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Editor’s Note: Gov. Patrick signed into law a new domestic violence law in mid-2014. The new law block the public’s access to domestic violence arrests until after the accused is arraigned in court. Framingham Patch will publish all arrests in the Framingham Police log.
12:05 a.m. Group reported at the MBTA Commuter Rail train station. Framingham Police removed the group.
1:02 a.m. Undesirable individual reported at the Dennison Triangle, 4 Bishop Street Framingham Police removed.
1:24 a.m. Framingham Police placed one person into protective custody for alcohol at the Isla Restaurant. 672 Waverely Street.
3:13 a.m. Medial assistance requeste dat Alexander Street Program. Framingham Fire transported one person.
3:38 a.m. Assault reported at 297 Bishop Street.
4:20 a.m. Police arrested on Bishop Street Emily Pickett (pictured, photo courtesy of Framingham Police), 21, of 4 Bluejay Lane of Ashland. Charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (knife), assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (fan), possession of a Class C drug, and larceny under $250.
7:30 a.m. Motor vehicle crash reported at Gates Street and Salem End Road. No injuries. One vehicle towed.
9:17 a.m. Disturbance reported at the MBTA Commuter train station, 495 Waverely Street. Framingham Police removed.
9:49 a.m. Larceny reported at AV’s Market, 113 Beaver Street.
10:05 a.m. Report of motor vehicle broken into 221 Arthur Street.
10:07 a.m. Report of a disturbed person at Alexander Street Program. Framingham Fire transported one person.
10:17 a.m. Malicious destruction of property at 107 Cherry Street.
10:22 a.m. Motor vehicle crash reported at Irving and Leland streets. Cruiser involved. Minor crash. No injuries.
10:27 a.m. Motor vehicle crash reported at 571 Worcester Rd. Tow needed.
11:02 a.m. Malicious destruction of property at Anderson’s Driving School, 61 Nicholas Road.
11:34 a.m. Pedestrian struck at 430 Waverely Street.
12:06 p.m. Malicious destruction of property at 37 Barber Road.
12:25 p.m. Hit & run crash reported at 400 Cochituate Road.
12:20 p.m. Suspicious activity reported at Concord and Kendall streets.
1 p.m. Suspicious activity reported at 7 Elm Street
1:50 p.m. Motor vehicle crash reported at 12 Deloss Street. Car into a tree in a driveway. Injuries. Framingham Fire en route.
3:02 p.m. Inebriated individual reported at Deluxe Depot Diner, 417 Waverely Street. Framingham Fire transported one person.
3:40 p.n. Pedestrian struck at the police station, 1 William Welch Way.
4:21 p.m. Inebriated individual reported at the ATM, 417 Waverely Street. Framingham Fire transported one.
4:42 p.m. Undesirable individual reported at Framingham Public Library, 49 Lexongton Street.
4:50 p.m. Police arrested at the library Jonathan Hernandez, 24, of 100A Taralli Terrace of Framingham. Charged with disorderly conduct.
5:20 p.m. Motor vehicle crash reported at Kohl’s, 1 Worcester Rd.
"Paul was a special person in our tight-knit school community and all of our thoughts and support are with his family and friends during this difficult time. As a school, we will remember Paul as an affable young man who developed close relationships with many students and staff and as a student who always worked hard to get better each day. He will be greatly missed."
To help the healing process, O'Brien's classmates were invited to come together at the high school to meet with grief councilors.
About two years ago, scientists spelunked their way through the “Rising Star Cave” in Johnanesburg, South Africa, hoping to find fragments of the creatures who had lived there eras before. They found more than they had ever imagined—more than 1,550 bones in a one square yard area—and soon realized that the specimens seemed humanlike. They’d discovered an ancient human ancestor.
On Thursday, a team of more than 60 scientists led by American paleoanthropologist Lee Berger officially announced the new species. They christened it “Homo naledi.” Naledi means star, and was chosen because of the location where the fossils were found.
Berger and his team were able to complete the excavation with funding from National Geographic, which, in an article detailing the new species, claims “This Face Changes the Human Story.”
But, does a newly discovered species that remains undated really change everything we know about human history? Boston.com asked Daniel Lieberman, chair of Harvard’s Department of Human Evolutionary Biology, to talk about how much Homo naledi resembles a human, the scale of the bones that were recovered, and whether this discovery will really change our concept of human evolution.
So this new species was placed in the genus “Homo” because it has human features, correct? Can you elaborate on those?
Correct. The way you define a genus is a little unclear. But there are many aspects of the Homo naledi that are very much like what you find in other species of the genus “Homo.” It’s similar to the “Homo erectus,” and in fact, it’s like a very small homo erectus.
In what ways is it like the Homo erectus?
The head of this thing is extremely like the Homo erectus. It has a brain that’s a little larger than a chimpanzee, which is the smallest end of the range of brain sizes in the genus Homo. The shape of skull is homo erectus. And its brow ridge, the shape of the face, and teeth, pretty much from the neck up, a lot looks like the Homo erectus.
Are there any ways in which it’s not like the Homo erectus?
From the neck down, there’s a mixture of features. Its legs were smashed up, but the foot was beautifully preserved and looks a lot like a human foot, except for the arch being a little flat.The upper body, arms and shoulders, look very primitive, like Lucy. Are you familiar with Lucy? She was of theAustralopithecus species. There was a beautifully preserved hand that was also very humanlike. The hands were humanlike in most regards except for the fingers and thumbs, and the shape of the wristbones. The phalanges, the bones that make up the fingers, are extremely curved, which you’d find in apes. It’s an interesting mixture of stuff, some modern, some early Homo, and a few things you’d find in the Australopithecus. It’s entirely reasonable for them to create a new species.
With such a mixture of traits, can they tell how old the species is?
They haven’t submitted any of bones to be radiocarbon dating, so no. Also, a lot of the bones were sub-fossilized and not completely fossilized, which might mean they’re not all that old. Of course, researchers prefer to think of these as very ancient, and it’s true they might be from a really early species from genus Homo. It’s also possible they’re more recent. And, if that’s the case, it’ll be like The Hobbit. That was a recent species that has a lot of ancient features, but survived in Indonesia. Now, I’m not saying this is what happened, but wouldn’t it be interesting if that was also the case for this species but in South Africa?
It was a crazy deep cave, and getting in there wasn’t easy. When they got in, there was nothing but the remains of this species. It’s hard to imagine them getting there other than being intentionally deposited there. It smells to me like that’s a form of burial, and it’s a reasonable conjecture.
How uncommon is this? Did any of the other species we talked about bury their dead?
This is not like anything else anyone’s ever found, with exception of pit of bones found in Northern Spain. It was a species called the Homo heidelbergensis, and it was another difficult to access pit. They found more than 20 individuals of this early ancestral species. So, there is another example in the fossil record of people doing this thing, but this is a different scale. No one’s ever found anything this large.
Can you tell me about the scale of the findings?
They’ve excavated 1,500 bones so far, but a lot of individuals were dumped into this pit or this cave. They’ve really only scratched the surface. It presents this completely astonishing and unique opportunity to look at a large population of non-humans. I think many people are looking forward to finding out more about it.
Once they do find out more about Homo naledi, do you think it’ll change everything we know about the history of the human species?
People often, when new species are reported, say this is going to change everything. Usually that’s a hyperbole. We don’t know if this will change any fundamental views about human evolution. The most exciting thing is not who’s who and adding another twig to the giant human species family tree. To me, the most interesting thing is the opportunity to look at a population of a species. Because they’ve recovered such a large number of bones, more than just a few individuals, it should be able to give us detail unlike we’ve ever seen before about what populations of past humans were like. That’s very exciting.
A 35-year-old Roxbury man was waiting outside the 7-Eleven convenience store, near many popular bars, in Cambridge’s Central Square early Saturday morning when he was stabbed, according to a joint release from the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office and Cambridge Police Department.
Tywann Jones died at Mass. General Hospital in Boston three hours later, at about 4:40 a.m., authorities said. No one has been arrested in connection with his death, and the investigation is ongoing, according to the release.
The stabbing occurred outside the 7-Eleven, which is on Mass. Ave., about a block from the MBTA’s Central Square stop on the Red Line.
Maria Stephanos, who has worked for Fox 25 for almost 18 years, announced Thursday she will be leaving the Boston news station.
Stephanos will “pursue new professional endeavors,” according to a statement from Fox 25. Her last day is on Friday.
“I have decided it’s time for me to embark on a new adventure,” she said in the statement. “During my time at FOX 25, I have covered so many amazing stories and events. Working alongside this talented group of journalists has been a privilege for me, every day.”
Stephanos has worked for Fox 25 since 1998, starting as a general assignment reporter. She now anchors Fox 25 evening and night news shows at 6, 10, and 11 p.m. Prior to Fox 25, she also held positions at NBC 10 in Providence, Rhode Island, and in radio news at WBUR in Boston.
“I will miss working with this extraordinary team, but I know FOX 25 is in good hands and will continue to grow,” she said. “I am beyond blessed, to deliver the news in the place where I grew up. New England viewers are savvy and smart and I love them for that. Thank you for making me part of your family.”
Fox 25 did not name Stephanos’s replacement in the statement. The station did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
On September 11, 2001, Brian Kinney, a 28-year-old from Lowell, lost his life on United Airlines Flight 175 when the plane crashed into the South Tower of the World Trade Center.
On this September 11, his cousins in the Sonnabend family carried out “acts of kindness, hope, and love” to honor his memory.
The family baked cookies for the Massachusetts State Police, dropping them off at the Athol barracks. “This year we thank our police for keeping us safe,” a note with the cookies read. “God bless. We choose to ‘be the good.’ Thanks so much for all you do.”
State police said it best: “Brian would be proud.”
The New York Police Department is investigating an incident in which a police officer slammed former tennis star James Blake to the ground, The New York Timesreported.
Blake, who sustained cuts and bruises outside of the Grand Hyatt Hotel on East 42nd Street, had been mistaken for a suspect in a credit card fraud case. He was cuffed for a minute, and released after a retired officer identified him to arresting officers, according to The Times.
Police Commissioner William J. Bratton told The Times that the incident was “very disturbing,” and that the former No.4-ranked player had “a right to be upset about it.”
“I will not tolerate any type of excessive use of force on the part of my police,” he said. “But as always, and we have that saying, ‘The first story is never the last story,’ so we’ll wait and see what we get for facts and circumstances and, hopefully, video.”
Blake told The New York Daily Newsthat he felt there was “probably a race factor involved, but no matter what, there’s no reason for anybody to do that to anybody.”
“Sorry, race has nothing at all to do with this,” Bratton said. “If you look at the photograph of the suspect, it looks like the twin brother of Mr. Blake. So let’s put that nonsense to rest right now.”
A collective sigh will blow through New England after kickoff in the NFL season opener featuring the Patriots and Steelers.
It’s been a long offseason in good ways and bad. The New England Patriots won the Super Bowl — lest we forget — and Julian Edelman, Tom Brady, and Rob Gronkowski made cameos and headlines off the field all summer. But then there was Deflategate — and a rehashing of Spygate.
So when the ball flies on Thursday night at 8:30 p.m., the collective catharsis will spread from Connecticut to Boston to Maine. After the elated realization that real, regular season football has returned, be sure to watch for these five things. They’ll determine the outcome of the Patriots Week 1 matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
1. Tom Brady: Rust or revenge?
The last time Brady and the Patriots emerged from a scandal, they rewrote offensive record books. Brady — aided by Randy Moss, Wes Welker, and Donte Stallworth — became a ruthlessly efficient scorer. In 2015, Deflategate will neither be out of sight nor out of mind — Brady will be out to prove that his career that includes 53,258 passing yards, 392 passing touchdowns and four Super Bowl victories had nothing to do with PSI, underinflated footballs, or videotaped signals.
Bill Belichick was concerned Spygate would affect his Hall of Fame status,according to an ESPN report. Brady could have the same fear — he’ll be out to make a statement with every snap.
2. Suspensions will affect this game
Brady will be on the field Week 1 thanks to District Court Judge Richard M. Berman. But three notable players will not be: Steelers’ Le’Veon Bell and Martavis Bryant and Patriots’ LeGarrette Blount. The absence of Bell and Bryant could neuter the Steelers offense.
Bell was arguably the most versatile running back in the NFL last season with 1,361 rushing yards, 854 receiving yards and 11 total touchdowns. The Steelers offense will sorely miss him, as his patient, efficient running style complemented the explosive, high-tempo tandem of Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown. Serviceable but not superlative running back DeAngelo Williams will serve in Bell’s stead.
Martavis Bryant, who was in a battle for the second receiver spot, arbitrarily loses it to Markus Wheaton for the time being due to his four-game suspension for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse. In 2014, he averaged 21.1 yards per reception and scored eight touchdowns on 26 receptions—his suspension means one less headache for the Patriots’ secondary.
3. Necessity will encourage creativity in the Patriots’ passing attack
Without starters Brandon LaFell (injury) and Blount, the Patriots could use unconventional formations and packages to get their best players on the field. New England flashed some two-back and two-tight-end sets during preseason—they even lined their running backs up at wide receiver. And with a stable of pass-catching running backs in Dion Lewis, Travaris Cadet, and James White, New England has every reason to experiment with their shifty, smaller backs.
The offense could also change pace regularly. One passing play might be an exhibition of two-back finesse, and the next passing play could be a display of two-tight-end physicality. Scott Chandler and Gronkowski combine for over 13 feet and 345 pounds of tight end. The Patriots could use the tandem to control the center of the field—especially in the red zone.
4. The Patriots must contain Antonio Brown
With a league-high 1,698 receiving yards in 2014, Antonio Brown may be the most explosive receiver in the league. Patriots defensive backs Malcolm Butler and Devin McCourty could combine forces to attempt to limit the man who will be the Steeler’s offensive ignitor on Thursday — and on Sundays to come.
There’s always the chance the Patriots will give Brown the “LeBron James” treatment, and shut down everyone but him, challenging Brown to single-handedly beat them. But it seems far more likely that they’ll look for the Super Bowl hero (Butler) to prove he’s not a one-game wonder.
If the Patriots secondary struggles to limit Brown, they could also try to stifle the guy throwing Butler the ball with an aggressive pass rush. The Patriots have quietly acquired touted pass-rushers Jamie Collins, Dont’a Hightower and not-so-quietly developed them into well-rounded linebackers, using them sparingly as pass-rushers. But that doesn’t mean they can’t still chase the quarterback. The Patriots also combined incumbent defensive ends Chandler Jones and Rob Ninkovich with new acquisition Jabaal Sheard and rookies Trey Flowers and Geneo Grissom. The Patriots have a litany of options to disrupt and fluster Roethlisberger.
5. The Patriots offensive line needs to hold it together
None of the good stuff in keys No. 1 and No. 3 will be possible without the men in the trenches.
Remember the first four games of 2014? The offensive line was abysmal, and the sky was falling in New England. Well, there’s a chance history repeats itself.
Second-year center Bryan Stork, who was a part of the solution for the Patriots’ offensive line in 2014, will not play until at least Week 8, as he was placed on the IR-designated to return with a concussion. That leaves undrafted rookie David Andrews as the only remaining center on the roster. Rookie guard Shaq Mason has yet to assert himself as the starter at left guard, as the Georgia Tech triple-option product is a shaky pass-protector, which means veteran guard Ryan Wendell could start ahead of Mason or ahead of Andrews at center. Fourth-round selection Tre’ Jackson is a plug-and-play right guard, but every rookie has growing pains.
The interior of the offensive line needs to develop chemistry and, frankly, block bettter than they did in the preaseaon. The Patriots offense depends upon it.