From our home office on Morrissey Boulevard in Dorchester, MA., here is our list of top ten very, very local stories of the past few days.
1. The suburbs west of Boston seemed like a stage for Wild Kingdom this week. A bear was spotted in Dedham, Norwood and Needham over the weekend and Monday. Also Monday, a moose was spotted in Wellesley. A family from Wellesley also opened a suitcase after a recent trip to Italy and out popped a scorpion. Finally, the bear was captured in Brookline and shipped to western Mass.
2. A survey by Globe West found that use of the Advanced Placement test varies widely among area high schools. Some educators say they can provide advanced classes without the AP testing.
3. The Danvers fire chief pleaded not guilty to charges of assault and battery and witness intimidation in connection with an alleged assault on his estranged wife.
4. Temple Beth El, the last remaining synagogue in Quincy, is being put up for sale.
5. The Milford Board of Selectmen is weighing whether to enroll in an online system meant to rapidly verify the immigration status of new employees.
6. A former Newton teacher, whose arrest on child porn charges in January alarmed the city, is expected to plead guilty to charges stemming from his alleged role in a global online child porn network.
7. The old Polaroid building in Waltham, visible by thousands of commuters every day from Route 128, is is being torn down.
8. Pop Warner youth football leagues will sharply limit head to head contact starting this fall in hopes of curbing concussions. Massachusetts coaches praised the move.
9. Thirty-five percent of Massachusetts communities have no women on their highest governing body. Many local governing boards south of Boston have no women, including boards of selectmen in Abington, Avon, Duxbury, Holbrook, Marshfield, Middleborough, and Sharon.
10. Finally, we include Nora Ephron's remarks at the 1996 Wellesley College commencement. She spoke of the changes of the status of women in US society since she graduated in 1962.