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Daily Talker: Winners Of MassDOT Highway Sign Contest Announced

One Friday morning in May, drivers on metro Boston roads actually noticed the message on the electronic highway signs, when MassDOT poked a little fun at the local accent with the phrase, “Changing lanes? Use ya blinkah!”

It became a social media phenomenon, with people suggesting their own messages on Facebook and Twitter. So state highway officials decided to hold a contest, and give three winners gift cards for gas and service plaza vendors.

The Boston Globe reports the winners of the DOTSpeak Highway Safety Message Contest will be officially announced Thursday,

08/14/2014

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Daily Talker: Man Charged For Driving Maserati Painted Like Police Cruiser

A man from Braintree is in trouble with the law, because police say his Maserati looked too much like a police cruiser.

Braintree Deputy Police Chief Wayne Foster tells the Patriot Ledger the man was pulled over in Braintree Square over the weekend, and has been summoned to court on a charge of impersonating a police officer.

08/13/2014

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Daily Talker: Fixing The Lack of Parking In South Boston

Parking seems to always be tough to come by in South Boston. During snowstorms, residents sometimes get into fights over cones, chairs or garbage cans used to save shoveled-out parking spaces. On weekends, out-of-towners pour into the neighborhood to visit friends.

Now Boston officials are preparing for a 90-day trial in part of the neighborhood, where resident-only overnight parking would be expanded to seven nights a week, according to the Boston Globe. Currently street parking is restricted to only residents from 6pm to 10pm, Monday through Thursday.

08/11/2014

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Daily Talker: President Authorizes Air Strikes In Iraq

President Obama said he is authorizing the U.S. military to carry out airstrikes in Iraq against Islamic militants if they advance toward the critical city of Irbil. The U.S. has a consulate and a military operations center there.

Fighters from the militant group the Islamic State seized the country’s largest hydroelectric dam on Thursday, taking control of enormous power and water resources and leverage over the Tigris River that runs through the heart of Baghdad.

08/08/2014

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Daily Talker: Another Company A “Serious Bidder” For Market Basket Says Report

Another company has come forward as a “serious bidder” for the Market Basket chain, according to a report in this morning’s Boston Globe.

According to people briefed on the negotiations who spoke to the paper, the potential buyer has expressed interest in buying all or part of the 71-store regional chain. The identity of the bidder was not revealed, but sources told the Globe the offer is close in value to the one submitted by ousted CEO Arthur T. Demoulas.

08/07/2014

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Daily Talker: Court Orders Hull Woman To Stop Feeding Birds

Neighbors of a woman from Hull have won a four-year battle to get her to stop feeding birds.

The town took Gail Kansky to court because of the swarms of sparrows, pigeons, and other birds that surround her bird feeder and her home. It claimed the flocks of birds were causing a health hazard.

08/06/2014

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Daily Talker: Protesting The Market Basket Job Fair

Dozens of workers demanding the return of ousted CEO Arthur T. Demoulas protested outside a Market Basket warehouse in Andover, during the first day of a three-day job fair held by the company.

The workers greeted any car coming or going with a chorus of jeers, just in case it was a job applicant.

08/05/2014

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Daily Talker: Mother Calls Daughter “Spoiled Brat” Online, Sells Concert Tickets

A North Dakota mother is getting a lot of support, and some criticism, after she tried to teach her 18-year-old daughter a lesson.

Cindy Bjerke says when her daughter’s behavior got worse, she sold her tickets to a Katy Perry concert on an online garage sale page on Facebook.

08/04/2014

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Daily Talker: Battling Market Basket Ads

After the CEO’s of Market Basket ran newspaper ads announcing job fairs next week to replace any workers who refuse to come back to work. loyal customers are responding with an ad of their own with a message for the board of directors.

“It is your customers who bring in the money. It is your customers who are the bottom line,” the customer-bought ad reads in part. It will run in Saturday’s edition of the Lowell Sun.

08/01/2014

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Daily Talker: Do Fines For Unsecured Cargo Need To Be Increased?

The driver of a landscaping truck got a $200 ticket after an ax flew off his truck and crashed through the windshield of another car on I-95 in Topsfield Monday morning.

A retired couple from Rhode Island was not hurt. The ax head came to rest on the dashboard right on front of the female passenger, spraying her with glass.

07/31/2014

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