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House Speaker Robert DeLeo asks Supreme Judicial Court to sort out tax dispute with Senate

Saturday, May 23, 2015

BOSTON — Amid legislative work on a budget, Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo is asking the state’s highest court to weigh in on a Senate-approved measure to freeze the state income tax rate at 5.15 percent while gradually increasing the earned income tax credit for low-income working families. DeLeo made the request Friday on behalf of the House, saying that “legal ambiguities” surround the tax measure and its inclusion in …

Foxwoods opens new shopping center

Thursday, May 21, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. — Foxwoods Resort Casino and a retail outlet opened a $129 million shopping center Thursday to throw some elbows in a crowded market, draw more visitors, make a play for younger gamblers and promote an enterprise that’s increasingly an entertainment destination rather than a gambling mecca. Felix Rappaport, president and CEO …

Boston expands gaming panel suit

Thursday, May 21, 2015

BOSTON — An amended lawsuit filed by the city of Boston is asking a judge to bar the current Massachusetts gaming regulators from any future action on the $1.7 billion casino proposed for neighboring Everett. Mayor Marty Walsh announced Thursday the city amended its complaint that challenges the Massachusetts Gaming Commission’s decision to award Wynn Resorts a casino license for the proposed casino. …

Complex challenges posed in international child abductions

Monday, May 11, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. — The criminal case against Genevieve Kelley, a New Hampshire woman who absconded to Central America with her 8-year-old daughter more than a decade ago, is about to head to trial. Custody cases that cross international borders are not uncommon and create a unique and challenging …

‘Jon Stewart of Egypt’ eyes next project after teaching at Harvard

Monday, May 11, 2015

BOSTON — Bassem Youssef, the man dubbed the “Jon Stewart of Egypt,” is eyeing new projects after teaching students at Harvard University’s prestigious Kennedy School of Government how satire can disrupt the social and political order. It’s a …

Gov. Baker names five members to state transportation board

Saturday, May 9, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker has named five members to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s board of directors. The move comes just weeks after the prior board agreed to step down, clearing the way for Baker to assume control of the transit system. The new board, which …

Hummer owned by Aaron Hernandez found for sale at used car lot in Wrentham

Saturday, May 9, 2015

WRENTHAM (AP) — A Hummer owned by former New England Patriots star and convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez has been found for sale at a used car lot. Hernandez was convicted last month of the 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd. Lloyd’s mother is suing him, and her lawyers have …

Chicopee school renamed for 1976 graduate Kevin Dupont who died of injuries suffered in Afghanistan

Saturday, May 9, 2015

CHICOPEE (AP) — A Chicopee school is being renamed in honor of a city native who died as a result of injuries suffered in the war in Afghanistan. The school committee on Thursday voted to rename the former Chicopee High School after 1st Sgt. Kevin Dupont, a 1976 …

Bill Cosby accuser Therese Serignese of Florida says she wants her ‘good name’ restored

Thursday, May 7, 2015

WORCESTER — A Florida woman suing Bill Cosby for defamation said she wants her reputation restored after she was branded a liar by his representatives when she came forward with decades-old sexual assault allegations. Therese Serignese, of Boca …

Famed nun may testify for Marathon bomber

Thursday, May 7, 2015

BOSTON — As lawyers for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev make their final push to persuade a jury to spare Tsarnaev’s life, they may call to the stand a Roman Catholic nun and death penalty opponent made famous in the 1995 movie “Dead Man Walking.” Tsarnaev’s lawyers told …

Kennedy seeks stronger transgender protections

Thursday, May 7, 2015

BOSTON — U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy is pressing state lawmakers to approve legislation strengthening legal protections for transgender people. Kennedy, a Democrat, said Massachusetts lags behind 17 other states and Washington, D.C., which have updated public accommodations laws …

Tufts response frustrates hunger strikers

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

MEDFORD — Tufts University students on a hunger strike over janitor layoffs completed their third full day without food Wednesday, expressing growing frustration at the university’s lack of response to their demands. The Tufts Labor Coalition, a student …

Ex-in-law testifies from Kazakhstan

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

BOSTON — A former brother-in-law of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev testified Wednesday from Kazakhstan about the role of a conservative Muslim convert who steered Tsarnaev’s older brother toward a stricter version of Islam. Elmirza Khozhugov, the former …