Shalane Flanagan race returns to Marblehead | Sports | salemnews …

MARBLEHEAD — Shalane Flanagan, a town native who recently won the New York City Marathon, along with the Marblehead Track Association, will present the 2nd annual Shalane Flanagan High School Challenge on Saturday, Nov. 25.

The event, which runs concurrently with the fourth annual Back the Track 5K, takes place at the Marblehead Community Center on 10 Humphrey Street. The Team Challenge is open to any current high school aged student-athletes graduating between 2018 and 2021. Teams consist of three boys or three girls from the same city or town.

In addition to bragging rights, teams compete for the Flanagan Cup, a traveling trophy awarded to the top boys’ and girls’ teams based on cumulative time. The winning teams ‘own’ the Cup for a year and return it in 2018, at which point it will be up for grabs. There is no limit to the number of teams a single town can enter,

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Search on for clues about why SUV went off cliff, killing family – Eagle

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Brake failure, a blown tire and factors such as the weather and road condition are among the factors that will be looked at by investigators trying to determine what caused an SUV carrying a Washington state family to plunge off a California cliff, but authorities might never figure out exactly what happened.

Authorities don’t know exactly when or how the SUV — which was discovered Monday — went over the cliff alongside a spot commonly used by motorists to walk their pets. They say they have no reason so far to believe it was an intentional crash that claimed the lives of two women and at least three of their six adoptive children just days after child welfare authorities tried to contact the family over concerns about the kids’ living conditions.

But they also said there were no skid marks or signs the driver braked as the GMC

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State OKs medical pot companies for Peabody

PEABODY — Two pot companies have received the go-ahead from the state to operate medical marijuana dispensaries in the city. 

Next, Wellness Connection of Massachusetts Inc. and Phytotherapy Inc. will go before the City Council for a special permit. City officials expect to take up both applications in six to eight weeks.

Wellness Connection has a business address at 30 Railroad Ave. in Revere, where it also has a cultivation center. It is seeking to build a dispensary at vacant land off Route 1. Meanwhile, next door, Phytotherapy, based out of 25 Newbury St., wants to occupy the Brother’s Kouzina property and move the restaurant to a new location.

The state Department of Public Health reviewed the applications and last week issued Provisional Certificates for Registration, which allows the companies to move forward in Peabody.

In addition to special permits, the applicants will have to negotiate host agreements with Mayor Ted Bettencourt. He said in a recent interview

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SUPERSHALANE: Marblehead native wins NYC marathon, first American woman in 40 years

Her tears of joy flowed freely as she approached the finish line, again when she was crowned the winner and once more as she spoke to the press following her historic win.

It had been a long time coming for Shalane Flanagan, and the mixture of emotion and fulfillment that poured out of her was a testament to her greatness as a champion.


Shalane Flanagan stands with her medal after winning the women’s division of the New York City Marathon, Sunday.

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Protecting older lobsters is Maine’s secret to big catch, as southern New England struggles – Eagle

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Scientists who study the warming of the ocean say in a new study that conservation practices have allowed northern New England’s lobster industry to thrive in the face of environmental changes.

The lobster fishery is the backbone of Maine’s economy, and business has been booming in recent years. Southern New England fishermen’s lobster catch, meanwhile, has plummeted. Ocean temperatures have risen in both areas, to levels that scientists have said is favorable for lobsters off northern New England and Canada but inhospitable for them in southern New England.

Scientists led by researchers at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute in Portland say differences in conservation practices have contributed to record hauls off Maine and population collapse just a few hundred miles south. Their findings were published on Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

A key difference is that Maine lobstermen worked together decades ago to

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Fast food restaurants paying above NH minimum wage to keep employees from working in Mass. – Eagle

PLAISTOW — The Five Guys Burgers and Fires franchise in Haverhill is slinging its signature burgers and fries with lots of local residents working the grills and behind the counter.

Prior to the restaurant’s opening on Plaistow Road in Haverhill, management had been fielding a flood of applications from Massachusetts workers currently working in New Hampshire, just a few hundred feet north.

They were coming back for a big reason — to qualify for the Bay State’s higher minimum wage.

The current disparity in the state minimum wages of New Hampshire and Massachusetts has risen in recent years, with minimum wage earners in Massachusetts making $11 an hour, far above New Hampshire’s minimum wage of $7.25, which matches the federal minimum wage under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

While Southern New Hampshire merchants benefit from the large influx of Massachusetts customers who cross the border to buy cheaper goods in the famously tax-free Granite State, they also employ many low-wage workers from Massachusetts

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Swan song: Marblehead’s Flanagan makes one last bid for Boston …

BOSTON — This is it. The final time.

Shalane Flanagan made that clear Friday morning at the Fairmont Copley Hotel, stating that Monday’s 122nd running of the Boston Marathon would be the last time she competes to win on her hometown course.

“I don’t know if this will be my last marathon, but I think this will probably be my last Boston as an elite runner,” said Flanagan, a four-time Olympian and Marblehead native. “I just feel like it’s the time, an instinctual, intuitive moment for me. I feel like putting that pressure on myself, that it’s my last, is kind of a good mentality for me.” 

Wanting to finally win what she refers to as “her” race — having grown up about 16½ miles from the finish line on Bolyston Street — the 36-year-old Flanagan said she’s well prepared, focused and ready to do whatever it takes.

“I want this race so badly that I almost have to pretend

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Review: 2018 Lincoln Navigator

Michigan saw a historic amount of snowfall in 2018. And it’s not done. It’s snowing as I write this and it snowed nearly every day since I took delivery of this burgundy 2018 Lincoln Navigator. Excuse the dirty car shown in the photos. That’s life in the Midwest: half the year it’s impossible to keep cars clean of salt and grime and, to me, that’s the best time to review a vehicle. I’m happy to report the new Navigator is a comfortable refuge from the snowy winter.

I spent a week in the 2018 Navigator running from Flint, Michigan to Ann Arbor to Detroit. I filled up the 23-gallon tank enough to know to take it easy on the lively 3.5L EcoBoost V6. The 2018 Lincoln Navigator is luxurious and confident — but thirsty.

This is a luxury SUV. It’s not a sport truck and it’s

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