Fitness movement

The diagnosis was Parkinson’s, a neurological disease that affects movement. But for Keith Hall, it meant he needed to keep moving.

For the past three years, Parkinson’s Fitness, started by Keith Hall, his wife, Linda, and friend Marilyn Freeman, has held classes throughout the North Shore to get other Parkinson’s patients exercising.

In recognition of April being Parkinson’s Awareness month, the organization has added several new classes — boxing at Perfect Balance Conditioning in Salem and a dance class plus a six-week drumming course in Peabody at CareOne.

Staying active with Parkinson’s isn’t an easy task.

As the disease progresses, it restricts movement — symptoms include stiffness and rigidity, tremors, and problems with swallowing, balance and speaking; it also affects mood, according to the fitness organization.

While exercise cannot reverse the symptoms, it can help patients be able to move more normally in day-to-day life, according to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation.

For Keith Hall, becoming one

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Police find toy-shaped candies laced with drug

PEABODY — When detectives Eric Ricci and David Murphy saw unwrapped, colorful chocolates in the shape of LEGO men on a traffic stop, they knew instantly what they were looking at.

“We knew it was a drug right away,” said Ricci. 

It was the first time the Peabody drug unit had come across THC-coated candies. But based on the the smell, lack of packaging, and their countless hours of training on the subject, the detectives recognized the otherwise innocent-looking candies, which are made with THC, the ingredient in marijuana that is responsible for most of its psychological effects.

Ricci and Murphy had heard of juveniles in the city who were caught with similar edibles, but not charged. 

Now, the police are redoubling their efforts to get out to schools, churches and other venues to talk to parents about how they can spot substances disguised as sweets. They will appear on local cable access television

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Beverly considers dual live, work space for artists

BEVERLY — Having a combined space to both create art and live in is often ideal for many artists. And the concept may soon be allowed under city zoning.

The city’s Planning Board and City Council are considering allowing artist live/work space under the city’s zoning laws, a change some hope will help grow the artist community. The changes were proposed by the city’s Planning Department last week.

“Boston is becoming way too expensive for artists,” said Gin Wallace, executive director of Beverly Main Streets. 

Live/work space was the top request made during a meeting of the Arts Leaders’ Group, which meets regularly to discuss art-related topics in the city, she added. 

“It’s not legal right now in the city of Beverly,” she said, though she said there were some of these type of spaces before.

The proposed change would allow for a wide variety of creative activity within such areas, not just limited to painting

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Waring keeper Stam earns national ODP honors

Holly Stam is quickly becoming recognized as the top goalie in the country in her age group. The Ipswich resident, who is a freshman at the Waring School, was selected to the All-Star team at the United States Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program’s Thanksgiving Inter-regional Tournament in Boca Raton, Florida.

Stam, a member of the Region 1 U14 squad, was also chosen Best Goalkeeper for her age group at the seven day tournament. This past summer she was invited to attend the U14 National Training Camp in Portland, Oregon, and based on her performance was selected to go to Costa Rica with the Region 1 team in February.

“There were 18 from each of the four regions of the country at the tournament in Florida,” said Stam. “I knew a bunch of girls there because they had been at the camp in Oregon. The competition was excellent. We played the other three

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Jean DePlacido column: Goalkeeper Stam commits to Duke

Once college soccer coaches saw goalie Holly Stam perform against top level competition, many wanted her on their team. The Waring School rising sophomore made a verbal commitment to Duke last week.

“The two top things I was looking for in a college is a really strong academic school and a good athletic program,” said Stam, who lives in Ipswich. “Duke has both, and once I visited the beautiful campus a couple of weeks ago I knew that was where I wanted to play. They gave me an offer, and I accepted right away.

“I was on my birthday when the coach told me they wanted me to commit, and it was my best present. It feels so good to have that decision made. This is the first time Duke has ever committed to people at the end of their freshman year, and I am the third (freshman) to commit.”

Stam’s friend Mary

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Election 2016: Marijuana initiative not on ballot

PHOENIX — Unable to qualify for the ballot this year, organizers of one of the initiatives to legalize recreational use of marijuana in Arizona are now trying to kill the remaining measure.

Arizonans for Mindful Regulation has quietly shelved its plans to put its

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Four injured in crash near Dallas – The Oregonian

Four people were injured in this crash north of Dallas Friday afternoon.

A 92-year-old man was critically injured Friday when he attempted to drive across Oregon 22 north of Dallas and was struck by an oncoming vehicle, the Oregon State Police reported.

At about 2:40 p.m., Kenneth Klinton Keyt of Amity had stopped his 1993 Cadillac DeVille at Perrydale Road and Oregon 22. With his 88-year-old wife, Evelyn Violet Keyt, in the passenger seat, Keyt attempted to drive across the highway when his car was struck by a westbound 2007 Toyota Camry driven by Michael R. Rodak of Providence, Utah.

Kenneth Keyt was taken to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis in critical condition. Evelyn Keyt was taken to Salem Hospital with non-critical injuries, authorities said.

Rodak and an unidentified passenger were also taken to Salem Hospital with non-critical injuries.

The highway was closed in both

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One killed, three seriously injured in head-on Lincoln City collision

View full sizeA 2001 Cadillac Deville heading southbound on Highway 101 in Lincoln City crossed the centerline Sunday evening and collided head-on with a northbound 2012 Kia Soul.

State troopers continue to investigate a fatal two-vehicle traffic crash Sunday evening along U.S. 101 north of Lincoln City that killed one and seriously injured three others.

The crash happened about 6:45 p.m. when Patty A. Weissenfluh, 58, of Depoe Bay was driving a 2001 Cadillac Deville southbound on U.S. 01 near milepost 111, said Lt. Gregg Hastings, an OSP spokesman.

The Cadillac traveled through a right curve, crossing the center line and colliding head-on with a northbound 2012 Kia Soul driven by Donna Jeanne Ball.

Ball, 71, of Salem, died hours after being transported to a Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland.

A passenger in the Kia, William Lee Bell, Sr., 74,

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93-year-old man dies in two-car collision in Klamath Falls

S_Side__and__Homedale_12_16_008.jpgThe intersection of Homedale Road and South Side Bypass after a 1999 Cadillac Deville collided with a 2002 Dodge Caravan at approximately 4:23pm on November 14, 2011. A 93-year-old man died following a car
crash Monday in Klamath Falls.

Oregon State Police
Sgt. Robert Fenner said Grant Albert collided with an eastbound
2002 Dodge Caravan at the intersection of Homedale Road and South Side Bypass at about 4:23 p.m. He was driving a 1999 Cadillac

Albert was taken to Sky Lakes Medical Center after the collision. He died there hours later, police said. The driver of the Dodge Caravan, Peter Mcnally, 40, sustained minor injuries.

Klamath Fire District 1 and the Oregon Department of Transportation responded to the accident. For four hours after the crash,

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Gresham murder suspect brought back to Oregon

Rony Celis and 2 others are accused of killing Ravell Sterling

A murder suspect is back in Oregon after waiving his right to an extradition hearing. Meanwhile, a 23-year-old man has been arrested and charged with hindering prosecution in connection to the Gresham homicide investigation last month.

Rony A. Celis, one of four suspects in the homicide case, remains in custody in the Multnomah County Inverness Jail. He was transported on Monday from Cowlitz County.

On Feb. 5, the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office arrested Celis after a high speed pursuit. According to police, Celis, along with Charles Moimoi and Clayton Harrell, fled the scene of a homicide in Gresham in a gold-colored Cadillac Deville. A Portland Police Sergeant saw the vehicle and officers chased the car into Washington. The chase reached speeds

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