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Ex-Springfield bishop Maguire dies at age 95

Sunday, November 23, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — Former Bishop Joseph Maguire, who led the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield from 1977 to 1992 and faced allegations following retirement that clergy sex abuse and cover-up of that abuse had happened on his watch, died Sunday evening at the age of 95. Maguire died at his residence in Springfield surrounded by his family and caregivers, diocese spokesman Mark Dupont said. His health had been in decline in …

New parties struggle for toehold in Mass.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

BOSTON — When Massachusetts voters cast ballots on Election Day, they not only picked winners and losers in a host of key races, they also gave a big boost to those seeking an alternative to the state’s two top political parties. By the time polls closed, the number of parties with official status …

Bombing victim going home after amputation

Sunday, November 23, 2014

KATY, Texas (AP) — A woman injured in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing who had several surgeries before having part of her leg amputated recently was discharged from a rehab facility Saturday and has vowed to run the race next year. Rebekah DiMartino said she looks forward to getting her stitches out in early December and being fitted for a prosthetic left leg. …

System could protect school in case of armed threat

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

METHUEN — With students off for the Veterans Day holiday, a simulated school shooting at a Methuen grammar school on Tuesday showed what “active shooter” technology could do to help police catch a gunman if the horrible threat …

Patrick, state officials salute veterans

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts marked Veterans Day on Tuesday with commemorations around the state, including a parade in Boston in which gay and transgender veterans were allowed to march for the first time. OutVets, a recently formed group representing …

UNH to expand sex-assault program to high schools

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. — The University of New Hampshire is expanding its nationally recognized sexual violence prevention program to a younger audience: high school students in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Instead of focusing just on potential victims and perpetrators, the “Bringing in the Bystander” program teaches participants how …

Gay vets to march in Boston parade

Monday, November 10, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — The city’s annual Veterans Day parade will include a group representing LGBT military veterans for the first time. OutVets, a recently-formed nonpartisan and nonpolitical group based in Boston, expects between 10 to 30 people to march Tuesday in matching polo shirts and baseball caps. The …

Prosecutor urges jail pre-trial for cross-country rape suspect

Monday, November 10, 2014

WORCESTER (ap) — Massachusetts prosecutors on Monday urged a judge to keep a man suspected of raping women in several states locked up while he awaits trial. Authorities say Gregory Lewis cut off his court-ordered electronic monitoring device …

Faculty backs fossil fuel divestment movement

Monday, November 10, 2014

BOSTON — The largely student-led movement at many Boston area colleges urging their schools to divest from fossil fuel companies is getting an important boost from faculty. Faculty members at Harvard University, Boston University, Boston College, Tufts University, and Brandeis University have written open letters, formed groups, or …

Fire in Agawam displaces 20

Monday, November 10, 2014

AGAWAM (AP) — Fire officials are trying to determine the cause of a blaze that displaced more than 20 residents at an apartment building in Agawam. The Springfield Republican reports that the fire started around 3:30 p.m. Sunday in a second-floor unit at the Shibley Court Apartments. Firefighters …

Dukakis’ name added to South Station

Monday, November 10, 2014

BOSTON — Boston’s South Station has been renamed to honor a former governor who has long been an advocate for public transportation — Michael Dukakis. Gov. Deval Patrick announced Monday at the busy transportation hub that it will be known as “Governor Michael S. Dukakis Transportation Center at …

Mass. town weighs nation’s first tobacco ban

Sunday, November 9, 2014

WESTMINSTER — The cartons of Marlboros, cans of Skoal and packs of Swisher Sweets are hard to miss stacked near the entrance of Vincent’s Country Store, but maybe not for much longer: All tobacco products could become contraband …

State bracing for 2 death penalty trials

Sunday, November 9, 2014

BOSTON — As Massachusetts braces for the upcoming death penalty trial of the suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing, the state’s other death penalty defendant is also heading back to court: Gary Lee Sampson, a drifter from Abington …