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FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2015, file photo, Jonathan Cohn, of the Fenway neighborhood of Boston, hands out fliers while standing with Claire Blechman, of Somerville, Mass., prior to the first public forum regarding the Boston 2024 Olympic bid, in Boston. While Bostonians are hesitant to host the Olympics, Americans across the country overwhelmingly support the idea of the games on home turf, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll. The support decreases when people are asked if they would want the Olympics in their local area. It dips even further when they are asked if public funds should be used to pay for them. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

Americans strongly support home Olympics

Sunday, June 28, 2015

While Bostonians are hesitant to host the Olympics, Americans across the country overwhelmingly support the idea of the games on home turf, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll. The support decreases when people are asked if they would want the Olympics in their local area. It dips even further when they are asked if public funds should be used … 0

Groups push to bolster solar panel program

Sunday, June 28, 2015

BOSTON — The increasing popularity of solar panels is prompting environmental groups to call for lifting what they describe as arbitrary limits on a key program designed to encourage renewable energy use in Massachusetts. So-called “net-metering” allows homeowners, businesses and local governments to sell excess solar power they generate back to the grid … 0

Whitey Bulger writes teens: ‘My life was wasted’

Sunday, June 28, 2015

BOSTON — Former Boston crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger had some advice for three high school girls who wrote to him for a history project: Crime doesn’t pay. The 85-year-old sent the handwritten letter, dated Feb. 24, from federal prison in Florida where he is serving two life sentences, The Boston Globe reported … 0

Home care backers hope Baker will reconsider spousal plan

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

BOSTON — Backers of legislation to allow spouses to become paid home care providers hope a new look by the Baker administration at the finances underpinning the proposed program will buoy the bill’s prospects in the Legislature. Similar … 0

Highest Mass. court sides with Senate in ‘money bill’ dispute

Monday, June 15, 2015

BOSTON — The state’s highest court sided with the Senate in a constitutional dispute with the House over taxes. In a 27-page advisory opinion Monday, the Supreme Judicial Court expressed the view that the Senate was not out of line when it approved a budget amendment that freezes … 0

State and Regional Briefs

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Ex-mayor’s wife dies after fall EASTHAMPTON, — The wife of former Mayor Michael Tautznik has died after falling down a basement staircase. Debra Tautznik, 60, of Easthampton, fell down a set of steps at a business on Cottage Street Saturday afternoon while volunteering at Cultural Chaos, the town … 0

Project lets these dogs shine

Sunday, June 14, 2015

MAYNARD — It was a summer day at the dog park when Fred Levy, a professional pet photographer, overheard a conversation that he couldn’t shake off. A woman was talking about “Black Dog Syndrome” — a theory that … 0

Prison worker arrested, accused of aiding 2 NY escapees

Monday, June 15, 2015

DANNEMORA, N.Y. — A worker at an upstate New York maximum-security prison has been arrested on charges she helped two convicted killers escape, state police said Friday. Fifty-one-year-old Joyce Mitchell was arrested and will be arraigned on the … 0

Kerry released from hospital after broken leg surgery

Monday, June 15, 2015

BOSTON — Secretary of State John Kerry was discharged from a Boston hospital Friday 10 days after undergoing surgery on a broken leg he sustained in a bicycle accident in France, and he declared he had not missed … 0

State retirement signups short of goal as deadline nears

Monday, June 15, 2015

BOSTON — The number of Massachusetts state employees who applied for an early retirement program apparently will fall short of original projections by Gov. Charlie Baker, who is hoping early retirements will help close the state’s projected budget shortfall. The state Retirement Board reported that 2,960 applications had … 0

Beacon Hill Roll Call, June 8 to 12, 2015

Friday, June 12, 2015

There were no roll calls in the House or Senate last week. $6.2 MILLION FOR HOME CARE SERVICES (S 3 ­ Amendment 747) Senate 39­-0, approved an amendment providing $6.2 million and increasing income eligibility for the home care program for seniors over 60. The program provides services … 0

Cops: Man kills self with chemical gas, 11 sent to hospital

Thursday, June 11, 2015

LOWELL — A man who was apparently distraught over a failing relationship released chemical gases in his apartment Thursday, killing himself and sending 11 other people to the hospital, authorities said. Police in Lowell say officers and paramedics responded in the late morning to a third-floor apartment after … 0

Boston mayor creates gender-neutral bathrooms at City Hall

Thursday, June 11, 2015

BOSTON — Boston Mayor Martin Walsh has signed an executive order creating gender-neutral restrooms inside City Hall. The restrooms are located on the fifth floor of the building outside the mayor’s office and city council chamber. Walsh said Boston is among the first cities in New England to … 0