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Lucy Francis, of Lynn, Mass., center, displays a placard and chants slogans during a rally, Tuesday, July 22, 2014, on the steps of City Hall, in Lynn, Mass., held to protest what organizers describe as the scapegoating of immigrants for problems in the city. The mayor of Lynn and education officials complain their schools are being overwhelmed by young Guatemalans who speak neither English or Spanish as their first language. (AP Photo)

Immigrant debate hits home in Lynn

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

LYNN — The national debate over an unprecedented wave of Central American young people entering the country illegally is more of a practical challenge in places like Lynn, a former industrial city outside Boston that’s thousands of miles from the U.S.-Mexico border. There, city officials complain newly arriving Guatemalan children are straining classroom resources, and the mayor and school superintendent … 0

State tops in new Kids Count report

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

BOSTON — Children in Massachusetts are better off than in any other state in the nation, according to a report released Tuesday. Massachusetts was ranked No. 1 in the overall well-being of children as measured in four categories, according to the 25th annual Kids Count report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Yet despite the high overall ranking, the state cannot afford to … 0

Arrest linked to gun used after Boston attacks

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

BOSTON — A friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is believed to have provided the handgun used to kill a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer during the manhunt, people with knowledge of the investigation said Tuesday. Stephen Silva made an initial appearance in federal court on charges related to heroin trafficking and possession of a handgun with an obliterated serial … 0

Energy a focus as region’s premiers meet in NH

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

BRETTON WOODS, N.H. — The premiers of the Eastern Canadian provinces and governors of the New England states said Monday that delivering clean energy to this corner of the United States is one of the most important issues … 0

Probation case heads to jury

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

BOSTON — A federal judge has denied a request by lawyers for former state probation commissioner John O’Brien and two deputies to find them not guilty or declare a mistrial. The ruling by U.S. District Court Judge William Young on Monday means the case against the three defendants … 0

Suspect held in fatal Holyoke stabbing; city’s first homicide of 2014

Monday, July 14, 2014

HOLYOKE (AP) — A 40-year-old Holyoke man has pleaded not guilty to fatally stabbing another man after an argument. Jorge Rodriguez-Nieves was ordered held without bail at his arraignment on a murder charge Monday in Holyoke District Court. Police say 33-year-old Angel David Morales was stabbed in the … 0

Hernandez cousin to admit contempt

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

FALL RIVER — The cousin of Aaron Hernandez who was charged with criminal contempt after refusing to testify before the grand jury that indicted the former New England Patriot intends to change her plea to guilty, her lawyer said Monday. Tanya Singleton, of Bristol, Connecticut, had pleaded not … 0

Man’s body found in Westfield River by two fishermen

Monday, July 14, 2014

WESTFIELD (AP) — A man’s body has been found at the bottom of the Westfield River by two fishermen, police report. Officer Charles Kielbasa told The Westfield News the fishermen saw the man lying face-down in about 5 feet of water near the Whitney Playground on Monday afternoon. … 0

Warren hits road for Democrats

Sunday, July 13, 2014

CAMBRIDGE — Sen. Elizabeth Warren is quickly becoming a top Democratic fundraising and campaigning powerhouse, hitting the road on behalf of candidates in key races the party will need to win to retain control of the U.S. Senate … 0

Bill on tap to strengthen abortion clinic safety

Sunday, July 13, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — A bill intended to address the recent Supreme Court ruling striking down Massachusetts’ abortion clinic buffer zone law is expected to be filed this week. The high court last month tossed out the law that established 35-foot protest-free “buffer zones” around the entrances of abortion … 0

State probation trial final arguments set

Sunday, July 13, 2014

BOSTON — The federal trial of former state probation Commissioner John O’Brien and two deputies could be heading to the jury soon. The prosecution rested its case Friday and the defense opted not to call any witnesses, including O’Brien. O’Brien and two deputies, Elizabeth Tavares and William Burke, … 0

Springfield diocese holds special ‘Purple Mass’ for dementia patients

Saturday, July 12, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield is holding its first special Mass to offer spiritual support to people suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia as well as their loved ones and caregivers. The so-called Purple Mass is scheduled for Saturday at St. Michal’s Cathedral. The event was … 0

Lowell fire leaves 7 dead

Thursday, July 10, 2014

LOWELL — A fast-moving fire ravaged a three-story apartment building before dawn Thursday, killing four adults and three children, forcing tenants to jump or hand their children to safety, and leading to dramatic rescues from upper floors. Authorities … 0