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Patrick hitting road more as term nears end

Sunday, August 17, 2014

BOSTON — As he nears the end of his second and final term, Gov. Deval Patrick’s wanderlust has kicked into high gear. In the past 18 months, Patrick has embarked on a whirlwind tour of the globe, stopping in such far-flung places as Colombia, Ireland, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Panama, Israel and the United Arab Emirates. The slew of trips marks the most active overseas travel period of Patrick’s nearly … 0

Man gets life for killing, raping college student

Thursday, August 14, 2014

DOVER, N.H. — The photograph of a beaming Elizabeth “Lizzi” Marriott was taken on Mother’s Day 2011, a frog she rescued from the family’s pool cupped in her hand. A year and a half later, Seth Mazzaglia raped her, killed her and threw her body in a river after she rebuffed his sexual … 0

Tsarnaev lawyers say November trial date too soon

Thursday, August 14, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev said Thursday they likely won’t be ready for a planned Nov. 3 trial date. Tsarnaev’s lawyers told a federal judge that prosecutors have given them volumes of evidence — much of it poorly organized — as part of the pre-trial discovery process that they still need to sort through. They intend to … 0

Lawmakers OK PAC disclosure bill

Thursday, July 31, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts lawmakers have accepted a bill designed to tighten reporting requirements for independent political expenditures, including those made by political action committees known as super PACs. Under the bill, corporations, labor unions and political committees would be required to file a campaign finance report within seven … 0

Compromise gun bill up for final vote

Thursday, July 31, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts police chiefs would have the right to go to court to try to deny firearms identification cards needed to buy rifles or shotguns to individuals they feel are unsuitable under a compromise bill released by lawmakers. The bill, which is expected to come up for … 0

Lawyer: Teen accused of killing teacher not adult

Thursday, July 31, 2014

SALEM (AP) — A Massachusetts teenager charged with killing his high school math teacher has challenged the constitutionality of a state law that requires him to be tried as an adult. The teen, Philip Chism, is charged with raping and killing Danvers High School teacher Colleen Ritzer, 24, … 0

Conn. man dies in W. Springfield motorcycle crash

Thursday, July 31, 2014

WEST SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A Connecticut man has died in a motorcycle crash in western Massachusetts. Police said 47-year-old Michael Strom of Farmington apparently lost control of his motorcycle Tuesday night and struck a guardrail after clipping the back of the car on the Memorial Bridge rotary in … 0

Pittsfield man pleads guilty in child porn case

Thursday, July 31, 2014

BOSTON (ap) — A Pittsfield man has pleaded guilty to federal child pornography charges. The U.S. attorney’s office said in a statement that 34-year-old Jason Gendron faces a sentence of between 40 and 50 years in prison as a result of a plea agreement on Tuesday. Prosecutors said … 0

Homeless man accused of burning food truck

Thursday, July 31, 2014

WESTFIELD (AP) — A homeless man who told police he was hungry faces charges after allegedly breaking into a food truck in Westfield before setting it on fire. The Republican newspaper of Springfield reports that a judge set bail at $500 for 22-year-old Michael England. Police said England … 0

‘Ocean safari’ shark watch on offer

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

BARNSTABLE (AP) — Two marine conservation groups are offering a daylong ocean trip on Cape Cod to search for great white sharks, humpback whales, gray seals and seabirds in their wild habitat, billing the trip as the first of its kind and calling it a safari. Organizers say … 0

Whale watch turns into long night at sea

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

BOSTON — A group of whale watchers expecting only an afternoon tour were forced instead to spend a long night at sea after their boat was snagged by a mooring cable off Massachusetts, officials and passengers said Tuesday. … 0

City of Revere cleaning up after tornado

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

REVERE (AP) — Some residents remained out of their damaged homes while others continued cleaning up Tuesday after a rare tornado that struck just north of Boston. Monday’s storm hit Revere, a coastal city of about 52,000 residents, … 0

Lawmakers: Statehouse needs up to $40M work

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts Lawmakers are planning to spend as much as $40 million to upgrade the House and Senate chambers at the gold-domed Statehouse, which is more than two centuries old. On Tuesday, House Speaker Robert DeLeo said he’s seeking up to $20 million to overhaul the 160-seat … 0