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2 hurt after fire breaks out on 20th floor of Boston high-rise

BOSTON -- A fire at a high-rise in Boston closed down the ramps to I-93 in both directions, along with multiple streets in the area Friday. Drivers were asked to avoid Congress Street around 11 a.m. as firefighters worked to put out a fire on the 20th floor of a building.  The 43-story building at One Congress is under construction, forcing firefighters to enter from the third floor. About 300-400 workers were in the building when the fire broke out, according to Deputy Chief James Green. All construction workers are accounted for. Two workers did need to be evaluated by...
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Twice-deported Local Dominican national sentenced to prison after 9 million lethal doses of fentanyl, 20 kilos of cocaine, and 1 kilo of heroin seized

PROVIDENCE – A twice-deported Dominican national who led a drug-trafficking organization that imported millions of doses of Mexican-sourced cocaine and fentanyl was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Providence to fifteen years in federal prison, announced United States Attorney Zachary A. Cunha. Eighteen kilos of fentanyl, enough to...

Fire in Boston High-Rise Sends Smoke Over City

A fire was burning at a skyscraper in down Boston Friday morning. Smoke poured from a building at 1 Congress Street in Government Center. The fire took place on the 20th floor of the 23-story building, still under construction, according to Boston fire officials. It was a significant fire that affected the 300 or 400 workers inside at the time.

3 players with Rhode Island ties landed with NBA teams. Here's who went where

No local players were selected in this year’s edition of the NBA Draft, but Thursday night still brought good news to a fortunate few with area ties. Portsmouth native Cole Swider agreed to a two-way contract with the Los Angeles Lakers and Providence College wing Justin Minaya accepted a Summer League invitation from the Charlotte Hornets. The Athletic and the New York Daily News, respectively, were first to report those two developments.

Bear euthanized after being removed from I-495 median following car crash

MIDDLEBORO – Police moved an injured bear from the median of Interstate 495 in Middleboro early Thursday afternoon after the animal was hit by a car.  The bear will be euthanized after a medical evaluation conducted by wildlife experts determined it sustained significant injuries and couldn't be relocated. Massachusetts State Police and Environmental Police were in the area for more than an hour monitoring the bear's movements in the woods between the north and southbound lanes of 495 near Route 24 in Middleboro.SkyEye video captured the bear attempting to hobble out of the woods before police arrived. The bear was struggling with an apparent injury to its back leg.  After briefly moving toward the highway, the bear limped back into the woods.Troopers shut down traffic in both directions periodically while trying to get the bear to come out.Around 12:30 p.m., Environmental Police were able to sedate the bear, load it into the back of a pickup truck and drive it away safely.

Former Mass. firefighter pleads guilty to distributing drugs to on-duty coworkers

MALDEN, Mass. — A former Malden firefighter pleaded guilty to dealing pills, including inside his Malden Fire Department station, for several years. Joshua Eisnor, 43, of North Reading, pleaded guilty in federal court in Boston Thursday to one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances. He was charged with the crime on May 26 and is scheduled for sentencing on Oct. 11.

To Do List: Greasy pole contest returns to Gloucester

BOSTON - On the last weekend of June, a local tradition returns to a North Shore town, a free art show takes place in Waltham, a film festival begins in Roxbury, and picnic nights start to be held in Lincoln.It's all part of this weekend's To Do List.ST. PETER'S DAY FIESTAA beloved Gloucester tradition returns for the first time since 2019, with events taking place throughout the weekend.On the schedule during the five-day St. Peter's Fiesta: parades, boat races, and the blessing of the fleet. But for many people, the highlight is the greasy pole contest with brave competitors attempting...

Newest Omicron subvariants infecting people who should have immunity

BOSTON -- It's no surprise there has been a surge in COVID cases among people who should have immunity and now local researchers have discovered at least one reason why -- a rapidly mutating Omicron variant.Researchers at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston have found that the newest Omicron subvariants may be able to escape antibody responses, not only from people who have had COVID-19 before, but also from those who are fully vaccinated and boosted. The new subvariants BA.4 and BA.5 are estimated to have caused about a third of new infections in the U.S. last week and that number is growing. This explains why so many people have contracted COVID over recent weeks despite having either had the infection before or being fully immunized.That said, the vaccines still provide significant protection against severe disease, and vaccine makers are working on newly formulated shots that can provide stronger protection against these strains. Moderna says their updated vaccine elicits a "potent" immune response against BA.4 and BA.5 and hopes to obtain FDA authorization later this summer.