Updated 9:50 pm CDT, Wednesday, October 3, 2018 FILE - In this July 29, 2016, file photo, Michelle Carter stands with her attorneys at the Bristol County Juvenile Court in Taunton, Mass. On Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, Massachusetts' highest court will hear Carter's appeal of her 2017 conviction for involuntary manslaughter. As a teenager, she sent her boyfriend text messages urging him to kill himself, which he did in July 2014. (George Rizer/The Globe via AP, Pool, File) less FILE - In this July 29, 2016, file photo, Michelle Carter stands with her attorneys at the Bristol County Juvenile Court in Taunton, Mass. On Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, Massachusetts' highest court will hear ... more Photo: George Rizer, AP Photo: George Rizer, AP Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 FILE - In this July 29, 2016, file photo, … [Read more...] about Massachusetts high court to weigh teen texting suicide case
Across the country, there will be more than 6,000 state legislative races on the ballot this November. Two of them in Massachusetts caught the eye of former President Barack Obama. Kate McBrine says she got the call last Friday while driving her kids to school for class pictures. “I just kind of lost it, screaming and applauding,” McBrine told Boston.com. “My kids were like what is going on.” The 39-year-old Hingham pediatrician is running for state Senate as a Democrat in the Plymouth and Norfolk District against incumbent Republican Sen. Patrick O’Connor. McBrine, a first-time candidate, says they had to keep the news of Obama’s endorsement under wraps until it was officially announced Monday. “We couldn’t tell anybody, which is like the hardest secret to keep,” she said. “Seeing my name on his Twitter site was just outstanding. It still is. I can’t stop smiling.” The reaction was similar up in Andover, … [Read more...] about Why did Barack Obama endorse these 2 local Massachusetts candidates?
IKEA has been accused of using union-busting tactics in its Stoughton, Massachusetts, store. In a statement to Business Insider, a company representative said IKEA believes that “freedom of choice exclusively belongs to each and every one of our coworkers.” A group of international unions filed a complaint with the Dutch Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development on September 27, accusing the company of allowing local management to create environments hostile to organised labour. IKEA’s alleged union-busting tactics have invoked the ire of a number of unions around the world. A coalition of unions led by UNI Global Union, including North America’s United Food and Commercial Workers, filed a joint complaint against the Netherlands-based company with the Dutch Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development on September 27. The complaint alleges that the furniture retailer’s “failure of due diligence” permitted local … [Read more...] about Unions are accusing IKEA of cracking down on Massachusetts workers in a series of ‘captive-audience’ meetings featuring fear-mongering PowerPoints
Bay State politicians are condemning President Donald Trump for mocking Christine Blasey Ford at rally with his supporters in Mississippi on Tuesday night. At the campaign rally, Trump made fun of Ford, who has accused the president’s nominee for the Supreme Court Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in the ’80s at a high school party, imitating her testimony before a Senate committee last week as the crowd around him laughed. Ford is one of three women who has accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct. He has denied all the allegations against him. Here’s how Massachusetts politicians are reacting to Trump’s ridicule of Ford. Rep. Jim McGovern Rep. Joe Kennedy Rep. Katherine Clark Close The biggest headlines, delivered to your inbox Get news as it happens. Sign up for Boston.com's email news alerts. Thanks for signing up! … [Read more...] about Massachusetts politicians react to Trump mocking Christine Blasey Ford at rally
BOSTON — A new coalition of Massachusetts business leaders is calling for better protections for foreign-born workers and entrepreneurs, including those that help power the state's booming science and tech sectors.The Massachusetts Business Coalition on Immigration announced its formation Monday. Officials from Bain and Company, the Worcester Chamber of Commerce and the Kendall Square Association were among the local companies and business organizations signing on. Similar nonpartisan coalitions are active in Illinois, Florida, Texas and Colorado. Massachusetts officials say they're developing a policy agenda soon. Members Monday said among the initial priorities will be to ensure companies can still hire high-skilled workers.They'll also advocate for legal residency for Haitians, Salvadorans and others on expiring Temporary Protected Status. The group aims to recruit 200 business leaders in the effort. … [Read more...] about Elizabeth Warren will dump Massachusetts to serve her ambition, writes @AdrianaCohen16 #MaPoli