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2 Students Indicted Over Wesleyan Overdoses That Sent 11 To Hospitals

May 22, 2015
Zachary Kramer, left, and Eric Lonergan during their February arraignments. The two were indicted Friday on federal charges alleging they distributed party drugs at Wesleyan University that sent 11 people to hospitals. (Patrick Raycraft/Hartford Courant/AP)

Zachary Kramer, 21, and Eric Lonergan, 22, are charged with distributing controlled substances.

New UMass President Meehan Receives Yearly Perks In Contract

May 22, 2015
Incoming UMass President Marty Meehan (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Marty Meehan will be paid $525,000 in the first year of a five-year contract that could be bumped to more than $750,000 with perks.

Mass. Senate Passes $38 Billion State Budget

May 22, 2015
The Massachusetts State House is seen on April 30, 2015. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Senate President Stan Rosenberg says the budget includes investments to “lift all working families.”

Slumping Red Sox Fall To Rangers, Rodriguez 3-1

May 22, 2015
Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts tries unsuccessfully to make a play on a single by Texas Rangers' Adam Rosales in the eighth inning of a game at Fenway, Thursday, May 21, 2015. (Charles Krupa/AP)

The Red Sox fell to the Rangers 3-1 last night at Fenway. The Sox face the Angels tonight for a 3-game series.

Aaron Hernandez Pleads Not Guilty To Witness Intimidation

May 21, 2015
Sporting a new neck tattoo, Aaron Hernandez sits at the defense table during his arraignment in Suffolk Superior Court Thursday (Stephan Savoia/AP/Pool)

Prosecutors say Aaron Hernandez tried to silence a witness in a double murder case by shooting the man in the face.

Boston Man Held On $250,000 Bail In Death Of Teen Cyclist

May 21, 2015

Not guilty pleas were entered on behalf of 27-year-old Gregory McCoy on Wednesday to charges including motor vehicle homicide.

Klein Wins 1st Major League Start, Rangers Top Red Sox

May 21, 2015
Texas Rangers' Leonys Martin slides into third base as Boston Red Sox third baseman Brock Holt attempts a tag during the seventh inning at Fenway Park on Wednesday, May 20, 2015. (Elise Amendola/Associated Press)

The Red Sox lost 2-1 to the Rangers in a pitchers duel last night at Fenway. They wrap up their series tonight.

Bruins Elevate Don Sweeney To General Manager

May 20, 2015
Don Sweeney speaks in Boston Wednesday after being elevated to general manager for the Bruins, taking over for his former boss, Peter Chiarelli, who was fired in April after the team missed the playoffs for the first time in eight years. (Bill Sikes/AP)

Sweeney has spent the past six seasons as the assistant general manager and takes over for his former boss, Peter Chiarelli.

Judge Denies Request To Join Trials In UMass Rape Case

May 20, 2015

A judge has ruled that the three remaining defendants charged with raping a University of Massachusetts student in 2012 will be tried separately.

Young Man Riding Bicycle Killed In Dorchester

May 20, 2015

Boston police say a young man riding a bicycle was killed when he was struck by one or both of the vehicles involved in a collision.

Boston Marathon Bomber Sentenced To Death

May 15, 2015
In this courtroom sketch, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, center, is depicted between defense attorneys Miriam Conrad, left, and Judy Clarke, right, during his federal death penalty trial. (Jane Flavell Collins/AP)

A jury has sentenced Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death for his role in the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013.

B.B. King, ‘King Of The Blues,’ Dead At Age 89

May 15, 2015
Blues Legend B.B. King performs his 10,000th concert at B.B. KIng Blues Club & Grill in Times Square on April 18, 2006 in New York City. (Astrid Stawiarz/AFP/Getty Images)

B.B. King, whose scorching guitar licks and heartfelt vocals made him the idol of generations of musicians and fans while earning him the nickname King of the Blues, died late Thursday at home in Las Vegas. He was 89. His attorney, Brent Bryson, told The Associated Press that King died peacefully in his sleep at […]

North Korea Executes Defense Chief, Says South Korea’s Spy Agency

May 13, 2015
A man watches a TV news program reporting that People's Armed Forces Minister Hyon Yong Chol was killed by anti-aircraft gunfire, at Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, May 13, 2015. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un executed his defense chief for sleeping during a meeting and talking back to the young leader, South Korea's spy agency told lawmakers Wednesday, citing what it called credible information. The part of letters on the bottom "Pyongyang, executed by anti-aircraft gunfire." (Lee Jin-man/AP)

The spy agency says North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had his defense chief executed for talking back to him and sleeping during a meeting.

7 Dead, Dozens Injured In Amtrak Wreck In Philadelphia

May 13, 2015
Emergency personnel work the scene of a train wreck, Tuesday, May 12, 2015, in Philadelphia. An Amtrak train headed to New York City derailed and crashed in Philadelphia. (Joseph Kaczmarek/AP)

The mayor says the train equivalent of a black box has been recovered from the wreckage of the derailment and crash.

Feds Seek Massachusetts Health Exchange Records

May 07, 2015

Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration confirmed Thursday in a statement that it received a subpoena regarding the health connector’s difficulties dating to 2010 and says it’s fully cooperating with the Justice Department.

Prosecutor Charges 6 Baltimore Officers In Gray’s Death

May 01, 2015
Baltimore's top prosecutor Marilyn J. Mosby announces that criminal charges will be filed against Baltimore police officers in the death of Freddie Gray on May 1, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. Gray died in police custody after being arrested on April 12, 2015. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Baltimore’s top prosecutor says the death of Freddie Gray, from an unexplained spinal injury, “was a homicide.”

6 Officers Charged In Connection With Freddie Gray’s Death

May 01, 2015
On May 1, 2015, Marilyn Mosby, Baltimore state's attorney, announces criminal charges against six officers suspended after Freddie Gray suffered a fatal spinal injury in police custody. (Alex Brandon/AP)

At some point while he was in Baltimore police custody, Gray suffered a mysterious spinal injury and died a week later.

Loretta Lynch Sworn In As New U.S. Attorney General

April 27, 2015
Vice President Joe Biden applauds as Loretta Lynch speaks at the Justice Department in Washington, Monday, April 27, 2015, after Biden administered the oath of office to Lynch as the 83rd Attorney General of the U.S. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Loretta Lynch was sworn in Monday as the 83rd U.S. attorney general, becoming the first African-American woman to serve in that role.

Geologists Link Oklahoma Earthquakes To Fracking Waste Disposal

April 22, 2015
Chad Devereaux examines bricks that fell from three sides of his in-laws home in Sparks, Okla., Nov, 6, 2011, following two earthquakes that hit the area in less than 24 hours. (Sue Ogrocki/AP)

The “primary suspected source” of the temblors is the injection in disposal wells of wastewater produced as a byproduct of fracking.

Wu-Tang Clan’s GZA To Host Physics Lecture At MIT

April 22, 2015
Gary Grice, aka GZA, of Wu-Tang Clan performs at the second weekend of the 2013 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, Calif. (John Shearer/AP)

Gary Grice, who goes by the stage name “GZA,” will speak with students at the Cambridge university about his latest album and how art and outer space collide.

After 20 Hours, Mobility-Impaired Man Finishes Boston Marathon At 5 AM

April 21, 2015
Maickel Melamed, of Venezuela, speaks during a ceremony to honor him as the last participant to finish this year's Boston Marathon. (Bill Sikes/AP)

Maickel Melamed, 39, of Venezuela, was honored by Boston Mayor Marty Walsh.

Baltimore Mayor Seeks Answers In Freddie Gray’s Death

April 20, 2015
Demonstrators protest the death of Freddie Gray outside Baltimore City Hall on Monday, April 20, 2015. Gray died Sunday, a week after he was rushed to the hospital with spinal injuries following an encounter with four Baltimore police officers. (David Dishneau/AP)

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is promising accountability and transparency, after a man died following an encounter with police.

Migrant Death Toll Continues To Rise In Mediterranean

April 20, 2015
Migrants arrive in the port of Messina after a rescue operation at sea on April 18, 2015 in Sicily. A surge of migrants pouring into Europe from across the Mediterranean won't end before chaos in Libya is controlled, Italy's prime minister said yesterday, as the Vatican condemned a deadly clash between Muslim and Christian refugees on one boat. Italian authorities have rescued more than 11,000 migrants making the often deadly voyage from North Africa in the past six days, with hundreds more expected, the coastguard said. (Giovanni Isolino/AFP/Getty Images)

Hundreds are believed to have drowned off Libya, and more search and rescue operations are underway.

Massachusetts Court Upholds $63M Judgment In Motrin Lawsuit

April 17, 2015

The highest court in Massachusetts has upheld a $63 million judgment against the manufacturer of Children’s Motrin awarded to a family whose daughter developed a life-threatening disease after taking the over-the-counter medicine.

Clark Art Institute Collects On Its Super Bowl Bet With Seattle Museum

April 17, 2015
“Puget Sound on the Pacific Coast” (1970) by Albert Bierstadt.

Albert Bierstadt’s 1870 painting, “Puget Sound on the Pacific Coast,” is being unveiled Friday at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown. The bet won Clark a three-month loan of the piece from the Seattle Art Museum.

Mass. VA Clinic, Hospital Wait Times Vary Widely

April 09, 2015

During a six-month period that ended in February, nearly 9,000 medical appointments at VA facilities in Massachusetts failed to meet the department’s goal of completing medical appointments within 30 days.

Bill Would Toughen Oversight Of Planned Hospital Mergers

April 07, 2015

Attorney General Maura Healey is pushing legislation designed to give her office stronger oversight of hospital mergers.

State Doctors’ Group To Meet On Addiction Crisis

April 05, 2015

The Massachusetts Medical Society, representing more than 24,000 physicians, will devote its annual Public Health Leadership forum to the opioid epidemic.

217 Suspected Massachusetts Heroin Overdose Deaths This Year

April 01, 2015

The figure that doesn’t even include the state’s three largest cities — Boston, Worcester and Springfield.

Mark Wahlberg To Produce Boston Marathon Bombing Movie

April 01, 2015
A woman pauses near the barricades blocking off Boylston Street in the days after the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. (Matt Rourke/AP)

CBS Films says “Patriot’s Day” will be based on Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis’ firsthand account of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings.

AG Healey Seeks Ban On Sale Of E-Cigarettes To Minors

March 17, 2015

The regulations would treat e-cigarettes like other tobacco products including cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco.

Gov. Baker Forces Resignation Of 4 Health Connector Board Members

February 25, 2015

The move helps Baker consolidate his authority over the agency responsible for helping Massachusetts residents find affordable health care plans.

Health Connector Adding Hours, Staff Ahead Of Deadline

February 19, 2015

Monday is the deadline to complete an application, pick a plan and pay the first month’s premium for new coverage starting March 1.

Hasty Pudding Winner Chris Pratt Roasted At Harvard

February 07, 2015
Hasty Pudding Theatricals member fit Chris Pratt with a bra adorned with stuffed animals during a roast at Harvard University. (Charles Krupa/AP)

Chris Pratt was teased about his early acting roles while being roasted Friday night at Harvard University, where he received the Hasty Pudding Man of the Year award by America’s oldest undergraduate drama troupe.

Second Harper Lee Novel To Be Published In July

February 03, 2015
Harper Lee

“To Kill a Mockingbird” will not be Harper Lee’s only published book after all. “Go Set a Watchman,” a novel the Pulitzer Prize-winning author completed in the 1950s and put aside, will be released July 14.

Partial List Of Winners For The Golden Globe Awards

January 12, 2015
Amy Adams poses in the press room with the award for best actress in a motion picture. (Jordan Strauss/AP)

A partial list of winners of the 72nd annual Golden Globe Awards, announced Sunday in Beverly Hills, California, by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

Thousands Of Drug Convictions At Stake In Massachusetts High Court Case

January 08, 2015

The case before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court involves Annie Dookhan, a drug lab chemist who was sentenced in 2013 to at least three years in prison after admitting she faked test results.

Gov.-Elect Baker Conducts The Boston Pops

December 11, 2014
Guest conductor, Mass. Governor-elect Charlie Baker, takes a bow after conducting the Boston Pops Orchestra in "Sleigh Ride" during the 31st annual "A Company Christmas at Pops" at Symphony Hall in Boston, Wednesday. (Elise Amendola/AP)

Baker made a special stage appearance with the Boston Pops at Symphony Hall Wednesday night, conducting the holiday classic “Sleigh Bells.” The performance was part of the 31st annual “A Company Christmas at Pops.”

MFA Workers Install New Goya Exhibit

September 25, 2014
The Parasol by Francisco Goya y Lucientes (Spanish, 1746–1828). (Courtesy MFA, Museo Nacional del Prado. Madrid)

Workers at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts are busy installing more than 160 works by Spanish artist Francisco Goya for an exhibit scheduled to open next month.

Complete List Of Emmy Winners

August 26, 2014
Steven Levitan, center, and the producers and cast of “Modern Family” accept the award for outstanding comedy series. (Vince Bucci/Invision/AP)

The list of winners at Monday’s 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards presented by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

‘Breaking Bad’ And ‘Modern Family’ Take Top Emmys

August 26, 2014
Bryan Cranston accepts the award for outstanding lead actor in a drama series for his work in “Breaking Bad." (Vince Bucci/Invision/AP)

“Modern Family” and “Breaking Bad” triumphed at Monday’s Emmy Awards, proving that established broadcast and cable fare retains the power to fend off challenges from upstart online series such as “Orange Is the New Black.”

Mass. Fires Chemist Over Academic Credentials

November 26, 2013

State officials say Kate Corbett, who worked in the same lab as Annie Dookhan, claimed she had a chemistry degree from Merrimack College, though investigators determined that her degree is in sociology.

Judge: 5 Years Max For Dookhan If She Pleads

October 23, 2013

A judge says she won’t impose a sentence of more than three to five years in prison if former state chemist Annie Dookhan pleads guilty in the drug lab crisis.

Prosecutors: Dookhan Should Get 5-7 Years In Prison

October 17, 2013
Ex-state chemist Annie Dookhan at her arraignment Wednesday. (Joe Spurr/WBUR)

Annie Dookhan’s lawyer, meanwhile, will recommend a one-year prison sentence.

Released Mass. Inmate: ‘I Love’ Accused Chemist

September 18, 2013

Quincy’s Jamell Spurill expressed his gratitude after he was rearrested for having a stolen handgun.

Man Gets Lesser Sentence Due To Drug Lab Scandal

August 27, 2013

A convicted drug dealer in New Hampshire, who would have faced nearly 20 years in prison as a career offender, was sentenced to only three years.

Review: Thousands More Cases Linked To Drug Lab Crisis

August 20, 2013

More than 40,000 defendants may have been affected by Annie Dookhan’s mishandling of drug samples, a reviewer found.

Ex-Chemist Dookhan Wants Statements To Police Tossed

August 19, 2013

In the statements, Annie Dookhan allegedly admitted wrongdoing. Her attorney filed a motion claiming she never got a Miranda warning.

Dookhan Gets Trial Date: Jan. 6, 2014

August 16, 2013

The former state chemist sent ripples through Massachusetts’ criminal justice system after allegedly tampering with evidence in drug cases.

Chemist Wants More Obstruction Charges Thrown Out

May 31, 2013

Annie Dookhan is challenging charges connected to claims she made in court that she had a master’s degree.

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