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A police vehicle is parked in front of a manhole cover at the Thomas P. O’Neill Tunnel on Friday, Feb. 12, 2016 in Boston. The manhole cover that weighs more than 200 pounds killed a woman when it flew up in the air and crashed through her windshield as she drove on the Boston highway Friday morning, authorities said.  (Steve Annear/The Boston Globe via AP)  BOSTON HERALD OUT, QUINCY OUT; NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDIT

Manhole cover crashes into SUV’s windshield, killing driver

Friday, February 12, 2016

BOSTON — A dislodged manhole cover weighing more than 200 pounds went airborne and crashed through an SUV’s windshield on a major highway, killing an art teacher as she drove to work during the Friday morning commute, authorities said. Police didn’t confirm the victim’s name Friday, but Milton Public School district identified her as Caitlin Clavette, an art teacher at Glover Elementary School in the Boston suburb. “Ms. Clavette was a talented and special educator who has touched the lives of many students and families over the past four years in the Milton Public Schools,” the district said in a statement. “The entire Milton community …

Man freed, gets new trial after 30 years in prison

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

NEW BEDFORD — A man who spent three decades in prison for a rape conviction based in part on one strand of hair was freed Wednesday after a judge said he is “reasonably sure” the man is innocent and believes prosecutors cannot win a conviction at a retrial. George Perrot was convicted of …

Body found in Colrain; foul play not suspected

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

COLRAIN — Police said foul play is not suspected in the death of a person whose body was found Wednesday night by the bank of a river on Jacksonville Road. On a residential, wooded area behind a single-family house, firefighters and crime scene investigators walked into the brush down a steep slope to the edges of the North River to retrieve a body …

Baker administration asks Massachusetts Broadband Institute to hold off on spending for ‘last-mile’

Thursday, February 4, 2016

The state agency overseeing the multimillion-dollar build-out of “last-mile” broadband for 44 unserved and partially served towns has been asked to hold off on spending any state money budgeted for broadband until the governor’s Executive Office of Administration and Finance reviews the project. Eric Nakijima, director of the …

Officials defend Eagleton School for autistic boys after charges

Thursday, February 4, 2016

GREAT BARRINGTON (AP) — A lawyer for a Berkshire County school for boys with autism and behavioral disorders is defending the school after five staff members were charged in an investigation into the abuse of students. The five Eagleton School staffers were arrested last weekend and released on …

Bulger’s lover admits contempt

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

BOSTON — The woman who spent 16 years on the run with Boston mobster James “Whitey” Bulger pleaded guilty Wednesday to a criminal contempt charge for refusing to testify before a grand jury investigating whether other people helped …

SJC justice Cordy to retire

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

BOSTON — Robert Cordy, an associate justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court since 2001, announced Wednesday he would retire in August, giving Republican Gov. Charlie Baker the opportunity to make his first nomination to the state’s highest court. Cordy, 66, was nominated to the seven-member high court …

Report: Climate change threatens NE food fish

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

PORTLAND, Maine — Fish and shellfish that humans rely on for food and that are important to the economy are on a list of Northeastern marine species considered most vulnerable to climate change, a federal government report released Wednesday and published by the journal PLOS ONE said. The …

Baker: DCF got full report Friday on boy, 3, who died

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker said his administration is cooperating with the investigation into the death of a 3-year-old boy who suffered traumatic injuries at his Boston home last weekend. The Republican governor on Wednesday said the state Department of Children and Families had been involved with the …

Auditor finds $13.7M in public assistance fraud

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

BOSTON (AP) — State Auditor Suzanne Bump says her office has identified a record high of $13.7 million in public assistance benefits fraud during the 2015 fiscal year. The Democrat says that amount represents a 44 percent increase over the previous year’s record of $9.5 million. It’s the …

Massachusetts Legislature postpones discussion of ‘millionaire tax’

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

BOSTON — Massachusetts lawmakers have postponed debate about a proposed constitutional amendment calling for what’s been dubbed the “millionaire tax.” The House and Senate held a constitutional convention Wednesday but recessed before considering the 4 percent surtax. It would apply to individuals with annual incomes above $1 million. …

Opinions vary about state’s plan to stock island at Quabbin Reservoir with endangered rattlesnakes

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

ORANGE — Some people who frequent the Quabbin Reservoir view with suspicion the state’s proposal to stock an island there with endangered rattlesnakes. The Division of Fisheries and Wildlife proposal calls for the breeding and re-introduction of 150 …

Small quake shakes up sleepy Down East Maine

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

EASTPORT, Maine — A small earthquake served as a wakeup call Tuesday for sleeping residents in Eastport, Maine, the easternmost city in the U.S. The magnitude 3.3 earthquake, among the smallest generally felt by people, was recorded just before 7 a.m. in the waters between Maine and Canada, …