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Nearly 60 Massachusetts legislators support bill that would set statewide minimum age of 21 to buy tobacco products

Saturday, November 28, 2015

BOSTON — As Boston considers raising the legal age for purchasing cigarettes and other tobacco products in the city from 18 to 21, Massachusetts lawmakers are weighing the possibility of a making such a change on a statewide basis. Nearly 60 representatives and senators have signed on to a bill that would make it illegal to sell tobacco to people under 21, with penalties ranging from $100 up to $300 …

Garrett Swasey, officer killed in Colorado, was co-pastor, figure skater who grew up in Melrose

Saturday, November 28, 2015

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Faith led Garrett Swasey to a career in public service and pastoral care, and duty led him to a Planned Parenthood clinic where he was gunned down. The 44-year-old Swasey was the first of three victims to be identified in the shootings Friday at the clinic. Married with two …

Lucky Pilgrim is ancestor to millions

Thursday, November 26, 2015

BOSTON — John Howland may not be as famous as William Bradford, John Carver and Myles Standish, notable passengers on the Mayflower that landed in Massachusetts in 1620. Yet Howland, who boarded the ship as Carver’s servant, probably had a greater impact on the history of the United States than any of them. …

2 killed after their pickup hits a car, goes into river

Monday, November 9, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts State Police said two Rhode Island residents pulled from a pickup truck that plunged into the Charles River off Route 28 in Boston have died. Police responded about 6:40 p.m. Saturday and found the truck fully submerged in the water near Leverett Circle. The …

Police investigating 2 separate shootings in Springfield

Monday, November 9, 2015

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Police are searching for suspects in two separate shootings that left multiple unidentified victims wounded in western Massachusetts. Springfield Police Lt. Richard LaBelle tells The Republican (http://bit.ly/1MrjTsP ) that police believe the shootings aren’t related. The first incident occurred just after 2 a.m. Saturday in …

Police: high school football player was also heroin pusher

Monday, November 9, 2015

LAWRENCE (AP) — Police say a high school football star led a double life has a heroin dealer. The Eagle-Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1lckOn0) Luis Crispin sold heroin to undercover narcotics officers numerous times over the last two months after football practice. Police have issued a warrant accusing the 18-year-old …

Legally blind barber awarded $100k for wrongful termination

Monday, November 9, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — A legally blind barber was awarded $100,000 by a Massachusetts commission against discrimination after it says he was wrongly fired. The Boston Herald reported (http://bit.ly/1ME3w82) Saturday that Joel Nixon had been working for Tony’s Barber Shop in Norton for a year before his boss discovered …

Grad students’ union push gains steam as NLRB reconsiders rule

Thursday, November 5, 2015

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Efforts to unionize graduate students at private universities are gaining momentum as the National Labor Relations Board shows new openness to arguments that they are not just students, but also school employees. A union …

Supporters rally for Boston-area mosque tagged with ‘USA’ graffiti

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

BURLINGTON (AP) — Muslim leaders and clergy from other faiths rallied Thursday during a demonstration themed “We are Americans” to show support for a suburban Boston mosque spray-painted with “USA” graffiti. The morning rally at the Islamic Center of Burlington was meant to counter anti-Muslim sentiment. Supporters wrote …

Mass. voters decide mayoral, other contests

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

BOSTON — Polls closed in 53 cities and towns across Massachusetts on Tuesday with voters deciding several mayoral contests in an otherwise low-key Election Day in Massachusetts. One of the highlights of the day was the spirited race to succeed the late Democratic state Sen. Thomas Kennedy, who …

Teen with degree from UCLA postpones master’s study at Brandeis to help NASA develop surveillance technology

Monday, November 2, 2015

BOSTON — Moshe Kai Cavalin has two college degrees, but he’s too young to vote. He flies airplanes, but he’s too young to drive a car alone. Life is filled with contrasts for Cavalin, a 17-year-old from San …

Lessig ends presidential run

Monday, November 2, 2015

WASHINGTON — Harvard law professor Larry Lessig is ending his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination. Lessig blamed the demise of his nearly three-month campaign on the Democratic Party, which he says leaves him “just shut out” of the primary debates. He struggled to hit 1 percent in …

Others adopt Gloucester’s approach to addicts

Sunday, November 1, 2015

BOSTON — A police program in northern Massachusetts that helps fast-track heroin addicts into treatment is catching on in other states and showing signs of reducing crimes associated with addiction. Gloucester police say dozens of departments in nine …