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
Reports: Red Sox will sign Sandoval, Hanley Ramirez

Free agents Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval have both agreed to deals with the Red Sox, several media outlets reported Monday. 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 Sun's Persons of the Year

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

ENTERTAINMENT


Tyngsboro youth stars as Velveteen Rabbit in BCT show

Cameron Perrin is no stranger to the stage. The 13-year-old, Tyngsboro Middle School 8th grader has several credits under his belt, including Oliver in Oliver and Jack in Into the Woods at his school, plus performances in Alice in Wonderland with Nashua's Peacock Players and Fame with Boston Children's Theatre. 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
'Booze Traveler' explores how world drinks

BOSTON -- Jack Maxwell drinks for a living. From moss schnapps in Iceland to gut-busting raki in Turkey and homebrew in the Himalayas, he has learned the hard way that tippler's truism: "It's always 5 o'clock somewhere. Full Story
COMMUNITY
WHAT'S HAPPENING

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Police: Facebook posts of stolen guns spur arrest

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico man is facing charges after police say he posted Facebook photos of stolen guns from an unsolved burglary. Full Story
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Aretha Franklin blasts author of unauthorized bio

NEW YORK (AP) — The Queen of Soul says don't waste your money — or soul — on the recently released unauthorized biography about her. Full Story