Local coffee shop owners will appear on Fox morning show – Eagle

HAVERHILL — If you live in or around Haverhill, you’ve probably dropped by or have heard about Battle Grounds Coffee Company on downtown Washington Street.

Now a national audience will learn about Battle Grounds and its owners Salvatore DeFranco, a former Navy SEAL, and his wife Dana. They will be the featured guests on Fox Friends on Friday, Dec. 8, when the show’s hosts shine a spotlight on this veteran-owned and operated business. The show airs daily from 6-9 a.m. on the Fox News Channel.

Since opening their shop in September 2016, Sal and Dana DeFranco have hosted numerous social events there. In a very short time, their shop has become a meeting place for the community as well as a venue for artists, musicians, and other performers to showcase their talents.

Located at 39 Washington St., Battle Grounds served as organizational headquarters for the recent Big Dog show on the Bradford Common presented by local

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Our view: Suddenly, questions for the Patriots


There was always hope.

We in these parts have been so spoiled by the late-game heroics of Bill Belichick and crew that a Super Bowl win Sunday night seemed within reach until the last possible second, when Tom Brady’s Hail Mary pass fluttered to the Minnesota turf.

Then the clock ticked to zero, and the underdog Philadelphia Eagles had won a game for the ages, 41-33. On this night, hope was for naught.

Make no mistake — the better squad won Sunday night’s high-powered shootout.

As the script is generally written around these parts, it is the other team that blinks under pressure. The Jacksonville Jaguars did it two weeks ago, leading the Patriots by 10 points late in the AFC Championship game before New England took over. And the Atlanta Falcons did it most famously last year, carrying a 28-3 lead deep into the third quarter before Brady, Julian Edelman, James White and Dont’a Hightower

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ISU football: Flanagan, Madison emerge as go-to playmakers in Bengals’ offense

POCATELLO — Rob Phenicie sees James Madison and Ty Flanagan as interchangeable.

The two running backs are chess pieces for Idaho State’s head coach to shift in and out of the lineup as featured backs in a dynamic Bengals offense. Madison and Flanagan have split time in the backfield this season, dishing out body blows to opposing defenses.

The two pillars of consistency continued their breakout campaigns Saturday at Holt Arena in Idaho State’s 59-30 win against Portland State. Madison carried the ball 23 times for 160 yards and one touchdown, while Flanagan rushed 21 times for 108 yards and four touchdowns, tying a school record for most rushing touchdowns in a game.

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Saturday was also the first time the Bengals had two running backs rush for more than 100 yards in a game since the Bengals’ 66-14

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Stream Injury Reserve’s New Project ‘Drive It Like It’s Stolen’ – XXL

Arizona’s own Injury Reserve is currently one of hip-hop’s fastest-rising alternative rap groups in the game, and today they continue their ascent with their new project, Drive It Like It’s Stolen.

At seven tracks, the trio’s latest project is a dense serving of what fans have come to love about them. Comprised of Stepa J. Groggs, Ritchie With a T and producer Parker Corey, the group creates music reminiscent of early 2000s rap, with their single, “See You Sweat” evoking images of the Neptunes.

The trio is currently set to head on the Renaissance tour with Warm Brew

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Tours (2- or 4-wheel) offered here and abroad

FIVA has announced a March 18 deadline for entries for the World Motor Cycle Rally 2018, which will put riders of vintage motorcycles on a Hungarian route from Budapest to Eger to Cegled and back to Budapest. Hungary is the home of such historic motorcycle companies as Pannonia, Csepel and Danuvia.

The event features seven classes, from ancestors (bikes produced until December 31, 1904) through post-war (1946-1960) and on to those as new as December 31, 1980.

For details, visit the event website.

RM Sotheby’s offers inaugural Alpine Tour

RM Sotheby’s will stage its first Alpine Tour: Mulhouse to Monaco, scheduled for May 9-13.

“The Alpine Tour is an exciting new motoring adventure in two parts,” the auction house says in the advertisement for the event in its Paris auction catalog. “Part one is a spirited drive on a set route through some of Europe’s most dramatic landscapes — a luxury driving tour visiting

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Americans are dazzled as eclipse turns day into night

Millions of Americans gazed in wonder through telescopes, cameras and disposable protective glasses Monday as the moon blotted out the sun in the first full-blown solar eclipse to sweep the U.S. from coast to coast in nearly a century.

“It was a very primal experience, it really was,” Julie Vigeland, of Portland, Oregon, said after she was moved to tears by the sight of the sun reduced to a silvery ring of light in Salem. “I’ve seen other really magnificent things, but there is nothing, nothing like this. Absolutely nothing.”

The temperature dropped, birds quieted down, crickets chirped and the stars came out in the middle of the day as the line of darkness raced 2,600 miles (4,200 kilometers) across the continent in about 90 minutes, bringing forth oohs, aahs, shouts and screams.

In Boise, Idaho, where the sun was more than 99 percent blocked, people clapped and whooped, and the street lights

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Serving up New Works; Fresh plays take the stage for annual festival at Firehouse – Eagle

Each year on the New Works Festival stage, Victor Atkins would deliver a comedic monologue in his British accent and butler’s outfit, bewailing how festival playwrights had once again skunked his ilk.

But last year, playwright Josh Faigen turned the tables on him. In the wake of Atkins’ lament, the playwright waved a sheath of papers and boldly announced that indeed there was a script for the penguin-attired steward.

To the audience’s delight — and Atkins’ initial mortification — the long-neglected butler had his role. The short spoof was followed by a reading. In it, the butler shoots a houseguest.

Welcome to New Works, the world of the unexpected, where newness and spontaneity forge communal bonds among writers, directors, players, crews and audiences.

Over four days this weekend and next, 40 actors will perform 17 jury-selected works by New England playwrights at Newburyport’s Firehouse Center for the Arts.

The original plays, selected from around 200 entries, include a

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Rockport’s Robinson entering Rock Hall of Fame

It’s not every day you get the call that you’re heading into the Rock  Roll Hall of Fame.

So, when drummer David Robinson of Rockport learned earlier this week that he and his fellow band mates from The Cars finally were to be inducted in rock ‘n’ roll’s pantheon, he celebrated in curious rock star fashion.

“I’ve been painting my ceilings and I took my trash to the dump,” Robinson said Wednesday after the announcement that The Cars — one of the most successful Boston-issued bands ever — would join Dire Straits, Bon Jovi, Nina Simone, The Moody Blues and Sister Rosetta Tharpe in the 2018 class of Rock  Roll Hall of Fame inductees.

Perhaps Robinson’s low-key celebration shouldn’t come as a total surprise.

Founded in 1976 in Boston, The Cars never were ones for flash. Unfairly, they often were regarded more as a studio band than a live band because of their aversion to much

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ISU MBB: Topalovic’s career night lifts ISU over Sac State

POCATELLO — Just when it looked like Idaho State would suffer the same fate in back-to-back games, Reed Gym’s crowd erupted in cheers.

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Novak Topalovic threw down a dunk with 1 minute, 52 seconds remaining against Sacramento State, pushing ISU’s dwindling lead to four points and injecting a buzz into the nervous home fans.

Another Topalovic slam at the 44-second mark sent the crowd into a frenzy and put the stamp on the Bengals’ 71-65 win Saturday against Sacramento State at Reed Gym.

Topalovic was showered with a standing ovation when he was subbed out of the game with 18 seconds left and the outcome in little doubt. ISU’s redshirt junior center

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Rats! Flight canceled — not due to weather or mechanical problems — but because of rodent on plane – Eagle

Alaska Airlines is calling in an exterminator after the company said a rat boarded one of its planes at Oakland International Airport in California and forced it to cancel the flight.

The airline said passengers were boarding the Portland, Oregon-bound flight Tuesday when the rat jumped from the jet way onto the plane.

Passengers already on board came off, and the plane was taken out of service. Most of the 110 passengers scheduled to take the flight were rebooked on a later flight to Portland.

Alaska Airlines said it will resume using the plane when a professional exterminator certifies it is rodent-free. The aircraft will also be inspected for any damage.

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