ACTON — He always picks up some Entenmann’s or whatever pastries happen to be on sale. Jim Flanagan, coordinator of youth ministries, sets them out in a back office at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church, in a space like an old rec room. Worn carpet. Hand-me-down sofas piled with mismatched pillows.The kids roll in, a few at a time, trying to make sense of another suicide. They want to talk. Or they just don’t want to be alone. Related Links Share your story: How have you been affected by suicide? Secrets of a Lost Girl Suicide rates rise sharply across the US, new report shows They pray for their lost friend, for another family near mad with grief, for those who struggle, for any who are loved and yet still feel alone.This is their ritual, now achingly familiar.Flanagan opened the room after Megan took her life, in 2016.And then after Matthew took his, just after school started that fall.And Sid, off in college in Minnesota.And Thomas, a classmate of … [Read more...] about In Acton and Boxborough, a communion of sorrow
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By Michelle Mills | [email protected] | San Gabriel Valley TribunePUBLISHED: December 3, 2018 at 7:13 am | UPDATED: December 5, 2018 at 9:12 pm The sweet smell of chocolate hits your nose as soon as you step through the doors. It’s peak production time at the See’s Candies factory in Los Angeles. Despite all the various types of machinery, however, the factory also seems unusually quiet, as workers are able to chat at a normal volume even as the factory is making up to 167,000 pounds of confections every day. On the main floor, automation helps with about half of what it takes to create the candy, the rest is done by hand. It helps to be dexterous and quick, there’s no time for a repeat of the conveyor belt confusion from that old “I Love Lucy” episode. See’s Molasses Chips are in production at the See’s Candies Factory in Los Angeles on Monday, November 12, 2018. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer) The See’s Candies … [Read more...] about We went inside the See’s Candies factory to see how a real chocolate factory works
By Paresh Dave SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's <GOOGL.O> Google will unveil the third edition of its Pixel smartphone at 10 media events across the world on Tuesday, a hint that it is prepared to expand geographic distribution of a device it hopes someday is as popular as Apple Inc's <AAPL.O> iPhone. Google's free Android software operates most of the world's smartphones. But the company three years ago branched into hardware to have products where, like Apple, it could have full control of the performance of its applications and the revenue they generate. Though Google has succeeded in selling lower-priced devices such as smart speakers and home routers, the phones have been a tougher sell. Google shipped 2.53 million Pixel 2 and 2 XL devices through the nine months ended June 30, garnering less than 1 percent of the global market for smartphones, according to research firm Strategy Analytics. The first Pixel devices reached 2.4 million shipments in the nine … [Read more...] about Google goes global with 10 events for new Pixel phones
By Craig Hlavaty Updated 3:36 pm CDT, Thursday, September 27, 2018 On Sept. 17 a Houston-area woman found a 2-carat wedding ring inside a loaner vehicle she got from her Lexus dealer. She's now hoping to reunite the ring with its owner. >>>See the accessories that every Houston driver should have in their car.... less On Sept. 17 a Houston-area woman found a 2-carat wedding ring inside a loaner vehicle she got from her Lexus dealer. She's now hoping to reunite the ring with its owner. >>>See the accessories that ... more Photo: Stacey Smith Viofo A119S Dash Cam At around $120, the Viofo A119S can get 1080p recording at 60 frames per second (fps) or 1440p recording at 30fps. It also has a wide focal length and is small enough to where it doesn't distract. But If you want to save some cash, the previous model, the A118, is a solid choice as well. less Viofo A119S Dash Cam … [Read more...] about Did you lose a 2-carat diamond ring in a Lexus loaner car?
Helicopters work to extinguish the Pawnee fire burning east of Spring Valley, Calif., Monday, June 25, 2018. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group) An air tanker drops fire retardant over the mountainside east of Spring Valley, Calif., Monday, June 25, 2018.(Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group) Sound The gallery will resume inseconds A motor home along Wolf Creek Road destroyed by the Pawnee fire is a pile of ashes, Monday, June 25, 2018, in Spring Valley, Calif. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group) Destroyed vehicles sit among the ashes of a home on Wolf Creek Road destroyed by the Pawnee fire, Monday, June 25, 2018, in Spring Valley, Calif. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group) Flames from the Pawnee fire consume the forest east of Spring Valley, Calif., Monday, June 25, 2018. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group) A child's wagon sits in the rubble of home destroyed by the Pawnee fire, Monday, June 25, 2018, on Wolf Creek Road in Spring Valley, Calif. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area … [Read more...] about Pawnee fire grows to more than 10,000 acres; thousands evacuated