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Jim Phillips

WBSM News Director Jim Phillips is a New Bedford native who's been covering local news in the region since 1973. Jim worked at WBSM for 11 years in the 1970's and 80's before joining "Local Cable News," Channel 13 in Fall River. He served as News Director there for 22 years, coverng crime, politics and human interest stories. When the program ended in 2006, Jim happily accepted an offer to rejoin WBSM. Jim and his family live in North Dartmouth.
Christmas Tree in Downtown New Bedford / Greg Desrosiers / TSM
Christmas Tree in Downtown New Bedford / Greg Desrosiers / TSM

City’s Christmas Tree Dazzles Holiday Crowd

Mayor Jon Mitchell, City Councilors and Santa Claus lined up Thursday night to light the City's Christmas Tree outside the Downtown library.

The event also included a light show outside the library, and a holiday flash mob also made an appearance

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Michael Pereira / Photo provided by New Bedford Police
Michael Pereira / Photo provided by New Bedford Police

Cab Driver Charged With Leaving The Scene

A cab driver is under arrest after allegedly leaving the scene of an accident.

Det. Captain Steven Vicente tells WBSM News, a Star cab struck a pedestrian in the leg, while the man was crossing George Street late Wednesday afternoon

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Photo by Brian Garfinkel/Getty Images

Red Sox Sign Pitcher Justin Masterson

The Boston Red Sox continue to reshape their starting rotation. "USA Today" reports they have agreed to a one-year, 9.5-million-dollar deal with right-handed starter Justin Masterson.

The 29-year-old went 7-and-9 with a 5

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Boston-Area Father And Son Plead Guilty In Hedge Fund Scheme

Here's a release from the FBI:

Two Boston-area hedge fund managers pleaded guilty today to conspiring to mislead investors into investing more than $500 million in their fraudulent hedge fund business

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Octopus Intersection Downtown To Get Makeover

City officials have not given up on making improvements to the Route Six-Pleasant Street intersection, otherwise known as the Octopus.

C-D-M Smith consultants and city planners have devised a new plan that will emphasize pedestrian safety and overalll upgrades to what they call, an important gateway to the city

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People Versus O.J. Simpson Coming to Small Screen

Oscar winner Cuba Gooding, Jr. has been cast to play O.J. Simpson in Ryan Murphy's upcoming "American Horror Story" spin-off.

According to "Entertainment Weekly," "AHS" alum Sarah Paulson has also landed the role of Simpson prosecutor Marcia Clark in "American Crime Story: The People v

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Photo by Drew Angerer / Getty Images

Hodgson, Sheriffs To Demand Tighter Border Security

Bristol County Sheriff Tom Hodgson will be joining law enforcement personnel from around the country in Washington on Wednesday, demanding better border security.

They're also stating their opposition to what they call the "executive amnesty" of illegal immigrants

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Photo by Paul Dye/J and L Photography/Getty Images

Mariota Is Heisman Trophy Favorite

Leading his team to a Pac-12 title and a berth in the national semifinals has Marcus Mariota poised to win the biggest individual honor in college football.

The Oregon Ducks quarterback was one of three players named Monday
as a finalist for the Heisman Trophy and is seen as the runaway
favorite to win the award after a stunning statistical season

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Rear of 120-122 Oakdale St. / Jim Phillips / TSM
Rear of 120-122 Oakdale St. / Jim Phillips / TSM

Fire Causes Extensive Damage To Three Family Unit

A fire early Monday all but totaled a three family building at 120-to-122 Oakdale Street in New Bedford's West End.

District Chief David Cooper says the fire broke out shortly after 3am on the second floor back porch, and then accelerated after igniting a propane tank on the first floor porch

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Clasky Park Lights Put Crowd In Holiday Mood

Sunday night's bitter cold failed to halt the festivities at Clasky Park in New Bedford.

Mayor Jon Mitchell, members of the City Council and Santa Claus were on hand for the annual lighting of Christmas Lights at Clasky Park

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