Gov. Patrick begins reviewing several major bills
BOSTON (AP) - Gov. Deval Patrick says he's pleased lawmakers were able to pass several major bills, but wants time to review them before deciding which to sign into law.
Patrick made his comments Friday morning just hours after lawmakers wrapping up work on their two-year formal session, blowing past a Thursday midnight deadline.
One bill would give police chiefs the right to go to court to try to deny firearms identification cards needed to buy rifles or shotguns to individuals they feel are unsuitable.
Another would make several changes to the state's domestic violence laws, including providing up to 15 days of employment leave for victims.
Other bills given final approval would address the state's substance abuse troubles and create a sales-tax-free holiday on the weekend of Aug. 16-17.
Patrick has 10 days to sign the bills.
Robert Kennedy Jr. to marry actress Cheryl Hines
HYANNIS, Mass. (AP) - Robert Kennedy Jr. and "Curb Your Enthusiasm" actress Cheryl Hines are planning to tie the knot in a wedding at the Kennedy compound in Massachusetts.
Kennedy's cousin Patrick Kennedy, a former congressman, says the wedding is planned for Saturday afternoon at Ethel Kennedy's home in Hyannis Port on Cape Cod. He says many members of the family are planning to attend.
The 60-year-old Robert Kennedy is an environmental lawyer and activist who lives in New York. He is son of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and nephew of President John F. Kennedy and the late Sen. Edward Kennedy. It will be his third marriage.
Hines has been nominated twice for Emmys for her role playing Larry David's wife on HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm." She also appeared in the ABC series "Suburgatory."
Judge says Raimondo must be deposed on 38 Studios
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island General Treasurer Gina Raimondo must submit to a deposition in a lawsuit brought over the deal that gave a $75 million state loan guarantee to Curt Schilling's video game company.
Raimondo was not in office when the deal with 38 Studios was struck in 2010 and she opposed it when she was running for general treasurer. Now, she's running for governor.
A lawyer for Keith Stokes, former executive director of the state's economic development agency, wants to ask Raimondo about communications she had with the agency when she was a candidate.
Raimondo's lawyer said she could answer written questions, but Superior Court Judge Michael Silverstein on Friday said she must submit to a deposition.
Defense lawyers also want to depose Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee. He opposed the deal as a candidate.
Board names new chancellor for UNC Asheville
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - The woman who has been president of the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts since 2002 will be the next chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Asheville.
The UNC Board of Governors voted Friday to name 53-year-old Mary Grant to the post. She'll assume her duties Jan. 5, 2015, succeeding Anne Ponder.
Ponder said in January that she would retire this summer after nine years as chancellor.
UNC President Tom Ross said Doug Orr will serve as UNC Asheville's interim chancellor, beginning Sept. 1. Orr is president emeritus of Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa.
Man faces gun charges in alleged Obama threat
LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) - A Massachusetts man has been arrested on gun charges in connection with an investigation into alleged threats against President Barack Obama.
Stephen Perroti, of Lawrence, pleaded not guilty to nine firearms charges Friday during his arraignment in Lawrence District Court. A judge ordered him held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing Aug. 8.
A prosecutor told the judge that the U.S. Secret Service contacted Lawrence police regarding alleged threats made against the president. She said that during a search of Perroti's home Thursday, authorities found an AR-15 assault rifle, three scopes and 4 high-capacity magazines and ammunition.
The 28-year-old Perrotti allegedly made threats to kill Obama "even if it takes a lifetime," according to a police report obtained by The Eagle-Tribune newspaper.
The Secret Service and Perroti's lawyer did not immediately return calls seeking comment.
Man found fatally stabbed in Boston park
BOSTON (AP) - Boston police are investigating the stabbing death of a man whose body was found in a city park.
The body of the unidentified man, believed to be in his 40s, was found on Friday in Joe Moakley Park in the South Boston neighborhood after a jogger called police.
Police said a trail of blood was found in the park. Investigators are trying to determine the exact spot where the stabbing took place.
No arrests are reported.
Girl at Market Basket protest struck by car
SEABROOK, N.H. (AP) - Police say 12-year-old girl was struck by a car while attending a Market Basket protest in Seabrook, New Hampshire.
Police said the accident happened at about 6 p.m. Thursday. Police said the girl was seriously injured. A hospital spokeswoman said the child was admitted in stable condition. The girl's name was not released.
Investigators said the incident did not appear to be intentional and that the driver is cooperating with authorities as the accident is investigated.
The New England grocery store chain is embroiled in a family feud featuring two cousins who have been at odds for decades.
Workers are demanding the reinstatement of former CEO Arthur T. Demoulas, whom they credit with keeping prices low, treating them well and guiding the company's success.
MASSACHUSETTS GAMBLING MGM
MGM finalizes purchase of 2 Springfield properties
BOSTON (AP) - MGM Resorts International has taken ownership of two historic city-owned properties as it plans to build an $800 million casino in downtown Springfield.
City and casino officials confirmed Friday that the Las Vegas-based casino giant closed on the former Zanetti School and the Armory building Thursday. The final purchase price was $3.2 million, or $1.6 million for each building.
MGM proposes to maintain the castle-like facade of the Armory, but the school will be demolished. Both buildings were badly damaged in during a 2011 tornado.
MGM proposes a casino, hotel, shopping and entertainment complex on 14.5 acres.
The project's future remains uncertain as November voters will consider repealing the state's 2011 casino law. MGM was awarded the state's first casino license in June, pending the outcome of the election.
Keith Urban: 'Horrified' by alleged rape at show
MANSFIELD, Mass. (AP) - Keith Urban says he's "horrified" by reports of a possible sexual assault at his concert last weekend south of Boston.
Eighteen-year-old Sean Murphy of Boston has pleaded not guilty to a rape charge filed after concertgoers told police they saw a possible assault on the lawn at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield. Bystanders captured the scene on cellphone cameras.
Murphy says the incident was consensual. The alleged victim told a bystander who intervened that she hadn't consented.
Urban made the statement in a Thursday Facebook posting, adding: "Our hearts and prayers go out to all those affected. This type of behavior stands in stark contrast to the spirit of our shows."
Several dozen people were treated for alcohol-related illnesses at the July 26 concert.
Woman missing from Maine campground is found
WATERFORD, Maine (AP) - The Maine Warden Service says a woman who went missing from a campground in Waterford has been found.
Warden says 62-year-old Christine Loring from Winthrop, Massachusetts, was located Friday morning at a rest area about 2 miles from the Papoose Pond Campground.
Wardens say she walked to the location early Friday after last being seen at about 2:30 a.m.
She was found by an Oxford County Sheriff's deputy.
Amtrak's Downeaster back to full schedule
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Amtrak's Downeaster is back on a regular schedule following a month of train cancellations caused by track maintenance.
The Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority announced it's running a full schedule effective Friday, now that the maintenance and repairs are complete.
Executive Director Patricia Quinn says Pan Am Railways, which owns the track between Brunswick and the Massachusetts border, had to replace 2,000 rail ties.
The passenger rail service runs from Brunswick, Maine, to Boston.
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