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State & Regional Briefs

Friday, December 19, 2014

Home confinement set for ex-pharmacy officials BOSTON — A federal judge has ordered home confinement for two men facing the most serious charges in a deadly nationwide meningitis outbreak blamed on a defunct Massachusetts compounding pharmacy. Magistrate Judge Jennifer Boal set bail and release conditions Friday for Barry Cadden and Glenn Chin while they await trial. Cadden is a co-founder of the New England Compounding Center; Chin was the Framingham company’s supervisory pharmacist. They have pleaded not guilty to 25 counts each of second-degree murder under federal racketeering law. More than 750 people were sickened by tainted drugs and 64 died. Boal ordered Cadden released … 0

Beacon Hill Roll Call, Week of Dec. 19

Friday, December 19, 2014

By BOB KATZEN There were no roll calls in the House or Senate last week. This week, with the end of the 2013-2014 session approaching, Beacon Hill Roll Call continues its series that takes a look at some of the bills approved by the Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Deval Patrick in the 2013-2014 session. APPROVE $1.4 BILLION FOR HOUSING (H … 0

Obama calls in to Massachusetts governor’s show

Thursday, December 18, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has fielded calls on hundreds of subjects during his monthly “Ask the Governor” radio show. But this call was one of a kind. “Uh, Governor, this is Barack Obama, formerly of Somerville,” the caller began Thursday. “I’ve got a few complaints about service in and around the … 0

‘Old Man’ inspires T-shirt contest

Sunday, November 30, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. — Two companies are teaming up to keep the legacy of the Old Man of the Mountain alive for New Hampshire’s youth. The Rock on Foundation is joining a T-shirt company, The Mountain, for a contest. Youth throughout the state will be able to submit their … 0

Homeless woman’s stun gun spurs 2nd Amendment case

Friday, November 28, 2014

BOSTON — Jaime Caetano was beaten so badly by her ex-boyfriend that she ended up in the hospital. So when a friend offered her a stun gun to protect herself, she took it. Caetano, who is homeless, never had to use it but now finds herself at the … 0

Beacon Hill Roll Call for week ending Nov. 28

Friday, November 28, 2014

By BOB KATZEN There were no roll calls in the House or Senate last week. In light of President Barack Obama’s recent action on immigration, this week Beacon Hill Roll Call examines the votes of local senators and representatives on immigration issues debated in the Legislature in the … 0

Beacon Hill Roll Call, for week of Nov. 21

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

By BOB KATZEN There were no roll calls in the House or Senate last week. Beacon Hill Roll Call this week examines the voting records of local senators on Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick’s 88 vetoes during the 2013-2014 session. A two-thirds vote is required to override a gubernatorial … 0

Recipient of double arm transplant happy to hug

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

BOSTON — A former college professor who underwent a double arm transplant last month at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston said Tuesday that the best thing about the operation is that he’s able to hug his loved ones again. Will Lautzenheiser — with both arms still in … 0

Massachusetts town renames Christmas vacation

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

MARSHFIELD — Christmas vacation is out in one Massachusetts school system, replaced by “holiday break.” The Marshfield School Committee on Monday voted 3-2 to uphold a September decision to change the name of Christmas vacation to holiday break, despite protests from some residents of the coastal town south … 0

Gov. Patrick pushes for more urban open spaces

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

BOSTON — With less than seven weeks left in office, Gov. Deval Patrick has signed an executive order that he says will help develop parks and open spaces in urban neighborhoods across Massachusetts where green areas have typically been in short supply. The outgoing Democratic said the order … 0

Retired Springfield Bishop Maguire dies at age 95

Monday, November 24, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — Former Bishop Joseph Maguire, who led the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield from 1977 to 1992 and faced allegations following retirement that clergy sex abuse and cover-up of that abuse had happened on his watch, died Sunday evening at the age of 95. Maguire died at … 0

Storm on menu for some Thanksgiving travelers

Monday, November 24, 2014

MINEOLA, N.Y. — A nor’easter is expected to develop Wednesday along the East Coast just as millions of travelers are heading to their Thanksgiving destinations. “I would pack your patience,” said Robert Sinclair Jr., of AAA New York. … 0

Salmonella in 10 states linked to raw sprouts

Monday, November 24, 2014

WASHINGTON — Raw sprouts are linked to dozens of cases of food poisoning — again. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 63 people from 10 states concentrated on the East Coast fell ill with salmonella linked to bean sprouts from a supplier in New York City. … 0