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Thousands without power as storms move through Massachusetts
Source:  News South Of Boston
Sunday, 23 August 2020 21:58

More than 18,000 people across Massachusetts were without power at one point Sunday night after storms moved through the state.

Bruins Survive Late Push By Lightning, Win Game 1 By 3-2 Score
Source:  CBS Boston
Sunday, 23 August 2020 21:56

BOSTON (CBS) — In what may very well end up being a very long series involving the two best teams in the Eastern Conference, the Boston Bruins have drawn first blood.

The Bruins opened their second-round series with a 3-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday night, opening up a 1-0 series lead.

Charlie Coyle, David Pastrnak, and Brad Marchand scored for Boston, while Jaroslav Halak made 35 saves.

The teams were scoreless late into the first period before the Bruins struck first. Brad Marchand carefully navigated the offensive zone, carrying the puck back toward the blue line before sending a pass to Brandon Carlo at the right point. Carlo sent a shot in the direction of Charlie Coyle, who artfully tipped the puck out of mid-air and past a helpless Andrei Vasilevskiy with 68 seconds left in the first period.

The Bruins doubled that lead early in the second period, when patient work with the puck on the power play by Torey Krug and David Krejci led to a one-time blast from David Pastrnak.

And the Bruins turned it into a 3-0 lead early in the third period, when Patrice Bergeron picked the pocket of Ryan McDonagh before sending a quick pass to Pastrnak. The winger then fired a cross-crease feed to Brad Marchand, who scored from the doorstep. The possession was gained after Marchand took the puck in deep on a 1-on-3 situation to buy some time for his linemates.

The Lightning finally got on the board near the midway point of the third period, when Victor Hedman sent a soft wrist shot through traffic that found its way past Halak to cut the Boston lead to two.

The Lightning tightened it to just one goal with 74 seconds left in the game. With the goalie pulled for the extra attacker, Hedman sent yet another shot through traffic that found a way past Halak.

Tampa pulled the goalie again in the final minute, but the Bruins fended off the push to win by a final score of 3-2.

Game 2 will be played Tuesday night, the first in a back-to-back set for Games 2 and 3.

Top Trump aide Kellyanne Conway to leave White House
Source:  News -
Sunday, 23 August 2020 21:55

WASHINGTON — Kellyanne Conway, one of President Donald Trump's most influential and longest serving advisers, announced Sunday that she would be leaving the White House at the end of the month.Conway, Trump's campaign manager during the stretch run of the 2016 race, was the first woman to successfully steer a White House bid, then became a senior counselor to the president. She informed Trump of her decision in the Oval Office.Conway cited a need to spend time with her [...]

Biden says he’d shut down economy if scientists recommended
Source:  WHDH-TV - Home
Sunday, 23 August 2020 21:43

ATLANTA (AP) — Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said he would follow public health advisers’ advice if they called for a national shutdown should he take office and the coronavirus had not abated.

“I would be prepared to do whatever it takes to save lives. We cannot get the country moving until we control the virus,� Biden said in an interview broadcast Sunday night on ABC News.

Asked specifically whether he’d push to shutter economic activity if scientists said it was necessary, Biden replied: “I would shut it down.�

The former vice president’s remarks came as part of his first joint interview with vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris. The pair accepted their party’s nominations during a virtual convention last week. On Monday, Republicans begin their convention to nominate Trump and Vice President Mike Pence for a second term.

Biden and Harris, once primary rivals who sparred on the debate stage, sought during their sit-down with ABC to project a united front on policy issues from race to health care.

Harris, the first Black woman to join a major-party presidential ticket, vouched for Biden, a 77-year-old white man, when asked whether she’s privately addressed some of his missteps when discussing race. He declared in May that any Black American having trouble deciding who to support “ain’t Black,â€� a comment he walked back the same day and said again Sunday he regretted.

Harris described Biden as possessing “a deep sense of awareness and knowledge about racial disparities, inequities and systematic racism.� She added that Biden “actually knows how to say the words ‘Black Lives Matter,’� contrary to Trump, who “will never speak those words.�

The running mates downplayed their bitter debate encounter last summer, when Harris leveled deeply personal criticism against Biden over his opposition in the 1970s to federally mandated busing to desegregate public schools and for remarks he’d made about having worked amicably alongside racist senators when he first came to Washington.

Harris noted enduring racial wealth gaps in the U.S. and the disproportionate effects of COVID-19 on Black and Hispanic communities. Biden, she said, “is addressing these truths, he speaks these truths.�

Biden said, looking back, he understands how Harris, who was among the minority students bused in the 1970s, would criticize him so harshly. But he said she and others may not have known his full record on civil rights.

He said he, as a white man, cannot understand her lived experiences and that she, a 55-year-old daughter of Indian and Jamaican immigrants, can’t understand his. But, he said they “have the same value set� and are “on same exact page about what the possibilities are right now.�

They put similar framing on their primary-campaign differences on health care. Biden has consistently backed adding a “public option� to existing private insurance markets. Harris signed on to Sen. Bernie Sanders’ bill that would create a single-payer government insurance system to replace private insurance.

“I signed on to bills that were about great ideas to fix the problem,� Harris told ABC, arguing she and Biden “are completely aligned on … making sure everyone has health care.�

Biden called any differences “tactical� but said, “We both believe that health care is a right, not a privilege.�

Pressed about her record as a prosecutor, Harris tacitly acknowledged that some critics see her as part of the same criminal justice system she and Biden want to overhaul amid ongoing protests over the killings of Black Americans by police. Biden repeated that, contrary to Trump’s assertion, they do not support defunding police departments around the country.

The interview was Biden’s first extended sit-down with national journalists since Trump, who is just three years younger than Biden, mocked his Democratic rival as unable to handle such a venue. Trump has repeatedly suggested Biden is mentally unfit for the presidency. Biden smiled when asked about Trump’s characterization and said he remains eager to debate the president. Biden said he has no problem with voters questioning his fitness. “It’s a legitimate question to askâ€� about his and Trump’s ages, Biden said. “Watch me.â€�

Biden also laughed when asked about Trump’s recent statement that the only way he’d lose was if the election were rigged, and the Democratic challenger dismissed any notions that Trump wouldn’t leave the White House voluntarily if he loses.

“The American people will not let that happen,� he said. “No one’s going to allow that to happen.�

Massive Northern California wildfires rage on; 1 man dead
Source:  WHDH-TV - Home
Sunday, 23 August 2020 21:41

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — Three massive wildfires chewed through parched Northern California landscape Sunday as firefighters raced to dig breaks and make other preparations ahead of a frightening weather system packing high winds and more of the lightning that sparked the huge blazes and scores of other fires around the state, putting nearly a quarter-million people under evacuation orders and warnings.

At the CZU Lightning Complex fire in the Santa Cruz Mountains. south of San Francisco, authorities announced the discovery of the body of a 70-year-old man in a remote area called Last Chance. The man had been reported missing and police had to use a helicopter to reach the area, which is a string of about 40 off-the-grid homes at the end of a windy, steep dirt road north of the city of Santa Cruz.

The area was under an evacuation order and Santa Cruz Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Chris Clark said it was a stark reminder of the need for residents to leave the area.

“This is one of the darkest periods we’ve been in with this fire,� he said.

The fatality was the first for the CZU fire and seventh fire victim in the state in the last week that has seen 650 wildfires across California, many of them sparked by the more than 12,000 lighting strikes recorded since Aug., 15. There are 14,0000 firefighters. 2,400 engines and 95 aircraft battling the fires.

The Santa Cruz fire is one of three “complexes,� or groups of fires, burning on all sides of the San Francisco Bay Area.. All were started by lightning.

Fire crew made progress during the weekend, which saw a welcome break in the unseasonably warm weather and little wind. that allowed firefighters to increase what had been precious little containment.

But the forecast late Sunday was ominous — the National Weather Service issued a “red flag� warning through Monday afternoon for the drought-stricken area, meaning extreme fire conditions including high temperatures, low humidity, lightning and wind gusts up to 65 mph (105 kph) that “may result in dangerous and unpredictable fire behavior.�

Mark Brunton, a battalion chief for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire), said while he’s confident firefighters did the most with the time they had to prepare, he’s not sure what to expect.

“There’s a lot of potential for things to really go crazy out there,� he said.

The LNU Lightning Complex fire in wine country north of San Francisco and SCU Lightning Complex southeast of the city have within a week grown to be two of the three largest fires in state history, with both burning more than 500 square miles (1,295 square kilometers). The LNU fire has been the most deadly and destructive blaze, accounting for five deaths and 845 destroyed homes and other buildings. Three of the victims were in a home that was under an evacuation order.

Officials surveying maps at command centers are astonished by the sheer size of the fires, Cal Fire spokesman Brice Bennett said.

“You could overlay half of one of these fires and it covers the entire city of San Francisco,� Bennett said Sunday.

In Southern California, an 11-day-old blaze held steady at just under 50 square miles (106 square kilometers) near Lake Hughes in northern Los Angeles County mountains. Rough terrain, hot weather and the potential for thunderstorms with lightning strikes challenged firefighters on Sunday.

Authorities said their firefighting effort in Santa Cruz was hindered by people who refused to evacuate and those who were using the chaos to steal. Santa Cruz County Sheriff Jim Hart said 100 officers were patrolling and anyone not authorized to be in an evacuation zone would be arrested.

“What we’re hearing from the community is that there’s a lot of looting going on,” Hart said.

He and county District Attorney Jeff Rosell expressed anger at what Rosell called the “absolutely soulless” people who seek to victimize those already victimized by the fire. Among the victims was a fire commander who was robbed when he left his fire vehicle to help direct direct operations.

Someone entered the vehicle and stole personal items, including a wallet and “drained his bank account,� said Chief Mark Brunton, a battalion chief for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire).

“I can’t imagine a bigger low-life,” Hart said, promising to catch him and vowing “the DA is going to hammer him.â€�

Holly Hansen, who fled the LNU fire, was among evacuees from the community of Angwin allowed Sunday to go back to their homes for one hour to retrieve belongings. She and her three dogs waited five hours in her SUV for their turn. Among the items she took with her were photos of her pets.

“It’s horrible, I lived in Sonoma during the (2017) Tubbs Fire, so this is time No. 2 for me. It’s horrible when you have to think about what to take,” she said. “I think it’s a very raw human base emotion to have fear of fire and losing everything. It’s frightening.â€�

State’s highest court considers primary election lawsuit over mail-in ballots
Source:  WHDH-TV - Home
Sunday, 23 August 2020 21:34

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts highest court is weighing whether to grant more time to count mail ballots in the state’s Sept. 1 primary election amid concerns of U.S. Postal Service delays.

The state’s Supreme Judicial Court is slated to hear arguments Monday in a lawsuit filed by Becky Grossman.

The Democratic candidate for Congress wants to extend the deadline for counting state primary ballots by ten days so that ballots mailed by Sept. 1 have enough time to arrive at local election offices. Under current state law, mail ballots must arrive at the offices by Sept. 1 to be counted.

“Our mission is simple: Every vote postmarked by Sept. 1 should count,� Grossman said in a statement when she filed the suit earlier this week.

A spokeswoman for Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin, who is named in the lawsuit, didn’t respond to an email seeking comment Friday.

Galvin, a Democrat, has previously suggested extending primary deadlines could impact the state’s ability to send out election documents to military and overseas voters for the November election.

Monday’s hearing will take place before the full panel of judges by teleconference, and the audio will be streamed live.

Grossman, a Newton City Councilor, is among a crowded field of Democrats vying to succeed U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III, a Democrat who is challenging U.S. Sen. Ed Markey in the primary.

Police investigating after pedestrian hospitalized in hit and run in Boston
Source:  WHDH-TV - Home
Sunday, 23 August 2020 21:30

Police are investigating after a pedestrian was hospitalized following a hit and run crash in Boston Sunday, officials said.

Officers responding to reports of a crash on Mass. Ave at 8:45 p.m. found a pedestrian struck by a vehicle that had fled the seen, police said.

The pedestrian was taken to the hospital with unknown injuries. No other information was immediately available.

This is a developing news story; stay with 7NEWS on-air and online for the latest details.

‘Like a gunshot’: Storm sends tree crashing through Wakefield family room
Source:  WHDH-TV - Home
Sunday, 23 August 2020 21:22

The heavy storms that blew through Massachusetts Sunday afternoon snapped off a tree and smashed it into a Wakefield family’s home, the homeowner said.

Steve Molis said the giant tree came through the wall just moments after the family had fled to the basement.

“It was almost like a gunshot, there was this immediate crack that went through the entire house,” Molis said. “As I went up to the family room and opened the door, there was this [tree] coming right through the family room, rain pouring down like there wasn’t even a roof there.”

Molis said he was grateful no one was hurt, but he didn’t enjoy breaking the news to his family.

“I went down the basement and gave my wife the bad news that our family room was gone,” Molis said.

Tyngsboro Man Rescued After Falling 30 Feet Into Bear Hill Quarry
Source:  CBS Boston
Sunday, 23 August 2020 21:19

TYNGSBORO (CBS) — A 21-year-old Tyngsboro man was seriously injured after falling 30 feet into Bear Hill Quarry in Tyngsboro. According to police, the man was walking a trail with a group of friends when he fell off a ledge near the entrance to the quarry on Wilson Way around 12:45 a.m. Sunday.

A friend led officers to the injured man by ATV, police said.

He was unconscious and suffered severe head injuries. Police, EMS, and the fire department rendered aid before a med-flight took him to a Boston hospital.

“This was a challenging call to respond to given the difficulties posed by darkness and rough terrain, and I’m grateful for the outstanding work of our officers and all those who responded from our partner agencies,” Chief Richard Howe said. “I am also hopeful for the recovery of the man injured in this incident.”

One COVID case identified during testing at Wellesley College
Source:  News - MetroWest Daily News, Framingham, MA
Sunday, 23 August 2020 21:14

WELLESLEY — Wellesley College reports that one person in the college community has tested positive for the coronavirus.“This individual was quickly isolated, and appropriate follow-up, including contact tracing, is underway,” said college President Paula A. Johnson in a statement released Thursday.Testing at the college has yielded nearly 400 negative results, according to the statement. No details about the person who tested positive have been [...]

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