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Aug 6, 2015

FBI hopes grainy video will help solve 25-year-old $500 million art heist

BOSTON (Reuters) – Federal investigators in Boston on Thursday released 25-year-old surveillance video showing a security guard admitting a man to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum the night before it was robbed of $500 million worth of art in the largest such heist in U.S. history.

The six-minute, 40-second video shows a white man, wearing glasses and apparently in his 50s or 60s, being let in by the guard through a rear entrance to the museum shortly after midnight on March 17, 1990, about 24 hours before the heist.

Aug 5, 2015

Massachusetts marijuana groups seek pot legalization vote

BOSTON (Reuters) – Two marijuana advocacy groups on Wednesday are set to submit proposed ballot initiatives that would allow Massachusetts voters to decide whether to legalize recreational pot smoking in the state.

The initiatives could become part of a wave of similar measures put before voters in a half-dozen U.S. states in 2016 as pro-marijuana groups follow a strategy that has already legalized the drug in four states plus the District of Columbia.

Aug 4, 2015

Boston-area police officer charged with beating suspect in handcuffs

BOSTON (Reuters) – A Boston-area police officer is due in court on Tuesday to face charges after repeatedly punching a handcuffed suspect he had taken into custody and then lying about it, according to local prosecutors and police.

The officer, Felix Rivera, has been suspended from his position with the Chelsea police department following the September 2014 incident, which led to charges of assault and battery, filing a false police report and violating the suspect’s civil rights.

Aug 3, 2015

Hernandez tipster had sex ties with ex-NFL star: prosecutors

BOSTON (Reuters) – Massachusetts prosecutors said on Monday that an anonymous caller, who told lawyers for former NFL star Aaron Hernandez that one of the jurors who found him guilty of murder should have been disqualified, had a sexual relationship with the athlete.

The former New England Patriots tight end was found guilty in April of murdering an acquaintance, Odin Lloyd, in 2013, and sentenced to life in prison at the end of the first of two murder trials he will face this year.

Jul 29, 2015

Court upholds conviction of ex-FBI agent tied to gangster ‘Whitey’ Bulger

By Zachary Fagenson and Scott Malone

(Reuters) – A Florida appeals court on Wednesday reinstated
the 2008 murder conviction of Boston mob boss James “Whitey”
Bulger’s longtime FBI handler for providing information the
gangster used to carry out a 1982 hit.

The state’s full Third District Court of Appeals reversed
its own decision of a year ago, which had found that the former
agent, John Connolly, had been wrongly convicted and sentenced
to 40 years in prison for his role in the murder of John
Callahan, the president of sports betting operation World

Jul 28, 2015

Boston activist group credited for defeating Olympics pitch

BOSTON (Reuters) – As recently as late Monday morning, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh had dismissed the group opposing the city’s bid for the 2024 Olympic Games as “10 people on Twitter.”

But hours later, the three thirtysomethings behind the No Boston Olympics organization emerged victorious when the U.S. Olympic Committee said it would abandon its effort to bring the 2024 Summer Games to Boston following strong public opposition.

Jul 27, 2015

U.S. drops Boston’s embattled bid to host 2024 Olympic Games

BOSTON, July 27 (Reuters) – The U.S. Olympic Committee on Monday rescinded Boston’s bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games after the mayor said his city’s taxpayers could not afford to host the large-scale event.

The move was met with relief by Massachusetts officials, who had faced an active opposition campaign that fought the idea of hosting the Summer Games, forecast to cost more than $8.6 billion, from the moment the USOC in January picked Boston over other major U.S. cities including Los Angeles, Washington and San Francisco.

Jul 27, 2015

U.S. drops bid for 2024 Olympics in Boston – committee

BOSTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) on Monday nixed Boston’s bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics, just hours after Mayor Martin Walsh said he would not “commit” to a deal if it left city taxpayers vulnerable to the costs of hosting such the large-scale event.

“We have not been able to get a majority of the citizens of Boston to support hosting the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games,” said USOC CEO Scott Blackmun, in a statement.

Jul 27, 2015

Boston to drop bid to host 2024 Olympic Games -local media

BOSTON, July 27 (Reuters) – Boston will back out of its effort to host the 2024 Olympic Games, local media reported on Monday, hours after the city’s mayor, Marty Walsh, on Monday said he would not “commit” to a deal if doing so would leave city taxpayers vulnerable to the costs of hosting such a large-scale event.

The idea of hosting the games in the city has been controversial, with opinion polls showing many residents of Boston and its surrounding communities fear the event would take a heavy toll on local budgets.

Jul 27, 2015

Boston mobster ‘Whitey’ Bulger was denied right to testify – lawyer

By Scott Malone

(Reuters) – The judge who blocked former Boston mob boss
James “Whitey” Bulger from claiming a U.S. prosecutor had given
him immunity for his crimes violated his rights by effectively
preventing him from testifying during his 2013 racketeering
trial, Bulger’s lawyer said on Monday.

The lawyer, Hank Brennan, went before a three-judge panel of
the 1st Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Boston to challenge the
conviction of Bulger, 85, on charges including committing or
ordering 11 murders in the 1970s and 1980s.

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