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Hostage standoff in North Reading, Massachusetts ends in tragedy

  • Posted on July 6, 2019 at 1:02 am

Thursday, December 1, 2005

In what appeared to be a hostage situation ended in tragedy this afternoon in the quiet Massachusetts town of North Reading when the body of a 72-year old man, Roaldas Baran, and his 65-year old wife, Zinaida Girdauskiene, were found dead in an apparent murder-suicide at 14 Country Club Road.

The situation began when a neighbor heard four gunshots and a woman screaming and called 9-1-1. Police arrived at the home, and encountered the 72-year old man standing over, a brief conversation was held with the man who then went back inside the house. Then a fifth shot was fired. The SWAT team of the North Eastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council was brought in to clear the house and evacuate the surrounding houses. The Massachusetts State Police was also on hand.

Martha Coakley, the District Attorney for Middlesex County reported on what was found upon the SWAT team entering the house.

“In the bedroom, lying, apparently a victim of several gunshot wounds, was a female. We know her to be approximately 65-years-old. In the kitchen on the floor, also apparently the victim of a suicide, was a male we know now to be approximately 72-years-old who was her husband.”

Emily LaGrassa, Coxley’s spokeperson said the man apparently shot the woman and turned the gun on himself. Two guns were recovered.

North Reading Police had been called to the house once before in August 2004. The North Reading police are currently investigating further.

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Rescue teams try to save London whale

  • Posted on July 6, 2019 at 1:01 am

Saturday, January 21, 2006

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Rescue teams are attempting to save the life of the whale which has been swimming in the London Thames river over the past few days. The northern bottle-nosed whale, which had gotten weaker and weaker, became beached this afternoon. Rescue teams quickly moved the whale onto an inflatable pontoon, keeping the whale in water but with its blowhole above the surface.

Experts then tried to evaluate the condition of the whale by performing ultrasound checks to see how much blubber and blood the whale has, and by taking some blood tests. The breathing rate of the whale was around four inhalations per minute.

The pontoon is currently being towed by a barge slowly downstream.

The British Divers Marine Life Rescue team lead the rescue effort. They hope to be able to release the whale in as deep water as possible, but only if it is in good enough health. If the whale is considered to be in too weak a condition to survive, it may be euthanised, experts have said.

The rescue mission is being filmed by television crews, including from helicopters, and broadcast live onto rolling news channels. Mark Stevens, a member of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue team reported on the situation live on TV using a mobile phone, direct from the scene where he was standing in the water. At one point he asked the BBC to tell their helicopter to fly higher, as the noise made the whale’s breathing rate temporarily go up.

The whale sightings have captivated the British public, with spectators lining the banks of the Thames to take photographs and try and spot the whale. However, the inital surprise at seeing the whale soon turned to concern as experts fear for the whale’s long term health. Initial plans to transfer the whale from the barge “Crossness” to a deep-sea ship have been abandoned as the condition of the whale deteriorates, but it is still hoped to release the whale in the Thames estuary.

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Helpful Hints And Dental Tips For Good Oral Health

  • Posted on July 5, 2019 at 1:32 am

Helpful Hints and Dental Tips For Good Oral Health

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DARRAN SIMMONS

Visiting a dentist can be a very nerve-wracking experience. However, there is no reason to feel nervous if you properly care for your teeth. Continue reading to learn fantastic tips that you can make part of your daily oral health routine.

Does tarter build up on your teeth quickly? If so, invest in anti-tartar toothpaste. Carefully brush the areas that are hard to reach. It\’s crucial that you make regular appointments with your dentist, so that he or she can remove it before it becomes a bigger problem.

There are alternatives to mint toothpaste if you don\’t really like the taste. A simple search of your local store will turn up a wide variety of flavor options. Find a flavor you can agree on, or ask for suggestions from the dentist.

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In order to find a quality dentist you should speak with people who you trust, such as a family member or friend. It can help you decide who you will like best if you get reports from people who have already used the dentist. They can tell you what his personality is like, what his dental practices are, and how much training he has. Go to the dentists your friends recommend to see for yourself, and also look up additional reviews on the Internet.

Monitor the position of your gum line. This is where your teeth are the most vulnerable because it\’s where your nerves start. If early cavities are not attended to, a root canal may result. Make sure you carefully observe this area, and if you notice any pain, discoloration or other changes, immediately let your dentist know.

Floss before brushing, not after. Problems tend to show up between teeth, so it is good to start there. If you have issues with regular floss, look at your drug store for the flossing tools they have. Since they are disposable, they are also hygienic.

You must floss at least once per day. Flossing properly is important. Use the floss to dislodge leftover pieces of food that have become stuck in between your teeth. Move that floss back and forth. Don\’t allow your floss to slide under your gums. Instead, keep it at your gum line. Gently remove any debris found between your teeth.

If you cannot afford dental work, you should ask your dentist if you can pay in several installments. Some dentists have their own installment plans, while others finance procedures through third parties. This will help you get the dental work you need immediately instead of saving up and prolonging the issue.

When brushing, it is better to brush from your gums down or up, depending on the teeth. This makes sure you can pull out all of the debris stuck between teeth and gums. You can scrub sideways, but you also need to scrub up and down.

It can be difficult finding information regarding dental care problems, but this article should have helped you. There are many aspects of dental care such as seeking out the right dentist and undergoing a variety of procedures. Use what you have learned here, and be more healthy.

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Singer Aretha Franklin, ‘queen of soul’, dies aged 76

  • Posted on July 3, 2019 at 1:02 am

Saturday, August 18, 2018

US soul singer Aretha Franklin died in her Detroit, Michigan home on Thursday morning, her publicist Gwendolyn Quinn stated on behalf of the family. According to the statement, the official cause of death was pancreatic cancer.

Per the statement, Franklin died at about 9:50 am local time, “surrounded by family and loved ones. In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart. We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family. The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins knew no bounds.”

Aretha Louise Franklin was born in Memphis, Tennessee on March 25, 1942. After some time in Buffalo, New York, the family settled in Detroit around 1946. Her father was a preacher, and Aretha sang solos at his church when she was 10. Her mother died that year, having left the family four years earlier. Aretha had her first son before age 13, and recorded gospel music at 14. She contracted in 1956 to JVB Records, with her father’s help, then in 1960 to Columbia Records, and in 1966 to Atlantic Records. At Atlantic she focused on soul and rhythm and blues (R&B), and was highly successful. She acquired the nickname “the Queen of Soul” in 1967. Over the next seven years she was 33 times on the R&B Top Ten list. One of her signature songs, Respect, won her the Grammy Award for best R&B performance in 1968, and she won best R&B performance every year from then through 1975. In 1987 she became the first woman in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Franklin’s musical career resurged in the 1980s. Her last number-one hit was a 1987 duet with British singer George Michael, I Knew You Were Waiting (for Me). Her last public performance was in November of last year, at an Elton John AIDS Foundation event in New York City. As of June last year, according to Billboard, she was working on an album of collaborations with others, mentioning Stevie Wonder, Elton John, and Lionel Richie.

Franklin’s career was entwined with the civil rights movement. Her father’s politics brought her in contact with Martin Luther King Jr., with whom she toured in the late 1950s. Her father was involved in organizing the 1963 Detroit Walk to Freedom with King, and when King was assassinated in 1968, she sang at his funeral. Respect, and others of her songs, became anthems for the civil rights and feminism movements. She told Vogue magazine in 2015 she didn’t record Respect for a political movement; “Not just me or the civil rights movement or women — it’s important to people. And I was asked what recording of mine I’d put in a time capsule, and it was Respect. Because people want respect — even small children, even babies. As people, we deserve respect from one another.”

She sang at Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration as President of the United States. On her death, Barack Obama tweeted, “Aretha helped define the American experience. In her voice, we could feel our history, all of it and in every shade — our power and our pain, our darkness and our light, our quest for redemption and our hard-won respect. May the Queen of Soul rest in eternal peace.”

Aretha Franklin is survived by sons Clarence, Edward, Ted, and Kecalf.

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