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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 cocaine, methamphetamine, and amphetamines, but between 2004 … 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

Lottery vs. casinos

Thursday, July 2, 2015

BOSTON — Call it a clash of the state’s gambling titans. The middle-aged Massachusetts State Lottery is nervously looking over its shoulder to see if the state’s newborn casino industry will drain away some of the hundreds of millions it generates in profits each year for local cities and towns. While the lottery … 0

Massachusetts 6-year-old plays 100 holes of golf for charity

Thursday, June 18, 2015

NORTON — A 6-year-old Massachusetts boy has raised $25,000 for cancer research by playing 100 holes of golf in one day in memory of a classmate who died of the disease. Ryan McGuire, of Foxborough, completed the golf marathon Wednesday at MGA Links at Mamantapett, a par-3 course … 0

Baker: UMass fee hikes ‘not supportable’

Thursday, June 18, 2015

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker, who supports expanding online higher education and expediting degree programs, said his administration opposed the University of Massachusetts decision to hike student costs. The governor said the university system would be receiving about … 0

AG’s filing pitches alternatives to new gas pipelines

Friday, June 19, 2015

BOSTON — As the Baker administration contemplates allowing utilities for the first time to buy capacity on not-yet-built natural gas pipelines, Attorney General Maura Healey is urging caution. The attorney general’s office believes reduced energy consumption and other alternatives to new gas infrastructure could better rein in spiking … 0

UMass votes to hike undergrad costs up to 5%

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

BOSTON — The University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees voted Wednesday to raise the cost of attending the school system by up to 5 percent for in-state undergraduates, the first increase in three years. Students would pay an additional $552 to $580 in combined tuition and an increased … 0

Statehouse time capsule returns to resting place

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

BOSTON — In an elaborate ceremony steeped in tradition, a time capsule dating to 1795 was returned Wednesday to the cornerstone of the Massachusetts Statehouse, with a set of 2015 U.S. mint coins and a silver plaque added … 0

State launches campaign to warn parents about opioid abuse

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts is launching a public awareness campaign aimed at educating parents about the warning signs of opioid abuse. Gov. Charlie Baker says the campaign begins Wednesday and will run throughout the summer on television and online. The state has also launched a new website: www.mass.gov/StopAddiction. Baker … 0

Adjunct profs press for more full-time jobs

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

BOSTON — Relaying stories of adjunct faculty at community colleges unable to pay for dental work or more than one meal in a day, members of the higher education community on Wednesday pushed lawmakers to increase the job … 0

Gloucester police tout success in drug turn-in, treatment program

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

BOSTON — A police chief in a New England town combating its drug epidemic through a unique program that allows drug users to turn over their drugs and get immediate treatment said Tuesday that there’s been a strong early response. Gloucester Police Chief Leonard Campanello said that 17 … 0

Audit: Mass. Medicaid squandered $500M

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

BOSTON — The state Medicaid program squandered more than $500 million through unnecessary payments or missed savings opportunities in its managed care program, according to an audit released Tuesday. The review by State Auditor Suzanne Bump found MassHealth, the state Medicaid program, made $233 million in unnecessary payments … 0

Feds ready to declare eastern cougar extinct

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

PORTLAND, Maine — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Tuesday proposed removing the eastern cougar from the endangered species list, declaring that the cougars have likely been extinct for at least 70 years. Recent sightings of cougars … 0