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Don't Fight After Bruins Capitals Game 7 Or Any Other Big Loss

The Bruins-Capitals game 7 of the NHL playoffs came upon the city and in a historically tight series the Boston Bruins lost. No doubt many Bostonians are angry or feeling jilted.

And wherever there is intense emotion, in any city, the likelihood of people doing wild things like falling off traffic lights, or destroying property, or hurting one another, becomes more probable.

Tim Tebow Sex Bounty, Will it Lead to Defamation?

Bostonians, ever loyal to their Patriots, feel no love for the New York Jets already, so they will get a good chuckle out of the fact that the newest Jet, the ever-controversial Tim Tebow now has a sex bounty on him, reports Houston Chronicle.

A website devoted to adultery and other mature subjects has put a million dollar Tim Tebow sex bounty to the first woman that can show proof of having slept with football's good boy. Good luck, but at least you won't be competing with Kim Kardashian.

Whole Foods Sustainable Fish Move Good For Ecology

Every hipster's favorite grocery store and social hangout is making some changes. No more octopus, gray sole, skate, Atlantic halibut or Atlantic cod caught by trawls at Whole Foods as part of its sustainable fish move, reports The Associated Press.

The organic supermarket, which is known for its natural and organic food (and high prices) is not going to be acquiring any more "red-rated" seafood, which is a reference to seafood that is overfished or which harms other species. The ratings come courtesy of the Blue Ocean Institute and the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California.

MA Obesity Rates Down in Children

Harvard's Pilgrim Health Care Institute has good news for the state and especially Massachusetts parents. It turns out that after nearly thirty years of childhood obesity rates tripling, the numbers are now going down for the first time, reports The Boston Globe.

In terms of the statistics behind the Mass. obesity rates, they are as follows:

The percentage of obese girls under age 6 dropped from 9 percent to slightly more than 6 percent from 2004 to 2008; the percentage of obese boys under age 6 fell from nearly 11 percent to just under 9 percent during the same time period.

Measles in the U.S. Highest in 15 Years

Measles, a viral respiratory disease, was at a 15-year-high in the U.S. in 2011, reports The Associated Press. There were more than 200 reported cases of measles. The last time there were this many incidents of measles in the U.S., wild Willy was just entering his second term, yes, 1996.

The uptick in measles is attributable to the fact that more Americans are going abroad to low vaccination rate countries. Center for Disease Control experts want Americans to bring back memories and not measles. Most of the Americans that did get measles were those that were not vaccinated. These included 50 children whose parents did not allow them to be vaccinated.

Reverend Schaeffer Stepping Down Due to Donald J. McGuire Past

Sometimes it feels like the painful and cringe-worthy stories about alleged priest abuse of children in Boston will never come to an end.

The latest bit of unpleasant news features Reverend Bradley M. Schaeffer stepping down from the Boston College board of trustees because he failed to act to stop a predatory priest in the 1990s, reports The Boston Globe.

Will Boston Marathon Result in Heat Cramps, Injuries For Some?

The historic Boston Marathon took place on Monday on what was an unusually hot day, reports The Boston Globe.

And although the winners, Wesley Korir and Sheron Cherop, both Kenyans, finished comfortably in little more than two hours, the recreational runners took considerably longer. And they had to brave the immense heat.

While a legal blog is interested in the winners of a marathon, it also tends to look at the legal issues that might come out in long-distance-running.

BC Student Franco Garcia's Body Found

After considerable searching, the body of missing BC student Franco Garcia was discovered in the Chestnut Hill Reservoir, reports The Boston Globe.

Franco Garcia, from Newton, was 21-years-old. He went missing on February 22. The body was discovered in the Chestnut Hill Reservoir in water filled with weed, about 18 feet from shore.

The exact cause of the death is not yet available; as the autopsy still has to be done.

Swastikas in Brighton in Jewish Neighborhood

Jewish residents discovered swastikas in Brighton in a case of what is being termed anti-Semitic vandalism, reports The Boston Globe.

The swastikas -- the symbol of Nazism -- were carved into three vehicles in Brighton on Thursday or Friday. That means they were carved in around the same time as when the Jewish holiday of Passover began.

Although the neighborhood has a high concentration of Jewish residents, none of the vehicles actually belonged to Jews. Though, obviously, that doesn't mitigate the impact of the hate crime in Brighton.

Looks Like Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant Got an Extension

Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant, which is under heightened scrutiny after the nuclear accident in Japan, recently earned a new twenty year license, reports The Associated Press.

But not everyone is lining up to send greeting cards.

Massachusetts Attorney General, Martha Coakley, has filed an appeal challenging the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's decision. She wants them to pay more attention to the lessons from the Fukushima Daiichi disaster in Japan.

Jersey Shore Producers Bring Southie Pride Show to South Boston

It would seem that the producers of the infamous reality show, Jersey Shore, are bringing out a new reality show and it will be coming to South Boston, to be called, Southie Pride, reports The Boston Globe.

The show, Southie Pride, will apparently try to take advantage of the "faith, hard work, and family that make this blue-collar enclave Beantown's beating heart," say the producers of 495 Productions.

Instead of having a male-centric focus, it will look almost entirely at women, focusing on five South Boston women and their families. The show will premiere this fall and be on TLC.

Malden Pit Bull Muzzle Law Debate To Continue

Boston and its environs are often associated with the American Pit Bull, which, in turn, is associated with carnage and mayhem (and Tom Brady). So, it is no surprise that local municipalities are considering a pit bull muzzle. In this case, the City of Malden.

The Malden pit bull muzzle law would require pit bulls in the city to wear a muzzle when outside in public.

The debate has particular resonance these days because of an attack on a 10-year-old boy last year, that led to a pit bull getting euthanized. That same dog had bitten another child three months earlier inside a home.

Massachusetts 'Stand Your Ground' Law Proposal Opposed

The killing of Florida youth Trayvon Martin has put a lot of focus on the so-called "stand your ground" laws that ostensibly allow you to use deadly force to protect yourself from great harm without having to retreat, even in public spaces.

Massachusetts law, while allowing for deadly force to resist intruders at home, does not currently allow for such a right in public places. But there is a proposal that does seek to expand that right, and now city councilors from Boston want the proposed Massachusetts stand your ground style law to be opposed, reports The Boston Globe.

People often complain that their job is killing them. That may be the literal truth for more workers than one would imagine. According to a new report, 58 Massachusetts workers were killed on the job in 2011, The Associated Press reports.

While many of the deaths were due to workplace accidents, far more workers died from occupational diseases. The annual report was released by the Massachusetts AFL-CIO and the Massachusetts Coalition for Occupation Safety and Health.