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Marty Meehan, former congressman from Massachusetts and current chancellor of the University of Massachusetts - Lowell, replies to an interview question before being named the new president of the entire five-campus UMass system by a unanimous vote of the board of trustees Friday, May 1, 2015, in Boston. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

Ex-Congressman Marty Meehan named UMass president

Friday, May 1, 2015

BOSTON — Marty Meehan, the former congressman and current chancellor of the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, was named president of the five-campus UMass system on Friday after selling his vision of turning the system into one of the nation’s best and promising to raise more money than his predecessors. “I want excellence in everything we do,” Meehan said during a lengthy …

Feds: Ex-FBI agent lied at Bulger trial

Thursday, April 30, 2015

BOSTON — A former FBI agent lied to jurors during mobster James “Whitey” Bulger’s trial and overstated his professional accomplishments, including falsely claiming to be the first officer who recovered the rifle used to assassinate Martin Luther King Jr., federal officials said Thursday in announcing a perjury case against him. Robert Fitzpatrick, who …

Woman shot in face by cop sues for $1.5M

Thursday, April 30, 2015

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A pregnant mother of two who was accidentally shot in the face by a Massachusetts police officer investigating a possible break-in has sued the officer, the police department and the town for $1.5 million. The Republican newspaper reports that Britteney Miles filed the lawsuit in federal court Wednesday. Officials say Officer Danielle Petrangelo’s gun accidentally fired after Miles opened her …

Pedestrian struck, killed on Mass Pike in Becket

Thursday, April 30, 2015

BECKET (AP) — State police say someone walking on the Massachusetts Turnpike in Becket has been struck and killed by a tractor-trailer. Police responded to the eastbound stretch of the highway in the western Massachusetts community at about 5:30 a.m. Thursday. The victim was pronounced dead at the …

Teacher: Bomber ‘always wanted to do right thing’

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

BOSTON — As a child, Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was quiet, hardworking and “always wanted to do the right thing,” his third-grade teacher testified Wednesday to jurors who will decide whether he spends the rest of his …

Innocence Project allowed to argue on NH convict’s behalf

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A nonprofit group that works to exonerate wrongly convicted prisoners will be allowed to weigh in on the case of a man convicted of killing a New Hampshire woman more than four decades ago. The Concord Monitor reports that a judge recently accepted arguments …

Baker halts expansion of Boston convention center

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker put the brakes on a $1 billion expansion of the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center on Wednesday, with administration officials citing financial concerns about the project and overly optimistic predictions about what the …

Study: Millennials say US justice system unfair

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

BOSTON — A Harvard University survey released Wednesday found that nearly one in two millennials believe America’s criminal justice system is unfair and few believe protests triggered by the killings of black men at the hands of police will make a significant difference. The findings, from a survey …

Baker administration to address issues resulting from changes in processing applications for food stamp benefits

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The Legislature did not act this week on a proposed amendment to help food stamp recipients affected by a recent bureaucratic change. However, anti-hunger and anti-poverty advocates say the Baker administration has indicated it is willing to look at the problem caused by the recent changes in the …

Sister-in-law scrutinized in Boston bombing trial

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

BOSTON — Testimony in the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev zeroed in Tuesday on his late brother’s wife, revealing searches done on her computer on the rewards of dying as a martyr’s spouse and raising questions …

Board OKs takeover of Holyoke schools

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

FITCHBURG — The state education board moved Tuesday to place the Holyoke public schools into receivership, citing disturbing trends in student achievement and dropout rates. The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted 8-3 at a meeting held in Fitchburg to accept a recommendation from state Education Commissioner …

Eastern states brace for possibility of bird flu

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. — With bird flu still a significant problem in the Midwest, the East Coast is now bracing for migratory treks of waterfowl that could put numerous states with poultry farms and backyard chicken operations at risk …

Massachusetts home sales remain essentially flat in March

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Sales of single-family homes in Massachusetts remained essentially flat last month when compared to the year-ago March, despite a winter of record-setting snowfall that had the potential to disrupt the process, two organizations that track the market announced Tuesday. Sales of single-family homes were up …