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No Fireworks Allowed

Leading up to July 4th, the Fairhaven Fire Dept. is reminding people fireworks are illegal and dangerous.

Deputy Donn Fletchers (right) shaking hands with Chief Tim Francis. Greg Desrosiers/TSM

Deputy Chief Retires

Fairhaven Deputy Fire Chief Donn Fletchers was honored with a final ride home Wednesday.

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Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images

New Bedford Celebrates The Fourth

New Bedford is again hosting its annual Fourth of July Fireworks Show on Saturday along the waterfront. The pyrotechnics will be fired from a barge in waters off the State Pier, starting at 9pm.

Mayor Jon Mitchell says Hawthorne Medical Associates is again sponsoring the fireworks display

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Deputy Donn Fletchers (right) shaking hands with Chief Tim Francis. Greg Desrosiers/TSM
Deputy Donn Fletchers (right) shaking hands with Chief Tim Francis. Greg Desrosiers/TSM

Fairhaven Deputy Fire Chief Takes One Last Ride

It's a long standing tradition when firefighters retire, a final ride home on board a fire truck. Wednesday was Fairhaven Deputy Chief Donn Fletchers' final day on the job, and he was welcomed at his home by fellow firefighters.

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Celtics To Sign Free Agent Power Forward Amir Johnson

A person with knowledge of the details says the Boston Celtics have
landed Amir Johnson with a two-year deal worth $24 million.

The veteran power forward agreed to leave Toronto and stay within
the Atlantic Division on Wednesday

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Eversource Announces Reduced Electricity Rates

Air conditioners are whirring across the Southcoast, meaning higher electricity bills each month. But Eversource's Mike Durand says not necessarily, as the company is announcing a reduction in electricity supply rates resulting in cost-savings to customers

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Keiko Orrall/Facebook

Massasoit State Park Reopens to Vehicles After Seven Years

Taunton's Massasoit State Park is once again vehicle accessible.

State Representative Keiko Orrall unlocked the gate herself Wednesday morning, seven years after the park had closed.

Orrall tells WBSM News the State Park will be staffed for the summer, but there's still much more work to be done, including restoration of the park's sprawling campgrounds

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Spikes Sentenced To Probation For Hit-And-Run Crash

Former New England Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes has pleaded guilty and will serve a year of probation in a hit-and-run crash that injured three people.

Spikes appeared Wednesday in Wrentham District Court, where he admitted to negligent operation of a motor vehicle, leaving the scene of personal injury, operating an uninsured vehicle, speeding and a marked lanes violation

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LOS ANGELES - MAY 13: The 'Dukes of Hazzard' General Lee car is displayed at the Barris Star Car Collection Auction at the Petersen Automotive Museum on May 13, 2005 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

“Dukes of Hazzard” Latest Victim of Confederate Flag Controversy

NEW YORK (AP) _ TV Land has dumped ``The Dukes of Hazzard.''

The network is confirming that reruns of the 1980s action comedy, with its Confederate flag imagery, have been pulled from the schedule.

This marks t

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Photo by David L Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Paul Revere Bell Returning To Cape Cod

A piece of American history with a connection to a famous patriot is returning home to Cape Cod in time for July 4 celebrations.

The Cape Cod Times reports the historic bell that sat atop the 1717 Meetinghouse in West Barnstable returned home Tuesday following its restoration in Ohio

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Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Trial Judge Declines To Reverse Hernandez Verdict

A Massachusetts judge who oversaw the trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez has rejected a request to throw out his first-degree murder conviction or reduce it to second-degree murder

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New Bedford Police

Heroin, Ammo Found In Apartment Near New Bedford Elementary School

New Bedford Police make a drug bust near an elementary school.

Detective Captain Steve Vicente says members of the Organized Crime Intelligence Bureau executed a search warrant at 37 Morgan Street late Tuesday night as the result of an investigation by Detective Donald Williams

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