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In this Monday, March 23, 2015 photo, a passer-by walks near the engraved name of the late U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy near the main entrance to the Edward M. Kennedy Institute, in Boston. The $79 million institute is scheduled to be dedicated on Monday, March 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Institute honoring Teddy Kennedy to open Monday in Boston

Sunday, March 29, 2015

BOSTON — Before his death from brain cancer in 2009, close family members said U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy insisted a building that would one day bear his name be less about his own legacy and more about the institution he loved and toiled in for more than half his life. “He never envisioned this place as being about one man,” …

Boston officer shot in face on mend after surgery

Sunday, March 29, 2015

BOSTON — A decorated Boston police officer shot point-blank in the face by a suspect was in stable condition at a hospital Sunday and improving after surgery to remove a bullet lodged below his ear, police said. Officer John Moynihan, 34, underwent several hours of surgery at Boston Medical Center, where he was …

Massachusetts Pension Reserves Investment Management Board urged to encourage corporate diversity

Friday, March 27, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts’ pension board is considering using its shareholder muscle to press companies to include more women and racial minorities on their corporate boards. A committee of the Pension Reserves Investment Management Board, which oversees state’s $61 billion pension fund, voted unanimously Thursday to recommend that the full board adopt the guidelines. Under the new rule, the board would use its …

Witness explores jihadi themes in bomber’s note

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

BOSTON — A note written by Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as he hid inside a boat contained themes of global jihad similar to those found in extremist materials on his computer, a terrorism expert testified Monday at his federal death penalty trial. In the note, scrawled in …

SJC: Juveniles seeking parole entitled to lawyers

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

BOSTON — Inmates serving life sentences for murders committed when they were juveniles are constitutionally entitled to lawyers and expert witnesses at their parole hearings, the state’s highest court ruled Monday. The 5-2 decision by the Supreme Judicial Court builds on a December 2013 ruling that found mandatory …

Holyoke shooting injures 1

Monday, March 23, 2015

HOLYOKE — Police are investigating a shooting in Holyoke that sent one man to the hospital with an injury not considered life threatening. Police Lt. Joseph Garcia says the victim told police he was walking through an alley from Oak Street to Linden just after 1:30 a.m. Sunday …

Companies look to tap into Vt.’s maple business

Sunday, March 22, 2015

ISLAND POND, Vt. — Already, Vermont is maple syrup capital of the U.S., with production traditionally being a side business for farmers. Could a large-scale operation, tapping into thousands of acres of maple trees in a remote northeastern …

Lift trouble injures 7 at Sugarloaf

Sunday, March 22, 2015

PORTLAND, Maine — Less than five years ago, Rick Tonge was riding a chairlift at Sugarloaf ski resort in Maine when five chairs — including his — plummeted 30 feet to the snowy ground below, injuring him and …

In Fall River, movement is launched to get church bells ringing once again

Sunday, March 22, 2015

FALL RIVER — The notion of a church bell is the notion of a community needing to know. So, church bells rang the time, rang when it was almost time for services, rang for the dead and the …

Paredes, personal assistant to Jacqueline Kennedy, dies at 90

Sunday, March 22, 2015

WASHINGTON — The special assistant to former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, believed to be one of the first persons of Latino descent to work in the White House as part of the president’s inner circle, has died. Providencia Paredes’ son, Gustavo, announced her death on his Facebook …

Boston Yeti selling swag for animals

Sunday, March 22, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Yeti is using its newfound notoriety to help some fellow furry friends. The abominable snowman gained a huge following on social media during Boston’s epic winter by running around the city in costume …

STATE BRIEFS

Sunday, March 22, 2015

1st phase of Boston Marathon bombing trial winding down as early as next week

Saturday, March 21, 2015

BOSTON — An admission by Dzhokhar Tsarnaev that he bombed the Boston Marathon has vastly accelerated the pace of his federal death penalty trial. While the trial was originally expected to last three to four months, it could …