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In this July 2, 2014 photo, a bin is filled with plastic toy sharks in a souvenir shop in Chatham, Mass. With growing sightings of great white sharks off Cape Cod, local entrepreneurs are feeding the frenzy with their shark-themed memorabilia and apparel. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

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 buying frenzy for shark-related merchandise. Shark T-shirts are everywhere, “Jaws” has been playing in local movie theaters and boats are taking more … 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 three days after the attack. Azamat Tazhayakov, a baby-faced 20-year-old, put his hands over his … 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 fox was caught and euthanized. Several days prior, a woman in the same area was … 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

Boston’s Beacon Hill to get handicapped ramps

Friday, July 18, 2014

BOSTON — Boston’s historic Beacon Hill neighborhood is getting sidewalk ramps for the disabled over the objections of some residents who say it will destroy the area’s character. Mayor Martin Walsh and other city officials told about 125 residents at a meeting Thursday that the first 13 of … 0

New buffer zone law heads to House

Thursday, July 17, 2014

BOSTON — With Senate approval of a bill designed to tighten security around abortion clinics now done, the measure moves on to the House, where Rep. Denise Andrews, D-Orange, also testified Wednesday before the Joint Committee on the Judiciary. The proposal, given a Senate hearing Wednesday before being … 0

Spouses eligible for MassHealth home care pay under senate bill

Thursday, July 17, 2014

BOSTON — Spouses could become personal care attendants for their husband or wife and receive compensation through MassHealth for the care they provide under a bill that passed the Senate Tuesday. In Massachusetts, most family members, except for spouses or dependent children, are eligible for reimbursement through MassHealth, … 0

Mass. asked to shelter kids who have come across border alone

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

BOSTON — Gov. Deval Patrick said Wednesday he’s weighing a request from President Barack Obama’s administration about whether Massachusetts can shelter some of the unaccompanied children crossing the nation’s southern border illegally. Patrick said the request came during the past week. The governor said if Massachusetts agrees to … 0