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Boston Symphony Orchestra to resume in-person performances

Jun. 18, 2021 16:07 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — In a move that will surely strike a chord with music fans, the Boston Symphony Orchestra on Friday announced plans to reopen Symphony Hall and resume in-person performances for a complete season starting in September. The BSO will open the 2021-2022 season...

Charlestown man pleads guilty to trafficking firearms

Jun. 18, 2021 16:06 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A Charlestown man has pleaded guilty to illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and dealing in firearms without a license, after selling more than 30 firearms to gang members and others barred from possessing guns. Charles Barker, 45, entered...

Firefighter alleges he was subjected to racial slurs

Jun. 18, 2021 14:06 PM EDT

NEWTON, Mass. (AP) — A veteran Massachusetts firefighter has filed a lawsuit against the city of Newton alleging that he has been subjected to racist language on the job and has experienced a hostile work environment. Newton firefighter Lee Gilliam, who is Black,...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Jun. 18, 2021 12:58 PM EDT

Rutland Herald. June 14, 2021. Editorial: First in the nation Congratulations, Vermont. We did it. We moved the needle back to “normal.” First in the nation to do so. Four hundred fifty nine days since the state of emergency...

Celtics' send Kemba Walker, 16th pick to Thunder for Horford

Jun. 18, 2021 11:52 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Celtics are bringing Al Horford back, trading point guard Kemba Walker to Oklahoma City for the five-time All-Star on Friday in Brad Stevens' first major move since he moved from the Boston bench to the front office. Boston will also send the No. 16...

Union workers protest Boston's in-person work order

Jun. 18, 2021 11:30 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A union that represents about 800 Boston city employees who have been working remotely during the pandemic has filed an unfair labor practices claim against acting Mayor Kim Janey’s administration for unilaterally ordering them back to the office. The...

Health economist: Opioids cost community $3.3B in damages

Jun. 18, 2021 11:10 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A Harvard health economist has testified that prescription opioids have caused an estimated $3.3 billion in damages in a West Virginia community. Thomas McGuire, professor of health economics at Harvard Medical School, testified Thursday in a...

Former Boston police sergeant pleads guilty in OT fraud case

Jun. 18, 2021 08:33 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A former Boston police sergeant has pleaded guilty to collecting more than $25,000 in fraudulent overtime pay while working at the department's evidence locker, federal prosecutors said. Gerard O’Brien, 62, of Braintree, pleaded guilty on Thursday to...

Carlisle steps down as Mavs' coach, one day after GM departs

Jun. 17, 2021 21:04 PM EDT

Rick Carlisle stepped down as coach of the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday, the second major departure for that franchise in as many days. Carlisle spent 13 seasons in Dallas, leading the Mavericks to the 2011 NBA title. His decision was announced one day after general...

Rower embarks on solo voyage from Trans-Atlantic to France

Jun. 17, 2021 19:23 PM EDT

CHATHAM, Mass. (AP) — Rower Guirec Soudée has a 3,000 mile journey through the Atlantic Ocean before he hits home again. The French rower has set off on a three month journey from Cape Cod to his hometown and small island of Yvinec in Brittany, France, reported the...