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December 31, 2013

Editorial: Some cheers some jeers for recent newsmakers


As director of the clinical research office for her group, GU Oncology, at any one time she has 25 clinical trials open for patients with GU cancers (prostate, bladder, kidney and testes). She said those trials include the evaluation of new drugs and drug combinations and the analysis of cancer resistance.

Congratulations to Dr. Taplin for her career success, and for recognizing and honoring the role teachers played in her academic development.

JEERS to a Christmas Grinch.

Robbers broke into two homes at opposite ends of Methuen on Christmas Day. Police said the crimes appear to be unrelated.

The first break-in was reported around 5 p.m. on Hideaway Lane. In that incident, an apparent robber forced his or her way into the home through a back door and cleaned out several thousand dollars in high-end electronics, according to Methuen Police Sgt. Tod Himmer.

The second break-in was reported on Buswell Avenue just before 7 p.m., according to Himmer.

While details were limited on the second break due to the ongoing investigation, Himmer told reporter Dustin Luca the two didn’t seem to be related.

“Nothing would bring me to that. It’s two sides of town,” he said. “Methuen detectives have responded and are currently processing both scenes. Hopefully we’ll have something to work on in the future, identify the individuals responsible in this criminal activity.”

Stealing, obviously, is wrong at any time. But the crime seems especially heinous and mean-spirited when it is done on Christmas Day.

CHEERS to the Salem Knights of Columbus, who held a free Christmas dinner, open to all. More than 100 people attended for the turkey dinner.

The dinner was sponsored by the Knights, Saints Mary and Joseph Parish and the Salem Christmas Fund.

Rides were provided to the dinner and deliveries were made to Salem residents who could not leave home.

Kudos to all involved in this kind and worthwhile endeavor.

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