<![CDATA[NBC10 Boston - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2018https://www.nbcboston.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcboston.com/designimages/clear.gif NBC10 Boston https://www.nbcboston.comen-usThu, 22 Feb 2018 00:05:25 -0500Thu, 22 Feb 2018 00:05:25 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Man Accused of Threatening to Kill Police Arrested]]> Wed, 21 Feb 2018 21:23:44 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Man_Accused_of_Threatening_to_Kill_Police_Arrested.jpg

A Massachusetts man who threatened to kill police officers and possibly himself is in custody, according to authorities.

Michael Rembisz of Marshfield was charged with threats to commit a crime and threats to commit murder to police officers on Wednesday.

Marshfield Police Chief Phillip Tavares told NBC10 Boston that Rembisz resisted arrest last week and became angered as a result.

Investigators say Rembisz's mind started to deteriorate after his arrest Friday on minor charges. 

Officers said they had a reason to believe Rembisz became an anarchist, and was determined to kill police officers and possibly himself.

"A concerned family member had reported that Michael Rembisz had accumulated weapons and was threatening to kill police officers and harm himself," said Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy Cruz.

On Wednesday, law enforcement forces set up a soft perimeter around his house on Surrey Road before Rembisz fled, leading plain clothes officers to take him down and place him in custody.

Police found a loaded rifle and handgun in his car. Two more guns and ammunition were found in the home. Rembisz does not have a license to carry.

"This is amazing. That's all I'm telling you," said Rembisz's father.

When asked if he knew his son had all of those guns, Rembisz's father said he had nothing to say.

"We've been dealing with Mr. Rembisz for a number of years. He's very well known to us," said one law enforcement official.

Neighbors know well his run-ins with police.

"I hope they lock him up for a long time. I hope his parents sell the house and I hope we get in a nice family," said one neighbor.

Police are working with federal investigators to figure out how Rembisz got all of the weapons.

One neighbor said he has had positive interactions with Rembisz.

"He did the leaves on my lawn. He does great work with his landscaping company. I know he has some run-ins in the past, but who hasn't had troubles in their past, you know?" said neighbor Phil Drounin Jr.

The district attorney says there is no threat to the public.

It's unclear if Rembisz has an attorney. He will be in court Thursday.

<![CDATA[Regular Service Resumes Following Red Line Derailment]]> Wed, 21 Feb 2018 22:00:40 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/DWkXKDmVAAAJYe+EDIT_.jpg

Regular service has resumed after a derailment led to smoky conditions and confusion Wednesday morning on the MBTA's Red Line.

The last car of a six-car train derailed as it entered Andrew Station around 9:20 a.m., then "re-railed itself" before it stopped, according to MBTA spokesperson Joe Pesaturo.

Initially, the MBTA said it was a track problem, but then said it was a motor failure that led to the issue. In a press release Wednesday afternoon, the MBTA called the incident a derailment. Pesaturo later clarified all three things happened Wednesday morning.

Crews found that about 300 feet of third rail was damaged as a result of the derailment during an assessment later Wednesday.

Officials are thoroughly inspecting the the track, the train's equipment and other components that are involved, Pesaturo said. The train involved in Wednesday's incident is out of service for the duration of the investigation.

No one was injured in the incident.

Commuters were warned of severe delays continuing into the evening as shuttle buses were used between the JFK/UMass and Broadway stations, and were urged to "consider an alternate transit mode."

Huge crowds were trying to board busses outside the Broadway T stop Wednesday evening, with many commuters frustrated.

"The busses are crowded. That is dangerous for all the people to get on the bus," said one passenger.

Complete train service resumed between the three stations just before 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

"This is a serious incident and we want our customers to know that our top priority is to operate a safe system for our customers," MBTA General Manager Luis Manuel Ramirez said in a statement. "While we realize this is a significant inconvenience to our customers, the Red Line will remained closed between Broadway and JFK until it is safe to resume service. Until then, our team continues to assess the damage, and make necessary repairs, while working to identify the root cause."

Photos and videos from commuters Wednesday morning show smoke filling the busy transit stop as passenger got off the train.

Another commuter said that the motor failure caused glass on the train to blow out.

Kyle Hemingway said the train "kept sort of bucking, and then it would sort of slam back down, come back up again, slam back down, and sparks would fly."

He said the ride then took a terrifying turn.

"Then the window across from me just started pulsing, like shards of glass would come out and burst," he recalled.

Commuters were also encouraged to use the MBTA's commuter rail lines as an alternate means of transportation, including Middleborough/Lakevill, Kingston/Plymouth and Greenbush, which is adding stops at JFK/UMass, Quincy Center and Braintree stations.

In a statement, a spokesperson said Gov. Charlie Baker is "grateful" for there being no injuries in Wednesday's incident.

"The governor appreciates the public's patience as the MBTA investigates this serious incident and completes necessary repairs so regular service can resume," the spokesperson said.

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<![CDATA[Billy Graham Went From Tent Revivals to White House]]> Wed, 21 Feb 2018 18:20:23 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/graham-in-home.jpg

As a young man, he practiced his sermons by preaching to the alligators and birds in the swamp. At his height years later, he was bringing the word of God into living rooms around the globe via TV and dispensing spiritual counsel — and political advice — to U.S. presidents.

The Rev. Billy Graham, dubbed "America's Pastor" and the "Protestant Pope," died Wednesday at his North Carolina home at age 99 after achieving a level of influence and reach no other evangelist is likely ever to match.

More than anyone else, the magnetic, Hollywood-handsome Graham built evangelicalism into a force that rivaled liberal Protestantism and Roman Catholicism in the United States.

The North Carolina-born Graham transformed the tent revival into an event that filled football arenas, and reached the masses by making pioneering use of television in prosperous postwar America. By his final crusade in 2005, he had preached in person to more than 210 million people worldwide.

All told, he was the most widely heard Christian evangelist in modern history.

"Graham is a major historical figure, not merely to American evangelicals, but to American Christianity in general," said Bill Leonard, a professor at Wake Forest University Divinity School in North Carolina. Graham was "the closest thing to a national Protestant chaplain that the U.S. has ever had."

A tall figure with swept-back hair, blue eyes and a strong jaw, Graham was a commanding presence in the pulpit with a powerful baritone voice. His catchphrase: "The Bible says ..."

Despite his international renown, he would be the first to say his message was not complex or unique. But he won over audiences with his friendliness, humility and unyielding religious conviction.

He had an especially strong influence on the religion and spirituality of American presidents, starting with Dwight Eisenhower, whom he urged to run for office and baptized at the White House. George W. Bush credited Graham with helping him transform himself from carousing, hard-drinking oilman to born-again Christian family man.

His influence reached beyond the White House. He delivered poignant remarks about the nation's wounds in the aftermath of Sept. 11 during a message from Washington National Cathedral three days after the attacks. He met with boxer Muhammad Ali in 1979 to talk about religion. He showed up in hurricane-ravaged South Carolina in the 1980s and delivered impromptu sermons from the back of a pickup truck to weary storm victims.

In the political arena, his organization took out full-page ads in support of a ballot measure that would ban gay marriage. Critics blasted Graham on social media on Wednesday for his stance on gay rights.

Graham wasn't always a polished presence in the pulpit. After World War II, as an evangelist in the U.S. and Europe with Youth for Christ, he was dubbed "the Preaching Windmill" for his arm-swinging and rapid-fire speech.

His first meeting with a U.S. president, Harry Truman, was a disaster. Wearing a pastel suit and loud tie that he would later say made him look like a vaudeville performer, the preacher, unfamiliar with protocol, told reporters what he had discussed with Truman, then posed for photos.

But those were early stumbles on his path to fame and influence.

His first White House visit with Lyndon Johnson, scheduled to last only minutes, stretched to several hours. He urged Gerald Ford to pardon Richard Nixon and supported Jimmy Carter on the SALT disarmament treaty. He stayed at the White House with George H.W. Bush on the eve of the first Persian Gulf War.

His presidential ties proved problematic when his close friend Nixon resigned in the Watergate scandal in 1974, leaving Graham devastated, embarrassed and baffled.

Later, tapes released in 2002 caught the preacher telling Nixon that Jews "don't know how I really feel about what they're doing to this country."

Graham apologized, saying he didn't recall ever having such feelings. He asked the Jewish community to consider his actions instead of his words.

At the height of his career, he would be on the road for months at a time. The strain of so much preaching caused the already trim Graham to lose as much as 30 pounds by the time one of his crusades ended.

His wife, Ruth, mostly stayed behind at their mountainside home in Montreat to raise their five children: Franklin, Virginia ("Gigi"), Anne, Ruth and Nelson ("Ned"). Ruth sometimes grew so lonely when Billy was traveling that she slept with his tweed jacket for comfort. But she said, "I'd rather have a little of Bill than a lot of any other man."

Beyond Graham's TV appearances and speaking engagements, he reached multitudes through network radio, including "The Hour of Decision," film and newspapers.

One of Graham's breakthrough films was "The Restless Ones," made in the 1960s, about morally adrift teens in Southern California who found the strength to withstand temptation after attending a Billy Graham crusade.

In the 1950s he created a syndicated newspaper column, "My Answer," which at its height reached tens of millions of readers.

Early on, he took up the cause of fighting communism, preaching against its atheistic evils. But he was much less robust in his support for civil rights and did join his fellow clergymen in the movement's marches, a position he later said he regretted.

"I think I made a mistake when I didn't go to Selma" to join the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., he said in a 2005 interview. "I would like to have done more."

Still, Graham ended racially segregated seating at his Southern crusades in 1953, a year before the Supreme Court's school integration ruling, and long refused to visit South Africa while its white regime insisted on separating the races at meetings.

Graham's integrity lifted him through the dark days of the late 1980s, after scandals befell TV preachers Jimmy Swaggart and Jim Bakker.

Graham had resolved early on never to be alone with a woman other than his wife. Instead of taking a share of the offerings at his crusades, he drew a modest salary from his ministry, which was governed by an independent board, instead of by friends and relatives.

"Why, I could make a quarter of a million dollars a year in this field or in Hollywood if I wanted to," Graham once said. "The offers I've had from Hollywood studios are amazing. But I just laughed. I told them I was staying with God."

Later in his career, Graham visited communist Eastern Europe. Increasingly, he appealed for world peace.

William Franklin Graham Jr. was born on Nov. 7, 1918, on a rural dairy farm near Charlotte. His path began taking shape at age 16, when the Presbyterian-reared farm boy committed himself to Christ at a tent revival around Charlotte, North Carolina.

After high school, he enrolled at the fundamentalist Bob Jones College, then transferred to Florida Bible Institute in Tampa. There, he practiced his sermonizing in a swamp.

He still wasn't convinced he should be a preacher until a soul-searching, late-night ramble on a golf course.

"I finally gave in while pacing at midnight on the 18th hole," he said. "'All right, Lord,' I said, 'If you want me, you've got me.'"

A 1949 Los Angeles revival in a tent dubbed the "Canvas Cathedral" turned Graham into evangelism's rising star. Legendary publisher William Randolph Hearst had ordered his papers to hype Graham, though the evangelist said he never learned why.

He later embarked on expectation-defying crusades in London and New York, soon becoming a global voice for Christianity.

Health problems gradually slowed Graham. In 1995 his son William Franklin Graham III, then 43, was designated the ministry's leader.

Billy Graham's wife died in 2007 at age 87. Graham will be buried next to her at the Billy Graham Museum and Library in Charlotte. There was no immediate word on other funeral arrangements.

Online: Billy Graham Evangelistic Association: http://www.billygraham.org

Billy Graham Center archives: http://www.wheaton.edu/bgc/archives/archhp1.html

Zoll reported from New York. Retired Associated Press Religion Writer Richard N. Ostling contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Cold Temps Return After Record-Breaking Warmth]]> Wed, 21 Feb 2018 23:55:50 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Cold_Temps_Return_After_Record-Breaking_Warmth.jpg

After a day that saw record temperatures and many people enjoying the Boston winter in shorts and t-shirts on Wednesday, the weather is quickly going from balmy to bummer. Cold temperatures will return Thursday, with many seeing snow and sleet.

<![CDATA[Boston Hospital Helping Elite Athletes Prevent Injuries]]> Wed, 21 Feb 2018 20:05:31 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/217*120/spaulding+running+technology.jpg

Elite runners will soon make their way to Boston for Marathon Monday, but many have already made a stop at one local hospital to ensure they are ready for race day.

“It’s what will get them to the start line, and hopefully get them to the finish line,” said Irene Davis, Director of the Spaulding National Running Center.

At Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, the center is a place for research and diagnosis. Using cutting edge technology, they conduct a physical analysis of a runner, recording their form on a treadmill from various angles. A sports medicine team then reviews the footage and figures out what each person needs to change to improve form and avoid injury.

“It’s not an easy fix what we do,” explained Davis. “As you do this more and more and more, you start to see things that are patterns in the relation between someone’s mechanics and their injury.”

The program has proven so successful that the NBA has even taken interest in how it could help elite basketball players.

A study funded by the NBA and GE Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Collaboration will allow Davis and her team to evaluate how fatigue impacts the way players jump, land and ultimately get hurt.

“Our goal, whether it’s a runner, elite basketball player or any other athlete, is that they learn how to move in a better way,” said Dr. Adam Tenforde, Director of Running Medicine at the center.

A typical analysis at the center takes approximately 2.5 hours to complete. The hope is that after athletes understand the problems, they will use suggested exercises and methods to fix them for the future.

“I think we all should be able to run as long as we want to run,” Davis said, “And that’s our goal.”

<![CDATA[Boston Releases Parking Meter Pilot Program Results]]> Wed, 21 Feb 2018 22:47:05 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Boston_Releases_Parking_Meter_Pilot_Program_Results.jpg

Boston launched a pilot program last year, with metered spots in the Back Bay going up from $1.25 an hour to $3.75. Since then, the city says it has seen an 11-percent increase in metered spaces and a 14-percent decrease in double parking. The Seaport saw similar improvements.

<![CDATA[MIT Exploring Link Between Slavery and Science]]> Wed, 21 Feb 2018 21:00:57 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/MIT_Exploring_Link_Between_Slavery_and_Science.jpg

MIT is known for giving the best and the brightest a foundation in science. But, until recently few knew a dark secret about its founder.

“Our founder William Barton Rogers was a slave owner, before he comes to Boston in 1853 with the idea of MIT, he owns six people,” Dr. Craig Steven Wilder said.

Wilder is an MIT professor that teaches the class “MIT and Slavery.”

In the class that started this past fall, students and researchers uncovered how MIT has its roots in the slave economy.

“Really looking at the relationship between science, engineering and slavery. The way in which the slave economy actually provided the funding for the rise of the very disciplines that we cherish,” said Professor Wilder.

After revelations that Harvard and other Ivy League schools have direct connections to slavery, MIT’s leadership decided the prestigious school needed to look into its own past.

“MIT faces hard challenges," said Dean Melissa Nobles. The ‘MIT and Slavery’ class is pushing us into a national conversation.”

“In the same way slavery was central to the rise of the United States,” said Professor Wilder, “slavery was central to the rise of MIT.”

<![CDATA[Fatal Pedestrian Accident Shuts Down I-93 in Dorchester]]> Wed, 21 Feb 2018 23:17:23 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/197*120/i93+accident.jpg

A fatal accident involving a pedestrian has shut down a stretch of I-93 northbound in Dorchester, Massachusetts.

The accident happened just before 10 p.m. Wednesday, just north of exit 14.

A sedan with significant damage to its hood could be seen on scene. The windshield was also smashed in.

As state troopers investigate, they are diverting cars headed towards Boston onto Morrissey Boulevard.

Massachusetts State Police say they expect the highway to be closed for quite a while.

The victim has not been identified.

It was not immediately clear if the driver, who has not been identified, will face charges in the accident.

There is no word on the cause of the accident.

The incident remains under investigation.

No other information was immediately available.

<![CDATA[Demonstrations Planned in Boston to Protest Gun Violence]]> Wed, 21 Feb 2018 23:30:09 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Teens_Organize_Demonstrations_for_Gun_Control.jpg

Students in and around Boston are planning to protest gun violence in the wake of the Florida high school shooting.

“A March for Our Lives: Boston” protest and National School Walkout are in the works.

The protest is set for March 24 from 12-5 p.m. on Boston Common.

Social media sites have already been set up, along with fundraising.

The rally is on a Saturday and event organizers say they're expecting tens of thousands of people to come out.

“We’re really working to create a conversation in Massachusetts,” said Andover High school senior Charlotte Lowell.

She’s one of the many people organizing the protest.

“I think my generation has grown up with mass shootings kind of all around us, grown up with the word shooter...or learning how to duck and cover if an unknown person gets into our building with a gun, which is a terrifying thought,” said Lowell.

Wednesday, From California, to Miami, to Iowa rallies were posted on Snapchat showing the growing anti-gun violence movement led by teens.

In Florida, thousands of kids, and some students who survived the Parkland school tragedy walked out of school and protested.

They also flooded the Florida capital demanding change.

“I think this has the potential to be a very large and very powerful event,” said Graciela Mohamedi, a Rockland High School Teacher, and also an adult planner for the Boston protest.

Graciela thinks it can rival the women’s march.

So far, she says about 40,000 people are interested in Facebook.

In addition, students are planning on walking out of class on Wednesday, March 14.

That will be for 17 minutes — one minute for each person killed in Florida.

Graciela says the walkout has been endorsed by the Massachusetts Teachers Association.

<![CDATA[Man Killed Off-Duty Md. Officer Who Helped Woman in Domestic Dispute]]> Wed, 21 Feb 2018 22:06:09 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/officer-mujahid-ramzziddin-profile.jpg

An off-duty Prince George's County police officer was killed Wednesday morning after a neighbor being threatened by her estranged husband asked for the officer's help and the man shot him, police say. 

The alleged attacker, 37-year-old Glenn Tyndell, also was killed. 

Cpl. Mujahid Ramzziddin lost his life helping the woman as he was off duty in his own neighborhood, Chief Hank Stawinski said at a news conference. 

"He saved her life by giving his own," Stawinski said. 

"A gutless coward took the life of a very important member of our community," Prince George's County State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks said, her voice raised in anger. 

"Officer Ramzziddin gave his life trying to save the life of another," she continued. 

Ramzziddin was a Marine Corps veteran, a father of four and his mother's only son, officials said. He served on the Prince George's County police force for 14 years. He was 51. 

Tyndell, of Largo, had a protective order against him and was due in court for an emergency hearing on Wednesday, sources tell News4 and court records show. 

He had a history of domestic violence, Stawinski said.

"There does appear to be a history of domestic incidents, and they span multiple jurisdictions," the police chief said.

Tyndell had three open warrants for assault. Court records show he was arrested for violating a protective order in March 2013 and arrested for assault in September 2010.

He worked for Metro as a mechanic, police said. 

A neighbor went to Ramzziddin for help after her estranged husband threatened her outside her home on Chadsey Lane about 10:20 a.m., police said. Ramzziddin immediately responded to the woman's plea. 

"Shortly thereafter, he found himself in a confrontation with a man armed with a shotgun," Stawinski said. 

The man shot and killed Ramzziddin, Stawinski said. Police later identified that man as Tyndell.

A witness driving past said he heard more than 10 shots. 

"It was a scary, scary situation," he said. 

Tyndell left the scene in a black SUV. A short time later, Charles County sheriff's deputies saw him on Berry Road and began to pursue him. The chase led back into Prince George's County, where additional officers assisted. 

On Indian Head Highway at Old Fort Road in Fort Washington, about 10 miles from where Ramzziddin was shot, Tyndell jumped out of the SUV and shot at the officers. 

The officers shot back, and Tyndell was fatally wounded. 

No other officers were hurt. Tyndell's estranged wife also was not hurt. 

Tyndell had children of his own, his father, James Tyndell told News4. They are 11, 8 and 6, their grandfather said.

James Tyndell argued that people in his son's life had provided false information about him to police. 

Officials said they were heartbroken by Ramzziddin's death.

"With broken hearts, we are announcing that one of our officers was shot and killed today. The brave officer was shot while stepping in to protect a woman threatened in a domestic situation. Please keep his family and our department in your prayers," the department said on Twitter earlier Wednesday. 

Neighbors also said they were shaken by the crime. 

“I’m a retired officer myself who has also been in the line of fire," one woman said, near tears. "This hits pretty hard for me to know that one of my fellow brothers have been killed." 

Many officers on foot, in squad cars and on motorcycles responded to the shooting scene, Chopper4 footage showed. Several roads in the area were shut down. 

As Ramzziddin's body was taken via ambulance to the state medical examiner's office in Baltimore, first responders lined highways to salute and honor him. 

Less than two years have passed since  the last time a Prince George's County police officer was killed.

Officer Jacai Colson was killed outside the District III police station in Palmer Park on March 13, 2016. A fellow officer accidentally shot him during a chaotic shootout.

Michael Ford opened fire on officers as his brothers used their cellphones to record video of the gunfight. Ford told his brothers to send video of the attack on the police station to the entertainment website WorldStarHipHop.com, prosecutors said. Ford's brothers pleaded guilty for their roles in the shooting. His trial is pending. 

More officers were shot and killed in 2017 after they responded to domestic disturbances than were shot in the line of duty in any other circumstance, according to data from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

Seven of the 128 officers who died on the job last year were shot as they responded to domestic disturbance reports.

"As most law enforcement officers have been informed during their training or know intuitively from working the streets ... domestic dispute calls or intra-family offenses were the most dangerous type of call for the responding officers," a report from the organization says.

In the D.C. area, Prince William County Officer Ashley Guindon was shot and killed on Feb. 17, 2016, her first day on the job, as she responded to a domestic violence call. Two other officers were hurt. 

"Any officer realizes your next call could be your last," Guindon's uncle Mark Guindon previously told News4.

Over the course of Ramzziddin's career, he was assigned to District III, District IV, the Washington Area Vehicle Enforcement Unit and the Gang Unit. He was part of the Harbor Unit when he was killed. 

Ramzziddin's funeral is set to be scheduled soon.

Stay with News4 for more details on this developing story. 

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<![CDATA[California Rape Suspect Consumed Poisonous Mixture During Chase: Police]]> Wed, 21 Feb 2018 23:03:31 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/212*120/2-21-2018-poison-freeway-pursuit.jpg

A man wanted in connection with a Los Angeles-area rape died Wednesday at the end of a pursuit in Ventura County after authorities say he consumed a lethal mixture while driving on a freeway.

The man likely consumed a poisonous mix of sodium chloride and potassium cyanide before striking a median on the 101 Freeway near Seward Avenue, authorities said. The man earlier told officer he was suicidal, according to the California Highway Patrol.

He died at the scene. No officers were injured.

Details about the crime for which the driver was sought were not immediately available, except that it occurred in January, according to police. The man was identified as 33-year-old Jonathan Hanks, of Camarillo, according to Los Angeles police. 

The 101 Freeway was closed in both directions near Seaward Avenue for the investigation.

Authorities said earlier that shots were fired, but later said there was no gunfire. 

Editor's Note 2/21/2018, 12:13 p.m.: This story has been updated to accurately report the day the man died.

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<![CDATA[Massachusetts Seminary Remembers Rev. Billy Graham]]> Wed, 21 Feb 2018 19:45:00 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Remembering_Rev._Billy_Graham.jpg

The photos and personal letters are all part of the Billy Graham archive at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Hamilton, Massachusetts.

There’s a street and residence hall named after the famed evangelist who helped co found the school.

“He really believed Boston was the intellectual center of the United States," says seminary president Dennis Hollinger. “He broke down the color barrier very early on in his ministry.”

Hollinger is remembering his friend and the way Graham preached the message of Jesus Christ to millions of people around the world.

The man known as “America’s Pastor” is also being called the most influential religious leader of his era. For decades, he was leading crusades in massive stadiums, even preaching in the Boston Common early on in his ministry.

Growing up as a 14-year-old in Baton Rouge, Lousiana, "our whole youth group went in buses to see the Billy Graham crusade,” said Dana Robert.

The religion professor at Boston University recalls seeing Graham preach in person.

While Reverend Graham rubbed elbows with presidents, Professor Robert says the recognition of his own flaws kept him humble and accessible.

“Billy Graham had marital problems, but he stayed married, Billy sucked up to the wealthy when he shouldn’t have. And later in life he repented of some of these things.”

A family spokesperson says Reverend Graham died Wednesday morning in North Carolina after battling a long illness. He was 99 years old.

"The message he proclaimed was modeled in his own life,” says Hollinger.

Gordon-Conwell is celebrating Reverend Graham's life and legacy through various events.

<![CDATA[Harvard Issues New Truck Rules to Increase Safety on Campus]]> Wed, 21 Feb 2018 19:29:53 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/New_Truck_Rules_on_Harvard_s_Campus.jpg

All large trucks on Harvard University will now be required to have a sideguard when driving on campus.

The initiative is intended to improve pedestrian and biker safety on campus.

Harvard's sustainability manager David Havelick says the goal is simple.

"Preventing injuries of bikers or pedestrians getting hit by the side of the truck and getting sucked under the wheel."

A study reviewed by Harvard's sustainability department attributes 50-percent of all accidents with large trucks to happen on the side.

With the Sideguard, pedestrian and bikers would bounce of the rail, rather than go under the truck.

Some students think it's the Universities vendors who could do a better job of driving on campus.

"It's not necessarily speed but it's also concentration and that's something I'd like really like to see pushed more here," said Harvard student Raphaell Sophe.

The initiative will not only include University-operated trucks but also major vendors.

<![CDATA[Police Looking for Suspect Who Damaged Mailboxes, Stole Mail]]> Wed, 21 Feb 2018 18:59:10 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/214*120/litchfield+mailbox.jpg

Litchfield, New Hampshire police are looking for a man they say damaged residents' mailboxes and stole some people's mail.

Police say the man vandalized the mailboxes with his car.

Residents have reported damaged mailboxes on Westview Road, Duck Pond Circle, Windsor Drive, Carlisle Drive, Hanover Court, and Brandy Circle.

Lionel Constant has lived on Duck Pond in Litchfield for 30 years. He said his block is typically quiet, but that wasn’t the case on Tuesday.

“The person was speeding, coming up here because I could hear the car rivering,” Constant said. “He jammed his breaks on. I heard him stop over here, but he didn’t actually stop. He started speeding and he fishtailed around the cul-de-sac right here.”

Constant said the driver went from mailbox to mailbox.

“My next door neighbor is the one that told me that our mailboxes were broken,” he said.

Constant described the man as having a beard, rough looking and driving an older car.

Jacob Tremblay lives around the corner from Constant. His mailbox was vandalized, as well.

"He completely took out all the attachments to it and I guess just destroyed it," Tremblay said.

Litchfield police said they believe the same man committed another another crime in addition to the mailboxes.

"A male subject who had kicked in a window and was attempting to enter the library," Captain Benjamin Sergent said.

Police say they do have one piece of the puzzle in custody, the car that the man was driving. Police officers found the car at a gas station in Hudson, New Hampshire.

Litchfield police say they plan to issue a warrant for the man's arrest once they complete their investigation.

<![CDATA[Vt. Ski Academy Celebrates Gold Medal Win by Athlete Mentor]]> Wed, 21 Feb 2018 22:39:58 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/getty-diggins-win.jpg

Team USA scored a breakthrough win at the Winter Olympics, in a sport that hasn’t seen an American medal in more than four decades.

Two U.S. women won gold in the team cross-country ski sprint race. One of them, Jessie Diggins, trains right here in New England.

“It’s really inspirational to see her do something like that,” Stratton Mountain School senior May Chalmers said of Diggins.

Diggins will bring Olympic gold back to Stratton, after surging to a win in the sprint with teammate Kikkan Randall, ending a long U.S. medal drought in the sport.

“I felt like this coiled spring that just, like, came loose on that last 100 meters,” Diggins said on NBC’s TODAY Show. “I had so much energy. When you have someone that you care about so much waiting for you at the finish, you are never going to give up—ever!”

Diggins is from Minnesota, but is based in southern Vermont for summer and fall training.

She and other pro athletes also work with Stratton Mountain School students and campers as mentors.

Many of those young athletes are now eager to hear Diggins’ stories from the Winter Games.

“Now that she’s accomplished that, it’s setting the standard higher for everybody else,” Chalmers said. “It’s making it seem more attainable and possible moving forward, and that’s certainly motivational in training.”

Stratton sophomore Will Koch is the son of Bill Koch, who was the last American to medal at the Olympics in cross-country, winning silver in 1976.

“My dad was very affected,” Will Koch said Wednesday of the win by Randall and Diggins. “He was just going back and forth between laughing and crying, because he’s been waiting 40 years for someone to join him with the medals.”

“We’ve made huge strides in the past eight or ten years,” Stratton Mountain School Nordic program director Sverre Caldwell said, describing the development of cross-country ski racing in the United States. “Hopefully, this just inspires all the young cross-country skiers all over the country to go out and work a little harder.”

So they, too, can chase their gold medal dreams.

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<![CDATA[Father of Killed Fla. Student Gives Emotional Plea to Trump]]> Wed, 21 Feb 2018 19:25:25 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/DIT+NAT+TRUMP+LISTENING+THUMB.jpg

Andrew Pollack, whose daughter was murdered in the Parkland school shooting, gave an emotional plea to President Donald Trump during the listening session Wednesday on public safety.

<![CDATA[Students Who Survived Fla. Shooting Rally for Gun Laws]]> Wed, 21 Feb 2018 19:27:50 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/DIT_NAT_FLORIDA_STUDENTS_PRESSERS-151925205491000002.jpg

Students from Stoneman Douglas High held a rally inside and outside the capitol building in Tallahassee, Florida, demanding stricter gun laws.

<![CDATA[Bad Bridges: Nearly 500 in Mass. Are Structurally Deficient]]> Wed, 21 Feb 2018 23:45:18 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/bridge214.jpg

Across the country, bridges are crumbling and collapsing. More than 50,000 bridges are falling apart, including nearly 500 in Massachusetts.

In December, a New Hampshire woman on her way to work in Boston was hit by falling debris in Newburyport, Massachusetts, under the Whittier Bridge. It shattered her sunroof.

NBC10 Boston's Investigators checked area bridges. For example, under the Massachusetts Turnpike bridge near Boston University, concrete is crumbling top to bottom, steel is rusting and corroding. We also found holes rusted through in support beams.

Ilyas Bhatti is the former commissioner of the Metropolitan District Commission and oversaw bridges in the state for years. He now teaches at the Wentworth Institute of Technology.

"All the infrastructure is getting a D or less than D," he said. "Overall the state is not very good."

A new report from the American Road & Transportation Builders Association shows how bad it is. According to government data, 54,259 bridges are "structurally deficient."

"50,000 is a very large number," Bhatti said. "And the question comes - are we slipping into being the third world countries?”

In Massachusetts, there are nearly 500 structurally deficient bridges. Drivers pass over them 10 million times a day. Are bridges inspected enough?

"Until there’s an emergency, no action is taken," Bhatti said. "Inspections are done but should be expanded."

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation declined to allow NBC10 Boston's Investigators to go along on an inspection.

Some bridges have signs saying no trucks over the bridge or no trucks over six tons.

"That’s because the bridge is not up to the standards," Bhatti said. "The current standards.”

Experts say at the current rate of repair on bridges nationwide, it would take 37 years to fix the country’s bridges.

"The problem with our bridges is that we built great bridges going back to the time of President Eisenhower," Bhatti said. "He started the interstate highway system. Great bridges, but then forgot about maintenance.”

Some of the Massachusetts bridges on the list date back to the 1850s. They were not built for today’s traffic or 18-wheelers. The bridges are crumbling, in need of repair. New technology may help speed up the process.

"You take the case of the Tappan Zee Bridge, it will take six months to a year to erect the inspection platforms," Bhatti said. "Now we can send drones and the drones take thousands of pictures a minute.”

Those drones take pictures all over the bridge, including underneath, so engineers can more quickly diagnose the problems. Some of the bridges have been on the list with repairs not made for years.

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<![CDATA[This Is the Minimum Salary to Live By Yourself in Boston]]> Wed, 21 Feb 2018 15:41:08 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Generic+Boston+Generic+Boston+Seaport+District+Generic.JPG

Want to live in Boston without a roommate? Depending on your salary, that could just be a fantasy.

Renting a one-bedroom Boston apartment that came furnished would require someone to earn about $78,480 a year, or $6,540 a month, according to a new survey by Nestpick, which determined that someone would spend about 29 percent of their income on rent based on a UK housing study.

A one-bedroom apartment that's not furnished isn't cheap, either. Nestpick determined it a renter spending 29 percent of his or her salary would need a minimum salary of $59,304 a year, or $4,942 a month, for digs.

The study determined the average rent for a furnished one-bedroom apartment in Boston is $1,897 and the average rent for an unfurnished one-bedroom apartment is $1,433.

The median salary for Americans is $44,148 a year, according the Bureau of Labor Statistics; in Boston, the median salary comes out to $48,672 per year.

The report placed Boston as one of most expensive in the world, falling just behind San Francisco, New York and London, respectively.

Click here for the full index report.

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<![CDATA[Are US Athletes Cursed by Korea's Unlucky Number 4?]]> Sun, 18 Feb 2018 19:27:30 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-917564506.jpg

Every culture has a number considered unlucky because of superstitions. In the United States it's 13. In South Korea, it's four.

The reason behind the fear of the number four, known as tetraphobia, lies in the way it sounds. The Korean word for "four" sounds much like their word for "death."

Tetraphobia is fairly common across many Asian cultures and far surpasses Western propensity to triskaidekaphobia, the fear of the number 13. The superstition permeates through many aspects of society in these cultures. Many elevators in South Korea, for instance, skip the number four or use the letter "F" in place of the number four to represent the fourth floor.

Americans competing in Pyeongchang are learning that you don't need to believe in the "curse of four" to be doomed by the single-digit menace. And given these Team USA athletes' results at the 2018 Winter Games, they may leave South Korea with their own fear of four.

Mikaela Shiffrin — Alpine Skiing, Slalom
In her signature event, defending Olympic slalom gold medalist Mikaela Shiffrin finished fourth just a day after winning gold in the giant slalom. She was also wearing the No. 4 bib.

Ben Ferguson — Snowboarding, Halfpipe
Ben Ferguson finished on the podium in three of the four Olympic-qualifying contests, and he was the first U.S. men’s halfpipe rider to qualify for the 2018 games. But after posting a big score in the halfpipe qualifying and easily advancing to the finals, Ferguson, wearing bid No. 4, finished just off the podium in fourth place.

Lindsey Jacobellis — Snowboarding, Snowboard Cross
Lindsey Jacobellis, the most decorated women’s snowboard cross athlete ever, recorded a fourth-place finish at her fourth Olympics, also donning the No. 4 bib.

Maddie Mastro — Snowboarding, Halfpipe
Wearing bib No. 4, the young American snowboarder had a disappointing end to her Olympic debut, crashing out three times in the women’s halfpipe finals to finish 12th out of 12 women in the finals.

Ryan Cochran-Siegle — Alpine Skiing, Men's Combined
In his Olympic debut, Ryan Cochran-Siegle clipped a gate during the combined downhill and wiped out. The 25-year-old was also wearing bib No. 4.

The Americans aren't the only ones impacted by the "curse of four." These Athletes from other Western countries who donned the No. 4 bib during their competition may also have been jinxed.

Austrian Stephanie Brunner — Alpine Skiing, Giant Slalom
Stephanie Brunner crashed in her first run of the giant slalom and failed to finish.

Australian Britteny Cox — Freestyle Skiing, Women's Moguls
The defending world champion in women’s moguls finished 5th.

Dutch Ireen Wuest — Speedskating, Women's 100m
The most decorated speed skater in Olympic history skated in the fourth pair and finished 9th in the women’s 1000m. A day earlier, Wust won gold in the women's 1500m. She skated in starting pair No. 11 in that event.  

Kazakhstani Denis Ten — Figure Skating, Men's Short Program
A bronze medalist in Sochi, Ten skated fourth in Friday’s men’s figure skating short program and finished 27th, failing to advance to the free skate event.

Sweden's Hanna Falk- Cross-Country, Women's Sprint Classic
After finishing first in her heat at the quarterfinals and third in the semifinals, Falk came in fourth in the finals of the women's sprint classic. 

As for Shiffrin’s gold in giant slalom on Thursday, she was wearing bib No.7, a lucky number in South Korea.

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<![CDATA[See Your New England Olympians in Action]]> Wed, 21 Feb 2018 14:01:15 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/185*120/GettyImages-919671390.jpg

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<![CDATA[Mueller Asking If Manafort Promised WH Job to Receive Loans]]> Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:56:48 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-869474958.jpg

Federal investigators are probing whether former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort promised a Chicago banker a job in the Trump White House in return for $16 million in home loans, two people with direct knowledge of the matter told NBC News.

Manafort received three separate loans in December 2016 and January 2017 from Federal Savings Bank for homes in New York City and the Hamptons. Stephen Calk, who was announced as a member of candidate Trump's council of economic advisers in August 2016, is the president of Federal Savings Bank.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team is now investigating whether there was a quid pro quo agreement between Manafort and Calk. Manafort left the Trump campaign in August 2016 after the millions he had earned working for a pro-Russian political party in Ukraine drew media scrutiny. Calk did not receive a job in President Donald Trump's Cabinet.

Federal prosecutors said in court filings they have "substantial evidence" that loans made from the bank to Manafort were secured through false representations made by Manafort, including misstatements of income. The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment, and a Calk spokesperson did not return multiple calls and e-mails over a period of several weeks requesting a response.

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<![CDATA[Police: Suspect, Victim in Custody After Stabbing]]> Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:29:06 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Thomas+Quinlan.jpg

A Massachusetts man is facing a number of charges after allegedly stabbing another man during a drug deal at a Tewksbury home Tuesday night, but police add the victim is also facing charges.

Twenty-seven-year-old Thomas Quinlan of Dracut was arrested and charged with armed assault to murder (knife) and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, serious bodily injury.

The victim, who has not yet been identified, was taken to an area hospital for treatment. Police said the victim is expected to be released from the hospital on Wednesday and go right into police custody for unrelated outstanding warrants.

Quinlan's arrest came after police responded to a 911 call that a man had been stabbed at a home on Pleasant Street just after 10 p.m.

One neighbor who did not want to be named told NBC10 Boston there was a gathering at the house earlier in the night, where he said the victim lives.

"He was stabbed several times, he was taken to the hospital and they’re treating him for his wounds right now," said the neighbor.

Through an investigation, police were able to identify Quinlan as the stabbing suspect and took him into custody in Lowell without further incident.

"We believe these people are known to each other, so obviously the public has no concerns," said Tewksbury Deputy Police Chief John Vito. "We believe we arrested the person that was involved."

Authorities said the stabbing was not a random act and the incident involved a reported drug transaction.

Quinlan is expected to be arraigned in Lowell District Court later in the day. It's unclear if he has an attorney.

Police added more charges could come as a result of their investigation.

<![CDATA[Gun Magazine Found in School Last Year, District Announces]]> Wed, 21 Feb 2018 10:44:32 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Magazine+Medford+022018.JPG

A search was conducted in McGlynn Middle School Tuesday for a gun magazine initially found in the school late last year, though never disclosed to the police.

According to Medford Public Schools Superintendent Roy Belson, a magazine with bullets was found Dec. 29 in the auditorium of McGlynn Middle School by a cleaning crew during school vacation. The magazine could not be found again Tuesday.

Belson says the school frequently rents the auditorium to outside groups, and that it is believed one of them accidentally left it behind.

The magazine was locked in the principal's office by the in-house custodian. McGlynn Middle School Principal Jake Edwards was in his office on Dec. 30, Belson said in a statement. While cleaning, Edwards claims he threw away several items that could have included the loaded magazine.

The superintendent says he learned of the discovery in early January, but after being told it was an isolated incident, he opted not to notify parents. The police chief was also not directly informed, said Belson.

Following last week's school shooting in Florida, Belson says, the district opted to be more proactive. Authorities brought in weapon-sniffing dogs Tuesday, but nothing else was found.

"This was an isolated incident. The entire school system is committed to safeguarding the students, teachers and staff at all of our schools," Belson said in the statement.

<![CDATA[Ariz. Couple Denied Adopted Children Food, Water: Officials]]> Wed, 21 Feb 2018 11:38:08 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Arizona_mugshots.jpg

Four children in Arizona were denied access to food and water and from using the bathroom while being locked inside a room by their adoptive parents, authorities said, NBC News reported. 

Benito Gutierrez, 69, and Carol Gutierrez, 64, were booked on charges of child abuse Tuesday after the children were found living in the horrifying conditions, according to a Pima CountySheriff's Office press release.

Police were led to the Gutierrez's home after one of the children escaped through a bedroom window and asked to use a phone at a nearby Family Dollar on Saturday.

The children, whose ages range from 6 to 12, were regularly denied access to food, water, lights, or bathroom facilities for up to 12 hours at a time, according to the release. The kids were removed from the home.

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<![CDATA[Man Facing Animal Cruelty Charges After Dog Found in Forest]]> Wed, 21 Feb 2018 18:05:56 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/191*120/Uxbridge+dog+abuse+2.jpg

These playful Saint Bernard puppies are just six weeks old, but they’ve already been through a lot.

The 12 of them and their mother were turned over to animal control earlier this month, after their father, Buddy, was found wandering in Douglas State Forest.

“Someone driving past stopped and said hey this looks like so-and-so’s dog, so they pulled out their cell phone and they called him,” said regional animal control officer Kevin Sullivan.

Sullivan says when they caught Buddy and reached the owners, they allegedly initially lied and said Buddy was one of eight dogs they rehomed after being evicted.

“That was when she admitted to us that they dumped him in the state forest,” said Sullivan.

One of the owners, Steven Banville of Sutton, was charged with animal cruelty and misleading a police investigation.

Sullivan said, “This family was in over their head, they made a stupid decision with the male, the dad dog Buddy, but since then they’ve worked with us with the pups.”

And now Sullivan says Pawfect Life Rescue of Uxbridge has helped immensely with the cost of vet bills and helping to coordinate adoptions.

Julie Uthoff, who created the non-profit Pawfect Life Rescue said, “It’s been wonderful, people are very supportive, and they want to help with them so that’s all we can ask for, we can’t do anything without the support of the community.”

Sullivan added, “Puppies are doing really well now, they’re all putting weight, they’ve doubled, if not tripled in size over the last two weeks.”

Pawfect Life Rescue got hundreds of applications for adoptions and even sponsors for each puppy to help with vet bills – but they can always use help with supplies, donations and adoptions for other dogs.

Meanwhile, Banville is scheduled to return to court March 21.

<![CDATA[Controversial Skier Labeled 'Worst Olympian Ever' Hits Back]]> Wed, 21 Feb 2018 19:20:25 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/920204216-Liz-Swaney-Hungary-Olympics-Halfpipe.jpg

Controversial Olympic athlete Elizabeth Swaney is unapologetic, and she wants to set the record straight.

The skier went on the "Today" show Wednesday morning to defend her now-viral average Olympic performance, after being labeled the "worst Olympian ever" online. (Watch the interview in the player above.) 

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Reactions to Swaney's last-place finish in the freestyle halfpipe this week were swift and many were unkind, with some berating the athlete for treating the Olympics as a joke. But if Swaney thought it was a joke, she didn't let on. 

"I actually did three tricks," she was quick to clarify when "Today" hosts asked if she was concerned she didn't have much to show compared with the other women. "It's a little strange to hear I only did one trick or zero tricks."

Swaney, a 33-year-old from California, is technically American. But she's able to compete for Hungary because her grandparents are from there. This has been perceived as a loophole by many, who see much more skilled athletes from other countries left out of the Olympics due to competing in a bigger pool.

When asked whether she understands why there is a backlash against her being at the games, she replies that she does, but at the same time she "always tries to do her best."

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<![CDATA[Pyeongchang by the Numbers: Vonn Finishes Third]]> Wed, 21 Feb 2018 11:41:13 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/vonn_downshill.jpg

Lindsey Vonn races what's likely her last Olympic downhill, American cross-country skiers break a 42-year medal drought and Liechtenstein's sports royalty shines. Here are the Pyeongchang Games by the numbers: 

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33 With a bronze finish in the women’s downhill, Lindsey Vonn became, at age 33, the oldest woman to medal in Alpine skiing in the Winter Games. She takes the record from Austria’s Michaela Dorfmeister, who was just shy of her 33rd birthday when she won the downhill and the super-G at the 2006 Turin Olympics. At the Pyeongchang Games, Vonn's friend and rival Sofia Goggia of Italy finished the downhill in a time of 1 minute, 39:22 seconds, beating her by 0.47 seconds. It was Goggia’s first Olympic gold. And keeping Vonn out of second was a surprise performance from Ragnhild Mowinckel of Norway, only 0.09 seconds behind Goggia. Vonn won a gold in the downhill and a bronze in the super-G at the 2010 Vancouver Games, but was forced to sit out Sochi four years later because of injuries. This will likely be Vonn’s last Olympics. "My body just can't, probably can't, take another four years,” she said after the downhill competition. Vonn has dedicated these Olympics to her grandfather, Don Kildow, who died in November. She has one more race, the Alpine combined on Thursday, but she is not a favorite for a medal.

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1 Jessie Diggins and Kikkan Randall became the first American cross-country skiers to win a gold medal, coming in first in the women’s team sprint. Their victory comes 42 years after Bill Koch won a bronze in the 30 kilometer race at the 1976 Winter Games, the only other American cross-country skier to capture a medal. Diggins and Randall earned the first-place position after skiing the fastest overall time during the seminfinals.

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7 Tina Weirather, the only woman representing the tiny country of Liechtenstein, added to her family’s legacy when she finished third in the super-G. Seven of Liechtenstein’s 10 Alpine skiing medals were won by her family. Her mother, Hanni Wenzel, is a four-time Olympic medalist, with a bronze in slalom in Innsbruck, Austria, in 1976 and gold in slalom and giant slalom and a silver in downhill in Lake Placid in 1980. Her uncle, Andreas Wenzel, has a silver in men’s giant slalom from Lake Placid, and a bronze, again in giant slalom, from Sarajevo in 1984.

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3Three men from Team USA qualified for the big air final Wednesday — Kyle Mack, Chris Corning and Red Gerard — with the sport making its debut at these Olympic Games. With 12 men in the final, the United States has a solid shot at snagging a spot -- or more -- on the podium Saturday (Friday night in the U.S.). But one of the sport’s biggest names already has been eliminated. Norway’s Marcus Cleveland, 18, and thought to be one of the strongest contenders for gold, fell on his second run.

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16 — Heather Bergsma and Brittany Bowe redeemed what had been a disappointing Olympics with a bronze medal in the women’s speedskating team pursuit. Also skating for the U.S. were Mia Manganello and, in the semifinals, Carlijn Schoutens. This is the United States’ first women’s speedskating Olympic medal since 2002, 16 years ago, when Jennifer Rodriguez won bronze in the 1500 meter. Japan broke the Olympic record to win gold in 2 minutes, 53.89 seconds, beating the record previously set by the Netherlands and the team from the Netherlands. The Japanese women have excelled at the Pyeongchang Games, winning five medals.

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3-2 The Olympic dreams of the U.S. men’s hockey team were crushed with a 3-2 loss to the Czech Republic. The quarterfinal game ended with a penalty shootout, during which only one player managed to score, Petr Koukal of the Czech Republic. The Czechs move on to play the winner of a match-up between the Olympics Athletes from Russia and Norway, with the gold medal game scheduled for Sunday. The U.S. team was dominated by college students chosen because the National Hockey League refused to allow its athletes to participate in the Olympics. They were hoping to win the U.S.’ first gold medal since the “Miracle on Ice” against the Soviet Union in 1980. Forward Ryan Donato, who attends Harvard University and who scored five goals in the tournament, called the Olympic experience unbelievable.

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0.07 The U.S.’s Elana Meyers Taylor and Lauren Gibbs finished second in women's bobsled with a time of 3 minues 22.52 seconds, just 0.07 seconds back from the gold-medal German sled. That’s the slimmest difference between first and second in any Olympic bobsled race. Germany's Mariama Jamanka, who had never won a major international race until now, drove to gold. Canada's Kaillie Humphries teamed with Phylicia George to get third in 3:22.89. It was the third consecutive medal for both Meyers Taylor and Humphries. Meyers Taylor won bronze as a push athlete in 2010 and silver as a driver in 2014; Humphries won gold in each of those Olympic races.

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19 Teams from Jamaica and Nigeria also made history in Pyeongchang. The Jamaican bobsled became the first women’s sled from the country to compete in the games. The women finished 19th. Nigerian women became the first African nation to participate in women’s bobsled. They finished 20th. 

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10- 4 America’s men’s curling team is headed to its first Olympic semifinals match since 2006 after the team advanced with a 10-4 win against Great Britain in eight ends. The team secured third place with a 5-4 record and a four-time Olympian in skip John Shuster.

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<![CDATA[Record High Temperatures Repeat Wednesday]]> Wed, 21 Feb 2018 07:04:10 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Wednesday+2pm+NECN2.png

Record high temperatures in the 60s to 70 degrees yesterday will be repeated today.

High pressure near Bermuda is sending record warm air into most of New England for about twelve more hours. Even the summit of Mount Washington set a record high temperature in the lower 40s, as most of southern New England was in the 60s to 70s yesterday. A few exceptions to the records found near the Canadian border and in much of Maine, and along the coastal regions of New England with colder readings in the 40s and 50s.

The warm front progresses even further north in Maine today, so our high temperatures in the 60s extend all the way into Maine.

Once again though, low clouds and fog may be slow to burn off, otherwise we are partly sunny with a breeze from the southwest 15-20 mph.

This is very similar to what happened a year ago this week when some all-time February readings were broken on the 24th. This year it happens on the 20th and the 21st.

Meanwhile in the middle of the nation, places like eastern Kansas, there was freezing rain and thunder early Tuesday, with temperatures across Oklahoma falling from the 70s into the 30s in a matter of minutes during the morning.

That same front is coming into New England tonight, though a little less dramatic. A few showers early tonight give way to colder and drier weather, but there may be enough moisture left for some black ice to start our Thursday.

In addition low-pressure developing on the front will bring a period of rain or snow to parts of southern and central New England tomorrow. There's a chance of a few inches of snow in the hills of Connecticut and Massachusetts.

Over northern New England tomorrow it looks fair and dry with a high temperature in the 30s throughout the region.

High pressure briefly in control early Friday with more sun than clouds and temperature more seasonable in the 30s north to low 40s south.

But there's a lot more action aimed our way with low pressure developing to our west and crossing over Friday night with a wintry mix, likely changing to rain in most spots before ending early Saturday.

Saturday is briefly warmer, back to near 50 degrees before another cold front Saturday night, and then perhaps more wintry mix coming in on Sunday.

It may be cold enough that in parts of New Hampshire and Maine we have freezing rain on Sunday otherwise we may have some snow in the mountains of the far north, and rain near the coast late Sunday and to early Monday. This kind of colder and active pattern likely continues into next week.