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04/19/2018 08:30 AM
Threatening letters persuade gay teacher to leave Kansas school
Following months of harassment, Michael Hill abandoned his job and home state for Palm Springs, Calif.

04/19/2018 07:37 AM
Wicked Local Reader Photo of the Day, 4-19-18
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04/18/2018 12:59 PM
Farewell to a friend: Slain Yarmouth police officer Sean Gannon honored as a local hero
See more stories and photographs online at or on The Register's Facebook page. With an outpouring of affection, people from Yarmouth and all of Cape Cod were joined by thousands of police officers from far and wide to say goodbye to Yarmouth police officer Sean Gannon Wednesday.Gannon, 32, was shot to death on Thursday, April 12, while serving a warrant at a home on Blueberry Lane in Marstons Mills in an incident that [...]

04/18/2018 08:15 AM
George H.W. Bush on Barbara's passing: Warm wishes 'lifting us all up'
A grateful former President George H.W. Bush wants Americans to "cross the Bushes off your worry list."Ailing former first lady Barbara Bush died as her husband held her hand throughout her last day Tuesday in Houston. She was 92.Since then, Americans of all political stripes have sent warm wishes and condolences to the Bush family."I always knew Barbara was the most beloved woman in the world, and in fact I used to tease her that I had a complex about that [...]

04/18/2018 06:00 AM
WHIMSICAL WEDNESDAY: Wicked Local Reader Photo of the Day, 4-18-18
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04/18/2018 03:34 AM
'Sharing Kindness' walk aims to raise suicide awareness
ORLEANS – In 2016, the Walters family grappled with the recent death of their son, Jeremy, who died by suicide at the age of 16.A small group of Jeremy’s friends were reeling from his death, and the family wanted to do something to celebrate Jeremy’s life that included his friends in the process.By mid-February of 2017, Sharing Kindness, Inc. was born.“When we started this,” says Kim Mead-Walters, co-founder of the nonprofit, “it [...]

04/17/2018 06:00 AM
Wicked Local Reader Photo of the Day, 4-17-18
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04/17/2018 12:34 AM
Receptions for new superintendent at Seashore
Meet the new superintendent of Cape Cod National Seashore at two public receptions to welcome Brian Carlstrom to the post. Both receptions are free and sponsored by Friends of the Cape Cod National Seashore.The first reception will be held on Thursday, April 19, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Salt Pond Visitor Center, 50 Nauset Road, Eastham. On Tuesday, May 8 there will be a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. at Province Lands Visitor Center, 171 Race Point Road, Provincetown.The Provincetown [...]

04/16/2018 06:30 AM
Chemical weapons team kept from alleged attack site in Syria
The lack of access to the town of Douma by inspectors from the watchdog group, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, has left questions about the April 7 attack unanswered.

04/15/2018 06:09 AM
Shore Lore: A rum runner’s checklist
Put yourself in this situation.It’s the 1920s, and you live on the outer reaches of Cape Cod. Perhaps you fish or farm for a living. Your income is low, barely enough to get by.Then an opportunity pops up out of nowhere — a golden opportunity to pull in lots of cash. The catch is that you’ll be indulging in illegal activities, which could also be dangerous, even life-threatening, but you decide to take the risk.You’re about to become a rum [...]

04/15/2018 12:37 AM
Funeral services planned for officer Sean Gannon
 Funeral services have been planned for slain Yarmouth police officer Sean Gannon. A Vigil for the Deceased and visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 17 at St. Pius X Church, Station Avenue, South Yarmouth. A Mass of Christian Burial is planned for 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 18 at the church. Burial will be private.

04/14/2018 07:40 AM
Wastewater tax on rentals clears House, Senate
A new revenue stream that could offset a quarter of the costs -- about $1 billion, for wastewater management projects across the Cape moved closer to becoming a reality after House and Senate rental tax bills were amended to include creating a Cape Cod and Islands Water Protection Fund.Under the two pieces of legislation, a 2.75 excise tax would be added to the cost of short-term, or transient, rentals and sent to the State Treasurer for deposit into the wastewater fund.From [...]

04/14/2018 01:16 AM
Ask the Bird Folks: An asylum of loons
Dear Bird Folks,A friend of mine is visiting from out of town and wants to do some local birding. In particular, she wants to see a loon. Is there a good place on Cape Cod to see loons or should we drive up to Maine?–Linda, Brewster, MANot Maine, Linda, Don’t drive up to Maine. Cape Cod has everything Maine has, except big trees, mountains and black flies. And, in spite of what some people think, we also have lots of loons. In fact, one of the best [...]

04/13/2018 10:39 AM
UPDATE: Yarmouth, Cape Cod shocked by officer's death
A day after a Yarmouth police officer was shot to death while executing a search warrant at a Marstons Mills home, the accused killer was arraigned in Barnstable District Court.A silent procession of uniformed state and local law enforcement officers walked single-file into the court, filling one side of the courtroom.Led by Deputy Chief Matthew Sonnabend, Lt. John Murphy, Lt. Jean Challies, and dozens of Barnstable officers, other first-responders from Yarmouth, Dennis, [...]

04/13/2018 10:15 AM
Yarmouth officer fatally shot in Barnstable
Flanked by two court officers, 29-year-old Thomas Latanowich kept his head bowed down as he stood handcuffed alongside his defense attorney, James Powderly, and pleaded not-guilty to one count of Murder and one count of Mistreating a Police Dog.

04/13/2018 08:52 AM
Safety Committee voting on 'Red Flag' gun control legislation
Students, teachers and parents – among others – have visited the State House for weeks, calling for passage of a bill intended to keep guns away from dangerous individuals.On Friday afternoon, the Legislature's Committee on Public Safety should finally have an answer for them about the extreme risk protection order bill.The committee – chaired by Rep. Hank Naughton and Sen. Michael Moore – is polling members on a bill (H 3610) that is substantially [...]

04/13/2018 07:00 AM
Teacher charged in sex abuse case released on bail
BREWSTER -- Noah Campbell-Halley, the Stony Brook Elementary School technology teacher charged with the sexual abuse of two first-graders, has been released on bail, a court corrections officer confirmed April 13.The 36-year-old Harwich resident had been held on $25,000 bail since his arrest March 22, but the bail amount was lowered to $10,000.He has pleaded not guilty to three counts of indecent assault and battery on a child, two counts of rape of a child, and one count of [...]

04/13/2018 12:39 AM
Nature's Ways: Seasonal comings and goings
 On a recent lazy Sunday morning, we drove over the bridge. I know, sort of shocking but we did it anyway. There was a steady stream of traffic, both coming and going. This was before the work on the bridge began and we remarked that the work was certainly going to be a challenge with all this traffic. It was more winter than spring, purely off season and yet the roads were busy, busy, busy.If [...]

04/13/2018 12:29 AM
APCC: A half-century of environmental advocacy
The Association to Preserve Cape Cod, based in Dennis, is marking its 50th anniversary in 2018. Its goal is to preserve, protect and enhance the natural resources of Cape Cod, and focuses its efforts on the protection of groundwater, surface water, and wetland resources, preservation of open space, the promotion of responsible, planned growth and the achievement of an environmental ethic. Contributor Carol K. Dumas asked Executive Director Andrew Gottlieb about the operation of the group [...]

04/12/2018 08:01 PM
TM article seeks $578K to build pet crematorium
HARWICH -- Should Harwich get into the pet crematorium business?A warrant article at the May 7 town meeting asks voters to spend $577,950, funded as a debt exclusion, to build a pet crematory at the existing pet burial ground on Queen Anne Road.It would take a two-thirds majority vote to approve, and resident Richard Gunderson spoke out at Monday’s selectmen’s meeting to oppose the spending.“The number of animals is what drives this need. I [...]