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Rosenberg’s partner’s job moves to Fla.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

BOSTON — Senate Majority Leader Stanley Rosenberg’s domestic partner has been reassigned to his public relations company’s Florida office after weeks of scrutiny about his relationship with the presumptive state Senate president. The Boston Globe reports (http://bit.ly/1CoBYk5) that Bryon Hefner will be relocating to Florida and working with clients for Regan Communications Group in that region. Hefner, who joined the firm in May, had allegedly mocked outgoing Senate President Therese Murray on Twitter and boasted about his influence in the Legislature. Regan markets itself as being able to help clients build relationships with lawmakers across local, state and federal levels through lobbying, according to its …

Patrick sees much to cheer in tenure

Sunday, December 21, 2014

BOSTON — “I am an optimist,” Gov. Deval Patrick said in his first inauguration speech, “but not a foolish one.” Spoken amid the celebratory atmosphere of that January 2007 day in which Massachusetts welcomed Patrick, the state’s first black governor and first Democratic governor in 16 years, those words seem prescient now as …

Tsarnaev’s lawyers seek trial delay

Thursday, December 18, 2014

BOSTON — Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev returned to court Thursday for the first time since he was arraigned in July 2013, and he received a shout of encouragement from the mother-in-law of a man who was shot and killed while being questioned by law enforcement after the bombings. Security was tight …

Private forest owners aging, parcels shrinking

Sunday, December 7, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. — The age of forest landowners across the country is increasing and the size of parcels they own is shrinking — and that has state, federal and private experts fearing for the long-term health of millions …

Protesters rally for 2nd night in Boston

Friday, December 5, 2014

CAMBRIDGE — Demonstrators rallied for a second-straight night in the Boston area Friday to protest grand jury decisions to not indict white police officers in the deaths of unarmed black men. Police say a crowd that grew to …

Research ship reaches end of line after 1.3 million miles

Thursday, December 4, 2014

WOODS HOLE (AP) — A ship that sailed more than 1.3 million miles in the name of science is back at port for the last time. The research vessel Knorr is being decommissioned after more than 40 years …

Clinton, in Boston, supports probes of police-involved deaths in Mo., NY

Thursday, December 4, 2014

WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton said Thursday the nation’s criminal justice system is “out of balance” and she supports federal reviews of police-involved deaths of black men in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York City. Clinton said the two …

Baker to meet with Obama

Thursday, December 4, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts Gov.-elect Charlie Baker is gearing up for a daylong trip to the White House on Friday where he’s scheduled to meet with President Barack Obama. Baker told The Associated Press on Thursday that at first …

Several thousand in Boston protest NY verdict

Thursday, December 4, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — Several thousand people rallied peacefully in Boston on Thursday night to protest a grand jury’s decision to not charge a white police officer in the videotaped chokehold death of an unarmed black man in New York City. Protesters blocked some streets while marching to Boston …

Hull raises minimum age for buying tobacco products to 21

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

HULL (AP) — The board of health in Hull is standing by its decision to raise the minimum age for purchasing cigarettes and other tobacco products from 18 to 21. The board on Tuesday decided to keep the new rules after listening to the concerns of Nick Patel, …

Worcester marks 15 years since fatal fire

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

WORCESTER (AP) — The city marked a somber anniversary Wednesday as it remembered the six firefighters who died battling a warehouse blaze 15 years ago. A ceremony was held at the Franklin Street fire station, which was built on the site where the Worcester cold storage warehouse once …

State income tax rate to fall from 5.2 to 5.15%

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts taxpayers will start paying a lower state income tax rate beginning in January. Revenue Commissioner Amy Pitter confirmed Wednesday that all the requirements needed to automatically lower the personal income tax rate from 5.2 percent to 5.15 percent beginning Jan. 1 have been met. As …

Carjack killer challenges death penalty

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

BOSTON — Lawyers for a man who confessed to carjacking and killing two men in Massachusetts and killing a third man in New Hampshire argued Wednesday that the federal government should not force the death penalty on Massachusetts, a state that has rejected capital punishment. Gary Lee Sampson …