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By adamg - 2/9/21 - 9:27 am

The Hampshire Gazette reports the Commonwealth's Flagship Campus has ordered all students - including off campu - to stay in their rooms except to get testing or meals due to an outbreak that has so far hit several hundred. The Daily Collegian reports one frat was suspended for "two massive back-to-back parties, packed to the brim with young people dancing and drinking."

By adamg - 1/15/21 - 9:08 pm

A Worcester man was arrested this week on charges of wire fraud and aggravated identity theft for a scheme in which he'd allegedly buy commuter-rail passes to resell them at a discount over their face value. Read more.

By adamg - 1/8/21 - 10:32 pm

UMass Memorial Medical Center reported this evening that one of its caregivers who may have stormed the Capitol during the failed coup attempt "is no longer a part of our organization." Read more.

By adamg - 1/8/21 - 12:33 pm

Update: One UMass employee no longer has a job.

UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester tweeted this morning: Read more.

By adamg - 1/5/21 - 1:47 pm

You can read the whole thing here, which hinges in large part on talks with CSX on whether passenger trains can or can't travel on its tracks west of Worcester, but bottom line: Don't be penciling in a relaxing, roughly three-hour ride to Pittsfield on your schedule anytime soon.

By adamg - 1/4/21 - 1:18 pm

Parts of Worcester lost their Internet service today - along with cable TV and credit-card processing.

Worcester Public Schools, which announced in October it wouldn't cancel school because of snow, at least while classes were being taught remotely, announced today: Read more.

By adamg - 11/13/20 - 4:45 pm

The Albany Times-Union takes note of the latest Massachusetts effort to consider extending the Worcester Line to Springfield and maybe even Pittsfield and asks that as long as we're going to the bother, could we push the line a bit further and hook them up? Read more.

By adamg - 11/13/20 - 2:11 pm

Gov. Baker today announced the state will be re-opening a 240-bed field hospital in the DCU Center by December as the Covid-19 hospitalization rate continues to rise.

By adamg - 11/13/20 - 11:05 am

The Supreme Judicial Court today ordered a new trial for a man convicted on OUI charges for a 2014 crash because state troopers handcuffed him and restrained him so a nurse could withdraw two blood samples that were then used against him at his trial. Read more.

By bostonpads - 11/9/20 - 1:30 pm

The challenges faced by the Boston housing market have been well documented in 2020. The pandemic has caused massive shifts in urban population distribution in metropolitan areas all across the country, and Boston is no exception. It effectively took one of the nation’s hottest real estate markets and caused it to come to a grinding halt as apartment vacancies soar all over the city.

By adamg - 10/8/20 - 9:36 pm

Franklin Matters posts a copy of an alert from Town Administrator Jamie Hellen that a town employee provided what should have been secure login information that enabled a hacker to drain $522,000 from town accounts. Read more.

By adamg - 10/4/20 - 12:59 pm
Cows in Westboro

Photo by Westborough PD.

Police in the I-495 town of Westborough report four cunning cattle from the Uhlmans ice-cream stand went on the moove this morning before finding a particularly tasty lawn on Wachusett View Drive. Police say that with the help of the town animal-control officer and Uhlmans, they were able to wrangle the bovines back to the ice-cream stand.

By adamg - 8/31/20 - 2:20 pm

The Worcester Telegram is out with its explanation for how it came to run a full-page ad by IBEW Local 103 yesterday that urged "Worchester" residents to vote for Joe Kennedy III: Read more.

By adamg - 8/29/20 - 1:12 pm

The Massachusetts Appeals Court had to consider laws and court decisions dating to the 1600s to determine which quarreling neighbors could park and drive on an unpaved path down to a lake in central Massachusetts, but sent the case down to Superior Court yesterday for a judge there to determine whether one of the neighbors could keep his two-slip floating dock in the water at the end of the path. Read more.

By adamg - 8/27/20 - 9:36 pm

The University of Massachusetts announced the furloughs today, citing a $169-million hole in its current budget. Among the losses: $67.4 million in anticipated housing and dining revenue caused by the school's decision to hold classes remotely this semester and a $30.6-million loss in tuition revenue.

Furlough status means the workers are still eligible for benefits, including health insurance.

By adamg - 8/19/20 - 10:04 pm

Why, hello there, Holy Cross students! Sup?

The party in question was this weekend, several days after the school announced it was moving to online learning this fall. Holy Cross announced it is very, very disappointed in the students.

By adamg - 8/13/20 - 9:04 am

The Boston Sun recounts the life of Damien Hughes, stabbed to death outside the Southampton Shelter on July 31.

By adamg - 8/11/20 - 10:51 am

In a statement this morning, UMass Athletic Director Ryan Bamford announced: Read more.

By adamg - 8/6/20 - 8:34 pm

UMass Amherst alerted students and parents today that due to "the worsening conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic nationally," the school will only let students return who have no choice but to take classes in laboratories and studios or who need to be in face-to-face interactions with professors. Read more.

By adamg - 7/29/20 - 10:17 am

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today dismissed a woman's suit against the Archdiocese of Boston for the way she was fired as director of musical ministries at a Franklin church without even considering her claim that the new parish priest didn't like either her age or gender. Read more.

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