Veterans group calls for stronger law enforcement action against neo-Nazis in New England

April 27, 2023

A veterans group is calling on law enforcement across New England to take a harder stance against a neo-Nazi organization that has targeted Jewish, Black and LGBTQ communities in the region. The Task Force Butler Institute, a self described anti-fascist research group made up of U.S. military vets, released a 300-page report Tuesday documenting acts of violence carried…

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NH AG’s pursuit of hate group marks a turning point in officials’ response to extremism

March 1, 2023

Dan Hastie, a maintenance worker at Temple Israel in Portsmouth, N.H., spent part of last Thursday trying to scrape away the last remnants of a red swastika from the synagogue’s back entranceway. “It’s just frustrating, you know,” Hastie said, as he tried to wash away the spray paint with acetone and a scrub brush. “Stuff like…

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Mayor Michelle Wu and Boston Police Commissioner Michael Cox.

Advocates call for re-commitment to Boston police reform after fatal beating of Tyre Nichols

January 30, 2023

Boston officials gathered in Chinatown Sunday morning to celebrate Lunar New Year – but many were thinking about Memphis, after the release of the police video showing the brutal beating death of 29-year-old Tyre Nichols at the hands of five police officers. Police Commissioner Michael Cox told reporters he was grappling with what he saw in the…

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Mass. officials ramp up efforts to combat white nationalism following rally in Jamaica Plain

July 26, 2022

After two neo-Nazi protests in Boston in a month, Massachusetts officials are deepening their efforts to combat white nationalism. District Attorney Kevin Hayden’s office announced that it will add two civil rights attorneys to its High Risk Victims Unit “due to recent hate-based incidents.” U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts Rachael Rollins said she will be creating…

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New ‘strike force’ of prosecutors to target illegal opioid prescriptions in northern New England

June 29, 2022

The U.S. Justice Department is launching an effort to combat health care providers who illegally prescribe or distribute opioids across Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire. The newly created New England Prescription Opioid Strike Force, or NEPO, comes as overdoses in the region are on the rise, including in New Hampshire, where prosecutors say there has…

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A Peels & Wheels Composting worker dumps a wheelbarrow of chopped food scraps and leaves into a bin that will be filled and left to decompose. The business uses bicycle trailers to pick up food scraps from subscribers around New Haven, Conn. The compost is then given to subscribers or donated to local community gardens.

Out of the trash, saving cash: How food waste could transform New England’s garbage

April 21, 2022

Tucked away inside a trash facility in central Connecticut is a pile of nondescript orange and green plastic bags. To the untrained eye, the mound of rotting waste looks like all the other trash piled up here, but Jack Perry, one of the owners of HQ Dumpsters & Recycling, said this trash is special. “The…

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Conn.’s top prosecutor to retire amid hiring scandal

February 9, 2022

Faced with being removed from office, Rich Colangelo — Connecticut’s top prosecutor — has informed the state’s Criminal Justice Commission that he will retire from the job March 31. Commission member Scott Murphy said the panel planned to fire Colangelo had he not stepped down. “We found the conduct of the chief state’s attorney to…

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‘It Was Just To Survive’: Trans Female Youth Face Greatest Risk Of Sexual Abuse And Exploitation

October 4, 2021

Dreya Catozzi started selling her body for cash at age 17. Born identified as a boy, Catozzi says she always knew she was female. She grew up in an impoverished family, was molested as a child and learned quickly that she had to take care of herself to stay alive. “I figured out the game…

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Police Access To Cameras In Springfield Schools Unleashes Debate On Police Protection And Overreach

June 14, 2021

The school department in Springfield, Massachusetts, is entering into an agreement that gives police access to surveillance camera footage recorded inside and outside of public school buildings. One of the goals is to help police see, in real time, what’s occurring during an emergency, such as a school shooting. But giving police access to the cameras has…

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Vermont Prisons Used Lockdowns To Slow Coronavirus, But Prisoners’ Mental Health Suffered

June 9, 2021

None of the 1,200 or so people held by the Vermont Department of Corrections died from COVID-19, making it the only state in the country with no coronavirus fatalities among its incarcerated population. But while protocols like regular testing and lockdowns might have helped Vermont prisons avoid the worst of the pandemic, the strict lockdown…

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