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Wife criticizes Brockton police for killing husband who had BB gun

Friday, July 3, 2015

BROCKTON (AP) — The wife of a man killed by police on Thursday said she told authorities there were no real firearms in her home before two officers shot him to death. Prosecutors said the man had pointed a realistic-looking BB gun at the officers before they opened fire. Two Brockton officers shot 45-year-old Douglas Buckley early Thursday after he pulled the BB gun, which had been hidden behind his …

Lenox resort sold for $18M

Thursday, July 2, 2015

LENOX (AP) — A landmark Berkshire County resort once owned by Harriet Beecher Stowe has been sold for $18 million. The Berkshire Eagle reports that CampGroup LLC and L.D. Builders under the corporate umbrella 55 Cranwell LLC bought the 380-acre Cranwell Spa and Golf Resort in Lenox. The resort has been owned by the Burack family since 1993. The purchase includes the 105-room …

Documentary on Market Basket fight nears release

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

BOSTON — One of the most remarkable work stoppages in U.S. labor history will soon be the subject of a documentary film. “Food Fight: Inside the Battle for Market Basket” is being edited and is scheduled to be released in the fall, said director Jay Childs, a New Hampshire-based film maker who’s been …

Yankee Engine-uity show in Orange brings nostalgia

Monday, June 29, 2015

ORANGE — It wasn’t a tranquil weekend for those living near the Orange Municipal Airport. The sputter of engines, the aroma of fuel and the sight of antique tractors, automobiles and other collectibles were only some attractions that …

Whitey Bulger tells teens: ‘My life wasted ... foolish’

Monday, June 29, 2015

BOSTON — Former Boston crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger had some advice for three high school girls who wrote to him for a history project: Crime doesn’t pay. The 85-year-old sent the handwritten letter, dated Feb. 24, from …

New England states readying for range of new laws

Monday, June 29, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. — Hands-free driving in the “Live Free or Die” state and a tax on even the smallest vacation rentals in Rhode Island are just two of the new laws taking effect in New England on July 1. Connecticut is cracking down on the use of restraints …

2 injured in National Guard vehicle accident on I-89

Monday, June 29, 2015

ROYALTON, Vt. (AP) — Police say two Massachusetts National Guard members suffered minor injuries after they lost control of their Humvee in a military convoy at the junction of Interstates 89 and 91 in Vermont. Police said the vehicle was the last one in the four-vehicle convoy Thursday …

Man killed, three injured in Taunton shooting

Monday, June 29, 2015

TAUNTON (AP) — Authorities say one person has died and three are injured after a Saturday afternoon shooting in Taunton. The Bristol district attorney’s office said 24-year-old Marques McCassie died at a hospital about an hour after the shooting. Taunton police responded to Weir Street at about 5:44 …

Plane crashes into Plainville home, killing 3 aboard; residents escape

Monday, June 29, 2015

PLAINVILLE (AP) — A small plane crashed into a house Sunday evening, killing three people on board, police said, but residents managed to flee as fire engulfed the home. The Beechcraft BE36 aircraft crashed into the house at …

Boston man facing assault charges after three children stabbed in domestic attack, police say

Monday, June 29, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Police say a 51-year-old Boston man is facing charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon after three children were stabbed on Saturday. Rock Aurelien, who police say is known to the children, is expected to be arraigned Monday in what police say is …

Groups push to bolster solar panel program

Monday, June 29, 2015

BOSTON — Environmentalists are pressing Massachusetts lawmakers to lift what they call arbitrary limits on a key program designed to encourage solar panel use in the state. The so-called “net-metering” program allows homeowners, businesses and local governments to …

Organizers to reveal new plan for Boston 2024 bid on Monday

Saturday, June 27, 2015

BOSTON — Organizers for Boston’s bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics will release updated plans on Monday for how the city would pay for and stage the games. A spokesman for the private Boston 2024 group confirmed Friday …

Smithsonian to improve ethics policies on research funding

Saturday, June 27, 2015

After revelations that a Massachusetts scientist failed to disclose his funding sources for climate change research, the Smithsonian Institution said Friday it is improving its ethics and disclosure policies to avoid conflicts of interest. The museum and research complex said it is prepared to take immediate action after …