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Lawmakers urge speedy aid for struggling fishermen

BOSTON (AP) - Members of the Massachusetts' all-Democratic congressional delegation are urging the federal Department of Commerce to immediately begin the process of allocating $75 million in fishery disaster funding.

The funding was included in a government spending bill that passed in January.

In the letter to Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey and six U.S. House members argue that the impact of the fishing crisis on Massachusetts fishermen accounts for 90 percent of the economic disaster in the Northeast region.

They also argue the money should be distributed directly to the state so it can be more efficiently delivered to fishermen, an approach suggested by Gov. Deval Patrick.

In January 2014, a federal law passed providing $75 million in disaster assistance to struggling fishermen and fishing-related businesses.


Massachusetts homes sales down in March

BOSTON (AP) - Two organizations that follow the state's real estate market say a shortage of homes on the market is driving down sales while driving up prices.

The Massachusetts Association of Realtors reported Wednesday that the number of sales of single-family dropped almost 12 percent last month when compared to the same month a year ago, while the median price jumped more than 8 percent to more than $314,000.

The Warren Group, a publisher of business data, reported an 8 percent decrease in sales volume and a nearly 9 percent boost in the median price to $315,000, the 18th consecutive month of higher year-over-year prices.

The organizations use slightly different figures in their calculations.

Realtors President Peter Ruffini says rising home values provides an incentive for owners to put their homes on the market.


Medford man denies enticement charge

ATTLEBORO, Mass. (AP) - A 30-year-old Medford man has been charged with offering a 12-year-old girl cash, gifts and concert tickets in exchange for nude photos of herself.

Peter Campobasso was held on $10,000 bail after pleading not guilty Tuesday in Attleboro District Court to a charge of enticing a minor to pose in the nude. He was also barred from using the Internet.

Prosecutors say Campobasso met the Mansfield girl on Facebook and offered her $500, gifts from a mall and tickets to a Justin Bieber concert during telephone calls and text messages in exchange for photos. The girl sent a photo of herself clothed.

The girl's parents notified police.

Campobasso's court-appointed lawyer says her client denies the charges.

Police are investigating to see if there are other possible victims.


Lowell girl burned when hair gets stuck in toaster

(Information in the following story is from: The (Lowell, Mass.) Sun, )

LLOWELL, Mass. (AP) - An 11-year-old Lowell girl was taken to a hospital after her hair got caught in a toaster and she suffered serious burns to her forehead.

Police tell The Sun that emergency crews responded to a home yesterday afternoon after getting a 911 call.

Firefighters and EMT's treated the girl at the scene before she was taken to Lowell General Hospital.

Authorities say two to three inches of burned skin was visible on the girl's forehead, and some appeared to be peeling.

Police say the girl suffered second- or third-degree burns.

Family members told police the girl was looking down into a toaster that was in use when her hair got stuck.


Leicester woman charged in Worcester hit-and-run

(Information in the following story is from: Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.), )

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) - Police have charged a Leicester woman in connection with a hit-and-run in Worcester earlier this month that took the life of an 83-year-old man.

Elizabeth Marc-Aurele is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday on charges of leaving the scene of an accident involving personal injury and death, failure to file an accident report, failing to slow for a pedestrian, and motor vehicle homicide.

Police tell The Telegram & Gazette the 24-year-old woman came to police headquarters on Tuesday morning with her lawyer.

Investigators had been searching for the driver that hit Albert Sescilla in the early morning hours of April 12 as he walked across the street. He lived in a nearby rest home.

Police say the driver of a dark minivan left the scene without stopping.


Judge hears arguments in women's jail lawsuit

(Information in the following story is from: The Springfield (Mass.) Republican, )

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - A federal judge has heard arguments in a lawsuit brought by 178 former and current inmates at a women's jail in western Massachusetts who say their constitutional rights are being violated because male guards are videotaping strip searches.

The suit against the Hampden County sheriff, who oversees the Western Massachusetts Women's Correctional Center in Chicopee, was originally brought by two inmates in September 2011.

The Republican reports that a federal judge heard arguments Tuesday.

The plaintiffs argue that allowing men to be present during strip searches at the jail is degrading and a violation of their protection against unreasonable searches under the Fourth Amendment.

A lawyer for the sheriff says the male guards are trained to turn away while videotaping so they don't see anything.

The judge did not immediately rule.


Hillary Clinton headlining forums in Mass., Conn.

STORRS, Conn. (AP) - Hillary Clinton will be headlining forums in Boston and at the University of Connecticut as she considers another run for president in 2016.

The Democratic former secretary of state, U.S. senator and first lady is set to give a keynote address Wednesday afternoon at the Simmons Leadership Conference in Boston, then travel to UConn in Storrs, Conn., to speak at a contemporary issues forum in the early evening.

The Boston event has been hosted by Simmons College for 35 years and bills itself as the longest-running women's leadership forum in the country. It's sold out.

The Edmund Fusco Contemporary Issues Forum at UConn is closed to the public.

Clinton has traveled widely after leaving the State Department to give speeches to industry groups, college students and others.


Embattled Boston U coach Greenberg resigns

BOSTON (AP) - Boston University coach Kelly Greenberg, under fire from some former players who alleged she was verbally and emotionally abusive, has stepped down.

The university announced Wednesday that Greenberg has resigned after 10 years at the helm.

The university assembled a panel to investigate the allegations of abuse that four former scholarship players say prompted them to quit the team last season.

University senior vice president Todd Klipp said while the panel found that many of the allegations against Greenberg could not be substantiated, "a compelling case was made ... that the manner in which coach Greenberg interacted with many of her players was incompatible with the expectations and standards for university employees."

Supporters called her a tough but fair coach.

Greenberg went 186-127 at BU, including 13-20 last season.

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