Greater Lowell Tech students craft new wooden desks for Dracut Town Hall

DRACUT -- The moment Greater Lowell Technical High School carpentry teacher John Maslowski introduced himself to the Board of Selectmen on Tuesday, Vice Chairman Joe DiRocco slapped his palms on the sturdy, cherry-wood desktop in front of him twice Full Story
SPORTS
Court news: MVC is loaded this year

LOWELL -- The sentiment is the same, no matter who you talk to -- the Merrimack Valley Conference is loaded. Full Story
HEALTH
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5 places you might start seeing calorie counts

Diners could soon see calorie counts on the menus of chain restaurants. But will they be able to get that same clear information at grocery stores, convenience stores, movie theaters or airplanes? Full Story
WEB EXTRAS
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On Kickstarter, everyone wants to be 'Staff Pick'

NEW YORK (AP) — Want your project to get selected as a "Staff Pick" on crowdfunding site Kickstarter? Full Story
ENTERTAINMENT
Signed bottles raise $6,500 at WCAP Salvation Army event

'Tis the season for miracles, but who'd expect they'd come in the shape of wine bottles? The four signed wine bottles I wrote about in last week's column brought in $6,500 at the WCAP Salvation Army Radiothon. Read More >>
SPORTS
POP WARNER TEAMS IN PLAYOFFS

Four teams from the Dracut Pop Warner Association have concluded their regular seasons and are moving onto the Merrimack Valley League playoffs. Full Story
LIFESTYLES
Sweet & humble: Take comfort in an almost effortless onion soup

Talk about a vegetable that's everywhere. The humble onion is one the most common aromatic vegetables, popping up in so many ways across so many cuisines. Full Story
COMMUNITY
WHAT'S HAPPENING

Items can be sent to What's Happening by e-mailing sdion@lowellsun.com. Photo attachments in JPEG format are also welcome; items can be sent to What's Happening by regular mail to: What's Happening, The Valley Dispatch, c/o Suzanne Dion, 491 Dutton St. Full Story
Among change, gift of jewels for Salvation Army

DORAL, Fla. (AP) — In one of its famous red kettles in South Florida, the Salvation Army has received a gift worth more than a little bit of change: an emerald and diamond necklace. Full Story
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NYC rapper Bobby Shmurda arrested in drug case

NEW YORK (AP) — An up-and-coming rapper is among several people arrested in an investigation into a series of gang-related shootings and drug trafficking in New York City. Full Story
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Stephen Collins admits to molesting three females

“Star Trek” actor will sit down with Katie Couric to discuss statement he made to People magazine about molestation incidents.