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Massachusetts Pension Reserves Investment Management Board urged to encourage corporate diversity

Friday, March 27, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts’ pension board is considering using its shareholder muscle to press companies to include more women and racial minorities on their corporate boards. A committee of the Pension Reserves Investment Management Board, which oversees state’s $61 billion pension fund, voted unanimously Thursday to recommend that the full board adopt the guidelines. Under the new rule, the board would use its shareholder status in a company to vote …

Bombing jury sees autopsy photos

Thursday, March 26, 2015

BOSTON — A medical examiner testifying Thursday in the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnev described in graphic detail the devastating injuries that ravaged the body of a 29-year-old woman and caused her to bleed to death on the pavement. One juror cried and wiped her face with a tissue as the …

Report: NE biodiversity threatened

Thursday, March 26, 2015

BOSTON — From picturesque coastal estuaries of Cape Cod to the soaring White Mountains, much of New England’s rich native flora is fighting for survival against increasing odds, according to what conservationists call the most comprehensive accounting ever made of the region’s plant life. The report, to be released Thursday by the New …

Rosenberg: Taxpayers won’t fund Olympic bid

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — A top state lawmaker said Tuesday he expects the Legislature and Gov. Charlie Baker to take a firm stand against any taxpayer funding for Boston’s bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics. “We do not want to put ourselves in a position of having to …

Conn. lawmakers, tribes back bill for new casinos

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. — A coalition of Connecticut legislators, the state’s two federally recognized Indian tribes and union leaders joined forces Tuesday to announce they’re backing a bill that would allow up to three new, smaller casinos to help combat gambling competition from neighboring states. Sen. Catherine Osten, a …

After the big snow, the big melt

Monday, March 9, 2015

BOSTON — New England is going from the Big Snow to the Big Melt. After winter storms dumped nearly 9 feet of snow over the course of a month, many parts of the region will see milder weather …

Double amputee testifies at bombing trial

Monday, March 9, 2015

BOSTON — A woman testifying from a wheelchair Monday in the Boston Marathon bombing trial recalled shielding her husband from the sight of his mangled leg, being pushed to the ground by a bystander frantically trying to extinguish …

Boston 2024 lists salaries of top staffers

Monday, March 9, 2015

BOSTON — The group spearheading Boston’s bid for the 2024 Olympics on Monday disclosed the salaries of its top executives and consultants, including former Gov. Deval Patrick, who will earn $7,500 per day when he travels on its …

Teen killer in Pam Smart case up for parole in NH

Sunday, March 8, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. — When 16-year-old Billy Flynn gunned down the husband of his high school instructor and lover, Pamela Smart, in 1990, the trial became an instant tabloid sensation. Its lurid details aired gavel-to-gavel on television years before …

With bombing admission, why is Tsarnaev still on trial?

Sunday, March 8, 2015

BOSTON — Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s lawyer startled a packed courtroom during opening statements at his federal death penalty trial by bluntly admitting that he committed the 2013 attack with his brother, raising some thorny questions, mainly: …

Tennessee murder suspect arrested in Williamstown

Saturday, March 7, 2015

WILLIAMSTOWN (AP) — Authorities say a man wanted for a murder outside a Tennessee market has been captured in northwestern Massachusetts. Massachusetts State Police say 34-year-old Anthony Hardaway was arrested Thursday night at a home in Williamstown. He was detained as a fugitive from justice and faces extradition …

Bombing victims tell of carnage

Thursday, March 5, 2015

BOSTON — The tall, well-built man, dressed in a hooded sweater and carrying a black backpack, bumped into Jeffrey Bauman in the throngs of spectators at the Boston Marathon finish line. Bauman, who had come to cheer on …

Early education backers fault Baker budget plan

Thursday, March 5, 2015

BOSTON — Republican Gov. Charlie Baker is coming under fire from education advocates who say he missed an opportunity in his first state budget proposal to signal his commitment to early education. During last year’s campaign for governor, Baker decided not to back Democrat Martha Coakley’s pledge to …