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Brookline

Cat recovering after tumbling nine stories

Simba, a Siberian cat, fell off the balcony of a ninth-floor apartment on Halloween. The nearly 2-year-old feline landed on a concrete patio on the ground level of the building at 1111 Beacon St., where he laid all night. He was found the next morning by his owner, who rushed him to MSPCA Angell Animal Medical Center. Simba suffered fractures to his front and rear right legs, a shattered jaw, damaged lungs, multiple lacerations, and blood in his abdomen. Simba spent eight days in the animal hospital. On Thursday, Simba was back for a check-up and bandage change. “It’s quite miraculous that he survived at all,” Dr. Virginia Sinnott of Angell’s emergency and critical care unit, said in the statement.

Cambridge

Bloomberg to give MIT graduation address

Former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg will be giving the 2019 commencement address at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. School officials said Thursday Bloomberg, who is seen as a Democratic presidential prospect for the 2020 election, is scheduled to speak at the Cambridge campus June 7. MIT president Rafael Reif said Bloomberg has shown ‘‘extraordinary leadership in many areas,’’ ranging from the environment to the arts. Bloomberg said he looked forward to addressing graduates ‘‘as they begin their journeys.’’ The 76-year-old billionaire was born in Boston. He graduated from Medford High School and attended Johns Hopkins University, where he earned a degree in electrical engineering. He started a successful financial company before serving three terms as New York’s mayor starting in 2002. (AP)

Portland, Maine

Whale entanglements rose slightly last year

Federal officials said last year was slightly worse than average for the entanglement of large whales, which is a major threat to the animals’ populations. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released a report Thursday on the subject. The agency said the number of cases nationally was 76, and that 70 entanglements involved live animals, while the rest were dead. The 10-year average is closer to 70 entanglements. The agency said about 70 percent of the confirmed cases were attributable to fishing gear, such as nets and fishing line. NOAA said entanglements happened along all US coasts except for the Gulf of Mexico. Entanglement is a major concern for jeopardized species such as the North Atlantic right whale. The North Atlantic Right Whale Consortium estimates that about 411 of the whales remain. (AP)

Hallowell, Maine

Restaurant owner says boulders have ‘feng shui’

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A Maine restaurant owner is citing ‘‘feng shui’’ as a reason not to move boulders that impede a sidewalk project. Annie Huang, co-owner of Lucky Garden in Hallowell, told members of the city’s Highway Committee on Thursday that the boulders are culturally significant. Huang said in a public meeting that the boulders were placed according to ‘‘feng shui,’’ a belief system about spatial arrangement that relates to flow of energy. The boulders are in the way of the reconstruction of a downtown sidewalk. (AP)