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Removing the ‘R’ word from our vocabulary

February 10, 2010
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The war of words in American culture could be the topic of a great book and probably already is a book somewhere on the stacks of some college library. The history of the English language in America is one in which acceptable words become offensive in less than a generation, spawning new descriptions and...

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Iacoviello found guilty of second-degree murder

February 2, 2010
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Iacoviello found guilty of second-degree murder

Robert Iacoviello Jr., 22, will now live in prison. A jury in Boston’s Suffolk County Superior Court returned a verdict of guilty on the charge of second-degree murder for Iacoviello around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, after three full days of deliberation. He was also found guilty of unlawful possession of a firearm. He was found...

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Mayor, unions try to come together on health package

February 2, 2010
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While health insurance reform is on the national table, the city and its unions are also discussing some major changes in the way that health insurance is offered to city employees. As the administration has bemoaned for years, health insurance has become the single, most expensive proposition each year in the City Budget. Increases...

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Chief, mayor say officers involved have suffered enough; no further disciplinary action will be taken

February 2, 2010
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One of the most shocking revelations in the Officer Dan Talbot murder trial has not been the evidence, but rather the conduct of the Revere Police before and after the shooting. It has been disclosed that officers were drinking in their vehicle on the way home from a work-related shooting range event. That they...

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Melnik named new City Clerk

January 27, 2010
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Melnik named new City Clerk

There are only a handful of moments in the last 100 years when there has been a new City Clerk named in Revere. Some 30 years ago, that moment was bestowed upon now-retiring Clerk John Henry. Monday night, new City Clerk Ashley Melnik got to bask in that moment – being named Revere’s newest...

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Confusion arises over sequence of events on the night of shooting

January 27, 2010
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Confusion arises over sequence of events on the night of shooting

Whether it was the distraction of emotion, grieving or something much worse, Revere Police Officer William Soto just could not get the sequence straight on the witness stand last Thursday and Friday when he attempted to recount the exact moment that Officer Dan Talbot was shot. Soto – Talbot’s best friend since their teen...

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Ocean Club auction unlikely to happen

January 27, 2010
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Auctioneer supreme Paul Saperstein is scheduled to appear in front of the land where the Ocean Club was going to rise for the purpose of auctioning the land Wednesday morning, according to legal notices filed in Suffolk County. Steve Fustolo, the lead developer of the Ocean Club – intended to be a multi-condo, high...

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Key witnesses take the stand – Both men were present with alleged shooter, but give different stories

January 21, 2010
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Key witnesses take the stand – Both men were present with alleged shooter, but give different stories

Eyewitnesses to the shooting of Officer Dan Talbot took the stand late last week in the murder trial in Boston, both testifying as state’s witnesses due to a cooperating agreement with the prosecution. Both young men said they saw defendant Robert Iacoviello Jr. fire off shots, but neither could say definitively that they saw...

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A living nightmare – A first-person account from Port-au-Prince

January 21, 2010
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A living nightmare – A first-person account from Port-au-Prince

It was a hot evening in Haiti’s tropical capital of Port-au-Prince last Tuesday, January 12. Scenes of “total terror” were the last thing on anyone’s mind. Most who work were just arriving home. Others were preparing dinner in the way that those in Haiti do, most of the time over a fire – doing...

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Woman tells jury she saw handgun dismantled and tossed into storm drains

January 21, 2010
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In action at the Officer Dan Talbot murder trial last Friday, fringe witnesses to various parts of the crime took the stand with some interesting developments. Perhaps the strongest witness in some time for the prosecution was 17-year-old Marilyn Cardona – who was only a young teen when the crime unfolded. Cardona testified of...

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The Talbot Case – Officer’s fiancée provides dramatic testimony about the night of the shooting

January 13, 2010
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The Talbot Case – Officer’s fiancée provides dramatic testimony about the night of the shooting

The first witness of the Talbot trial was perhaps the most sentimental so far, as Talbot’s former fiancée, Connie Bethel, took the stand to testify about what she saw on the night of the murder. It was standing room only in the courtroom; several people were barred from entering for lack of space. Television...

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Officer: Franklin asked for a ride home, said nothing about incident

January 13, 2010
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The lights and siren were on as Officer Rob Impemba rounded a curve on Beach Street and encountered a man waving his arms – drunk, stumbling but not out of breath. It was police Sgt. Evan Franklin and he was asking Impemba for a ride home. “He asked me, ‘Can you get me home?’”...

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Alleged counterfeiters go broke in Revere

January 13, 2010
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Some head’s up police investigating was right on the money last Wednesday, January 6, as Revere Police cashed in a Winthrop couple who was allegedly running a counterfeiting operation out of their home. Police were alerted to counterfeit money being passed at Marshall’s in Revere last Wednesday evening. Officers encountered Sofia Salami, 33, of...

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Hand-raising experience Council and School Committee members are sworn in, amid less pomp and circumstance

January 7, 2010
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Hand-raising experience Council and School Committee members are sworn in, amid less pomp and circumstance

It was most likely the shortest inaugural ceremony on record, but nonetheless, 10 city councillors and six School Committee members took the oath of office Monday night. Due to budget cuts, about a month ago the city ruled out having the typical inaugural celebration and after-party. That left a bare bones swearing in ceremony,...

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Trial finally underway; attorneys await ruling on ballistics evidence

January 7, 2010
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Trial finally underway; attorneys await ruling on ballistics evidence

The long-awaited trial of fallen Officer Daniel Talbot began Monday morning, and by Wednesday, a jury had been assembled to hear the case. Judge Patrick Brady took his seat on the bench Monday in Boston’s Suffolk Superior Court around 9:30 a.m. just as accused shooter Robert Iacoviello Jr., 22, and accomplice James Heang, 20,...

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2009 Men and Women of the Year: Revere High School staff, teachers and students

December 30, 2009
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2009 Men and Women of the Year: Revere High School staff, teachers and students

Revere of 2009 has been a changing place. It is a place where transience among residents has become even more prevalent than in the past. People come and people go in a way that those who have been in Revere for a long time have never seen. Neighborhoods that were once made up of...

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After surviving outside for decades, one Revere character dies when taken inside for help

December 30, 2009
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After surviving outside for decades, one Revere character dies when taken inside for help

In Revere, there are regular people you get to know – your friends and neighbors, co-workers and acquaintances – and then there are the characters in the city that no one really knows but everyone knows of. One of those characters – Roger DiPesa, a long-time local homeless man who suffered from mental illness...

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Talbot trial will begin on Monday after more than two years of preparations

December 30, 2009
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Journal Staff Report After more than two years of waiting, the murder trial of Revere Police Officer Daniel Talbot will begin Monday, January 4, at Suffolk Superior Court in Boston. The process of jury selection will commence at 9 a.m. on Monday in Courtroom 815. Judge Patrick Brady will preside over the trial. At...

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Deck the hall – New function hall opens at former ITAM

December 16, 2009
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Deck the hall – New function hall opens at former ITAM

Walking into the new Casa Lucia Function Hall – and remembering the old ITAM – is like a wayward homeowner looking at the final results on one of those home makeover television shows. Well, it may not be quite that dramatic, but the new facility has been turning heads and getting universal words of...

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Chamber launches new, fully-loaded website

December 16, 2009
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Chamber launches new, fully-loaded website

The Revere Chamber of Commerce has launched its new, state of the art website and it’s fully loaded. Full features will benefit members and Revere’s business community as a whole. Visit us at www.RevereChamber.org. The Chamber’s new multimedia website, designed by Sound & Vision (SAV) Media on Squire Road in Revere, sports such features...

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