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5 of new NASA astronaut candidates have Massachusetts connections

NASA has announced its newest astronaut recruits this week and many have a Massachusetts connection. The space agency said that it received a “record-breaking” number of applicants — more than 18,000 — looking to have a part in the future of space exploration....

Friday, June 9, 2017 - 12:28pm

Automatic voter registration pitched as 'next step' to improving voting process

Registering to vote in Massachusetts could become an automatic process for people who renew their driver's license or otherwise interact with a state agency under legislation supporters pitched Thursday as a way to boost participation in the democratic process. The Joint Committee on Election...

Friday, June 9, 2017 - 9:37am

Modern-day slavery alive in Cambridge as couple refuses wages to domestic worker: AG

The Massachusetts Attorney General's Office is cracking down on modern-day slavery, and a Cambridge couple is paying more than $35,000 following allegations they failed to pay a live-in domestic worker who cared for their children. The story seems to be ripped straight from the cover of a...

Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 5:24pm

Decomposed body found in Boston Harbor, officials say

A body was found in the Boston Harbor on Thursday morning, officials said.  A commercial fishing vessel first saw the body in the area of Deer Island and radioed the U.S. Coast Guard, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office. The Massachusetts Environmental Police and...

Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 4:32pm

Marijuana activists say leave ballot law alone

With a bill altering the voter-approved legal marijuana law expected by the end of the month, marijuana activists held a rally on the State House steps Wednesday to tell lawmakers to leave the law as it is. For more than 20 years, the Massachusetts Cannabis Reform Coalition and the local chapter...

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 4:31pm

Quincy dispensary creates marijuana-infused pizza

The most ubiquitous of marijuana edibles is, of course, the pot brownie, but for patients visiting a nonprofit dispensary in Quincy, there’s now a more savory option: pot pizza. Ermont Inc. on Ricciuti Drive in Quincy unveiled this week the newest edition to its edible menu. The 6-inch...

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 2:47pm

Mass. debates ban on Native American school mascots

Around 40 Massachusetts schools use Native American imagery and themes for their mascots and logos, according to a parent seeking to ban the practice. Lisa Thomas, one of two Tewksbury residents who petitioned Sen. Barbara L'Italien to file legislation that would impose the ban, told the Joint...

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 10:00am

Mass. will 'absolutely' see $15 minimum wage, Rosenberg predicts

The minimum wage in Massachusetts stands at $11 and no further increases are scheduled, but Senate President Stanley Rosenberg says the Bay State will "absolutely" see a $15 minimum wage law, or at least a statewide vote on it. "If it doesn't happen in the Legislature, it will...

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 3:30pm

Read the 'suicide-encouraging' texts at crux of Michelle Carter manslaughter case

The trial for Michelle Carter, the 20-year-old Plainville woman accused of coaxing her boyfriend to commit suicide in 2014, is set to begin on Tuesday. Carter, who is charged with involuntary manslaughter for the death of Conrad Roy III, 18, pleaded not guilty and waived her right to a jury...

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 12:00pm

Harvard rescinds some admission offers after students share offensive memes

Memes are an internet sensation, but they can also have real-world consequences. At least 10 students accepted to Harvard College have had their admissions rescinded after sharing racist and “sexually explicit” memes in a Facebook group titled “Harvard memes for horny...

Monday, June 5, 2017 - 11:51am

Hernandez suicide inspires bill to uphold convictions

After a judge vacated the murder conviction against Aaron Hernandez following the former New England Patriots player's prison suicide, Rep. Evandro Carvalho said he watched the victim's mother experience a sense of hopelessness and loss of faith in the justice system. Carvalho, a Boston...

Friday, June 2, 2017 - 9:25am

Hernandez estate owes $93,000 in unpaid taxes to town of North Attleboro

North Attleboro, the Massachusetts town where former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez once lived, is seeking more than $93,000 in unpaid taxes, according to the Sun Chronicle. The ex-NFL star died by suicide in his maximum security prison cell on April 19 and court records showed later...

Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 4:56pm

Minister who blessed Gov. Baker, 9 others arrested in prostitution sting

A minister who blessed Gov. Charlie Baker shortly after his election was one of 10 people arraigned Wednesday on charges related to an online prostitution ring. Ten men in total were arrested Tuesday and charged with paying for sex during an operation conducted by the Boston Police Human...

Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 12:29pm

Schools might start later in Massachusetts after experts say teens need more sleep

For high school students balancing academics, homework, athletics and a part-time job, it can be a challenge to clock the 8.5 hours of sleep teens need -- and make it to school in time for the 7:30 a.m. bell. Mary Hamaker, founder of the Massachusetts chapter of Start School Later, is on a mission...

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 11:47am

Feds bust fentanyl trafficking network based in Lawrence

Thirty people were arrested Tuesday on gun, drug and immigration charges in a sweep that brought down a Lawrence-based network that Acting U.S Attorney William Weinreb described as "one of the largest fentanyl trafficking organizations ever seen in Massachusetts." Approximately 250 law...

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 9:22am

Trial for murder of Bella Bond began Tuesday in Boston

The trial of Michael McCarthy, the man accused of killing 2-year-old Bella Bond, began in Boston on Tuesday. McCarthy, a 37-year-old man from Quincy, is charged with first-degree murder for the 2015 killing of his former girlfriend’s daughter, Bella Bond, whose body washed up on Deer...

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 - 4:54pm

City and state come together to offer tuition-free college program for low-income Boston students

The city of Boston and the state are coming together to help graduating high school seniors handle the high cost of college. On Tuesday, Mayor Marty Walsh and Gov. Charlie Baker announced the launch of a tuition-free program called The Boston Bridge. The pilot program will be open to all 2017...

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 - 2:57pm

Senate wants commission to examine MBTA retirement fund

The Senate will push in upcoming budget talks with the House for a special commission to make recommendations to rescue the faltering MBTA pension fund, which the T's top manager says is only one steep market downturn from a "death spiral" that could only be halted with a taxpayer...

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 - 10:19am

Hillary Clinton made jabs at Trump in Wellesley commencement speech

Forty eight years after speaking at her own graduation, Hillary Clinton was once again at the commencement of her alma mater, Wellesley College.   Clinton addressed the Class of 2017 on Friday in a speech that jabbed at President Donald Trump, touched on the spread of false information and...

Friday, May 26, 2017 - 2:49pm

MBTA general manager Shortsleeve to step down, triggering overhaul of management

The MBTA leadership team is undergoing a sudden overhaul with Acting General Manager Brian Shortsleeve departing at the end of June, triggering a series of moves pending the hiring of a permanent CEO. Shortsleeve's exit before the expected completion later this year of a search for a permanent...

Friday, May 26, 2017 - 9:32am