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State eyes hand-held phone ban for drivers

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

BOSTON — Families of those killed in distracted driving accidents are asking state lawmakers to back legislation that would require drivers to use hand-free phones in Massachusetts. Foxborough resident Jerry Cibley’s 18-year-old son Jordan was killed in 2007 as he was talking on his phone while driving. “It appears I was on the phone with him. It appears that he dropped his phone and went to pick it, took off …

Supporters, critics of transgender bills clash at hearing

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

BOSTON — Critics of Massachusetts proposals to extend non-discrimination protections to transgender people in restaurants, schools or any place that accommodates the public said the state should instead focus on the privacy rights of children and women. At a Statehouse hearing Tuesday, Andover Republican state Rep. James Lyons said the bills could allow a 14- or 15-year-old boy to decide he is female …

Harvard’s prestigious debate team loses to NY inmates

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Months after winning a national title, Harvard’s debate team has fallen to a group of New York inmates. The showdown took place at the Eastern New York Correctional Facility, a maximum-security prison where convicts can take courses taught by faculty from nearby Bard College, and where inmates have formed a popular debate club. Last month, they invited the Ivy League …

Prosecutor: Short life of Baby Doe marked by neglect, abuse

Monday, September 21, 2015

BOSTON — In her short, tumultuous life, Bella Bond loved cats, dancing to country music and the color green. Those were but brief flashes of happiness in a life marked by neglect, abuse and a horrible ending, according …

‘Baby Doe’ father says he believes mother not to blame in death

Saturday, September 19, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — The father of a 2-year-old girl identified almost three months after her remains were found in a trash bag that washed up on a Boston-area beach says he doesn’t believe the toddler’s mother caused her …

Massachusetts tribe earns federal land in trust status

Friday, September 18, 2015

BOSTON — The federal government has committed to acquiring over 300 acres of land into trust for the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe, a critical step as the tribe seeks to build a resort casino. The surprise late-Friday approval marks the first lands to be federally designated for the Cape …

Baby Doe’s mom arrested, boyfriend charged with murder

Friday, September 18, 2015

BOSTON — A mother has been arrested and her boyfriend is charged with murder in the death of a little girl whose body was found inside a trash bag on a Boston Harbor island this summer, a prosecutor …

Activists press for immigration bill OK

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

BOSTON — Immigration activists are pressing state lawmakers to pass legislation that would limit how much local police departments can cooperate with requests by federal immigration officers to maintain custody of people suspected of being in the country illegally. The bill would bar police in Massachusetts from arresting …

National Grid seeks 20% hike in electric rate

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — National Grid is asking state regulators for an electricity rate hike of more 20 percent for most Massachusetts residential customers that would drive up bills this winter, but keep them lower than last winter. The utility, with nearly 1.3 million customers in Massachusetts, says if …

Bulger movie gets private Mass. screening

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

BROOKLINE — A movie about gangster James “Whitey” Bulger’s violent reign as leader of Boston’s criminal underworld got its first screening in the state Tuesday. Johnny Depp, who plays Bulger in “Black Mass,” and other cast members including …

Vermont city claims title of ‘solar capital of NE’

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

RUTLAND, Vt. — The city of Rutland is assuming the mantle as the “solar capital of New England.” Officials with Green Mountain Power, Vermont’s biggest utility, have been working for years to change the way the city of …

Lawmakers eye rules for ride-hailing firms

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

BOSTON — The tension between traditional taxis drivers and those who drive for services like Uber and Lyft was on display Tuesday as Massachusetts lawmakers grappled with proposals to regulate the popular but largely unfettered ride-hailing services. The …

Healey, Patriots partner against teen dating violence

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

BOSTON — Attorney General Maura Healey and the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation joined forces in an effort to stem the tide of teen dating violence in Massachusetts high schools. Healey and Patriots owner Robert Kraft on Tuesday unveiled the “Game Change” program, which will provide training for …