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University of Massachusetts Amherst chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy, left, and UMass system president-elect Marty Meehan make their way to the Integrative Learning Center to meet with students and press during Meehan's first visit to the flagship campus on Wednesday.

Lawmakers move to restore budget items vetoed by Baker

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

BOSTON — Lawmakers moved Wednesday to restore nearly $100 million in spending vetoed from the state budget by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker, including funds for full-day kindergarten programs and for the University of Massachusetts system. Baker used his line-item veto power to shave $162 million from the more than $38 billion budget for the fiscal year that began July 1, …

Massachusetts lawmakers back 2-day sales tax ‘holiday’

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts was on track Wednesday for another sales tax holiday in August despite concerns from several lawmakers that the two-day suspension of the state’s 6.25 percent tax was little more than a gimmick that benefits large retailers while costing the state valuable revenue. The House voted 136-20 to hold the holiday on the weekend of Aug. 15-16, followed by a Senate …

Casino land deal criminal case keys on investigators

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

BOSTON — A federal judge heard arguments Wednesday over allegations that private investigators working for Wynn Resorts gained unauthorized access to files in a joint state and federal criminal probe that now figures into Massachusetts’s biggest casino project. U.S. District Court Magistrate Marianne Bowler took the arguments under advisement and is expected to decide whether to hold a hearing on the allegations as …

2017 trial set for 2 men accused in plot to kill blogger

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — A 2017 trial date is scheduled for two men charged with conspiring to support the Islamic State group in a plot to kill a conservative blogger known for provoking Muslims. Judge William Young set the date Wednesday for Nicholas Rovinski, of Warwick, Rhode Island, and …

Appeals court upholds ex-FBI agent’s murder conviction

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

MIAMI — A divided appeals court on Wednesday upheld the murder conviction of a former FBI agent in the 1982 slaying of a Florida gambling executive in a case connected to imprisoned New England mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger. The full 3rd District Court of Appeal’s decision in …

Professor: New Seuss book won’t disappoint

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

HANOVER, N.H. — Move over mockingbirds and watchmen. There’s a new Yent in a tent in town. Dr. Seuss’ new book, “What Pet Should I Get?”, features the same siblings seen in his 1960 classic “One Fish Two …

Gas pipeline re-routed to avoid NY forest

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. — A section of the planned Constitution Pipeline, designed to bring natural gas to New York City and New England, has been redrawn to avoid a 1,000-acre private forest with fragile wetlands. Christopher Stockton, spokesman for the 124-mile pipeline to bring cheap gas north from Pennsylvania’s …

Bulger asks for new trial

Monday, July 27, 2015

BOSTON — Lawyers for convicted gangster James “Whitey” Bulger asked a federal appeals court Monday to grant him a new trial, arguing that his defense was eviscerated when he was barred from testifying about his claim that he …

Drumstick maker Firth dies at 85

Monday, July 27, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Everett “Vic” Firth, a longtime timpanist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra who launched a successful drumstick company bearing his name, has died at 85. Firth, who died Sunday of pancreatic cancer at his home in Boston, joined the Boston Symphony in 1952 and served for …

Hometown holds wake for Marine killed in Tenn.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — People in his hometown paid their respects on Sunday to a Massachusetts Marine killed by a gunman who attacked a military facility in Tennessee two weeks ago. Thousands attended a public wake for Gunnery Sgt. Thomas …

Bulger’s bid for new trial heads to appeals court

Monday, July 27, 2015

BOSTON — During his 2013 racketeering trial, former Boston crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger called the proceeding a “sham” after he was barred from presenting the centerpiece of his defense: his claim that a federal prosecutor gave him …

Woman awarded $300,000 after state trooper pulls her out of car

Monday, July 27, 2015

BOSTON — A Massachusetts state trooper used excessive force against a woman even though he had probable cause to arrest her for traffic violations, a jury has ruled. Beth Shea, of Milton, was awarded $300,000 in damages on Tuesday, The Boston Globe reported (http://bit.ly/1KrAoCA) Sunday. Shea, 52, claimed …

Taxi crashes into Springfield pizza shop

Monday, July 27, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — A taxi has crashed through a chicken and pizza shop in Springfield, but authorities say no one has been hurt. WGGB/WSHM television (http://bit.ly/1Im1Qy3) reports police and fire personnel were called to the New York Fried Chicken and Pizza shop on State Street at about 1 p.m. …