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The Gloucester girls tennis team ran into a buzz saw on Monday at the Ross Tennis Courts in the form of Saugus.

The powerful Sachems flexed their muscles en route to a 5-0 victory.

With the loss, Gloucester snaps a three-game win streak and falls to 3-2 on the season. Monday’s loss, however, has not sullied a solid start for the team.

After dropping the opener to Medford, the Fishermen rattled off three straight victories over Everett (5-0), Lynn English (5-0) and Swampscott (3-2).

The team has been powered by a potent trio of singles player, who have all won individually in each of Gloucester’s wins this spring. Lexi Zubricki has thrived at the No. 1 singles spot with Christina Jones right behind her, giving Gloucester a strong No. 2. Tori Carini has also been strong at No. 3 singles.

Courtney Goulart and Julia Brown have been solid at No. 1 doubles along with the No.

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Toys ‘R’ Us Customers Lament Store Closings: ‘I Want to Cry Right Now’

A multigenerational destination

Mary Nicholas of Carthage, Mo., remembered going to the zoo one year when her daughter, Emma, was around 4 years old. At one point, Emma pointed to a giraffe and said, “Look, Mama, it’s Geoffrey” — the chain’s gangly cartoon mascot.

“So, yeah, it’s kind of a punch in the gut for us to see how much online shopping has affected things,” Ms. Nicholas said, lamenting how the digital age is, as she put it, swallowing us whole.

“I’m going to miss the magic,” she said. “I want to cry right now because we had so much fun there.”

The fun of seeing toys in person

Marilyn Tandy lives in a rural part of Jasper County, Mo., and has shopped for at least two generations at the Toys “R” Us store in Joplin.

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Cadillac Escalade gets $5000 discount to ward off Lincoln Navigator

General Motors apparently isn’t going to let early good reception for the redesigned Lincoln Navigator steal thunder from its own luxury SUV without a fight. It’s offering a $5,000 discount on the purchase or lease of the Cadillac Escalade this month to any buyer who trades in a 1999 or newer Lincoln model, Bloomberg reports.

GM spokesman Jim Cain told Bloomberg the incentive is being offered to keep prices competitive for the Escalade. The 2018 Navigator starts at $72,055, compared to $73,995 for the Escalade, but the outgoing version of the Navigator is selling for an average of around $53,000, compared with more than $80,000 on average for the Escalade, he said.

The Escalade was the top-selling domestic luxury SUV in October and No. 4 in the segment, according to Motor Intelligence. It far outsold the Navigator, which last saw a refresh in 2015 and a full redesign

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Barrett-Jackson Countdown: 1951 Cadillac Custom

Hand-built by famous custom car builder John Gimelli, this multi-year build is known as “The Golden Dream.” This 1951 Cadillac Custom was an over-the-top, no-expense-spared vehicle. The car is a stunning gold, with black leather seats and the same gold in the interior. Barrett-Jackson Countdown: 1951 Cadillac Custom |

Some features include a custom split window, air-ride suspension, and power from an 8-cylinder engine with Bob Ream fuel injection liked to an automatic transmission. Barrett-Jackson Countdown: 1951 Cadillac Custom |

This show-quality custom has been in a private collection until now.

Barrett-Jackson’s 47th annual Scottsdale auction is scheduled for January 13-21 at the Westworld complex.

Jump to a Barrett-Jackson 30-Day Countdown vehicle:

1966 Shelby Cobra

918 Porsche Spyder

1967 Shelby Mustang

1957 Maserati 3500 GT

1969 Camaro ZL1 COPO

1955 Ford Thunderbird

1966 Shebly GT350

1971 Plymouth Hemi

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BIG PAYDAY: Details extra work for Beverly police

BEVERLY — If you were driving through the city last July 11, you likely encountered two separate road crews from Middlesex Corp. within a half mile, both reconstructing Rantoul Street. The crews were accompanied by police officers working private details.

You may have passed detail officers directing traffic on Hart Street, where Department of Public Works crews were working. At the Brimbal Avenue intersection with Dunham Road, you likely drove past another detail officer directing traffic after a show has just gotten out at the North Shore Music Theatre.

That night, if you attended a late movie in Danvers, on your way home you encountered resurfacing work on Route 128, where still more police officers were working private details.

In all, the Beverly Police Department received 24 calls for detail work that day, requiring 38 officers total, according to the department spokesman Officer Mike Bocuzzi. Four officers were called in from outside the

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An officer was called to a High Street address, at 11:10 a.m., for a case of telephone larceny, forgery or fraud.

Fire and police were dispatched to the vicinity of Atlantic Avenue and Cleveland Road, at 1:35 p.m., after a dog walker reported a strong outside odor of gas. National Grid responded, but no trace of gas could be detected.

A person walked in the station, at 6 p.m., and left a letter of his concerns regarding a vehicle, parked in a private driveway, that he believes is not properly registered. He said the car, with a Virginia license plate, had been there for almost 21/2 years. He included a picture he had taken of the vehicle and its license plate. The man complained that when he moved into town nearly 30 years ago, he was told he had 30 days to obtain a Mass. registration or he would be in violation

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Police log

The following items are from logs on file in the Police Department:



Matthew Sweet, 26, of Raymond, N.H., assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, 242 Winter St., 3:17 p.m.

Oscar Colon, 28, 18 Warren St., operating with a suspended license, speeding in violation of a special order, possession to distribute drugs, failure to stop/yield, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, negligent operation, failure to stop for police, improper turn, passing violation, 18 Warren St., 1:43 p.m.

Elizabeth Reynolds, 29, 21 Broadway, check forgery, uttering a false check, 21 Broadway, 6:25 p.m.

Christopher Kasian, 34, 24 Salem St., number plate violation, uninsured motor vehicle trailer, unregistered motor vehicle, abandoning a motor vehicle, South Elm Street, 7:32 p.m.



Samantha Lavalley, 31, listed as homeless by police, disorderly conduct, 44 Nichols St., 11:532 a.m.

Patrick Bussey, 19, 80 Blossom St., assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, 19 Railroad Ave., 8:32 p.m.



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MANHUNT: Police call off search for suspect in Beverly

BEVERLY  — Police called off their search at 8 p.m. in the area of Sohier Road and Brimbal Avenue for a suspect wanted in connection with a domestic incident, a search that has been running since late Wednesday afternoon.

At 6:55 p.m., Beverly police identified the suspect as Charles Dixon, 32, of 3 Archstone Circle, Reading. He’s listed as weighing 160 pounds, at a height of 5 feet, 10 inches. He’s wanted on an outstanding warrant for charges of witness intimidation, threats to kill and violation of an abuse prevention restraining order.

A Beverly police officer safety bulletin described Dixon as having 43 adult arraignments, including “several firearms violations, and assault and battery charges.” He was thought to be armed.

The case triggering the search launched on Oct. 15, when a Beverly resident reported to police that “her former boyfriend and father of her child threatened to have her and her unborn child killed,” according

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Tobin Bridge fix to cause commuting headaches

BOSTON — The 68-year-old Tobin Bridge is set for a major facelift, and North Shore motorists can expect delays over the next two years.

Work gets underway on a $41.6 million renovation of the 2-mile-long truss bridge over the Mystic River on April 22. The project focuses on a 1,675-foot stretch of the bridge into Chelsea.

It will mean lane and ramp closures well into 2020, according to the state Department of Transportation.

That’s likely to create headaches for tens of thousands of commuters who cross the bridge each day.

MassDOT officials are urging motorists to plan ahead, as one lane on the lower deck, Route 1 northbound, will be closed through November 2018.

“We encourage people throughout the Greater Boston area to recognize the upcoming traffic impacts on the Tobin Bridge and make smart choices if they will be traveling along the Route 1 corridor or throughout the region,” state Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver

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Intel CEO resigns after probe of relationship with employee

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich has resigned after a probe found a consensual relationship with an employee violated company policy.

The head of the largest U.S. chipmaker is the latest in a line of powerful men in business and politics to lose their jobs or resign over relationships viewed as inappropriate, a phenomenon highlighted by the #MeToo movement.

“An ongoing investigation by internal and external counsel has confirmed a violation of Intel‘s non-fraternization policy, which applies to all managers,” Intel said in a statement.

The board named Chief Financial Officer Robert Swan as interim CEO and said it has begun a search for a permanent CEO, including internal and external candidates.

Intel declined to give any further information about the probe. Its shares fell 2 percent.