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Southbridge man suspected of child rape agrees to return to Massachusetts

Thursday, October 30, 2014

FORT EDWARD, N.Y. (AP) — A man suspected of child-rape and a cross-country crime spree will return to Massachusetts to face charges after waiving his right to an extradition hearing in upstate New York. Washington County District Attorney Tony Jordan says 26-year-old Gregory Lewis appeared in court Thursday with a public defender. Lewis is wanted in Massachusetts for a felony charge of sexual assault on a child. Police say the …

Long-serving Boston mayor Menino dies

Thursday, October 30, 2014

BOSTON — Thomas Menino, Boston’s longest-serving mayor whose mumbling and occasional bumbling belied his political ingenuity and endeared him to a scrappy city whose very skyline he helped reshape, died Thursday. He was 71. Menino died in the company of his family and friends, spokeswoman Dot Joyce said. He had been diagnosed with …

Judge rejects Hernandez request to move trial

Thursday, October 30, 2014

FALL RIVER (AP) — A Massachusetts judge on Thursday denied a request from former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez to move his trial in the fatal shooting of a semi-professional football player to a different county. Hernandez, a former tight end for the Patriots, is charged in the 2013 killing of Odin …

Coakley, Baker hold next-to-last TV debate

Monday, October 27, 2014

BOSTON — Republican Charlie Baker and Democrat Martha Coakley sharpened their attacks on each other during their next-to-last televised debate for Massachusetts governor. Coakley defended herself against a Boston Globe report in which former inspector general Gregory Sullivan …

Review finds Boston’s colleges skimp on PILOT payments

Monday, October 27, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — Most colleges in Boston have failed to pay the city the full amount agreed upon to help pay for municipal services, a review has found. On the other hand, the review by The Boston Globe found that a majority of hospitals met the recommended amounts. …

Pittsfield man gets 50 years in child porn case

Monday, October 27, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — A Pittsfield man has been sentenced to 50 years federal prison for recording himself raping three girls under age 13 and making sexually explicit photographs of a 2-year-old. Thirty-four-year-old Jason Gendron was sentenced Monday by U.S. District Judge William Young, who said he has never …

Relicensing of Northfield Mountain Pumped Storage Project raises concerns about erosion study

Monday, October 27, 2014

As part of a 35-year effort to stop erosion along the Connecticut River’s banks, engineers, environmental groups and representatives of federal, state and regional agencies routinely troll the shore in the 22-mile river stretch between the Turners Falls and Vernon, Vermont, dams to produce a “full river reconnaissance” …

In governor’s election, Coakley, Baker both seek political redemption

Sunday, October 26, 2014

BOSTON — For Democrat Martha Coakley, the governor’s race in Massachusetts is more than just a contest for the state’s top political office. It’s also a quest for political redemption. Four years ago, Coakley, the state’s attorney general, …

Voters weigh expansion of bottle deposits

Sunday, October 26, 2014

BOSTON — Both sides in the debate over Question 2 on the Nov. 4 ballot say much has changed in the more than three decades since Massachusetts first passed a bottled deposit law. Proponents of the measure that …

Supreme Court justices: Court needs diversity

Sunday, October 26, 2014

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — U.S. Supreme Court Justices Clarence Thomas and Sonia Sotomayor expressed concern Saturday about the lack of diverse legal and life experience among those who sit on the country’s highest court. Both are Yale University …

Dalton man sentenced to prison on child pornography charge

Saturday, October 25, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A Dalton man who had violent and sadistic child pornography images and videos on his computer has been sentenced to more than four years in prison. Jared Sprague was sentenced this week in U.S. District Court in Springfield to four years and four months behind …

Senators push for nationwide air bag recall

Friday, October 24, 2014

DETROIT — Two U.S. senators are calling on regulators to issue a nationwide recall of cars with faulty air bags made by Takata Corp., questioning why automakers have been allowed to limit recalls to only certain locations with …

Spending on TV ads for state ballot questions at $5.8M

Thursday, October 23, 2014

BOSTON — Television ad spending on Massachusetts ballot questions has approached $5.8 million with Election Day less than two weeks away. Virtually all of that spending has come from two groups: The Coalition to Protect Mass Jobs, which is hoping to persuade voters to reject a ballot question …