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SALEM – Five people were taken to Salem Hospital and hundreds were evacuated after high levels of carbon monoxide were detected in a building at Shetland Park Wednesday.

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DANVERS — North Shore Community College President Patricia Gentile plans to retire in July after seven years at the helm.

SALEM — On the morning of July 17, at around 6 a.m. Kelli Smith testified, she was going about her daily routine: greeting her dogs, making her way downstairs, and opening the blinds. 

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DANVERS — In the winter of 1984, brothers Richard and George Toomey planted a sapling in their front yard on Yale Street. 

With Europe and China effectively off-limits because of trade tariffs, the New England lobster industry and other components of the region's shellfish industry are on the prowl for new markets.

IPSWICH —  The president and CEO of the nonpartisan New England Council said a few of the region's presidential candidates have a good shot at the White House, or at least a win in the New Hampshire primary.

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SALEM — An entire floor in an industrial building at 35 Congress St., Shetland Park, has been evacuated as emergency responders seek the source of a carbon monoxide leak.

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DANVERS -- North Shore Community College President Patricia Gentile will retire in July, the college announced on Wednesday.

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DANVERS — A crowd jammed into the hearing room in Town Hall Tuesday night to support Dean and Deluca, a pair of pet goats who are threatened with banishment from their fenced-in enclosure because they live in a part of town that does not allow goats according to zoning.

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An unseasonably early round of snow gave Public Works crews around the North Shore some homework to tackle before winter officially begins Dec. 21.

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BOSTON — Convicted child rapists who commit new crimes could be sentenced to life without parole under a proposal by Gov. Charlie Baker to toughen sex offender laws.

MIDDLETON — As Brian A. Sweeney Jr. sat in a courthouse holding area in Salem Tuesday morning and listened to the allegations against him, details of events just hours earlier, his attorney said he was "shocked" and "dumbfounded." 

BEVERLY — Anyone wanting a say in the formation of the city's master plan will get another opportunity on Thursday.

BEVERLY — The City Council has agreed to a series of budget cuts in order to end a dispute over how to spend $98,000 in state education money.

WENHAM — The driver of a Ford Mustang that plowed into the rear end of a Honda Civic, injuring two elderly people, on Route 128 in Wenham on Thanksgiving was drunk, police said, and may have been going as fast as 100 to 110 miles an hour, court papers reveal. 

SALEM — Two men have been charged with aggravated assault and battery on a 24-year-old Worcester man, who ended up in a coma following a beating outside a Salem State University dance in October. 

BOSTON — An expanded homelessness prevention program continued to grow in fiscal year 2019, with households that fit the new definition now comprising close to a third of those aided in the greater Boston region, according to a new report.

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BEVERLY – Taxes won’t be going down in Beverly next year, but the good news is they’ll be going up less than usual.

SALEM — Small businesses from Salisbury, Gloucester and Peabody are finalists for a $10,000 first prize in this year's North of Boston Business Plan Competition held by the Enterprise Center at Salem State University.

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BOSTON — With tough new restrictions on flavored e-cigarettes and tobacco products taking shape, a statewide ban on nicotine vaping products could be lifted as early as next week.

PEABODY — The special meeting of the City Council to hold its annual tax classification hearing has been postponed from this Thursday, Dec. 5, to next Tuesday, Dec. 10, so that visiting hours for the late Superintendent Cara Murtagh can be held in the Frank L. Wiggin Auditorium in City Hall,…

SALEM — A Salem man charged with barging into his ex-girlfriend's home and threatening her, then playing cat and mouse with police in a series of attempted traffic stops late Friday and early Saturday, expressed regret to a judge on Monday. 

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PEABODY — Crews are battling a working fire at 58 Pulaski St. Monday morning with one possible injury and issues evacuating workers from a large industrial property.

November temperatures were considerably below normal. Our highest reading was 69 degrees on Nov. 1, and our lowest was 17 degrees on Nov. 13. Rainfall was near normal with 4.12 inches recorded. A dusting of snow (0.2 inches) occurred on Nov. 8.

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BEVERLY — The weather may have been cold and gray — appropriate for the first day of December — but the spirit of the crowds that lined Cabot Street for the annual Santa Parade was anything but.

PEABODY — The late Superintendent Cara Murtagh, who has been described as having a can-do spirit who dedicated her life to Peabody schools, will lie in repose in the Frank L. Wiggin Auditorium on the second floor of City Hall for visiting hours on Thursday afternoon and evening.

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SALEM — Residents overwhelmingly endorsed the city's handling of the Haunted Happenings in a recent week-long survey, but results show a sharp need for officials to improve traffic and parking issues throughout October, as well as a departure from Salem hosting a carnival downtown.

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BOSTON — Electric scooters are gliding around cities and towns as a cheap, environmentally friendly means of transportation, but the devices are technically illegal under state law.

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SALEM — The jolly man with the red suit made his appearance in Washington Square Friday evening for the city's annual tree lighting. Excited crowds gathered to experience this festive event, hosted by Salem Main Streets, which comes only once a year.

MARBLEHEAD — Dr. Peipei Wishnow, founder of Interceuticals in Salem, will lead a lecture and discussion on memory at the Abbot Public Library in Marblehead this Sunday. 

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PEABODY — The city has been stunned by the loss of "a great leader" with the death of the schools' beloved and devoted superintendent, Cara Murtagh.

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PEABODY — When the Northshore Mall opened its doors just after midnight on Black Friday, a loud, boisterous younger crowd had already piled up in the bitter cold at the entrance between the Cheesecake Factory and the Bancroft & Co. restaurant.

GLOUCESTER — An apparent small electrical fire in a house on Elwell Street briefly forced four families, a total of some 15 people, from their homes early Friday morning.

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Beverly - Francis "Frank" Joseph Toronto, Jr. of Beverly died at Beverly Hospital on November 7. Frank was born in Boston on May 2, 1936, and attended Boston Latin School and Northeastern University, from which he earned an Associate Degree in Accounting. From 1959 until his 1961 Honorable D…

Salem - Michael D. Guinard, age 57 years, beloved husband of Wendy (White) Guinard, died Sunday December 1, 2019, at the Massachusetts General hospital surrounded by his loving family. Born in Saugus, he is the son of Frances Law-Davis of Florida and the late Alfred W. Guinard, Jr. He was ra…