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House Speaker Robert DeLeo asks Supreme Judicial Court to sort out tax dispute with Senate

Saturday, May 23, 2015

BOSTON — Amid legislative work on a budget, Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo is asking the state’s highest court to weigh in on a Senate-approved measure to freeze the state income tax rate at 5.15 percent while gradually increasing the earned income tax credit for low-income working families. DeLeo made the request Friday on behalf of the House, saying that “legal ambiguities” surround the tax measure and its inclusion in …

Foxwoods opens new shopping center

Thursday, May 21, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. — Foxwoods Resort Casino and a retail outlet opened a $129 million shopping center Thursday to throw some elbows in a crowded market, draw more visitors, make a play for younger gamblers and promote an enterprise that’s increasingly an entertainment destination rather than a gambling mecca. Felix Rappaport, president and CEO …

Boston expands gaming panel suit

Thursday, May 21, 2015

BOSTON — An amended lawsuit filed by the city of Boston is asking a judge to bar the current Massachusetts gaming regulators from any future action on the $1.7 billion casino proposed for neighboring Everett. Mayor Marty Walsh announced Thursday the city amended its complaint that challenges the Massachusetts Gaming Commission’s decision to award Wynn Resorts a casino license for the proposed casino. …

Woman charged with delivering crack from truck

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — With her four adult children watching, a Massachusetts woman has pleaded not guilty to running a crack cocaine delivery service from her pickup truck. Sixty-year-old Donna McLeod entered the plea Tuesday on the trafficking cocaine charge at her arraignment in Springfield District Court. She was …

Incoming UMass president vows to increase online learning

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

BOSTON — On the eve of a Wednesday visit to the flagship campus in Amherst, incoming University of Massachusetts President Marty Meehan vowed to expand online learning at the five-campus system. Meehan, the current chancellor of the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, said more than half of recent Lowell graduates …

Nanny freed as evidence reviewed in baby’s death

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

WOBURN — An Irish nanny charged with killing a 1-year-old Massachusetts girl in her care more than two years ago was released on bail Tuesday while authorities review medical evidence. A Middlesex Superior Court agreed to set bail …

Bomber’s lawyer tells of family dysfunction

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

BOSTON — Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s lawyers called a Russian historian and a psychiatrist to the stand Tuesday in a bid to save the Boston Marathon bomber from the death penalty by portraying him as the product of a dysfunctional …

Voters want circus to go on in Dalton

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

DALTON (AP) — The show will go on in Dalton. Town meeting voters in the Berkshire County town on Monday rejected a bylaw that would have ended the decades-long tradition of annual visits by the Kelly Miller Circus, or similar shows featuring exotic animals. The Berkshire Eagle reports …

Marathon bomber cries during aunt’s testimony

Monday, May 4, 2015

BOSTON — For the first time in court, Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev dropped his blank, impassive demeanor and cried as his sobbing aunt briefly took the stand Monday in his federal death penalty trial. Tsarnaev, 21, wiped …

Supreme Court rejects inmate’s sex change

Monday, May 4, 2015

BOSTON — A nearly two-decade legal fight by a convicted murderer in Massachusetts to get taxpayer-funded sex-reassignment surgery ended in failure Monday when the U.S. Supreme Court rejected her final appeal. The justices did not comment in letting stand a lower-court ruling denying the surgery to Michelle Kosilek. …

NE states eye crackdown on speeding

Monday, May 4, 2015

WINDSOR, Conn. — State police across New England on Monday launched the region’s first coordinated crackdown on speeding and failing to wear seat belts. Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced the “New England Drive to Save Lives” campaign …

Baker signs early retirement plan for state employees

Monday, May 4, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Republican Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday signed into law a bill offering incentives to thousands of state employees to take early retirement, cutting the state’s payroll by an estimated $172 million in the next fiscal year. Baker signed the bill hours after the House and …

Church ‘bells’ sow discord among locals

Monday, May 4, 2015

BURLINGTON, Vt. — The sound system next door is making it hard for Olga Lopatina to love thy neighbor: Christ the King church. Since last summer, the church has been broadcasting the sounds of bells and hymns to …