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One dead as police investigate homicide in Arvada

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One man is dead, and another man is in custody as police attempt to figure out what happened in Arvada on Monday.

Police are investigating a homicide inside a townhouse on 11500 West 70th Place.

The man who was killed is in his early 20s, police say.

Officials said there is no ongoing safety concern related to this incident.

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Basketball Notebook: Defense keys hot start for Woburn girls

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Steve Sullivan‘s group in Woburn appears to be built for the long haul.

Buoyed by terrific defense and strong leadership highlighted by captains Jenna Taylor and twin sisters Carley and Casey Dangora, the Tanners are off to a 9-0 start.

So far, the Tanners are yet to let up more than 47 points in a game. On five of nine occasions. opponents have been able to reach the 40-point mark. In Woburn’s toughest test of the year against Middlesex Liberty Division foe Winchester, the Tanners came up with a commanding 64-47 win.

“For each of my 13 seasons I have been coaching, defense has always been first,” said Sullivan, who holds a 214-52 career record as Woburn head coach. “We have both excellent individual defenders but we have also been playing great help defense as well which has translated to offense.”

Woburn has no shortage of scorers. Carley Dangora starts the attack as a facilitator and ball-handler. Dangora is averaging six points, eight rebounds, and six assists per game. Inside, Taylor is one of the premier threats in Div. 2 averaging 11 points and 10 rebounds a night. Cyndea Labisierre has stepped up as Woburn’s third threat as she leads the team with 12 points, six rebounds and six assists per game.

“We are a team where the sum of the parts is better than the individual pieces,” Sullivan said. “We have to limit our turnovers going forward. A big thing for us is just taking care of the ball and we’ll be in a much better position to compete down the line.”

Woburn hosts Burlington on Tuesday before taking a trip to highly touted Reading (8-3) on Friday.

Beverly living up to hype

Coming into the season, Beverly was a source of conversation as a potential contender in Div. 1. So far those notions have proven accurate. The Panthers have won their first nine games with all but one coming by double figures. In addition to having a commanding lead in the Northeastern Conference, the Panthers have also showcased their prowess outside the league with a 20-point road win over Lowell.

Junior guard Gabe Copeland is highly regarded and is averaging 14 points and six rebounds. It’s the emergence of sophomore Ryder Foster, however, that makes Beverly a team to watch come March. Foster is putting up 17 points a night and has splashed home 22 three-pointers on the season. Surrounding Copeland and Foster are Dylan Crowley and Rook Landman who are both averaging double figures.

Beverly has notable non-league tests against TechBoston (Jan. 23), Catholic Memorial (Feb. 6 and Feb. 24), and Malden Catholic (Feb. 19) on the docket. …

Next Sunday, the Andrew James Lawson Foundation Invitational returns to the TD Garden. Lawson, a 2008 graduate of Norwell High School, died in 2017 at the age of 27 after battling for cancer for two years.

Nine MIAA games are set to be played throughout the course of the day with the highlights being Scituate versus Marshfield at 2:30 p.m. and Andover taking on Newton North at 4 p.m. Hingham and Weymouth’s unified teams will square off to begin the day at 7:15 a.m. It’s the first time the invitational has included a unified game.

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Should you leave your job without having a new one lined up?

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My job is making me sick. I want to quit ASAP, but I don’t have another job yet. Can I quit anyway?

I’m sorry to hear your job is making you sick, but hopefully knowing you’re planning to leave at some point makes each day slightly more bearable.

Your question about leaving a job before you have a new one lined up is very subjective. Crunch numbers, speak to a financial adviser, see what your bank account shows and what your discomfort level is if you don’t land a new job within the next six months. Some people prefer to stick it out at a job even though it’s less than ideal because they still have a steady paycheck and benefits, and being temporarily unemployed would exacerbate their already high stress levels.

On the other hand, if the pain of working daily is too much to bear, and you have assessed your financial situation and weighed the pros and cons, for your physical and mental health, you may want to leave. Again, this is a subjective decision; only you will know the right one for yourself. Especially if you’re actively interviewing, you may not come across as confident, well-rested and clear-eyed if you’re beyond stressed out at your current job and you may fall into badmouthing your employer on the interview (a definite no-no).

All of this is to say the short answer to your question: Yes, you can quit anyway but ensure it’s a carefully thought out decision and plan. It won’t look negative to future employers when they ask why you left your most recent job.

When I worked in recruiting, if I heard something like “I was completely burned out and I wanted to focus 100% on my job search” that was sufficient. P.S. I quit a job once without another one lined up … and everything turned out OK!

Should I include my black belt in karate on my resume? Some people have told me no, it’s not related at all to work. Other people have said yes, it’s unique.

Go for it! Include it on your resume. While no, it doesn’t directly relate to the job, you can parlay it conversationally by saying you had a goal, you were disciplined, and you focused on achieving your black belt.

And unrelated to employment, it’s simply unique and shows more of who you are as a person and what you enjoy doing in your spare time. Plus, they may remember you for it.

A few years ago I took up cardio tap dancing; it was so much fun! Sounds quirky, right? In passing, I randomly mentioned it to a few colleagues. They were so intrigued, they asked a lot of questions, and months later when we reconnected, they asked me about it again. So, although this wasn’t on a resume per se, it was memorable in a good way.

It sounds like you enjoy doing this and it’s a remarkable achievement and makes your heart sing, so it is worth including. I could see your future inquisitive colleagues asking you about it in a similar way.

Granted, you don’t need several lines on your resume. I would put it at the bottom if you have other endeavors to highlight, such as volunteering, that are outside employment.

— Tribune News Service

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Our dog is now almost 13. He has never really had any serious problems. He is about a 35-lb. mixed breed dog. We did not think much of his occasionally licking his left front paw for several weeks and he never exhibited any signs of lameness. Luckily, our daughter was home from college when she noticed that there was an olive-sized bump on the leg where his dewclaw had been.

We had our vet examine the dog and it was pointed out that the nail was missing for the most part but there was still something there that felt like a nail. Our vet thought that possibly the nail had been caught and torn off, so our dog was started on both antibiotics and anti-inflammatory oral medications. After two weeks, not much has changed. The swelling is about the same size and the dog seems oblivious to what is going on.

What should be done next? Our vet suggested the possibility of a tumor that might need to be removed but what kind could it be and what is the likelihood of malignancy? Since our dog is old, will there be much benefit to surgery given the fact that he seems to show no discomfort whatsoever?

There are several possibilities as to what might be going on. I am sure that, given the findings, your veterinarian had a reason for trying the medications that were given to your dog. Torn off dewclaws are not uncommon and can lead to localized swelling and discomfort. When acute, there is usually more pain and discomfort associated with the lesion and since your dog has not exhibited those signs, there might be something else going on.

Your comment that there was still some tissue that feels like a nail leaves me curious. My initial thought is that your dog may have a localized mass that is developing that can originate either in soft tissue or in the bones. Since not much has changed in two weeks, I would suggest doing two things starting with a radiograph and then doing a needle aspirate to see if whatever is there does histologically appear as neoplasia or not, benign or malignant, or anything else. Without needle aspirate or surgical biopsy, it is impossible to say what kind of tumor might be there.

Your veterinarian’s suggestion for surgical excision would follow these two initial steps and biopsy would likely be diagnostic. If there is a tumor, benign or malignant, surgical removal could be curative and be beneficial to your dog. Some tumors stay localized whereas others can metastasize and only following up on these steps will give you the answers that you seek. Hopefully, it is nothing serious and your dog will be fine.


Dr. John de Jong owns and operates the Boston Mobile Veterinary Clinic. He can be reached at 781-899-9994.

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