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Lucy Francis, of Lynn, Mass., center, displays a placard and chants slogans during a rally, Tuesday, July 22, 2014, on the steps of City Hall, in Lynn, Mass., held to protest what organizers describe as the scapegoating of immigrants for problems in the city. The mayor of Lynn and education officials complain their schools are being overwhelmed by young Guatemalans who speak neither English or Spanish as their first language. (AP Photo)

Immigrant debate hits home in Lynn

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

LYNN — The national debate over an unprecedented wave of Central American young people entering the country illegally is more of a practical challenge in places like Lynn, a former industrial city outside Boston that’s thousands of miles from the U.S.-Mexico border. There, city officials complain newly arriving Guatemalan children are straining classroom resources, and the mayor and school superintendent … 0

State tops in new Kids Count report

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

BOSTON — Children in Massachusetts are better off than in any other state in the nation, according to a report released Tuesday. Massachusetts was ranked No. 1 in the overall well-being of children as measured in four categories, according to the 25th annual Kids Count report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Yet despite the high overall ranking, the state cannot afford to … 0

Arrest linked to gun used after Boston attacks

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

BOSTON — A friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is believed to have provided the handgun used to kill a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer during the manhunt, people with knowledge of the investigation said Tuesday. Stephen Silva made an initial appearance in federal court on charges related to heroin trafficking and possession of a handgun with an obliterated serial … 0

Greenfield presses probe of fireworks company

Thursday, July 17, 2014

GREENFIELD — Mayor William Martin says the city will not accept an agreement with the New Hampshire company that has been providing Greenfield’s Fourth of July fireworks display for the past 20 years until an investigation is completed … 1

Police say Kennedy intruder was seeking Katy Perry

Thursday, July 17, 2014

HYANNIS PORT — A man accused of breaking into a home in the Kennedy compound on Cape Cod and telling authorities he was looking for singer Katy Perry has been sent to a mental health facility for evaluation. … 0

Anti-casino campaign launched in Springfield

Thursday, July 17, 2014

BOSTON — Anti-casino activists on Wednesday set their sights on Springfield, which would be home to Massachusetts’ first licensed casino, as they attempt to win voter support for a November ballot question to repeal the state’s casino law. Organizers for “Repeal the Casino Deal” chose the city to … 0

Jury weighs probation job-rigging

Thursday, July 17, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — A federal jury started deliberations Wednesday in the trial of former state probation commissioner John O’Brien and two deputies, a case that has focused attention on the patronage culture in state government. O’Brien and the deputies, Elizabeth Tavares and William Burke, are accused of a … 0

State Senate approves abortion clinic safety bill

Thursday, July 17, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Senate has approved a bill designed to tighten security around abortion clinics. The bill was recommended by the Judiciary Committee Wednesday afternoon. Hours later the full Senate approved it on a voice vote. The proposal would let police disperse groups substantially impeding access … 0

State Senate rejects charter school expansion

Thursday, July 17, 2014

BOSTON — The Massachusetts Senate rejected a bill Wednesday that would have allowed for an expansion of charter schools in Boston and other urban communities. The House-passed measure was defeated by a 30-9 margin after senators also voted down, by a 26-13 margin, a proposal by Sen. Sonia … 0

State asked to shelter unaccompanied kids

Thursday, July 17, 2014

BOSTON — Gov. Deval Patrick said Wednesday he’s weighing a request from President Barack Obama’s administration about whether Massachusetts can shelter some of the unaccompanied children crossing the nation’s southern border illegally. Patrick said the request came during the past week. The governor said if Massachusetts agrees to … 0

Gubernatorial candidate Berwick says no to Tennessee Gas Pipeline project

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Don Berwick has became the first candidate for that office to come out in opposition to Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s proposed project for Massachusetts. Berwick, a Newton pediatrician, announced in a statement last week, “We should not commit to new natural gas infrastructure until we … 7

Police seek suspect in Greenfield armed robbery

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

GREENFIELD — Police are seeking a man who entered the Planet Gas station Tuesday morning with a bandanna over his face and a pistol in his hand and left with money. No arrests had been made at press … 0

Prosecutors: 3 ‘cheated’ Massachusetts

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

BOSTON — Lawyers delivered closing arguments Tuesday in the federal trial of former state probation commissioner John O’Brien and two deputies who prosecutors say rigged the agency’s hiring process to favor applicants backed by powerful state lawmakers. O’Brien, … 0