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Ex-drug lab chemist may have tainted thousands of cases

Friday, July 3, 2015

BOSTON — A former chemist at a Massachusetts drug lab convicted of stealing drugs to feed her addictions may have tainted as many as 10,000 criminal prosecutions, not just a few dozen as first thought, according to newly released court documents. Now, defense lawyers are calling for an independent review of the cases, according to The Boston Globe. Sonja Farak was addicted to cocaine, methamphetamine, and amphetamines, but between 2004 … 0

State and region briefs

Friday, July 3, 2015

Bomber’s friend drops appeal BOSTON — A friend of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has dropped an appeal of his conviction for obstructing the investigation into the bombing. In court documents filed by his lawyer Thursday, Azamat Tazhayakov says he “knowingly and voluntarily” elects to withdraw his appeal. Tazhayakov was sentenced to 3½ … 0

Lottery vs. casinos

Thursday, July 2, 2015

BOSTON — Call it a clash of the state’s gambling titans. The middle-aged Massachusetts State Lottery is nervously looking over its shoulder to see if the state’s newborn casino industry will drain away some of the hundreds of millions it generates in profits each year for local cities and towns. While the lottery … 0

UMass takes new steps to comply with Iranian sanctions

Thursday, July 2, 2015

BOSTON — The state’s flagship public university confirmed that it won’t ban Iranian nationals from certain graduate programs as it initially said it would do this year but instead will unroll several new measures to comply with U.S. sanctions against Iran. The University of Massachusetts at Amherst had … 0

Massachusetts Lottery on track to set sales record for year

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

BOSTON — The Massachusetts Lottery is on track to set a record, with sales closing in on $5 billion for the 2015 fiscal year that ends Tuesday. Officials said the final sales figure for the year will likely be just shy of that figure. As of Saturday, the … 0

USOC leaders stay course, stick with Boston’s troubled bid

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — U.S. Olympic Committee leaders say they’re sticking with Boston as their candidate for the 2024 Olympics. The USOC board met Tuesday to discuss the Boston bid, which has been troubled by tepid polling data … 0

Boston 2024 Olympics organizers update $4.6B bid

Monday, June 29, 2015

BOSTON — The group trying to bring the 2024 Olympics to Boston released the most detailed look yet at its bid for the Summer Games on Monday, unveiling a $4.6 billion plan it says would create thousands of … 0

Court’s power plant ruling panned in NE

Monday, June 29, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. — A U.S. Supreme Court decision against a federal crackdown on emissions from coal-fired power plants got bad reviews Monday in New England, where westerly winds sweep in pollution from many out-of-state plants. But several government … 0

Designer of Vt. Yankee nuke waste containers touts their toughness

Monday, June 29, 2015

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — The president of the company that designs and sells the giant concrete and steel casks that will store Vermont Yankee’s waste for the foreseeable future told a Vermont panel Thursday night his invention will last for 300 years. Kris Singh, president and chief executive officer … 0

Reduction seen in heroin, opiate deaths

Monday, June 29, 2015

DANVERS — There are “early indications” that deaths associated with heroin and opiate abuse are beginning to go down in Massachusetts, State Police Superintendent Tim Alben said during a press conference in Danvers to announce a major drug trafficking bust. Alben attributed the movement since December to various … 0

Americans strongly support home Olympics

Sunday, June 28, 2015

While Bostonians are hesitant to host the Olympics, Americans across the country overwhelmingly support the idea of the games on home turf, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll. The support decreases when people are asked if they … 0

Groups push to bolster solar panel program

Sunday, June 28, 2015

BOSTON — The increasing popularity of solar panels is prompting environmental groups to call for lifting what they describe as arbitrary limits on a key program designed to encourage renewable energy use in Massachusetts. So-called “net-metering” allows homeowners, … 0

Whitey Bulger writes teens: ‘My life was wasted’

Sunday, June 28, 2015

BOSTON — Former Boston crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger had some advice for three high school girls who wrote to him for a history project: Crime doesn’t pay. The 85-year-old sent the handwritten letter, dated Feb. 24, from … 0