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Harassment case fought on free-speech grounds

Monday, September 1, 2014

BOSTON — Bernadette Lyons came home one day and found 10 strangers milling around her driveway looking for free golf carts. The next day, her husband, Jim, began getting phone calls late at night from people inquiring about a Harley Davidson motorcycle. The couple also received an anonymous email containing their Social Security numbers and other personal information, along with a message: “Remember, if you aren’t miserable, I ain’t happy!” … 0

Low-level tornado touches down in Worcester

Monday, September 1, 2014

WORCESTER (AP) — The National Weather Service has confirmed a tornado touched down briefly in Worcester. Forecasters said it was the lowest rating on the tornado scale, with winds at about 85 mph in a storm that swept through on Sunday night. The tornado began at about 8:10 p.m. and ended four minutes later. It brought down trees and damaged cars, but no … 0

Springfield’s new bishop ventures to Berkshires

Monday, September 1, 2014

PITTSFIELD (AP) — The new bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield has made his first trip to the Berkshires and promises he’ll return. The Berkshire Eagle reports that the Rev. Mitchell Rozanski said he had to browse maps on the Internet to become familiar with western Massachusetts. The 55-year-old Rozanski was auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Baltimore when Pope Francis … 0

Feds say state’s immigrant shelters not needed after all

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts won’t be hosting unaccompanied children crossing the nation’s southern border after all. Federal Health and Human Services officials informed Gov. Deval Patrick on Tuesday that due to an easing of the number of unaccompanied children apprehended at the border, the Obama administration is no longer … 0

Market Basket CEOs say workers fear for safety

Monday, August 4, 2014

BOSTON — Executives at the troubled Market Basket supermarket chain in New England stepped up their efforts Monday to fight back against a workers’ revolt and customer boycott that have paralyzed the company and drawn attention for their … 0

Jury deadlocks in doc’s drug trafficking case

Monday, August 4, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors plan to retry a former Massachusetts doctor and nurse practitioner charged with conspiracy and drug trafficking for allegedly distributing methadone, oxycodone and fentanyl without legitimate medical reasons. U.S. District Judge Patti Saris declared a mistrial in the case Monday after jurors said they … 0

Authorities believe drugs caused deaths of three men found in Worcester apartment

Monday, August 4, 2014

WORCESTER (AP) — The bodies of three men were found Monday in a Worcester apartment, and police said their deaths appear to be related to drug activity, not foul play. A worker who came to perform scheduled maintenance found the bodies. The worker knocked on the door several … 0

Williamstown firm amasses millions of musical scores

Sunday, August 3, 2014

WILLIAMSTOWN — After 75 years, a little-known music publishing business is still chugging along in a nearly forgotten former elementary school in the hills of northern Williamstown. Housed inside the classrooms and hallways of what used to be … 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