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Harassment case fought on free-speech grounds

Monday, September 1, 2014

BOSTON — Bernadette Lyons came home one day and found 10 strangers milling around her driveway looking for free golf carts. The next day, her husband, Jim, began getting phone calls late at night from people inquiring about a Harley Davidson motorcycle. The couple also received an anonymous email containing their Social Security numbers and other personal information, along with a message: “Remember, if you aren’t miserable, I ain’t happy!” … 0

Low-level tornado touches down in Worcester

Monday, September 1, 2014

WORCESTER (AP) — The National Weather Service has confirmed a tornado touched down briefly in Worcester. Forecasters said it was the lowest rating on the tornado scale, with winds at about 85 mph in a storm that swept through on Sunday night. The tornado began at about 8:10 p.m. and ended four minutes later. It brought down trees and damaged cars, but no … 0

Springfield’s new bishop ventures to Berkshires

Monday, September 1, 2014

PITTSFIELD (AP) — The new bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield has made his first trip to the Berkshires and promises he’ll return. The Berkshire Eagle reports that the Rev. Mitchell Rozanski said he had to browse maps on the Internet to become familiar with western Massachusetts. The 55-year-old Rozanski was auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Baltimore when Pope Francis … 0

Clinton, White House try to shrug off split

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

VINEYARD HAVEN — In yet another twist to a complex and heavily scrutinized relationship, Hillary Rodham Clinton and President Barack Obama did their best to shrug off their differences Wednesday as they gathered on Martha’s Vineyard following a … 0

Governor signs bill to overhaul state’s gun laws

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

BOSTON — Gov. Deval Patrick on Wednesday signed a sweeping overhaul of Massachusetts’ gun laws, a measure he said will help curb gun violence, protect families and build safer communities. The new law stiffens penalties for some gun-based crimes, creates a Web-based portal within the state Executive Office … 0

Patrick urges protesting Market Basket employees to return to work

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

BOSTON — Gov. Deval Patrick is urging Market Basket employees to go back to work while a deal to sell the chain is hammered out. Patrick told reporters Wednesday that he spoke with ousted former CEO Arthur T. Demoulas. He also spoke with Market Basket Board Chairman Keith … 0

Rozanski, new Springfield bishop, installed

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — The new spiritual leader of more than 200,000 Roman Catholics across western Massachusetts was formally installed Tuesday. Mitchell Rozanski was installed as the bishop of Springfield on Tuesday during a special Mass at St. Michael’s … 0

Hernandez cousin pleads guilty to contempt charge

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

FALL RIVER (AP) — A cousin of ex-New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez pleaded guilty Tuesday to a criminal contempt charge for refusing to testify before a grand jury even though she had been granted immunity. Tanya Singleton, … 0

Warren explains pipeline opposition

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is spelling out her opposition to a proposed new natural gas pipeline through northwestern Massachusetts. The first-term Democrat penned a more than 600-word op-ed for The Berkshire Eagle on Tuesday about why she’s opposed to Kinder Morgan’s proposed $3.75 billion natural … 0

Candidates for governor taking to TV

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

BOSTON — With just a month to go before the state primary, candidates for governor and their supporters are taking to the airwaves in an effort to reach Massachusetts voters — many of whom are more interested in beach weather updates than political pitches. On Tuesday, Democratic candidate … 0

Northeast berry farms fight late-season fruit fly

Sunday, August 10, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Northeast berry growers are learning ways to combat an invasive fruit fly that wiped out 80 percent of some farms’ late-season fruit two years ago, forcing some small growers out of business. The tiny spotted … 0

Man fatally shot on Springfield street

Sunday, August 10, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Massachusetts police say a man has been fatally shot near an elementary school in Springfield, and they suspect the shooting was related to drugs and gangs. Springfield police responded to a disturbance shortly after 5 p.m. Saturday and found a wounded man on a walkway … 0

Penn National’s $225M slot parlor takes shape

Sunday, August 10, 2014

PLAINVILLE (AP) — Plans to open the state’s first slot parlor are moving forward at a harness racing track near the Rhode Island state line despite a vote in three months on whether to repeal Massachusetts’ 2011 casino … 0