Sunday May 5, 2013

Massachusetts:

Groundbreaking set for New Bedford's terminal

NEW BEDFORD (AP) -- Gov. Deval Patrick is set to break the ground on a project whose manager says will be the first facility in the nation designed to support the construction, assembly and deployment of offshore wind projects.

Patrick and Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray will attend the ceremony at the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal project Monday. The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, the quasi-public agency that is building the project, hope the venture will be ready for use as the staging area for the Cape Wind offshore wind project.

Cape Wind officials have met Rhode Island authorities to discuss whether the port at Quonset, in North Kingstown, would be able to take on at least some of the work the offshore wind project developer planned to do in New Bedford.

New York:

Parents toss kids from window to escape fire

ALBANY (AP) -- Three young children narrowly escaped a house fire near Albany when their parents tossed them, one-by-one, out a second-story window.

The fire happened early Friday morning in Wynantskill.

Neighbor Lori Cicciari tells the Times Union that the kids’ father jumped from the window, and then raised his arms to catch the children as they dropped.

One of the kids was a baby, roughly six months old.


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The other two children were aged 7 and 8.

The mother then also jumped, hurting her back in the fall.

North Greenbush police say the fire was accidental.

New York:

Vigil held for four

who perished in fire

SCHENECTADY (AP) -- The city of Schenectady is mourning the deaths of a father and three children in a house fire that police say was intentionally set.

Dozens of people gathered Friday evening for a candlelight vigil on the block where the four members of the Terry family perished Thursday.

The dead included David Terry and his children Layah, age 3, Michael, age 2, and Donovan, who was 11 months old.

Terry’s 5-year-old daughter was badly burned, but survived.

The children’s mother sobbed through the vigil. Jennica Duell said she "lived for those kids." She called Terry, "the best father."

Police have charged an acquaintance of the family with setting the fire.

Robert Butler, of Saratoga Springs, was arraigned Friday.

Connecticut:

Thousands of bikers to ride into Newtown

NEWTOWN (AP) -- Thousands of bikers plan to ride through Newtown this weekend to raise money for those affected by December’s shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Organizers say about 3,000 people are expected to participate in today’s Green Ribbon Ride, which will start in Shelton and end in Trumbull.

Several Newtown streets will be closed as the bikers make their way through town between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Money raised in the charity ride is slated to go to several charities, including the Sandy Hook Family Healing Fund, Newtown Police Union and Newtown’s volunteer fire companies.