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Friday, December 19, 2014

Home confinement set for ex-pharmacy officials BOSTON — A federal judge has ordered home confinement for two men facing the most serious charges in a deadly nationwide meningitis outbreak blamed on a defunct Massachusetts compounding pharmacy. Magistrate Judge Jennifer Boal set bail and release conditions Friday for Barry Cadden and Glenn Chin while they await trial. Cadden is a co-founder of the New England Compounding Center; Chin was the Framingham company’s supervisory pharmacist. They have pleaded not guilty to 25 counts each of second-degree murder under federal racketeering law. More than 750 people were sickened by tainted drugs and 64 died. Boal ordered Cadden released … 0

Beacon Hill Roll Call, Week of Dec. 19

Friday, December 19, 2014

By BOB KATZEN There were no roll calls in the House or Senate last week. This week, with the end of the 2013-2014 session approaching, Beacon Hill Roll Call continues its series that takes a look at some of the bills approved by the Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Deval Patrick in the 2013-2014 session. APPROVE $1.4 BILLION FOR HOUSING (H … 0

Obama calls in to Massachusetts governor’s show

Thursday, December 18, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has fielded calls on hundreds of subjects during his monthly “Ask the Governor” radio show. But this call was one of a kind. “Uh, Governor, this is Barack Obama, formerly of Somerville,” the caller began Thursday. “I’ve got a few complaints about service in and around the … 0

Heroin deaths on the rise in Massachusetts

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

BOSTON — State health officials say they are at a loss to explain a significant surge in the number of suspected heroin and opioid overdose deaths in Massachusetts. State police say there have been 58 suspected OD deaths this month, the same number reported for all of November. … 0

Ex-officer charged with DUI 3 times in 11 hours

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — A former police officer who appeared in court Monday on a drunken-driving charge was arrested three more times over the next 11 hours. The Connecticut Post reported that ( ) 39-year-old John Biehn, of Southington, was charged twice Monday with drunken driving and accused of … 0

UMass president announces leave

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

BOSTON — The president of the five-campus University of Massachusetts system will leave to become chancellor of the University System of Maryland, the institutions announced Wednesday. Robert Caret will start his new position on July 1. He is … 0

14 charged in deadly 2012 meningitis outbreak

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

BOSTON — Mold and bacteria were in the air and on workers’ gloved fingertips. Pharmacists used expired ingredients, didn’t properly sterilize them and failed to test drugs for purity before sending them to hospitals and pain clinics. Employees … 0

Baker says heroin crisis is among early priorities

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

BOSTON — Tackling the scourge of heroin and opiate addiction will be an early priority after taking office, Gov.-elect Charlie Baker said Tuesday as state police reported dozens of suspected overdose deaths around the state in recent weeks. “It cuts across geography. It cuts across class. It cuts … 0

FBI warns of corruption in New England

Monday, December 15, 2014

BOSTON — The head of the FBI’s Boston office said Monday he’s concerned the expansion of casino gambling might lead to an increase in public corruption and financial and organized crime. Special Agent Vincent Lisi, whose office covers Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire and Rhode Island, said the industry’s … 0

Gun maker sued

Monday, December 15, 2014

HARTFORD, Conn. — The families of nine people killed in the Newtown school massacre filed a lawsuit against the maker and sellers of the Bushmaster AR-15 rifle used in the shooting, saying the gun should not have been … 0

Cosby briefly breaks silence

Sunday, December 14, 2014

LOS ANGELES — Bill Cosby broke his silence amid a flood of rape accusations in a very brief interview with The New York Post’s Page Six. Cosby, 77, has stayed silent in light of the more than two dozen women who have come forward to accuse him of … 1

The politics of pardons

Sunday, December 14, 2014

BOSTON — Actor Mark Wahlberg’s plea for a pardon has focused fresh attention on excusing criminal acts — something governors rarely do because it’s so politically risky. Massachusetts hasn’t approved a pardon in more than a decade. Republican … 0

’Layaway Angel’ pays customers’ bills at toy store

Friday, December 12, 2014

BELLINGHAM, Mass. — Shoppers at an eastern Massachusetts toy store are getting an early Christmas present: All their layaway bills totaling $20,000 have been paid off by an anonymous woman dubbed “layaway angel.” Employees at the Toys R Us in Bellingham, about 40 miles southwest of Boston, told … 0