BOSTON (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a corporate espionage lawsuit filed by National Fish & Seafood against a former employee and her new company after the sides announced an...
School board in Virginia may end transgender bathroom ban
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — For nearly four years, Gavin Grimm has been suing his former school district after it banned him from using the boys bathrooms in high school.
Along the way, he's became a national face for transgender rights. His case almost went to the U.S. Supreme Court. He graduated and moved to California but kept fighting.
Man who dumped tuna in woods pleads guilty, gets probation
PEABODY, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man authorities say caught a tuna out of season and then dumped the headless, 400-pound carcass in the woods has been placed on probation after pleading guilty to related charges.
Deep cut for fishermen of herring amid population loss
GLOUCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Fishermen of an important species of lobster bait will have to contend with a deep cut in quota this year due to concerns about the fish's population.
Atlantic herring are the source of a major fishery on the East Coast. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced on Thursday that it's cutting this year's herring quota from nearly 110 million pounds to about 33 million pounds.
NOAA official: Agency behind on East Coast due to shutdown
GLOUCESTER, Mass. (AP) — The administrator of a federal fisheries office says the government is behind schedule on actions related to oceans management because of the long shutdown.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is charged with regulating fishing and marine issues for the U.S. government. Michael Pentony, the administrator of its Greater Atlantic Region Fisheries Office, says Monday the office is "behind schedule on many, many critically important actions."
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Bill seeks to ease restrictions on state’s lobster industry
BOSTON (AP) — Supporters of a bill to ease restrictions on lobster processing in Massachusetts say passage would help consumers and the industry.
Sen. Bruce Tarr, a Gloucester Republican, says the legislation he has filed for the 2019-2020 session would allow seafood businesses in Massachusetts to process and sell in-shell lobster parts.
Massachusetts currently allows only for the production and sale of live and cooked lobsters and canned lobster meat.
Massachusetts man sentence for assaulting 2 teen girls
SALEM, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man who sexually assaulted two teenage girls he lured to his home has been sentenced to up to five years in prison.
Richard Reardon, of Gloucester, was sentenced Tuesday following his unexpected guilty pleas to counts of attempted rape and indecent assault last month.
Polar plunge raises $25K for man who inspired ALS fundraiser
GLOUCESTER, Mass. (AP) — About 100 people took an icy plunge into the ocean over the weekend to raise about $25,000 for the Massachusetts man who helped inspire the ice bucket challenge.
The Gloucester Daily Times reports that people gathered in costumes and bathing suits at Good Harbor Beach in Gloucester on Saturday for the seventh annual Plunge for Pete.
Former camp counselor faces possible indictment for assault
GLOUCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A former counselor at a Massachusetts camp for children charged with indecent assault of a camper now faces possible indictment.
Microbreweries find success in Cape Ann area
GLOUCESTER, Mass. (AP) — When Jeremy Goldberg and his partner opened Cape Ann Brewing Co. in Gloucester in 2004, it was the only microbrewery on Cape Ann, and one of a few in the region.
The current taphouse, located on Rogers Street in what was an appliance store, was a $1 million investment in 2008 that allowed Cape Ann Brewing to expand its brewing and pub. The pub looks out on the harbor, and seats 150.
Weekend storm could bring damaging winds, heavy rain
BOSTON (AP) — Forecasters expect a strong coastal storm to bring high winds and heavy rain to portions of southern New England this weekend.
In Massachusetts, a high wind warning has been posted for Saturday on Cape Cod and the Islands and in Essex County, including Gloucester. The National Weather Service warns damaging wind gusts could reach 60 mph, bringing down trees and power lines.
Teen pilot, scared at first, but landed damaged plane
BEVERLY, Mass. (AP) — The a 17-year-old student pilot from Massachusetts who successfully made an emergency landing after losing a wheel during her first solo flight plans to return to the cockpit soon.
Maggie Taraska, a high school senior from Gloucester, said Monday she was "scared" and "stressed" when she learned she had lost a wheel after takeoff from Beverly Regional Airport on Sunday.
Humpback whale calf seen floating near coast dies
COHASSET, Mass. (AP) — Authorities say a humpback whale calf that was seen floating near the coast of Massachusetts has died.
Police say the dead calf washed ashore Sunday morning in Cohasset. The Center for Coastal Studies says the whale had been spotted floating near Gloucester Friday night.
New England Aquarium spokesman Tony LaCasse says the 2-year-old whale is about 30 to 35 feet long.
Neighbors help free beached whale
GLOUCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Authorities in Massachusetts say good Samaritans rescued a beached whale.
WCVB-TV reports Gloucester resident Lisa Carlson awoke to a strange flapping sound Thursday morning. Carlson ran over to the seawall near her home where she saw a whale was trapped.
One of Carlson's neighbor's was able to move a rock out of the whale's way before the tide went out. The whale shimmied and swam off.
Ex-apartment manager pleads guilty to stealing rent money
GLOUCESTER, Mass. (AP) — The former manager of a Massachusetts apartment complex for low-income tenants has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $8,000 from four residents and $40,000 from the owners.
Man donates to firefighter drive, leaves wedding ring behind
GLOUCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts firefighters say a man who donated to their muscular dystrophy drive accidentally dropped his wedding ring into their boot.
The Gloucester Daily Times reports that firefighter Lukas McRobb was collecting donations in the city on Friday when he found the plain gold wedding band.
Gov. Baker to formally launch re-election bid
SHREWSBURY, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker is getting ready to formally launch his re-election campaign.
The Republican governor and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito will launch their re-election bid on Saturday at their annual summer picnic in Shrewsbury.
Baker announced in November that he would seek another term. He previously said he wanted to wait until the legislative session was over before turning to campaigning.
Seagull thefts continue, this time with cards, cash
MANCHESTER, Mass. (AP) — Seagulls have long plagued the shores of Massachusetts, but lately, they've been particularly brazen.
A bandit gull grabbed credit and identification cards and an unknown amount of cash while foraging inside a man's bag for food on Friday.
GREENLAND, N.H. (AP) — Nicholas "Duffy" Fudge, a fisherman who was part of the cast of the reality television show "Wicked Tuna," has died. He was 28.
The Remick & Gendron Funeral Home confirmed to The Associated Press that Fudge, of Greenland, New Hampshire, died Thursday. A cause of death was not released.
Seagull steals man’s wallet
GLOUCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Officials say a beaked bandit made off with a man's wallet in Massachusetts.
Gloucester Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken says a seagull swooped down and took the man's wallet from the top of a pizza box at the city's waterfront around 9 p.m. Friday.
The man watched the bird fly to the roof of a nearby building, and two volunteers who were stringing lights for an upcoming block party offered to help the man retrieve it.
Lobsterman rescued off boat by Coast Guard
BOSTON (AP) — An injured lobsterman has been rescued off the Massachusetts coast by a fire department and the U.S. Coast Guard.
Officials say a 78-year-old man on the lobster boat Sea Force One was taken to a hospital by medevac for a leg injury 12 miles off of Gloucester on Tuesday afternoon.
Two boats, one from the Coast Guard station in Gloucester, and a second from the Gloucester fire Department, were dispatched to assist the man.
GLOUCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Students who get in trouble at Gloucester High School will soon be offered a chance to serve their suspensions at a youth center in Beverly with some tutoring, counseling and other support services, as opposed to hanging out around town or at home.
Firefighter dies in scuba diving accident
SWANZEY, N.H. (AP) — Fire officials say a Swanzey firefighter died in a scuba diving accident in Massachusetts.
The Keene Sentinal reports Lt. Benjamin Tatro died Saturday during a diving trip off Cape Ann in Gloucester. He was 37.
City stocks overdose reversal drug at beaches
GLOUCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A coastal Massachusetts community that's been a leader in battling the opioid epidemic is expanding the number of places the overdose reversal medication Narcan is available, including to its popular beaches.
GLOUCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A message in a bottle that a woman tossed off the coast of Massachusetts has been found nearly two decades later in Nova Scotia.
Eighty-year-old Rita Ganim tells the Gloucester Times she dropped the bottle into Ipswich Bay in August 2000 with a short message asking the person who found it to contact her.
SALEM, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man has pleaded guilty to drunken driving charges in connection with a crash that injured a family celebrating Halloween.
The Salem News reports that Dexter Mitchell, of Gloucester, entered his plea Monday, and in exchange, will serve nine months of a 2½-year jail sentence.
GLOUCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Federal regulators are closing a key scallop fishing area off of New England for nearly 11 months.
The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration says it is closing the northern Gulf of Maine to a class of fishermen who fish under a federal permit starting Wednesday at 12:01 a.m. The closure will last until March 31, 2019.
GLOUCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts family whose 5-year-old special needs daughter was left stranded for hours on a cold school bus has settled a lawsuit against the school district.
Norwegian Viking ship drops anchor in Massachusetts
ESSEX, Mass. (AP) — Cape Ann's fleet of vintage row and sail vessels has a new addition, one that hearkens back to mists of Viking heritage forged in the fjords of western Norway.
The Polaris, a 37-foot reconstruction of an original Viking coastal fishing vessel dating to 1030 A.D., has made its way across country to the Essex Shipbuilding Museum from its birthing boat yard on Fidalgo Bay in Anacortes, Washington.
Fire destroys multi-million dollar home
GLOUCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A massive fire has destroyed a multi-million dollar waterfront home in Massachusetts owned in part by a famous restaurateur.
The Gloucester home that burned late Saturday into Sunday morning was bought for $4.6 million in 2016 and was undergoing renovations, so no one was inside.
The fire chief says the flames spread to nearby grass and trees, and there were no fire hydrants nearby. One firefighter suffered a minor injury from burning debris.
GLOUCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A letter from a retired fisheries official calling for the lobster fishing industry to take the lead on saving right whales has irked some members of the lobstering industry.
For local residents "Old Mother Hubbard" is more than just a nursery rhyme. It's well remembered today as that large dog-food factory located in the old Cooper Knitting mill building on the corner of Rogers and Perry streets in Lowell.
Construction worker killed in home renovation accident
GLOUCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A construction worker has been killed in an accident at the site of a home renovation project.
The Gloucester Daily Times reports the 27-year-old man died Thursday while operating a mini-excavator. Investigators say they don't suspect foul play.
Michigan State Police expands drug addiction program
DETROIT (AP) — The Michigan State Police has expanded a drug addiction program to all of its posts statewide.
The Angel Program , started two years ago in Gloucester, Massachusetts, and replicated by hundreds of police departments nationwide, operates at 30 posts. The program allows people with drug addictions to seek help at any post without fear of arrest or investigation.
Life-size elf decoration turns heads, even loses his own
ROCKPORT, Mass. (AP) — A life-size elf mannequin on display in a Massachusetts yard has been turning heads — and occasionally losing his own.
Actress Melissa McMeekin has been having a little fun by moving her 6-foot-tall elf doll to different locations outside her Rockport home.
During the countdown to Christmas, Daryl the red-suited elf has appeared seated on a tree branch, riding a bicycle, lying on a hammock and tied up like a hostage.
Playwright Israel Horovitz faces harassment allegations
NEW YORK (AP) — Award-winning playwright-screenwriter Israel Horovitz, who faces multiple allegations of sexual harassment, has departed from the Gloucester Stage Company.
Man charged with Halloween hit-and-run asking for trial
SALEM, Mass. (AP) — A driver who previously pleaded guilty to charges of being drunk when he hit a woman and her 10-year-old twin daughters as they crossed a Salem street during Halloween festivities has withdrawn his plea and is asking for a trial.
Man pleads guilty to manslaughter in deadly shooting
LYNN, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man has been sentenced to 16 to 20 years in state prison in connection with a deadly shooting last year.
The Gloucester Times reports that 30-year-old Sean Chandler was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty to manslaughter in the death of 38-year-old Donald Yancy.
3 rescued after fishing boat runs aground in Gloucester
GLOUCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Three people have been rescued after their fishing boat ran aground in Gloucester.
The U.S. Coast Guard says they got a call that the boat had run aground off Dog Bar Breakwater around 5:30 a.m. Thursday.
They say all three people aboard were safe and uninjured, and they got off with help from the Gloucester Fire Department.
Fishy story: Headless 400-pound tuna found in woods
GLOUCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Spotting a 400-pound tuna in the Massachusetts seaport of Gloucester, known as America's oldest seaport, is not unusual. But finding a headless tuna in the woods is a bit odd.
State Environmental Police and federal fisheries regulators are trying to figure out who dumped the headless fish, which had to be hauled out of the trees by a tow truck.
Authorities won't say exactly when the tuna was found or who tipped them off.
Principal: Trump tombstone at Halloween party disrespectful
GLOUCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts elementary school principal says it was disrespectful and inappropriate that a game brought in for a student Halloween party featured a tombstone with the name Don Trump on it.
The tombstone was one of several on a game brought in by a parent for the party at West Parish Elementary on Friday. The others had joke names, like Seymour Butts and Gull E. Bull on them.
Police investigating overdose spike in Massachusetts city
GLOUCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Police are working to identify the source of the drugs that led to five overdoses, one fatal, in one day in a Massachusetts city.
Gloucester Police Chief John McCarthy says it appears that a "strong source of drugs" came into the city sometime Friday. Officers suspect it could involve synthetic opioid fentanyl.
From HVAC to MIT: The changing face of vo-tech
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Matt Love was a puzzle no one knew how to solve.
He had been traumatized by his father's drowning a week before his fourth birthday. By second grade, he was bored and acting out, so unruly that the private school he attended asked him to leave halfway through the year. Told her son would probably never amount to much, Joyce Love home-schooled him, waiting until eighth grade to send him back to the classroom, this time at a public middle school in Gloucester Township.
Searching for next antibiotic
BEVERLY, Mass. (AP) — Two former Salem State University chemistry majors could wind up discovering the first class of new antibiotics in 30 years.
Jack Cotter and Dakota Hamill are the founders of Prospective Research Inc., an antibiotic drug discovery company working out of an Endicott College lab.
‘Codfather’ sentencing pushed back to September
BOSTON (AP) — The sentencing of a fishing magnate dubbed "The Codfather" will have to wait until September.
Carlos Rafael was indicted on more than two dozen counts, including tax evasion and falsifying fishing quotas, last year. The Gloucester Times (http://bit.ly/2v49XEm ) reports his sentencing has been pushed back from Friday to Sept. 25.
GLOUCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Police in Massachusetts say a 9-year-old boy is facing breaking and entering and larceny charges after a neighbor recognized his voice from a recording made on her voice-activated smart device.
The Gloucester Times reports (http://bit.ly/2tM9BCs ) police responded to a home in Gloucester Tuesday after a woman reported several items stolen, including an iPhone and an Amazon voice assistant.