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McMurtry cleared in backside touch charge

If the touch occurred, it was unintentional, panel says

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE A SPECIAL COMMITTEE investigating whether Rep. Paul McMurtry violated the House sexual harassment policy concluded in a report Wednesday that there was “insufficient evidence” to support allegations that he inappropriately touched an incoming lawmaker at an orientation for freshmen legislators in December. The public report, a 15-page executive summary filed by House counsel(...)

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Healey joins Trump emergency declaration challenge

Says president may divert federal funds slated for Mass.

ATTORNEY GENERAL MAURA HEALEY on Wednesday joined a multi-state lawsuit challenging President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the southern border, saying the declaration jeopardizes significant federal funding for the state. Healey joined a coalition of 20 state attorneys general by signing on to an amended complaint filed by the California Attorney General’s(...)

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Dialing up the road safety debate

Racial profiling concerns clash with proposed crackdown on cellphone use

ROOTED IN ONE of the most abominable facets of the nation’s past, racial profiling remains a risk today for drivers of color. At the same time, the havoc caused by motorists distracted by smartphones, a triumph of ingenuity and engineering, presents a uniquely modern hazard on streets and highways. Efforts to grapple with those two(...)

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Arts internships coming for Boston students

Bloomberg grant brings initiative for summer positions for high school seniors

WHILE BOSTON HIGH SCHOOL students hear plenty of talk about opportunities in STEM fields, with good internships available that match them with employers in the region’s booming biomedical and tech industries, one important local sector – the arts — has long struggled to keep up when it comes to showcasing career pathways for young people.(...)

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Women underrepresented at Mass. business groups

Lewis pushing bills mandating women on state, corporate boards

A SURVEY OF THE TOP OFFICIALS and board members at 25 prominent business advocacy organizations in Massachusetts indicates women and people of color are under-represented. Women make up 51.5 percent of the state’s population, but they account for 28 percent of the business groups’ CEOs, 30 percent of their board members, and 18 percent of(...)

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Students interrupt WBUR gun violence event

Say high-profile panel not addressing their concerns

“I APPRECIATE EVERY LEGISLATOR and law enforcement in the room, but none of you dodge bullets for a living.” That was said by a parent at WBUR’s CitySpace on Monday evening when a group of student activists interrupted a high-profile forum  touting the strides Massachusetts has made in gun policy. High school students from Dorchester(...)

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Correia wins race to replace himself

Fall River mayor survives -- for now

“I AM SPEECHLESS,” declared Jasiel Correia — and he wasn’t the only one. The 29-year-old Fall River mayor had just been recalled from office — and then re-elected to that post — in a single election, a stunning electoral push-me-pull-you move by voters that left the young mayor elated and observers scratching their heads. Under federal(...)

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Correia wins race to replace himself

“I am speechless,” declared Jasiel Correia — and he wasn’t the only one. The 29-year-old Fall River mayor had just been recalled from office — and then re-elected to that post — in a single election, a stunning electoral push-me-pull-you move by voters that left the young mayor elated and observers scratching their heads. Under(...)

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Feds bust up ‘side door’ route into college

US attorney in Boston charges dozens in massive admissions scam

WITH A SLEW OF CHARGES that struck at the integrity of one of the key ladders to success, US Attorney Andrew Lelling on Tuesday attempted to break up a college admissions scam fueled by millions of dollars in bribes paid by wealthy, well-connected individuals from the worlds of business and entertainment. Dozens of people across(...)

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