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State and Local News Briefs

Friday, July 31, 2015

Police: Lesbian couple attacked at Six Flags in Mass. AGAWAM — Police say two western Massachusetts women attacked a lesbian couple from Rhode Island whom they saw kissing at Six Flags New England. The Republican of Springfield reports that 29-year-old Damarielys Mukhtar and 27-year-old Nikia Butt were charged with assault and a civil rights violation with injury in connection with Wednesday’s incident at the amusement park in Agawam. Mukhtar also was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon. One of the victims told police that Mukhtar yelled homophobic slurs before initiating the fight. Police say Mukhtar and Butt assaulted the two victims and stopped hitting … 0

A matter of records: Baker orders state agencies to improve transparency, access

Friday, July 31, 2015

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker ordered his administration to take steps Thursday to make public records easier and less expensive to obtain, noting that Massachusetts had received failing grades in the past for government transparency. The new policy mirrors many — but not all — of the provisions in a public records bill … 0

Mass. senate approves online sales tax bill

Thursday, July 30, 2015

BOSTON — The Senate on Thursday passed legislation aimed at facilitating the collection of sales taxes on online commerce despite warnings from the Senate’s top Republicans that the bill might lock Massachusetts in to whatever Congress decides to about sales tax rates and collections. The Senate approved the bill (S 1974) 32-6 after arguments from proponents that Massachusetts should join other states in … 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

Baker trims $162 million from budget, lets UMass retain tuition payments

Friday, July 17, 2015

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker on Friday signed an annual budget bill that invests in local aid, transportation and substance abuse treatment while slowing spending growth to 3 percent, triggering an MBTA fiscal control board, and preserving a business tax deduction that was on the chopping block all … 0

Marine from Springfield killed in Chattanooga

Friday, July 17, 2015

HAMPDEN — Massachusetts officials are offering their condolences to the family of a 40-year-old Marine from Springfield who was killed by the gunman who attacked two military sites in Tennessee. Springfield Mayor Dominic Sarno identified the Marine as Sgt. Thomas Sullivan. “This is a tragic loss not just … 0

Boston Marathon bomber is moved to Colorado Supermax prison

Friday, July 17, 2015

BOSTON — Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is now detained in the highest-security prison in the country. Tsarnaev was sentenced to death last month. He then was taken from Massachusetts to the U.S. Penitentiary in Florence, Colorado. A … 0

Hitchhiking robot embarks on coast-to-coast tour across US

Friday, July 17, 2015

Hitchhiking robot embarks on coast-to-coast tour BOSTON — With its thumb raised skyward and a grin on its digital face, the robotic creation of two researchers in Canada embarked on a hitchhiking journey across the U.S. on Friday. … 0

Police: Man kidnapped, assaulted woman before her wedding

Friday, July 17, 2015

BARNSTABLE — A Cape Cod man has pleaded not guilty to charges he kidnapped a woman as she was headed to her wedding in an attempt to get her fiance to meet with him. The Cape Cod Times reports that 27-year-old Anthony Russ, of Hyannis, pleaded not guilty … 0

Fed. law could keep medical pot off Mass. islands

Thursday, July 16, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts has a cannabis conundrum. State law requires every county to have a dispensary for medical marijuana, but federal regulations forbid the drug from being transported across U.S. waters. That leaves the tourist havens of Martha’s … 0

USOC meets with Boston 2024

Thursday, July 16, 2015

BOSTON — U.S. Olympic Committee leaders and organizers in Boston are showing signs they’re still on track to throw Beantown’s name into the international competition for the 2024 Summer Olympics come September. The two sides met privately Thursday in what they described as “productive” talks. In a joint … 0

State and region briefs, July 17

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Man injured by fireworks to face criminal charge LYNN — Massachusetts State Police have filed a criminal charge against a man who was seriously injured July 4 when fireworks exploded in his hand. Troopers Thursday lodged a criminal … 0

Rosenberg sons claim transcript release proves innocence of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — The sons of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, the couple infamously convicted of espionage and executed by the government in 1953, believe the release Wednesday of grand jury testimony by Ethel Rosenberg’s brother vindicates their parents. The … 0