<![CDATA[NECN - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2018https://www.necn.com/news/top-stories http://media.necn.com/designimages/clear.gif NECN https://www.necn.comen-usWed, 21 Mar 2018 09:09:54 -0400Wed, 21 Mar 2018 09:09:54 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[4th Nor'easter Slowly Advances North, Bringing Heavy Snow]]> Wed, 21 Mar 2018 08:08:56 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Wednesday+12+PM+NBC.png

The northern edge of snow and rain is along the south coast of New England this morning after one storm missed us to the south last night and a second storm is developing off Virginia and intensifying as it passes more than one hundred miles southeast of Nantucket late tonight to the coast of Nova Scotia tomorrow night.

Snow and rain arrive at the South Coast by sunrise, and then only slowly advances into the Springfield, Hartford and Boston area by early afternoon. Most of the day should be dry for Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. There are some sunny breaks that will lower the temperature to get close to 40 degrees.

In southern New England, snow becomes heavy during the afternoon and evening, with wind from the northeast gusting past 45 mph at the shore by sunset.

With high temperatures in southern New England in the 30s, a wet snow gradually becomes drier in texture after the sun goes down.

Highest impact of the storm is overnight, with snowfall rates perhaps close to 2 inches per hour for a little while, and coastal flooding between 3 and 4 a.m. could be minor to moderate south of Boston through Cape Cod and the islands. Boston through much of central and southeastern Massachusetts along with parts of coastal Maine could see up to 10 inches of snow. New Hampshire's Seacoast and parts of Massachusetts' North Shore area could see between 6 to 9 inches of snow, while interior parts of New Hamsphire and Vermont will see between 3 to 6 inches of snow.

The storm is pretty much done early tomorrow, except for the state of Maine, where heavy snow may continue for a few hours.

It will be windy and cold with a lot of clouds and some light snow or rain possible east of the Connecticut River. High temperatures will be near 40 degrees.

Friday and the weekend features some subtle disturbances with a chance of snow showers in the mountains and rain or snow showers south, high temperatures in the 30s for the weekend with no big storms.

The early call for next week is for a warming trend temperatures back to close to 50 degrees by mid-week, and perhaps storm free for a change.

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<![CDATA[Hour by Hour Timing, Impacts, and Snowfall Totals]]> Tue, 20 Mar 2018 23:33:16 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-6344202601.jpg

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<![CDATA[3 Students Arrested Separately at Stoneman Douglas HS]]> Wed, 21 Mar 2018 09:03:32 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/180*120/majory-stoneman-walkout.jpg

Two Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students were arrested for allegedly bringing weapons to the Parkland school on Tuesday while another student faces charges over an online threat and a deputy was suspended for falling asleep on the job, according to the Broward County Sheriff's Office.

The arrests over the weapons were separate and unrelated. One student pulled out a 2-inch knife during an altercation with a female student, leading to the arrest, according to the arrest report.

The other student had a 9-inch knife in his backpack that was found after school officials were alerted to it on Tuesday by a student who saw it during a school bus ride on Monday.

A separate Stoneman Douglas student faces a misdemeanor charge for making a threat on social media.

"A Broward Sheriff's Office deputy responded to the school to investigate a tip and interviewed the 10th-grader about photos he shared on Snapchat," BSO said in a statement. "In one image, the teen displays a gun in his waistband. In a second image, he shows off bullets. The detective said both photos had threatening messages; one message was directed to a person named 'Josh.'"

The teenager was held under Florida's Baker Act and taken to a facility for a mental health evaluation.

Separately, BSO deputy Moises Carotti was suspended with pay on Tuesday after a student advised a BSO sergeant that Carotti was asleep in his patrol car near the 1200 building, the building where the Feb. 14 shooting in which 17 people died occurred, according to BSO.

The sergeant went up to Carotti's patrol car and "knocked on the window to get Carotti’s attention, who appeared to be sleeping," BSO said in a statement.

BSO said Carotti's suspension is pending an outcome of an internal affairs investigation.

Zachary Cruz, the brother of accused Parkland school tragedy gunman Nikolas Cruz, was arrested for trespassing at the school on Monday. His attorney said Tuesday that a $500,000 bond imposed on him is out of proportion to the offense.

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<![CDATA[Student to Face Judge After Threatening to Harm Staff Member]]> Wed, 21 Mar 2018 09:06:24 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/handcuffs-generic-on-black2.jpg

A Massachusetts high school student is expected to face a judge on Wednesday after allegedly threatening to harm a staff member.

Scott Arnold, 18, of East Bridgewater, was taken into custody Tuesday and charged with making a threat to commit a crime.

Police said they were notified during the day by officials at East Bridgewater Junior Senior High School that Arnold allegedly made threatening remarks that he wanted to kill a school staff member.

Following an investigation, police determined Arnold made the remarks at the school to another student. Police then obtained an arrest warrant and placed Arnold under arrest.

Arnold's home was later searched by police but it was determined he did not have access to a weapon.

In a statement, East Bridgewater Police Chief Scott Allen said threats are not taken lightly.

"Given what has been happening across the country, it is vital that students and faculty remain vigilant and as always, if you see or hear something, say something," Allen said.

Arnold was ordered held on $40 bail and is expected to be arraigned in Brockton District Court. It's unclear if he has an attorney.

<![CDATA[Tow Truck Drivers to Pay Respects to Man Killed in Crash]]> Wed, 21 Mar 2018 06:56:04 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Daniel+Coady.JPG

Hundreds of tow truck drivers are expected to pay homage to one of their own on Wednesday when he is laid to rest after a crash on Interstate 495 in Andover, Massachusetts last week.

Forty-one-year-old Daniel Coady Jr. died from injuries suffered in the March 14 crash. State police said Coady had been standing next to the left side of his truck in the breakdown lane, loading a vehicle onto his flatbed, when he was struck by an alleged drunk driver.

According to the Eagle Tribune, an estimated 300-500 truck drivers from all over New England plan to take part in Coady's funeral procession on Wednesday morning. The procession will start in the North Andover Mall parking lot.

Coady's funeral is being held at the Conte Funeral Home in North Andover at 10:30 a.m.

The driver who allegedly struck Coady, Shiina Dionne, 28, of Lawrence, was arraigned from her hospital bed at Tufts Medical Center in Boston on Friday afternoon.

A judge ordered Dionne to undergo random screenings and abstain from using drugs and alcohol, and she is not permitted to drive. A pre-trial hearing is scheduled for April 4 at Lawrence District Court.

<![CDATA[Police: Man Carjacks Woman, Crashes Vehicle Into Water]]> Wed, 21 Mar 2018 06:12:39 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Chatham+stolen+vehicle.jpg

Police are searching for a man who they say carjacked a woman in Chatham, Massachusetts early Wednesday then crashed the vehicle into a body of water.

Officers responded to Jacknife Landing, located off Orleans Road, just after 12:30 a.m. Wednesday where they found an overturned vehicle in the water.

The vehicle's owner, a 48-year-old Harwich resident who lives nearby, told police a man had approched her and forcibly removed her from the vehicle.

The man had attempted to flee but crashed. The victim told police the suspect then took off on foot.

A couple hours earlier, police were called to investigate a report of a stolen vehicle from another residence.

That vehicle was later discovered crashed and abandoned in Orleans.

Police are investigating if the two incidents are connected. They are also looking to identify the man involved in the carjacking.

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<![CDATA[Central Maine Power Under Investigation for Rising Bills]]> Tue, 20 Mar 2018 20:12:11 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Central_ME_Power_Under_Investigation_for_Rising_Bills.jpg

Maine's largest power company is under investigation after more than 1,000 customers complained to state regulators about spiking electric bills.

The Public Utilities Commission voted unanimously Tuesday morning to launch a management audit into Central Maine Power's billing practices.

"People should have trust and confidence in a bill that they receive from their utility," said PUC Chairman Mark Vannoy. "If that trust and confidence is eroded, the commission needs to be looking into it."

Hundreds of customers have contacted the PUC and taken to social media, complaining that recent electric bills are more than double what they usually pay.

Linda Flagg of Jay is one of them.

"Something is going on here, and I don't trust my billing," she said.

She said the price increase does not seem to match any change in electricity use, and suspects there is an issue with CMP's smart meter system.

"What other explanation is there?" she asked.

The power company had been pointing to severe weather. In October, a strong wind storm knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of Mainers. Then a brutally cold snap during the winter forced many homeowners to turn up their heat.

But some customers aren't buying that explanation. They are praising the PUC for launching the investigation, but wish it was happening faster.

"What have they been doing the past month?" said Flagg. "What have they been doing to protect the consumer?"

Maine's Public Adovcate, Barry Hobbins, said CMP customers disputing their bills should contact the PUC's consumer assistance division at 800-452-4699. Registering a complaint with the PUC could help prevent a customer from having his or her electricity shut off.

Hobbins said the volume of the complaints has been unprecedented.

"If it weren't for the rate-paying public's complaints, this [vote to investigate] would not have happened," said Hobbins.

"We welcome the PUC’s assistance and look forward to working together to ensure that our customers are being billed fairly and accurately," Central Maine Power President and CEO Doug Herling said in a statement. "At the same time, we are conducting our own comprehensive review of the complaints to determine what the underlying causes were for the increases. Any detected errors will be fixed and those customers will be made whole."

The PUC's management audit is expected to take several months to complete.

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<![CDATA[Missing Rockport, Mass. Woman Thought to Be in Danger]]> Tue, 20 Mar 2018 19:17:39 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Theresa+Coen.JPG

Police are looking for a missing Rockport, Massachusetts, woman they believe is in danger.

Authorities say 52-year-old Theresa Coen was last seen Monday morning. She lives on Penzance Road, but also has a home in Boston's Charlestown neighborhood.

Details were limited, but police say they believe Coen to be in danger.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Rockport Police.

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<![CDATA[Activist: Portsmouth, NH Needs Water Filters]]> Tue, 20 Mar 2018 18:09:40 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Concerns_About_Drinking_Water_in_Portsmouth_NH.jpg

When Andrea Amico found out that her seven-year-old daughter, who had attended day care at the former Pease Airforce Base, had high levels of potentially harmful chemicals in her body, she got to work.

She founded an activist group called "Testing for Pease," which is now fighting for filters in Portsmouth, New Hampshire's water system.

The chemicals found in the city's water at Pease are called polyuoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

An annual water report for Portsmouth completed in 2016 says that exposure to PFAS over certain levels may result in adverse health effects, including developmental effects to fetuses during pregnancy, low birth weight, accelerated puberty, and cancer. The chemicals can remain in the body for 7 to 9 years.

The USEPA health advisory warns of potential health problems when the chemicals are concentrated at 70 parts per trillion. The Haven well was found to have 200 parts per trillion. It was shut down in May 2014.

"My children were exposed in their very early life, and I wonder how this is going to affect them as they continue to grow and develop," Amico said.

Amico said lower levels of the PFAS were found in the remaining two wells. City Councilor Rebecca Perkins confirmed 20 parts per trillion, keeping it under the federal government's advisory level. The city's water serves Portsmouth's schools.

"There's research to show that even low levels of these chemicals can be associated with adverse health affects," said Amico.

Amico has filtered and bottled water in her home.

"I can control the water my kids are drinking at home," said Amico. "I can't necessarily control what they're drinking at school."

At Monday's Portsmouth city council meeting, Amico asked council members to install water filters in the city school's water.

"We need to identify what's really going to fix it for the long term and we need to make that infrastructure investment," Perkins said.

In the city council meeting, Brian Goetz, Deputy Director of Public Works, said that the city is currently testing filter systems.

Amico said that the mayor recommended that she take their request to the school board.

In a statement, Portsmouth Superintendent Stephen Zadravec said: "We follow the recommendations of the city's Water Division when it comes to the water coming into our schools. The link below would take you to the information on the water and all testing results. As you will see, all tests done are well below the established advisory level in the parts per trillion. At this point there is no recommendation to install filters."

However, a compromise appears on the horizon.

"Everybody's in agreement that that action that needs to happen," Perkins said. "I think we're all just trying to figure out when and what method is best."

Amico said she's hopeful, but the long term health of her family is her top priority. "I don't ever think I'm going to stop worrying about how this could impact them."

<![CDATA[Hovercraft Deployed More Often as Nature of Storms Evolve]]> Tue, 20 Mar 2018 18:41:06 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Carver_Fire_Department_Uses_Hovercraft_for_Rescues.jpg

On a much colder day than this one, firefighters from Carver, Massachusetts, pic and crawl their way across the ice.

They're rushing to rescue a woman who has fallen through. It's a training exercise on Sampson's Pond in Carver. And the fire department has launched its secret weapon. At first glance, it looks like a boat, but it's actually a hovercraft.

It glides on a pocket of air just above the ground. With little set-up, it can get to victims quickly, avoiding what firefighters say can be a terrifying time for victims -- waiting and watching as rescuers make the laborious journey on their bellies, panic setting in.

"By the time you get to that person, they're going to try and attack you and do whatever they can," said firefighter Austin White. "With this, we can kind of control the environment."

According to state data, firefighters average about 45 ice rescues a season -- people and pets plucked from frigid waters.

"It's just an incredible feeling, I can't explain it to you," said Deputy Fire Chief Eric Germaine.

But as the nature of storms evolve here in New England and across the country, the hovercraft is proving to be an ace in the hole.

"It can go over anything," White explained. "It can go over broken ice, water, mud, land."

It doesn't have to stop for each change in terrain. There is no propeller to get caught on rocks or chunks of ice and firefighters don’t need to drag trapped people through water or carry them on their backs.

"You can just fly this up to their door, pick them up, get them in, fly them to safety," said White.

We saw them used during Hurricane Harvey and hovering over the mudslides in California, where a swift current of earth could have overpowered a boat.

"You don't have much time. I can't even imagine it," said White.

Of course, they hope they won't need the hovercraft, but are ready if they do.

"From the time we pull up on scene, we have firefighters with that victim, saving a life," Germaine said.

The state doesn't track the number of hovercraft departments have. Carver got theirs in 1992 and refurbished it a few years ago for $23,000.

<![CDATA[Report: Patriots Re-Sign Matthew Slater]]> Tue, 20 Mar 2018 22:02:00 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/AP_19766016960.jpg

The Patriots will have a new look next season, but their special teams will reportedly continue to be led by a proven veteran.

Coming off his seventh consecutive Pro Bowl season, special teams captain Matthew Slater has agreed to a two-year deal with the Patriots, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss.

ESPN reports that Slater, 32, visited the Pittsburgh Steelers last week.

A year ago, Slater won the Bart Starr Award, which recognizes character and leadership both on the field and off it.

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<![CDATA[No Cease-Fire Until Hamas Tunnels Destroyed: Israel]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 09:10:09 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/452960422.jpg Israel will not consider any truce until it has finished downing the network of tunnels in the Gaza Strip, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a televised statement Thursday, NBC News reported. One of the goals of Israel’s three-week offensive has been to dismantle the tunnels that are vital to Hamas and which Jerusalem says threatens Israeli civilians. Earlier, Israel’s military announced it was calling up another 16,000 reserves, allowing them to substantially widen their offensive that has led to the deaths of 1,360 Palestinians.
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<![CDATA[Illinois Gov. Primaries Set Stage for Battle of the Billionaires]]> Wed, 21 Mar 2018 01:18:50 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/rauner+pritzker+victory+speech.png

The stage is set for the already-expensive race for Illinois governor to become the costliest gubernatorial election in U.S. history. 

J.B. Pritzker won the Democratic primary Tuesday while incumbent Gov. Bruce Rauner survived a challenge from the right to hold on to the Republican nomination. Both are billionaires who have dug deeply into their own pockets for their respective campaigns, to the tune of a combined $120 million this cycle alone. 

A venture capitalist and heir to the Hyatt fortune, Pritzker is the fifth-richest person in Illinois, according to Forbes, which estimated his net worth to be around $3.5 billion.

Pritzker’s immense personal fortune allowed him to entirely self-fund his campaign, pouring more than $69.5 million into his committee in the months leading up to the primary Election Day.

That cash bought Pritzker a massive field operation and, perhaps most significantly, hours of advertising airtime, inundating television airwaves to tout his endorsements and vowing to “stand up” to President Donald Trump and Rauner, a message that lifted him to primary victory over five other candidates, including businessman Chris Kennedy and State Sen. Daniel Biss. 

Rauner, who spent a record-breaking $65 million on his entire 2014 campaign and reloaded his committee with another $50 million in December 2016, defeated conservative challenger state Rep. Jeanne Ives in the GOP primary Tuesday.

Rauner bought plenty of airtime as well, running ads even before he announced his re-election campaign, then pivoting to attack Pritzker well ahead of primary election voting. 

Now, with the primary behind them, two of Illinois’ wealthiest businessmen-turned-politicians can turn their full attention to one another.

With seemingly endless wealth at their disposal, the gloves will certainly come off in the battle of the billionaires, which may very well surpass the most expensive gubernatiorial race in the nation's history - California’s roughly $280 million campaign in 2010.

<![CDATA[WhatsApp Co-Founder: Time to Delete Facebook]]> Tue, 20 Mar 2018 21:50:29 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/AP_17069609994890.jpg

Amid the turmoil of the Cambridge Analytica data scandal, WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton on Tuesday told his Twitter followers to delete Facebook, CNBC reported.

"It is time. #deletefacebook," he tweeted.

Facebook acquired WhatsApp for $19 billion in 2014. Acton remained with the company for several years before quitting to start the Signal Foundation earlier this year. His WhatsApp co-founder, Jan Koum, still leads the company and sits on Facebook's board.

Facebook has come under fire this week after reports emerged that political data analytics company Cambridge Analytica accessed thedata of over 50 million users of the social media network without their permission.

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<![CDATA[Latest Timeline, Expectations for This Week's Nor'easter]]> Tue, 20 Mar 2018 10:28:44 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/199*120/GettyImages-1611327113.jpg

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<![CDATA[Cops Know Risks of Firing Guns in Schools: Official]]> Wed, 21 Mar 2018 07:54:18 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/161*120/GettyImages-935020350.jpg

Being an armed officer in a school is a difficult job that requires being ready to kill a student, an official from a national organization for school-based law enforcement officers said Tuesday.

Mac Hardy, interviewed hours after a teenage gunman shot a girl in a Maryland school before dying following a confrontation with a school resource officer, said an officer might have to fire on someone he or she knows through encounters at the school.

“You have to do it with the intention to save lives, and sometimes that’s by taking a life,” said Hardy, director of operations of the National Association of School Resource Officers.

In the latest school shooting, a teenager armed with a handgun shot and critically wounded a girl inside Great Mills High School. A school resource officer, Deputy Blaine Gaskill of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office, confronted the gunman in less than a minute and shot at him.

The suspect, identified as 17-year-old Austin Rollins, was killed though authorities did not provide details. A 14-year-old boy was wounded but it was unclear how.

Rollins and the girl had a prior relationship but authorities did not say whether that was the motive.

St. Mary’s County Public Schools Superintendent James Scott Smith said the school resource officer did his job exactly the right way, but “we still have tragic loss of life, we still have somebody in critical condition.”

Gaskill, a deputy for about six years who has SWAT training, has been assigned to that school as its sole officer since August.

“This is a tough guy,” Gov. Larry Hogan said. “While it’s still tragic, he may have saved other people’s lives.”

Hardy’s group recommends against arming teachers as President Donald Trump proposed following last month’s shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where 17 people were killed by a former student.

Many experts in gun violence and school safety immediately called the idea a bad one. Hardy said teachers should be allowed to teach without having to take on the responsibility of carrying a weapon and possibly having to kill a student.

The National Association of School Resource Officers, based in Hoover, Alabama, notes that law enforcement officers practice frequently under simulated high-stress conditions. Firing in a school is extremely risky, with the chance that innocent students or staff could be wounded or killed. Officers firing at a range have an accuracy of about 75 percent with a handgun, while in a real shooting, that drops to 17 percent, Hardy said.

“I can’t just fire randomly,” he said. “I’ve got to know what’s behind my target. What’s this round going to do if I miss? Who is it going to strike?”

“I have to live with that if an innocent student is struck by my round,” he said.

However, because some states already permit teachers to carry arms, the group also offers recommendations for arming teachers, from requiring psychological testing to ensure they are capable to providing instructions on storing their firearms and keeping control of them during a fight. Armed teachers should always take a defensive not offensive posture, he said.

The group trains school resource officers and though there is no formal count, it estimated for a National Public Radio interview earlier this month that there were between 14,000 and 20,000 officers in about 30 percent of the country’s schools. 

About 300 officers were assigned to schools in Maryland as of last year, according to the Maryland Association of School Resource Officers. 

Hardy, who retired last year after 18 years in the schools in Hoover, describes the job as being a combination of law enforcement officer, informal counselor and classroom guest speaker. The goal is to break down barriers between law enforcement and students, and build relationships so that students can feel free to share problems or concerns. School resource officers have to like kids, and have empathy towards those who are struggling and for whom school is a safe place, Hardy said.

“We can’t even imagine sometimes what these kids are going through when they leave the school,” he said.

He recalled the shocked parents of a student who had posted a photo of what appeared to be a real gun on social media. It turned out to be an airsoft gun, a realistic replica used in sports, but the parents were at first disbelieving, he said. In another case, a student had made threats to kill other students but lacked an access to guns, he said.

After the massacre at Columbine High School in 1999, law enforcement officers changed tactics for confronting an active shooter. Previously they would set up a secure perimeter and move methodically, while now they try to stop the shooter as quickly as possible.

Since the Columbine shooting, the number of school resource officers has increased, though not every organization supports the expansion. There is no evidence that their presence means safer schools, Marc Schindler, the head of the Justice Policy Institute, told NPR’s “All Things Considered” on March 8. He said that research shows that it also results in higher rates of suspensions, expulsions and arrests, especially for students of color.

“In fact, the data really shows otherwise — that this is largely a failed approach in devoting a significant amount of resources but not getting the outcome in school safety that we are all looking for,” he told NPR.

While the deputy in Tuesday’s shooting is being praised for his quick response, the school resource officer in Parkland is accused of staying outside the building where the shooting was taking place. Broward Sheriff’s Office Deputy Scot Peterson did recommend that the shooter, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, be committed involuntarily for a mental evaluation, but there is no evidence that he was, according to The Associated Press. Peterson has since resigned.

Since the Parkland shooting, the survivors have been taking on the National Rifle Association and are demanding changes from politicians, with some unprecedented success. They are planning marches in Washington, D.C., and across the country on Saturday to demand that their lives become a priority and mass shootings are ended. They are calling them March for Our Lives.

In Maryland on Tuesday, Sheriff Tim Cameron told NBC Washington that despite the fast response of the school resource officer, two students were still shot.

“You train to respond to this and you hope that you never ever have to,” he said. “This is the realization of your worst nightmare — that, in a school, that our children could be attacked. And so as quickly … as that (school resource officer) responded and engaged, there’s grievous injuries to two students.”

This story contains material from the Associated Press.

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<![CDATA[Mass. Prepares for 4th March Nor'easter]]> Tue, 20 Mar 2018 23:39:17 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Snow+School+032018.JPG

With another snowstorm looming, public officials in Massachusetts are preparing for another round of snow and possible flooding, while school systems work to manage a depleting number of available make-up days.

Up to 10 inches of snow could fall in parts of New England, including Boston. Coastal flood watches have been issued, with wind gusts over 50 mph expected in some areas.

Three other nor'easters in the month of March have broken the seawall in Duxbury, compromising the foundations of coastal homes. Residents are hoping another won't cause heavy damage to the area.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh announced Monday evening that all after-school activities would be cancelled Tuesday.

"Today may be the first day of spring, but the city is still prepared to keep our streets, residents, and students safe during this snowstorm," Walsh said. "I ask residents to once again help us by checking on their neighbors, clearing the sidewalks and pedestrian ramps around their property, and staying off the roads."

Some school systems concerned about running out of time to make up snow days before July 1 have gotten creative.

"About two years ago, the state came out with this option called 'Alternative Structured Day Program,' which would allow us to do what people know as 'Blizzard Bags,'" Melrose Public Schools Superintendent Cyndy Taymore said.

The blizzard bags aren't really bags at all. They're mostly online or worksheet assignments that aim to give students high-quality, structured learning opportunities that are completed at home on a snow day.

"Our staff are available during the day to answer questions, to provide help," said Taymore.

Several districts are now testing out blizzard bags as part of a pilot program - but there are guidelines.

"One of the conditions being we can't do it two days in a row," Taymore said.

The districts are constantly reviewing feedback about the program from parents, students and staff to improve it.

"Assignments are supposed to be written in a way that they're not busywork, that they are directly connected to what is happening in the classroom," Taymore said.

Burlington was the first district to pilot the program in the very snowy 2014-2015 school year, and parents' reaction was mixed.

"I thought it was a lot of work for the amount of days that it covered," parent Dina Accardi said.

"I think that it's a better idea than making up school days," parent Sabrina Marin said. "They're not doing anything at home, so they might as well be doing some school work."

The state requires 900 hours for elementary school students and 990 hours for secondary school students over 180 days.

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<![CDATA[Student Witnessed Shooting at Md. High School]]> Tue, 20 Mar 2018 16:04:48 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/DIT+NAT+MARYLAND+SCHOOL+SHOOTING++THUMB.jpg

Student Terrence Rhames, 18, witnessed the shooting at Great Mills High School in Maryland as he waited for his first class to start Tuesday morning.

<![CDATA[Cambridge Analytica Suspends CEO Pending Probe]]> Tue, 20 Mar 2018 16:12:37 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-607814904.jpg

The chief executive of Cambridge Analytica claimed his company ran all the digital operations for the Trump campaign and used a secret email system where messages self-destruct, according to a new report from NBC News' U.K. partner ITN Channel 4 News.

The new article and video were posted Tuesday afternoon. The CEO, Alexander Nix, was suspended with immediate effect, the company said.

In the video posted by Channel 4, Nix is heard saying the company did much of the work behind Trump's campaign, which resulted in a shocking upset victory over Hillary Clinton in November 2016.  Nix also ripped into House Intelligence Committee members who interviewed him as part of their investigation into Russian election meddling, and talked about using "proxy organizations" to "put information into the bloodstream to the internet." 

Cambridge Analytica said in a statement that it was not under investigation and "there is no suggestion of any wrongdoing by the company."

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<![CDATA[Ex-Model Sues to Break Silence on Alleged Trump Affair]]> Tue, 20 Mar 2018 15:29:30 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/trumpplayboy.jpg

Former Playboy model Karen McDougal filed a lawsuit Tuesday to be released from a 2016 legal agreement prohibiting her from discussing an alleged affair with President Donald Trump, NBC News confirmed Tuesday.

The lawsuit was first reported by The New York Times.  

McDougal filed suit against American Media Inc, the company that owns The National Enquirer. According to the New York Times, McDougal was paid $150,000 by the company, whose chief executive is a friend of Trump's, and required to remain silent.

"AMI lied to me, made empty promises, and repeatedly intimidated and manipulated me," McDougal said in a statement. "I just want the opportunity to set the record straight and move on with my life, free from this company, its executives, and its lawyers."

McDougal is the second woman to step forward, along with porn star Stormy Daniels, alleging an intimate relationship with Trump.

Also on Tuesday, NBC News confirmed Daniels had taken a polygraph in 2011 supporting her assertion of an affair with Trump. The polygraph showed Daniels was being truthful when she said she had unprotected sex with Trump around July 2006. She took the polygraph at the request of InTouch magazine, which interviewed her in 2011 but didn't publish the content until this year.  

Polygraph results are not generally admissible in court.

Trump spokespeople have denied that he had a sexual relationship with Daniels, whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford.

McDougal and Daniels are both arguing their agreements are invalid.

Meanwhile, a Manhattan Supreme Court judge ruled Tuesday that a defamation lawsuit filed by former "Apprentice" contestant Summer Zervos, can go forward. In 2016, Zervos accused Trump of groping and pressing his groin against her during a 2006 encounter. Trump later suggested she fabricated the incident.

“In Clinton v Jones the United States Supreme Court held that a sitting president is not immune from being sued in federal court for unofficial acts,” Justice Jennifer Schecter wrote in a ruling released Tuesday, citing the sexual harassment suit that led to the 1998 impeachment of then-President Bill Clinton for lying under oath about his affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

“It left open the question of whether concerns of federalism and comity compel a different conclusion for suits brought in state court. Because they do not, defendant’s motion to dismiss this case or hold it in abeyance is denied,”  Schecter ruled.

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<![CDATA[Parkland Survivor Vows to Use 'White Privilege' to Spotlight Gun Violence]]> Tue, 20 Mar 2018 14:17:15 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-931955490.jpg

A survivor of last month's shooting at a Florida high school that left 17 people dead said he and fellow students must use their "white privilege" to offset the racial disparity in the way news media covers gun violence.

Speaking during a Twitter Q&A livestream Monday with fellow Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students, senior David Hogg said Parkland shooting survivors must use their platform to make sure the stories of other students across the country who experience gun violence are also heard.

"There is a lot of racial disparity in the way that this is covered. If this happened in a place of a lower socio-economic status or a place like a black community, no matter how well those people spoke, I don't think the media would cover it the same," Hogg said. "We have to use our white privilege now to make sure that all of the voices — all of the people that have died as a result of this and haven't been covered the same can now be heard. It's sad, but it's true.”

Hogg called the disparity in news coverage the "greatest obstacle" the #NeverAgain movement faces. 

Fellow student-turned-activist Cameron Kasky said Stoneman Douglas received widespread coverage because "we are an affluent community," and acknowledged the disproportionate effect gun violence has on people of color as well as those living in poorer communities.

"Despite what happened at [Stoneman Douglas], I still walk to school some days and I don't have to worry about that kind of thing, and there are communities that do," Kasky, 17, said. "So we feel responsible to properly represent our friends in these other communities."

He continued, "We are all bound by the same awful thing and we have all stared down the barrel of these guns and we have to represent those [people] that, unfortunately, were ignored." 

Fellow students Emma Gonzalez, Alex Wind, Jaclyn Corin and Ryan Deitsch also joined Kasky and Hogg in the livestream event.

The remarks come just two days after other Parkland students visited Chicago Public School students to brainstorm ideas for the March for Our Lives demonstration that will be held in the Windy City on March 24. 

The Chicago Sun Times reported that at a press conference following the meeting, students highlighted the high rate of gun violence in the city, where more than 2,700 shootings took place in 2016. 

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<![CDATA[Woman Charged in Fatal Crash Involving Boy Pleads Not Guilty]]> Tue, 20 Mar 2018 18:25:33 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Woman_Charged_in_Deadly_Crash_Pleads_Not_Guilty.jpg

A Massachusetts woman charged in connection with a crash that claimed the life of a 6-year-old boy in Westwood last November pled not guilty on Tuesday.

Anne Marie McInnis, 20, of Westwood, was charged with motor vehicle homicide by negligent operation, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon causing serious bodily injury, negligent operation, a marked lanes violation, and failure to yield.

According to the Norfolk Country District Attorney's office, Tuesday's appearance in Dedham District Court was a summons arraignment so no bail was set.

Neighbors said McInnis told them solar glare prevented her from seeing Eddie Thompson and his father Rob near the intersection of Pond Street and Lakeshore Drive on Nov. 19.

Eddie died from his injuries two days after the crash. His father was seriously hurt but survived.

McInnis will appear at a pretrial conference on May 22.