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Stamkos, Lightning take 2-1 Cup lead over Stars

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By STEPHEN WHYNO

AP Hockey Writer

EDMONTON, Alberta — Steven Stamkos scored on his first shot since February, left with injury and the Tampa Bay Lightning kept dominating without him, blowing the Dallas Stars out of an empty arena with a 5-2 rout in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday night to take the lead in the series.

Even though he only skated five shifts for 2:47, the Lightning captain making his 2020 playoff debut 211 days after he last played in an NHL game gave the Lightning a jolt. He made the most of that time with a vintage Stamkos goal going around Esa Lindell and sniping a shot past Anton Khudobin.

“We were really excited,” forward Alex Killorn said. “He told us he was ready, he comes out, gets a shot on net and scores a goal. It really elevated our team...

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2 Louisville officers shot amid Breonna Taylor protests

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By DYLAN LOVAN, PIPER HUDSPETH BLACKBURN and JOHN MINCHILLO

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Hours after a Kentucky grand jury brought no charges against Louisville police for Breonna Taylor’s death and protesters took to the streets, authorities said two officers were shot and wounded Wednesday night during the demonstrations expressing anger over the killings of Black people at the hands of police.

Interim Louisville Police Chief Robert Schroeder said a suspect was in custody but did not offer details about whether that person was participating in the demonstrations. He says both officers are expected to recover, and one is undergoing surgery.

He says the officers were shot after investigating reports of gunfire at an intersection where there was a large crowd.

Several shots rang out as prot...

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Coronavirus: More questions than answers

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COVID-19 reinfection, reality or statistical anomaly?

After another resident of a veterans care center in Massachusetts recently tested positive for the coronavirus a second time, it’s a question state and federal health officials must answer.

“A veteran resident of the Soldiers’ Home in Chelsea who was clinically recovered from COVID-19 as per CDC guidance again experienced COVID-related symptoms and was transferred to Cambridge Health Alliance for treatment and tested positive,” according to a statement Monday from the state Executive Office of Health and Human Services, which oversees the facility.

The positive test came back Saturday. The resident had previously recovered from COVID-19 in May.

Unfortunately, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been vague at bes...

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Partisan poppycock does not trump the Constitution on SCOTUS picks

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The process for filling a Supreme Court vacancy is straightforward: The president chooses a new justice “with the advice and consent of the Senate.” Any other conditions, including those imagined by Republicans in 2016 or by Democrats now, are nothing but self-serving nonsense.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who has promised a vote on President Donald Trump’s nominee to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg by the end of the year, has been accused of forsaking the supposed norm he defended in 2016, when he blocked consideration of Merrick Garland, Barack Obama’s choice to replace Antonin Scalia. Yet, McConnell’s position now is arguably consistent with the one he took then. That does not mean it makes any sense.

While most Democrats and some Republicans remember McConnell...

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In Massachusetts, Mitt’s SCOTUS move is no surprise

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BOSTON — If you’re reeling from U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney’s decision to back his fellow Republicans on SCOTUS hearings before the election, his friends say you just haven’t been paying attention. And his enemies say the same thing, too.

The one-time Massachusetts governor turned Utah senator set off a flurry of both praise and recriminations with his announcement Tuesday morning that he would support moving forward with the process to fill the high court vacancy left by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s passing.

“My decision regarding a Supreme Court nominee isn’t the result of a subjective test of “fairness” which, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder,” Romney said in a statement...

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Celtics on the brink of elimination after Heat take Game 4

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By TIM REYNOLDS

AP Basketball Writer

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The youngest player on the floor helped the Miami Heat move a game away from the NBA Finals.

Tyler Herro — still just 20 years old — scored a Heat rookie-record 37 points, Jimmy Butler had 24 and Miami beat the Boston Celtics 112-109 on Wednesday night in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals.

Goran Dragic added 22 and Bam Adebayo had 20 points and 12 rebounds to help the Heat take a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. They can close it out Friday night in Game 5.

Jayson Tatum scored all 28 of his points in the second half for the Celtics. They erased a double-digit deficit to take a one-point lead in the fourth — then saw the Heat run away again...

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School Committee discusses school opening, what comes next

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LOWELL — Persistence not perfection — that was Superintendent Joel Boyd’s message to the School Committee Wednesday night.

Now a week into the start of the school year, Boyd and his administrative team delivered an update on the status of remote learning, the school buildings and what needs to be done to continue bringing students into classrooms.

According to Boyd, feedback gathered regarding the first week of school indicated that remote learning was easier at the secondary level than the elementary level due to students’ abilities to work independently. Most families also reported that the remote learning experience was “better than expected.”

After canceling in-person learning for grades 1 through 12 last week due to an air purifier shortage, the district will open school...

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City Council furthers inquiry to take over some School Committee powers

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LOWELL — As the debate continues over who is responsible for the city’s bumpy school reopening, the City Council is looking into whether it can, and should, take over the reopening from the School Committee.

Tuesday night, the Council requested the law department provide a report on whether the city, through the city manager, can assume some of the powers and authority of the School Committee.

The motion, brought forward by Councilor Daniel Rourke, passed 6-3. Councilors Rourke, Rita Mercier, Sokhary Chau, William Samaras and Rodney Elliott voted in favor of the motion. Councilors Vesna Nuon, John Drinkwater and Mayor John Leahy voted against it.

The motion comes as families’ and city officials’ anger with the district reached an all-time-high last week when the district canceled in-...

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US experts vow ‘no cutting corners’ as vaccine tests expand

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By LAURAN NEERGAARD and RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR

WASHINGTON (AP) — A huge international study of a COVID-19 vaccine that aims to work with just one dose is getting underway as top U.S. health officials sought Wednesday to assure a skeptical Congress and public that they can trust any shots the government ultimately approves.

Hopes are high that answers about at least one of several candidates being tested in the U.S. could come by year’s end, maybe sooner.

“We feel cautiously optimistic that we will be able to have a safe and effective vaccine, although there is never a guarantee of that,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, infectious disease chief at the National Institutes of Health, told a Senate committee.

President Donald Trump is pushing for a faster timeline, which many experts say is risk...

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Long lines of mourners pay respects to Ginsburg at court

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By MARK SHERMAN and MATTHEW BARAKAT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With crowds of admirers swelling outside, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was remembered Wednesday at the court by grieving family, colleagues and friends as a prophet for justice who persevered against long odds to become an American icon.

The court’s eight justices, masked along with everyone else because of the coronavirus pandemic, gathered for the first time in more than six months for the ceremony to mark Ginsburg’s death from cancer last week at age 87 after 27 years on the court.

Washington already is consumed with talk of Ginsburg’s replacement, but Chief Justice John Roberts focused on his longtime colleague.

The best words to describe Ginsburg are “tough, brave, a fighter, a winner,” Roberts said, but also...

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