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Schools want state cover virus-related costs of reopening

Jul. 2, 2020 10:22 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — School committess across Massachusetts are asking the state to cover all associated with protecting students and staff from the coronavirus when classes restart. More than 100 school committees have passed identical resolutions seeking full state reimbursement for all COVID-19-related costs,...

Massachusetts tells fireworks seller to stop ads in state

Jul. 2, 2020 9:12 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts attorney general is demanding that a fireworks retailer with stores in New Hampshire stop targeting its advertising to residents of Massachusetts, where fireworks are illegal. Attorney General Maura Healey in a cease-and-desist letter sent Wednesday to Phantom Fireworks...

In this Wednesday, June 24, 2020, photograph, Noah Hicks, owner of Spokehouse Bikes in the Upham's Corner neighborhood of Boston, poses at his shop. Many from outside Boston have donated to and shopped at the store which was robbed and vandalized earlier in the month. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Black-owned businesses see sales surge amid racism reckoning

Jul. 2, 2020 7:03 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — When Mahdi Hashemian was looking for a bicycle for his 7-year-old daughter Zeynab last week, the Cambridge, Massachusetts, resident decided to skip his local cycle shops in favor of a Black-owned one a few miles away in Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood. At Spokehouse, a bike shop with...

Chris Sherman, second from left, operations manager of Faneuil Hall Marketplace, opens a large window to kiosks as it reopens to the public, Wednesday, July 1, 2020, in Boston. The market, which includes several buildings of retail outlets and restaurants and lined with cobblestone walkways, was closed in March because of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Boston's Faneuil Hall reopening; 28 more COVID-19 deaths

Jul. 1, 2020 6:05 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Faneuil Hall Marketplace, one of Boston's most popular tourist destinations, reopened to the public Wednesday with a pair of special performances by the facility's favorite street musicians. The market, which includes several buildings of retail outlets and restaurants and lined with...

Janet Johnson of Pawcatuck, Ct., front, speaks at a news conference while her husband, Norman, looks on after the sentencing hearing Wednesday, July 1, 2020, for James Curtis Clanton in the death of Helene Pruszynski, Janet Johnson's younger sister, four decades ago in Castle Rock, Colo. Clanton has been sentenced to life in prison. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Man sentenced to life in 1980 killing of Colorado intern

Jul. 1, 2020 5:44 PM EDT

A Florida man was sentenced to life in prison on Wednesday for killing a college student from Massachusetts who was working as a Denver radio station intern 40 years ago, a case solved with the help of DNA profiles shared by relatives online. James Curtis Clanton, 63, a truck driver from Lake Butler, Florida, was...

Sen. Markey, Rep. Kennedy both report $1.9M fundraising haul

Jul. 1, 2020 5:42 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts U.S. Sen. Edward Markey raised more than $1.9 million in the past three months, ending the quarter with about $4.8 million in cash left in his campaign account, campaign manager John Walsh said Wednesday. U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III, Markey's Democratic primary challenger, also...

Town finds 200 uncounted ballots a week after election

Jul. 1, 2020 3:58 PM EDT

GRAFTON, Mass. (AP) — An official in a Massachusetts town has found more than 200 uncounted early-voting ballots in the town clerk's vault a week after the election, throwing the passage of an override vote into question, authorities say. Grafton Town Administrator Timothy McInerney told the select board...

Revere police make arrest in vandalism to Muslim woman's car

Jul. 1, 2020 3:28 PM EDT

REVERE, Mass. (AP) — The person police say is responsible for spray painting swastikas on all four sides of a Muslim woman’s car in a Boston suburb last month has been arrested. Jason Pagliuca, 38, of Revere, was arrested Tuesday and charged with defacement of property and and property damage for...

Police detective fired after anti-police social media post

Jul. 1, 2020 12:16 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts police detective who posted on social media a picture of her niece at a Black Lives Matter event holding a sign that suggested shooting police officers has been fired, according to a published report. Rookie Springfield Detective Florissa Fuentes tells The...

Gang leader pleads guilty to racketeering, drug charges

Jul. 1, 2020 8:42 AM EDT

A man described by authorities as the former second in command of the Massachusetts Almighty Latin Kings gang has pleaded guilty to racketeering and drug charges, federal prosecutors said. Jorge Rodriguez, 32, who pleaded guilty Tuesday, faces up to 25 years in prison at sentencing scheduled for Oct. 16,...