Massachusetts

Dr. Seuss museum to remove mural after complaints it depicted 'racialstereotype'

Springfield’s Dr. Seuss museum says it will remove a mural that depicts a Chinese character after three authors threatened to boycott a museum event over the “jarring racial stereotype.” The three authors, Mike Curato, Mo Willems and Lisa Yee, were invited to attend and read at...

Friday, October 6, 2017 - 3:13pm

Massachusetts to send 69 police officers to Puerto Rico

A team of local and state police officers are heading from Massachusetts to Puerto Rico to help with security duties as the U.S. territory is still reeling from two devastating hurricanes, Gov. Charlie Baker announced. Sixty-nine officers from across the state will be split into three separate two...

Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 10:09am

More former Milton Academy students come forward about experiencing sexual misconduct

After an investigation into Milton Academy in February found that four employees engaged in “sexual misconduct” with students decades ago, more former students have come forward saying that they were victims of sexual abuse. Six more former students contacted Milton to say that they...

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 10:46am

Insurers, advocates compromise on Mass. birth control coverage bill

The morning-after emergency contraception pill would be as accessible as a flu shot in Massachusetts and birth control pills could be purchased in 12-month supplies, under compromise legislation agreed to by the insurance industry and reproductive rights advocates. The compromise does not include...

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 3:47pm

MIT physicist wins Nobel Prize for discovery of gravitational waves

One hundred years ago, Albert Einstein predicted the existence of gravitational waves — but he assumed they would never be detectable. Now, Rainer Weiss, professor emeritus of physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has won the Nobel Prize in physics for 2017 for his work in...

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 2:43pm

GoFundMe created for Tewksbury woman killed in Las Vegas shooting

A GoFundMe page is raising money for the family of a Tewksbury woman who was killed in the Las Vegas shooting on Sunday night. Rhonda LeRocque, 42, was at the Route 91 Harvest Festival with her husband, Jason, and their six-year-old daughter, according to the fundraiser page, created by LeRocque...

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 10:34am

Elizabeth Warren, Ed Markey call for action after Las Vegas shooting

Massachusetts officials are offering their condolences, prayers and comments on gun violence after a mass shooting in Las Vegas Sunday night in which at least 58 people were killed and more than 515 injured. Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said that “Boston’s thoughts and prayers” are...

Monday, October 2, 2017 - 11:58am

50 arrested in Massachusetts as part of ICE operation that targeted sanctuarycities

Fifty immigrants were arrested in Massachusetts as part of a nationwide operation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that specifically honed in on “sanctuary” cities and states. Though Gov. Charlie Baker has been opposed to declaring Massachusetts a sanctuary state,...

Friday, September 29, 2017 - 2:00pm

Gas found on Vanessa Marcotte's body, suspect bought gas that day, cops say

Traces of gasoline and bug spray were found on items on Princeton jogger Vanessa Marcotte’s body, according to new court documents. A hair tie and socks found on Marcotte’s body tested positive for gasoline and DEET, and officials believe that the suspected killer bought gas on the day...

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 10:35am

Comedian Jimmy Tingle to run for Mass lieutenant governor

Comedian Jimmy Tingle has a new American dream, and it’s no joke: He’s running for Massachusetts lieutenant governor. The comedian and actor, who has appeared in “Jimmy Tingle’s American Dream,” “Boondock Saints” and more, recently wrote on his Facebook...

Monday, September 25, 2017 - 12:29pm

JFK granddaughter Tatiana Schlossberg got married in Martha's Vineyard this weekend

President John F. Kennedy’s granddaughter, Tatiana Schlossberg, tied the knot with her fiancé at the family’s Martha’s Vineyard home in Massachusetts over the weekend. The 27-year-old daughter of Caroline Kennedy married 28-year-old George Moran on Saturday in a ceremony...

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 3:22pm

Cannabis Commission chair outlines goals, initial steps

As he sets out to stand up a legal marijuana industry here, Cannabis Control Commission Chairman Steven Hoffman said Wednesday he intends for retail marijuana sales to begin by July 2018, but did not guarantee that the nascent commission would meet that timeline. Hoffman, a retired business...

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 3:54pm

AG Healey: Massachusetts will join lawsuit to defend DACA

Joining with unidentified other states, Massachusetts will go to court to defend protections for young immigrants that the Trump administration rescinded Tuesday, Attorney General Maura Healey told the News Service. Rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals was "illegal" and...

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 1:25pm

Get the Lead Out: Parents urged to take action on lead in school drinking water

As children head back to school, environmental advocates are equipping parents with resources to address the issue of lead contamination in school water fountains. “Since Flint, the issue of lead in drinking water has come to national attention,” said Ben Hellerstein, state director of...

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 11:32am

Be wary of scammers pretending to be Chicopee Powerball winner, police say

After a Chicopee resident won the Powerball jackpot last week, local police are warning residents that scammers are creating social media accounts in the winner’s name. Mavis Wanczyk, 53, won the second largest jackpot in the lottery’s history last week, a $758.7 million prize. Now,...

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 - 1:05pm

Massachusetts responders to help with Harvey relief efforts

Massachusetts emergency responders have headed to Houston to assist with the catastrophic flooding in the Texas city caused by Hurricane Harvey. Now downgraded to a tropical storm, Harvey has dropped more than 30 inches of rain on some parts of Houston. On Saturday, three Coast Guard aircrafts (...

Monday, August 28, 2017 - 4:05pm

Cape Cod politician suggests killing great white sharks, experts denounce plan

After recent reports of shark sightings close to the Cape Cod shore, one politician there is proposing a “mitigation strategy” that would involve catching and killing great whites to ensure public safety. Barnstable County Commissioner Ron Beaty's announcement of his proposed...

Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 11:59am

Massachusetts has highest educated workforce in the country: Report

Massachusetts has the most educated workforce in the country, according to a new report — how do like them apples? Half of all Massachusetts workers had a bachelor’s degree or higher in 2016, according to a report published Wednesday by the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center. That...

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 12:14pm

Video: Shark attacks seal off Cape Cod

Beachgoers who tried to enjoy Cape Cod’s Nauset beach on Monday got more than a summer day on the sand and views of the eclipse. The beach day turned frightening as swimmers saw a shark attack a seal only yards away from the shore. The shark took a fatal bite of the seal, turning the water...

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - 10:25am

Former Romney aide Beth Lindstrom announces run against Warren

Elizabeth Warren has another challenger vying for her Senate seat. Beth Lindstrom, a former aide to Gov. Mitt Romney, announced her run on Monday. In a video posted online Monday, Lindstrom said that she is not a politician, “I’m a mom who cares deeply about Massachusetts and where we...

Monday, August 21, 2017 - 11:51am