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In this Thursday, May 21, 2015 photo, Andres, a 29-year-old serving one year for a deadly DUI crash, adjusts his tie at the Western Massachusetts Correctional Addictions Center in Ludlow, Mass. Prison officials at the center believe dressing for success can help inmates break the stranglehold of addiction. “I have three shirts, three ties," Andres said. “It makes you feel more successful. Or like you’re working toward it, you know?” (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Prison inmates fighting addiction must wear shirt and tie

Monday, May 25, 2015

LUDLOW — A western Massachusetts prison believes dressing for success can help inmates break the stranglehold of addiction. Hampden County Sheriff Michael Ashe Jr. requires inmates at his jail’s minimum-security substance abuse treatment facility wear a shirt and tie from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday. Ashe recently announced that the policy, which has been in place since … 0

Launching campaign, Sanders appeals to party’s Warren wing

Monday, May 25, 2015

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — For Democrats who had hoped to lure Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren into a presidential campaign, independent Sen. Bernie Sanders might be the next best thing. Sanders, who is opening his official presidential campaign Tuesday in Burlington, Vt., aims to ignite a grassroots fire among left-leaning Democrats wary of Hillary Rodham … 0

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 … 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

Feds deny Baker’s plea for more Mass. snow aid

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

BOSTON — The federal government has denied Massachusetts’ request to expand disaster aid for a January blizzard, the first of several major storms that pummeled the state this past winter. Gov. Charlie Baker appealed to the Federal Emergency Management Agency last week to extend the disaster declaration for … 0

State and region briefs, May 13

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

15,000 toy police cars recalled ROWLEY — More than 15,000 toy police cars are being recalled because they can come apart and pose a possible choking risk to kids. The Police Press & Go toy car is a … 0

Solar industry: Lift net meter cap

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

BOSTON — Solar energy industry officials and advocates on Tuesday called for the lifting of the cap on solar production, which they say is impeding projects, causing delays in hiring and leading some companies to consider leaving the … 0

Nun: Tsarnaev feels sorry for marathon attack victims

Monday, May 11, 2015

BOSTON — Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s lawyers rested their case Monday in their bid to save him from execution after death penalty opponent Sister Helen Prejean testified that Tsarnaev expressed genuine sorrow for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. … 0

State and region briefs, May 12

Monday, May 11, 2015

Nine arrested in Boston beach brawl REVERE — State police say nine people, including eight juveniles, were arrested after a large disturbance at a suburban Boston beach. Dozens of police cruisers went to Revere Beach on Sunday evening … 0

State and Regional Briefs

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Police investigate Southbridge death SOUTHBRIDGE — Authorities are investigating the death of a 59-year-old man found dead in his Southbridge home. Worcester District Attorney Joseph Early said Sunday the death is considered suspicious, and investigators do not believe it was random. Early said Southbridge police found the body … 0

Mass. bill would require shareholder OK for corporate political donations

Friday, May 8, 2015

BOSTON — Upset by the federal courts’ loosening of political spending limits, advocates for more controls on campaign dollars are seeking passage of a bill that would limit the ability of corporations registered in Massachusetts to use corporate money for political causes. “For a complete fix we would … 0

Beacon Hill Roll Call

Friday, May 8, 2015

THE HOUSE AND SENATE: Beacon Hill Roll Call records local senators’ votes on roll calls from prior sessions on the debate on Senate operating rules for 2015-2016. There were no roll calls in the House or Senate last week. FOUR HOURS TO READ BILLS (S 6) Senate 8-30, … 0