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Kira Iaconetti, 19, performs after an operation to remove a tumour in an effort to help her return to singing.

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” Favoring you a rapid recuperation, Kira. Would certainly such as for you to join us at one of the programs this springtime,” the band composed.

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Car show and picnic this weekend in Pittsfield

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. (NEWS10) — There will be a free community-wide car show and picnic on September 18 in Osceola Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be a variety of vintage cars and trucks on display.

Trophies will be given out to the “Best in Show” vehicle and “Attendees Pick” vehicle. There will be raffles for various items. Bring your own food, drink, chairs for the picnic. Some canopy tents and tables will be set up.

This gathering will also be a celebration of the very first reunion of Osceola Park “alumni.” Several alumni and nearby residents of the park will be volunteering at the event.

Organizers are hoping that attendees will encourage the Pittsfield Parks Commission to proceed with needed upgrades and improvements at the park.

The rain date is September 19. No alcohol is allowed in the park.

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Elizabeth Warren introduces bipartisan bill to honor 13 soldiers killed in Afghanistan

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Bay State Sen. Elizabeth Warren is reaching across the aisle to honor the 13 service members who lost their lives last month in a terrorist attack in Kabul, including U.S. Marine Sgt. Johanny Rosario Pichardo of Lawrence.

“These individuals demonstrated incredible courage throughout their careers, and we owe it to them to pass legislation to recognize their heroic service with the Congressional Gold Medal,” Warren said in a statement.

Warren introduced legislation in Congress along with U.S. Sen. Steve Daines of Montana, a Republican, to award those who died on August 26 in an attack at the Kabul airport with the honor, which is Congress’s “highest expression of national appreciation for distinguished achievements and contributions by individuals or institutions,” according to the Senate’s website.

Senators from both sides of the aisle have cosponsored the bill. Congresswoman Lisa McClain, R-Mich., introduced a companion bill in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Hundreds, including Gov. Charlie Baker, turned out for Rosario Pichardo’s wake and funeral in Lawrence earlier this week to pay their respects.

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Jennings, Bialik hosting Jeopardy! through end of year

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CULVER CITY, Ca. (WROC/AP) — Ken Jennings and Mayim Bialik will host Jeopardy! shows that will air through the end of 2021, Sony Television officials announced Thursday.

According to a press release, Bialik will serve as interim host for several weeks of episodes from September 20 through November 5. Afterward, Bialik and Jennings will split hosting duties as their schedules allow. No on-air auditions of other potential hosts were announced.

It was previously announced that Bialik would host new prime-time and spinoff series, including a new college championship. Jennings, the record-holder for the longest “Jeopardy!” winning streak, is a consulting producer on the show.

Thursday’s announcement comes after Mike Richards was ousted as executive producer of “Jeopardy!” days after he exited as the quiz show’s newly appointed host when past misogynistic and disparaging comments surfaced. Richards is also no longer an executive producer of “Wheel of Fortune,” according to a memo to staff that was confirmed by Sony, which produces both of the shows.

“We had hoped that when Mike stepped down from the host position at Jeopardy! it would have minimized the disruption and internal difficulties we have all experienced these last few weeks. That clearly has not happened,” said Suzanne Prete, a Sony executive, in the memo.

Alex Trebek, the beloved national icon and longtime host,l died last November of cancer. “Jeopardy!” had a series of guest hosts, including Richards, taking turns at the lectern this past season for shows filmed after his death. They included LeVar Burton, Katie Couric, Anderson Cooper, George Stephanopoulos, Robin Roberts, and Dr. Oz. Donations of nearly $3 million—equaling contestant’s cumulative winnings—were made to each host’s preferred charity.

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California wildfires threaten famous giant sequoia trees

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THREE RIVERS, Calif. — Multiple forest fires on Thursday were threatening groves of gigantic sequoias in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains that are home to some of the world’s largest trees.

Flames are likely to reach the famous Giant Forest in Sequoia National Park, where two fires have been burning since lightning ignited them on Sept. 9, according to a briefing for fire crews. It comes after a wildfire killed thousands of sequoias, some as tall as high-rises and thousands of years old, in the region last year.

Experts fear the latest conflagration could be catastrophic for the already endangered giant trees, which for many years were believed to be nearly impervious to fire.

“In a climatological sense, we are in uncharted territory,” said Crystal Kolden, a fire scientist at UC Merced who has been tracking the KNP Complex’s march toward the critically dry forest. “It’s just really not the type of conditions that you want to see fire burn under.”

Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks Superintendent Clay Jordan stressed the importance of protecting the massive trees from high-intensity fire.

A national interagency fire management team took command of efforts to fight the 11-square-mile Paradise Fire and the 2.5-square-mile Colony Fire, which was closest to the grove.

Operations to burn away vegetation and other fuel that could feed the flames were planned for that area.

The fires forced the evacuation of the park this week, and additional areas in the town of Three Rivers outside the main entrance were ordered evacuated Thursday.

To the south, a fire on the Tule River Indian Reservation and in Giant Sequoia National Monument grew significantly overnight to more than 6 square miles, and crews had no containment of it, a Sequoia National Forest statement said.

The Windy Fire, also started by lightning, has burned into part of the Peyrone Sequoia Grove in the national monument, and other groves were threatened.

“Due to inaccessible terrain, a preliminary assessment of the fire’s effects on giant sequoia trees within the grove will be difficult and may take days to complete,” the statement said.

The wildfires are among the latest in a long summer of blazes that have scorched nearly 3,550 square miles in California, destroying hundreds of homes.

A 50-year history of using prescribed burns — fires set on purpose to remove other types of trees and vegetation — in the parks’ sequoia groves was expected to help the giant trees survive by lessening the impact if flames reach them.

Giant sequoias grow high on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada. They are adapted to fire, which can help them thrive by releasing seeds from their cones and creating clearings that allow young sequoias to grow.

But the extraordinary intensity of fires — fueled by climate change — can overwhelm the trees, a scenario that happened last year when the Castle Fire killed many sequoias in the region.

Studies estimate that 7,500 to 10,600 large sequoias died in that fire, according to the National Park Service.

Kolden said that if any of the giant sequoia trees burn, it would be yet another “casualty of climate change.”

“A lot of these trees are over 3,000 years old, and that’s a long history to lose,” Kolden said. “How can you be Sequoia National Park if you don’t have any sequoia left?”

 

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BALLSTON SPA, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Saratoga County is holding a mental health summit for veterans on September 17 at 1 p.m. at the Saratoga County Veterans Service Agency Office in Ballston Spa. The summit is open to all veterans and family members.

Representatives from Veterans Affairs programs and community organizations will provide information and resources to people who attend.

The Saratoga County Veterans Service Agency has been offering resources to veterans throughout September. On Tuesdays, veterans can meet up for coffee at Saratoga Coffee Traders at 5 p.m.

The agency also has a mentorship program, where local veterans are paired with returning veterans who are experiencing posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or other re-acclimation challenges. These pairings help to ease the transition from combat to civilian life.

Additional resources that may be helpful to veterans:

  • Veterans Crisis Line – 800-273-8255
  • Saratoga County Mental Health – 518-584-9030
  • Albany Vet Center – 518-626-5130
  • VA Rapid Access Clinic – 518-626-5339
  • Saratoga County Veterans Service Agency – 518-884-4115
  • VA Caregiver Support – 1-855-260-3274
  • Elizabeth Dole Foundation Hidden Heroes Hotline – 202-249-7170

More information about the mentorship program can be found on the Veterans Peer Connection website.

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Family of Boston University professor who died in staircase accident: His death was ‘preventable’

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Family of Boston University professor who died in staircase accident: His death was ‘preventable’

The family of the Boston University professor who plummeted to his death in a staircase accident near an MBTA station last week said it was “preventable” as authorities continue to investigate the tragedy.

David Jones, 40, of Milton, was out for a run on Saturday when he fell through a gap in a set of rusted-out stairs that have been closed for nearly two years near the JFK/UMass MBTA station in Dorchester.

“Our lives were changed forever last weekend with the sudden, tragic, and preventable passing of our beloved father, husband, son, brother David Kline Jones,” his family wrote to the BU School of Public Health community.

“Our hope is that this unimaginable tragic loss will foster a renewed commitment to create safe and healthy environments for all people,” the family added.

Jones, a father of three children, was an associate professor in Boston University’s Department of Health Law, Policy and Management.

On Saturday, Massachusetts State Police detectives responded to the scene near the JFK/UMass station. The state-controlled stairs have been closed since the start of 2020, and State Police have not specified how Jones was able to access the stairs.

The Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office is investigating the death.

Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday was asked about the incident. The governor said the staircase was “barricaded on both ends” about 20 months ago.

“Our folks are obviously working with the DA’s Office and others to investigate what happened here and why,” Baker said on GBH News. “And once that investigation is completed, we’ll make a decision about doing something about it.”

The structure was fenced in and a cement barricade was installed at the start of 2020. Also, the MBTA put up a sign that said the stairs would be closed.

Following last week’s fatal incident, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation responded by further cutting off access to the dilapidated stairs.

The Herald this week found nearby stairs that are rusting out. Rust pieces are being swept into piles under the stairs.

All MBTA stairs are “routinely inspected” by the MBTA and reviewed by a third party, according to the agency.

“Patch repair work has been performed from time to time, and the steel treads have been deemed stable in recent inspections,” the MBTA said.

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Minnesota DNR fines Enbridge $3.3M for breaching aquifer during Line 3 construction

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Minnesota regulators have fined Enbridge $3.32 million for breaching an aquifer near Clearbrook, Minn., when it deviated from its construction plans of the Line 3 oil pipeline, leading to the release of more than 24 million gallons of groundwater.

In a news release Thursday, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced it was issuing the fine and would be referring the matter to the Clearwater County attorney’s office for criminal prosecution because Minnesota law bars the taking of “waters of the state without previously obtaining a permit from the commissioner.”

“Enbridge’s actions are clear violations of state law and also of public trust,” DNR Commissioner Sarah Strommen said in the release. “This never should have happened, and we are holding the company fully accountable.”

According to the DNR, Enbridge deviated from construction plans it submitted to the agency near its Clearbrook Terminal that were meant to avoid a calcareousfen wetland, which “is a unique type of wetland, with stringent statutory protections, that relies upon upwelling of mineral rich groundwater to thrive,” the DNR said.

Instead of digging an 8- to 10-foot-deep trench as planned, the company dug an 18-foot-deep trench and installed a sheet piling to a depth of 28 feet. That breached the artesian aquifer’s confining layer, the DNR said, leading to “an uncontrolled flow of groundwater into the trench.” Enbridge then “failed” to notify the agency, the DNR said.

“Enbridge began work at the Clearbrook Terminal site in early 2021 but did not follow the construction plans it had provided to DNR,” the DNR said. “The DNR relied upon these plans in determining that proposed work at the Clearbrook Terminal could proceed without effecting nearby calcareous fen wetlands.”

Through Sept. 5, approximately 24.2 million gallons of groundwater have been released from the aquifer, the DNR said.

The DNR said excess water in the trench was first observed in January 2021 but it wasn’t until June when it was determined the company had not followed its plans. The DNR said it approved a plan from Enbridge last month to stop the groundwater flow.

Of the DNR’s $3.32 million in fines, it ordered $2.75 million be placed in escrow to restore and mitigate any damage to the calcareous fen wetlands. Additionally, $300,000 is for “initial mitigation funds to pay for the loss of groundwater resources,” $250,000 is for the DNR’s monitoring of the wetlands near the breach and $20,000 for an administrative penalty order.

In an emailed statement to Forum News Service, Enbridge spokeswoman Juli Kellner said the Canadian company had just heard from the DNR and was “in the process of reviewing the document.” She did not answer questions on whether Enbridge leaders thought the amount was fair or if they planned to appeal the fine.

“Enbridge has been working with the DNR since June to provide the required site information and approval of a corrective action plan which is currently being implemented,” Kellner said. “We share a strong desire to protect Minnesota waters and the environment and are committed to restoration. We will continue to work closely with the agency on the resolution of this matter.”

Construction is nearly complete on the 340-mile-long pipeline across northern Minnesota, which is meant to replace an aging pipeline operated by Enbridge. It is expected to go into service by the end of this year.

Once complete, the new pipeline will carry 760,000 barrels of oil per day from Alberta, Canada, to Enbridge’s terminal in Superior, Wis. The new lines in North Dakota, Canada and Wisconsin are already complete.

Opponents of Line 3 have long argued it violates tribal treaty rights and poses a risk to the environment, including by further contributing to climate change by continuing reliance on fossil fuels.

“No pipeline should have been built this way,” the Resist Line 3 Media Collective tweeted Thursday evening. “We need to #StopLine3.”

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‘Breaks my heart’: New York hospital on losing workers to vaccine mandate

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CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. (WROC) — In less than two weeks, New York’s health care workers at hospitals and nursing homes will have to have their first shot of the COVID-19 vaccine, or they risk losing their jobs. 

Under the mandate, there is no test-out option for employees. It has caused some controversy and worry with many hospitals already struggling with staffing shortages from the pandemic. 

Michael Stapleton, the president and CEO of Thompson Health, says that, before the pandemic, they would typically have around 90 openings out of 1800 people. Currently, they have close to 300. The vaccine mandate could lead to more.

“We were having huge staffing struggles to begin with, even before this happened, and now they’re exacerbated, they’re even worse, and so it’s a huge challenge for us,” Stapleton said.

Since the vaccine mandate was announced in early August, Thompson Health has seen 115 workers get the shot. However, they still have close to 200 who haven’t been vaccinated.

“We’re going to lose people over this mandate. That breaks my heart. These are great people who’ve cared for our community over and over and over again, they’ve dedicated their life, they’ve dedicated their careers to taking care of people. And now they’re not potentially going to be able to,” Stapleton said. “That’s horrible.”

The vaccine mandate could also impact staffing at nursing homes, including the one through Thompson Health. “We have occupancy for 178 residents,” Stapleton said. “Nursing homes all across this area are closing and downsizing. And that creates a huge problem because what happens is, we then can’t discharge patients out of the hospital, patients back up in the hospital, and then patients back up in your ED because you have no inpatient beds for them.”

Due to staffing shortages, hospitals have been left making some changes. “Elective surgery cases,” Stapleton said. “We’re not going to be able to do all of them. We’re going to have to postpone some of them. We’re going to have to postpone some of our procedures, because we’re going to need to flex our staff around to those priority areas where the patients are still going to come.”

He also said there will be changes coming to the hospital’s cafeteria this weekend. “Our cafeteria will be strictly operational to feed our patients and residents,” Stapleton explained. “We no longer have the staff to feed our associates and visitors.”

While there are staffing shortages, Stapleton reiterated it’s still important for people to see the doctor. “What I don’t want to see is people putting off care, because for the last 12 months, we’ve been seeing the ramifications of all of these people who put off care during this pandemic. It can’t happen. People are coming in way too sick. They shouldn’t be this sick,” Stapleton said. “We want people to go see their primary care. We want people to do preventive medicine to take care of themselves. We’ve got to make sure that happens moving forward.” 

On Tuesday, a federal judge from Utica temporarily blocked the state’s vaccine mandate. However, it only applies to health care workers who claim a religious exemption. Gov. Kathy Hochul said the state will appeal the ruling.

As hospitals like Thompson’s figure out their plans in the coming weeks, Stapleton said he knows his employees will continue to provide good care. “This is an incredible health system, with an incredible number of dedicated employees who will do whatever is asked of them,” he said. “During that whole pandemic, when it started 18 months ago, there wasn’t one person out of 1800 that said ‘No, not doing that.’ Everybody was there, everybody was on the same page.”

Thompson Health is part of UR Medicine. It is the parent corporation overseeing the operation of five affiliate healthcare organizations in Ontario, Livingston, and Wayne counties. The corporations include F.F. Thompson Hospital, M.M. Ewing Continuing Care Center, FFTH Properties and Services, F.F. Thompson Foundation and F.F.T. Senior Communities.

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Massachusetts reports 1,999 new coronavirus cases, decline in hospitalizations

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Massachusetts health officials on Thursday reported 1,999 new coronavirus cases, as both the positive test rate and COVID hospitalizations ticked down.

Infections have been higher amid the more highly contagious delta variant. The nearly 2,000 new virus cases now bring the daily average of infections to 1,333. The daily average was 223 two months ago.

The daily average percent positivity has been ticking down in recent weeks. The percent positivity is now 2.30%, compared to 2.98% a few weeks ago.

The positive test average was 1.61% for Thursday’s report.

State health officials also reported 16 new COVID deaths, bringing the state’s total recorded death toll to 18,424.

The daily average of deaths is now 9.9, up from the record-low death count of 1.3 in mid-July.

COVID hospitalizations went down by 31 patients, bringing the total to 675 patients.

There are now 173 patients in intensive care units, and 97 patients are currently intubated.

Of the 675 total patients, 213 patients are fully vaccinated — or about 32%. Those who are unvaccinated are at a much higher risk for a severe case.

Wednesday’s count of 2,716 new virus cases was the highest single-day tally since February. However, the state Department of Public Health later clarified the higher total, saying the numbers “include a backlog of testing results from September 10-September 13 not previously reported to DPH.”

“This resulted in an increase to today’s reported case counts,” DPH said in a statement.

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High school football: Ninth-ranked Woodbury rolls past Eagan 48-15

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High school football: Ninth-ranked Woodbury rolls past Eagan 48-15

Woodbury quietly continues to make a strong case as one of the best Class 6A teams.

Mason Pelke caught two scores, Blake Rohrer grabbed one and Garrett Smith scored on special teams — all in the second quarter — and the Royals went on to roll Eagan 48-15 Thursday.

Tied for ninth in this week’s Associated Press Class 6A poll behind the likes of more heralded Lakeville South, Eden Prairie, Rosemount, Wayzata and St. Michael-Albertville, the Royals (3-0) also got five passing touchdowns from George Bjellos.

“We’ve got a really good shot at going far, but we’re staying humble,” Rohrer said.

“We’re resilient. This is a great group of kids. We got talent from seniors to sophomores. Everyone can play,” Pelke added.

With sustained winds of 20-plus mph from one end zone to the other, Woodbury, which has had more success passing than running in its first three games, used a smothering second stanza to turn a scoreless contest into a blowout.

Three times on its opening two drives, the Royals went for it on fourth down. The latter kept a drive alive that culminated in a 22-yard touchdown pass from Bjellos to Pelke early in the second quarter.

“I hate to punt,” said Woodbury coach Andy Hill. “We’ve got plenty of plays that can get us four or five yards. And our defense is playing so well.”

Little more than four minutes later, Bjellos and Pelke hooked up again, this time from the 7, for a 13-0 lead.

“We just put our foot down,” Pelke said.

A high snap went off the Eagan punter’s hands two minutes later, and Smith fell on the ball in the end zone for a 20-0 lead.

Landon Tonsager ran the flexbone with success early as Eagan had an 11-play opening drive that ended on downs at the Woodbury 18. However, its next four possessions were three-and-outs.

“Everyone did their job and executed. We had a few mistakes, but we made up for them. We played physical,” Smith said.

Woodbury got the ball back on the Wildcat 35 with 54 seconds before halftime. A long screen play to RJ Altman on fourth and 10 kept the drive alive, and three plays later Bjellos hit Rohrer for a 4-yard strike.

Matt Vaske caught his first pass of the year for a 6-yard score and Charlie Jacobson caught a 23-yard touchdown pass for a 41-0 third-quarter lead. Both drives were set up by fumble recoveries inside the Eagan 25 by Marco Salas and Ugonna Okeke, respectively.

“All of our guys can make plays,” Rohrer said. “It’s fun.”

Having breathing room was a refreshing change for Woodbury, which also got a 47-yard run by James Maier.

The Royals rallied to beat Champlin Park 15-7 in week one and pulled away in the second half to beat Eastview 41-27 last Friday.

Grant Hooyman scored from the 2 and Tonsager scored from the 15 in the fourth quarter for the Wildcats.

This was the third straight week that Eagan (0-3) stayed with an opponent for a quarter before the opposition used a dominating stretch to pull away.

Rosemount scored 21 points in less than four minutes in the second quarter of a 47-7 week one win over Eagan; Park scored the final 21 points of the first half and the first three of the third quarter last week for a 38-14 lead en route to a 44-34 win.

“We’re not built to come from behind that much,” said Eagan coach Nick Johnson. “We got a ways to go.”

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