BURLINGTON -- Police responded in force today to a report of a man with a rifle at a mall, evacuating shoppers and calling in a SWAT team as worried workers locked themselves into stores. But it turned out that the man was only carrying an umbrella.
Police said the umbrella, which had a samurai sword-style handle, did look like a rifle, and they didn't fault those at the Burlington Mall who had reported the man.
“It was interpreted to be a gun by five different people,” said Burlington Police Chief Michael Kent. “We are always telling people to be vigilant. This is what we want.”
“I’d do it all over again if this happened tomorrow,” said Kent, who said about 40 officers responded to the scene from his department, surrounding departments, the State Police, and federal agencies such as the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.FULL ENTRY
In the summer of 1944, with World War II raging on two fronts, President Franklin D. Roosevelt was running for an unprecedented fourth term in office when he was evaluated by several doctors.
Publicly, Roosevelt's physicians said his health was good. But privately, one doctor brought in to examine Roosevelt wrote in a confidential memo that the president would not survive another four years.
According to a long-forgotten document unveiled by Lahey Clinic, the clinic's founder, Frank Lahey, informed Roosevelt's primary doctor that he "did not believe that, if Mr. Roosevelt were elected President again, he had the physical capacity to complete a term."
Dr. Lahey's memo can be found here.
House of Representatives
House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo, under fire for a patronage scandal at the state Probation Department and facing two ambitious deputies jockeying for their own power, tightened his grip on the House today, demoting would-be successors and promoting loyalists who had helped advance his gambling expansion agenda.
The most dramatic change was the demotion of James E. Vallee, DeLeo’s No. 2, who had been quietly building a political base of his own within the House in hopes of one day becoming speaker when DeLeo retires.
DeLeo handed him a new assignment as chairman of the obscure Committee on Veterans and Federal Affairs. In his place, he installed Ronald Mariano, a Quincy Democrat.
DeLeo also removed Charles A. Murphy, another potential candidate for speaker and a political rival of Vallee's, from his position as chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee.FULL ENTRY
Two Burlington elementary schools are in lockdown at 10:30 a.m. today as police search for the person who robbed a bank on Wilmington Road, according to Burlington police.
The search for the robber is ongoing. The affected schools are the Pine Glen and Fox Hill elementary schools, police said.
No gun was shown during the robbery, police said.
No further information was currently available.
State and Burlington police are hunting a picky thief or thieves -- with no Christmas spirit -- who broke into a storage container early Saturday and stole 1,500 toys collected for the Toys for Tots program that provides needy children with holiday gifts.
"This is a despicable crime against the generous people who donated these toys and against the hundreds of children in need who would have received these gifts and who now will not,'' State Police Colonel Marian J. McGovern said in a statement.
State Police said in a statement tonight that the container was stored outside a well-lit warehouse facility in Burlington and that the container was broken into sometime between 2 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. Saturday.FULL ENTRY
Incumbent: Kenneth E. Donnelly (D)
Democratic: Kenneth E. Donnelly (D)
Incumbent: Charles A. Murphy (D)
Democratic: Charles A. Murphy (D)
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