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At Ludlow jail, addicts must wear shirt and tie

Monday, May 25, 2015

LUDLOW — A western Massachusetts prison believes dressing for success can help inmates break the stranglehold of addiction. Hampden County Sheriff Michael Ashe Jr. requires inmates at his jail’s minimum-security substance abuse treatment facility wear a shirt and tie from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday. Ashe recently announced that the policy, which has been in place since 2007, will remain in effect as the Western Massachusetts Correctional …

Sanders may appeal to ‘Warren Democrats’

Monday, May 25, 2015

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — For Democrats who had hoped to lure Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren into a presidential campaign, independent Sen. Bernie Sanders might be the next best thing. Sanders, who is opening his official presidential campaign Tuesday in Burlington, Vermont, aims to ignite a grassroots fire among left-leaning Democrats wary of Hillary Rodham …

Q&A: Boston Pops maestro Keith Lockhart on music, tech

Monday, May 25, 2015

BOSTON — Keith Lockhart was just 35 and a musical wunderkind when he took over as conductor of the Boston Pops in 1995. Now in his 20th season, Lockhart has raised his baton 1,700 times to lead the group nicknamed “America’s Orchestra.” Along the way, he’s shared the stage with more than 250 …

Home care workers press for $15 an hour

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

BOSTON — Hundreds of home care workers delivered hand-signed letters to Gov. Charlie Baker’s office Wednesday pressing for what they called a $15 an hour “living wage.” The workers rallied outside the Statehouse before handing the letters to Baker staff members in front of his third floor office. …

Feds nix extended disaster aid

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — The federal government has denied Massachusetts’ request to expand disaster aid for a January blizzard, the first of several major storms that pummeled the state this past winter. Gov. Charlie Baker appealed to the Federal Emergency Management Agency last week to extend the disaster declaration …

Concern raised over possible spread of Southern pine beetle to pitch-pine forests in Montague Plains

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

It’s a long way from the home it has known for decades, but the Southern pine beetle has made it as far north as Connecticut, leaving experts to wonder whether it will spread to pitch-pine forests like Lake …

Healey reviewing pay equity

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

BOSTON — State Attorney General Maura Healey said Tuesday that her office will allow new parents to take up to six weeks of paid parental leave, including parents who adopt or participate in foster care. She also said …

Prof regrets bashing ‘white college males’

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

BOSTON — An incoming Boston University professor who called “white college males” a “problem population” and was publicly criticized by the university’s president said on Tuesday she regrets making the remarks. Black sociology professor Saida Grundy, who completed her doctorate at the University of Michigan last year, had …

Brockton residents approve $650M casino

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

BROCKTON — A proposed $650 million resort casino for the Brockton Fairgrounds cleared a crucial step Tuesday as city residents approved the proposal in a special election. The Enterprise newspaper reported that the binding referendum passed by 143 votes, 7,163 to 7,020. About 32 percent of the city’s …

Eversource seeks supply charge rate decrease beginning July 1

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Eversource announced Monday that it has filed with the state Department of Public Utilities to lower its supply charge rate by more than 31 percent beginning July 1, reflecting a drop from its historically high charge over the past six months. If the basic service supply price, which …

Famed nun testifies as bomber’s defense rests

Monday, May 11, 2015

BOSTON — Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s lawyers rested their case Monday in their bid to save him from execution after death penalty opponent Sister Helen Prejean testified that he expressed genuine sorrow for the victims. “No one …

Mount Greylock focus of new Lent case leads

Monday, May 11, 2015

ADAMS (AP) — Authorities are searching an area of western Massachusetts as part of an investigation of unresolved cases linked to a man convicted of two killings. Berkshire District Attorney David Capeless said Monday investigators are following up leads related to Lewis Lent. Police from Massachusetts and New …

Conn. officials find 4 more bodies linked to serial killer

Monday, May 11, 2015

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. — Eight years after authorities first located the remains of three women behind a strip mall, the partial remains of at least four more people have been found. Members of a task force investigating the case are focusing on a single suspect already locked up …