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Patrick hitting road more as term nears end

Sunday, August 17, 2014

BOSTON — As he nears the end of his second and final term, Gov. Deval Patrick’s wanderlust has kicked into high gear. In the past 18 months, Patrick has embarked on a whirlwind tour of the globe, stopping in such far-flung places as Colombia, Ireland, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Panama, Israel and the United Arab Emirates. The slew of trips marks the most active overseas travel period of Patrick’s nearly … 0

Man gets life for killing, raping college student

Thursday, August 14, 2014

DOVER, N.H. — The photograph of a beaming Elizabeth “Lizzi” Marriott was taken on Mother’s Day 2011, a frog she rescued from the family’s pool cupped in her hand. A year and a half later, Seth Mazzaglia raped her, killed her and threw her body in a river after she rebuffed his sexual … 0

Tsarnaev lawyers say November trial date too soon

Thursday, August 14, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev said Thursday they likely won’t be ready for a planned Nov. 3 trial date. Tsarnaev’s lawyers told a federal judge that prosecutors have given them volumes of evidence — much of it poorly organized — as part of the pre-trial discovery process that they still need to sort through. They intend to … 0

Tsarnaev friend enters plea in drug, gun case

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

BOSTON — A friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of trafficking heroin and possessing an illegal handgun connected to the April 2013 bombings. Stephen Silva, 21, of Cambridge, appeared in … 0

PCP, pot, speed factors in fatal Pittsfield crash

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

PITTSFIELD (AP) — A police investigation has concluded that a car that struck a wall outside Pittsfield High School in January in a crash that killed two men was going more than 100 mph and the driver was on drugs. The Berkshire Eagle reports that the investigation found … 0

Worcester warns users against heroin after nine deaths

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

WORCESTER (AP) — Worcester officials are warning drug users in the city to avoid heroin after at least nine drug overdose deaths since Friday. The Telegram & Gazette reports public health officials issued an advisory Wednesday that there may be contaminated heroin on the street. People are urged … 0

Judge: Martha’s Vineyard town, local group can join casino lawsuit

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

BOSTON — A Martha’s Vineyard town and a local taxpayer’s association can join the state’s lawsuit challenging plans to build a gambling facility on tribal land on the resort island, a federal judge ruled Wednesday. U.S. District Court Judge F. Dennis Saylor said the Town of Aquinnah and … 0

Grocery workers rally for fired boss

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

TEWKSBURY — Thousands of workers and customers at the troubled Market Basket supermarket chain shouted “Bring him back!” Tuesday at a boisterous rally designed to pressure management to reinstate the company’s fired chief executive or accept his offer … 0

Feds say state’s immigrant shelters not needed after all

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts won’t be hosting unaccompanied children crossing the nation’s southern border after all. Federal Health and Human Services officials informed Gov. Deval Patrick on Tuesday that due to an easing of the number of unaccompanied children apprehended at the border, the Obama administration is no longer … 0

Market Basket CEOs say workers fear for safety

Monday, August 4, 2014

BOSTON — Executives at the troubled Market Basket supermarket chain in New England stepped up their efforts Monday to fight back against a workers’ revolt and customer boycott that have paralyzed the company and drawn attention for their … 0

Jury deadlocks in doc’s drug trafficking case

Monday, August 4, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors plan to retry a former Massachusetts doctor and nurse practitioner charged with conspiracy and drug trafficking for allegedly distributing methadone, oxycodone and fentanyl without legitimate medical reasons. U.S. District Judge Patti Saris declared a mistrial in the case Monday after jurors said they … 0

Authorities believe drugs caused deaths of three men found in Worcester apartment

Monday, August 4, 2014

WORCESTER (AP) — The bodies of three men were found Monday in a Worcester apartment, and police said their deaths appear to be related to drug activity, not foul play. A worker who came to perform scheduled maintenance found the bodies. The worker knocked on the door several … 0

Williamstown firm amasses millions of musical scores

Sunday, August 3, 2014

WILLIAMSTOWN — After 75 years, a little-known music publishing business is still chugging along in a nearly forgotten former elementary school in the hills of northern Williamstown. Housed inside the classrooms and hallways of what used to be … 0