State / Region

Outcry in Conn. brings back canceled Halloween parades

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

MILFORD, Conn. — A Connecticut city’s school system that canceled Halloween costume parades at its elementary schools has reversed its decision following an outcry from parents. Milford Superintendent Elizabeth Feser wrote in a letter Monday the controversy over the annual parades was becoming a distraction. She says the goal in canceling the parades had been to create a substitute Halloween celebration for families that would be inclusive of all children, … 0

State and Regional Briefs

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Mass. family to be billed after N.H. rescue STRATFORD, N.H. — Officials say a Massachusetts family is receiving a bill after a mountain rescue in New Hampshire. WMUR-TV reports the Fish and Game Department says 36-year-old Andrew Tippit, of Rochdale, Massachusetts, was rescued with his family Friday evening on the Percy Peak Trail … 0

State/Region Brief

Monday, October 12, 2015

Missing roommates found dead, with 1 hidden behind closet MANCHESTER, N.H. — Authorities believe a New Hampshire man killed his roommate and concealed her body in a crawl space behind a closet before he shot himself to death at a Massachusetts motel. Fifty-seven-year-old Sue Hutchinson of Manchester had been missing since Sept. 20, and Stephen Andrade hadn’t been seen since Sept. 21. Police … 0

Baker calls charter school waiting list of 37K ‘disgrace’

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

BOSTON — The long waiting list of families seeking to enroll their children in charter schools in Massachusetts is a “disgrace,” Gov. Charlie Baker said Tuesday, reiterating his support for a lifting of the current limits on charter … 0

Senate passes Warren bill to require settlement details

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

BOSTON — A bill sponsored by U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren that aims to give the public more details about settlements reached by federal enforcement agencies has passed the Senate. The Massachusetts Democrat says the goal of the bill … 0

Group launches drive to put pot question on ballot

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

BOSTON — Supporters of one of several proposals to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in Massachusetts say they have begun collecting signatures to put the question before voters on next year’s state ballot. The group calling itself the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol came to the … 0

Prosecutor: Short life of Baby Doe marked by neglect, abuse

Monday, September 21, 2015

BOSTON — In her short, tumultuous life, Bella Bond loved cats, dancing to country music and the color green. Those were but brief flashes of happiness in a life marked by neglect, abuse and a horrible ending, according … 0

State issues latest test scores as key decision nears

Monday, September 21, 2015

BOSTON — Public school students in third through eighth grades who took the PARCC exams last spring were less likely to perform well on that test than those who took the traditional MCAS exams, the state education department said Monday in releasing results from both. Massachusetts has been … 0

Massachusetts briefs

Monday, September 21, 2015

Abandoned historic mill catches fire HAVERHILL — An eight-alarm fire that ripped through an empty 130,000-square-foot mill in Haverhill may have been intentionally set. ArsonWatch posters were placed on the ruins of the building and in the surrounding … 0

Beacon Hill Roll Call, Sept. 14 to 18, 2015

Monday, September 21, 2015

THE HOUSE AND SENATE: Beacon Hill Roll Call records local senators’ votes on roll calls from the week of September 14-18. There were no roll calls in the House last week. CLEAR TITLE TO PROPERTY (S 1981) Senate 31-7, approved and sent to the House a bill that … 0

America’s Stonehenge: history or hoax?

Sunday, September 20, 2015

SALEM, N.H. — Using the astronomical chart on a table in the covered tower, visitors aim their gaze along worn arrows to huge, upright stones hundreds of feet away. Beyond each slab of granite, clearings stretch the eye … 0

‘ Baby Doe’ dad: Mom’s boyfriend thought girl was possessed

Sunday, September 20, 2015

BOSTON — The father of a 2-year-old girl whose body was found on a Boston-area beach in June says her mother has told him her boyfriend killed the child because he believed she was possessed by demons. Joseph … 0

Baby Doe’s mom arrested, boyfriend charged with murder

Friday, September 18, 2015

BOSTON — A mother has been arrested and her boyfriend is charged with murder in the death of a little girl whose body was found inside a trash bag on a Boston Harbor island this summer, a prosecutor … 0