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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

Work just starting for 2 political parties

Sunday, November 23, 2014

BOSTON — When Massachusetts voters cast ballots on Election Day, they not only picked winners and losers in a host of key races, they also gave a big boost to those seeking an alternative to the state’s two … 0

Cops: Naked suspect assaults man, 84, at Logan

Sunday, November 23, 2014

BOSTON — A man stripped inside a women’s bathroom at Logan International Airport on Saturday, climbed into a dropped ceiling, crashed through it and landed on the floor, then ran out of the restroom and viciously assaulted an elderly passerby while he was still naked and bleeding, before … 0

Massachusetts education board to discuss student restraint

Sunday, November 23, 2014

MALDEN — The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has scheduled a pair of meetings this week. At a special meeting scheduled for today, the board is expected to discuss new educator licensure policy and efforts to strengthen special education policy and practice. At the regularly scheduled … 0

State and regional briefs

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Mass. gets $1.75M for asthma programs BOSTON — The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has received more than $1.75 million to fund new asthma-related programs in high-risk communities with documented health disparities. Attorney General Martha Coakley said the funding is aimed at helping thousands of children and older … 0

Colleges hope to engage students on wealth gap

Sunday, November 23, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. — Many students at Keene State College and Mount Wachusett Community College already know something about the widening gap between the wealthiest Americans and everyone else. Now, the schools are working together to get them to do something about it. Keene State, a four-year liberal arts … 0

Firefighters rescue boys who fall through thin ice

Friday, November 21, 2014

DERRY, N.H. — A firefighter crawled across thin ice to rescue two 12-year-old boys who’d fallen into the frigid water while playing hockey at Hood Park. A 911 call from a man who heard the boys screaming caused firefighters en route to another call to be diverted to … 0

Lost New Mexico kitten ends up in Maine

Friday, November 21, 2014

Lost N.M. kitten ends up in Maine WESTBROOK, Maine — A New Mexico woman’s missing kitten has been located in Maine, although exactly how the feline made the 2,300-mile trip remains a mystery. The female kitten, named Spice, was turned into the Animal Refuge League in Westbrook earlier … 0

Harvard sued over push for fossil fuels divestment

Thursday, November 20, 2014

BOSTON — Seven Harvard University students have filed a lawsuit asking a judge to force the university’s governing body to divest from fossil fuel companies. The lawsuit filed Wednesday alleges investment in those companies violates the university’s duties as a public charity. The complaint asks the court to … 0

Casinos push back on Massachusetts gambling limits

Thursday, November 20, 2014

BOSTON — In a rarely used strategy to address gambling addiction, Massachusetts regulators may require casinos to reward their customers for voluntarily setting limits on how much time and money they spend at slot machines. But the state’s recently licensed casino companies — Wynn Resorts, MGM Resorts International … 0

Speaker rules out local aid cuts in budget

Thursday, November 20, 2014

BOSTON — The top Democrat in the Massachusetts House of Representatives took local aid off the table on Thursday in discussions over how to close a state budget shortfall. House Speaker Robert DeLeo ruled out any cut in local aid less than 24 hours after Democratic Gov. Deval … 0