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Wife criticizes Brockton police for killing husband who had BB gun

Friday, July 3, 2015

BROCKTON (AP) — The wife of a man killed by police on Thursday said she told authorities there were no real firearms in her home before two officers shot him to death. Prosecutors said the man had pointed a realistic-looking BB gun at the officers before they opened fire. Two Brockton officers shot 45-year-old Douglas Buckley early Thursday after he pulled the BB gun, which had been hidden behind his …

Lenox resort sold for $18M

Thursday, July 2, 2015

LENOX (AP) — A landmark Berkshire County resort once owned by Harriet Beecher Stowe has been sold for $18 million. The Berkshire Eagle reports that CampGroup LLC and L.D. Builders under the corporate umbrella 55 Cranwell LLC bought the 380-acre Cranwell Spa and Golf Resort in Lenox. The resort has been owned by the Burack family since 1993. The purchase includes the 105-room …

Documentary on Market Basket fight nears release

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

BOSTON — One of the most remarkable work stoppages in U.S. labor history will soon be the subject of a documentary film. “Food Fight: Inside the Battle for Market Basket” is being edited and is scheduled to be released in the fall, said director Jay Childs, a New Hampshire-based film maker who’s been …

Court sides with Senate in tax spat

Monday, June 15, 2015

BOSTON — The state’s highest court sided with the Senate in a constitutional dispute with the House over taxes. In a 27-page advisory opinion Monday, the Supreme Judicial Court said the Senate was not out of line when …

Federal court to hear Bulger appeal next month

Monday, June 15, 2015

BOSTON — A federal court is set to hear an appeal by gangster James “Whitey” Bulger nearly two years after he was convicted in 11 killings and other underworld crimes during the 1970s and ‘80s. The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday scheduled oral arguments in …

Montague Police allows heroin users to turn over drugs, paraphernalia without fear of arrest in most cases

Monday, June 15, 2015

MONTAGUE — Police Chief Charles “Chip” Dodge is following the Gloucester Police Department’s lead by allowing heroin users who want to quit to bring their drugs and needles to the police station without fear of being arrested. “We want to help people,” Dodge told The Recorder last week. …

Dig takes a look at how Shakers interacted

Monday, June 15, 2015

ENFIELD, N.H. — For more than a century, the long-gone trustees building at a Shaker village on the shore of New Hampshire’s Mascoma Lake was where the members of a nearly extinct religious society met the outside world. …

Burial set for American killed in Syria

Monday, June 15, 2015

BOSTON — Funeral arrangements for an American killed in Syria while fighting the Islamic State group have been set for later this week. Keith Broomfield, who had no military training, is believed to be the first U.S. citizen …

Funeral homes increasingly use dogs to comfort mourners

Sunday, June 14, 2015

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Sandy Del Duca was mourning the death of her father when Lulu, a curly haired goldendoodle, came bounding down the stairs at the Ballard-Durand funeral home. Del Duca thought Lulu was simply the pet …

Mass. man dies aiding Kurdish fight in Syria

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

IRBIL, Iraq — An American fighting with Kurdish forces against the Islamic State group in Syria has been killed in battle, authorities said Wednesday, likely the first U.S. citizen to die fighting alongside them against the extremists. Keith …

Boston hires goat crew to graze on city’s overgrown weeds

Thursday, June 11, 2015

BOSTON — Boston is deploying a team of landscaping goats to chomp down on weed-choked city land this summer. The city is renting eight goats to graze on a city-owned golf course and another four at a wild landscape area. They will eat poison ivy, buckthorn, Japanese knotweed …

State agency OKs mandate on ICU nurse staffing

Thursday, June 11, 2015

BOSTON (ap) — A state agency has approved new regulations on nurse staffing in hospital intensive care units. The Boston Globe reports the Health Policy Commission voted Wednesday to require hospitals to limit patient assignments so each nurse is responsible for no more than two patients. The rules …

DeLeo calls for review of Patrick’s use of ‘trusts’

Thursday, June 11, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — House Speaker Robert DeLeo says Massachusetts lawmakers should take a look at reports that former Gov. Deval Patrick used funds from quasi-public state agencies to help pay for trade missions he led as governor. The Boston Herald reported Wednesday that the former Democratic governor funneled …