BOSTON (AP) – A group of Boston firefighters didn’t just put out a kitchen fire that ruined Thanksgiving dinner. They replaced Thanksgiving dinner.

Firefighters from the Chestnut Hill Avenue station put out an oven fire at Kathy Woods-Georgopoulos’ apartment on Thursday, but not before the turkey was charred along with most of the kitchen.

But they returned later with turkey, stuffing and eight pies.

Firefighter Marco Molina told the Boston Herald that sharing their meal seemed like “the right thing to do.”

Woods-Georgopoulos said she cried when the firefighters brought the meal, and cried the next day when she thought about it. She called it a “selfless” act, and said her family plans to do something nice to return the favor.

Legislator to push for gay marriage

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) – The legislator who sponsored New Hampshire’s civil union bill will push next year to legalize same-sex marriage.

But Portsmouth Democrat Jim Splaine will face a fight, as those opposed to civil unions vow to try to pare the law down.

Splaine says civil unions give same-sex couples about 90 percent of the benefits and obligations that heterosexual couples get through marriage. He says same-sex marriage is the only way for same-sex couples to attain full equality. Splaine describes the bill as necessary to propel debate.

Meanwhile, there will be debate on the current law.

Blaze breaks out in firehouse; 3 hurt

NEW YORK (AP) – The Fire Department says some Harlem firefighters were responding to a call when a blaze was reported at a familiar address: their own firehouse.

The two-alarm fire erupted around 7:30 p.m. Friday and sent flames shooting out windows at the Engine 80/Ladder 23 firehouse on West 139th Street. More than 100 firefighters worked for about two hours to get control of the blaze on the building’s second floor.

Three firefighters suffered minor injuries.

Authorities haven’t determined what caused the fire but say it doesn’t appear suspicious.

Frying pans seized in homicide probe

POULTNEY, Vt. (AP) – Police investigating the bludgeoning death of a Castleton State College teacher have seized several items from her home, including three cast-iron frying pans.

The revelation in court papers filed in connection with a search warrant comes less than two weeks after an associate of David Denny, 41, told police Denny had told him of killing Linda Wiggin, 49, with a frying pan.

Aside from a court affidavit detailing the conversation with a man who lived at the Brandon home where Denny stayed after the alleged killing, police have not publicly identified the weapon used against Wiggin. Denny is being held for lack of $750,000 bail on a murder charge.

Staten Island arts booth closing

NEW YORK (AP) – An arts group says it’s shuttering an information kiosk at a Staten Island ferry terminal after hardly any visitors asked about the arts.

Council Executive Director Melanie Cohn says a survey last summer found 80 percent of inquiries at the kiosk were about the ferry itself or visiting the Statue of Liberty.

Only 5 percent were about Staten Island’s cultural offerings.

which the council was formed to promote.

Cohn says the economic downturn also factored in the decision to close the kiosk. It cost the nonprofit group about $46,000 a year.


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