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In this Friday, Dec. 18, 2015, photo Syrian refugee Ahmad Alkhalaf, 9, sits on a prayer rug in a mosque in Sharon, Mass. Ahmad, who arrived in the Boston area this past summer for medical treatment, said he used to have restless nights when he would relive his mother’s screams from the night a bomb killed three of his siblings and left him without arms. But those sounds, he said, have largely faded. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

Experts fear refugee mental health needs may overwhelm

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

BOSTON — For the thousands of Syrian refugees expected to arrive in the U.S. in coming months, the first order of business will be securing the basics — health care, jobs, education and a safe home. But what organizations helping resettle them might not be prepared for, and what refugees themselves might be in denial about, is the need to … 0

3rd Mass. justice in 1 week announces retirement

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

BOSTON — Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court justice Fernande Duffly said Wednesday she would retire in July, making her the third member of the state’s highest court in the past week to announce plans to leave the bench and providing Gov. Charlie Baker a rare chance to shape the court’s long-term future. Duffly, 66, is four years shy of the state’s mandatory retirement age … 0

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Cape communities discuss shark danger WELLFLEET — With the number of sharks prowling the waters off Cape Cod expected to increase, local communities and agencies are taking a proactive approach to prevent tragedy. A working group tasked with improving public safety in light of increased shark sightings met Tuesday night in Wellfleet to … 0

Fireworks fly as Clinton, Sanders square off ahead of NH primary

Friday, February 5, 2016

DURHAM, N.H. — Fireworks flying in their first one-on-one debate, Hillary Clinton accused Bernie Sanders Thursday night of subjecting her to an “artful smear” while Sanders suggested the former secretary of state was a captive of the political … 0

State/Region Briefs

Friday, February 5, 2016

Senate debates overhaul of Massachusetts open records law BOSTON — The Massachusetts Senate has approved an overhaul of a public records law that critics have called among the most outdated and cumbersome in the nation. The bill passed on a 35-0 vote Thursday would establish new timetables for … 0

Too good to be true

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

It seemed too good to be true: An old wooden desk carved with the initials “JFK” from the private school in Connecticut where John F. Kennedy studied as a boy. That’s because it was. The desk was the … 0

Justice Robert Cordy of state’s high court to retire

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Justice Robert Cordy of state’s high court to retire BOSTON — Robert Cordy, an associate justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court since 2001, announced Wednesday he would retire in August, giving Republican Gov. Charlie Baker the opportunity … 0

Legislature to weigh amendments to state constitution

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

BOSTON — A so-called “millionaire tax” will be among several proposed constitutional amendments before lawmakers when the Massachusetts House and Senate meet in a joint session. It’s unclear if Wednesday’s constitutional convention will debate the proposed 4 percent surtax on individuals with annual incomes above $1 million. The … 0

State and Region Briefs, Feb. 3

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Northampton settles with man who alleged police misconduct NORTHAMPTON — The city of Northampton has agreed to pay more than $52,000 to a man who said police used excessive force and wrongfully arrested him outside a bar two … 0

State and Region Briefs, Feb. 2

Monday, February 1, 2016

Legislator fighting ‘swatting’ calls gets targeted by one MELROSE — A U.S. representative said she and her family were the victims of a so-called “swatting” attack — the very kind of bogus emergency call she has filed legislation … 0

Mass. officials cash in with bumped up donation limit

Sunday, January 31, 2016

BOSTON — A 2014 change in the state’s campaign finance law has delivered a cash windfall for top elected officials in Massachusetts, allowing them to rake in big money donations and quickly rebuild their election coffers. An Associated Press review of campaign finance records found the change — … 0

State and region briefs

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Authorities raid school in connection with abuse charges GREAT BARRINGTON — A Massachusetts residential school to treat boys and young men with behavior problems has been raided following allegations of physical and emotional abuse of students by school … 0

Beacon Hill Roll Call, Jan. 25 to 29, 2016

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

By BOB KATZEN THE HOUSE AND SENATE: Beacon Hill Roll Call records local representatives’ and senators’ votes on roll calls from the week of Jan. 25 to 29. HEALTH DISPARITIES (H 3969) — House 152-3, approved and sent to the Senate a bill creating a state Office of … 0