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Rosenberg’s partner’s job moves to Fla.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

BOSTON — Senate Majority Leader Stanley Rosenberg’s domestic partner has been reassigned to his public relations company’s Florida office after weeks of scrutiny about his relationship with the presumptive state Senate president. The Boston Globe reports (http://bit.ly/1CoBYk5) that Bryon Hefner will be relocating to Florida and working with clients for Regan Communications Group in that region. Hefner, who joined the firm in May, had allegedly mocked outgoing Senate President Therese Murray on Twitter and boasted about his influence in the Legislature. Regan markets itself as being able to help clients build relationships with lawmakers across local, state and federal levels through lobbying, according to its …

Patrick sees much to cheer in tenure

Sunday, December 21, 2014

BOSTON — “I am an optimist,” Gov. Deval Patrick said in his first inauguration speech, “but not a foolish one.” Spoken amid the celebratory atmosphere of that January 2007 day in which Massachusetts welcomed Patrick, the state’s first black governor and first Democratic governor in 16 years, those words seem prescient now as …

Tsarnaev’s lawyers seek trial delay

Thursday, December 18, 2014

BOSTON — Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev returned to court Thursday for the first time since he was arraigned in July 2013, and he received a shout of encouragement from the mother-in-law of a man who was shot and killed while being questioned by law enforcement after the bombings. Security was tight …

Body of woman found in Millers River in Orange

Thursday, December 18, 2014

ORANGE (AP) — Emergency crews in north-central Massachusetts have found the body of a 52-year-old woman who had been missing since Tuesday. Authorities say the body of Cynthia Ayer of Orange was found in the Millers River in Orange Thursday afternoon. It’s not clear how Ayer died. The …

Two released in Framingham meningitis outbreak case

Friday, December 19, 2014

BOSTON — Two men at the center of a 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people around the U.S. will be released from custody, pending their criminal trials, a federal judge in Boston ruled Thursday. U.S. Magistrate …

Governor gets high-level call on air

Thursday, December 18, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has fielded calls on hundreds of subjects during his monthly “Ask the Governor” radio show. But this call was one of a kind. “Uh, Governor, this is Barack Obama, formerly of Somerville,” the caller began Thursday. “I’ve got a few complaints about …

Woman jailed for gambling away in-laws’ money

Thursday, December 18, 2014

WORCESTER (AP) — A Holden woman has been sentenced to 18 months in jail for stealing nearly $1 million from her elderly in-laws to feed her gambling habit. Chiao Fang Ku was also ordered Wednesday in federal court to pay full restitution, avoid any kind of gambling, and …

Suspect in fatal Chicopee stabbing faces fall trial

Thursday, December 18, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A Springfield man charged with fatally stabbing a Chicopee woman in 2011 will go to trial next fall. The Republican reports that a Hampden Superior Court judge on Wednesday scheduled 23-year-old Dennis Rosa-Roman’s murder trial for Oct. 27. Twenty-year-old Amanda Plasse was found dead in …

Uber vows more focus on safety

Thursday, December 18, 2014

LOS ANGELES — Uber promises to focus on rider safety amid increasing concerns that its drivers are not adequately screened for past criminal convictions. In a blog post Wednesday, Uber’s head of global safety defended the company’s safety …

Store owner arrested in alleged food stamp scheme

Thursday, December 18, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Authorities say the owner of a Springfield convenience store and market has been arrested in connection with the unlawful use of Electronic Benefit Transfer cards and food stamps. Ten illegal gaming machines also were found. The Attorney General’s Office says state police arrested 55-year-old Julio …

Feds charge 14 in 2012 meningitis outbreak

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

BOSTON — Mold and bacteria were in the air and on workers’ gloved fingertips. Pharmacists used expired ingredients, didn’t properly sterilize them and failed to test drugs for purity before sending them to hospitals and pain clinics. Employees …

Warren backers set up shop in Iowa

Thursday, December 18, 2014

DES MOINES, Iowa — Liberal activists eager to draft Sen. Elizabeth Warren into a run for president are working the ground in Iowa, the pivotal early-voting state where an organizing effort is already in place — for Hillary …

Governor’s Council OKs three clemency requests

Thursday, December 18, 2014

BOSTON — The Governor’s Council on Wednesday approved the first clemency requests in more than a decade in Massachusetts, voting to commute the prison sentence of a woman convicted of drug charges and grant pardons to two men who had sought to expunge from their records crimes that …