Archive for: October, 2011

Mortgage Remedies or Government Missteps? An Analysis of 2 New Federal Lending Proposals Designed to Boost the Housing Market

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As policy leaders develop plans to boost the struggling housing market, two recent proposals underscore the challenges of adapting federal agency mortgage underwriting standards to achieve a policy objective other than backing a safe and sound loan. The first is President Obama’s recent announcement about revisions to the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP). The second [...]

Occupy Boston Protesters Weather First Snowstorm of the Season


Little evidence of the weekend’s nor’easter remained at Occupy Boston on Sunday. With most of the snow melted just hours after it had fallen in an unseasonably early snowstorm on Saturday night, protesters hung a few blankets out to dry and shifted their attention to celebrating the occupation’s one month birthday with cake, balloons, and [...]

Something Making You Batty This Halloween? Learn the Truth About These Fearsome Flying Mammals

Townsend's big-eared bat courtesyAnn Froschauer/USFWS

Bats: They’re blood sucking, rabies-riddled vampires. Right? Well, not so much. If these high-flying creatures of the night strike fear in your heart, you’re not alone; but your fears are totally unfounded. According to Bat Conservation International, only three bat species actually feed on blood (none in the U.S.) and they “lap it up like [...]

Cape Cod Noir: A New Creepy Collection of Stories Just in Time for Halloween


If you want to be more than scared this Halloween, indulge in Cape Cod Noir for creepy bedtime reading. The anthology, newly published by Akashic Books, contains 13 chilling tales set in 13 Barnstable County towns alongside Route 6. From Sandwich to Provincetown, danger within these grisly stories lurks on the Cape’s dark streets, desolate [...]

AP Source: Yankees Make Offer to Sabathia

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NEW YORK (AP) — The Yankees have made a contract offer to ace CC Sabathia, who has until Monday to decide whether to opt out of the $92 million and four years remaining on his current deal. The offer was made over the weekend, the person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on [...]

145,000 Lose Power in Maine After Early Snowstorm

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Utility crews made headway Sunday restoring power to more than 145,000 homes and businesses that were left in the dark by wet, heavy snow from a rare October nor’easter, but it will be days before power is fully restored, a spokesman said. About 130,000 customers were without service by midday Sunday, [...]

Storm Socks New Hampshire, Knocks Out Power to 315,000

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Thousands of New Hampshire residents might not be leaving lights on for trick-or-treaters after a storm dropped more than a foot of snow and pulled down power lines across the state. The National Weather Service reported nearly two feet of snow in Concord and other parts of the state, with 31.4 [...]

3M Powerless as October Snow Surprises Northeast

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SOUTH WINDSOR, Conn. (AP) — When winter’s white mixes with autumn’s orange and gold, nature gets ugly. A freak October nor’easter knocked out power to more than 3 million homes and businesses across the Northeast on Sunday in large part because leaves still on the trees caught more snow, overloading branches that snapped and wreaked [...]

Worcester Postpones Trick-or-Treating Due to Storm

Snowy Pumpkins

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — The city of Worcester is asking people to wait until Thursday to go trick-or-treating. Halloween is Monday, but the Worcester Telegram & Gazette reports that city officials are afraid that piles of snow, fallen trees and darkened streets will make it unsafe for kids to go door to door. City Manager [...]

Snow Smacks Northeast; Power Could be Out for Days

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SOUTH WINDSOR, Conn. (AP) — Millions of people from Maine to Maryland were without power as an unseasonably early storm dumped heavy, wet snow over the weekend on a region more used to gaping at leaves in October than shoveling snow. The snow was due to stop falling in New England late Sunday, but it [...]

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