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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 …

State briefs

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Home care workers to get $15 hourly wage BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration has approved a new contract that aims to increase pay for some 35,000 home care workers in Massachusetts to $15 per hour by 2018. The agreement announced Friday with the union representing personal …

MGM asks to delay opening Springfield casino by a year to September 2018

Thursday, June 25, 2015

BOSTON — MGM wants to delay the opening of its planned resort casino in western Massachusetts by a year because of a major highway project taking place nearby. The Las Vegas casino giant Thursday submitted a revised project …

Massachusetts State Police trooper meets colleague who saved him as infant

Thursday, June 25, 2015

FRAMINGHAM (AP) — A veteran Massachusetts State Police trooper and the baby boy whose life he saved more than three decades ago were reunited this week, and through a strange twist of fate, that boy is now a fellow trooper. Al Balestra, 63, met and shook hands Tuesday …

Mass. court offers guidelines on spanking

Thursday, June 25, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts’ highest court for the first time established legal guidelines Thursday for the use of physical punishment by parents, saying it’s permissible to discipline a child by spanking so long as “reasonable” force is used and the child is not harmed. The Supreme Judicial Court issued …

Marathon bomber apologizes before judge sentences him to death

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

BOSTON — Moments before a judge sentenced him to death, Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev broke more than two years of silence Wednesday and apologized to the victims and their loved ones for the first time. “I pray …

State’s Plainville slots parlor opens for business

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

PLAINVILLE — Massachusetts jumped into the casino game Wednesday as the state’s first slots parlor opened for business to a large and eager crowd of gamblers. Hundreds of special guests cheered as Plainridge Park Casino officials and state …

State’s first medical pot dispensary opens

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

SALEM — The first medical marijuana dispensary in Massachusetts opened Wednesday — by appointment only — nearly three years after voters overwhelmingly approved the drug’s therapeutic use. Patients lined up outside the Alternative Therapies Group’s dispensary in Salem a day after state regulators signed off on its final …

Creator of pink plastic lawn flamingo dies at 79

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

BOSTON — Don Featherstone was a classically trained painter, a talented sculptor and artist who became famous for creating the pink plastic lawn flamingo — the ultimate piece of American suburban kitsch. And it didn’t bother him a …

Massachusetts launches online voting registration system

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts is now the 21st state to offer online voter registration. Secretary of State William Galvin said Tuesday that residents can use the new system to register to vote, change their address for voting purposes and change party affiliation. He says the system will make it …

Cosby lawyers want defamation suit tossed

Monday, June 22, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — A federal judge should throw out a defamation lawsuit against Bill Cosby filed by three women accusing him of decades-old sex crimes because the remarks were personal opinions protected under the U.S. Constitution, his lawyers said …