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Ex-Springfield bishop Maguire dies at age 95

Sunday, November 23, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — Former Bishop Joseph Maguire, who led the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield from 1977 to 1992 and faced allegations following retirement that clergy sex abuse and cover-up of that abuse had happened on his watch, died Sunday evening at the age of 95. Maguire died at his residence in Springfield surrounded by his family and caregivers, diocese spokesman Mark Dupont said. His health had been in decline in …

New parties struggle for toehold in Mass.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

BOSTON — When Massachusetts voters cast ballots on Election Day, they not only picked winners and losers in a host of key races, they also gave a big boost to those seeking an alternative to the state’s two top political parties. By the time polls closed, the number of parties with official status …

Bombing victim going home after amputation

Sunday, November 23, 2014

KATY, Texas (AP) — A woman injured in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing who had several surgeries before having part of her leg amputated recently was discharged from a rehab facility Saturday and has vowed to run the race next year. Rebekah DiMartino said she looks forward to getting her stitches out in early December and being fitted for a prosthetic left leg. …

Retired colonel named outstanding woman vet

Sunday, November 16, 2014

ATTLEBORO — Julie Hall helped pave the way for women in the military, and now she’s been named the state’s outstanding female veteran. Hall, 56, and one of 11 candidates for the Deborah Sampson Award this year, is a retired Air Force colonel with 30 years of active …

States working to repair hobbled health care websites

Sunday, November 16, 2014

BOSTON — The state that served as a template for President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act had so much trouble coordinating with the federal government that it became a model of another sort: ineptitude. The Massachusetts website, designed …

Protesters hope weekend rally helps kill pipeline plan

Sunday, November 16, 2014

FITCHBURG (AP) — Several hundred people packed a high school auditorium Saturday to rally against a proposed pipeline that would carry high-pressure natural gas across northern Massachusetts. Protesters from Massachusetts, New Hampshire and New York staged the “Stop the Pipeline Statewide Summit” at Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School …

Western Massachusetts Electric Co. seeks 29 percent increase in six-month supply rate

Friday, November 14, 2014

The other shoe dropped Friday for electricity customers in the Valley, with the Western Massachusetts Electric Co. seeking a 29 percent increase in its six-month supply rate. WMECo, citing a “dramatic” increase in the cost of electricity it provides for its 200,000 customers, filed Friday with the state …

Late ‘Car Talk’ host won’t be listed on column

Thursday, November 13, 2014

BOSTON — “Car Talk” co-host Tom Magliozzi won’t be dispensing automotive advice from the grave as some newspapers feared. Magliozzi, who hosted the hugely popular public radio show with his brother, died Nov. 3. After his death, New …

Taxpayer watchdog blasts judge’s cushy retirement deal

Thursday, November 13, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — A taxpayers’ watchdog group is criticizing the retirement deal of the former chief justice of the Boston Municipal Court. Records show that Charles Johnson took a paid three-month leave in January and then appeared in court only a handful of times in the three months …

Rowdy crowd shuts down tobacco-ban hearing in Westminster after 25 minutes

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

WESTMINSTER — Only a handful of people were able to speak on a proposal that could make the tiny Massachusetts town of Westminster the first in the nation to ban all sales of tobacco products when boos and …

Boyfriend of ‘house of horrors’ mother says he was in dark

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

UXBRIDGE — The man who lived in the basement of a squalid home where the remains of three babies were found spoke out Wednesday for the first time, saying he was unaware of the “inhuman” and “unbelievable” conditions his children were living in because he was not allowed …

Tsarnaev lawyers want evidence on triple killing

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

BOSTON — Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev urged a judge Wednesday to order federal prosecutors to turn over any evidence they have about his brother’s participation in a 2011 triple killing or to consider postponing …

Priest guilty of raping boy at summer camp

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

LAWRENCE (AP) — A retired Roman Catholic priest was found guilty Wednesday of repeatedly raping a young boy in the 1980s at a Massachusetts summer camp operated by his religious order. The Rev. Richard McCormick was convicted in Lawrence Superior Court of five counts of child rape that …