Boston: Ex-House speaker weak, frail in prison

BOSTON (AP) -- Former Massachusetts House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi has lost about 50 pounds in federal prison and continues to battle the cancer that his wife says went undiagnosed by officials for far too long.

DiMasi, 68, may also be facing a recurrence of the cancer in his tongue and throat despite intense radiation treatment that has left him unable to swallow solid food, Debbie DiMasi told The Boston Globe.

He has had bouts with pneumonia, has a feeding tube and sips at apple sauce and pudding and cottage cheese, if he can sip at all, she said.

DiMasi is serving an eight-year sentence after being convicted in 2011 for using his political power to steer state contracts to a software company in exchange for payments of $65,000.

Debbie DiMasi says federal prison officials took too long to diagnose her husband's cancer.

Belchertown: Two ice fishermen, rescuers hospitalized

Authorities say two people who fell through the ice while fishing on a Belchertown lake as well as two of their rescuers have been taken to the hospital.

Fire officials say two men who were ice fishing shortly after 1 p.m. Wednesday fell through the ice on Lake Metacomet about 75 feet from shore.

One of the firefighters who participated in the rescue, as well as a civilian who waded into the water to attempt a rescue, also required medical attention.

The two fishermen were in the water for as long as 40 minutes.

No names were released and the conditions of the people hospitalized were not immediately known.

Fire Captain John Workman recommends against ice fishing at this time of year.

-- The Associated Press