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Guilty plea from Lowell woman who embezzled from non-profit
A Lowell woman accused of embezzling thousands of dollars from a Chelmsford non-profit that serves the disabled will serve two years of probation after pleading guilty in court Wednesday. Former LifeLinks employee Amy Young pleaded guilty to a single charge of larceny over $250 by a single scheme in Middlesex Superior Court.

Historic Chelmsford lion unleashed
Chelmsford High School Principal Steve Murray and senior Felix Huang unveil a lion statue Huang sculpted from a piece of a historic purple beech tree that had to be removed from Chelmsford Town Common over 100 years after it was planted there by the school's first graduating class. The lion now stands in the school's front lobby.

Filling cupboards and warming hearts
He heads over to one side of the room, grabbing a package of chicken drumsticks. He then surveys for cereal boxes, tuna cans and fruit cups.

Dental students at Nashoba Tech collect for Smile Train
Seniors and sophomores in the Dental Assisting program at Nashoba Valley Technical High School in Westford recently raised $250 for Smile Train, a nonprofit organization that provides corrective surgery for children with cleft lips and palates in close to 90 countries. The agency has transformed the lives of more than 1 million children.

Westford's Code Wiz teaching students programming skills
Ruth Agbaji, a former programmer and software engineer for Kronos and Microsoft, started Code Wiz in August 2017 to help students learn computer programming from the fundamentals through advanced web design and graphics. Agbaji, a Tufts graduate, says she understands the risks of starting such a company in a competitive industry, especially with sprawling conglomerates becoming more common.


Nnamdi Azikiwe (1904)
A native Nigerian, Azikiwe was educated in the US and, upon returning to his home country, began publishing denunciatory articles as editor of the African Morning Post. He was charged with sedition in 1936 but was ultimately acquitted. Azikiwe then became a political leader and was named the first president of Nigeria when it became a republic in 1963, serving until a military coup forced him out in 1966. His writings led to the emergence of Zikism, which is what? Discuss

John I "the Posthumous" of France (1316)
For the five days he lived, John I, son of Louis X, was king of France. He thus had the shortest reign of any recognized French king. Because his uncle, Philip V, succeeded him, rumors swirled that Philip had caused John's death. Another story claimed that a dying child had been substituted for John, who was then raised in Siena. In the mid-1300s, a Sienese man named Giannino di Guccio began claiming that he was John I and traveled through Europe seeking recognition. What happened to him?

Sir Frederick Grant Banting (1891)
Banting was a Canadian physician who, with Scottish physiologist John Macleod, won a 1923 Nobel Prize for the discovery of the hormone insulin. Banting and his assistant Charles Best experimented on diabetic dogs, demonstrating that insulin lowered their blood sugar. Insulin was proven effective on humans within months of the first experiments with dogs. In acknowledgment of Best's work, Banting gave him a share of his portion of the Nobel Prize. What tragic accident took Banting's life in 1941?

Quote of the Day

Charlotte Bronte
Prejudices, it is well known, are most difficult to eradicate from the heart whose soil has never been loosened or fertilized by education; they grow firm there, firm as weeds among stones. Discuss

Evil companions bring more hurt than profit.

George Eliot
All honor and reverence to the divine beauty of form! Let us cultivate it to the utmost in men, women, and children—in our gardens and in our houses. But let us love that other beauty too, which lies in no secret of proportion, but in the secret of deep human sympathy.

This Day in History

Louis Riel, "Father of Manitoba," Executed for Treason (1885)
Of French and Métis parentage, Riel grew up in the Red River Settlement in what is now Manitoba, whose establishment in 1870 he precipitated by leading a revolt of Métis and indigenous peoples against the transfer of the Hudson's Bay Company territory to Canada. Riel was outlawed for his role in the rebellion, but that did not deter him from leading a similar uprising in Saskatchewan in 1884. This time, however, he was captured by Canadian authorities and executed. Why was his penalty so harsh? Discuss