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Finalists for UMass Boston job all withdraw

Finalists for UMass Boston job all withdraw

Cite critical comments by faculty council; new interim chief named

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE THREE FINALISTS to become the next University of Massachusetts Boston chancellor each withdrew from consideration over the weekend, citing “extreme disappointment” with actions by the school’s faculty council, according to UMass President Marty Meehan. On Monday — the same day trustees were originally scheduled to vote on a chancellor —(...)

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Meehan: Many more college closures coming

Meehan: Many more college closures coming

Mount Ida official said school faced 'perfect storm of failures'

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE LESSONS FROM THE CONTROVERSIAL acquisition of Mount Ida College by the University of Massachusetts could be used to shape similar deals in the future, according to UMass President Marty Meehan, who told state senators on Wednesday they should expect to see more colleges close. “There are going to be other closures,(...)

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Hefner indicted on felony charges

Hefner indicted on felony charges

Conley: Inappropriate, criminal behavior by Rosenberg's husband

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE A GRAND JURY on Thursday indicted Bryon Hefner, the husband of former Senate President Stanley Rosenberg, on felony charges connected with five sexual assaults, criminal lewdness, and the distribution of nude photos without consent. Hefner, 30, faces five counts of indecent assault and battery, one count of open and gross lewdness(...)

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DeLeo sheds more light on non-disclosures

DeLeo sheds more light on non-disclosures

Now says 15 of the 33 were part of a reduction in force

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE HOUSE SPEAKER ROBERT DELEO used two different figures this week in describing the number of non-disclosure agreements signed by departing House employees during his tenure, and an explanation for that discrepancy has now emerged. DeLeo’s office said Thursday that “approximately 33” people who were terminated or left in a manner other(...)

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Speaker: Non-disclosure agreements ‘part of doing business’

Speaker: Non-disclosure agreements ‘part of doing business’

DeLeo disputes notion that DiZoglio was pressured into signing an NDA

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE A DAY AFTER two state representatives blasted the Massachusetts House’s use of nondisclosure and non-disparagement agreements with some departing employees, Speaker Robert DeLeo on Friday defended the practice as a “part of doing business.” During debate Thursday on a legislative rules package intended to better equip the House to respond to(...)

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Chandler expresses confidence in Rosenberg probe

Chandler expresses confidence in Rosenberg probe

Says witnesses who come forward voluntarily will have confidentiality

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE ACTING SENATE PRESIDENT HARRIETTE CHANDLER expressed confidence Monday in the integrity of an ongoing sexual harassment investigation in the Senate, in the wake of reports that confidentiality concerns may keep some victims from coming forward. The Senate Ethics Committee in December brought on a legal team from the firm Hogan Lovells(...)

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Chandler elected acting Senate president

Chandler elected acting Senate president

Investigation ordered into allegations of sexual misconduct, Senate interference by Rosenberg husband

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE SENATE INITIATED an Ethics Committee investigation on Monday night into its now former president Sen. Stanley Rosenberg in a dramatic day of upheaval that saw Worcester Democrat Harriette Chandler installed as the new acting Senate president pending the outcome of an investigation into sexual harassment and Senate interference by Rosenberg’s(...)

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House pushes narrower criminal justice legislation

House pushes narrower criminal justice legislation

Ex-SJC chief Ireland hails 'reform bill for real world'

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE MASSACHUSETTS HOUSE plans to consider substantial changes to the way justice is delivered, with a powerful committee polling members Monday on legislation to repeal certain mandatory minimum sentences for drug crimes, grant people additional opportunities to clear their records, and crack down on chronic drunk drivers. The House plans to(...)

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Top Baker aide offers sex offender fixes

Top Baker aide offers sex offender fixes

Public safety chief says board did not 'lose' 1,769 offenders

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE IN RESPONSE TO A CRITICAL AUDIT, the state’s top public safety official on Tuesday outlined changes that could be made at the agency tasked with monitoring sex offenders, including the fingerprinting of Level 1 offenders. Public Safety and Security Secretary Daniel Bennett testified at an oversight hearing called after a state(...)

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Partners hospitals decry ‘legislative attack’

Partners hospitals decry ‘legislative attack’

Community hospitals applaud bill as a lifeline

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE Plans to tackle hospital pricing are emerging as a flashpoint in the Senate’s health care reform bill, with the head of Massachusetts General Hospital decrying an unfair attack while community hospital heads cheered them as a potential lifeline. The 100-page bill, rolled out last week by a working group helmed by(...)

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