Saturday, May 25, 2013
The house passed legislation to treat most 17-year-olds as juvenile defenders. Is this a compassionate or dangerous change?
Massachusetts is currently one of only 11 states that tries 17-year-olds as adults. A bill passed this week by the state's House of Representatives would make these teenagers juvenile defenders, according to a report by 7News Boston. That will put the commonwealth in line with most other states, where adult court is reserved for individuals 18 and older. The bill still allows the state to try 17-year-olds as adults in serious cases, like murders. But proponents hope the change will reduce cases of rape in the state's prison system by keeping younger inmates away from older, stronger convicts. What do you think? Are we getting too soft on younger defendants? Or is this a justified, compassionate change to protect teenagers? Tell us your …
Recap and analysis of the week in state government.
The rush from Beacon Hill to the westbound turnpike this week had as much to do with two of Worcester's political sons beating feet from the capitol as with the impending Memorial Day weekend. As Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray attempted as graceful an exit as possible from politics, fellow Worcester Democrat Rep. John Fresolo made his hasty escape under an ethics cloud feeling "marginalized" by his peers and pressured to resign, which he did. If not for those two storylines, the focus may have been on the Senate's breakneck budget debate concluding Thursday night as senators wiped their hands clean of 725 amendments and passed a $34 billion fiscal 2014 budget without the need for Senate President Therese Murray to threaten a Friday or Saturday …
Friday, May 24, 2013
From Memorial Day parades to holiday fender benders, this live map shows delays and diversions on Boston area roads right now.
If you're on a mobile device, click here to view the map. When you're done getting gas and packing the car, check out the live results from MapQuest above to see what's standing between you and the start of your three-day weekend. Mapquest scans for parade routes, ongoing construction, block parties and traffic jams. If your route is green, your good. If it's red, you may be headed into a line of rubbernecking fools. Good luck!
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Braintree's Memorial Day Observance is scheduled for Sunday, May 26 at 11 a.m. at the Garden of Honor at Blue Hill Cemetery. Look for coverage on Braintree Patch and feel free to send along your own Memorial Day memories, photos or thoughts by blogging on Patch: http://braintree.patch.com/blog
The Fontbonne Academy Class of 2013 included three Braintree residents.
Julia Butts, Brittney Cahill and Kylie Noonan received their diplomas from Fontbonne Academy on Thursday, May 23. The 56th commencement ceremony was held on the Milton school's front lawn. All three Braintree graduates are college-bound. Julia Butts will attend Yale, while Kylie Noonan is going to Eckherd College and Brittney Cahill plans to go to the University of Connecticut. Braintree was also well represented at the Fontbonne Academy Awards Ceremony on May 21. Julia Butts received the following awards" Excellence in Advanced Placement Calculus, Leadership in the Fountain Friends and Leadership to Ambassadors. Kylie Noonan was recognized for Academic Excellence in Masterworks Honors and Excellence in Theology 4.
Details on homes for sale in Braintree.
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You can use this gas price widget to always find the lowest price of the moment. Pro tip: Gas up early this week to save money.
Click here for a full-screen view of the gas price map. If you don't see a map of our local area, click the magnifying glass in the upper right to enter your address. Nationwide, gas prices were predicted to be lower this summer compared to the last three years, but that won't translate into savings at the pump this Memorial Day weekend, experts said. "Motorists this year are facing rising gas prices heading into the Memorial Day holiday," said Michael Green, a AAA spokesman, adding that Memorial Day 2013 would probably be the most expensive since 2011. In past years, prices have declined heading into early summer as oil refineries produced more gasoline to meet expected summer driving demand. This year, though, Midwest refineries haven'…
A run-down of events and other useful information for your life in Braintree on May 24, 2013.
Plenty of firsts today in history: The first passenger railroad in the U.S. opened in 1830 in Maryland; the Brooklyn Bridge first opened in 1883; the first MLB game played at night happened at Cincinnati's Crosley Field against the Phillies; trans-Atlantic Concorde service opened to Washington; and in 2001, the Democrats gained control of the Senate for the first time since 1994 (kudos NYTimes). 1. The Special Education Parent Advisory Council meets at 11:45 a.m. at the Special Services Office at Braintree High School. 2. The Housing Authority meets at 7:30 a.m. at 25 Roosevelt St. 3. Today is Math MVP Day at Hollis Elementary School. Students wear special T-shirts every Friday in May. 4. Possible showers and thunderstorms all Memorial Day…
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Here are five luxury vehicles for sale locally.
Here is a collection of five luxury cars you can take home from a local dealership today. 1. 2013 Chrysler 300C Luxury Series, $47,625 The 300C has an automatic transmission and a 3.6L V6 24V MPFI DOHC engine. The exterior of this new vehicle is jazz blue pearlcoat. This Chrysler is available at Quirk Chrysler Jeep, Braintree, according to cars.com. 2. 2012 Hyundai Genesis 3.8, $23,995 This Genesis has a 3.8L V6 24V GDI DOHC engine and an 8-speed automatic transmission. There are 26,650 miles on this vehicle. The exterior is twilight blue pearl and the interior is cashmere. This vehicle is available at Hyundai of Plymouth, according to cars.com. 3. 2011 Mercedes-Benz E350 4MATIC, $46,500 The E350 4MATIC has a 3.5L V6 24V MPFI DOHC engine …
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