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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

State drug courts boost treatment for addicts

Sunday, August 3, 2014

QUINCY — In a small courtroom in Quincy District Court, Judge Mary Beth Heffernan doles out instructions and advice the way a parent would: sometimes gently, sometimes firmly, but always with an encouraging tone. Heffernan presides over a specialty court where defendants with substance abuse problems are closely … 0

Cop: NH man charged in teen’s kidnap likes conflict

Sunday, August 3, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. — The man charged with kidnapping a teenager nine months ago is very bright, has strong opinions and thrives on conflict, according to a police officer who had two decades of contact with him. Former Conway … 0

Greenfield woman, teen killed in NH crash

Sunday, August 3, 2014

STODDARD, N.H. (AP) — Police say a car crossed the center lane on a New Hampshire highway and crashed into an RV, killing a woman and teenager from Massachusetts and a woman from Florida. State police say 54-year-old Mary Newton, of Greenfield, Massachusetts, was driving west on Route … 0

GOP chairman says party competing for black votes

Thursday, July 31, 2014

BOSTON — Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus told a national convention of black journalists on Thursday that the GOP has been working to better compete for black and minority votes as it eyes the 2016 presidential race. … 0

Lawmakers wrap up last day of 2-year session

Thursday, July 31, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts lawmakers are rushing to complete work on several proposed new laws with Thursday marking the end of formal meetings in the two-year legislative session that began in January 2013. One of the most closely watched bills would overhaul the state’s gun laws. The bill would … 0

Senate panel says many state boards should be eliminated

Thursday, July 31, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts has dozens of state boards, commissions and task forces that no longer meet, don’t file reports or simply have become irrelevant, a Senate committee concluded. The Post Audit and Oversight Committee said it reviewed nearly 400 state entities and offered a series of recommendations to … 0

Appeal to be filed Aug. 14 for Whitey Bulger

Thursday, July 31, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — Lawyers for former crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger say they’ll file their appeal of his 2013 convictions with the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Aug. 14. Eighty-four-year-old Bulger is serving life in prison. He was convicted in a broad racketeering case, including 11 … 0

New justice joins Massachusetts high court

Thursday, July 31, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Deval Patrick has administered the oath of office to the newest member of the state’s highest court. Geraldine Hines is the first black woman to serve on the seven-member Supreme Judicial Court. She was sworn-in as an associate justice during a ceremony Thursday. Patrick … 0

Newspaper publishers fault domestic violence bill

Thursday, July 31, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — The head of a newspaper association is faulting a portion of a bill intended to overhaul the state’s domestic violence laws. Massachusetts Newspaper Publishers Association Executive Director Robert Ambrogi criticized the bill for seeking to prohibit information about domestic violence arrests from being included in … 0

Patrick signs new abortion clinic bill

Thursday, July 31, 2014

BOSTON — Police now have increased authority to break up crowds gathering around Massachusetts abortion clinic entrances under a bill the governor signed on Wednesday. Gov. Deval Patrick’s signing comes a little more than one month after the … 0