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Riders wait ton the platform o board an arriving trolly Friday, April 24, 2015, in Boston, on the day when the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority let people ride for free as a goodwill gesture following a winter of disastrous breakdowns.  (AP Photo/Bill Sikes)

Senate backs Baker’s ‘T’ plans

Friday, May 22, 2015

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker is praising the Massachusetts Senate for supporting his proposal to create a financial control board to oversee management of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. A measure was adopted by the Senate on Thursday night to create a five-member board with broad powers to manage all aspects of the MBTA for the next three to five … 0

House speaker: Court should decide tax dispute with Senate

Friday, May 22, 2015

BOSTON — Amid legislative work on a budget, Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo is asking the state’s highest court to weigh in on a Senate-approved measure to freeze the state income tax rate at 5.15 percent while gradually increasing the earned income tax credit for low-income working families. DeLeo made the request Friday … 0

State and region briefs, May 23

Friday, May 22, 2015

Hundreds rally after Holocaust memorial is desecrated LYNN — Hundreds of people gathered in Lynn for a peace rally in response to the desecration of a Holocaust memorial with chunks of pork earlier this week. The Boston Globe reports that the interfaith service drew a large crowd Friday at Pride of Lynn Cemetery, … 0

Mass. man in prison 21 years for ’ 94 slaying might be freed

Sunday, May 17, 2015

BOSTON — A Massachusetts man who has been granted a new trial after spending 21 years behind bars for a killing he says he did not commit may soon be free. Angel Echavarria, 48, is scheduled to appear in court Monday for a hearing to determine whether he … 0

Great white shark cruising East Coast becomes Twitter star

Sunday, May 17, 2015

BOSTON — They’re gonna need a bigger Twitter. An organization studying great white sharks is enjoying some welcome attention after one of the creatures they’ve been monitoring started gaining a loyal social media following. @MaryLeeShark is the fake … 0

Tsarnaev gets death

Friday, May 15, 2015

BOSTON — After slouching through his trial for months with a bored look on his face, the defendant was ordered to rise. For close to half an hour, Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was on his feet, fidgeting … 0

State officials unveil new marijuana dispensary rules

Friday, May 15, 2015

BOSTON — The Department of Public Health is unveiling changes to the way it issues licenses under the state’s medical marijuana dispensary program. The changes outlined Friday include a revamped application process that allows marijuana dispensaries to be … 0

Gov. Baker urges lawmakers to back proposed MBTA reforms

Friday, May 15, 2015

BOSTON — Facing opposition from key Senate Democrats, Republican Gov. Charlie Baker again appealed to the Legislature to support key elements of his proposed overhaul of the struggling Boston-area transit system, warning that “marginal changes” would do little … 0

State and region briefs, May 16

Friday, May 15, 2015

Repairs continue at site of Amtrak derailment PHILADELPHIA — Amtrak is working to restore Northeast Corridor rail service between New York City and Philadelphia. But service is expected to remain suspended through Monday. Service was suspended after a … 0

Beacon Hill Roll Call

Friday, May 15, 2015

By BOB KATZEN THE HOUSE AND SENATE: There were no roll calls in the House or Senate last week. CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION The two chambers met briefly in a constitutional convention, a joint meeting of the two branches convened to consider changes to the state’s constitution. The convention took … 0

Valuable state ecosystems shrinking

Thursday, May 14, 2015

BOSTON — Valuable Massachusetts ecosystems are continuing to shrink in the face of human development, putting extra pressure on the forests and open land that remains. That’s the conclusion of a new study from Harvard Forest, Harvard University’s laboratory for ecological research. Using satellite maps, the research team … 0

Bomber trial jury finishes 1st full day of deliberations

Thursday, May 14, 2015

BOSTON — Jurors in the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev must make one of the most difficult decisions a jury can be faced with: Should they sentence him to death or spare his life? As they … 0

Baker wants Olympic plan by mid-June

Thursday, May 14, 2015

BOSTON — An outside consultant could be hired “very shortly” to assist Gov. Charlie Baker and House and Senate leaders with their review of a Boston Olympic bid, adding to the governor’s desire to see Boston 2024 produce a more detailed proposal for venues and costs soon. “I … 0