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Springfield diocese holds special ‘Purple Mass’ for dementia patients

Saturday, July 12, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield is holding its first special Mass to offer spiritual support to people suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia as well as their loved ones and caregivers. The so-called Purple Mass is scheduled for Saturday at St. Michal’s Cathedral. The event was organized by Joy Danita Allen, whose mother has Alzheimer’s, as well as other members of the Ladies of St. Peter’s Claver Auxiliary. … 0

Lowell fire leaves 7 dead

Thursday, July 10, 2014

LOWELL — A fast-moving fire ravaged a three-story apartment building before dawn Thursday, killing four adults and three children, forcing tenants to jump or hand their children to safety, and leading to dramatic rescues from upper floors. Authorities are looking into witness reports that the sound of exploding fireworks preceded the blaze, as … 0

Director named for UMass’ Springfield center

Thursday, July 10, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A Springfield native on Thursday was named to lead the new University of Massachusetts downtown Springfield satellite center. William Davila was named director of operations for the UMass Center at Tower Square. Davila is a 1996 graduate of UMass-Amherst who holds advanced degrees from Boston College and the University of Hartford. The 26,000-square-foot facility includes classrooms, specialized nursing classrooms, conference … 0

Local legislators praise compromise $36.5 billion state budget

Monday, June 30, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts lawmakers approved a compromise $36.5 billion state budget on Monday, the final day of the state’s fiscal year. The House voted 144-7 vote in favor of the spending plan and the Senate later gave final approval to the budget on a 38-1 vote. Gov. Deval … 0

MGH to begin screening all patients for substance abuse

Monday, June 30, 2014

BOSTON — Patients at Massachusetts General Hospital will soon be asked questions about their alcohol and illegal drug use, no matter why they’re at the hospital. The program scheduled to start this fall is part of a broader plan to improve addiction treatment at the Boston hospital and … 0

Jury awards $16.7M in Boston malpractice suit

Monday, June 30, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — A jury has awarded $16.7 million to the daughter of a Boston woman who died of lung cancer after a radiologist missed evidence of the cancer in a chest X-ray. The verdict this month against Dr. Peter Clarke of Brigham and Women’s Hospital is the … 0

Ex-girlfriend’s testimony key to murder conviction

Sunday, June 29, 2014

DOVER, N.H. — Defense lawyers and prosecutors stressed one thing throughout the trial of a 31-year-old man convicted of raping and killing a University of New Hampshire student: The key was the truthfulness of the defendant’s ex-girlfriend. The … 0

Conn. man allegedly attempts suicide in cruiser after arrest on heroin charges

Sunday, June 29, 2014

BERNARDSTON — A Connecticut man arrested on charges of heroin trafficking attempted to take his own life while in police custody, according to state troopers. State police reported that Vincent Paris, 38, of Hamden, Conn., tried to strangle himself in the back of the cruiser while en route … 0

Girl in church van hurt in Springfield shooting

Sunday, June 29, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Police are investigating a shooting that injured a 12-year-old passenger in a church van in Springfield. The Republican reports that police responded late Friday night to reports of numerous rounds of gunfire. At least one round shattered a window of the passing van that was … 0

Twin court defeats highlight AG’s election challenges

Sunday, June 29, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley had a tough week. On Tuesday, the state’s highest court said Coakley was wrong to try to block a casino repeal ballot question, unanimously rejecting her argument that the question amounted … 0

Patrick signs minimum wage increase into law

Thursday, June 26, 2014

BOSTON — Gov. Deval Patrick signed a law on Thursday that would raise the state’s $8 per hour minimum wage to a U.S.-leading $11 per hour by 2017. The governor told a Statehouse ceremony that the new law would provide financial help to thousands of low-income workers, but … 0

NH man dies in crash in Chester

Thursday, June 26, 2014

CHESTER (AP) — Massachusetts State Police say a New Hampshire man has died in a single-car crash in Chester. Police responded to the crash at about 9 p.m. Wednesday. The initial investigation indicates that the vehicle left the roadway, struck a utility pole and then rolled over, pinning … 0

TD Garden cited for intoxicated minors at concert

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Boston’s TD Garden, one of the city’s premier entertainment venues, was cited Thursday for having intoxicated minors on its premises after some concert-goers had to be taken to hospitals after an electronic dance music show, police said. The Wednesday night concert starred Swedish DJ Avicii, and Boston Emergency … 0