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LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — The lawyer for a former Massachusetts high school swim coach charged with giving prescription medications to a student on the team is asking a judge to dismiss evidence in the case. The Eagle-Tribune reports that Elizabeth Backler’s attorney says police did not get a...
SOUTHBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — The Massachusetts Board of Education has voted to back a state takeover of the Southbridge Public Schools. The board voted Tuesday to authorize state education commissioner Mitchell Chester to appoint a receiver to oversee the schools in the town of about 17,000...
SALEM, Mass. (AP) — The lawyer for a man charged with killing a popular Ipswich restaurant owner during a robbery attempt says although his client was present, he did not participate in the slaying. Cheng Sun faces a murder charge in the September 2011 death of 62-year-old Shui Keung “Tony” Woo...
BOSTON (AP) — A Fall River man charged with recording a city police officer has been awarded more than $70,000 in a settlement. An attorney for George Thompson said Tuesday that Fall River paid him $72,500. Thompson was arrested in January 2014 by police Officer Thomas Barboza after Thompson...
BOSTON (AP) — Two city councilors in Boston are calling for a public hearing regarding the decision by Northeastern University to provide 20 of its officers with “tactical rifles.” The Boston Globe reports councilors Josh Zakim and Tito Jackson penned a letter to President Joseph Aoun stating...
BOSTON (AP) — The Museum of Fine Arts has acquired a rare early painting by renowned Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. The Boston Globe reports that the portrait, known as “Dos Mujeres (Salvadora y Herminia),” is the only work by Kahlo to enter the permanent collection of a New England museum. MFA...
BOSTON (AP) — A new report says a perk for MBTA workers that allows them to count unused sick days to pad their pensions will cost taxpayers $72 million. The conservative-leaning Pioneer Institute report cited by the Boston Herald says Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority employees banked...
AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — Amherst College trustees have voted to stop using Lord Jeff as the school’s unofficial mascot because of its negative historical connotations. The mascot is named for 18th-century British Gen. Jeffery Amherst, known for suggesting a plan to deliver smallpox-infected...
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Police have released the identity of a 71-year-old man who was shot and killed in Springfield’s North End, the city’s first homicide of the year. Officers were dispatched to Brookline Avenue around 5:45 p.m. Monday for reports of a shooting. Police found Juan Zayas on...
BOSTON (AP) — Luxury condominiums in one of Boston’s hottest neighborhoods that have never been lived in are being bought for millions of dollars then quickly resold at a huge profit. The Boston Globe, citing registry of deeds records, says the condos are in the 118-unit 22 Liberty building on...

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