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Mitchell Calls On Congress To Act On Immigration Reform

New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell says the talk has gone on for long enough; its time for Congress to get moving on immigration reform.

Speaking on his weekly radio show Wednesday night, Mitchell said it was time to bring people out of the shadows and for Congress to act

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Photo by Randy Risling/Toronto Star via Getty Images
Photo by Randy Risling/Toronto Star via Getty Images

Homeland Security Seeks More Security At Some Foreign Airports

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is ordering increased security measures at some overseas airports offering direct flights to the United States.

The Homeland Security Department would not immediately say Wednesday whether the increased measures were in response to intelligence about a specific threat

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Michael Valdez

UMass Fireworks Postponed

Predictions of torrential rains Thursday night and Friday has prompted UMass Dartmouth officials to postpone the University's Annual Freedom Festival celebration on campus.

UMass spokesman John Hoey

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Photo by Veejay Villafranca/Getty Images

New Law Protects Mass. Domestic Workers

People who hire nannies, caregivers and other domestic workers in Massachusetts must now adhere to established labor standards and other worker protections.

The bill signed into law by Gov. Deval Patrick defines domestic workers as individuals who provide in-home services including housekeeping, laundering, cooking and even companionship

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Animal Attacks Boy In Rehoboth

A 12-year-old Rehoboth boy is recovering after being attacked by what authorities think was a fisher cat, a member of the weasel family.

Wes Brown was bitten on the leg and hand while throwing a football with his cousin during a family cookout at about 9 p

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Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images

Watching The World Cup — Thumbs Up

I haven't seen much of the World Cup tournament, just a game here and there.  But on Tuesday I did have the chance to watch the entire Belgium-USA contest and honestly, it was a joy.  Here's a recap of my experience:

00:44  USA Goalkeeper Tim Howard made the first of his 16 saves, the highest total for World Cup goalkeeper in 50 years

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Jewelry at the Fairhaven Homecoming
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Summer Means Craft Fairs, Shopping And Jewelry

I had a great time last Saturday visiting the Fairhaven Homecoming Fair. The weather was beautiful, the streets were packed with friends I hadn't seen in a long time and the vendors had plenty of items for sale.

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Manny Ramirez at Fenway Park on 10th Anniversary of Boston's 2004 World Championship.  Photo by Jared Wickerham / Getty Images
Manny Ramirez at Fenway Park on 10th Anniversary of Boston's 2004 World Championship. Photo by Jared Wickerham / Getty Images

Manny Ramirez Begins New Career As Player-Coach

Manny Ramirez has been called everything from a World Series MVP to a cheater.
 The disgraced slugger is hoping to add "mentor" to his resume.

The 42-year-old Ramirez, a two-time champion with Boston and a two-time offender of Major League Baseball's rules against performance-enhancing drugs, joined the Triple-A Iowa Cubs as a player/coach on Thursday after signing with Chicago in late May.

Ramirez is expected to play one or tw

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Officials: Mayan Community Standoffish Despite Outreach Efforts

Protecting Mayan workers from frequent night-time robberies and assaults is frustrating city officials, who aren't seeing as much engagement from people within that Central American community as they had hoped

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New Bedford Downtown Post Office
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Postal Service Rejects City’s Appeal To Keep Downtown Post Office Open

The U-S Postal Service is not backing away from its decision to close the Downtown Post Office on Pleasant St. in New Bedford.

Mayor Jon Mitchell had appealed the decision in May, claiming the Post Office was an historic building, named after retired federal Judge George Leighton, who is a New Bedford native, and was an important part of the daily life in the Downtown

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