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    Cardinal O’Malley to ordain 5 to priesthood

    Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley will ordain five men to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Boston Saturday during a 10 a.m. Mass at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross. The candidates for ordination are the Rev. Joseph Michael Hubbard of Weymouth; the Rev. Matthew James Norwood of Wellesley; the Rev. Denis Nareign Nakkeeran of Brooklyn, N.Y.; the Rev. Fernando José Vivas of Nicaragua; the Rev. Daniel Andrew Zinger of Liverpool, N.Y. In addition, O’Malley will ordain the Rev. James P. Ferus to the priesthood for the Jesuit’s USA Northeast Province, the statement said. Ordination is usually held in May, but was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “During the many unexpected challenges this year has brought forth, we have been blessed by the steadfast commitment and presence of our priests in the life of the church,” O’Malley said in the statement. “We have seen their impact in the ministry to those suffering from COVID-19; in comforting their loved ones and health care professionals; and in providing access to the celebration of Mass and maintaining connection with parishioners and many others through the use of technology.” The Catholic TV Network will broadcast the Mass live at 10 a.m. on cable television and at It will be rebroadcast Saturday at 8 p.m.


    High school holds drive-up graduation

    Whitman Hanson Regional High School canceled a traditional graduation ceremony scheduled for Friday, after learning some people in the school district community may have been exposed to COVID-19, school officials said. Instead, the school held a “drive-up graduation,” where seniors and their families pulled up in vehicles to “The Class of 2020 Rock.” Students received their diplomas and could have their pictures taken with Superintendent Jeffrey Szymaniak and principal Christopher Jones. ”We would like to offer our most sincere and heartfelt apologies to the Class of 2020 and their families,” Szymaniak and Jones said in a statement posted to Facebook. “We all know that they have been excitedly planning and looking forward to the promise of an in person ceremony.”


    War college official on leave over porn link

    A top official at the Naval War College in Rhode Island has been put on leave after an e-mail sent on his behalf to all faculty contained a link to a pornographic image. Provost Lewis Duncan blamed the link, which was supposed to be a link to a faculty survey, on a hack of his home computer. “The matter is currently under investigation,” Commander Gary Ross, a spokesman for the Newport school, said Friday. The message from Duncan went out via the deputy provost’s e-mail account on July 21, the newspaper reported. After a professor pointed out the errant link, Duncan said in a followup message that his home computer had been compromised by “severe risk” malware. College president Rear Admiral Shoshana Chatfield called the content unacceptable and told the faculty she is determined to find out what happened. The postgraduate institution trains military and government leaders from across all branches. (AP)


    Boy digs up massive mollusk


    An 11-year-old boy clamming with his grandfather found a giant quahog that is thought to be one of the largest ever harvested in state waters. Cooper Monaco of Wakefield found the massive mollusk Monday in the Weekapaug section of Westerly, and donated it to the University of Rhode Island’s Marine Science Research Facility in Narragansett, the university said in a statement Thursday. The clam is 5.75 inches across and weighs nearly 2 1/2 pounds. The state Department of Environmental Management does not keep quahog records, but a typical quahog grows to about 4 inches across, the university said. “I was down on my hands and knees in the water looking for clams, and I touched this huge rock thing,” Cooper said in the statement. “I always pull out rocks and throw them to the side and look under them. And then I felt the edge of it and I thought, ‘Holy moly, this is a clam.’ So I pulled it out. It was amazing.” He knew it was unusually large, so told his mother not to cook it. Ed Baker, the manager of the URI Marine Science Research Facility, plans to put the quahog on display. (AP)