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Confederate flag removed from Boston memorial honoring black soldiers

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — A Confederate flag that was attached to a Boston memorial honoring an all-black Union Civil War unit has been removed. The Boston Globe reports that the battle flag hung from the Robert Gould Shaw and Massachusetts 54th Regiment Memorial for more than an hour Sunday. The 1989 movie “Glory” is based on the regiment. The incident comes amid increased scrutiny over the flag in the wake of …

Boston 2024 touts jobs, housing as it releases detailed $4.6B Olympics bid

Monday, June 29, 2015

BOSTON — The group trying to bring the 2024 Olympics to Boston released the most detailed look yet at its bid for the Summer Games on Monday, unveiling a $4.6 billion plan it says would create thousands of jobs and housing units, expand the city’s tax base and leave behind a vastly-improved regional …

NE pans court’s power-plant ruling

Monday, June 29, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. — A U.S. Supreme Court decision against a federal crackdown on emissions from coal-fired power plants got bad reviews Monday in New England, where westerly winds sweep in pollution from many out-of-state plants. But several government officials and environmental group lawyers said the court’s finding — that the Environmental Protection Agency …

University renames institute after youngest bombing victim

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

BRIDGEWATER — Bridgewater State University has formally renamed its Institute for Social Justice for the youngest victim of the Boston Marathon bombing, and announced plans for a bronze memorial to him on the campus where his parents met. …

State launches opioid awareness campaign

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts is launching a public awareness campaign aimed at educating parents about the warning signs of opioid abuse. Gov. Charlie Baker says the campaign begins Wednesday and will run throughout the summer on television and online. The state has also launched a new website: www.mass.gov/StopAddiction. …

Gloucester says drug amnesty a success

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

BOSTON — A police chief in a small New England city combating its drug epidemic through a unique program that allows drug users to turn over their drugs and get immediate treatment said Tuesday that there’s been a …

Audit: State Medicaid squandered $500M

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

BOSTON — The state Medicaid program squandered more than $500 million through unnecessary payments or missed savings opportunities in its managed care program, according to an audit released Tuesday. The review by State Auditor Suzanne Bump found MassHealth, the state Medicaid program, made $233 million in unnecessary payments …

Court sides with Senate in tax spat

Monday, June 15, 2015

BOSTON — The state’s highest court sided with the Senate in a constitutional dispute with the House over taxes. In a 27-page advisory opinion Monday, the Supreme Judicial Court said the Senate was not out of line when …

Federal court to hear Bulger appeal next month

Monday, June 15, 2015

BOSTON — A federal court is set to hear an appeal by gangster James “Whitey” Bulger nearly two years after he was convicted in 11 killings and other underworld crimes during the 1970s and ‘80s. The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday scheduled oral arguments in …

Montague Police allows heroin users to turn over drugs, paraphernalia without fear of arrest in most cases

Monday, June 15, 2015

MONTAGUE — Police Chief Charles “Chip” Dodge is following the Gloucester Police Department’s lead by allowing heroin users who want to quit to bring their drugs and needles to the police station without fear of being arrested. “We want to help people,” Dodge told The Recorder last week. …

Dig takes a look at how Shakers interacted

Monday, June 15, 2015

ENFIELD, N.H. — For more than a century, the long-gone trustees building at a Shaker village on the shore of New Hampshire’s Mascoma Lake was where the members of a nearly extinct religious society met the outside world. …

Burial set for American killed in Syria

Monday, June 15, 2015

BOSTON — Funeral arrangements for an American killed in Syria while fighting the Islamic State group have been set for later this week. Keith Broomfield, who had no military training, is believed to be the first U.S. citizen …

Funeral homes increasingly use dogs to comfort mourners

Sunday, June 14, 2015

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Sandy Del Duca was mourning the death of her father when Lulu, a curly haired goldendoodle, came bounding down the stairs at the Ballard-Durand funeral home. Del Duca thought Lulu was simply the pet …