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Nov 6, 2015

Boston men accused of hate crimes; police say they cited Trump

BOSTON (Reuters) – Two Boston brothers accused of urinating on and beating a homeless Mexican man have been charged with hate crimes after being quoted by police as saying, “Donald Trump was right, all these illegals need to be deported.”

Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley said on Friday a grand jury had brought the new charges against Scott Leader, 38, and Steve Leader, 30, arrested on Aug. 19 on suspicion of beating 58-year-old Guillermo Rodriguez as he slept in a subway station.

Oct 30, 2015
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Survivors of clergy sex abuse hope “Spotlight” film brings victims forward

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(Suzy Nauman (R) of Arlington, Massachusetts leads the way as protesters demonstrate about the clergy child sex abuse scandal in Boston, on Mother’s Day, May 12, 2002. REUTERS/Jim Bourg)

Survivors of clergy sex abuse said they hope the upcoming film “Spotlight,” about the Boston Globe’s groundbreaking report that Roman Catholic officials routinely covered up abuse by priests, prompts more victims to publicly confront their abusers.

Oct 27, 2015

Tiny New Hampshire communities guard midnight voting tradition

By Scott Malone

HART’S LOCATION, N.H. (Reuters) – At midnight on a yet-to-be chosen Tuesday early next year, the roughly 40 residents of New Hampshire’s smallest town will pack into a small log building off the main road to cast some of the first votes in the race for the White House.

Hart’s Location is one of three tiny communities nestled in the White Mountains where people cast the first votes in the first U.S. presidential nominating primary every four years.

Oct 26, 2015

Maine marijuana-legalization groups join forces on ballot measure

BOSTON (Reuters) – Two groups that had backed competing ballot initiatives to make recreational use of marijuana legal in the state of Maine agreed on Monday to join forces in support of just one measure they want to put before voters in 2016.

The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol said that it would put its organization behind a ballot initiative submitted by Legalize Maine.

Oct 19, 2015

Boston mobster Bulger’s girlfriend to face contempt charges

BOSTON (Reuters) – Former Boston mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger’s longtime girlfriend, Catherine Greig, is due in court on Monday to face contempt charges for allegedly refusing to testify about whether anyone helped the couple during their 16 years on the lam.

Greig, 64, is already serving an eight-year sentence in federal prison in Waseca, Minnesota after pleading guilty in 2012 to charges of identity fraud and harboring a fugitive stemming from her years hiding with Bulger.

Oct 15, 2015

U.S. detention hearing for ex-Anglo Irish Bank CEO delayed

BOSTON (Reuters) – The former head of Anglo Irish Bank will
spend another 10 days in jail as U.S. authorities debate whether
to send him back to Ireland to face criminal charges arising
from the bank’s collapse, after his lawyers obtained a delay in
his bail hearing.

The executive, David Drumm, asked a U.S. district court in
Boston on Thursday to reschedule until Oct. 26 a hearing to
determine whether to release him ahead of an extradition hearing
to give his attorney more time to gather information from Irish
lawyers, according to a court filing.

Oct 15, 2015

Parishioners vow to continue Massachusetts vigil despite trespass ruling

By Scott Malone

SCITUATE, Mass. (Reuters) – Parishioners who have occupied their Massachusetts church for 11 years to prevent the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston from closing it vowed on Thursday to continue their vigil despite a ruling by the state’s top court that they are trespassing.

A group of parishioners of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Church in Scituate said they would keep up their 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week vigil, the last of a half-dozen mounted by Boston-area parishes targeted for closure early in the Church’s sexual abuse crisis.

Oct 15, 2015
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Parishioners trespassing in long vigil at Massachusetts Catholic church: court

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(Parishioner Maria Alves knits while keeping a vigil at St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Roman Catholic church in Scituate, Massachusetts July 22, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder)

Massachusetts’ top court on Wednesday ruled that parishioners who have staged a decade-long vigil aimed at stopping the closure of their Roman Catholic church are trespassing in violation of state laws.

Oct 14, 2015

Court says Boston-area church parishioners’ vigil is trespassing

By Scott Malone

(Reuters) – Massachusetts’ top court on Wednesday ruled that
parishioners who have staged a decade-long vigil aimed at
stopping the closure of their Roman Catholic church are
trespassing in violation of state laws.

St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Church is the last of a
half-dozen Boston-area churches that parishioners occupied in
opposition to a 2004 decision by the Archdiocese of Boston to
close some 70 churches, as the clergy sex abuse scandal began to
take a heavy toll on church finances.

Oct 14, 2015

Parishioners trespassing in long vigil at Massachusetts church -court

BOSTON (Reuters) – Massachusetts’ top court on Wednesday ruled that parishioners who have staged a decade-long vigil aimed at stopping the closure of their Roman Catholic church are trespassing in violation of state laws.

St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Church is the last of a half-dozen Boston-area churches that parishioners occupied in opposition to a 2004 decision by the Archdiocese of Boston to close some 70 churches, as the clergy sex abuse scandal began to take a heavy toll on church finances.

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      "Scott Malone is the Boston-based editor in charge for general news overseeing the northeastern United States, where he covers everything from politics to storms to the weird and wonderful of New England. Scott has interviewed newsmakers ranging from Macky Sall, the president of Senegal, to chart-topping rockers Aerosmith. His reporting has taken him from storm-swept New Orleans to the weather observatory atop Mount Washington in New Hampshire."
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