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Mass. Woman Charged With Kidnapping Toddler Will Undergo An Evaluation

November 23, 2015
Abigail Hanna stands during her arraignment Monday at Newburyport District Court. (Dina Rudick/The Boston Globe/Pool)

The psychologist testified Monday that Abigail Hanna, 21, of Topsfield, has also expressed suicidal thoughts.

Ex-Babysitter Charged In Kidnapping Of Hamilton Toddler

November 21, 2015

Hamilton Police Chief Russell M. Stevens said the kidnapping was not random and there is no “wider threat to the safety of local children and families.”

2 Massachusetts Reps. Back GOP Bill To Curb Syrian Refugee Resettlement

November 19, 2015

Reps. William Keating and Stephen Lynch joined 45 other Democrats and all but two Republicans as the House passed a bill establishing fresh hurdles for Syrian and Iraqi refugees trying to enter the U.S.

Portraits Of Black Faculty Members Defaced At Harvard Law

November 19, 2015

About six portraits were discovered with tape on their glass frames.

James Foley’s Family Finds ‘Very Small Solace’ In Possible Death Of ‘Jihadi John’

November 13, 2015
This November 2012 photo shows New Hampshire journalist James Foley covering the civil war in Aleppo, Syria. (freejamesfoley.org/Nicole Tung/AP File)

“If only so much effort had been given to finding and rescuing Jim and the other hostages … they might be alive today,” John and Diane Foley said in a statement.

Boston Mayor Bans Replica Handguns In Public Spaces

November 08, 2015
Confiscated toy or replica guns are shown at the press conference in Boston in July. (Hadley Green for WBUR)

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh says the ordinance is aimed at increasing public safety by allowing police to confiscate replica firearms and requiring the owner to retrieve them at local police stations.

DA: Woman’s Body Found Bound And Burned Near Train Tracks In Bridgewater

November 04, 2015

Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy Cruz said Wednesday that the remains were found just before midnight on Tuesday.

Danvers Teen Accused Of Murdering Teacher Ruled Competent To Stand Trial

November 04, 2015
A judge has ruled Philip Chism, right, is competent to stand trial. The 16-year-old, seen here with one of his attorneys in June 2015, is charged with the sexual assault and murder of 24-year-old Colleen Ritzer. (Ken Yuszkus/The Eagle Tribune via AP, Pool)

After reviewing the findings of a mental health evaluation, Judge David Lowy ruled that the trial of 16-year-old Philip Chism, who’s accused of sexually assaulting and murdering his teacher, can move forward.

Lawmakers To Hold Hearing On Physician-Assisted Suicide Bill

October 27, 2015

The bill would require a terminally ill patient be assessed by two doctors and a counselor before being prescribed life-ending medication.

Local Fishermen Concerned With Picking Up The Cost Of Monitoring As Federal Funding Runs Out

October 22, 2015

As federal money runs out, New England fishermen will have to pick up the cost of fishing monitors. However, fishermen are hoping they could implement more cost-efficient methods.

State Replacing Defective Nuts Found In Big Dig Tunnels

October 22, 2015
Inspectors have found hundreds of nuts holding up light fixtures inside the Big Dig tunnels are defective, but there is no present safety issue. (Gene J. Puskar/AP)

Inspectors then discovered that hundreds of nuts inside the Big Dig tunnels — which are each part of a system holding up lighting fixtures weighing about 100 pounds apiece — had cracks.

Want To Learn To Make Others Laugh? Emerson To Offer First-Ever Comedy Major

June 17, 2015
Comedian Jay Leno, an alum of Emerson College, performs at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles in May. The college will soon offer a four-year degree in comedic arts. (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Starting in September 2016, Emerson will be the first college to offer a four-year bachelor of fine arts in comedic arts degree.

Police: Missing Boston Library Artwork May Be Inside Job

May 21, 2015
Albrecht Dürer’s “The Fall of Man (Adam and Eve)” and Rembrandt’s “Self Portrait with Plumed Cap and Lowered Sabre” (via Wikimedia Commons)

A top employee of the Boston Public Library has been placed on leave as police with the assistance of the FBI continue to investigate the disappearance of two pieces of artwork worth more than half a million dollars.

Gardner Museum Offers New $100,000 Reward For Item Stolen During Infamous Heist

May 12, 2015
The Napoleonic finial (Courtesy Gardner Museum)

The museum said it hopes the reward will help it recover the Napoleonic finial — one of the least recognizable of 13 works stolen during the infamous 1990 heist.

New Public Art Takes Shape High Above The Rose Kennedy Greenway

May 03, 2015
Artist Janet Echelman’s aerial sculpture hangs over The Greenway in downtown Boston. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

If you’re near the Rose F. Kennedy Greenway, be sure to look up. A new, high-flying piece of public art was installed Sunday.

More Than 1,700 Reports Of Drug-Exposed Newborns Seen In Mass. Last Year

March 19, 2015

The state started tracking drug-exposed babies last March.

Iconic Norman Rockwell Painting Donated To Museum

February 17, 2015
(Courtesy of Norman Rockwell Museum)

“Boy and Girl Gazing at Moon (Puppy Love)” was given last week to the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.

More Mass. Health Plans To Cover Methadone

February 06, 2015

It’s an effort to address the surge in opioid addiction.

Nearly 50,000 Sign Up And Pay For Health Coverage

December 29, 2014

As of Sunday night, Health Connector officials said about 50,000 residents had taken the steps needed to guarantee they have coverage on Jan. 1.

Teen Birth Rate In Mass. At Historic Low

December 12, 2014
A screenshot from the state department of health's 2013 Massachusetts Birth report, which details the trends in the number of births by mother's age -- either over 30-years-old or under -- from 1980-2013. (Courtesy Mass. DPH)

The birth rate of teens ages 15-19 fell 14 percent last year, from 14 births per 1,000 women in 2012 to 12 births per 1,000 women in 2013.

New Health Connector Website Launches

November 15, 2014

The new Health Connector website for Massachusetts launched successfully just before 8 a.m. Saturday and was working as designed upon launch.

Bob Dylan’s ‘Basement Tapes’ And The Birth Of Rock ‘N’ Roll Americana

November 13, 2014
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The release of the “The Complete Basement Tapes,” a six-CD set, shows why Bob Dylan’s unofficial 1967 recordings were such an important chapter in his career and in the history of rock music.

Peter Mac Channels Judy Garland In Salem; Endora Also Casts A Spell

October 14, 2014

Peter Mac has been playing Judy Garland for 12 years. Now he’s at Opus Underground in Salem.

Coakley Submits Amended Partners Agreement Capping Hallmark Prices

September 25, 2014

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley has submitted an amended agreement Thursday with Partners HealthCare over its proposed acquisition of Hallmark Health System.

Gardner Receives $1.9M From Sale Of Rockwell Painting

May 21, 2014
"Willie Gillis in Convoy" by Norman Rockwell (Sotheby's)

Gardner Mayor Mark Hawke says he hopes the money can be used to benefit the city schools.

Robert Pinsky And Vijay Iyer Get In Rhythm Together

March 12, 2014
Vijay Iyer (Jimmy Katz)

Jazz artist Vijay Iyer and poet Robert Pinsky combine for POEMJAZZ at Sanders Theatre Friday night.

Neil Patrick Harris Earns Hasty Pudding Award

January 23, 2014
Zach Cordner

Emmy Award-winning actor Neil Patrick Harris has been named the man of the year by Hasty Pudding Theatricals.

At Hearing, Dookhan Asks For Leniency

October 18, 2013

In seeking a one-year sentence if Annie Dookhan changes her plea, her lawyer said her life “has been destroyed” by the charges.

Sentence Reduction For Drug Dealer, As Lab Crisis Spills Into Federal Court

September 17, 2013

Adam Davila received a four-year reduction in his federal prison sentence because of Annie Dookhan’s involvement in one of his state convictions.

ACLU Asks Mass. High Court To Rule On Drug Lab Cases

March 06, 2013

The ACLU’s legal director says too many people are in jail awaiting motions for new trials amid the scandal.

Mass. GOP Lawmakers Call For Health Secretary’s Resignation

November 29, 2012

The call for JudyAnn Bigby’s resignation follows the state drug lab scandal and the meningitis outbreak.

Mass. Inspector General Asked To Head Probe Of Drug Lab

November 05, 2012

Gov. Deval Patrick has asked state Inspector General Glenn Cunha to take over the review of the former state drug lab at the center of a testing scandal.

Mass. Lawyers Call For Outside Probe Of Drug Lab

October 24, 2012

Groups want an independent investigator to oversee the probe of the state drug lab scandal.

Boston Residents To Discuss Lab Scandal Fallout

October 20, 2012

Civil rights activists, criminal justice advocates and attorneys will discuss the local impact of the state drug lab scandal at a town hall meeting in Roxbury on Saturday afternoon.

In Drug Lab Wake, Menino Launches Emergency Inmate Reentry Program

October 11, 2012

The program is an attempt to minimize the potentially disruptive effects on communities.

Dookhan’s Lab Coworker Testifies At Drug Trial

October 11, 2012

A former coworker of a chemist charged in Massachusetts drug lab scandal has testified the chemist appeared to have unfettered access to the lab.

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