State briefs: Longtime NPR host Ashbrook facing misconduct allegations

Monday, December 11, 2017
Longtime NPR host faces misconduct allegations

BOSTON — The host of one of National Public Radio’s most successful programs has been placed on leave while he’s investigated for allegations of wrongdoing including engaging in “creepy” sex talks and unwanted contact with 11 mostly young women and men.

The allegations against “On Point” host Tom Ashbrook include unwanted hugs and neck and back rubs to other people associated with the show. They were contained in a document and confirmed in multiple interviews by WBUR-FM, the Boston station that produces the show.

The station and station owner Boston University have hired an outside firm to investigate.

Ashbrook was put on leave last week. He says “once the facts come out” people will see him for who he is — “flawed but caring and decent” in his dealings with others.

“On Point” is carried by more than 290 NPR stations.

Firefighters save girl stuck in McDonald’s playground

SPENCER — Firefighters in Massachusetts responded to a fast food restaurant over the weekend to free a young girl who got stuck in the playground.

The Telegram & Gazette reports that firefighters responded to a McDonald’s in Spencer at around 8 p.m. Sunday.

Firefighters say they needed a ladder to reach the girl, who was stuck 10 to 12 feet in the air. Police say it took a cutting tool and about 30 minutes to free her.

Police think the girl suffered a dislocated knee. She was taken to a hospital for treatment.

Her name and age were not released, and it is unclear how she became trapped.