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2012: Best Burger: Frates


(NECN: Greg Wayland, Taunton, Mass.) - A popular New England restaurant is known for its classic, old roadside style flavor- and it's beefed up the old American hamburger.

Frates in Taunton, Mass. has been named the winner of the "Baby, You're the Best" competition for best burger in New England.

NECN Reporter Greg Wayland went to check it out for himself.

"We have been doing burgers since we've been opened," Owner Dennis Desilva said.

This year, Desilva decided to do gourmet burgers.

"Well, we have a special blend in our burger. we buy our meet from plymouth beef out of New York," Desilva said.

Frates delivers its special sauces, peppers, Wisconsin chees, grilled rolls - the works - and a trio of "bring back the 50s" burgers, the Doowop, La Bamba, and the Big Bopper.

It even features a fiber-glass Elvis in a '57 Chevy.

The Whimpy Burger is named after the cartoon character.

The Whimpy holds two patties, onion rings, and red pepper relish.

"They're all consisting of at least two patties. you can go into three, four or five patties if you wanted to."

Greg Wayland ordered the Charlie Burger on a hoagie roll - named for Dennis' old boss - with ham, grilled peppers, lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise, pickles, mustard, and Dennis' secret sauce.

"I can't tell you the recipe for it because everybody's going to want to do it," he said.
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Man killed by commuter train in Lynn, Mass.



LYNN, Mass. (AP) - Authorities say a man walking along the railroad tracks in Lynn has been struck and killed by a commuter train.
   
An MBTA spokesman says the trespassing man was struck at about 6 a.m. Monday on the Rockport/Newburyport line by an inbound train about a quarter mile after the Lynn station.
   
The man's name has not been made public.
   
The death has caused significant delays on the line with some passengers had to be bused between Salem and Lynn. Busing has since ended.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


Teen arrested after wild police chase in Boston


(NECN) - A Westwood, Mass. teen is behind bars, after he allegedly led state police on a wild chase.

Troopers say they tried to pull over David Pare, 19, around 9:30 p.m. Sunday in South Boston, after receiving a report that the teen was driving a stolen car.

Police say Pare sped off, leading police along Route 93 to Route 128 and allegedly damaged one cruiser in the process.

Eventually, troopers were able to deflate Pare's tires and he was arrested.

No one was hurt in the incident.

Pare faces charges related to the stolen car.

Honoring Johnny Pesky


(NECN: Justin Michaels) - It's just a foul pole in most ballparks, but at Fenway, it's Pesky's Pole -- a 2006 tribute to left-handed batter Johnny Pesky, who drove many home runs just inside the pole for the Red Sox.

But it's just one way the late Pesky has been immortalized after his death last Monday at the age of 92.

"He was a great ambassador to the game and a great role model for all of us," said Joel Abramson.

Pesky was involved with the team for six decades -- as a player, a coach, a manager, a broadcaster, and even part of the executive team.

“Just a gentleman, a real nice guy," remembered Barbara Knowles. "Reminded me of my dad a lot.”

"Great guy. Never ever saw him upset," said Jim O'Keefe. "Always, he had a great sense of humor.”

Another lasting tribute to Pesky came in 1995 when he was among the first class of inductees into the Red Sox Hall of Fame.

Monday, as Pesky is laid to rest in Swampscott, Mass., many will remember all he was for the Red Sox.

"It’s sad but all the greats have to go sometime,” said Bobby Tyler.

"The mold was broken when was born," said John Hoffman. "He was absolutely the best.”

Welcome home party held for Olympic gold medalist Kayla Harrison


(NECN) - Just days after winning America's first ever gold medal in judo, Massachusetts' own Kayla Harrison is getting a hero's welcome.

Harrison attended a welcome home party at the Empire Asian Restaurant and Lounge in Boston Sunday night. It was an opportunity for the community to celebrate her huge achievement. Harrison says she's been overwhelmed by the outpouring of love from family, friends, and fans.

"I keep saying that it hasn't sunk in yet and I don't know if it's ever going to sink in. You hope and hope and work and work, but to be the first Olympic champion is huge. I don't think I realize how huge it is," says Harrison.

Harrison says she hopes to use her gold medal to raise awareness about the sport of judo and that she is not ruling out a return to the Olympics in 2016.

Dozens turn out for peace rally in Boston


(NECN) - Dozens of people turned out Sunday afternoon for a peace rally in Boston's Dorchester neighborhood to remember three women killed one week ago.

Kirsten Lartey, Sharrice Perkins, and Marie Philip were shot as they sat in a car last Sunday night on Harlem Street. A fourth woman was wounded, but survived.

Police believe the murders are gang-related. A $2,000 reward has been offered in the case.

Rescuers try to save stranded dolphins off Cape Cod


(NECN) - Rescuers are trying to save four dolphins that stranded themselves off Cape Cod.

The dolphins were found in Wellfleet Sunday morning in an area where the harbor meets the Herring River.

On Friday, rescuers battled to save eight common dolphins that came ashore in Eastham, Mass. One was found dead and at least six were released Friday evening.

Those dolphins may have been part of a group of 14 dolphins that boaters and kayakers were able to herd back out into the deeper waters when they strayed too close to shore Friday.

Triathlon athlete who died in Burlington, Vt. identified


BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - An athlete who died after suffering medical distress during the swimming portion of the USA Triathlon in Vermont has been identified as a Massachusetts man.
 
Burlington police say 53-year-old Richard Angelo of Beverly, Mass., was pulled from Lake Champlain and taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
 
More than 2,300 athletes participated in Saturday's event, which was held in Burlington for the second consecutive year. Race organizers said all participants had to qualify to compete in the Olympic-Distance race, which includes a 1.5-kilometer swim, 40-kilometer bike ride and 10-kilometer run.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
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Fans say goodbye to Red Sox legend Johnny Pesky


(NECN: Julie Loncich, Lynn, Mass.) - Red Sox fans are remembering a legend. Special visiting hours were held Sunday for Johnny Pesky at the Solimine Funeral Home so fans could say goodbye.

Pesky spent more than 60 years with the team and will always hold a special place in the hearts of Red Sox nation.

Throughout the afternoon, people from across the state stopped to pay their respects. Some people knew Johnny Pesky well while others didn't know him at all, but almost all say they have some sort of memory of the legend.

In his 92 years, Johnny Pesky left an indelible mark. Those who knew him best say not only did he have a passion for baseball, but for people.

Pesky's funeral will be held Monday in Swampscott, Mass.

NECN's Julie Loncich has the complete story.

Public welcome to attend Johnny Pesky's wake


(NECN) - A wake was scheduled to be held to honor the late Red Sox Legend Johnny Pesky.

Calling hours were set for Sunday, Aug. 19 between the hours of 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Solimine Funeral Home in Lynn, Mass.

The public was invited to attend the wake.

The funeral and burial was expected to be private.

Pesky spent most of his 60-plus years in baseball with the Boston Red Sox.

He died on Monday at the age of 92.
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