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Parents of marathon victim urge death penalty be dropped

Friday, April 17, 2015

Days before a jury is scheduled to begin deciding whether to execute Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the parents of the youngest person to die in the Boston Marathon bombing urged federal authorities to consider taking the death penalty off the table. In a front-page essay published Friday in the Boston Globe, Bill and Denise Richard called on prosecutors to drop the death penalty phase of Tsarnaev’s trial and bring the case to …

In first 100 days, Baker weathers record snow, budget deficit

Thursday, April 16, 2015

BOSTON — The state’s new governor, Charlie Baker, glanced out the window of a briefing room at the bare ground outside and remarked that while he had plenty of other fiscal problems to deal with, at least he was “not that worried about the snow and ice budget.” That was Jan. 20. Within …

Penn National revises plans for Plainville slots

Thursday, April 16, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts is inching closer to the official launch of its casino industry, as Penn National Gaming submitted revised plans Thursday for a slot parlor slated to open in June along the Rhode Island border while regulators highlighted steps the state still needs to complete before it can oversee gambling operations. Plans for Plainridge Park still call for a gambling floor with …

Few bombing survivors seek help for ‘invisible’ wounds

Sunday, April 12, 2015

BOSTON — Two years after the Boston Marathon bombings, few survivors appear to be taking advantage of free wellness programs meant to help with anxiety, stress, insomnia and other “invisible injuries” that can be just as devastating as …

A long and tortured death penalty history in Massachusetts

Saturday, April 11, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts hasn’t executed anyone since 1947, but during most of its history it allowed capital punishment for crimes ranging from murder to witchcraft. Jurors weighing whether Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should die under the federal …

Boston cool to movie on marathon bombing

Friday, April 10, 2015

BOSTON — Two words: too soon. That’s the overwhelming reaction to actor Mark Wahlberg’s plans to produce “Patriots’ Day,” a feature film about the deadly bombing of the 2013 Boston Marathon. Columnists, pundits and others say that the …

Department of Public Utilities to examine long-term contracts with natural gas suppliers for electric companies

Friday, April 10, 2015

The Baker administration has asked the state Department of Public Utilities to investigate how electric utilities can enter into long-term contracts with natural gas suppliers as part of an effort to increase natural gas pipeline expansion and lower prices to electric consumers. “There is a widespread belief among …

Bomber’s attorney faces death penalty challenge

Friday, April 10, 2015

BOSTON — Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s attorney is renowned for keeping her high-profile clients off death row, but Judy Clarke could face her most daunting challenge yet in trying to save the Boston Marathon bomber from execution. Most of Clarke’s …

Baker approves $200M for local roads, bridges

Friday, April 10, 2015

BOSTON — Cities and towns in Massachusetts will soon have more money to fix local roads and bridges. Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday signed a bill approved by lawmakers that authorizes distribution of $200 million in so-called Chapter 90 transportation funds for municipalities. The governor said in a …

Settlement OK’d over strip searches at women’s jail

Friday, April 10, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — A lawsuit settlement that would prohibit male guards from videotaping strip searches of female inmates at a women’s jail received preliminary approval by a federal judge on Thursday. The lawsuit was filed in 2011 on behalf of 176 current and former inmates at Western Massachusetts Regional …

Tsarnaev guilty on all charges

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

BOSTON — Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was convicted on all charges Wednesday in the Boston Marathon bombing by a jury that will now decide whether the 21-year-old should be executed or shown mercy for what his lawyer says was a …

State to ease pot shop licensing

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts health officials are streamlining the way the state issues licenses under its Medical Marijuana Dispensary program to prevent delays in treatment for those who qualify for it. Department of Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel on Wednesday said the licensing system has been “a confusing, overly …

Warren applauds progressive pledge

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

WASHINGTON — Keeping her imprint on the 2016 Democratic primary, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is heralding a commitment from thousands of party officials to push Hillary Rodham Clinton to adopt her populist economic policies. “Anyone who runs for president should talk about big economic ideas that will help …