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Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Dunkin’ Brands longtime CEO Nigel Travis retires

NEW YORK CITY — Dunkin’ Brands Group CEO Nigel Travis is retiring and will be replaced by David Hoffmann.

Travis, 68, has been CEO for almost a decade.

The Canton, Massachusetts, company said Wednesday Travis was named executive chairman of the board of directors.

Hoffmann, 50, will take over the CEO position immediately. He will also serve on the board of directors and remains president of Dunkin’ Donuts U.S. Before joining Dunkin’ Brands, Hoffman spent 22 years at McDonald’s Corp.

Statehouse to vote to eliminate old abortion ban

BOSTON — The Massachusetts House is planning to vote on a bill aimed at eliminating a series of antiquated laws, including a ban on abortion dating back more than a century.

Democratic House Speaker Robert DeLeo said Wednesday the House will vote before the end of the session on July 31, pointing to what he called the changing dynamics on the U.S. Supreme Court.

President Donald Trump’s nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the court has raised the possibility the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that created a nationwide right to abortion could be weakened or overturned.

The Massachusetts Senate in January also voted to eliminate the pre-Roe laws, including a second banning unmarried people from having access to contraception.

Republican Gov. Charlie Baker describes himself as a supporter of abortion rights.

Child rapist arrested on new charges, held on $25K cash bail

WOBURN — A 70-year-old convicted child rapist from Massachusetts who was set to be released from custody before his arrest last month on new charges is being held on $25,000 cash bail.

Wayne Chapman has pleaded not guilty to charges of open and gross lewdness and lewd, wanton and lascivious acts. Prosecutors say Chapman exposed himself and masturbated in the view of prison staff.

A Middlesex Superior Court Judge on Wednesday set Chapman’s bail at $25,000.

Chapman’s lawyer said he has no money and can’t post bail.

Chapman’s arrest came as officials were preparing for his release after two experts ruled he is no longer sexually dangerous.

Chapman was convicted in 1977 of sexually assaulting young boys he lured into the woods. He’s been civilly committed since his prison term ended in 2004.

Filmmaker who helped bring Hemingway papers to light dies

BOSTON — A documentary filmmaker and therapist who played a key role in getting a trove of Ernest Hemingway’s papers hidden in Cuba made available to the public has died.

Jenny Phillips apparently drowned Monday off Nantucket after jumping from her sailboat to swim to shore. She was 76.

Her husband, Boston Globe Statehouse bureau chief Frank Phillips, tells the paper she was an experienced swimmer and it wasn’t an unusual move.

During a 2001 trip to Cuba, the couple was touring Hemingway’s home when Jenny Phillips asked to see letters between the writer and her grandfather, Maxwell Perkins, Hemingway’s friend and editor.

After being told they weren’t available, the couple worked to get thousands of documents made public.

Her films focused on prison reform.

The Concord residents had been married since 1966.

1k reward for information on death of dog

BROCKTON — Authorities are seeking the person responsible for the death of a dog left in a carrier outside a Massachusetts animal shelter.

They’re offering a reward of $1000 for information leading to a conviction. The MSPCA says one of its case managers found a female dog in a carrier on the property of the organization in Brockton on Tuesday morning. The dog was “unconscious and foaming at the mouth.”

The 10-pound dog was rushed to an animal hospital in Stoughton but died en route. The organization says the dog’s body temperature was at least 110 degrees — the highest their thermometer could go.

The temperature outside when the brown and white dog was found was in the mid-80s. She had no microchips or ID tags. Animal cruelty is a felony crime in Massachusetts.