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FILE - In this April 19, 2013 file photo, the streets and sidewalks around Faneuil Hall Marketplace in Boston are almost deserted at dinnertime as a call for "shelter-in-place" for Boston and some area communities remains in force. Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick says the decision to lock down much of greater Boston during the search for the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings was a “tough call” but one he’s glad that was made. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

Gov. Deval Patrick reflects on shelter-in-place request for Boston a year ago amid bomber hunt

Saturday, April 19, 2014

BOSTON — Several days after the Boston Marathon bombing, Gov. Deval Patrick received a call in the pre-dawn hours from a top aide telling him that police officers outside the city had just engaged in a ferocious gun battle with the two men suspected of setting the bombs and that one was dead and the other had fled. Within hours, … 0

Body found by Interstate 190 identified as missing 5-year-old Jeremiah Oliver

Saturday, April 19, 2014

WORCESTER (AP) — The body of a small boy apparently cast off the side of a highway has been confirmed as a missing 5-year-old, authorities said Saturday. The body found Friday off Interstate 190 has been positively identified as Jeremiah Oliver, Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr. said. No charges were … 0

MGM seeks to delay fees

Thursday, April 17, 2014

BOSTON — With efforts to repeal Massachusetts’ casino law underway, MGM Resorts International has asked state regulators to delay the collection of casino fees from the company even as it prepares to become the state’s first licensed casino operator. MGM Springfield President Michael Mathis said on Thursday that the Las Vegas-based company risks losing about $200 million in fees, deposits and other payments … 0

Red Sox in-house painter relishes career

Sunday, April 6, 2014

WORCESTER (AP) — On Oct. 30, 2013, the Boston Red Sox won their first World Series at Fenway Park since 1918 and Mark Waitkus was there to record the historic moment, first with his camera and then in … 0

Wedding venue destroyed by fire

Sunday, April 6, 2014

FOXBOROUGH (AP) — A firefighter says a cigarette tossed onto mulch may have caused a destructive fire at a popular wedding venue in Foxborough. Deputy Fire Chief Steven Bagley tells The Boston Globe that the fire at the … 0

Waltham fire linked to smoking

Friday, April 4, 2014

WALTHAM — Authorities say an early morning rooming house fire that killed a Waltham man was started by improper disposal of smoking materials. State Fire Marshal Stephen Coan and Waltham Fire Chief Paul Ciccone also said Friday that a smoke alarm in the man’s room had been dismantled. … 0

Second fallen Boston firefighter laid to rest

Thursday, April 3, 2014

BOSTON — A Boston firefighter and former Marine killed in an apartment blaze last week was praised Thursday as a courageous, compassionate man who served his country in Iraq and his community at home. Firefighters from around the … 0

Conference examines socioeconomic impact of Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant closing

Thursday, April 3, 2014

PUTNEY, Vt. — The owners of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant should have put money into a separate economic development decommissioning fund, as well as its $622 million plant deconstruction fund, critics suggested Wednesday. They spoke during a conference on how to cope with the socioeconomic fallout … 0

Eastern casino license process to be delayed

Thursday, April 3, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — The process for awarding casino licenses in eastern and southeastern Massachusetts will take at least two months longer than hoped, state gambling officials said Thursday. The state Gaming Commission now says it won’t be until August for a decision to be made on a Boston-area … 0

Massachusetts urges smoke-free policies in public housing

Thursday, April 3, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Deval Patrick’s administration moved Thursday to stamp out smoking in public housing in Massachusetts. The Department of Housing and Community Development issued guidelines to all 240 local housing authorities urging them to develop smoke-free policies for their state-aided public housing units. Such policies would … 0

Thousands gather for Boston firefighter’s funeral

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

WATERTOWN — Thousands of firefighters from across the nation gathered Wednesday to help lay to rest a colleague who died after becoming trapped in the basement of a burning Boston brownstone last week. Saluting men and women in … 0

Democrats sweep special elections

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — Democrats made a clean sweep in a series of special elections across Massachusetts held to fill vacant legislative seats. John Velis on Tuesday won the election to fill the 4th Hampden House District, which opened up when former Rep. Don Humason took over the state … 0

House OKs increase in minimum wage

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

BOSTON — The Massachusetts House approved a bill Wednesday that would increase the state’s hourly minimum wage from $8 to $10.50 over the next two years. The legislation, which passed on a 123-24 vote, would also overhaul the state’s unemployment insurance system and provide basic work standards and … 0