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How Mass.’s 2 biggest casino projects shaping up

Sunday, July 5, 2015

BOSTON — The casino gambling industry is off and running with the recent opening of the Plainridge Park Casino in southeastern Massachusetts. Gambling revenues from the Plainville slots parlor are flowing daily into the state coffers, though the Massachusetts Gaming Commission cautions it’s too early to say whether revenues will meet projections. The state assumes it will collect $82 million from gambling in the fiscal year that started July 1. … 0

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 … 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

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

Rosenberg, Healy, Baker respond to Court ruling

Friday, June 26, 2015

“It’s a momentous time,” said state Sen. Stanley Rosenberg, D-Amherst, the state’s first openly gay Senate president. “In 10 years’ time, we went from the first state in the country recognizing in its constitution’s equal protection clause the allowance for same-sex marriage, to a ruling by the U.S. … 0

Beacon Hill Roll Call, June 22-26

Friday, June 26, 2015

By BOB KATZEN THE HOUSE AND SENATE: Beacon Hill Roll Call records the votes of local representatives on roll calls from the week of June 22-26. There were no roll calls in the Senate last week. NEWSPAPERS MUST PUBLISH PUBLIC NOTICES ONLINE (H 1566) House 153-0, approved and … 0

State and Regional News

Friday, June 26, 2015

Second tornado confirmed in Mass. WESTMINSTER — The National Weather Service has confirmed that a second tornado touched down in Massachusetts earlier this week when a series of violent storms worked their way across the state. A weak … 0

State and Regional Briefs

Thursday, June 25, 2015

MGM asks to delay opening Springfield casino by a year BOSTON — MGM wants to delay the opening of its planned resort casino in western Massachusetts by a year because of a major highway project taking place nearby. … 0

Massachusetts State trooper meets colleague who saved him

Thursday, June 25, 2015

State trooper meets colleague who saved him as a baby FRAMINGHAM — A veteran Massachusetts State Police trooper has been reunited with the baby whose life he saved more than three decades ago and who is now a state trooper himself. Sixty-three-year-old Al Balestra on Tuesday met 32-year-old … 0

Tsarnaev says he’s sorry for the first time

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

BOSTON — Moments before a judge sentenced him to death, Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev broke more than two years of silence Wednesday and apologized to the victims and their loved ones for the first time. “I pray … 0

State briefs

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Small twister touched down in Massachusetts town WRENTHAM — The National Weather Service has confirmed that a small tornado struck Massachusetts. Meteorologists say the twister touched down briefly Tuesday in the town of Wrentham near the Rhode Island … 0

Massachusetts launches online voter registration

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts is now the 21st state to offer online voter registration. Secretary of State William Galvin said Tuesday that residents can use the new system to register to vote, change their address for voting purposes and change party affiliation. He says the system will make it … 0

Deerfield River could host Olympic canoe slalom

Monday, June 22, 2015

BOSTON — The Deerfield River in western Massachusetts will host Olympic canoe slalom if Boston becomes the host city for the 2024 Games, Boston 2024 Partnership CEO Rich Davey announced today. Boston 2024 is working closely with Olympic … 1