Hotel Rd. Nick’s new poetry book,
“Natural Sustenance,” will
be available. In addition,
artwork by Margot Fleck
will be on display at the library. Refreshments will be
Nick Fleck taught poetry
and literature at Northfield
Mount Herman School for
over 25 years; his new book
includes poetry from over
50 years of writing. Good
poetry craft can enhance
the quality of feelings in a
poem, according to Fleck.
His work covers the gamut
from deeply emotional topics to descriptive and lighter
reads including challenging
rhyme schemes.
Margot Fleck also has a
long history of poetry writing as well as visual art creation. A Chekhov quote “...
art exists to prepare us for
tenderness...” provides the
essential gist for her work.
Margot’s website http://
showcases many examples
of her poetry plus drawings
and collage. She describes
some of her intentions as
follows: “to bridge gaps, to
reach others,” “to detach,
to yield to the process of
becoming” and to “seek essence in an individual” when
representing human images.
This reading is co-sponsored by the Warwick Arts
Council, an organization
that has sponsored art
and cultural programs and
events in the town of War-
wick for over 25 years. Other programs it has put on
include: annual art shows,
blues nights, concerts (from
jazz to classical to jug band),
Beatnik coffeehouses, narrative poetry evenings, soup
and song gatherings, writing
programs, slide shows, and
school programs and scholarship support.
Mount Grace Land Trust
serves 23 towns in Worcester and Franklin counties
and is supported by 1,100
members and by private,
state and federal grants. It
protects significant natural, agricultural and scenic
areas, and encourages land
stewardship in Massachusetts for the benefit of the
environment, the economy,
and future generations.
Since 1986, Mount Grace
has helped protect more
than 29,000 acres. More info
is available at http://www.
a show worth seeing again
and again!”
A Boston-based songwriter/recording artist, Stone
originally hails from Athol.
He performs exclusively in
venues where alcohol is not
consumed. Since leaving the
bar life behind for good in
2004, he’s worked hard to
stimulate his craft and invest
in his community. He has
created and performed at
countless alcohol-free benefit concerts and festivals
throughout the Northeast.
Ethan’s debut single, “Too
Late” was independently released on CD in 2006 and it
has received critical acclaim
and radio airplay all over
the USA, in New Zealand,
Japan, Canada, France, Estonia, Spain, Jerusalem, The
Czech Republic, Serbia, Nicaragua, Tuvalu, Singapore,
Germany and elswhere.
Stone’s debut full length
CD, “Ain’t That the Way”
was released in 2007. Craig
Semon, who has earned his
reputation as one of the
most brutally honest critics
on earth, called Ain’t That
the Way “the greatest album
to be released by anyone in
twenty years!” Stone says he
“can’t seem to let that one
go.” Jay Deane, president of
97.3FM WJDF in Orange,
says: “How one person can
contain so much talent and
not explode defies explanation! His live performances
are mesmerizing.” In 2012,
Ethan released another full
length CD titled “Sweet Release,” with Alan Evans on
the drums, from world-touring band Soulive. Evans has
performed with Dave Matthews, the Rolling Stones,
Stevie Wonder, Living Colour, and many other giants
in the music industry.
The concert is sponsored
in part by West Brook
Christmas Tree Farm, Orange Saws, Osprey Entertainment, and 97.3FM
WJDF. Visit for more
Orange Police Log
9:17 a.m. - Traffic stop for
expired inspection sticker, East
Main Street. Warning issued. 10 a.m. - Traffic stop for expired inspection sticker, Eagleville Road. Citation issued.
10:30 a.m. - Summons
served, Water Street.
11:06 a.m. - Orange District
Court requested officer serve
an individual in their parking lot
criminal harassment order, Court
Square. Same done. 11:06 a.m. - Summons
served, Mechanic Street.
11:39 a.m. - Traffic stop for
expired inspection sticker, South
Main Street. Warning issued. 1:47 p.m. - Traffic stop for
expired inspection sticker, New
Athol Road. Warning issued. 5:20 p.m. - Party requests
escort while picking up property
from father, East Main Street.
Same done. 7:05 p.m. - Caller reports
group of kids running around
neighborhood ringing doorbells,
Burrill Avenue. Area was patrolled, negative contact. 8:41 p.m. - Caller states wife
works at location and there have
been cars pulling into parking
lot and leaving; also a person
knocked on the door asking to
use the bathroom, Dexter Street.
Area checked and no one in
area. 10:38 p.m. - Athol Police Department requests assistance
with traffic stop, Cottage Street,
Athol. Both units responded. 11:35 p.m. - Traffic stop for
improper use of auxiliary lights,
East Main Street. Party advised
some of hers, Chestnut
Street. Male party was highly
intoxicated and admitted to
taking medication that was
not his with the intent to end
it all. Ambulance requested.
Party taken to AH.
11:52 p.m. - Caller reports
his girlfriend is back at the
residence, Parmenter Street.
Officer and ambulance en
route. At 12:01 a.m., officer
reports he will transport female to AH ER as she wanted
to go in the cruiser and not an
ambulance. AFD copied direct and was now headed to
Chestnut Street call instead.
12:11 a.m. - Officer reports
he is assisting male party in
parking lot and party is having
a hard time breathing, Main
Street. Subject had collapsed
into a vehicle while attempting to walk into location. Party
was assisted into building using wheel chair and with assistance from staff.
12:13 a.m. - OPD called to
report locating vehicle Athol
of proper use and given warning. 11:40 p.m. - While checking
businesses officer located two
male parties loading pallets onto
pickup truck; subjects stated
they had permission but would
put pallets back, New Athol
Road. Advised due to the hour
officers are unable to determine
if subjects do or do not have
permission and they would have
to put them back unless police
are told otherwise. Parties put
pallets back and were instructed
to contact management for permission. Information taken on
both subjects and checks came
back negative. Both were local
and sent on way. Saturday
6 a.m. - Report of white Volkswagen sedan passing motorist, Daniel Shays Highway, New
Salem. Officer unable to locate
vehicle. 7:50 a.m. - Traffic stop for failure to meet safety standards,
East Main Street. Citation issued.
10:01 a.m. - Medical emergency, Oaklawn Avenue. 10:32 a.m. - Motor vehicle
lockout, West Main Street. Entry
gained. 11:02 a.m. - Traffic stop for
expired inspection sticker, Daniel
Shays Highway. Operator issued
warning as priority call came in.
11:29 a.m. - Traffic stop for
expired inspection sticker, East
Main Street. Warning issued. 1 p.m. - Traffic stop for failure
to inspect, West Orange Road.
Warning issued. 1:17 p.m. - Traffic stop for
expired inspection sticker, West
Athol log
Police Department was looking for, Daniel Shays Highway.
Officer en route. Vehicle was
involved in accident in Athol.
Vehicle towed. Driver not with
1:39 a.m. - House check,
Pinedale Avenue.
1:50 a.m. - Walk-in requests
her glasses be returned.
Same returned.
2:45 a.m. - Officer reports
he is out at location on Brookside Road with female who is
reporting her wallet was stolen. Found subject was intoxicated and misplaced wallet
inside vehicle.
3:16 a.m. - House check,
Newton Street.
3:32 a.m. - House check,
Myrtle Street.
3:42 a.m. - House check,
Victoria Avenue.
3:47 a.m. - House check,
Pleasant Street.
3:51 a.m. - House check,
Batchelder Road.
4:10 a.m. - House check,
Franklin Street.
4:17 a.m. - House check,
Myrtle Street. 3:08 p.m. - Walk-in turning
in white binder found at park.
Owner contacted and will pick
up. Item placed in lost and
found. 3:20 p.m. - Caller states upstairs neighbor playing music
too loudly, Hayden Street. On arrival both parties spoken to and
music was found to be at a suitable noise level. However one
was advised to turn down music
to avoid further responses. 4:35 p.m. - Party believes
someone broke into her house
while she was in living room,
Perry Road. On arrival incident
was investigated, unfounded. 4:46 p.m. - Caller would like
to speak to officer about past
incident, Brookside Road. On
callback caller stated that he
dropped off his daughter’s coworker when the ex-boyfriend
showed up and was upset and
threatening the caller. Caller
wanted it on record. 5:54 p.m. - Erratic operation
reported by State Police, Route
2. Vehicle was stopped on Daniel Shays Highway. Operator
taken into protective custody. 9:45 p.m. - APD requests assistance with aggravated assault
and battery, South Street, Athol.
Both units responded. 10:18 p.m. - Lights by post
office not working, South Main
Street. Party in charge of lights
was notified of situation. 11:20 p.m. - Report of four
or five youths walking around
knocking on doors and ringing
bells and running off, West River
and Hamilton streets. Unable to
locate. 11:30 p.m. - Officer conducting business search, South Main
Street. Building secure; however, officer observed one cash
register was on ground missing
drawer and a screwdriver/pry
bar was next to it. Unknown if
breaking and entering was related to prior incident. Request to
contact the family during regular
business hours. Sunday
12:15 a.m. - While doing business search officer located APD
bulletin vehicle from incident
occurring earlier in Athol, Daniel
Shays Highway. 11:09 a.m. - Traffic stop for inspection sticker violation, Walnut
Hill Road. Operator given warning. 11:10 a.m. - Medical emergency, Holtshire Road. 11:10 a.m. - Traffic stop for
marked lanes violation, East River Street. Warning issued. 12:50 p.m. - Medical emergency, Holtshire Road.
2:30 p.m. - Warwick Police
Department looking for officer
to contact subject in regard to
harassment issue with mother,
East River Street. Same done. 7:33 p.m. - Manager reports
there has been a car parked in
lot most of day, New Athol Road.
Checked area and all okay. Manager wanted police aware. 11:20 p.m. - Traffic stop for
failure to dim high beams, Daniel
Shays Highway. Warning issued. 11:30 p.m. - Traffic stop for
passing in no passing zone,
South Main Street. Warning issued.
From Page 2
Liberty Street.
4:22 a.m. - Business check,
Exchange Street.
4:24 a.m. - House check,
Brattle Street.
4:25 a.m. - House check,
Old Keene Road.
9:37 a.m. - Caller requests
officer contact his ex who has
a harassment prevention order (HPO) against him in order
to schedule pick-up time.
10:34 a.m. - Petersham Police Department reports they
will be in Athol briefly, Doe
Valley Road.
11:43 a.m. - Caller reports
neighbor just left residence in
a vehicle and might be intoxicated, Prospect Street.
11:48 a.m. - Traffic stop,
Main Street.
Noon - Caller reports loose
dog near Agway, South Street.
12:47 p.m. - Off-duty officer
reports male party who is defendant on restraining order
(209A) was seen on South
Athol Road. Beat officer advised. No contact.
1:56 p.m. - Officer stood by
while property was retrieved
from subject’s former residence as there is an HPO in
effect, Union Street.
2:36 p.m. - Caller reports
six to seven kids yelling and
swearing at Lake Park Playground.
3:50 p.m. - Traffic stop,
Brookside Road.
4:07 p.m. - Follow-up, Exchange Street.
Dart tournament
ORANGE — The Tully
City Council Club will host
a double-elimination, luckof-the-draw partners dart
tournament on Saturday,
March 5.
Doors open at 2 p.m.; play
begins at 3.
The cost is $10 per person.
On Feb. 16, 1868, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks was organized in
New York City.
For upcoming events consult the expanded calendar listing which
appears in the Quabbin Times section in Tuesday editions of the Athol
Daily News, and daily on the website at,
The Daily News welcomes submissions for the Calendar, for public
events in or of general interest to the nine-town, North Quabbin-Mount
Grace Region — including entertainment, cultural and social activities
and events held by non-profit organizations. Excluded are gaming events
and tag/yard sale notices.
Monday, February 29
3:30-4:30 — LEGO Club, Athol Public Library, Main Street.
For grades 1-5. Info: 978-249-9515
6-7 p.m. — Zumba Class, Royalston Town Hall, on the
Common. Donations accepted, bring sneakers to change into
from street shoes or boots.
6:30-8:30 p.m. — Quabbin Community Band Rehearsal,
Quabbin Regional High School, South Street, Barre. Info:
7-9 p.m. — Quabbin Valley Pro Musica Chorus Rehearsal, New Salem Congregational Church, South Main Street.
Tuesday, March 1
9 a.m. — English as a Second Language, Riverbend Elementary School, Riverbend Street, Athol. All first languages
welcome, materials provided. Info: 978-249-2415 or [email protected]
11-11:45 a.m. — Rise and Romp Storytime, Wheeler Memorial Library, East Main Street, Orange. For preschoolers
and younger.
3:30-5 p.m. — Craft Club, New Salem Public Library, on
the common. For grades 3-6. Info: 978-544-6334
4 p.m. — Trap Shooting, Orange Gun Club, off West River
Street. Info: 978-467-6076
5 p.m. — Free Meal, Athol Salvation Army, Ridge Avenue.
Open to all. Info: 978-249-8111
Wednesday, March 2
9 a.m. — Quilting, Athol Senior Center, Freedom Street.
Info/Registration: 978-249-8986
9-9:45 a.m. — Story Hour, Erving Public Library, 17 Moore
St. Info: 413-423-3348
10-11:30 a.m. — Playgroup, Wendell Free Library, Wendell
Depot Road. For ages 5 and under.
10:15-11 a.m. — Preschool Story Time, Athol Public Library, Main Street. Info: 978-249-9515
Noon — Sporting Clays, Petersham Gun Club, Nelson
Road. Info: 978-249-7445
3-5 p.m. — Knit Wits, Athol Public Library, Main Street.
For ages 8 and up. Info: 978-249-9515
5-6 p.m. — Sharing Our Father’s Bread, St. Francis of
Assisi Church Hall (side entrance), Athol. Info: 978-249-2738.
Petersham Unitarian church
to host Israeli peace activist
Halper, the head of the Israeli Committee Against House
Demolitions (ICAHD) and a
Nobel Peace Prize nominee,
will be the featured speaker
at the First Congregational
Parish, Unitarian in Petersham on Sunday, March 6, at
10:30 a.m. in the downstairs
dining room of the church.
The entrance to the dining
room is at the rear of the
church on West Street next
to the Davis Memorial Hall.
Halper’s talk and PowerPoint presentation, “Where
are we headed in Israel/Palestine? BDS 4 BDS,” (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) examines the matrix of
control which Israel has laid
over the Occupied Territory
which has effectively eliminated the two-state solution
to the conflict and rendered
Israeli control of the entire
country irreversible. Faced
with apartheid and the
warehousing of the Palestinians, Halper outlines what
appears to be the only just
solution remaining: a democratic, bi-national state.
Halper attended rabbinical
school and received a Ph.D.
in Anthropology from the
University of Wisconsin and
immigrated to Israel in the
mid-1970s because of his opposition to the Vietnam War.
There he has taught anthropology, started ICAHD in
1997 and has written several
books on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. The event is free and open
to the public. Refreshments
will be served. For further
information, contact Genevieve Fraser at [email protected] or 978544-1872.
Halper will also speak
Monday, March 7, at the
Greenfield Community College Downtown Center, 270
Main St., Greenfield. He will
present his new book, “War
Jeff Halper
Submitted photo
Against the People of Israel,
the Palestinians and Global
Light refreshments will be
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This Lent, try joining a community of prayer
Schedule for the week of February 29, 2016
7am Mass
7am Mass
7pm Eucharistic Adoration
7am Mass
7pm-8pm Lenten Holy Hour
7am Mass
7pm –8pm Eucharistic Adoration
7am Mass
5:30pm Stations of the Cross
Mon.-Thurs. 1:15-7:30
“Where two or three gather in my name,
here am I with them.” Mathew 18:20
Mon.-Thurs. 1:00-4:00-7:00
Rediscover Your
Spiritual Roots
Weekend Masses
Saturday 4pm
Sundays 7:30am and 9:30am
Confessions Saturday 3pm
St. Mary’s Parish
of Orange
Please join us, All are welcome
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Serving The Interests Of The North Quabbin Region
Including the towns of Athol, Orange, Warwick, Erving, Wendell, New Salem, Royalston, Phillipston and Petersham
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Death by despair, and
politicians who exploit it
here may be no topic in public health
today more overlooked, and so full of
political implications, than recent findings
that in the last 18 years, almost half a million poorly educated, middle-aged white
Americans have killed themselves.
They’ve done so deliberately by outright
suicide, or in slow motion through notnecessarily intentional opioid addiction,
alcohol poisoning or chronic liver disease.
They’ve been dying at a rate never before
seen in an industrialized society. The affected group is whites age 45 to 54, with a
high school education or less.
Every other demographic group has
seen a longer life span and steady decrease
in disease rates. But since the late 1990s,
poorly educated whites ages 45 to 54 have
defied the trend.
Before 1998, mortality rates among this
group had been falling steadily. Princeton
University’s Anne Case and Angus Deaton, in a study published last fall in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, reported that if the pre-1998 trend
had continued through 2013, 488,050 fewer
deaths might have occurred. In recent U.S.
history, only the AIDS epidemic took more
The Case-Deaton study speaks to numbers, not the reasons behind them. But we
suspect one culprit is a radically changed
economy whose benefits flow chiefly to the
wealthiest Americans. Another is America’s shrinking demand for skilled bluecollar labor.
Those without at least some college have
been left with fewer opportunities. Blacks
and Hispanics appear to be adapting to
the changing labor marketplace, but the
dislocation has proven more wrenching for
Democrats, at least, are on to this. The
Case-Deaton study came up at a debate in
Milwaukee this month between presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie
“People with a high school education or
less are not even living as long as their parents lived,” Clinton said. “This is a remarkable and horrifying fact.”
Sanders said that regardless of their race,
people no longer can rely on factory jobs
for a living: “What have you got now? You
are working at McDonald’s? That is why
there is massive despair all over this country.”
Among Republicans, Donald Trump
appears to be benefiting from the anger
of white voters who don’t have college
diplomas. “Donald Trump’s strong showings are entirely attributable to huge leads
among voters without a college degree,
while voters with a degree are split among
several candidates,” say the polling analysts
at FiveThirtyEight.
Political numbers are easier than political fixes.
Federal and state lawmakers should be
focusing on increasing college and technical school access for students regardless of
race. That means investing in education
at all levels. It means creating opportunity and reforming the tax system so that
America’s bounty is more broadly shared.
Despair can’t be the default option.
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By Jeanne Phillips
© 2001 Universal Press Syndicate
Wife can’t get past anger at
husband who cheated
DEAR ABBY: My husband
cheated on me and told me to
find somebody else. He moved
in with the other woman and
spread lies about me, telling
my in-laws that I had cheated
on him. He was on probation,
so I reported to his probation
officer that he was lying about
where he was living. He was arrested for it.
He is now incarcerated and
facing a two-year prison sentence. We’re trying to work
on our marriage, but I haven’t
told him that I’m the person
who reported him to his probation officer. I’m still angry at
him for cheating on me. When
I write him, I tend to bring up
what he did when he was out.
I have told him I forgave him,
but lately, I don’t even take
time to respond to his letters.
What should I do? — JUST
DEAR ANGRY: You’re not
writing to your husband because you are still angry with
him, and this is another way
of punishing him for leaving
you. What you should do is ask
yourself, honestly and rationally, if it’s worth it to try and
get past the fact that he not
only cheated, but tried to damage your reputation as well.
What you should NOT do, for
your own safety, is tell him that
the person who turned him in
for a parole violation was you.
DEAR ABBY: I don’t know
what to do with my parents’
wedding album. My mother
gave it to me as a gift when I
was a teen, and I assume it was
a coming-of-age consideration.
I’m now in my 30s with a career
that has me moving around
frequently. I have moved once
a year for at least the last five
years, and I have had to pack
up this album and box it every
I think that when my mother gave it to me, she figured I
would pass it on to grandchildren, but I have chosen to not
reproduce. My parents’ marriage was anything but storybook. What little I remember
was abusive and chaotic, and
my parents split up before I
reached kindergarten.
While these photos are
fantastic imagery of a certain
era, I do not want to move
them around anymore. My father has since passed, and my
mother lives in a small apartment on limited means, so I
don’t want to return it to her.
She is also quite sentimental,
and I’m afraid that handing
this heirloom back to her will
be disruptive.
I’m getting ready to move
again and don’t want to schlep this unwanted item to yet
another location. Any advice?
no reason why you should feel
compelled to hang onto a memento of your parents’ failed,
unhappy marriage. However,
I do not think you should get
rid of it without first offering it
back to your mother. Although
her apartment is small, she
might want to make room for
it not only because she’s sentimental, but also because it is a
part of her history — like any
other family album.
If she doesn’t want it back,
consider offering it to another
relative — aunt, uncle, etc. —
or your state historical society
before disposing of it.
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constitutional convention of
Native Hawaiians has adopted a governing document
that will go out to a vote for
ratification, the organization behind the gathering announced.
The proposed constitution,
approved Friday by an 88 to
30 vote with one abstention,
allows room for recognition
by the U.S. government while
holding out for the possibility of independence, said Na’I
Aupuni, an organization that
says on its website it’s dedicated to “establish a path for
Hawaiian self determination.”
The U.S. Interior Department is giving Native Hawaiians an option to have a
relationship with the United
States. The plan would extend
to Native Hawaiians recognition similar to what many Native American tribes have had
for generations. However, the
department stresses that the
Native Hawaiian government
won’t automatically be eligible
for federal American Indian
programs, services and benefits unless Congress allows it.
Under the proposed constitution, citizens of the Hawaiian nation would be any
descendants of the indigenous
people who lived in Hawaii
before 1778. It also says citizenship in the Native Hawaiian nation shall not affect U.S.
citizenship. The government
would be led by a president
and vice president and advised by an island council, plus
a legislature with 43 members
representing the islands and
Native Hawaiians, as well as a
judicial authority.
The delegates to the convention were brought in by
Na’i Aupuni. The proposed
constitution will be presented
to a vote by Hawaiians, Na’i
Aupuni has said.
The Interior Department
will negotiate the issue of recognizing Native Hawaiians as
a nation with representatives
of the community.
US senator wants government
to set airline seat-size rules
Associated Press
U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer
wants to require the Federal
Aviation Administration to
establish seat-size standards
for commercial airlines,
which he says now force
passengers to sit on planes
“like sardines.”
The New York Democrat
told The Associated Press
the airlines have been slowly cutting down legroom
and seat width.
“One of the most vexing
things when you travel on
an airplane is there’s almost
no legroom on your standard flight,” Schumer said.
“There’s been constant
shrinkage by the airlines.”
He said he will add an
amendment to the FAA
Reauthorization Bill that
is pending before Congress
that would require the agency to set the seat-size guidelines. Schumer planned to
formally announce the proposal at a news conference
Schumer said seat pitch,
the distance between a
point on an airline seat and
the same spot on the seat
in front of it, has dropped
from 35 inches in the 1970s
to a current average of
closer to 31 inches, and seat
width has gone from 18.5
inches to about 16.5 inches.
He argues that the requirement is needed to stop airlines from shrinking those
numbers even further.
“They’re like sardines,”
Schumer said of airplane
passengers. “It’s no secret
that airlines are looking for
more ways to cut costs, but
they shouldn’t be cutting
inches of legroom and seat
width in the process ... It’s
time for the FAA to step up
and stop this deep-seated
problem from continuing.”
Currently, there are no
federal limits on how close
an airline’s row of seats can
be or how wide an airline’s
seat must be.
Schumer pointed to a
practice used by some airlines in which passengers
are charged more money
for seats with extra legroom.
He says that exemplifies the
“It’s just plain unfair that
a person gets charged for
extra inches that were once
standard,” he said.
The FAA Reauthorization Bill is considered
Schumer said. Congress
typically renews the FAA’s
authorization every four to
six years, using the bill as
an opportunity to address
a wide range of aviation issues. A vote is expected in
A spokesman for the
FAA said agency officials
“look forward to reviewing”
Schumer’s proposal.
Airlines for America, an
industry trade group representing an array of U.S.
airlines, said it believes the
government’s role is to determine a seat size that is
safe, but opposes the proposed regulation.
“We believe the government should not regulate,
but instead market forces,
which reflect consumer
decisions and competition
should determine what is
Jean Medina said. “As with
any commercial product or
service, customers vote every day with their wallet.”
trace what they see as similar
insults back to Obama’s historic election in 2008, when
questions were raised about
his U.S. citizenship and family in Kenya. In the days after
Scalia’s Feb. 13 death, Republicans quickly signaled
their opposition to Obama
nominating a successor, saying they would refuse to hold
hearings on a nominee and
calling for the conservative
justice’s replacement to be
chosen by the next president.
Toomey, running for a second term after narrowly winning in 2010, echoed those
In a recent Associated
Press interview, Toomey
said: “The president intends
to change the balance of
the court and I am not going to support him changing the balance of the court
with nine months before an
election, I’m not going to do
The Democrats looking to
challenge Toomey in the fall
say he should do his job.
Among voters, Donnell
Regusters of Yeadon said
the issue could be an opportunity for Democrats this
year. The 40-year-old videographer voted and campaigned for Joe Sestak in
2010 against Toomey and is
considering supporting the
former congressman again.
“It’s something I hadn’t
thought about, honestly,”
Regusters said. “I just kind
of thought it was out of his
way to win, but this could
be an opportunity. ... Right
now would be a perfect time
to use that whole Supreme
Court fight.”
A recent Pew Research
Center poll shows 56 percent
of Americans think the Senate should hold hearings and
vote on Obama’s nominee.
Toomey scored his highest
unfavorable rating since August 2009 — 21 percent of
respondents — in a Franklin
and Marshall College poll
released Thursday and conducted the week after Scalia’s death.
In the presidential campaign this past week, Democrat Hillary Clinton called
on black women at an Alpha
Kappa Alpha sorority alum-
nae event in South Carolina to “see if we can’t find a
handful of Republicans who
understand and will do their
duty, who believe they are
called by the Constitution to
do just that.”
G. Terry Madonna, director of the Franklin and Marshall College poll, said it’s
still unclear to what extent
the Supreme Court fight will
be an issue in the fall.
“It won’t be that Toomey
will change his mind, but
Democrats can use this to
energize their voters. Will it
work? We don’t know,” Madonna said.
For black voters like Mecca Bey, if Toomey wins, it
won’t be for lack of trying on
her part.
“I will make sure I motivate my friends to get rid of
him,” said Bey, 40, of Landsdowne. “I’ve been educating
people on what he’s actually
doing right now so they don’t
forget in the fall what he’s involved in.”
Court fight seen by AfricanAmericans as affront to Obama
Associated Press
— Watching the fight unfold
between President Barack
Obama and Senate Republicans over who should choose
the next Supreme Court
justice, Michael A. Bowden
got angry at what he saw as
the latest affront to the first
black president.
And then his thoughts
turned from Washington to
his own state.
Obama won’t be on the
ballot this fall, but Pennsylvania GOP Sen. Pat Toomey will — and Bowden has
made defeating him in November a priority.
“This kind of thing really
burns me to the core,” said
Bowden, a 56-year-old Air
Force veteran from Philadelphia. “I’ve already started
planting the seed in people’s
heads that Sen. Toomey is
one of those people in lockstep with the Republicans.
This could give him a wakeup call that he could be vulnerable as well.”
Democrats are pressuring
senators in Pennsylvania,
Ohio, New Hampshire, Illinois and Wisconsin to back
down from their refusal to
confirm or even consider
Obama’s nominee to succeed the late Antonin Scalia
or face the consequences in
November. In some states,
they may get help from African-Americans who see
the court battle as the latest GOP snub of Obama —
one rooted in racism, which
could galvanize a crucial
component of the Democratic voting bloc.
“The Obama presidency
has been mobilizing for African-Americans,” said Daniel
Hopkins, a professor at the
University of Pennsylvania
whose research focuses on
racial and ethnic American politics. “The Supreme
Court nomination is part
of a much broader story of
deeply polarized and sometimes racialized hostility
between Obama and his political opponents. It’s potentially quite a potent issue in a
state that has backed Obama
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and liberal ambition.
Sanders preaches free college, a transformation of
health care to a governmentfinanced “Medicare-for-all”
system and a breakup of big
banks as part of an agenda
centered on shrinking the gap
between rich and poor.
That means a far heftier
safety net, at the cost of
higher taxes and what a lot
of economists say would be
higher national debt. Clinton
says his goals are politically
impossible and she would
follow an achievable, yet still
activist path.
Until now, it was ephemeral. Who’s doing better and
worse than expected? Who’s
rising and falling? Who’s got,
you know, momentum?
It’s mainly about the number of delegates now — the
inexorable grind of arithmetic.
Until now, voters in four
states have picked not much
more than a sliver of the delegates who are needed to
clinch the party nominations.
That changes overnight,
with each party holding contests in 11 states. Democrats
also vote in American Samoa.
Republicans will allocate
595 delegates from the results
of Super Tuesday, nearly half
of the 1,237 needed for the
Democrats will allocate
865, more than one-third of
the necessary 2,383.
3-1 for Trump and Clinton.
He won New Hampshire,
South Carolina and Nevada.
She won Iowa, Nevada and
South Carolina.
Republican Ted Cruz won
Iowa. Sanders won New
In the Republican delegate
race: it’s 82 for Trump, 17 for
Ted Cruz, 16 for Rubio, 6 for
John Kasich and 4 for Ben
In the Democratic race,
factoring in the hundreds of
superdelegates, or party insiders who can support a candidate of their choice, Clinton
leads with 544 delegates, according to AP’s count, while
Sanders has 85.
As enormous as the prize
is on Tuesday, no one candidate can win their party’s
nomination on the night. The
delegate trove is proportional
in each party, and delegates
will be divvied up according
to how well each contender
“Regardless of an individual or groups’ beliefs or
ideologies, they are entitled
to live without the fear of
physical violence and have
the right, under the law, to
defend themselves when attacked,” the statement said.
Mayhem ensued Saturday
as soon as the Klan members
pulled up in a black SUV
for an anti-immigration rally
they had advertised in advance and pulled out signs
saying “White Lives Matter.”
Dozens of protesters
swarmed in and someone
smashed a window. The
SUV then sped away, leaving three Klansmen dressed
in black shirts decorated with
the Klan cross and Confederate flag patches outnumbered.
“(The counter-protesters)
were so angry, they would
have torn these folks limb
from limb,” said Brian Levin,
who directs the Center for
the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State
University, San Bernardino.
“I was afraid for their lives.”
Levin, who went to Pearson Park expecting to record the rally for research,
found himself protecting the
Klansmen until police could
intervene. On a video Levin
shot and posted to Twitter,
he later asked one of them,
“How do you feel that a Jewish person helped save your
life today?”
“I thank you. I thank you,”
said the Klansman, waving away the question with
his blood-spattered arm. “I
would have saved a colored
man’s life,” he added.
Much of the clash was captured on video and posted
online. In one, a man cries
“I got stabbed,” lifting his
T-shirt to show a wound to
his stomach. A fire hydrant
where the man briefly sat
was covered in blood.
The Klansmen were initially booked for investigation of assault with a deadly
That’s an oversimplification of an arcane process, but
the bottom line is that a strong
second place in a particular
state can be worth almost as
many delegates as a victory.
So the perception of who’s
making headway still matters.
A candidate on the move can
attract more money, national
attention and voter interest.
At least for a few more
A series of winner-take-all
Republican primaries is coming, none bigger than Florida
on March 15, where a cache
of 99 delegates is at stake and
Rubio will be bidding furiously for a home-state victory
against Trump, a part-time
resident who got a head start
on organizing there.
The South bid for more
influence in this campaign
by adding states to its Super
Tuesday roster, naming this
subset the SEC primary in
a nod to the Southeastern
Conference of college sports.
Clinton demonstrated her
pull with black voters in South
Carolina, suggesting she may
do well in other Southern
states with significant black
The biggest Super Tuesday
state overall is Texas, where
Sen. Cruz has a home-state
advantage built on prime endorsements from the governor down the political chain
and a veritable army of some
27,000 volunteers.
Everything in politics is
double-edged, though.
If Trump’s rebel yell attracts enough support to
make him the winner or even
a close second, Cruz will face
sharp questions about his viability.
Both parties are holding
contests Tuesday in these
states: Alabama, Arkansas,
Minnesota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont and
As well, Republicans vote
in Alaska and Democrats in
Colorado. Democrats also
have a contest in American
Samoa and for Democrats
In the 12 states holding
contests, polls close at 7 p.m.
EST in three (Virginia, Georgia and Vermont), and at 8
p.m. EST in four more (Oklahoma, Alabama, Tennessee
and Massachusetts). The rest,
Eastern time: 8:30 p.m. in Arkansas, 9 p.m. in Texas, Colorado and Minnesota; and 1
a.m. in Alaska.
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weapon, and seven of the
approximately 30 counterprotesters were arrested
on suspicion of assault with
force likely to cause great
bodily injury
Like many other cities
across the United States,
Anaheim has a history intertwined with the KKK. What
sets the city apart, however,
is its decisive backlash after the Klan gained four of
five City Council seats in
1924. Those Klansmen were
ousted in a recall election
after their affiliations with
the Klan became public and
following a nighttime KKK
initiation rally that attracted
an estimated 10,000 people
to the city park where Saturday’s violence erupted.
“The only reason we remember Anaheim for the
Klan is because they fought
the Klan so hard,” said Phil
Brigandi, an Orange County
historian and author. “The
more the Klan came out of
the shadows, the more people became aware of it and
the opposition grew.”
In the near century since
then, Anaheim has gone
from 95 percent white to become 53 percent Hispanic
and 27 percent white, according to data with the U.S.
Census Bureau.
“We’re a far cry from those
terrible times and the Klan
is really an anachronism,”
Levin said. “Anaheim is now
a diverse community that is
in many ways an amusement
and sports capital of California. This is just an example of
how a small group of people
can tarnish the name of a
Rosa Madrigal, who was
at the park Sunday with her
husband and three children,
said she was shocked to even
hear about the KKK holding
a rally in Anaheim, let alone
the violence that ensued.
“I didn’t even think it was
true when I heard it,” said
Madrigal, 25. “It’s crazy, es-
pecially in a park where you
take your kids.”
When the melee started,
Levin said he saw no uniformed officers.
Wyatt said police were
there and engaged with people at one end of the fight,
and called for additional resources to deploy to the other end. The event stretched
along an entire city block, he
Police Chief Raul Quezada said his officers were able
to respond quickly enough to
arrest all but one of the main
participants, a counter-protester who remains at-large.
The Klan members were
booked for investigation of
assault with a deadly weapon
before being released. The
seven people who remained
in custody were booked for
assault with a deadly weapon
or elder abuse for stomping
on a Klan member who’s
older than 65 years old, Wyatt said.
Though the Klan members
were released, prosecutors
will review the case and decide whether to file criminal
charges, he said.
Chris Barker, who identified himself as the imperial
wizard of the Loyal White
Knights of the Ku Klux Klan,
told The Associated Press by
phone from North Carolina
that his members were holding a peaceful anti-immigration demonstration and
acted in self-defense.
“If we’re attacked, we will
attack back,” said Barker,
whose organization lists Pelham, N.C., as its headquarters. Last year, the group
drew headlines when it protested the removal of the
Confederate flag from the
South Carolina Capitol.
Nationwide, the number of
active KKK groups increased
to 190 in 2015 after falling in
2013 and 2014, according to
the Southern Poverty Law
Center, which tracks hate
of fossil fuel on global climate change through musical satire and street performance. The group describes
itself as follows: “…a radical
based in NYC…earth loving
urban activists…we compel
action in those who have
never been active, revive
exhausted activists and devise new methods for future
activism. We also put on a
great show.” Billy Talen, an actor who
developed the Rev. Billy
character, is a longtime activist, and has been arrested
numerous times while committing civil disobedience
for causes from community
preservation, anti-consumerism, and all things environmental. The show will be
at 7 p.m. at Cowell Gym in
Shelburne Falls and is free,
with donations requested to
cover the associated costs
for the 25-member ensemble to travel from New York.
The artists are not charging
for their time and talent.
Rev. Billy’s website is www.
In addition, on Thursday,
March 17, at 7 p.m., at the
Congregational Church on
Main Street in Ashfield, Oscar-nominated director Josh
Fox (“Gasland”) will screen
the local premier of his newest film, “How to Let Go
of the World and Love All
The Things Climate Can’t
Change,” recently premiered at Sundance Film
Festival. Fox continues in
his deeply personal style, investigating climate change.
Traveling to 12 countries
on six continents, the film
acknowledges that it may
be too late to stop some of
the worst consequences and
asks, what is it that climate
change can’t destroy? The
event is free, with donations
While the number of registered walkers grows daily,
of those registered to walk,
about 30 percent are college
students. Hampshire College Climate Justice League
has been instrumental in the
leadership and growth of
event organizer Sugar Shack
Alliance, as well as the walk
itself. Kelly Missett, a freshman at Amherst College,
from Missoula, Mont., is
joining the walk because,
“I feel obligated to protect
my Earth. Our governments
have failed us, and are content to enable fossil fuel
companies to destroy our
planet for their own private
profits. Democracy in this
country is being perverted.
We cannot let this happen,
because no one is going to
stop the reckless extraction
of our planet’s resources except for us.”
Jimmy Betts, 32 of Omaha, Neb., is joining the walk
because “… The work I do is
focused in the realm of creative direct action and the
building of relationships as a
direct corollary to the building of a truer justice movement that includes climate
issues as a symptom, not a
root cause of calamity and
injustice. And while not directly impacted by the proposed Kinder Morgan NED
Pipeline, Jimmy states, “I
designated as unenrolled,
must declare a party at the
check-in table at the polling
location. After which they
will be presented with that
party’s ballot. Once your
vote has been cast you will
automatically revert back to
an unenrolled status. Appearing on the presidential preference for the
Republican Party are Jim
Gilmore, Donald J. Trump,
Ted Cruz, George Pataki,
Ben Carson, Mike Huckabee, Rand Paul, Carly Fiorina, Rick Santorum, Chris
Christie, Marco Rubio, Jeb
Bush, and John R. Kasich. Running
Committee Man for the
Hampshire, Franklin and
Worcester Districts on the
Republican ballot is John
Andrulis, of Northampton.
Likewise, Tammy S. Mosher, of Greenfield, and Mary
L. Stewart, of Northampton
are running for the State
Committee Woman position. Running for the presidential preference for the Democratic Party are Bernie
Sanders, Martin O’Malley,
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Hillary Clinton, and Roque
“Rocky” De La Fuente.
Running for State Committee Man is David. J.
Narkewicz, of Northampton. Running for State Committee Woman is Mollie M.
Fox, also of Northampton. Running for presidential
preference for the GreenRainbow Party are Sedinam
Kinamo Christin Moyowasifza Curry, Jill Stein, William P. Kreml, and Kent
Mesplay, Darryl Cherney.
There are no names on
the ballot for the United
Independent Party in any
category. There are a number of
area residents running for
local Republican and Democratic town committees in
their respective communities as well. Orange
Democratic — Henry
A. Oertel, Jr., Saverio F.
Kaczmarczyk, Kimberly A.
Marshall, Denise Andrews,
Ruth E. Fetzer. Republican — Raymond
M. Younghans, James E.
Cornwell, Judy M. Corn-
Library of Congress acquires
courtroom drawing collection
The Library of Congress has
acquired 95 original courtroom drawings depicting
high-profile trials from the
past four decades.
The library announced
Friday in a news release that
the collection represents the
genre popularized in California by Howard Brodie,
who encouraged the first
generation of artists creating artwork for news media.
It includes drawings by Aggie Kenny, Bill Robles and
Elizabeth Williams.
The collection was ob-
well. Athol
Democratic — Mitchell
Grosky, J. R. Greene, Wanda Davis, Christine Musante, John Musante, James
Meehan, Scott MacPhee,
Margaret Young, and Joseph Maga.
Republican — Susannah Whipps Lee, Elizabeth
Whipps, Steven Lewis, Kimberly Stewart, Jeffrey Stewart, Melissa Eaton, and Dan
Eaton. Wendell Democratic — Daniel
Keller, Josh Heinemann,
Jonathan von Ranson, Kathleen Nolan, Laurel Facey,
Elizabeth Parson, Kathleen
Swain, and Margaret Culley. Petersham
Democratic — Henry
Woolsey, Marsha L. Shaw,
Jane Duderstadt, and Ann
Democratic — Allen
Young, Christine Long,
George S. Dyer Jr., Ruth M.
Suyenasa, Vyto L. Andreliunas, Lynn A. Keller, Philip
W. Rabinowitz, and Carla
B. Rabinowitz.
tained through the generosity of Thomas V. Girardi,
a founding partner of Los
Angeles law firm Girardi
Keese and a member of the
library’s private-sector advisory board, the Madison
Council. The collection will
be named the Thomas V.
Girardi Collection of Courtroom Illustration Drawings.
claim no front-line impactedness, but the work I do is
to offer myself to front-line
efforts as requested and
Bob English, 64 of Northfield is joining the walk because, “… Kinder Morgan
plans to build a pipeline adjacent to my property, and
they must be stopped. Given
global warming, we need to
stop burning fossil fuels now
and not build infrastructure
to support increased fossil fuel use for the next 50
years. The pipeline also impacts me directly because I
bought 20 acres of land that
can be divided into three
building lots for retirement
income. The pipeline would
certainly reduce the value of
my property and steal part
of my retirement income
and transfer it into Kinder
Morgan’s bank accounts as
registration and other details including events associated with the walk can be
found at the website https:// or
the Facebook page, https:// Walkers may
join for as long as they are
able — a day or all four days.
In addition, Sugar Shack
Alliance is sponsoring trainings in Non-Violent Direct
Action in preparation for future events. Those trainings,
March 6 in Brattleboro, Vt.,
and April 9 in Conway, are
also listed on the website
at http://sugarshackalliance.
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the hand and on the top of
the head. After the vehicle
struck a stone wall, the female got out and Quidoz
fled the scene in the vehicle.
He turned himself in at the
station on Sunday at 9:20
Anderson said the female’s injuries, including
ones received as a result of
the accident, were not life
threatening. She was taken
to Athol Hospital and subsequently signed herself out.
Qudioz was held on
$100,000 bail and was scheduled to be arraigned in Orange District Court this
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vals are trying to splatter him
with everything they have.
Tuesday will answer whether Marco Rubio’s debatenight transformation from
bland RubioBot to Marco
Rambo can begin to take
down the months-long leader
in preference polls and now
The fight that the Republican establishment long
wanted has been engaged.
Whether it’s too late to stop
the outsider capitalist-populist is the question.
And it’s not all high-minded rhetoric by any means.
Trump made fun of Rubio’s
ears; Rubio cracked that
Trump may have wet his
pants during the debate.
Similar suspense, with
fewer insults, animates the
Democratic race.
Hillary Clinton, the establishment pick, scored a weekend blowout in South Carolina on Saturday, looks strong
in many Super Tuesday states
and would become an overwhelming favorite for the
nomination if she performs
to expectations.
A surprise could reinvigorate Bernie Sanders, her
socialist-populist rival who
has tapped deep political passions but needs more actual
victories, and soon.
Immigration policy, the
swollen U.S. debt, the uneven
spread of wealth and hard
questions about how to approach the Islamic State, terrorism and civil liberties are
all in play for voters.
So is the fate of fundamental social policy as the Supreme Court stands ideologically divided. A vacancy may
not be filled until after the
next president takes office in
Trump’s agenda lacks detail on most fronts and often seems improvised. But
there’s little doubt about his
intended approach on several
major matters.
He would try to browbeat
trading partners and others
into doing his will. He would
be on the hook for somehow
carrying out mass deportations of people in the country illegally, for temporarily banning non-U.S. citizen
Muslims from coming into
the country and for replacing
President Barack Obama’s
health care law with a system that does not, as he put
it, leave people to die on the
Democrats have a choice
between liberal pragmatism
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Page 6 ATHOL DAILY NEWS Monday, February 29, 2016
Tourney time: Athol, Mahar girls open tonight
Lady Raiders host Greylock;
Senators visit Wahconah
ADN Sports Editor
and girls basketball teams
learned their postseason
fates at the Basketball Hall
of Fame, Saturday afternoon.
The WMass basketball
tournament committee released seeds and the Athol
girls were the only local
team to earn a home game.
Both Mahar teams will hit
the road.
The Lady Senators open
the action with a visit to No.
6 Wahconah for a 6 p.m. start
tonight. The Lady Raiders
will host No. 9 Mount Greylock tonight at 7. The Mahar
boys visit No. 8 Mohawk on
Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Here’s a look:
It’s been an up-and-down
season for the Mahar girls
who earned the 11th and
final seed in Division III. A
loss to Palmer in their regular season finale removed
any doubt on where the
Lady Senators (11-9) would
wind up. Wahconah finished
the season with a 13-7 record and poses a challenge
for the Mahar girls.
“A lot of things changed in
the last week,” said Mahar
head coach Larry Fisher.
“We’re expecting Wahconah
to play a tough man-to-man
and put up a lot of threes. If
we play the way we can, we
can beat them. We’ve played
well in a lot of games and
we’ve also played poorly too.
If we play well, we can definitely beat them.”
The teams have a number of shared opponents
including Athol, Frontier,
Hampshire, Easthampton
and Mount Greylock. The
Warriors were 4-2 in those
games, including a split with
Greylock. Mahar went 4-4 in
those games, but dropped to
Greylock 57-44 earlier this
season. Wahconah had a disputed one-point victory over
Athol earlier this year.
The Warriors are led by
Ashley Zink, Lily Pudio and
Emmy Cote. The trio has
combined for 614 points this
season with Zink’s 12 pointsper-game leading the way.
Mahar’s trio of Kadie Jillson, Ally Parker and Hannah Paul have totaled 644
Greylock comes to Athol
tonight with a 13-7 record.
The Mounties lost a pair of
games against Drury, a team
Athol defeated in two overtimes, 58-54, back on Dec.
19. Greylock enters the postseason on a four-game winning streak and is led by inside threat Jenna Benzinger
(14.4 ppg). Lauren Howard
(25 three-pointers) is the
team’s top perimeter threat.
“We will take it one game
at a time, starting with Greylock,” said Athol head coach
Dan Bevis, whose team has
a potential showdown with
No. 1 South Hadley looming. “(Greylock) is a good
team that has played well
down the stretch. If we’re
going to be successful, we
have to limit Benzinger inside. She provides them with
tons of second and third opportunities.”
Expect the Lady Raiders
to rely on senior forward
Emily Casella (15 ppg) while
junior Hope Parker (9.2
ppg) has shown a knack for
stepping up in big games. The girls’ field is a strong
one with South Hadley and
Hoosac leading the way.
Athol is hoping to give
themselves a chance.
“Division III is loaded and
there are six or seven legitimate teams that could win
it,” said Bevis. “We’re hoping to be one. It’s all about
matchups and I think we
have the matchups we want.
It’s a one-and-done season
and we have to come out
and execute for 32 minutes
to be successful.”
The Mahar boys face a familiar foe in a Mohawk team
that has trumped them twice
this winter. Mohawk went
14-6 and beat the Senators
by double-figures on both
occasions. The Senators
closed the regular season
with wins in five of their last
six and appear to be playing
their best right now. They’ve
had plenty of time to prepare and hope to put a scare
into the Warriors.
“I know we will show up
and give them everything
we’ve got,” said Mahar head
coach Chad Softic, who
noted his team faces a tough
road to the Cage. “We’ve
had plenty of time to prepare so it should be interesting. It’s the fun time of year,
that’s for sure.”
Sharpshooter Levin Dupree leads Mohawk with
16.6 ppg, but it’s twin towers
Jacob Cross (14.7 ppg) and
(14.6 ppg) that make the
team so successful. Bryce
Cleveland has led a balanced Mahar offense with
12.8 ppg. The Senators have
managed just 71 points in
two games against Mohawk.
Girls Division III
1- South Hadley (19-1)
2- Hoosac Valley (17-5)
3- Hampshire (18-4)
4- Drury (14-6)
5- Greenfield (19-1)
6- Wahconah (13-7)
7- Granby (14-6)
8- Athol (12-8)
9- Mount Greylock (13-7)
10- Southwick (15-5)
11- Mahar (11-9)
Monday, February 29
No. 11 Mahar at No. 6 Wahconah, 6 p.m.
No. 8 Athol vs. No. 9 Mount
Greylock, 7 p.m.
No. 10 Southwick at No. 7
Southwick, 7 p.m.
Thursday, March 3
Athol/Greylock at No. 1
South Hadley, 7 p.m.
Mahar/Wahconah at No. 3
Hampshire, 7 p.m.
Granby/Southwick at No. 2
Hoosac, 7 p.m.
No. 5 Greenfield at No. 4
Drury, 7 p.m.
Boys Division III
1- Sabis (14-6)
2- Easthampton (18-2)
3- Palmer (17-3)
4- Pioneer (16-4)
5- Hoosac Valley (11-9)
6- Mt. Greylock (14-6)
7- Drury (11-9)
8- Mohawk (14-6)
9- Mahar (11-9)
10- Renaissance (11-9)
11- Frontier (10-10)
12- Hampshire (11-11)
Tuesday, March 1
No. 9 Mahar at No. 8 Mohawk, 7 p.m.
No. 12 Hampshire at Hoosac, 7 p.m.
No. 10 Renaissance at No. 7
Drury, 7 p.m.
No. 11 Frontier at No. 6
Mount Greylock, 7 p.m.
Friday, March 4
Mohawk/Mahar at No. 1
Sabis, 7 p.m.
Hoosac/Hampshire at No. 4
Pioneer, 7 p.m.
Drury/Renaissance at No. 2
Easthampton, 7 p.m.
Greylock/Frontier at No. 3
Palmer, 7 p.m.
NFL salary cap set at $155.27 million
NFL’s salary cap for 2016 will
be $155.27 million, an increase of nearly $12 million.
The NFL Players Association confirmed the figure
Sunday, and will release the
franchise and transition tag
numbers on Monday. Free
agency begins March 9, but
teams must apply those tags
by Tuesday.
Among the players whose
contracts have expired and
might wind up getting tagged
are Super Bowl MVP linebacker Von Miller of Denver, and other All-Pros such
as Carolina cornerback Josh
Norman, Tampa Bay running
back Doug Martin and Kansas City safety Eric Berry.
Since the 10-year labor
agreement was reached in
2011, the cap has risen more
than $35 million per team.
The increase is the largest
since 2006, when the salary
cap went up from $85.5 to
$102 million.
This year’s increase is based
on several economic factors,
including a new Thursday
night TV package that includes both CBS and NBC.
Other league revenues also
exceeded projections in 2015.
Adding to the number last
week was an arbitrator’s ruling that the NFL had misplaced certain revenues that
should have been applied to
the cap. That put another $50
million overall into the cap.
LADY SENATORS — The Mahar girls’ basketball team travels to Wahconah tonight for the opening round
of the WMass Division III tournament. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. Team members are, left to right, front
— Kadie Jillson, Ally Parker, Natalie Gonynor, Kianna Whitmore. Back — head coach Larry Fisher, Alexis
McClure, Maggie Bramhall, Tori Tenney, Jazmyn Vautour, Kianna Reilly, Maeve Powell, Hannah Paul and
Jordan Martin.
Photo By Mike Phillips
Scott outlasts
Garcia to win
Honda Classic
AP Golf Writer
LADY RAIDERS — The Athol High School girls’ basketball team hosts Mount
Greylock tonight in the opening round of the WMass Division III basketball
tournament. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Mallet Gymnasium. Team members, clockwise, from top — Emily Casella (15), Lexi Cucchi, Lindsey Hamlett,
Kayla Robideau, Ana Ricko, Callie Jillson, Hope Parker, Julia Carey, Hannah
Arsenault, Abby Leadbetter and Jessica Soucie.
Photo By Mike Phillips
Lightning strike quickly, beat
Bruins 4-1 for 6th straight win
AP Sports Writer
BOSTON (AP) — Nothing strikes faster than the
Tampa Bay scored one
goal on a penalty shot, another on a 2-on-0 break
and two others before Bruins transgressors could get
comfortable in the penalty
box while beating the Boston Bruins 4-1 on Sunday
night to win its sixth straight
Ryan Callahan had two
goals and an assist, and Steven Stamkos scored for the
sixth game in a row to help
the Lightning pull ahead of
the Bruins in the Eastern
Conference. Tampa Bay
scored on its first two power
plays — needing just 31 seconds the first time and 6 the
“Our power play’s been
struggling. There’s no doubt
about that,” said Callahan,
whose team had scored just
twice in 36 man-advantages
over the previous 10 games.
Stamkos scored his 28th
of the season and added an
assist, and Alex Killorn also
had a goal and an assist.
Ben Bishop made 32 saves
for the Lightning.
Kevan Miller scored Boston’s only goal and Tuukka
Rask stopped 26 shots for
the Bruins, who ended a
two-game winning streak.
Boston was 0 for 6 on the
power play.
Miller gave Boston a 1-0
lead 6 minutes in before
Zac Rinaldo was sent off for
hitting Cedric Paquette in
the head against the boards.
Thirty-one seconds into the
power play, Killorn made it
About 3 minutes later, the
Lightning made it 2-1 when
Bruins defenseman Adam
McQuaid fell at the blue
line, sending Callahan and
Killorn free on a 2-on-0.
“You don’t practice those
too often,” Callahan said.
“But it’s good to bury it.”
Tampa Bay’s next power
play came with 8:11 gone
in the second, when Patrice Bergeron was penalized for interfering with the
goalie. The Lightning won
the faceoff and slid back to
his current streak.
“Guys that are used to
putting the puck in the net
can get frustrated when
they don’t score,” coach
Jon Cooper said. “But it
goes the other way, as well:
When they are scoring,
watch out.”
The loss sent the Bru-
SKATING OFF — Boston Bruins’ Matt Beleskey
(39) and Jimmy Hayes (11) skate toward the bench
after losing 4-1 to the Tampa Bay Lightning during
an NHL hockey game in Boston, Sunday.
AP Photo/Michael Dwyer
the blue line for Stamkos,
whose shot was tipped in by
Two minutes later, Stamkos broke free before he
cut in front of Brad Marchand and was taken down in
front of the crease. On the
penalty shot, he faked left,
moved to the right and left
Rask on the ice before putting the puck into the open
net to make it 4-1.
“That’s part of the story
tonight: The self-inflicted
mistakes that we made,
the amount of breakaways
and those kind of things,”
Bruins coach Claude Julien said. “The penalty kill
wasn’t good enough for us,
and then the power play ...
we didn’t produce.”
Stamkos’ 28 goals are seventh-most in the league. He
had scored just twice in the
previous 13 games before
ins into the trade deadline
wondering what to do with
Loui Eriksson. Contract
talks with the Swedish forward have stalled, and Boston general manager Don
Sweeney confirmed before
the game that Eriksson has
been the subject of trade
NOTES: Tampa Bay has
won 14 in a row when scoring three or more goals. ...
The Lightning won their
fourth straight road game.
... The Bruins fell to 7-3
when wearing their third
uniform. ... Stamkos is 2 for
6 on penalty shots in his career. ... Lightning forward
Tyler Johnson bled profusely and left the game when
he was apparently hit in the
face by a puck in the third
period. Cooper said he was
being stitched up and was
not dazed.
Scott tapped in a 30-inch
par putt to win the Honda
Classic on Sunday, and the
smile was more relief than
joy over ending the longest
drought of his career.
A small measure of satisfaction might come from the
silence he hopes will follow.
Yes, he still can win with a
short putter.
In his third tournament
since a new rule that outlaws the anchored stroke
Scott used for a long putter
the last five years, he made
enough putts at PGA National for an even-par 70 to
hold off Sergio Garcia and
win for the first time since
Colonial in May 2014.
“Probably good for everybody who likes talking about
it, absolutely,” Scott said.
“And therefore, good for
me. Good for me because
maybe we don’t have to go
over it too much anymore.
Again, it just reassures me
I’m on the right track with
the things I’m doing on the
greens, and I’m just going
to try and get better every
week. And I think it’s in a
great spot at the moment.
“If I can get better and
better, then I like what’s to
Scott opened with a 10foot birdie putt that set the
tone, and he seized control
early on the back nine when
Garcia missed a 3-foot par
putt on the 11th hole, and
Scott followed with a 9-iron
out of a bunker to 2 feet for
birdie and a two-shot lead.
Garcia made birdie on the
final hole for a 71, forcing
Scott to convert his short
par putt.
“He played really, really solid,” Garcia said. “I
played with him the last two
days, and he looked awesome. I know I can play better. That’s the good thing.
Without feeling like I was
swinging that great, I still
managed to have a chance,
so I’m happy with that.”
It was the first time Scott
won with a short putter
since the 2010 Singapore
Open. He switched to a long
putter that he anchored to
his chest at the Match Play
Championship and when he
won the Masters in 2013, he
was the fourth player in six
majors to use an anchored
putting stroke.
It was outlawed at the
start of this year, and Scott
had grown weary of talking
about it. Overlooked was
that he had won 18 times
worldwide with a short putter, including The Players
Championship and the Tour
Championship. He even
led the tour in the “strokes
gained” category over Tiger Woods, Brad Faxon and
Steve Stricker in 2004, before the tour began publishing that data.
All the evidence he needed was the trophy he held on
ATHOL DAILY NEWS Monday, February 29, 2016 Page 7
Amaro Jr. adjusts to new
job as Boston’s 1B coach
Associated Press
— Ruben Amaro Jr. is still
in baseball. But probably no
one is making such a strange
position shift this spring.
Fired as Philadelphia’s
general manager last September, the former big
leaguer now arrives at Red
Sox camp in the early morning and prepares to return
to the field as Boston’s first
base coach.
“Pretty dramatically different,” Amaro said Sunday.
“Just physically I had to get
myself in much better physical condition. I started that
almost immediately after the
season when I found out I
was going to be joining the
organization in this capacity,” he said.
“Changed my diet a little
bit, worked out a little bit,
made sure I got some fungos in and threw some BP in
the offseason because it had
been a long time since I did
any baseball-related activity,” he said.
The 51-year-old Amaro
was hired by the Red Sox during the offseason after being
fired as the Phillies’ general
manager last September, following seven seasons in that
role. Before that, he spent 10
as an assistant GM.
After years of suits and
ties, phone calls and contracts, Amaro has gone back
to wearing jerseys and caps,
and picking up a bat and a
glove again.
It started with a phone call
from Red Sox manager John
Farrell, his former teammate in Cleveland. Amaro
played eight seasons in the
big leagues mostly as an
outfielder, batting .235 with
100 RBIs and reaching the
World Series with the Indians in 1995.
“To me it’s about getting
a brand new opportunity,”
Amaro said. “For me it’s
about baseball, it’s the game.
That’s all I’ve ever known.”
He played for three organizations and, except for a
few charity events, hadn’t really picked up a bat or glove
since retiring in 1998.
It’s a big change from go-
ing into the office or just observing the on-field action.
He said he usually arrives
at the park around 5:30 a.m.,
and gets in a workout before
meetings start around 7.
“Probably the most difficult thing is getting these
guys to know me,” he said.
“They didn’t know me from
Adam — except for the fact
that I may have tried to trade
for all of them.”
His biggest test so far has
been throwing batting practice. He’s ambidextrous, and
one of his arms hasn’t come
back quite as strong.
“That’s still a work in
progress,” he said, smiling.
“Right now my right arm is a
little balky.”
He knew he needed the
support of his family to make
such a career change.
“Now there’s a real schedule I don’t get to make myself,” he said. “They were understanding about this path.”
Amaro said that one day
he might like a chance to
manage — like former Miami GM Dan Jennings, who
went back into the dugout
last year — or may want to
return to the front office.
But, for now, he’s adding
to his baseball resume.
“I’m just trying to leave all
my options open,” he said.
“This is a great opportunity
for me to be on the dirt to
rub elbows with the players,
be closer and see what it’s
like to be on the field again.
It gives me perspective
whether I’m on the field or
I’m back in the front office.”
NOTES: Farrell said LHP
Eduardo Rodriguez underwent an MRI Sunday morning after injuring his right
knee during workouts Saturday. “He suffered a subluxation of the patella (tendon).
As far as structural damage,
there isn’t any,” Farrell said,
before explaining the plan
is for Rodriguez to undergo
treatment for swelling and
they’ll know in 72 hours before any other work. . The
Red Sox open exhibition
play with their annual college doubleheader against
Boston College and Northeastern at Jet Blue Park on
State legislatures see flurry
of daily fantasy sports bills
daily fantasy sports debate
has spilled into state capitols nationwide, with nearly
30 legislatures considering
proposals to regulate, ban
or affirm the games played
by millions of Americans.
The flurry of recent legislative activity represents a
sea change for the industry,
which for years was content
to operate largely unregulated.
“We’ve been operating
in this gray area for a long
time, and, up until now, it
hasn’t really been a problem,” says Peter Schoenke,
chairman of the Fantasy
Sports Trade Association,
which hired about 65 lobbying firms in 44 states to push
bills favorable to the industry. “What we want to do in
all of these states is to clarify
that it is legal.”
A 2006 federal law
banned online gambling but
specifically exempted fantasy sports, paving the way
for the creation of the niche
industry that’s since exploded in popularity, prompting
policymakers to take a closer look.
Companies like Boston’s
DraftKings and New York’s
FanDuel have argued their
contests aren’t gambling
because the games require
more skill than luck. But
where it once shied away
from heavy oversight, the
industry is now embracing
limited regulation, so long
as it isn’t subjected to the
same exacting standards as
traditional gambling operations.
“The laws of skill gaming
and gambling were written
like a hundred years ago and
they don’t really fit fantasy
sports,” Schoenke says.
This year’s tally of 30
states with pending bills is
up from roughly 16 states
last year and two in 2014, according to GamblingCompliance Research Services,
which has been tracking the
At least half the bills
represent variations of an
industry-backed proposal
exempting the games from
state gambling regulations
and imposing requirements
meant to protect consumers, according to an Associated Press review.
Among them is a Virginia
bill that’s the first headed to
the governor for approval
this year, following passage
by the legislature last week.
About 14 states are
weighing bills requiring a
player be at least 18 years
old. California and Maryland are considering bills
with a minimum age of 21,
as is Massachusetts through
a rule-making initiative taking place outside the legislative process.
Most bills filed so far seek
to impose licensing and
registration fees on fantasy
sports companies.
The payments range
from a one-time, $2,500
fee proposed in Oklahoma
to a one-time fee of up to
$500,000 plus an annual renewal fee of up to $100,000
called for in a Florida bill.
At least two states —
California and New York
— have proposals to tax revenues from games.
“We feel strongly that
there ought to be some revenues to help offset any negative consequences,” says
California Rep. Adam Gray,
the Democrat who submitted the proposal. “There
are legitimate concerns that
gambling and other gaming
activities create significant
personal challenges for people.”
In terms of oversight, the
industry-backed bills generally call for companies to
hire a third party to conduct
a compliance audit, which is
then reviewed by the state
attorney general.
At least two states — Indiana and Maryland — are
considering bills placing
oversight directly in the
hands of state agencies that
regulate gambling, horse
racing and lotteries.
MAHAR BOYS — The Mahar boys’ basketball team travels to Mohawk Trail Regional High School for
a WMass Division III opening round contest, Tuesday. Team members are, left to right, front — Nick
Stafford, Jake Lacasse, Hunter Richardson, Malik Adams, Pedro Mattos, Ryan Arsenault, Connor Arsenault. Back — head coach Chad Softic, Gabe O’Lari, Issak Reinikainen, Bryce Cleveland, Sam Paul,
Rashad Duncan, Owen Cook and Chris Pace.
Photo By Mike Phillips
Johnson earns 76th career Cup win in Atlanta
AP Sports Writer
Jimmie Johnson smoked his
tires crossing the finish line,
celebrating another win at
Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Then he realized what it
really meant.
Johnson stuck his hand out
of the No. 48 car, holding up
three fingers.
It was his little tribute to
the Intimidator.
Johnson used pit strategy
and a late yellow to claim
the 76th victory of his career
Sunday, pulling even with the
late Dale Earnhardt on the
NASCAR career list.
Only six drivers have won
“This is special for sure,”
said Johnson, who began
his Cup career shortly after
Earnhardt was killed in a
wreck on the last lap of the
2001 Daytona 500. “There
was a big void in my mind
not having a chance to race
against him. I was literally a
handful of months away from
having the opportunity. To tie
him today, for me personally,
gives me a little bit of attachment to the great Dale Earnhardt.”
Johnson won the race in
overtime, crossing the line
under yellow after the only
wreck of the day. In a poignant touch, teammate Dale
Earnhardt Jr. was the runner-up.
“If he’s gonna tie that record, I’m certainly glad I got
to run second,” Junior said.
“I think my dad would’ve
thought the world of him.”
Kevin Harvick led 131
laps, more than anyone else,
but ceded the lead after he
made his last green-flag pit
stop nine laps after Johnson. The No. 48 car made a
quicker stop and wound up
with about a 14-second lead,
then watched it fade away as
Harvick gave chase on newer
Harvick was about 5 seconds behind when Ryan
Newman cut a tire and spun
on the front stretch with three
laps to go, bringing out only
the second yellow flag of the
race. With overtime looming,
everyone came to the pits for
new tires. Johnson returned
to the track still leading, and
the victory was his when that
crash on the backstretch took
out four cars.
Johnson credited crew
chief Chad Knaus for calling
the early pit stop, a strategy
that allowed him to get past
210 laps were run under
green before a yellow came
out for debris on the track.
After the restart, Harvick
and Martin Truex went back
and forth, exchanging the
lead several times before
Harvick started to pull away.
It was a thrilling display, but
in the end it didn’t matter.
Harvick lost the lead in
the pits, allowing Johnson to
Kenseth finished 19th.
SMOKE: Ty Dillon had a
nondescript day subbing for
injured Tony Stewart in the
No. 14 car.
Looking to make a good
impression a day after his
24th birthday, Dillon finished
two laps down in 17th.
Stewart has missed the first
two races of his farewell sea-
VICTORY PIC — Jimmie Johnson, second from left, takes a selfie with his crew
after winning a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday, in Hampton, Ga.
AP Photo/John Amis
“It was definitely a gutsy
call,” Johnson said. “The 4
car (Harvick) was awfully
tough. It was going to take
strategy to get by him.”
For Harvick, it was another
Atlanta heartache. He spun
his tires on the final restart
and wound up a disappointing sixth, hardly indicative of
the way he ran most of the
Harvick has led more than
100 laps in four of his last five
races at the 1.54-mile trioval,
but he hasn’t won here since
the spring event in 2001 — in
just his third race after taking over at Richard Childress
Racing following Earnhardt’s
The cars set a blistering pace in the first test of a
new aerodynamic package
designed to promote more
competitive racing. The first
claim his fifth Cup victory in
Kyle Busch, who posted
the fastest time in qualifying but had to start from the
back of the field after his car
failed inspection, rallied to
take third — just ahead of his
brother Kurt, who inherited
the pole after his sibling’s
Matt Kenseth lost two laps
and any chance of winning
when his pit crew was penalized for illegal fueling.
NASCAR caught a crew
member placing a wedge
wrench on the deck lid of
the No. 20 car during fueling, a violation of the rule
that prohibits the fueler from
performing “any adjustments
or other pit stop procedures
while the fuel can coupler is
son while recovering from a
back injury suffered in an allterrain vehicle accident. It’s
not known when he’ll be able
to return.
Atlanta Motor Speedway
didn’t have to pay out for its
perfect-weather ticket guarantee.
The weather, indeed, was
Even though the Atlanta
race was held on its earliest
date ever — and has perennially been plagued by inclement conditions — the temperature when the green flag
waved was an unseasonably
warm 64 degrees, with a light
breeze and clear blue skies.
The crowd was estimated
at 55,000, an increase over
the previous year but still a
far cry from the track’s glory
MLB reminder: No dipping at Fenway, Dodger Stadium, AT&T Park
AP Baseball Writer
Dusty Baker was a big dipper. He’s cut back his chaw
over the years, but still might
pop in a pinch when games
get tight.
The Washington Nationals
manager won’t get that choice
at some ballparks this season.
Big leaguers are now getting a reminder that smokeless tobacco is banned at stadiums in San Francisco, Los
Angeles and Boston.
One-page letters are being put in clubhouse lockers
throughout spring training.
The notices come jointly from
Major League Baseball and
the players’ union.
“It’s a bad influence for the
kids. Big time. I’ll say that.
But also they’re adults, too,
at the same time,” Baker said.
“We’ll see,” he said. “My
daughter used to put water in
my can and put it back in my
truck. Or my son, he has lip
check — ‘Get it out, Dad!’”
Local laws will prohibit the
use of all tobacco products
at Fenway Park, Dodger Stadium and AT& T Park this
year, meaning players, team
personnel, umpires and fans.
The letter advises the same
ban will take effect at every
California ballpark in December.
“I support it,” new Dodgers
manager Dave Roberts said.
“I think that the intentions
are there, and there’s obviously going to be some resistance with players.”
“Like it or not, players are
role models, and we have a
platform as coaches and players. So if that’s the law, then
we definitely support it,” he
Similar legislation has been
proposed in New York City,
and both the Mets and Yan-
kees say they back such a ban
at their parks.
“Preventing children from
being exposed to smokeless
tobacco is an important initiative and we are glad to play
our part,” the Mets said in a
“Major League Baseball
has long supported a ban of
smokeless tobacco at the major league level and the New
York Yankees fully support
the proposed local law,” they
The letter being distributed
to players on 40-man rosters
and teams this spring says:
“Please note that these are
city ordinances and not rules
established by Major League
Baseball. However, the commissioner’s office will be
monitoring players and club
personnel for compliance
with the regulations.”
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Page 8 ATHOL DAILY NEWS Monday, February 29, 2016
A Take on
A Movie
‘Deadpool’ tops ‘Gods of Egypt’ at box office
— A group of ancient
Egyptian deities couldn’t
take down the merc with a
Marvel’s antihero blockbuster “Deadpool” continued to dominate North
American movie theaters
over the weekend, earning
an estimated $31.5 million
in its third week and besting newcomer “Gods of
Egypt,” according to comScore estimates Sunday.
The total domestic haul
for 20th Century Fox’s
comic book adaptation
starring Ryan Reynolds
as Marvel’s foul-mouthed
mercenary now stands
at $285.6 million, making it the third highestgrossing R-rated film behind “American Sniper”
and “The Passion of the
Lionsgate’s “Gods of
Egypt” featuring Gerard
Butler as a rebellious
Egyptian god debuted
in second place with $14
million. The film, which
reportedly cost $140 million and also stars Brenton Thwaites and Nikolaj
Coster-Waldau, is Hollywood’s first major flop of
the year.
“Lionsgate went for it,
and I think the unpredictability of this marketplace
made it too tough for
them,” said Paul Dergarabedian, comScore’s senior media analyst. “I think
we’ll probably have to wait
until ‘Batman v Superman’
to see another massive
opening weekend.”
“Gods of Egypt” faced
backlash last year for casting mostly white actors in
a film based on Egyptian
The film’s director Alex
Proyas, who was born in
Egypt, apologized in a
statement in November.
Lionsgate issued a separate statement that said
they are deeply committed
to making films that reflect
the diversity of their audiences and pledged to do
Other newcomers that
failed to topple “Deadpool” this weekend included the feel-good Olympic
tale “Eddie the Eagle” in
fifth place with $6.3 million and the heist romp
“Triple 9” in sixth place
with $6.1 million.
“The Revenant” was the
only Academy Award contender to crack the weekend’s Top 10 with $3.8
million in its 10th week of
release. The survival epic
leads Oscar nominees with
12 nods at Sunday’s 88th
annual ceremony, including best picture, best actor
for Leonardo DiCaprio,
best supporting actor for
Tom Hardy and best director for Alejandro G. Inarritu.
Estimated ticket sales
for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian
theaters, according to
comScore. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday
through Sunday are also
included. Final domestic
figures will be released
By Ashley Arseneau
6. “Triple 9,” $6.1 million
($450,000 international).
7. “How To Be Single,”
$5.2 million ($6.1 million
8. “The Witch,” $5 million.
NO. 1 MOVIE — This image released by Twentieth
Century Fox shows Ryan Reynolds, left, and Morena
Baccarin in a scene from the film “Deadpool.” Joe Lederer/Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp. via AP
1. “Deadpool,” $31.5
million ($40.2 million international).
2. “Gods of Egypt,” $14
million ($24 million international).
3. “Kung Fu Panda 3,” $9
million ($4.5 million international).
4. “Risen,” $7 million.
5. “Eddie the Eagle,”
$6.3 million.
9. “Race,” $4.3 million.
10. “The Revenant,”
$3.8 million ($14.1 million
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‘The Witch’
I have never been one to
get up and walk out on a movie in the theater, no matter
how bad it gets. I feel, if you
have no dire reason to leave,
stick it out and see if the
movie gets better. Maybe I’m
afraid it will get good right as
I’m walking out. After sitting
through ‘The Witch,’ I may
have to change my opinion
on leaving the cinema halfway through a movie.
A colonial family is banished from their village in
what is assumed to be 1620s
Massachusetts. They go off
into the wilderness and build
a new home and tiny farm.
One day the family’s oldest
child, young teenage Thomasin, played by Anya TaylorJoy (Viking Quest, Atlantis),
is playing with the family’s
newborn baby and, while covering her eyes for peek-a-boo,
the baby disappears in the
few seconds she has her eyes
covered. The family assumes
it is the work of a wolf.
The entire family is sad
but the mother is driven into
hysterics with nearly round
the clock prayer and crying
for days. When she is not
praying and crying she is accusing Thomasin of stealing
things or slaving her around.
Young twins Mercy and Jonas
are seen mostly playing evil
games with a goat and trying
to pass off Thomasin as being a witch that took the baby.
When middle brother Caleb
goes missing after going into
the woods with Thomasin she
is again accused of being up to
something evil and a servant
of the devil, especially when
he is found stumbling back
into the yard naked in hysterics coughing up blood and
speaking gibberish, and she is
the one to find him. Caleb’s
strange sickness and behavior
sets the family into a state of
devilish possession trying to
figure out who among them is
a slave of Lucifer himself.
This movie was described
as a traditional New England folk tale horror film. It
was not so much scary as it
was just dull and unexplained.
I kept thinking that more of
an explanation will be coming
soon. I was wrong. The story
made me think of a paper in
school that I would wait until
the last minute to write and it
would be rushed and lacking
explanatory detail. The writer of this script got what he
wanted to happen in the story
but didn’t take the time to explain why any of it was happening. It just made no sense. Writer/director Robert Egger might be a little inexperienced having only worked
on short films. A 90-minute
feature film may have been a
big push for his first featurelength project writing and
directing alone. His idea was
good; it just didn’t take off.
He at least seemed to get the
colonial aspect correct.
I give the R-rated movie
‘The Witch’ two stars.
The Academy crowns ‘Spotlight’ but diversity had the Oscar limelight
AP Film Writer
In an underdog win for a
movie about an underdog
profession, the newspaper
drama “Spotlight” took
best picture Sunday at an
Academy Awards riven by
protest and outrage, and
electrified by an unflinching Chris Rock.
Tom McCarthy’s film
about the Boston Globe’s
investigative reporting on
sexual abuse by Roman
Catholic priests won over
the favored frontier epic
“The Revenant.” McCarthy’s well-crafted procedural, led by a strong ensemble cast, had lagged in
the lead-up to the Oscars,
losing ground to the flashier filmmaking of Alejandro Inarritu’s film.
But “Spotlight” — an
ode to the hard-nose, methodical work of a journalism increasingly seldom practiced — took the
night’s top honor despite
winning only one other
Oscar for McCarthy and
Josh Singer’s screenplay.
Such a sparsely-awarded
best picture winner hasn’t
happened since 1952’s
“The Greatest Show On
“We would not be here
today without the heroic
efforts of our reporters,”
said producer Blye Pagon
Faust. “Not only do they
effect global change, but
they absolutely show us
the necessity for investigative journalism.”
The night, however, belonged to host Rock, who
launched immediately into
the uproar over the lack
of diversity in this year’s
nominees, and didn’t let
up. “The White People’s
Choice Awards,” he called
the Oscars, which were
protested beforehand outside the Dolby Theatre by
the Rev. Al Sharpton, and
saw some viewers boycotting the broadcast.
Rock insured that the
topic remained at the
forefront throughout the
evening, usually finding
hearty laughs in the process. In an award show
traditionally known for
song-and-dance routines
and high doses of glamour,
Rock gave the 88th Academy Awards a charged atmosphere, keeping with
the outcry that followed a
second straight year of allwhite acting nominees.
“Is Hollywood racist?
You’re damn right it’s racist,” said Rock. “Hollywood is sorority racist. It’s
like: We like you Rhonda,
but you’re not a Kappa.”
Streaks, broken and extended, dominated much
of the evening. After going home empty-handed
four times previously,
Leonardo DiCaprio won
his first Oscar, for a best
actor in “The Revenant”
— a gruff, grunting perfor-
this tribal thinking and to
make sure for once and
forever that the color of
our skin becomes as irrelevant as the length of our
hair,” said Inarritu.
The night’s most-awarded film, however, went to
neither “Spotlight” nor
“The Revenant.” George
BEST ACTOR — Leonardo DiCaprio accepts the
award for best actor in a leading role for “The Revenant” at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016, at the
Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP
mance that traded little on
the actor’s youthful charisma. DiCaprio, greeted
with a standing ovation,
took the moment to talk
about climate change.
“Let us not take our
planet for granted,” said
DiCaprio. “I do not take
tonight for granted.”
His director, Inarritu
won back-to-back directing awards after the triumph last year of “Birdman.” It’s a feat matched
by only two other filmmakers: John Ford and Joseph
L. Mankiewicz. “The Revenant” also won best cinematography for Emmanuel Lubezki, who became
the first cinematographer
to win three times in a row
(following wins for “Gravity” and “Birdman”), and
only the seventh to threepeat in Oscar history.
Inarritu, whose win
meant three straight years
of Mexican filmmakers
winning best director, was
one of the few winners to
remark passionately on
diversity in his acceptance
“What a great opportunity for our generation to
really liberate ourselves
from all prejudice and
Miller’s post-apocalyptic
chase film, “Mad Max:
Fury Road” sped away
with six awards in technical categories for editing,
makeup, production design, sound editing, sound
mixing and costume design.
“Us Mad Maxes are doing OK tonight,” said editor Margaret Sixel, who’s
married to Miller. The
flurry of wins brought
a parade of Australian
craftsmen onstage in an
Oscars that was at least internationally diverse.
Best actress went to
Brie Larson, the 26-yearold breakout of the mother-son
“Room.” The Swedenborn Alicia Vikander took
best supporting actress for
the transgender pioneer
tale “The Danish Girl.”
But the wins at times felt
secondary to the sharp,
unflinching host. Rock
confessed that he deliberated over joining the Oscars boycott and bowing
out as host, but concluded:
“The last thing I need is to
lose another job to Kevin
Gasps went around the
Dolby when Mark Rylance
won best supporting actor
over Sylvester Stallone.
Nominated a second time
for role of Rocky Balboa
39 years later, Stallone had
been expected to win his
first acting Oscar for the
“Rocky” sequel “Creed.”
But the famed stage actor who co-starred in Steven Spielberg’s “Bridge of
Spies” won instead.
Charles Randolph took
best adapted screenplay
for their self-described
“trauma-dy,” ‘‘The Big
Short,” about the mortgage meltdown of 2008.
Best known for broader
comedies like “Anchorman” and “Step Brothers,” McKay gave an election-year warning of the
sway of “big money” and
“weirdo billionaires” in
the presidential campaign.
Talk of election was
otherwise largely absent
the ceremony, though
Vice President Joe Biden
(whose presence added
even greater security to
the Dolby Theatre) was
met by a standing ovation before talking about
sexual assault on college
campuses in an introduction to best-song nominee
Lady Gaga.
The composer John Williams (”Star Wars: The
Force Awakens,” which
went away empty-handed
despite being the biggest
box-office hit of the decade) came in with his
50th nod, but lost to Ennio Morricone, who, at
87, landed his first competitive Oscar for Quentin
Tarantino’s “The Hateful
Eight.” (He was given an
honorary one in 2009.)
Sam Smith and songwriting partner Jimmy Napes
picked up the Academy
Award for best song for
“Writing’s on the Wall,”
from the James Bond film
“I stand here tonight
as a proud gay man and I
hope we can all stand together as equals one day,”
said Smith.
Best animated feature
film went to “Inside Out,”
Pixar’s eighth win in the
category since it was created in 2001. Asif Kapadia’s
Amy Winehouse portrait,
“Amy,” took best documentary. Hungary scored
its second best foreign
language Oscar for Laszlo
Nemes’ “Son of Saul,” a
harrowing drama set within a concentration camp.
“Even in the darkest
hours of mankind, there
might be a voice within us
that allows us to remain
human,” said Nemes.
“That’s the hope of this
Down the street from the
Dolby Theatre, Sharpton
led several dozen demonstrators in protest against
a second straight year of
all-white acting nominees.
“This will be the last night
of an all-white Oscars,”
Sharpton vowed.
The nominees restored
the hashtag “OscarsSoWhite” to prominence and
led Spike Lee (an honorary Oscar winner this
year) and Jada Pinkett
Smith to announce that
they wouldn’t attend the
show. Several top African
Ryan Coogler (”Creed”)
and Ava DuVernay (”Selma”) spent the evening
not at the Oscars but in
Flint, Mich., raising money for the water-contaminated city.
Aside from pleading
for more opportunity for
black actors, Rock also
sought to add perspective to the turmoil. Rock
said this year didn’t dif-
fer much from Oscar history, but that black people
earlier were “too busy being raped and lynched to
worry about who won best
In a quick response to
the growing crisis, Cheryl
Boone Isaacs, president
of the Academy of Motion
Pictures Arts and Sciences, led reforms to diversify
the academy’s overwhelming white and male membership. But those changes
(which included stripping
older, out-of-work members of their voting privileges)
backlash, too. A chorus
of academy members challenged the reforms.
In remarks during the
show by the president —
usually one of the sleepiest
moments in the broadcast
— Boone Isaacs strongly
defended the changes,
quoting Martin Luther
King Jr. and urging each
Oscar attendee to bring
greater opportunity to the
industry. She was received
politely, if not enthusiastically, by the audience.
“It’s not enough to listen
and agree,” said Boone
Isaacs. “We must take action.”
How the controversy
will affect ratings for ABC
was one of the night’s big
questions. Last year’s telecast, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, slid 16 percent
to 36.6 million viewers, a
six-year low.
Derrik J. Lang contributed to this report.
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Jake Coyle on Twitter at:
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Emboldened Moon Some will conform to the group opinion
no matter how their own experiences negate it. It’s not weakness; rather it speaks to an ancient human survival mechanism. We are stronger as a group and agreement feeds the
group dynamic. The Sagittarius moon challenges the concept
now, favoring those inclined to rebel, explore or disagree. ARIES (March 21-April 19). You may engage in bargaining
without even realizing it, as there are deals to be struck that
don’t require any exchanging of words. Decisions will count;
actions will speak.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Be careful not to get caught in
the middle of warring parties. There won’t be a winning side,
for starters. And when the two reconcile they will surely turn
on anyone who was involved in the conflict.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). The laundry list of qualities to
make up the perfect partner may go out the window as it becomes clearer to you what really matters now: namely, chemistry and compatible lifestyles. Have faith in your intuition.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). Privacy is always your prerogative. Those who ask probably don’t deserve to know, and you
have no obligation to tell, either. Besides, loved ones respect
you more when you reveal less.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). It’s not hard to be part of the good
stuff now. You’re aware; you look around, see what needs
doing and act immediately. The simplicity of your choice will
keep you in an exciting flow of life.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). There are certain issues you feel
strongly enough to stand firm on, and therefore you’ve a few
unbendable rules — the chief one of the day being to remain
flexible in all matters at all times.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). If you don’t yet have what it takes,
don’t worry; you will. Your ability will swell when the challenge at hand invites it to. This is especially true on an intellectual level. You’ll grow smarter in a demanding learning
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Sometimes the deadline, bustle
and hurry bring out the best in you, but not now. So go ahead
and take off the pressure. Stroll through life instead of running around.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Your teachers have been
stellar, but that’s not to say you couldn’t use a few fresh influences. Reach out and you’ll learn what you need to know to
take your career to the next level.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You’re a natural-born cheerleader, inspiring and motivating all who come near, though
most won’t show it. In fact, you would never guess how energizing your support really is.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Your intensity level may be too
much for today’s situation, so hold back. The restraint you
show will be admired. Then, when the drama boils over, you’ll
still have plenty of energy left in you to carry on productively.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Of course you want to succeed!
The question now is, at what cost? Doing your best is one
thing. Then there’s the above-and-beyond efforts you could
make. Would they be worth it?
TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (March 1). You know that you deserve
goodness and you gladly accept the bounty that drops into
your life over the next six weeks. April brings a different kind
of love. May features a reversal, and it likely has financial implications. Lifestyle moves don’t have to be expensive. Find
a more economic way and you’ll be glad five years from now.
Cancer and Virgo adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 1, 28,
33, 2 and 50.
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Today is Monday, Feb.
29, the 60th day of 2016.
There are 306 days left
in the year. This is Leap
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On Feb. 29, 1916, singer, actress and TV personality Dinah Shore was
born Frances Rose Shore
in Winchester, Tennessee. (Shore, who claimed
March 1, 1917 as her
birthdate, died in 1994
just days before she would
have turned 78.)
On this date:
In 1504, Christopher
Columbus, stranded in
Jamaica during his fourth
voyage to the West, used a
correctly predicted lunar
eclipse to frighten hostile natives into providing
food for his crew.
George Washington proclaimed
which settled some outstanding differences with
Britain, in effect.
In 1892, the United
States and Britain agreed
to submit to arbitration
their dispute over sealhunting rights in the Bering Sea. (A commission
later ruled in favor of
Theodore Roosevelt appointed a seven-member
commission to facilitate
completion of the Panama
Franklin D. Roosevelt
signed a second Neutrality Act as he appealed to
American businesses not
to increase exports to belligerents.
In 1940, “Gone with the
Wind” won eight Academy Awards, including
best picture of 1939; Hattie McDaniel won for best
supporting actress, the
first black performer so
Dwight D. Eisenhower
announced he would seek
a second term of office.
Serial killer Aileen Wuornos was born in Rochester, Michigan (she was
executed by the state of
Florida in 2002).
In 1960, the first Playboy Club, featuring waitresses clad in “bunny”
outfits, opened in Chicago. Serial killer Richard Ramirez was born in
El Paso, Texas (he died
in 2013 while awaiting execution in California).
In 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson’s National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders
(also known as the Kerner
Commission) warned that
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racism was causing America to move “toward two
societies, one black, one
white — separate and unequal.” The discovery of
a “pulsar,” a star which
emits regular radio waves,
was announced by Dr.
Jocelyn Bell Burnell in
Cambridge, England.
In 1980, former Israeli
foreign minister Yigal Allon, who had played an
important role in the Jewish state’s fight for independence, died at age 61.
Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau announced
he was stepping down
after more than 15 combined years in power.
In 1996, Daniel Green
was convicted in Lumberton, North Carolina, of
murdering James R. Jordan, the father of basketball star Michael Jordan,
during a 1993 roadside
holdup. (Green and an
accomplice, Larry Martin
Demery, were sentenced
to life in prison.) A Peruvian Boeing 737 crashed
on approach to Arequipa,
killing all 123 people on
Twelve years ago (2004):
Facing rebellion, Haitian
President Jean-Bertrand
Aristide resigned and left
for exile in the Central African Republic. (Aristide
returned to Haiti in March
2011.) “The Lord of the
Rings: The Return of the
King” won a record-tying
11 Academy Awards, including best picture; Sean
Penn took the best-actor
prize for “Mystic River”
and Charlize Theron won
best actress for portraying
Aileen Wuornos in “Monster.” Playwright Jerome
Lawrence died in Malibu,
California, at age 88.
Eight years ago (2008):
Democratic presidential
hopeful Barack Obama
accused rival Hillary Rodham Clinton of trying to
“play on people’s fears
to scare up votes” with a
TV ad showing sleeping
children and asking who
would be more qualified
to answer a national security emergency call at 3
Four years ago (2012):
Violent weather packing
tornadoes continued to
ravage the Midwest and
South, resulting in some
15 deaths. Davy Jones, 66,
the heartthrob singer who
helped propel the madefor-TV rock band The
Monkees to the top of the
pop charts, died in Stuart,
Today’s Birthdays: Actress Michele Morgan is
96. Actor Joss Ackland is
88. Former astronaut Jack
Lousma is 80. Ecumenical
I of Constantinople is
76. Motivational speaker
Tony Robbins is 56. Legal affairs blogger Eugene Volokh is 48. Actor
Antonio Sabato Jr. is 44.
Poet, musician and hiphop artist Saul Williams
is 44. Rapper Ja Rule is
40. Songwriter-musician
Chris Conley (Saves the
Day) is 36. Singer-musician Mark Foster (Foster
the People) is 32. Hockey
player Cam Ward is 32.
Thought for Today:
“Trouble is a part of your
life — if you don’t share it,
you don’t give the person
who loves you a chance to
love you enough.” — Dinah Shore (1916-1994).
BOSTON (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has begun reviewing cleanups at nine Superfund sites in New England.
The EPA conducts evaluations every five years on
cleanup and remediation work at sites on the National
Priorities List to determine whether the remedies continue to protect human health and the environment.
The evaluations identify any deficiencies in the work
and recommend actions to address them.
The sites to be reviewed this year include the South
Weymouth Naval Air Station, in Weymouth, and the
New London Submarine Base, in New London, Connecticut.
Hearing on rifles at Northeastern
BOSTON (AP) — The Boston City Council is holding a
hearing to discuss Northeastern University’s decision to arm
its police officers with semi-automatic rifles.
The council’s Committee on Public Safety and Criminal
Justice is inviting members of the public to weigh in at Monday’s 5 p.m. hearing at Boston City Hall.
Some council members have said Northeastern doesn’t
need rifles, adding that it failed to include the community in
the decision. Boston police officials have also said the rifles
are unnecessary.
The school says it told Boston police about the decision
long before the recent outcry.
Northeastern joins more than 60 campus police forces that
have rifles.
Clinton, Sanders to visit Massachusetts
BOSTON (AP) — Both Democratic presidential candidates will be making stops in Massachusetts ahead of the
state’s presidential primary.
Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are scheduled to hold
separate events across the state Monday.
Clinton is to hold a rally at 9:15 a.m. at the Lyman and
Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History, in Springfield, followed by another rally at 12:15 p.m. at the Old
South Meeting House in Downtown Crossing. Both events
are free and open to the public.
The Sanders rally will take place at Milton High School in
Milton. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. The event is free and
open to the public but RSVPs are strongly encouraged.
Wind power industry leaders to gather
BOSTON (AP) — Offshore wind power will be
the focus of a gathering of business leaders and lawmakers in Boston this coming week.
The U.S. Offshore Wind Leadership Conference
kicks off February 29 and runs through March 1 at
the InterContinental Hotel in Boston.
U.S. Sen. Edward Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat, is the event’s keynote speaker.
Topics will include Europe’s experience with wind
energy and the U.S.’s emerging industry in states
like New Jersey, Maryland, Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
Deepwater Wind CEO Jeff Grybowski will talk
about his company’s aim to build the nation’s first
offshore wind farm.
Summit focus on security of rail system
BOSTON (AP) — Congressman Stephen Lynch will
hold a summit with government, law enforcement and
transportation officials to discuss ways to enhance and
expand the security of the regional rail system.
Republican Gov. Charlie Baker and Boston Mayor
Martin Walsh, a Democrat, are expected to join Lynch
at the summit.
Lynch is the lead Democrat on the National Security Subcommittee. He has repeatedly raised concerns
about the decline in federal funding for rail security and
the need to assess any potential vulnerability in the passenger rail system.
The summit will be held Monday in the Federal Reserve Building in Boston.
Teen arrested after party stabbing
DUNSTABLE, Mass. (AP) — A Pepperell teenager
has been arrested following a stabbing at a house party
that left another teen seriously injured.
Police say 18-year-old Aaron Fox is charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
The victim, a 19-year-old male, underwent emergency surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in
Boston. There’s no word on his current condition. Police haven’t released his identity.
Police responded to the home for a report of a fight
around 3:45 a.m. Saturday and found the victim suffering from multiple stab wounds.
Police allege that Fox had fled the scene. He was later
arrested walking along a nearby intersection.
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AP White House Correspondent
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (AP) — The South steps
into the spotlight of the 2016
presidential election in this
week’s Super Tuesday contests, a delegate-rich day that
will highlight the region’s
sharp demographic and ideological divides.
In what was once a Democratic stronghold, the party
now controls one governor’s
mansion, one Senate seat
and no legislative chambers
from the Carolinas westward
to Texas.
The region’s flip to Republican bulwark is steeped
in decades-old shifts in the
national parties that accelerated under President Barack
Obama, who had little connection to white Southerners
who used to keep Democrats
in power.
That’s left the South a
starker, more sharply divided microcosm of the demographic dynamics at play
across the country. Republican presidential candidates
are fighting for support from
a mostly white electorate, including many voters who feel
alienated by broad economic
and cultural changes. Democrats will depend on growing
minority populations and
voters clustered in heavily
populated urban areas.
In the upcoming Southern
primaries, that means Hillary Clinton could sweep the
region, but with Democratic
electorates that have much
larger proportions of African-Americans than those
that propelled her husband’s
successful 1992 presidential
The changes have given
Republican Donald Trump,
hardly a conservative by traditional definitions, an unexpected foothold with voters who feel emboldened in
the South and left behind by
their party’s leaders in Washington.
Trump has campaigned
through the South with a rallying cry that long has resonated in the region.
“The silent majority is
back!” he declared.
Trump’s rhetoric har-
kened back to Richard Nixon’s “Southern strategy,” a
concerted effort to bolster
support from working class
white voters in the elections
that followed passage of the
1964 Civil Rights Act. Nixon
made frequent references to
the “silent majority” and the
“forgotten majority.”
To Richard Fording, chairman of the political science
department at the University
of Alabama, there are similarities in the angst Nixon
saw brewing in the Southern
electorate a half-century ago
and what Trump is tapping
into now.
“A lot of it has to do with
race: the first black president, immigration, other
threats to social and cultural values,” Fording said.
“There’s a lot of anger and
it’s very satisfying for people
to listen to Donald Trump.”
Exit polls from last week’s
South Carolina — the first
Southern state to vote in the
2016 contest — showed that
Trump can draw votes from
the evangelical Christians
and social conservatives who
are the cornerstone of the
GOP electorate in the region.
In Alabama, Arkansas,
Georgia and Tennessee, all
states that vote on Tuesday,
evangelicals make up about
40 percent or more of the
population, according to
the Pew Research Center.
Texas, which also votes Tuesday, lags slightly behind with
about 31 percent evangelicals.
Unlike Trump, Hillary
Clinton’s ties to the South
run deep. She spent 12 years
as the first lady of Arkansas
and was active in the state
during her husband’s tenures
as governor.
But the political shifts
across the region have dramatically remade the Democratic electorate she faces on
Super Tuesday.
When Bill Clinton was
on the ballot in the 1992
Democratic primaries, the
electorate in Georgia was 70
percent white and 29 percent
black. In Alabama that same
year, the Democratic prima-
ry electorate was 76 percent
white and 23 percent black.
By 2008, exit poll data
from Democratic primaries
showed a dramatic shift of
whites away from the party
in Southern states. In Georgia, 42 percent of voters
were white and 52 percent
black. In Alabama, it was 44
percent white and 51 percent
As the demographics have
changed, the conservative
Democrats who once represented the South in Congress
and in governor’s mansions
have disappeared. Nowhere
did that happen more
abruptly than in Arkansas.
For years, Arkansas defiantly remained Democratic
while its neighbors moved
toward the GOP. But Janine
Parry, a political science professor at the University of
Arkansas, said Obama was
“so cosmopolitan that Arkansans could just not identify with him.”
Every Democrat at every
level of government was essentially linked to Obama
and fell like dominos, including Sens. Blanche Lincoln
in 2010 and Mark Pryor in
While the 2016 general
election will be dismal for
Democrats in the South,
party leaders see reasons to
hope the region can at least
become competitive in the
near future.
A majority of black Americans now live in the South,
reversing a decades-long
trend of migration to the
north, and the Hispanic population is in the region is also
booming, creating a potential demographics advantage
for Democrats.
The party has seen signs
of progress in states like Virginia and North Carolina.
As Democrats eye presidential elections in the coming
years, they are particularly
eager to see states like Georgia and Texas become more
“Is there a path back?”
said Skip Rutherford, a
prominent Arkansas Democrat and longtime friend of
the Clintons. “There’s always
a path back.”
GOP candidates Rubio, Cruz release
tax summaries in challenge to Trump
— Republican presidential candidates Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz released
summary pages of their
recent tax filings on Saturday, seeking to capitalize on
GOP front-runner Donald
Trump’s refusal to release
similar information.
Despite making promises
to release his tax records,
Trump has balked at doing
so, saying he won’t disclose
the filings until the IRS finishes auditing his returns.
“We’re putting these out
today to put pressure on
Trump and the other candidates to release theirs,” said
Rubio campaign spokesman
Alex Conant.
Cruz, meanwhile, speculated that there could be
“a number of bombshells”
in Trump’s tax returns,
from exaggerations about
the celebrity businessman’s
earnings to “significant contributions to Planned Parenthood.”
The two candidates now
pressing Trump have not released their complete tax returns, as Mitt Romney did in
2012 and Hillary Clinton did
last year. Both Rubio and
Cruz produced the first two
pages of their filings to the
Internal Revenue Service,
which don’t include key details about subjects such as
their tax deductions.
Both Cruz and Rubio
have left the door open to
releasing more information,
with Cruz essentially daring
his opponents to go first.
“If Marco wants to release the complete thing for
the recent years, I’m happy
to do so as well,” Cruz said.
Stoughton police
to offer station as
‘online safe zone’
(AP) — Stoughton is the
latest police department
to offer its station as a
“safe zone” for people
conducting in-person exchanges of items bought
The department said
on its Facebook page
that the station’s lobby
and parking lot are now
available for purchases
agreed upon over sites
such as Craigslist, eBay
and Online Yard Sale.
The Stoughton police
will not be involved in
any of the transactions.
More police departments are offering their
stations as a way to cut
down on fraud and assault.
Department officials
say it also gives people
peace of mind.
Hundreds of departments across the nation
started the service after
a series of high-profile
crimes involving online
Right whales
return to
Cape Cod
Massachusetts (AP) — Researchers say endangered
right whales have returned
to Cape Cod Bay, marking
the start of the animals’
2016 feeding season off of
New England.
North Atlantic right
whales are among the
world’s rarest marine
mammals. They congregate in Cape Cod Bay every year to feed on zooplankton.
The Center for Coastal
Studies says an aerial survey team observed nine of
the whales in the bay on
Feb. 21. The center says
about half of the total population of 526 right whales
have been seen in the bay
every year in recent years.
The center reminds
boaters, swimmers and
light aircraft pilots that it’s
illegal to go within 1,500
feet of the whales without
a federal research permit.
On Feb. 1, 1960, four
black college students
began a sit-in protest at a
Woolworth’s lunch counter in Greensboro, North
Carolina, where they’d
been refused service.
But he reserved his sharpest
comments for Trump, calling the front-runner’s delay
“unprecedented in presidential politics.”
Every major party candidate since 1976 has released
his full tax returns at some
point during the campaign,
according to Joseph Thorndike, a tax historian and
contributing editor to Tax
Notes, an accounting trade
But while Thorndike
faulted Trump for backing
away from releasing his tax
returns, he called partial
releases such as those by
Rubio and Cruz “fake transparency.”
“If you’re going to release
your tax return, you need to
release your tax return,” he
said, calling such disclosure
a rite of passage for candidates.
The tax returns released
by the two lawmakers, combined with their previously
released personal financial
disclosures, offer an overview of their financial lives
since arriving in the Senate.
Rubio released portions
of his 2010 through 2014 returns on Saturday, adding to
10 years of tax documents he
had previously made public.
Since winning election
to office in Washington,
they show Rubio’s income
has ranged from $276,059
to $938,963, and he has
paid between $46,500 and
$254,894 in federal income
tax. Most of the income
came from a business that
collected royalties on two
books: Rubio’s memoir, “An
American Son,” and a precampaign tract, “American
In 2012, Rubio’s most lucrative year, his effective tax
rate topped out at a little
more than 31 percent. But
by 2014, the family’s income
dropped to $335,963, an
amount on which the Rubio
and his wife Jeanette paid a
24 percent tax rate. Rubio’s
earnings that year were padded by cashing out $68,241
from his retirement savings.
Cruz released portions of
his 2011 through 2014 returns. They show he and his
wife Heidi brought in an annual average of $1,131,792,
with large portions of their
income coming from Cruz’s
work in 2011 and 2012 at the
law firm Morgan, Lewis and
Bockius, and his wife’s work
at Goldman Sachs. Cruz
also reported $190,000 in
income coming from a book
advance from Harper Collins in 2014.
The returns show that
Cruz and his wife reported
more than $5.2 million in
income in those years and
paid an average effective tax
rate of 37.6 percent.
The summary returns
yield few details on either
candidate’s charitable giving, but they indicate that
the Texas senator, who has
banked on the support of
evangelicals and appealed
to voters on matters of faith,
hasn’t tithed a full 10 percent of his income.
“All of us are on a faith
journey, and I will readily
admit that I have not been
as faithful in this aspect of
my walk as I should have
been,” Cruz told the Christian Broadcasting Network
in January.
Trump’s spotty memory on Libya
Associated Press
Donald Trump is displaying a
spotty memory about his past
views on foreign policy.
Just as he claimed to have
loudly opposed the Iraq invasion before it happened, which
he didn’t, Trump claimed in
the latest Republican presidential debate that he never
called for U.S. intervention in
Libya, which he did.
Some claims made in the
Thursday’s debate and how
they stack up against the facts:
“agreed with the ObamaClinton policy of toppling the
government in Libya. That was
a disaster. It gave the country
over to radical Islamic terrorism and it endangered America.”
TRUMP: “He said I was
in favor of Libya? I never discussed that subject. I was in
favor of Libya? We would be
so much better off if Gadhafi
were in charge right now.”
THE FACTS: He actually argued on numerous occasions, and fervently so, that the
U.S. should intervene to stop a
humanitarian disaster in Libya.
He said the U.S. would have a
“major black eye” if it didn’t
take out Moammar Gadhafi,
the autocratic leader.
In a February 2011 video
captured on BuzzFeed not
long before the U.S. and
NATO stepped in, he said,
“Gadhafi in Libya is killing
thousands of people, nobody
knows how bad it is.
“And we’re sitting around,
we have soldiers all over the
Middle East, and we’re not
bringing them in to stop this
horrible carnage. And that’s
what it is. ... We should go in,
we should stop this guy, which
would be very easy and very
quick, we could do it surgically.
... This is absolutely nuts, we
don’t want to get involved.”
True to his business principles, Trump proposed sending
Libya’s successor government
a bill for the U.S. intervention:
“From your oil, we want reimbursement.”
CRUZ: “The Obama-Clinton economy has done enormous damage to the Hispanic
THE FACTS: The bursting
of the housing bubble in late
2007 is what really damaged
the Hispanic community, before Barack Obama took office.
Under Obama, Hispanics
have made strides from the
depths of the Great Recession.
Their unemployment rate is
5.9 percent. The rate is above
the national average of 4.9
percent, but it’s well below the
2009 peak of 13 percent.
Hispanics have gained 5 million jobs under Obama, a 25
percent increase since 2009.
Under George W. Bush, there
was a 21 percent growth of 3.45
million jobs.
But there is one key area
where Hispanics are struggling
to recover: Median income for
that group was $28,757 in 2014,
about $1,644 less than in 2007
after adjusting for inflation.
Cruz exaggerates when
calling it the Obama-Clinton
economy. Hillary Clinton was
his secretary of state with little
or no influence on his economic policy.
a health care law that is basically forcing companies to lay
people off, cut people’s hours,
move people to part-time. It is
not just a bad health care law, it
is a job-killing law.”
THE FACTS: The claim
that Obama’s health care law
is a job-killer is hard to square
with the fact that the economy
has added more than 13.4 million jobs since the law took
effect. The unemployment
rate has fallen to 4.9 percent
from 9.9. percent since Obama
signed the act.
Nor is there evidence that
workers are being moved en
masse to part-time hours. The
number of part-time workers
has actually fallen slightly since
the health care law was passed:
There were 27.6 million parttimers working in March 2010,
and there are 26.3 million now.
To be sure, about 6 million
of those with part-time jobs
would prefer full-time work
but have been unable to find
it. That figure has declined
steadily from 9 million since
the Great Recession ended
in June 2009, though it is still
The persistence of “involuntary” part-time employment
has led many economists to
worry that it could be a longterm problem, but they disagree on whether the health
care overhaul is the root cause
of that.
TRUMP on coarse language used by former Mexican
President Vicente Fox over
Trump’s proposal to make
Mexico pay for a fortress-like
wall along the border: “I saw
him use the word that he used.
I can only tell you, if I would
have used even half of that
word, it would have been national scandal. This guy used
a filthy, disgusting word on
television, and he should be
ashamed of himself, and he
should apologize, OK?”
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Lemur found
in backyard
now at zoo
Head-on crash on kills 1, injures 2
NORTON, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts State Police say one person was killed and two were injured in a
head-on collision on Interstate 495 in Norton.
Police say a pickup truck was heading north on the
interstate Saturday evening when it went off the road,
crossed the median and hit a car in the southbound center lane of the interstate.
Police say the car driver was killed and a passenger
was injured. The passenger was taken to a Rhode Island
hospital with life-threatening injuries.
The pickup driver, a 41-year-old man from Mashpee,
also was injured. Police say he was taken to the hospital,
and his injuries were non-life-threatening.
would likely seek the death
penalty against Hamilton,
who was held without bond
on charges including capital
murder, first-degree murder and malicious wounding pending a Monday
morning arraignment.
Guindon, a former Marine Corps reservist with a
master’s degree in forensic
science, had been sworn in
on Friday, which the department marked with a
celebratory tweet.
“We were struck by her
passion to do this job,”
Hudson said. “She couldn’t
get it out of her blood. She
clearly had a passion to
serve others in a way that
went beyond herself.”
(AP) — A lemur spotted
wandering in a backyard in
Turlock has found a temporary home at the Sacramento zoo.
Zoo officials said there is
no evidence the lemur had
escaped from a zoo or sanctuary and that leads them
to believe the ring-tailed
lemur was part of the illegal animal trade, the Sacramento Bee reported Saturday.
“Nobody in the area who
is supposed to have a lemur is missing a lemur,”
said Tonja Candelaria, a
zoo spokeswoman. “We
are assuming that someone
illegally purchased this lemur, had him at their house
and he escaped or was let
The lemur was found in
December by a Turlock resident who called authorities.
The animal’s behavior
shows he hasn’t lived with
other lemurs, more proof
that he is a product of the illegal pet trade, zoo officials
“He doesn’t understand
normal lemur social skills,”
Candelaria said.
The lemur will have to
eventually go to a place
where he can learn those
skills, she said.
“We must find a place
that knows how to help him
learn those skills so that he
can live with a troop of other lemurs,” she said.
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1 injured following plane crash
PLYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — Authorities say the pilot of a small fixed-wing plane has been seriously injured following a crash at Plymouth Municipal Airport.
The crash was reported Saturday afternoon.
The Federal Aviation Administration tells WBZ-TV
the Beechcraft Baron aircraft crashed while practicing
a landing.
Police say the plane’s pilot suffered serious but nonlife threatening injuries and was taken to the hospital
via helicopter.
The pilot was the only person on board. Police haven’t
released the pilot’s identity.
No further details were immediately available.
Green-Rainbow candidate Harvard grad
BOSTON (AP) — One of the candidates seeking the
nomination of the Green-Rainbow Party for president
has Massachusetts roots.
Jill Stein, a Lexington resident, graduated from Harvard College in 1973 and from Harvard Medical School
in 1979.
Stein was the party’s 2012 candidate for president of
the United States.
The party says all the Green-Rainbow candidates for
president support a platform of “peace, social justice
and a healthy planet.”
Voters in Massachusetts who aren’t registered with a
particular political party can still vote in Tuesday’s primary contests by requesting a Democratic, Republican
or Green-Rainbow ballot.
Among the other Green-Rainbow candidates include
Sedinam Kinamo Christin Moyowasifza Curry, a graduate of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, and William Kreml, a graduate of Northwestern
University Law School in Chicago, Illinois.
Committee honors fallen Marine
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — The U.S. Marine
from Massachusetts killed in a shooting in Chattanooga,
Tennessee, last summer is being honored this weekend
by the Springfield St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee.
Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan was posthumously selected as the annual parade’s marshal.
The committee has invited the public to attend the
free reception Sunday at the John Boyle O’Reilly Club
to honor Sullivan and his family and other award winners.
Sullivan was a Springfield native and 18-year Marine
Corps veteran who had served two tours in Iraq and
earned two Purple Hearts.
He was one of five service members killed during an
attack on military facilities in Chattanooga last July.
The gunman was killed by police.
MANHOLE WORK — Clean Basins, Inc., of North Billerica was seen working on the manhole outside of The Blind Pig on Exchange Street in Athol this
Photo by Ashley Arseneau
Slain Va. officer lauded for bravery, intelligence
(AP) — On her first day
on the job, Officer Ashley
Guindon responded to a
call that could have become
routine: a domestic disturbance in a well-kept suburban neighborhood.
But one woman had already been slain inside the
northern Virginia home
of a Pentagon worker, and
Officer Guindon would
be next. Army Sgt. Ronald
Hamilton opened fire as
she arrived at his door, killing her and wounding two
other officers, police said
Prince William County
Police Chief Stephan Hudson was stone-faced Sunday as he lauded Guindon’s
bravery, intelligence and
compassion. The chief offered no details about what
might have provoked the
gunman, who worked at the
Pentagon and, according to
neighbors, was about to be
transferred to Italy.
Hamilton, 32, and his wife
Crystal, 29, had been arguing all day Saturday, but it
escalated after she called
911, the chief said. Hamilton fatally shot his wife and
then fired at the arriving officers, killing Guindon and
seriously wounding the others before emerging from
his front door to surrender.
Officers recovered a handgun and a rifle.
The couple’s 11-year-old
son was home at the time
of the slayings and is being
cared for by relatives, Hudson said.
Guindon, 28, was pronounced dead at the hospital where officers Jesse
Hempen, 31, and David
McKeown, 33, were being
treated on Sunday. Police
did not detail their injuries.
Hudson said they face long
Attorney Paul Ebert said he
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Accused of violating fish regulations
BOSTON (AP) — The owner of one of the largest
commercial fishing businesses in the Northeast has
been accused of violating federal fishing regulations.
Sixty-four-year-old Carlos Rafael, of Dartmouth, is
charged with submitting falsified records to the federal
government and conspiracy. His bookkeeper, 60-yearold Debra Messier, is also charged.
Prosecutors say Rafael, who owns Carlos Seafood,
Inc., in New Bedford, lied to federal authorities for
years about the quantity and species of fish his boats
caught to evade federal quotas. Rafael sold the fish to a
New York City business for cash.
Federal agents posing as organized crime figures interested in Rafael’s business uncovered the scheme.
Rafael is due in court Wednesday. It’s unclear whether he has an attorney.
Messier was released on $10,000 bond. The Boston
Globe reports her lawyer wouldn’t comment.
Mother denies beating baby daughter
PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A North Adams woman has been charged with beating her infant daughter so
severely that she needed to be hospitalized.
The Berkshire Eagle reports that 20-year-old Samantha McVinney pleaded not guilty Thursday to assault
and battery on a child causing bodily injury and domestic assault and battery. Bail was set at $1,500.
McVinney was charged after emergency responders
classified her 11-month-old daughter’s injuries as “nonaccidental trauma.”
Prosecutors say McVinney called 911 to report the
girl’s injuries, which included bruises and scrapes on her
shoulder, bleeding from the nostrils and major swelling.
Police say McVinney gave “implausible explanations”
for the injuries. McVinney’s layer says her client denies
the charges.
The girl remains hospitalized at Baystate Medical
Center in Springfield and the state has taken custody.
Hiker unprepared for conditions
ORANGE, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire Fish and
Game officials say a Massachusetts man was rescued
from Mount Cardigan after injuring his leg near the
summit and suffering hypothermia due to high winds
and temperatures in the teens.
Lt James Kneeland says 31-year-old Mark Ireland
of Somerville, Massachusetts, was hiking alone and
was not prepared for winter conditions above the tree
Authorities received a 911 call at 2:20 Friday afternoon reporting the injured hiker.
Firefighters from Canaan, Enfield and Grafton,
along with members of Upper Valley Wilderness Response Team and Fish and Game officials, reached
Ireland near the summit at about 5 p.m. He was carried by litter 1.5 miles to the trailhead and transported to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center for treatment.
Officials say Ireland was lucky rescuers reached
him quickly.
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