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Defense attorneys in Massachusetts are still waiting to find out how the fiascos at state drug labs over the last few years will affect thousands of criminal cases. Going forward, state officials say the drug labs are in much better shape, but not everyone is 100 percent convinced. Comment?
Court documents say a former Massachusetts chemist was high on drugs almost every day for the nearly eight years she worked at an Amherst drug lab. According to the documents released Tuesday, investigators found that Sonja Farak tested drug samples and testified in court while under the influence of methamphetamines, ketamine, cocaine, LSD and other drugs between 2005 and 2013. Comment?
A company is proposing to build an offshore wind farm near Cape Cod and the Islands. New England utilities would buy the electricity generated to power thousands of homes. Comment?
A Pittsfield man has been sentenced to eight years to 12 years in prison for his role in the rape of a University of Massachusetts freshman in her Amherst dorm room. Adam Liccardi was convicted last month on two counts of aggravated rape and one count of rape. Comment?
In some ways they seem a mismatched trio: Gov. Charlie Baker, a Republican from upscale Swampscott; House Speaker Robert DeLeo, a moderate Democrat from working-class Winthrop; and Senate President Stan Rosenberg, the more liberal Democrat from the college town of Amherst. Yet despite following different paths to power, the "big three" - as they're often dubbed in Statehouse corridors - have mostly succeeded in forging an image of bipartisan cooperation during Baker's early months in office, most notably during Boston's now defunct pursuit of the 2024 Olympics. Comment?
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