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
Sullivan does it all for Tewksbury - especially win

TEWKSBURY -- James Sullivan was well aware of Tewksbury High's tradition of excellence in football long before he became one of best all-around players in the history of the program. Full Story
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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
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Obama: From 'deporter in chief' to 'gracias'

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's carefully cultivated Hispanic coalition was starting to splinter. Full Story


DVD Previews 'November Man' by-the-numbers thriller

The Washington Post Capsule reviews of the next week's video releases, on DVD and Blu-ray, including special features: "The November Man" (R, 108 minutes, Fox): Roger Donaldson makes efficient hack work of a script adapted from a book by Bill Read More >>

Four teams from the Dracut Pop Warner Association have concluded their regular seasons and are moving onto the Merrimack Valley League playoffs. Full Story
Remember when?

As the holidays approach, retailers and businesses increase their advertising in the hope of generating sales. This week/s Remember When looks at some former businesses from the area... Full Story


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Polish town opposes Pooh Bear for unclear gender

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Officials in a Polish town have opposed a proposition to name a playground after Winnie-the-Pooh due to the bear's unclear gender and immodest clothing. Full Story