<![CDATA[NBC10 Boston - Local News]]>Copyright 2019 https://www.nbcboston.com/news/local http://media.nbcboston.com/designimages/clear.gif NBC10 Boston https://www.nbcboston.com en-usFri, 18 Jan 2019 05:57:12 -0500Fri, 18 Jan 2019 05:57:12 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[TIMELINE: Weekend Nor'easter Expected to Pack a Punch]]> Thu, 17 Jan 2019 12:14:31 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2019-01-17-10h57m55s808.png ]]> <![CDATA[Flurries Friday Ahead of Major Winter Storm This Weekend]]> Fri, 18 Jan 2019 05:19:30 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/214*120/storm+snow+estimate+as+of+011819.jpg

Two weak disturbances, one north of New England, and another south of New England, are generating spotty light snow this morning.

A few spots will get a dusting, to perhaps an inch in some of the hills of Western New England. But for most of us we'll get just a few flurries. Friday will be a bit warmer than Thursday with a high temperature back above freezing in much of central and southern New England, highs near 30 north, and 40 south.

It will be clear and cold tonight. Low temperature will be subzero in the far north and 15 to 20 degrees along south coast.

There is a wind chill advisory for Northern Maine tonight.

The entire six state region is in a winter storm watch for Saturday night and Sunday. We also have a coastal flood watch for Sunday morning high tide.

A winter storm watch means six or more inches of snow and or ice is possible. Flooding is expected to be minor to moderate at the coast.

High-pressure overhead Saturday means a few hours of sunshine before the clouds come in late. But it is a cold day with a high temperature in the single numbers and teens north, to the 20s south. The ground is very cold as snow arrives after sunset, meaning snow accumulates right away.

Low pressure tracking across Tennessee will move to the ocean Sunday morning. Low pressure then tracks very close to Cape Cod Sunday. Or, it may actually be waves of low pressure, meaning pulses of intermittently heavy snow may last all day. If it snows for 15 to 20 hours, averaging close to an inch an hour, where it is all snow, we end up with 15 to 20 inches.

However, warmer air is going to work in up in the sky, changing snow to sleet and rain in southern New England. That sleet and rain will fall into a sub freezing layer, resulting in a widespread ice storm for inland southern and central New England. In some cases the ice will be in the form of sleet which means it bounces and does not glaze on trees. But south of that zone it will fall as rain and then freeze on contact, this could be the worst part of the entire storm very close to Boston, Providence, and Hartford, Connecticut.

Even on Cape Cod, the temperature may fall before the rain ends and we end up with icing all the way to Nantucket. That’s a rather rare event but it may happen this Sunday.

In addition wind is going to be gusting 30 to 50 miles an hour, from the southeast early in the day, then from the northwest. So anywhere where the temperature does get into the 30s or 40s, there will be a flash freeze during the afternoon and evening.

Sunday night the story changes to wind and chill. Temperatures are going to fall to the single numbers above zero in southern New England, and below zero in northern New England. But the wind will still be gusting 30 to 40 mph or stronger for much of the day Monday. There may be some snow in the air on Monday but overall it looks like a mostly dry day with breaks of sunshine. The high temperature though will only be zero to +10 degrees south, and zero to -10 degrees north.

The wind and chill eases a bit Tuesday, with slightly warmer air coming in Wednesday along with a mixture of snow sleet and freezing rain once again. It looks like a series of wintry storms will be here for the middle and second half of next week, also. Winter is recharging in New England full throttle until further notice.


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<![CDATA[Boston Police Seek Missing 13-Year-Old]]> Thu, 17 Jan 2019 21:26:24 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Maria+Fernandez+Boston.jpg

Police in Boston are asking for the public to help find a missing 13-year-old girl.

Authorities said Maria Fernandez of Boston was last seen around 3 p.m. Friday at the Indigo House in Arlington, Massachusetts.

Boston Police describe Fernandez as a black Hispanic girl who is about 5 feet tall and 100 pounds. The department said she has a thin build, black hair and brown eyes.

When she was last seen, Fernandez was wearing a green coat with fur, black boots with fur and ripped jeans.

Anyone with information is asked to call 617-343-6677. Police said anonymous tips could be left by calling 1-800-494-TIPS or by texting "TIP" to 27463.



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<![CDATA[Breaking Down the Matchups in Patriots-Chiefs AFC Championship]]> Thu, 17 Jan 2019 20:46:40 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-1095682248.jpg

It will be dark and cold, perhaps absurdly cold, Sunday night in Kansas City. Arrowhead Stadium will be lit up, though, and the winner of the Patriots-Chiefs game will head to Atlanta for the Super Bowl.

Here's how they match up:

WHEN NEW ENGLAND HAS THE BALL

As they have much of the season, the Patriots will attempt to strike a balance of run and pass. In rookie Sony Michel (26), they have a ground force, and in fellow RB James White (28), they have perhaps the best receiver out of the backfield in the league.

Don't think Tom Brady (12) won't make use of them often — and more often. Against the Chargers, White tied an NFL postseason mark with 15 catches, totaling 97 yards. The one thing Kansas City can do exceptionally well on defense is rush the passer with DT Chris Jones (95), LBs Justin Houston (50) and Dee Ford (55), so Brady will throw those quick shots to his backs and WR Julian Edelman (11) and TE Rob Gronkowski (87). Should the offensive line led by LT Trent Brown (77), C David Andrews (60) and RG Shaq Mason (69) provide ample time, Brady can then look deep, where he could have significant matchup edges with Edelman, Chris Hogan (15), Phillip Dorsett (13) and even Cordarrelle Patterson (84).

Chiefs defensive coordinator Bob Sutton will need to be aggressive all game; we saw what happens when an opponent isn't when Brady and Michel ripped up the Chargers last week. Sutton's secondary has no dynamic players — S Eric Berry (29) is the best but has not been healthy this season — and using six DBs could be a necessity Sunday. The Chiefs (52 sacks) must get a strong pass rush on Brady, making him throw off-balance or before he wants to.

One thing in Kansas City's favor is a plus-9 turnover margin.

WHEN KANSAS CITY HAS THE BALL

Don't change what you have been doing.

All-Pro Patrick Mahomes (15) is only the third quarterback to throw for at least 50 touchdowns in a season; Brady also did it in 2007. Mahomes never gives up on plays, and he has an uncanny skill at prolonging them until WRs Tyreek Hill (10), Sammy Watkins (14) or Chris Conley (17) and All-Pro TE Travis Kelce (87) get open. Hill was the AP's All-Pro flex player, showing his versatility.

Considering his mobility, strong arm and resourcefulness, it is surprising Mahomes was sacked 26 times. New England, which had 30 sacks this season, wants to keep him bottled up, so key confrontations could be All-Pro RT Mitchell Schwartz (71) vs. DE Trey Flowers (98), and LT Eric Fisher (72) against an assortment of pass rushers. The Patriots also will get their linebackers into the mix, particularly Dont'a Hightower (54) and Kyle Van Noy (53).

Patriots CB Stephon Gilmore (24) is an All-Pro and will see plenty of Hill. How the other DBs handle Kelce and Mahomes' other targets could be a deciding factor; the New England secondary has been victimized often in road games.

Given the potential for cold weather, the Chiefs could work hard to run the ball with Damien Williams (26), who has stepped up nicely since Kareem Hunt was released, and Spencer Ware (32), who has battled a hamstring injury. Mahomes doesn't use his backs often in the passing game but they are solid.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Both sides are reliable and have some dangerous elements in the return game. Kansas City has Hill for punts and rookie Tremon Smith (39) for kickoffs, while New England features Patterson on kickoffs and the always-reliable Edelman on punts. The cold weather could make the football feel like a lead weight for punters Ryan Allen (6) of the Patriots and Dustin Colquitt (2) of the Chiefs, though wind shouldn't bother either of them; they're used to it.

Field goals could be another matter. Although New England's Stephen Gostkowski (3) and Kansas City's Harrison Butker (7) have strong and accurate legs, don't be stunned to see both teams go for some fourth downs. Gostkowski is far more seasoned in pressure spots.

COACHING

Andy Reid is 2-6 against New England. He's had one of his best coaching years, though, and his handling of Mahomes has been remarkable. As long as he pushes the envelope, and avoids playing not to lose, he will give Kansas City every chance to reach its first Super Bowl since the 1969 season.

Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels recognizes his team will need to score aplenty, and he never backs off. The Patriots might be losing defensive coordinator Brian Flores to Miami as Dolphins head coach, and he could show why he deserves that spot by finding a way to slow down a Chiefs team that scored 565 points this season.

INTANGIBLES

The Patriots, in their record eighth straight conference title game, are so experienced in this environment. Yet they claim to feel slighted because of the doubts raised about their level of competence after going 3-5 on the road. A ticked-off Brady is never a good thing for the opposition, and the Patriots could become only the third franchise to reach three straight Super Bowls.

Still, Kansas City is so parched for a trip to the big game — the Chiefs went to two of the first four Super Bowls and won in 1970, but none since. And this team has a freshness about it largely thanks to Mahomes, who shattered nearly every franchise passing record this season.

Their meeting in October could have gone either way, with New England getting the ball last and making the final, winning drive. And that was in Foxborough.



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<![CDATA[25 Ways to Have Fun This Weekend in and Around Boston ]]> Thu, 17 Jan 2019 19:27:30 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/2019+New+England+International+Auto+Show.jpg

Winter may be here and we have some great events to keep the whole family entertained. We gathered more than two dozen great things happening this weekend from Dancing with the Stars Live in Boston, the Boston Globe’s Travel Show, the New England International Auto Show and a whole lot more. 

Friday, Jan. 18

Snowmazing Sock Skating

Enjoy some family fun at the Boston Children’s Museum’s Snowmazing. Skate in your socks, while enjoying performances, games and more. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St., Boston.

Winter Skate at Patriot Place

The 10th season of Winter Skate at Patriot Place is underway. Grab the family and enjoy this time-honored tradition of outdoor ice skating to life in the shadow of Gillette Stadium. Price is $10 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under and seniors 65 and older. Skate rentals are $5. 4-10 p.m., Patriot Place, 2 Patriot Place, Foxboro.

The Boston Globe Travel Show

Find vacation deals, while also enjoying featured speakers, cultural performances and events for the entire family at the Boston Globe Travel Show this weekend at the Seaport World Trade Center.Tickets are $10 online and $15 onsite. 5:30-8 p.m., Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Boulevard, Boston.

The New England International Auto Show

Check out hundreds of the newest vehicles when the New England International Auto Show returns to Boston this weekend. Tickets are $6-$15. Noon to 10 p.m., Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, 415 Summer St., Boston. 

Sam & a Snack (and Trivia): Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout

John Sam Adams Brewery for a Winterfell celebration as they release their Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout. Enjoy a pink, and a snack while playing “Game of Thrones”-themed trivia. Tickets are $15 and space is limited. This is a 21+ event. 5-8 p.m., Samuel Adams Boston Brewery, 30 Germania St., Boston.

Northeast Craft Beer Pavilion

Breweries from around New England andhe U.S. will be on hand so you can sample nearly 100 different beers from more than 40 different breweries at the Craft Beer pavilion at the Boston Globe Travel show. Tickets to each session are $35 in advance ($45 at the door) ad include Travel Show admission and unlimited brewery samples. 6-8:30 p.m., Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Boulevard, Boston.

Dancing with the Stars: Live!

Television’s biggest dance show returns to Boston with Dancing with the Stars: Live! At the Boch Center Wang Theatre. Tickets start at $53.75. 7:30 p.m., Boch Center Wang Theatre, 270 Tremont St., Boston.

Belmont World Film’s 16th Annual Family Film Festival

Enjoy opening night at Belmont World Film’s 16th Annual Family Film Festival at Arlington’s Regent Theatre. The annual festival “Where Stories Come Alive” is nearly four days of some of the best films for both children and adults, plus a live concert tonight accompanying the silent films of George Méliès (the subject of Martin Scorcese’s “Hugo”). Tickets are $12. 7:30 p.m., Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St., Arlington.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $49. 7:30 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory comes to the Boston Opera House Jan. 8-20. You don’t want to miss this show heralded as “Broadway’s Golden Ticket.” Tickets start at $20. 8 p.m., Boston Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston.

Saturday, Jan. 19

The New England International Auto Show

Check out hundreds of the newest vehicles when the New England International Auto Show returns to Boston this weekend. Tickets are $6-$15. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, 415 Summer St., Boston.

The Boston Globe Travel Show

Find vacation deals, while also enjoying featured speakers, cultural performances and events for the entire family at the Boston Globe Travel Show this weekend at the Seaport World Trade Center.Tickets are $10 online and $15 onsite. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Boulevard, Boston.

Belmont World Film’s 16th Annual Family Film Festival

The Belmont World Film’s 16th Annual Family Film Festival returns to Arlington’s Regent Theatre for its 16h year. The annual festival “Where Stories Come Alive” is nearly four days of some of the best films for both children and adults with each day revolving around a different theme. Saturday’s is devoted to nature. Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St., Arlington.

Snowmazing Sock Skating

Enjoy some family fun at the Boston Children’s Museum’s Snowmazing. Skate in your socks, while enjoying performances, games and more. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St., Boston.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $49. Performances today at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Winter Skate at Patriot Place

The 10th season of Winter Skate at Patriot Place is underway. Grab the family and enjoy this time-honored tradition of outdoor ice skating to life in the shadow of Gillette Stadium. Price is $10 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under and seniors 65 and older. Skate rentals are $5. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Patriot Place, 2 Patriot Place, Foxboro.

Northeast Craft Beer Pavilion

Breweries from around New England andhe U.S. will be on hand so you can sample nearly 100 different beers from more than 40 different breweries at the Craft Beer pavilion at the Boston Globe Travel show. Tickets to each session are $35 in advance ($45 at the door) ad include Travel Show admission and unlimited brewery samples. Two sessions today: Noon to 2:30 p.m. and 3:30-6 p.m., Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Boulevard, Boston.

Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory comes to the Boston Opera House Jan. 8-20. You don’t want to miss this show heralded as “Broadway’s Golden Ticket.” Tickets start at $20. Performances today at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Boston Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston.

Sunday, Jan. 20 

The New England International Auto Show

Check out hundreds of the newest vehicles when the New England International Auto Show returns to Boston this weekend. Tickets are $6-$15. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, 415 Summer St., Boston.

Harpoon Brunch

Enjoy brunch today at the Harpoon Beer Hall featuring new Brunch Pretzels. $10, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (or until they run out). Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., Boston.

The Boston Globe Travel Show

Find vacation deals, while also enjoying featured speakers, cultural performances and events for the entire family at the Boston Globe Travel Show this weekend at the Seaport World Trade Center.Tickets are $10 online and $15 onsite. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Boulevard, Boston.

Winter Skate at Patriot Place

The 10th season of Winter Skate at Patriot Place is underway. Grab the family and enjoy this time-honored tradition of outdoor ice skating to life in the shadow of Gillette Stadium. Price is $10 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under and seniors 65 and older. Skate rentals are $5. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Patriot Place, 2 Patriot Place, Foxboro. 

Belmont World Film’s 16th Annual Family Film Festival

The Belmont World Film’s 16th Annual Family Film Festival returns to Arlington’s Regent Theatre for its 16th year. The annual festival “Where Stories Come Alive” is nearly four days of some of the best films for both children and adults with each day revolving around a different theme. Sunday’s is devoted to children not limited by their disabilities. Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St., Arlington.

Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory comes to the Boston Opera House Jan. 8-20. You don’t want to miss this show heralded as “Broadway’s Golden Ticket.” Tickets start at $20. Performances today at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., Boston Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston. 

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<![CDATA[Ashland Community Helps Teen Cross Items Off Bucket List]]> Thu, 17 Jan 2019 20:45:31 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/214*120/Ashland_Teen_s_Quest_to_Complete_Bucket_List.jpg

A Massachusetts teenager battling a rare form of cancer is determined to make his time left matter.

Jake Silver, an 18-year-old from Ashland, put together a bucket list, and the community is rallying around him to make sure he accomplishes every wish.

Silver was diagnosed with an aggressive form of bone cancer called osteosarcoma three years ago. After 35 rounds of chemotherapy and 15 surgeries, he was getting ready for another one last week when he received devastating news.

"They said, 'We can't do the surgery. You have, like, 20 plus tumors on your lung,'" Silver said. "They said I have three to six months left."

Some would see it as the end, but Silver sees it as an opportunity.

"When I found I didn't have a lot of time left, I was like, 'Alright, Yellowstone.'"

The cross-country road trip is just part of Silver's bucket list. It is not long, but it includes things like having his first kiss and attending as many sports games as possible.

His mom, Melissa Duca, posted the list online in the Facebook group called "Team Jake," and she could not believe the response she received from the community.

"The amount of people that have been reaching out to me, people we don't know, it's incredible," Duca said. "We're just trying to get it all done now so we have the memories."

Silver has already accomplished some of his items. He went to the Patriots game last Sunday and has plans to sit courtside at the Celtics game next week. He recently helped his little sister, Halle, pick out her prom dress.

"Once I realized he wasn't going to make it to my wedding, I was like, 'Let's get my prom dress,'" his sister said.

Next on the list is going to the Super Bowl, and maybe even meeting Tom Brady.

He also wants to meet The Rock and see the new Lion King movie before it is released because he does not think he will make it until the summer.

He cannot fly due to the conditions of his lungs, but he is confident he will cross off every item on the list. The community is already helping him. They are selling orange bows for $20 a piece to help raise money for him to make the trips. They can be seen all over Ashland.

"Any slight chance of doing something, I'm going to take it," Silver said. "And I just want to say thank you."

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<![CDATA[Adult, 2 Children Injured in Cape Cod Crash]]> Thu, 17 Jan 2019 18:53:48 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/ambulance-generic-ambulance-stock5.jpg

An adult and a child are fighting for their lives after a two-vehicle crash Thursday on Cape Cod.

The Centerville-Osterville-Marston Mills Fire Department in Barnstable, Massachusetts, said it responded around 5 p.m. to a crash involving an SUV and a sedan on Route 28 between South County Road and Route 149.

In total, five people were in the vehicles. An adult and two children were taken to Cape Cod Hospital. One of the children and the adult suffered life-threatening injuries, while the other child's injuries are considered non-life-threatening.

One other person involved in the crash refused treatment, according to the fire department.

Officials said the sedan sustained major damage when it rear-ended the SUV, which was moderately damaged in the crash.

Crews cleaned up fluid that spilled from the sedan before clearing the scene.

Police were investigating the cause of the crash.



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<![CDATA[Businesses Across the State Prepping for Snowstorm]]> Thu, 17 Jan 2019 23:32:31 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Preparing_for_the_Snow.jpg

At Sabourin Hardware in Fitchburg, you could hear a pin drop.

“This time of year is generally more quiet, so when the snow comes it will perk things up a little bit,” said owner Jack Bernard

Bernard said his shovels and ice melt has piled up since November. When the last snow fell in the fall they sold out of everything, but no one has needed much snow supplies since.

“We do gear up for winter, so we just have a lot of stuff built up in here that is ready to go,” he said.

No real snow since November might be the reason people are dragging their feet to the hardware store.

Just a few towns over in Westminster, Jeff Crowley, the owner of Wachusett Mountain, is patiently awaiting the snow because there’s no business like snow business.

“We just had a meeting today and someone read an email from a customer, they call this 'ribbons of joy' coming down the ski trails here,” Crowley said. “So as you see, there is all the snow. It is really confined to all the ski trails.” 

Off the trails, nothing but dirt right next to the snow-covered trails. Some snow from mother nature doesn't hurt.

“That will take some of the doubters that are sitting on their couch right now waiting to see snow in their backyard so they will all come out after this storm, so it will help business a lot,” said Crowley.

Lift ticket sales are up by 5 percent at Wachusett. They have become masters in man-made powder so people can get their runs in.

Oddly enough, they are more worried people won’t show up on Monday -- not because of the snow, but because of low temperatures. Crowley said there’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothes choices for the weather.

“That is the inside scoop, there are a lot of people who just ski here on cold days because they know a lot of people have been scared off, so they come out on the cold days because they know everyone is chicken,” said Crowley.

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<![CDATA[Ice Disc Mania Spinning in Maine ]]> Thu, 17 Jan 2019 19:07:54 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Westbrook+spinning+ice+disc.jpg

Following the attention garnered by the spinning ice disc in Maine earlier this week, another ice disc was spotted in Baxter State Park, according to the park's Facebook page.

Ranger Dave Loome observed the latest spinning ice disc in Nesowadnehunk Stream on Thursday.

On Monday, there was drone video of a large spinning ice disc in Westbrook, which captured the interest of New Englanders.

A NBC10 Boston photographer Ken Tompkins returned to Westbrook on Thursday and recorded video of the ice disc, which had slowed down. Tompkins also edited a time-lapse video.



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<![CDATA['We Want to Go Back to Work': Shutdown Rally at State House]]> Thu, 17 Jan 2019 18:10:49 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Furloughed_Federal_Workers_Protest_at_State_House.jpg

Hundreds of frustrated federal workers rallied outside the Massachusetts State House Thursday afternoon as the longest government shutdown in history entered its 27th day.

The protesters, who are either furloughed or working without pay, demanded that the government put them back to work.

"We want to go back to work," said Gary Karibian, who works for the IRS. "We deserve to be paid for going back to work."

Others said the shutdown is potentially threatening their good credit.

"I'm one of those people who live paycheck to paycheck," said Mary Maldonado, who also works for the IRS. "Calling my creditors to let them know that I couldn't make my payments when I've always made them."

At Logan International Airport, where air traffic controllers are working without pay, union members handed out fliers to passengers, calling for an end to the shutdown.

For them, it's not about politics; it's about safety.

"Eventually, the staffing, because of this, is going to deteriorate to the point where we can't keep up the capacity of the system," said Mick Devine of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association.

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<![CDATA[First Flu Death of Season Reported in New Hampshire]]> Thu, 17 Jan 2019 18:10:55 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/214*120/First_Flu-Related_Death_of_Season_in_New_Hampshire.jpg

Flu season is upon us and hitting its peak across Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

Thursday, the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human services has confirmed the first flu-related death in the Granite State.

State health officials are hoping the unfortunate news of that flu-related death will encourage people to get a flu shot.

Inside Convenient MD in Exeter, mom Katie Warburton is desperately hoping for some relief for her little girl.

“She doesn’t want to get up and play, I just want her to be happy again that’s the goal,” Warburton said.

Two-year-old Riley has flu-like symptoms.

“Coughing and getting sick at night,” Warburton said. “This year, for some reason, it’s been really, really bad.”

According to the CDC, the flu is now widespread in New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

And with flu season hitting its peak locally, doctors say parents should have their sick children seen right away.

“Medication given to help treat influenza is most effective if given in first 24-48 hours,” said Convenient MD Regional Medical Director Dr. Jo Gates.

She says that’s also true for elderly people and those with underlying medical conditions.

“Influenza does kill people,” Dr. Gates said.

Because of that, Dr. Gates wants families to know what to look out for. She says despite common misconceptions, having the “flu” doesn’t mean you have to be nauseous.

“In general, it’s like the worst cold you’ve ever had,” Dr. Gates said. “Congestion and cough, and usually a sore throat and headache at some point during the illness.”

She says the best way to protect yourself is with the flu vaccine.

“You won’t be as sick and you are far less likely to die,” she said.

Hampton resident Casey Ward says take it from him – the flu shot works.

“I got it for the first time ever,” he said. “I’ve always been against it, but this is the first year, I did not get sick.”

Dr. Gates says it’s not too late to get your vaccine. She thinks this flu season will last well into March.

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<![CDATA[NBC10 Boston's 2019 Top News Gallery]]> Tue, 15 Jan 2019 06:31:00 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Man_Accused_of_Kidnapping_Woman_Child_Held_on_Bail_in_P.jpg From the first baby born in the Hub, to the city's first homicide of the year, take a look at some of 2019's headlines around Boston]]> <![CDATA[Watch NBC10 Boston News]]> Tue, 10 Jul 2018 16:36:17 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/NBC10+Boston+Livestream+Graphic.jpg

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<![CDATA[Woman Duped in Gift Card Scam: 'I Feel Used']]> Thu, 17 Jan 2019 23:42:21 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/216*120/gift+card+scam.PNG

Janice Heath is kicking herself after she was duped into giving away $5,500.

“I feel used and angry that I didn’t trust my gut,” said Heath. “I should have just put him on hold and called the police and not been afraid.”

The retired nurse received a voicemail saying charges were being filed against her. She returned the call and was told she was talking to a Federal Drug Enforcement agent in Texas.

“He said seven bank accounts had been open under my social security number and a house had been rented under my name and social security number, and they had raided the house and found drugs and a lot of money laundering was going through the bank accounts,” explained Janice.

She took notes during the call, writing down a case ID number, the agent’s name and badge number, and his instructions to tell no one. She says he told her the government was going to seize her bank accounts, but he could help her protect her funds.

“I said this doesn’t sound right to me, I haven’t done anything wrong and I don’t understand this,” said Heath. “They have answers to everything. They come across as very sweet caring people.”

The man stayed on the line for hours, instructing Heath to empty her bank account.

“He said how much money did you get and I told him less amounts and he said why are you lying to me, we can see what you’re doing, and if you’re lying to me there will be consequences,” said Heath. “It was very emotional, very scary. I’m afraid I’m going to be arrested by the end of the day. I’m afraid the government is going to take all my money.”

Heath was instructed to buy thousands of dollars worth of Google Play and Target gift cards.

“I got in the card and I read him off the numbers and he basically emptied those cards the second I gave him the numbers,” said Janice.

According to the Federal Trade Commission, scams involving gift cards are on the rise. The FTC reports consumers lost 40-million dollars in gift card and reload card schemes in 2017 and lost more than 53-million dollars last year. Experts say these criminals now exactly how to scare people into giving up their money.

“They have a knowledge of psychology that Freud would have envied,” said scam expert Steve Weissman. “They probably could have gotten Freud to go out and get some gift cards. They make you think there is an emergency and that you have to act right now or there will be tremendous consequences if you don’t and we really can’t be too hard on people because it’s very, very easy to fall prey.”

Heath learned the hard way. Police tell her there isn’t much they can do, but she is thankful she realized what was happening before the man on the phone asked about her retirement account.

“If your gut is telling you it’s not right, even if they have a comeback, put them on hold and call the police or call your daughter or call your best friend and sound it off to them,” warned Janice.

Anytime you’re asked to protect your money, pay a bill or a fine or a ransom with a gift card, it is always a scam. No real government agency will ever ask to be paid with gift cards. Many stores have posted warnings about this and some even limit the amount of gift cards you can buy in one transaction.

Remember gift cards are impossible to trace and once your money is gone, it’s gone.

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<![CDATA[Alex Cora Unsure of Visit to White House]]> Thu, 17 Jan 2019 19:18:17 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Alex_Cora_ofrece_clinicas_a_ninos_en_la_isla.jpg

Plans for the World Champion Boston Red Sox to visit the White House -- for now -- remain intact for Feb. 15.

However, manager Alex Cora was noncommittal when asked if he still planned on attending the ceremony.

"It is not that I have changed my mind, but, we will see what happens in the coming days," Cora said. "Right now, I can say yes. It might change tomorrow."

Cora said that if he does go, he'll represent his native Puerto Rico the right way.

"I don't know what kind of platform I will have if I go," Cora said.

Cora previously said he was looking forward to personally making the case for hurricane relief to President Donald Trump. But on Thursday, a few days after the date was announced for the visit, Cora repeatedly prefaced his comments with, "If I go..."

Cora took issue with President Trump's handling of the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in the fall of 2017, calling a series of tweets from the president last September "disrespectful" in regards to the death toll on the island nation.

"When I left the Island after the storm had hit, they had anywhere from 6 to 18 deaths. As time went by it did not go up by much. Then, a long time later, they started to report really large numbers, like 3000," Trump tweeted in September 2018.

Brock Holt said that after seeing the national champion Clemson football team visit the White House last week and receive fast food, he's hoping the Red Sox receive Chick-fil-A should they go.

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<![CDATA[Snow, Ice, Wind, Flooding: Major Winter Storm This Weekend]]> Thu, 17 Jan 2019 23:46:55 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/snowestimate.jpg.png

A quick disturbance moves through during the Friday morning commute, bringing light snow and a wintry mix. A major winter storm Saturday night and Sunday will affect travel across the northeast.

Friday Light Snow:

First to our quick system for Friday. This low pressure tracks through New England Friday morning during the height of the commute. As we all know, it just takes a coating sometime to create a traffic nightmare. A coating to 2 inches of snow (higher elevations) will be possible through late morning, with the light snow flipping to spotty rain southeast. Clearing sky in the afternoon and highs in the mid 30s to low 40s.

Saturday Night/Sunday Storm:

Saturday night into Sunday we will have a major winter storm across the northeast and a First Alert. Northern New England will see heavy snowfall, while southern New England could get snow to freezing rain, to rain, back to snow.  It's a complex system that also brings damaging wind and coastal flood threats. Time to break it down.

Timing:

Snow already moves into western New England by Saturday evening, starting to fall in Boston between 8 and 11 p.m. Heavy snow accumulates as fluffy consistency at first, changing to more pasty consistency as our temps slowly rise across southern New England overnight. Warmer air tries to move over the colder, dense air, and this may lead to freezing rain for a few hours Sunday morning from Boston to Hartford. Snow continues across Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. Flipping to rain across southern Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts between 5 and 8 a.m. Keep in mind the rain/snow line may move a touch farther north or south. Colder air moves in as the center of low pressure moves into the Gulf of Maine. With that north wind, colder air returns and we flip back to a mix then snow across Boston, Rhode Island and Connecticut. The rain/snow line collapses across the coastline toward the southeast Sunday afternoon. Snow continues to fall across most of New England. Snow tapers off Sunday afternoon and evening

 

Snow Totals:

Southern Vermont, central New Hampshire, through central Maine will see 18 to 24 inches of snow, higher across the mountain peaks. There will be about 12 to 18 inches across southeastern New Hampshire and along the Maine coast. Expect a foot or more in northern Vermont and New Hampshire and around 5 to 9 inches of snow (with lots of ice mixing in) from Boston to southern Worcester County. We should see 9 to 18 inches from Worcester north to the New Hampshire boarder and west to the Berkshires, with more sleet and freezing rain mixing in from the Massachusetts Turnpike and then south. There will be sleet and freezing rain with a 3 to 6 inch range across Hartford to Providence through Plymouth, Massachusetts. The South Coast will get 1 to 3 inches and more of a mix to rain. It's mostly a rain event across Cape Cod and the islands. The flash freeze Sunday night may lead to everything icing up, even across the islands.

Ice:

Cold air will be in place with the onset of this storm system Saturday night. Warm air tries to wedge in from the south, and may move as far north as southern New Hampshire by Sunday morning. We may see a situation where Boston has snow, then freezing rain, and then turns back to snow. Freezing rain can lead to ice caking, and everything may amount to a quarter inch. Once you have that much ice, we will be dealing with widespread power outages and tree damage.

Wind:

East wind by dawn Sunday, gusting between 40 and 50 mph across the coast and Cape. Twenty to 40 mph inland gusts. Scattered power outages and near blizzard conditions likely north and west of Boston. Wind direction flips by afternoon, coming from the north, northwest, ushering in our flash freeze situation by Sunday evening for all of New England.

Coastal Flooding:

Minor to moderate coastal flooding for Sunday morning’s high tide. We have astronomically high tides due to the full moon on Monday. The higher of the two tides on Sunday will be in the morning. This coincides with an onshore wind and increasing wave heights of 8 to 15 feet offshore. This will create a surge of 1 to 3 feet. Minor to pockets of moderate beach erosion are likely too. Our wind changes direction, more offshore by the Sunday evening high tide as the storm pulls farther out to sea. Other than splashover across north facing beaches, the flood threat diminishes greatly for Sunday night.

10-Day Outlook:

Brutal cold by MLK Day Monday. We expect many to be without power from the weekend storm, and with highs only in the low teens, we have declared Monday a First Alert day also. Staying cold for Tuesday. More rounds of a wintry mix and rain will be possible Wednesday through the next Saturday.


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<![CDATA[Police Seek Help With New Hampshire Road Rage Attack ]]> Thu, 17 Jan 2019 17:09:19 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/BOST_000000021426548.JPG

Police are seeking help with a road rage incident in Bedford, New Hampshire.

Bedford Police say they responded to a call about an assault in progress and fight between two drivers at the end of Boynton Street near the intersection of Route 101 at 8:35a.m. Thursday morning.

The victim told police that his attacker, reportedly a man of considerable stature, got out of the back of a gray four-door sedan, possibly a Hyundai, wearing a ski mask and attempted to start a fight with him.

The victim did not leave their car, so the assailant eventually got back in the car they arrived in and departed before the police arrived.

Police searched the area but found only security footage of the incident.

Two women were seen in the front of the car with the suspect.

The security footage shows the assailant's car as missing the passenger side hubcap and having a damaged driver's side hubcap.

Bedford Police request that anyone with information about the incident or who have seen the attacker's car call Bedford Police at 603-472-5113.



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<![CDATA[Man Accused of Smoking Crack, 'Nefarious' Act Behind Wheel]]> Thu, 17 Jan 2019 14:41:52 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/DouvilleMug.jpg

Police in Manchester, New Hampshire, arrested a man accused of a number of "nefarious" activities while behind the wheel on Tuesday.

Michael Douville, 51, of Nashua, was allegedly smoking crack cocaine while his female passenger engaged in sexual acts as he was driving.

Authorities say two detectives stopped Douville's vehicle at the intersection of Union and Valley streets while at a red light.

The detectives walked up to Douville's car and ordered him to pull over; instead, he allegedly accelerated through a green light and briefly disappeared from the detectivess before he was found by another Manchester officer.

Douville was stopped near Warsaw and Pine streets, where the female passenger ran away, but the Manchester officer was able to successfully arrest Douville, according to police.

He's charged with lewdness, disobeying a police officer, reckless conduct and possession of a controlled drug. He appeared at Hillsborough County Superior Court-North on Wednesday. It's unclear if he has an attorney or if he has been released on bail.

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<![CDATA[Rob Gronkowski Speaks Ahead of AFC Championship Game]]> Thu, 17 Jan 2019 16:30:38 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/BOST_000000021428254.JPG

With the AFC Championship Game set to take place on Sunday, Rob Gronkowski took to the podium for the New England Patriots during media availability on Thursday afternoon.

It's the eighth straight season the Patriots are in the AFC title game, something not lost on Gronkowski.

"We don't take it for granted," he said.

New England is trying to win its first road playoff game since after the 2006 season, when it upset the San Diego Chargers, 24-21, in the divisional round.

"Going on the road, being at home, you've got to play your best football no matter what to win the game," Gronkowski said. "We know the stadium is going to be loud, it's going to be hyped. You've got to treat it like any other game."

Gronkowski figured prominently in New England's game plan vs. the Los Angeles Chargers last weekend as a blocker, but managed only one catch for 25 yards in the passing game.

Gronkowski, 29, is coming off a regular season in which he caught 47 passes for 682 yards and three touchdowns. The 47 catches are his fewest in a season in which he's played at least 11 games and his three touchdowns are tied for his lowest total ever, regardless of how many games he's appeared in.

Speculation has run rampant in regards to Gronkowski's future as the season has moved along, with NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reporting last weekend that he's likely to weigh retirement again this offseason -- just as he did last year after Super Bowl LII, taking months before deciding to return to New England for his ninth season.

Gronkowski has said he's "all-in" for this season at recent media sessions.

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<![CDATA['Shutdown Swill' Commemorates Government Shutdown ]]> Thu, 17 Jan 2019 13:42:20 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Averys_Introduces_Soda_to_Commemorate_Shutdown.jpg

In response to the longest government shutdown in American history, Avery's Beverages of New Briton, Connecticut announced the limited release of a soda called "Shutdown Swill" Tuesday over Facebook.

"It started to become apparent that this shutdown might become a historic event," Rob Metz, general manager of Avery's Beverages told NBC Connecticut. "Maybe we should commemorate it with a soda."

Every part of the soda's design is purposeful.

"We knew we wanted a green colored soda, because it’s all about the money, so we concocted a tasty combination of Blue Raspberry and Orange, with a little extra citric acid for some bitterness," Avery's Beverages wrote on Facebook.

The soda comes with both red and blue caps, so that customers can choose which political party to toast to.

The company is also offering a free bottle of the soda to federal workers who stop by their bottling plant.

"It’s just a small token of thanks for everything these folks do for us every day," Avery's Beverages wrote on Facebook.

Avery's Beverages said they have a history of making sodas to memorialize important political events that started back when President Obama ran against Sen. John McCain. 

The company has received both positive and negative responses to the soda. While Trump supporters interviewed by NBC Connecticut seemed less enthused, customer Chris Moran was eager to purchase the beverage.

"Knowing how foolish this entire thing is, I thought this was a great thing to have," said Moran.

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<![CDATA[Here's What Could Change With Sunday's Nor'easter]]> Thu, 17 Jan 2019 13:41:46 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/160*160/cloud+top+phase.gif

As with any storm, particularly in the winter, details become more clear as we approach the actual event.

The two things we are most confident in right now:

1. Ski Country

Pretty much any way you slice it, Northern New England does great with this storm. Most spots see a foot or more of snow.

2. Wintry Mix South

We have high confidence that Southern New England will flip from snow Saturday night and early Sunday, to a wintry mix of rain, snow, sleet and potentially freezing rain during the day Sunday.

What we don’t yet know: just how much, or just where, mixing occurs.

With that in mind, let’s dive into some of the factors that we are still sorting out, and will impact the final forecast.

1. Storm Track

It’s a simplified way of looking at it, but the final storm track really is key to what happens on Sunday.

If the storm passes south of New England, more cold air will remain locked across the area. This would allow more snow, including around Boston.

By contrast, a storm that comes farther north, or through New England, would draw in slightly warmer air that would result in lower totals in Southern New England than we currently anticipate.

2. Sleet vs. Freezing Rain

This, arguably, is one of the biggest questions to figure out. Who in Southern New England sees snow versus sleet versus freezing rain when we do flip to the "wintry mix."

Sleet, the small balls of ice, accumulates much more slowly than snow. And freezing rain doesn’t accumulate at all—it just coats everything in ice. So, nailing down what falls in any given spot is tremendously important.

If cold air remains locked at the surface, but a lot of warm air rushes in at higher levels of the atmosphere, we’ll see more freezing rain. This would cut down on the expected snow, but it would make travel even worse.

If the cold air at the surface is a little more intense, and less warm air surges in aloft, we may end up seeing a good deal of sleet around Greater Boston. That would also cut down on totals to some extent and be a little less menacing than freezing rain on the roads.

The extent of the warming aloft comes back to the first point—the storm track. The farther north the storm comes, the more warm air comes along with it.

As I said before though—we are confident that we go over to a wintry mix, we just have to nail down what type of mix it is, and how far north it goes.

All of these questions will become better answered as we get closer to Sunday.



Photo Credit: NOAA
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<![CDATA[MSPCA Creates Pet Supply Center for Furloughed Workers]]> Thu, 17 Jan 2019 11:16:15 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Kibbles+Furloughed+Workers+MSPCA+Angell.jpg

The MSPCA-Angell in Jamaica Plain will open a pet food and supply distribution center to assist those affected by the government shutdown.

As many as 8,000 workers in Massachusetts are without pay as a result from the shutdown, which is in its 27th day on Thursday.

The MSPCA will give those who attend a free bag of Hill’s Science Diet brand dog and cat food and a bag of cat litter.

The distribution center will open Saturday, Jan. 19 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for any federal workers concerned on how they will feed their pets. The food drives will take place in Jamaica Plain, Methuen and Centerville locations.

Anyone who wants to donate food may also do so on Saturday or anytime the adoption centers are open.

For those who are unable to attend the food drives, individuals can e-mail adoption@mspca.org to make arrangements for pick-up.



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<![CDATA[Email Prompts Man to Attend Stranger's Vt. Bachelor Party ]]> Thu, 17 Jan 2019 19:45:17 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/215*120/will14.jpg

A typo in an email address connected total strangers—and will result in an unlikely guest at a party in Vermont this weekend.

“I try to be open to things in life,” said Will Novak of Arizona, who was accidentally invited to the bachelor party of a man he never met.

A typo meant the invitation went to Will instead of to Bill Novak of Brooklyn, because their email addresses—like their names—are just a single letter off from one another.

“He’s a really nice guy,” Bill Novak said of Will Novak, referencing their email and texting friendship that developed after other party guests sorted out the email confusion.

The invitation was to a bachelor party for a man named Angelo, and will be held this weekend at Vermont’s Okemo Mountain Resort.

Will Novak responded to the misdirected message, accepting the invitation, because he said he thought Angelo and his friends seemed cool.

“The fact they wrote back and met me at my level of intensity and enthusiasm and were like, ‘You seem great, you’re hilarious, come on out—let’s have fun,’ was amazing,” Will Novak said.

“It’s very crazy,” Bill Novak acknowledged, adding that he thinks his group of friends will all get along with the stranger from Arizona, based on the sense of humor and fun Will has demonstrated.

The director of Okemo’s ski and ride school said he will give the Arizonan beginner lessons, hoping to get his skills to the point where he can take an easy run with the whole bachelor party.

“I’ve never heard of anything even close to something like this,” ski and ride instructor Chris Saylor said of the unusual reason the guest is attending the bachelor party. “I think the friendship they’re going to build with people they’ve never met before, just through an errant email—it’s going to be stories for a lifetime!”

Bill Novak, the intended guest, said he can’t wait to meet the other Novak, and made a t-shirt staking his claim that he’s the “real” Will Novak.

Will Novak, the one in Arizona, said he is curious if his return trip home Sunday may be delayed by snow this weekend in New England. If it is, no biggie, he said: he’ll just have more time to spend with his new buddies.

Thursday, Gov. Phil Scott, R-Vermont, tweeted well-wishes to the groom-to-be and the guests at the bachelor party.

“Please extend my congratulations to Angelo and his bride-to-be on their wedding!” Gov. Scott tweeted. “It’s always great when new people visit Vermont. I hope you all have a fun weekend. Be safe and enjoy the snow!”

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<![CDATA[Nor'easter Could Bring Blizzard Conditions, 1-2 Feet of Snow]]> Thu, 17 Jan 2019 12:55:57 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/LKN_ACCUMS_NEWENG_ACTIVE_2+%281%292.png

New England is bracing for a major winter storm this weekend – complete with snow, sleet, rain, wind and coastal flooding depending upon location. Our weather team has issued First Alerts for Friday morning and Saturday night into Sunday.

For now, dry air is holding on for sunshine and cold temperatures Thursday, with a busy early morning wind dying quickly so wind chill won’t be a significant factor beyond the already chilly temperatures.

Clouds will increase Thursday evening and night as moisture riding ahead of an approaching disturbance moves overhead, lowering through the overnight and leading to snow showers predawn Friday morning.

The timing with Friday morning’s commute is the reason for our First Alert – light snow accumulation will only be a dusting to an inch with perhaps slightly more in the hills and mountains, but the timing is during the morning drive on roads that, unless treated, will be cold enough to quickly accumulate that snow and become slick.

Snow showers will end by early afternoon Friday, mixed with raindrops for some, and some breaks in the clouds are likely Friday late day, allowing for patchy black ice overnight Friday night.

Although Saturday will be dry, clouds will increase ahead of the first major winter storm of the season for many metro areas of southern New England, and snow will begin late Saturday evening, falling heavily Saturday overnight into Sunday as a sleet area migrates north through Connecticut, Rhode Island and southeast Massachusetts Sunday morning, perhaps recoiling as far north as the Merrimack Valley by Sunday midday.

Of course, by that point plows will have been out for most of New England, save for far southern communities, and travel will be difficult if not impossible, as blizzard conditions are possible from southeast New Hampshire up the Maine coast Sunday morning and midday as snow totals reach up to two feet in northern and central New England and half a foot to a foot in much of southern New England.

Although the exact end time is still up for grabs, we expect the storm to taper later Sunday, giving way to punishing cold for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, with wind chill values near zero at the warmest time of day before we look toward another storm threat for the middle of next week.


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<![CDATA[TIMELINE: Hour-by-Hour Details on 2 Approaching Storms]]> Wed, 16 Jan 2019 11:19:28 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-6344392102.jpg

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<![CDATA[Mass. Congressman Bill Keating Appointed to HASC]]> Thu, 17 Jan 2019 09:32:21 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/220*120/bill+keating.jpg

Massachusetts Congressman Bill Keating, has been appointed to the House Armed Services Committee, it was announced Tuesday.

Keating, who served the South Shore, South Coast and the Cape and Islands as U.S. Representative, will replace his past assignment on the House Committee on Homeland Security with his new committee.

He was assigned the title by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the House Steering Committee, according to a statement.

Keating says the Committee assignment will allow him to bring new missions to Joint Base Cape Cod. In addition to his HASC assignment, the Congressman will be chairman of one of the Subcommittees of the Foreign Affairs Committee.



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<![CDATA[Air Traffic Controllers Leafleting Amid Shutdown At Logan]]> Thu, 17 Jan 2019 08:55:32 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/648798628-air-traffic-control.jpg

Members of an air traffic controllers union will distribute fliers at Boston Logan International Airport on Thursday to explain the impacts of the ongoing partial government shutdown.

The leaflets explain the effects of the federal government shutdown on workers and safety impacts, according to the National Air Traffic Controllers Association. 

Local members of the union, participating air traffic controllers and other aviation safety officials plan to engage with travelers to discuss how the shutdown is detrimental to the safety and efficiency of the National Airspace System.

The leaflets further explains how the shutdown results in air traffic controllers are working without pay and how others are being furloughed. Workers will also explain how the current shutdown will worsen a staffing crisis that existed since the 2013 shutdown.

The shutdown ceased all modernization projects at the Federal Aviation Administration.

The current shutdown started on Dec. 22, and Thursday marks its 27th day.



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<![CDATA[Overnight Fire in Roxbury Kills Man]]> Thu, 17 Jan 2019 13:19:11 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/ROXBURY+FIRE+11719.jpg

The Boston Fire Department responded to a 2-alarm fire early Thursday morning in the city's Roxbury neighborhood that left one man dead.

The blaze occurred around 1:30 a.m. at 26 Catawba St.

The victim has only been identified at this time as an adult male. The cause of his death will be determined by the Chief Medical Examiner.

Five people were also displaced as a result of the blaze, and the Red Cross of Massachusetts was on scene to assist those who needed help.

Boston fire officials said that there is approximately $500,000 in damages.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.



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<![CDATA[Victims of Double Fatal Crash in Attleboro Identified]]> Thu, 17 Jan 2019 13:39:16 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/11719+attleboro+mva.JPG

Two people are dead and three other people were injured following an overnight car crash on Interstate 95 in Attleboro, Massachusetts.

State police say a 2018 Kia Soul rear-ended a 2007 Hyundai GST at about 1:25 a.m. on I-95 southbound near exit 3. The crash trapped backseat passengers in the Hyundai.

One of the Hyundai's passengers, 23-year-old Maryori Conde, of Los Angeles, was taken to Sturdy Memorial Hospital where she died. The sole occupant of the Kia, 28-year-old Sean St. Louis, of Providence, was taken to Rhode Island Hospital, where he later died.

Investigators say it appears the Kia was driving at a high rate of speed in the right lane when the driver lost control of the vehicle and hit the Hyundai. Officials are investigating what caused the driver of the Kia to lose control.

The Hyundai was carrying five people, officials said, and that a 23-year-old man from Berwyn, Illinois, a 23-year-old man from Providence, Rhode Island, and a 27-year-old man from Daly City, California, were all hospitalized following the crash.

The current conditions of the surviving victims were not immediately clear.

All southbound lanes were closed as authorities assessed the scene, but were reopened just before 5 a.m.

The investigation remains ongoing.



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<![CDATA[Cold Air and Snow Ahead of Weekend Storm]]> Thu, 17 Jan 2019 09:23:28 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Thursday+11719+2+PM+NBC.png

A potent cold front across northern New England, stalled out over southern New England Wednesday night. Nevertheless, it was enough of a cold air mass to issue wind chill advisories for far northern New England that are expiring early Thursday morning.

Temperatures dropped down to the teens and low 20s south, but subzero toward the Canadian border, where wind has been dusting past 25 mph the last few hours.

With a good amount of sunshine Thursday, we are going to see temperatures moderate to the mid-20s south, and single numbers to teens north. There’s a good amount of sunshine with wind decreasing.

A weak area of low-pressure racing across the Midwest will pass south of New England tonight. At the same time will be another arctic cold front moving into northern New England. The two systems will generate periodic light snow late tonight into early tomorrow. There may be a mix with the rain at the south coast. Liquid equivalent is expected to be less about 1/10 of an inch. That means we may see one inch of snow.

But if there is any accumulation, it likely occurs during the morning commute.

Temperatures may go back above freezing for southern New England Friday afternoon with breaks of sunshine. But another cold front comes in at night with temperatures going back down to 0 degrees north in the teens south by Saturday morning.

High pressure moves in with sunshine for the first part of Saturday, temperatures not moving too much, highs in the single numbers in teens north, and 20s south.

The storm that walloped California the last 36 hours is going to move swiftly across the nation arriving on the eastern seaboard Saturday night.

Snow will develop by midnight in western and southern New England becoming heavy almost immediately. That means three to six inches of snow could be on the ground when the sun comes up Sunday. Heavy snow will advance quickly to northern Maine in the morning.

There will be a rain/snow line setting up near the Massachusetts Turnpike. The problem is it may rain with the temperature in the 20s, especially in the state of Connecticut and portions of northern Rhode Island and Massachusetts. There is potential for major ice accretion inland southern New England.

From the Berkshires north through Vermont, most of New Hampshire and Maine- it is an all snow storm. Where it is all snow- 10 to 20 inches are likely.

The amounts may not be as deep in southern New England. It is not an easy task when it snows with the rain and the refreeze. Any snow that’s not removed later Sunday in the wet zone will freeze rock-solid as the coldest air of the season pours in Sunday night.

Ahead of the storm wind gusts past 50 miles an hour from the south on Cape Cod in the islands, and behind the storm we all have wind gusts past 50 mph, as temperature fall below zero in western and northern New England Sunday night. Wind that strong may also may result in coastal flooding on the front side, and there may be quite a few power outages in that cold air on the backside.

Monday is windy and frigid with a high temperature only in the single numbers above and below zero from south to north.

Moderation is likely Tuesday, but a new series of wintry storms are likely to arrive for the second half of the week.

We will tackle those after we get through with this one.


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<![CDATA[Suspect in Shooting of Lawrence Girl Arrested in Boston]]> Wed, 16 Jan 2019 23:43:08 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/191*120/lawrence+shooting+scene+011219.jpg

A suspect has been arrested and charged in the shooting of a teenage girl last week in Lawrence, Massachusetts.

Lawrence Police said a 16-year-old girl was shot on High Street just after 9 p.m. Friday. Wednesday night, the Essex County District Attorney's Office said 36-year-old Jose Rivera had been arrested in Boston's Dorchester neighborhood.

Rivera was charged with three counts of armed assault to murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and possession of a firearm with two prior violent or drug crimes.

Police say the victim, who has not been identified, was a passenger in a black BMW that drove to a High Street address where a large group was fighting in the street. One of the occupants of the BMW allegedly exited the vehicle and shot several rounds in the air. A person then exited the High Street address and shot several rounds into the car, one of which struck the victim.

The victim was seriously injured in the shooting. She was taken to Lawrence General Hospital with a gunshot wound before being transported to a hospital in Boston, where she remained Wednesday.

During the shooting, a bullet flew into a nearby apartment, but no one inside the home was hurt.

Detectives said last week that they arrested the driver of the BMW, identified as 20-year-old Christian Figueroa, on an active warrant for several firearms-related charges in an unrelated shooting.

The Lawrence neighborhood was on edge after the shooting. One neighbor tells NBC10 Boston that she overheard the gunshots and called 911. She says this is not the first time this has happened in the neighborhood.

“I did. I called 911,” she said. “I have two kids. They were sleeping in different bedrooms. So I ran to one bedroom and I run to another one and take them to the bathroom because I didn’t know where to go.”

The woman says she has called 911 for a shooting at least three times in the last several months.

“I’m a full-time worker,” the woman said. “I have three kids. I am trying to do my best. My only mistake is just living in Lawrence.”

The shooting is being actively investigated by Lawrence police and the Essex County District Attorney's Office.

Rivera was expected to be arraigned Thursday in Lawrence District Court. It was not immediately clear if he had an attorney.

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<![CDATA[Die-Hard Patriots Fans Gearing Up for AFC Championship]]> Wed, 16 Jan 2019 23:30:31 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Pats_Nation_Gearing_Up_for_AFC_Championship.jpg

Die-hard Patriots fans are ready for Sunday's AFC Championship game.

One of the most recognizable fans, Silverbullet, otherwise known as Keith Birchall, gave NBC10 Boston a tour of his home, lined with Patriots memorabilia.

There are autographs, photos, jerseys and thousands of items.

Birchall believes the Patriots will take care of business in Kansas City against the Chiefs.

"You hear it all around, 'They're not the team they were, Brady's getting old,' and you're like, 'Where's the faith?'" said Birchall.

He says he went to his first Pats game when he was 6. Over the years, it's turned into more.

"There's a family you have with your tailgate friends," he said. "It's your football family."

Anne-Marie Kenney is also a die-hard fan. She's been to every single game this season, both home and away, and is getting ready to fly out for Sunday's game.

"I couldn't see any direct flights out of Boston to wonderful Kansas City," she said.

But she bought her plane ticket ahead of time.

"I know folks who are paying upwards of $1,100 to go to the game," she said.

But she says the actual ticket prices aren't bad.

"The cold is definitely scaring the traditional football fan away, so I think that spells great things for Patriots fans trying to make their way out to Kansas City," she said.

Silverbullet won't be making it to Sunday's game because he waited too long to get his plane ticket, but he says he already has a ticket to Atlanta for the Super Bowl.

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<![CDATA[Large Truck Fire Breaks Out on Mass. Pike]]> Thu, 17 Jan 2019 04:50:54 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Pike+011619.JPG

A large truck fire broke out on the Massachusetts Turnpike Wednesday night.

A driver noticed the fire and pulled off to the side of the road to call 911.

Massachusetts State Police said they were notified around 9:30 p.m. that a truck had caught fire on the eastbound side of the highway in Wayland, near the Weston line. All eastbound lanes were closed as crews worked to extinguish the fire.

No one was injured in the fire.

NBC10 Boston's SkyRanger was over the scene, and at 10:30 p.m., traffic was backed up all the way to Framingham.

Around 10:45 p.m., state police tweeted that the fire had been put out and the left lane had reopened. They tweeted again at 11 p.m. that the lane had closed again for cleanup. By 11:10 p.m., SkyRanger showed that the left lane had opened again.

Clean-up lasted a few hours as workers hauled debris into dumpsters and move the Orange Schneider truck onto a flatbed. The truck was filled with home materials.

Weston Fire said fire hydrants were frozen and that crews from Waltham were responding to help with the water supply.

Police do not know the cause of the fire. All roads are clear for the morning commute.



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<![CDATA[Police: Woman Attacked in Mattapan]]> Wed, 16 Jan 2019 23:06:56 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Generic+Boston+Police.jpg

A woman suffered life-threatening injuries in an assault in Boston's Mattapan neighborhood, according to police.

Boston Police say officers responded around 6 p.m. to Fairlawn Ave, where a woman had been wounded.

She was taken to a hospital with injuries that were considered serious and life-threatening. Later in the evening, police said her condition had been upgraded and that she was expected to survive.

No arrests have been made.



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<![CDATA[Rising Drug-Related Crashes Raise Need for Roadside Tests]]> Thu, 17 Jan 2019 10:26:25 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/msptest.jpg

The number of people dying in drug-related crashes is skyrocketing according to recent data from the Governor’s Highway Safety Administration.

Police worry -- if they can’t get some help -- it’s only going to get worse. There is no breathalyzer for drugs like there is for alcohol and it is a huge challenge for law enforcement when it comes to identifying people driving under the influence of drugs. But Massachusetts is now testing two roadside drug tests that could help them get high drivers off the road. Critics say there’s too much room for error.

In 2017, the NBC10 Boston Investigators got exclusive access to the Massachusetts State Police. At roadblocks around the state, they asked nearly 200 volunteers to swab their mouths for saliva in order to test the roadside drug detection devices. Troopers fed one saliva sample into portable devices and sent the other to an independent lab, with more sensitive equipment, for comparison and confirmation.

The federally-funded study was done on behalf of the Massachusetts District Attorney Association and state police. The results haven’t been made public, but the NBC10 Boston Investigators obtained a copy of the report and showed the data to Walpole Police Chief John Carmichael. He sits on the state’s special commission on drugged driving. After looking at the results, he said, “Those are very high numbers. I’ll take that all day.”

The tests screen for seven classes of drugs from methamphetamines to opiates to THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. They used two different brands, the DDS2 from Alere and Abbott Labs and the DDT5000 from Draeger.

According to the report, both brands tested had an overall accuracy of 92 percent -- compared to the lab results. But there were some problems as well. Both showed drivers had drugs in their system when the independent lab said they didn’t about one to five percent of the time. The DDT5000 showed an overall false positive rate of .7 percent while the DDS2 had a 4.7 percent rate. The machines missed drugs all together from about 3 to 7 percent of the time with the DDS2 having the lower false negative rate of 2.8 percent versus the 6.7 percent rate of the DDT5000.

Draeger, which makes the DDT5000 did not respond to our requests for comment, but a spokesman for Abbott, which makes the DDS2 sent us a statement.

“Abbott’s DDS2 analyzer has been favorably evaluated by police departments in several states and worldwide. In a study presented at the 2014 Society of Forensic Toxicologists meeting, the DDS2 demonstrated 98 percent accuracy compared with confirmatory lab tests," the statement says. "To safeguard against any false positive or false negative, we always recommend that a second oral fluid sample be collected and sent to a laboratory for confirmation testing.”

Chief Carmichael says these devices aren’t silver bullet solutions but will help.

“It’s not perfect, but it’s something that’s one more tool the officer has,” said Carmichael.

For opiates, the study showed both devices correctly identified the drugs about three-quarters of the time. The DDS2 had a sensitivity rate of 75 percent while the DDT5000’s sensitivity rate was 78.6 percent. For THC, the chemical in marijuana that researchers say can indicate more recent use, one machine, the DDS2, got it right every time while the other failed to detect it nearly a third of the time. The DDT5000 sensitivity rate was 66.7 percent.

“This is a new and emerging technology and we’re just not there yet,” said Matthew Allen of the ACLU.

Allen is also on the drugged-driving commission. He is against letting police collect oral fluids until more studies have been done.

“We want to make sure that if we’re going to be restricting people’s civil liberties or penalizing drivers that that approach is based on sound science and evidence,” said Allen.

According to a report from the Governor’s Highway Safety Association, 44 percent of drivers killed in crashes in 2016 had drugs in their system -- that’s up more than 50 percent from a decade ago.

“That’s just alarming when you think of the sheer numbers out there,” exclaimed Carmichael.

Finding a one-size-fits-all solution is daunting. Drugs affect people differently, they can stay in the system for weeks or months and measuring impairment is a huge challenge. These roadside tests can’t tell officers if the driver is too high to drive -- just that there are drugs in their system.

“It doesn’t have to gauge impairment,” Carmichael said. “The operator has already shown the officer on the street the impairment. The car’s weaving as it’s moving down Route 1, or it might be that the person has glassy, bloodshot eyes, slow and deliberate speech, there might be an odor coming from that car, there might be things in plain view.”

Carmichael says we should let the police collect the evidence and the rest can be sorted in court. Allen disagrees.

“One point of view I heard from law enforcement agents, well, this test might not be perfect, but it’s the best we have. I think we can do better,” said Allen.

“I don’t think we’re going to come up with a device that’s going to be 100 percent accurate every time. But it’s a tool,” said Carmichael.

The drugged driving commission recently recommended 10-2 that police officers be allowed to take oral fluids to test for drugs. They did not vote on the roadside tests themselves. Any change to state regulation would have to be approved by lawmakers.

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<![CDATA[Baker and Walsh Plan Bipartisan Road Trip to Washington]]> Wed, 16 Jan 2019 19:43:42 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Marty+Walsh+Charlie+Baker.jpg

In what has become the longest government shutdown in American history, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker are planning on taking a road trip.

"Instead of building walls, let's show them how to build bridges," said Walsh in his State of the City address.

Tuesday night, Walsh announced the two would be traveling together to Washington to show how their bipartisan approach to governing works.

Walsh is a Democrat leading the city and Baker is a Republican leading the state.

"I think we would both like to have a chance to sort of make a collaborative pitch to the folks down there to think a little bigger about to treat each other and try to get things done," said Baker.

Walsh calls President Donald Trump's determination on building a wall along the southern border "frustrating."

"There's no if, and, or buts about it, and there's no dialogue," said Walsh.

It's not clear when or how the two will get to Washington. They still have to work out the logistics through their administrations' staffers.

Baker wants the timing to align with other local and state leaders across the country.

"I have a feeling that if we schedule this the right way, we may be able do it when there are other folks from either state government or other cities down there," said Baker.



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<![CDATA[New England States Teaming Up on Paid Family Leave]]> Wed, 16 Jan 2019 19:35:44 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Dual-State_Proposal_for_Paid_Medical_and_Family_Leave.jpg

The governors of New Hampshire and Vermont want to team up on a plan they say could become a model for the nation in expanding valued benefits to more workers, predicting their idea could do so efficiently and with few burdens on employers.

Touring a brewery in Littleton, New Hampshire that draws its workforce half from New Hampshire and half from Vermont, Govs. Chris Sununu and Phil Scott, both Republicans, proposed a novel approach to paid medical and family leave—a legislative challenge that’s seen their respective statehouses balancing important cushions for working families against business impacts.

“In so many ways, New Hampshire and Vermont are in the same boat together,” observed New Hampshire’s Gov. Chris Sununu.

Under their “Twin State Voluntary Leave Plan,” the governors would combine their respective states’ 18,500 state employees into one pool large enough, they said, to become attractive to a private insurance carrier.

That carrier would then be required to also allow private sector employees to opt in, as well as workers whose companies don’t offer paid leave plans.

“The plan would be voluntary, and not serve as an income tax,” Sununu said at the announcement Wednesday.

The proposal aims for 60 percent wage replacement for six weeks, for big life events like the birth of a child or caring for a sick spouse.

Scott and Sununu said they believe benefits under the system could help businesses attract applicants needed for growth, with few burdens.

“If we are successful in each of our state legislatures, we could establish a model and a standard for the rest of the country,” Gov. Phil Scott of Vermont said.

Political pushback is already starting. The New Hampshire Democratic Party called the announcement “ill-thought-out and underdeveloped.”

A statement from NHDP chair Ray Buckley called on Gov. Sununu to work more closely with the Democratic majority in the New Hampshire Legislature to craft a system that he said would work better for Granite Staters.

“I have a hard time believing an opt-in will work, financially,” said Vermont Senate Majority Leader Sen. Becca Balint, a Democrat representing Windham County.

Balint said based on past testimony she’s heard on the issue, she believes the insurance pool would need to be much larger to offer the kind of leave benefits she thinks workers deserve.

Still, Balint said she’s open to hearing more from the governors and that she appreciates that they recognize paid family leave is a key component to attracting people who want to work and live in northern New England.

“This is going to continue to be a concern for us as we try to attract young families to Vermont,” Balint said of paid family leave.

Govs. Sununu and Scott asked lawmakers in their respective states to keep an open mind about their proposal and said teaming up will help the small states have a bigger impact on the family needs of their workforces.



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<![CDATA[Report: Mass Rep Accused of Groping Incoming Lawmaker]]> Wed, 16 Jan 2019 23:23:07 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Massachusetts+State+House1.JPG

A top lawmaker in Massachusetts' House of Representative is accused of groping an incoming lawmaker, according to the Boston Globe.

Rep. Paul McMurtry, a Democrat from Dedham and a member of House Speaker Robert DeLeo's leadership team, allegedly grabbed the backside of an incoming legislator at an orientation cocktail hour last month for new lawmakers in the state, the Globe reported.

At the time of the alleged incident, McMurtry was the chairman of the House personnel committee.

DeLeo's communications director, Catherine Williams, told NBC10 Boston that four House members had told the speaker or his staff that they had heard secondhand reports of "inappropriate conduct" at the New Member Legislative Academy at UMass Amherst. She said all of those House members denied having firsthand knowledge of the incident and declined to identify anyone involved.

After hearing the first complaint on Dec. 19, Williams said DeLeo "immediately notified House Counsel."

"The Speaker's office was subsequently made aware on January 4, 2019, of a rumor conveyed by one member, by way of a second member, of a name that Matt Stout of the Boston Globe provided," Williams wrote in her statement, declining to name McMurtry.

Back in 2017, DeLeo announced a review of sexual harassment policies after 12 women told the Globe they had been sexually harassed at the State House. Since then, Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg resigned after an ethics report concluded he had failed to protect the Senate from his husband, Bryon Hefner, who has been charged with sexual assault, criminal lewdness and distributing nude photos without consent.

McMurtry denied the allegations to the Globe and said that he welcomed an investigation. Without naming McMurtry, a spokesperson for DeLeo told the paper that an outside consultant, Cynthia Farquhar, had deemed an allegation to be plausible, adding that an ad hoc legislative committee would investigate.



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