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    Dracut's four new officers boost force to 39

    DRACUT -- The four newest members of the Dracut Police Department include a Master of Science degree-holder, a former corrections officer, two active members of the Air National Guard and Army National Guard, a former Dracut High football and Full Story
    SPORTS
    Exclusive Lowell High club adds five

    DRACUT -- Their accomplishments were there for all to read in all their magnificence inside the dinner program. Full Story
    HEALTH
    (Charles Krupa)
    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
    Nominations sought for The Sun's Persons of the Year

    Nominations are now open for The Sun's 3rd annual Persons of the Year and High School Athletes of the Year in both male and female categories.

    In 2013, Market Basket CEO Arthur T. Demoulas of Tewksbury was named Man of the Year while Trisha Blanchet of Chelmsford, the founder of Operation Delta Dog, was named Woman of the Year. The Male Athlete was Chelmsford High School baseball and hockey standout Mike DeDonato; Karina Shepard, a Dracut High running star, Full Story

    ENTERTAINMENT


    Help make Cover Bands for Kids a hit again

    Always happy to spread the word about a good cause, particularly during the holiday season, which brings me to the lead item in this week's column: the second annual Cover Bands For Kids benefit concert to raise money for Boston Children's Hospital. 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
    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
    Lost New Mexico kitten ends up in Maine

    WESTBROOK, Maine (AP) — A New Mexico woman's missing kitten has been located in Maine, although exactly how the feline made the 2,300-mile trip remains a mystery. Full Story
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    Handler apologizes again for his 'racist' remark

    NEW YORK (AP) — Daniel Handler apologized again for a racial comment he made while hosting the National Book Awards and promised to back up his words with his wallet. Full Story