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FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2015, file photo, people hold up placards against the Olympic Games coming to Boston, during the first public forum regarding the city's 2024 Olympic bid, in Boston. Boston's mayor delivered a harsh blow to the city's effort to host the 2024 Olympics on Monday, July 27, 2015,  when he declared he wouldn't sign any document "that puts one dollar of taxpayer money on the line for one penny of overruns on the Olympics."  That document is the host city contract that most in the Olympics consider crucial to any city's success.  (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

Boston out: US Olympic Committee to look elsewhere

Monday, July 27, 2015

Boston’s bid to host the 2024 Olympics is over. The city and the U.S. Olympic Committee severed ties after a board teleconference Monday, ending an effort that was troubled nearly from the moment it started. The decision throws the bid process — and hopes that the U.S. will host another Olympics — into flux. Only seven weeks remain before cities … 0

Western Mass. reactions to Boston Olympic bid drop

Monday, July 27, 2015

HATFIELD — Judy Strong, who competed as a field hockey player in the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, said she was torn Monday to learn that Boston would not be the host in 2024. Strong, now 55 and an umpire, was 24 when her team won the bronze, and said it was a great point of pride that she was competing in her … 0

Hometown wake for Springfield marine killed in Tennessee

Monday, July 27, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — People in his hometown paid their respects on Sunday to a Massachusetts Marine killed by a gunman who attacked a military facility in Tennessee two weeks ago. Thousands attended a public wake for Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan at T.P. Sampson Chapel of The Acres on a street lined with flags, the … 0

Lawmaker wants to know Olympics ‘promises’

Monday, July 20, 2015

BOSTON — Calling it an “important, urgent and timely issue,” Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson on Monday filed an order for subpoena with the City Clerk’s office to obtain a complete and unredacted copy of Boston 2024’s original proposal to bring the Olympics to Boston. “No intelligent business … 0

Workers tell Warren about impacts of inflexible schedules

Monday, July 20, 2015

BOSTON — Calling for “modest changes” to employees’ rights to have a say in their work scheduling, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Monday held a roundtable with fast food, coffee shop and supermarket workers. “These are the stories … 0

Lawyers may try to use Cosby’s words against him

Monday, July 20, 2015

Bill Cosby’s lurid, decade-old testimony about his philandering could do more than damage what’s left of his fatherly image — it could very well be used against him in court by some of the women who accuse him … 0

State and Region Briefs, July 21

Monday, July 20, 2015

Frustrated Billerica selectman paints crosswalks, may face charges BILLERICA — A member of the Billerica Board of Selectmen got so frustrated by delays in painting crosswalks in town that he took matters into his own hands and painted … 0

First NAACP branch started in Vermont

Sunday, July 19, 2015

BURLINGTON, Vt. — Vermont, one of the whitest states in the country, has its first official branch of the NAACP after more than 100 years. “It’s time,” said Champlain Area NAACP President Mary Brown-Guillory. Racially charged incidents both locally and nationally prompted organizers to start the branch, Brown-Guillory … 0

Tri-state approach aims to fill hole in economy

Sunday, July 19, 2015

As it shed hundreds of high-paying jobs, the shutdown of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant has also given rise to a coordinated effort across a three-county region separated by state lines to shore up an economy that’s … 0

Mass. predicts net savings for Medicaid expansion

Sunday, July 19, 2015

BOSTON — Many states that opted to expand Medicaid under the federal Affordable Care Act have seen enrollments surge well beyond projections, raising concerns that the added costs will strain their budgets when federal aid is scaled back starting in two years, an Associated Press analysis shows. But … 0

Beacon Hill Roll Call, July 13-17, 2015

Friday, July 17, 2015

By BOB KATZEN THE HOUSE AND SENATE: There were no roll calls in the House or Senate last week. CUT OFF LOCAL AID TO SANCTUARY CITIES AND TOWNS Here is the 31-125 vote on which the House defeated an amendment that would withhold local aid from any cities … 0

State and Regional Briefs

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Montreal train restart pushed MONTPELIER, Vt. — A former Vermont transportation secretary is coming out of retirement to help plan resumption of passenger train service between the northeastern United States and Montreal. Brian Searles, who retired as transportation secretary in December, is returning to state service part-time to … 0

Police: 2 dead, 3 wounded in shootings in northern Maine

Friday, July 17, 2015

LEE, Maine — A former convict beat a man and stole guns and a pickup truck before shooting five people, two of them fatally, during a rampage across several northern Maine towns, state police said Friday. Anthony Lord, … 0