02 General News

1st. Ken McGagh, MetroWest Daily News

Bill Glennon of Quincy puts his hand on the casket of his uncle, 1st Lt. Joseph Finneran, a Needham native who was killed during World War II and whose remains were only recently identified, at the George F. Doherty and Sons Funeral Home in Needham Saturday November 9. Lt. Finneran’s funeral comes after a 70-year-long investigation by the U.S. Army and Department of Defense that combined DNA medical science with historical and anthropological evidence to conclude the identity of his remains. Glennon got the call just last August.

2nd. John Tlumacki, The Boston Globe

A rededication ceremony was held at the Massachusetts Fallen Heroes Memorial where there was an unveiling of a new panel honoring Eric Emond, a Green Beret from Dorchester killed during his seventh combat tour in November, 2018 in Afghanistan by a roadside bomb. His wife Allie holds one of her three daughters Emilia during an emotional unveiling of his panel containing a large photograph of Eric. Ironically, Emond was the co-founder of the Massachusetts Fallen Heroes Memorial.

3rd. Pat Greenhouse, The Boston Globe

On the second day of deliberations in Suffolk Superior Court, Bampumim Teixeira is found guilty of the murders of Dr. Lina Bolanos and Dr. Richard Field. As the jury files out of the courtroom past her, Ana Vergara, mother of Dr. Bolanos, thanks them for their verdict.

Honorable Mention 1. Matt Stone, Boston Herald

A firefighter bows his head during the funeral for Worcester firefighter Lt. Jason Menard

Honorable Mention 2. John Tlumacki, The Boston Globe

Abby MacCurtain, 8 from Plymouth, who suffers from Leigh’s Syndrome, a rare disorder that limits both speech and mobility, is wheeled up her sidewalk by Plymouth North High School’s Brenna Tobin for a ribbon cutting ceremony. Her mother Heidi with her arms around her son Tomas, 6, stands with workers who donated their time and services to renovate the house over the past two months to make it more accessable for her, and allow her to stay at home.

Honorable Mention 3. Craig Walker, The Boston Globe

DECEMBER 13, 2019: Michael Pitt kisses the casket after his reading during a funeral mass for Pete Frates at St. Ignatius of Loyola Parish church at Boston College in Boston, Mass., United States. The service honored the courageous impact of his short life and the immense resources he marshaled for the fight against ALS.
Frates, 34, was the architect of the Ice Bucket Challenge, a global phenomenon that has helped raise hundreds of millions of dollars to find a cure for the debilitating illness, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, that took his life Dec. 9 in his Beverly home.