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400 years on, Mayflower's legacy includes pride, prejudice

Oct. 23, 2020 1:19 AM EDT

PLYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — Four centuries after white Europeans stepped off the Mayflower and onto America’s shores, some descendants of the colonists are wrestling with the complicated legacy of their ancestors amid a global racial reckoning. There is immense pride among those who can trace their...

Governor announces stimulus package as virus cases rise

Oct. 22, 2020 9:37 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker announced a $774 million plan Thursday that he said will help stabilize the economy as Massachusetts grapples with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The plan includes $115 million for businesses that have been hit particularly hard by virus restrictions, especially in the...

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) throws a pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Jets, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in East Rutherford, N.J. Garoppolo will face his former Patriots teammates for the first time on Sunday, Oct. 25. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

Garoppolo, 49ers hope to add to Patriots' recent woes

Oct. 22, 2020 6:30 PM EDT

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — When Jimmy Garoppolo arrived as a rookie quarterback in New England in 2014, it didn’t take long for his teammates to give Tom Brady’s new backup a nickname. “What a lot of us used to call him is a ‘gamer,’” Patriots veteran safety Devin...

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Jacob Lawrence painting missing for 60 years rediscovered

Oct. 22, 2020 4:41 PM EDT

A painting by American artist Jacob Lawrence that has not been seen in public for 60 years has been found and is taking its designated place in a 30-piece exhibit of Lawrence's work, officials at the Peabody Essex Museum in Massachusetts said Thursday. The exhibit of the series “Struggle: From the History...

Schools leader quits after appearing to mock Asian names

Oct. 22, 2020 2:02 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The chairperson of the Boston school board resigned Thursday after appearing to mock Asian names during a virtual meeting. Michael Loconto made the comments during a long meeting Wednesday night to discuss a proposal to drop admissions tests for the city’s elite exam schools for one...

Authorities investigate death of 14-year-old boy

Oct. 22, 2020 12:01 PM EDT

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the death of a 14-year-old intellectually disabled Fall River boy. First responders were called to the boy's home on Wednesday morning for reports of an unresponsive male, and found the girlfriend of the victim’s father performing CPR, according...

More than 460 bridges in poor condition, awaiting repairs

Oct. 22, 2020 11:28 AM EDT

RANDOLPH, Mass. (AP) — More than 460 bridges in Massachusetts are in poor condition and will stay that way without further investment, the state's secretary of transportation said. The Patriot Ledger reported Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack said at a meeting this week that the number of bridges...

Man gets up to 5 years in prison for violating gun laws

Oct. 22, 2020 10:29 AM EDT

BROCKTON, Mass. (AP) — A man authorities say traveled from Tennessee to Massachusetts with two accomplices to unlawfully sell weapons on the streets has been sentenced to up to five years in state prison. Theodore Baskette, 21, was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty in Superior Court to nine counts...

Virtual Boston Marathon raises more than $32M for charity

Oct. 22, 2020 9:44 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Boston Marathon runners raised $32.1 million for charity in the virtual edition of this year’s race, pushing the event’s fundraising total since 1989 to more than $400 million, marathon organizers said Thursday. The money will go to 242 different nonprofits through the charity...

Nurse pleads guilty to stealing dying veterans' morphine

Oct. 22, 2020 8:41 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A former nurse at a veterans’ hospital in Massachusetts has pleaded guilty to stealing liquid morphine intended for her dying patients and using it herself, federal prosecutors say. Kathleen Noftle, 55, of Tewksbury, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to tampering with a consumer product and...