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Mass. Lawmakers Move To Restore Budget Items Vetoed By Baker

July 30, 2015

Lawmakers moved Wednesday to restore nearly $100 million in spending vetoed from the state budget by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker, including funds for full-day kindergarten programs and for the University of Massachusetts system.

Mass. Lawmakers Back 2-Day Sales Tax ‘Holiday’

July 30, 2015

The House voted 136-20 to hold the sales tax holiday on the weekend of Aug. 15-16, followed by a Senate vote of 27-11 for the measure. The state has held a sales tax holiday in 10 of the last 11 years.

Porcello Hit Hard In Boston’s 9-2 Loss To The White Sox

July 30, 2015

Rick Porcello and the Boston Red Sox continued their headfirst slide into the American League East cellar Wednesday night.

Brady Fights On, Files Lawsuit To Stop Suspension

July 30, 2015
(Mark Lennihan/AP Photo)

One day after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell rejected Brady’s appeal, the quarterback posted a statement on Facebook with his firmest denial yet, writing: “I did nothing wrong.”

2017 Trial Set For 2 Men Accused In Plot To Kill Blogger

July 29, 2015

A 2017 trial date is scheduled for two men charged with conspiring to support the Islamic State group in a plot to kill a conservative blogger known for provoking Muslims.

Appeals Court Upholds Ex-FBI Agent’s Murder Conviction In Case Connected To Bulger

July 29, 2015
John Connolly, after his conviction in Miami in 2008 (AP)

The new decision concluded Connolly could be convicted of second-degree murder with a firearm.

Brockton’s Last Synagogue Being Sold, Leaving City

July 29, 2015

The number of member families at Temple Beth Emunah has dropped from about 350 families at its height in the 1970s and 1980s to about 150 families this year.

Son Of Boston Police Captian Pleads Not Guilty In Alleged Terror Plot

July 29, 2015
In this courtroom sketch, Alexander Ciccolo, second from right, is depicted with his attorney David Hoose, right, during a bail hearing Tuesday, July 14, 2015, in federal court in Springfield, Mass. (Jane Flavell Collins/AP)

Authorities say Alexander Ciccolo plotted to detonate pressure-cooker bombs at an unidentified university and was arrested July 4 after he received four guns he ordered from a government witness.

Brady Vows To Fight NFL Penalties, Kraft Says He Regrets Not Doing So

July 29, 2015
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft makes a statement condemning NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's action upholding New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's four game "Deflategate" suspension. (Stephan Savoia/AP)

Kraft said that the league’s claim that Brady trashed his cellphone was just the latest in a series of statements and leaks designed to impugn the integrity of Brady and the team.

Worcester Reaches Settlement With Black Man Who Says He Was Beaten By White Officer

July 29, 2015

The 45-year-old Massachusetts man says in a lawsuit he was beaten while handcuffed by a white police officer has reached an out-of-court settlement for $225,000. The officer, Michael Motyka, is facing criminal charges.

Boston Out As U.S. Candidate For 2024 Olympics

July 27, 2015

A person familiar with the decision says the U.S. Olympic Committee has severed ties with Boston.

Boston’s Bid To Host 2024 Olympics Is Over

July 27, 2015
Boston 2024 Chairman Steve Pagliuca, left, and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, right, speak to reporters in June at TD Garden. (Elise Amendola/AP)

The city and the U.S. Olympic Committee severed ties on Monday, ending an effort that was troubled nearly from the moment it started.

Thousands Ruled Ineligible For Mass. Medicaid

July 21, 2015

Tens of thousands of people have been removed from the state’s Medicaid program during the first phase of an eligibility review, according to figures from Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration obtained by The Associated Press.

Community Mourns, Officials Look For Answers In Tennessee Attack

July 17, 2015
Police officers enter the Armed Forces Career Center through a bullet-riddled door after a gunman opened fire on the building Thursday, July 16, 2015, in Chattanooga, Tennessee. (John Bazemore/AP)

Federal authorities are looking into the possibility that the shootings, which killed four Marines, were an act of terrorism.

Official: 4 Marines Killed, Along With Gunman

July 16, 2015
Police officers enter the Armed Forces Career Center through a bullet-riddled door after a gunman opened fire on the building Thursday, July 16, 2015, in Chattanooga, Tennessee. (John Bazemore/AP)

A U.S. official says a lone gunman is dead, after unleashing a barrage of gunfire at two military facilities in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

‘Game Of Thrones’ Earns A Leading 24 Emmy Award Nominations

July 16, 2015
Emilia Clarke, from "Game of Thrones," was nominated for an Emmy Award for outstanding supporting actress in a drama series. (HBO via AP)

The TV academy gave best actress nods to Taraji P. Henson for “Empire” and Viola Davis for “How to Get Away with Murder,” which sets up a possibility of a history-making win since an African-American actress has never won the top drama acting award.

Special Coverage: Obama Discusses Iran Deal

July 15, 2015
President Obama speaks during a press conference on the nuclear deal with Iran on July 15, 2015 in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

With skeptics voicing their thoughts on the nuclear deal, President Obama spoke about the historic agreement.

Greek Leader Says Possible Exit From Euro Is Gone

July 13, 2015
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras speaks with the media after a meeting of eurozone heads of state at the EU Council building in Brussels on Monday, July 13, 2015. A summit of eurozone leaders reached a tentative agreement with Greece on Monday for a bailout program that includes "serious reforms" and aid, removing an immediate threat that Greece could collapse financially and leave the euro. (Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP)

Early today, Greece reached a preliminary deal with European creditors for a new multibillion-dollar bailout.

NYC Celebrates Women’s World Cup Winners With Parade

July 10, 2015
Soccer players Carli Lloyd and Megan Rapinoe in the New York City Ticker Tape Parade for World Cup Champions U.S. Women's Soccer National Team on July 10, 2015 in New York City. (Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

Throngs of fans filled lower Manhattan Friday morning for a ticker-tape parade celebrating its Women’s World Cup victory.

Omar Sharif, Of ‘Doctor Zhivago,’ ‘Lawrence Of Arabia,’ Dies

July 10, 2015
Omar Sharif is pictured at the Doha Tribeca Film Festival in 2009. (Nicolas Genin/Wikimedia Commons)

The Egyptian-born actor soared to international stardom in two David Lean epics, “Lawrence of Arabia” and “Doctor Zhivago.”

Theater Shooting Defense Attorneys Wrapping Up Friday

July 10, 2015
Colorado movie theater shooter James Holmes sits in Arapahoe County District Court in Centennial, Colo., on June 4, 2013. (Andy Cross/The Denver Post via AP)

Jurors could start deliberating next week on the central question of whether James Holmes was legally sane during the mass shooting.

New Delay Complicates U.S. Ability To Implement Iran Nuke Deal

July 09, 2015
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets with foreign ministers of Germany, France, China, Britain, Russia and the European Union at a hotel in Vienna, Austria, Tuesday, July 7, 2015. Iran nuclear talks were in danger of busting through their second deadline in a week Tuesday, raising questions about the ability of world powers to cut off all Iranian pathways to a bomb through diplomacy, and testing the resolve of U.S. negotiators to walk away from the negotiation as they've threatened. (Carlos Barria/AP)

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is signaling diplomats won’t conclude an Iran nuclear agreement by early Friday morning.

Boston’s MFA Cancels ‘Kimono Wednesdays’ After Protests

July 08, 2015
Claude Monet's "La Japonaise" featuring his wife Camille Monet in a Japanese kimono. (Courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)

After protesters decried the event as racist, The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston will now stop encouraging visitors to don traditional Japanese garments and pose in front of Monet’s “La Japonaise.”

Gunther Schuller — Composer, Educator, Musician — Dies At 89

June 22, 2015
Gunther Schuller, who wrote and directed the opera "Visitation," is shown at the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center in New York City, June 28, 1967. (AP)

Gunther Schuller — a leading proponent of the Third Stream movement fusing classical music and jazz died Sunday morning. He is a former head of the New England Conservatory and a Pulitzer-Prize winning composer.

MassHealth Squandered More Than $500 Million, Audit Finds

June 16, 2015

The state Medicaid program squandered more than $500 million between 2009 and 2014 through unnecessary payments or missed savings opportunities in its managed care program, according to an audit released Tuesday.

‘Fun Home,’ ‘Curious Incident’ Big Winners At Tony Awards

June 08, 2015
Kristin Caskey, center, along with cast and crew accepts the award for best musical for “Fun Home”at the 69th annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday. (Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

The poignant and groundbreaking coming-of-age show “Fun Home” was named best musical at the Tony Awards.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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