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Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick faces reporters during a news conference at the Statehouse in Boston, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012. Patrick officially announced Thursday that four cabinet secretaries are to leave his administration next month and that appointee John Polanowicz is to replace Mass. Health and Human Services Secretary JudyAnn Bigby. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Gov. Patrick: Plan to shelter immigrant children misunderstood

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

BOSTON — Gov. Deval Patrick on Wednesday defended his offer to provide secure facilities to shelter unaccompanied children crossing the nation’s southern border, saying there remained considerable misunderstanding about the plan. Patrick’s comments to reporters came one day after a meeting in which several town officials and residents in Bourne raised strong objection to children being housed at the Camp … 0

Opponents petition against Vt. Gas pipeline

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. — About 40 protesters converged Tuesday outside Vermont Public Service Board offices to demand a halt to the natural gas pipeline expansion in western Vermont. Anti-pipeline activists staged a “fish-in” — complete with poles, a canoe and a petition with 500 signatures to protest what they allege was a bait-and-switch tactic by project developer Vermont Gas. The company this month increased … 0

Towns struggle with debate over immigrant services

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

LYNN — The national debate over an unprecedented wave of Central American young people entering the country illegally is more of a practical challenge in places like Lynn, a former industrial city outside Boston that’s thousands of miles from the U.S.-Mexico border. There, city officials complain newly arriving Guatemalan children are straining classroom … 0

Report: Mass. #1 state for kids in the country

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

BOSTON — Children in Massachusetts are better off than in any other state in the nation, according to a report released Tuesday. Massachusetts was ranked No. 1 in the overall well-being of children as measured in four categories, according to the 25th annual Kids Count report by the … 0

Dun-dun, ch-ching

Monday, July 21, 2014

CHATHAM — Great white sharks are having an unusual effect on Cape Cod this summer, and many a merchant is going to need a bigger wallet. The sharks being spotted in growing numbers are stirring curiosity and a … 0

Marathon bomber suspect’s friend convicted of impeding investigation

Monday, July 21, 2014

BOSTON — A college friend was convicted Monday of trying to protect Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev by agreeing with another friend to get rid of a backpack and disabled fireworks they took from his dorm room … 0

Rabid fox attacks reported in Newbury

Monday, July 21, 2014

NEWBURY — Newbury residents are being told to keep a close eye on their children and pets after two recent rabid fox attacks. Board of Health Director Deb Rogers says a 60-year-old resident was attacked by a fox that suddenly appeared from the woods on Saturday afternoon. That … 0

New Tobin Bridge toll system activated

Monday, July 21, 2014

BOSTON — There’s no need to stop to pay the toll on the Tobin Bridge. The bridge’s cashless, all-electronic tolling system was activated just after midnight Monday. The system is equipped to read E-ZPass transponders. Passenger vehicles with transponders will pay $2.50. For vehicles without a transponder, a … 0

Beacon Hill Roll Call, week of July 14-18

Monday, July 21, 2014

By BOB KATZEN Beacon Hill Roll Call records the votes of local representatives on three roll calls and local senators on six roll calls from the week of July 14-18. EXPAND BOSTON CONVENTION CENTER (H 4308) House 131-19, Senate 33-7, approved a $1 billion borrowing bill to fund … 0

‘It’s a pro-and-con thing’

Sunday, July 20, 2014

MASHPEE — In the centuries since its ancestors greeted the Pilgrims in 1620, the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe has struggled to overcome financial hardship, recover lost land and even reclaim its nearly forgotten language. The tribe’s chief, 92-year-old Vernon “Silent Drum” Lopez, said he is awed by how far … 0

Nearly 6,000 attend Jehovah’s Witnesses convention

Sunday, July 20, 2014

AMHERST — Nearly 6,000 people have gathered at the University of Massachusetts campus for the annual convention of Jehovah’s witnesses. The Daily Hampshire Gazette reports that members of Jehovah’s Witnesses congregations from across the Northeast came to Amherst this weekend. They participated in a three-day program that included … 0

Westover base among Patrick’s proposed sites for immigrant children

Friday, July 18, 2014

BOSTON — Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee is one of two possible locations in the state proposed by Gov. Deval Patrick on Friday to temporarily shelter unaccompanied children crossing the nation’s southern border. Westover and the Camp Edwards military base on Cape Cod will be reviewed by … 0

State senate gun law overhaul removes provision allowing police chief discretion

Friday, July 18, 2014

BOSTON — The Massachusetts Senate approved a sweeping overhaul of the state’s gun laws Thursday, but not before stripping out a key provision that would have given local police chiefs more discretion over issuing firearms identification cards needed to buy rifles or shotguns. The Senate bill had initially … 1