One Killed In Overnight North Attleboro Fire

NORTH ATTLEBORO (CBS) – One person was killed Friday in an early morning North Attleboro fire.

Just after 10:30 p.m. Thursday night the first calls came in for a fire at the Peterson Street home.

Officials told WBZ-TV’s Sera Congi that the fire appears to have started on first floor, which is where they found the victim.

Crews fight an overnight North Attleboro fire. (WBZ)

Crews fight an overnight North Attleboro fire. (WBZ)

No details on the cause of the fire are currently available.

Firefighters told Congi the home was built with “balloon construction,” which means there were spaces in the wall that made the flames difficult to fight.

North Attleboro fire officials will join Massachusetts State Police and the state fire marshal’s office as they investigate the fire.

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Phantom Gourmet: Gyro City In Boston’s Fenway Neighborhood

BOSTON – Take slow cooked meats, add some super fresh veggies, and place it all on a hot fluffy pita. Close your eyes and take a bite. That’s how you know you’ve arrived at Gyro City.

Located on Peterborough Street, Gyro City is a new addition to Boston’s Fenway neighborhood. And while this sandwich shop may be small, it cranks out hundreds and hundreds of authentic Greek gyros, like they do it back in the old country.

“A gyro shop in Greece is like a Dunkin’ Donuts here. They’re all over the place,” said owner Polyvios “Paul” Christopher. He and business partner Paris Skarlatos are the Greek gods behind all of this goodness.

Along with their families, these guys are taking the best of Greek street food to the masses. The only thing they ask in return is that customers say the name of their shop correctly. That first sound is more like ‘Ye’ than ‘Ji’.

“I must correct people fifty to a hundred times a day, from ‘jiro’ to ‘gyro’,” Paul said.

No matter how you pronounce it, you simply gotta try it. Each one of these signature sandwiches starts on a spit, seasoned and stacked by Paris’s father Nick. He’s an expert with so much experience, he’s earned the name Nicki Gyros.

“It’s a name that stuck. It was a joke at first; now everyone’s starting to call him that,” Paul explained.

Once all of that juicy meat has taken a spin for a few hours, it’s sliced with a loud, but efficient tool that Paul compares to a high-tech pizza slicer.

The thin-sliced meat is piled onto ultra-fluffy, and always warm, pita bread.

“It holds everything in. It doesn’t fall apart it,” said Paul. “It’s not like your traditional thin pita pocket. It’s a thick pita bread. When you grill it up a little bit it gets nice and warm.”

From there the combinations are endless. There’s the traditional gyro bursting with creamy tzatziki sauce, veggies, French fries and perfectly seasoned pork – not lamb.

“It’s pork, not lamb,” Paul said. “Everyone thinks it’s lamb for some reason. I think it’s a Greek racial stereotype that we eat lamb with everything. But it’s not lamb it’s pork, just so everybody knows. You go to Greece you get a Gyro – pork.”

There’s also a version filled with super tender shaved chicken.

You can order meat off the grill like the chicken souvlaki, traditional loukaniko sausage, and the Greek version of a burger- called Bifteki. Topped with tzatziki, tomatoes, onions and fries, this is a way to get that famous fast food combo all in one bite.

“You get burger and fries, but you ever have the two together in one?” Paul questioned. “Probably not.”

If you prefer your fries on the side, they have those too – served Greek style of course.

“It’s fries with feta cheese and fresh oregano,” Paul described. “Just the combination of feta and oregano on the fries is so different than you’d find anywhere else.”

Other add-ons include the traditional Horiathiki salad, and the more Americanized version that’s ironically known as “Greek Salad“. Plus there’s flaky spanikopita and authentic Avgolemono soup featuring a lemony broth spiked with chicken and rice – that’s always prepared by Paul’s dad, according to his grandmother’s recipe.

All of that family participation continues right through dessert. Paul’s mom makes the baklava.

“The best baklava in Boston,” she declared. “We go through two pans a day, at least.”

This is real Greek food prepared by a real Greek family, so you know Gyro City is the real deal.

“I’ve had plenty of students, Greek kids, adults say, A – this is the best gyro they’ve ever had including Greece, and B – how come no one’s ever done this before? It’s amazing that it took this long for an authentic Greek Gyrotico, which is a gyro shop, to show up in the states.”

You can find Gyro City at 88 Peterborough Street in Boston, and online at gyrocityboston.com.

Watch Phantom Gourmet on Saturdays and Sundays at 10:30 and 11 a.m. on myTV38.

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Daily Talker: Perfect Job For Brady

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady posted his old resume on Facebook as part of Throwback Thursday.  Brady touted his summer internship at Merrill Lynch and included jobs at golf courses in Ann Arbor and Jackson, Mississippi.  In the “Additional” section, he also included the fact that he “guided football team as starting quarterback to 1998 Big Ten Championship and postseason bowl victory”.  This got us thinking.  If Tom Brady never became a star NFL quarterback, what would be the perfect job for him?

Brady resume

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I-Team: UMass Football’s Move To FBS Comes At High Cost

BOSTON (CBS) – Football at UMass Amherst has officially gone big time. Massachusetts’ flagship state university is now playing its games in the NCAA’s elite Football Bowl Subdivision, known as FBS.

UMass officials are bullish on the move up, but the I-Team finds it’s coming at a high cost, and not everybody is cheering.

The UMass football team has just two wins in its first 27 games as a member of the FBS, but you’d hardly know it. Enthusiasm carried the day at a recent pep rally in downtown Boston and many students on the Western Massachusetts campus say they’re excited about UMass football.

“I can’t get enough of it, everyone is always talking about it,” said student Alex Elkins.

That spirit is shared by UMass Athletic Director John McCutcheon. “We want to represent the institution on a level that’s fitting of the flagship campus,” McCutcheon said. “I think we’ve seen that in this transition already with the amount of exposure that we’ve generated.”

In theory, that exposure will bring not only prestige, but also more revenue to help reduce the amount of money students and taxpayers pay to subsidize the UMass Athletic Department. Asked what it will take to make that happen, McCutcheon said: “Well, obviously on-field success will help a great deal.”

But wins have been scarce so far. And instead of shrinking, the athletic subsidy is actually growing. Research by Indiana University shows the UMass Athletic Department had the eighth largest subsidy in the country last year.

And there is a report by an ad hoc committee of the UMass Faculty Senate which projects the subsidy for football alone will reach $6.3 million this year — roughly double what it was before the team moved up to the FBS three years ago.

UMass officials say the move into big time college football is a work in progress, but at least one renowned expert says it’s really more of a Hail Mary.

“If the goal is to financially break even, or to make money on football to finance the rest of the athletics department, I don’t see that happening,” said Smith College professor Andrew Zimbalist, a leading sports economist.

“For taxpayers right now there’s a subsidy for the football program from the university and the state of 6.3 million-plus per year that probably won’t decrease. It might even increase.”

UMass vs Colorado at Gillette Stadium. (WBZ-TV)

UMass vs Colorado at Gillette Stadium. (WBZ-TV)

“There’s also the possibility that in order to cover this deficit that the university will continue to increase student fees,” Zimbalist said.

Another important source of revenue is ticket sales, but the team’s most recent home game against Colorado at Gillette Stadium drew only 10,000 fans.

Asked if UMass should give up on the FBS and drop back down to the lower subdivision, Zimbalist said: “It seems to me to make sense, to look at that very seriously.”

According to the school’s original projections, the football program should have been covering its costs by this year, but that hasn’t happened.

UMass officials insist they have no plans to raise student athletic fees, which have not been increased in five years.

Send tips for the I-Team to iteam@cbsboston.com

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Rehoboth Man Charged With Sexually Assaulting 15-Year-Old Boy

REHOBOTH (CBS) – A Rehoboth man has been arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy.

Police say 34-year-old Daniel Ferreira lured the teen into a wooded area off Providence Street where the incident took place at approximately 6:00 p.m. Wednesday night. The victim says he was walking on the road when he was approached by Ferreira in his vehicle.

Ferreira is facing child rape and enticement charges.

He is being held on $100,000 bail. He will be arraigned in Taunton District Court on Friday.

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Man Accused Of Animal Abuse In Quincy Says He’s The Victim

BOSTON (CBS) – The owner of 12 dogs taken from a dilapidated Quincy house last week describes himself as the victim. David Aristide says his dogs are being held in limbo.

“I’m totally heartbroken,” Aristide says. “My dogs have been my companions for years.”

But twelve of Aristide’s dogs are at the Quincy Animal Shelter after police took them out of the basement his house. But he says he did nothing wrong.

“I go to the property every day, morning and night,” Aristide says. “I clean any droppings from the dogs. I pick up any urine. I have all fresh pine shavings on the floor.”

But authorities say the dogs were kept in squalor. They describe the dogs as being caked with dirt and feces. They say urine was all over the basement floor and there did not appear to be any food or water.

Home where 12 dogs were seized in Quincy. (WBZ-TV)

Home where 12 dogs were seized in Quincy. (WBZ-TV)

Aristide says that’s not so and that he had been there the night before and taken care of the animals.

“It’s crazy,” he says. “It has no merit. My dogs are physically perfect. They’re beautiful dogs.”

He also points to a report by an MSPCA agent who inspected the basement two months ago and found the dogs in good condition. But Quincy Police say that was not the case last week.

Aristide is now charged with twelve counts of animal cruelty.

“Every day I lived those dogs,” he says. “They’re a big part of my life.”

Aristide says he thinks Quincy authorities overreacted and took the dogs because neighbors had repeatedly complained about barking at all times of the day.

Seven more of his dogs have been seized from his Mansfield condo and though he faces no charges there, the town may put those dogs up for adoption.

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NightSide – Dr. Larry Cohn Is In Studio

BOSTON (CBS) – Dr. Larry Cohn, the official NightSide Heart Doc sits in with Dan tonight to talk about keeping your heart healthy. Dr. Cohn is one of the most well-known and respected heart surgeons in the world, and this is your chance to talk with the good doctor.

Originally broadcast September 17th, 2014.

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Baby Reunited With Boston EMTs Who Saved His Life

BOSTON (CBS) – There was a special reunion between a baby and the quick thinking paramedics who helped bring him into the world.

Michelle Norman was in labor when her husband pulled into the parking lot of Beth Israel-Deaconess Medical Center.

Two EMTs rushed to her side and delivered the boy inside her car. The baby had no pulse and wasn’t breathing so the team of EMTs quickly went to work and within a minute the newborn let out his first cry.

“They’re our heroes,” Michelle Norman said Thursday.

EMT Todd Ritch and Emmett. (WBZ-TV)

EMT Todd Ritch and Emmett. (WBZ-TV)

“I had never caught a baby,” EMT Todd Ritch said. “I have been to several calls where the baby is already out.”

The parents honored the rescue workers by naming their son Emmett, a play on the letters EMT.

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