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    Patrick Dempsey wants to buy Tully’s Coffee

    Patrick Dempsey says he wants to rescue a coffee house chain and more than 500 jobs. The ‘‘Grey’s Anatomy’’ star said Wednesday he’s leading a group attempting to buy Tully’s Coffee. The Seattle-based company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in October. Dempsey said he’s excited about the chance to help hundreds of workers and give back to Seattle. The actor and Lewiston, Maine, native has a strong TV tie to the city: He plays Dr. Derek Shepherd on ‘‘Grey’s Anatomy,’’ the ABC drama set at fictional Seattle Grace Hospital. Tully’s has 47 company-run stores in Washington and California, as well as five franchised stores and 58 licensed locations in the US. Any sale would have to be approved by a judge. A bankruptcy court hearing is set for Jan. 11 in Seattle.

    New Spidey story

    After 50 years of spinning webs and catching a who’s who of criminals, Peter Parker is out of the hero game. But Spider-Man is still slinging from building to building — reborn, refreshed, and revived with a new sense of the old maxim that Ben Parker taught his then-fledgling nephew that ‘‘with great power, comes great responsibility.’’ Writer Dan Slott, who’s been penning Spidey adventures for the better part of the last 100 issues for Marvel Entertainment, said the culmination of the story is a new, dramatically different direction for the webbed hero. In the pages of issue 700, out Wednesday, Parker’s mind is trapped in the withered, decaying dying body of his nemesis, Doctor Octopus, a.k.a. Otto Octavius. Where’s Doc Ock? Inside Parker’s super-powered shell, learning what life is like for the brilliant researcher. The two clash mightily but it’s Octavius who wins out and Parker is, at least for now, gone for good, but not before one more act of heroism. Slott said that it’s Parker, whose memories envelop Octavius, who shows the villain what it means to be a hero. Editor Stephen Wacker called it a fitting end to the old series, which sets the stage for a new one — ‘‘The Superior Spider-Man’’ early next year.

    Ballplayer charged

    Police say the wife of former Atlanta Braves star Andruw Jones accused him of dragging her down a staircase, grabbing her neck, and saying he wanted to kill her. A police report obtained by The Associated Press says the fight happened around 1:30 a.m. on Christmas Day, after Nicole Jones asked her husband to help her prepare their home for Christmas morning. Andruw Jones, who played the past two seasons with the Yankees, was free on bond after being arrested in Duluth, Ga., on a battery charge, according to Gwinnett County Jail records.Nicole Jones told officers she tried to escape upstairs, but her husband grabbed her by the ankle and dragged her downstairs, got on top of her, and said, ‘‘I want to kill you,’’ according to the report.

    Surprise ornaments


    A family whose Staten Island home was damaged in Superstorm Sandy has received Christmas ornaments from the White House. The New York Post reports an aide to President Obama personally delivered two ornaments to the Ingenito family after the newspaper wrote about the fallen spruce tree that the family turned into a makeshift Christmas tree on their sidewalk.


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