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March 1, 2014
Is there a more messed-up saga in the news than that of the state of Massachusetts’ treatment of teenager Justina Pelletier and her family? Short version: Probably not. That’s why a bunch of people came out today to support Pelletier, who has been held by the state and a Boston hospital for more than a year due to a debate at the institutional level over whether her medical ailment is physical or psychological. Doctors at Pelletier’s normal hospital, Tufts Medical Center, said it was a rare physical disorder (EDIT: Though as herblondness notes, this wasn’t an across-the-board opinion on the matter); Boston Children’s Hospital decided it wasn’t, and tried to remove her from her parents’ custody.
Her support system is fairly diverse in this case, with both the ACLU and a conservative group known for its role in the Terri Schiavo saga taking the teenager’s side.

Is there a more messed-up saga in the news than that of the state of Massachusetts’ treatment of teenager Justina Pelletier and her family? Short version: Probably not. That’s why a bunch of people came out today to support Pelletier, who has been held by the state and a Boston hospital for more than a year due to a debate at the institutional level over whether her medical ailment is physical or psychological. Doctors at Pelletier’s normal hospital, Tufts Medical Center, said it was a rare physical disorder (EDIT: Though as herblondness notes, this wasn’t an across-the-board opinion on the matter); Boston Children’s Hospital decided it wasn’t, and tried to remove her from her parents’ custody.

Her support system is fairly diverse in this case, with both the ACLU and a conservative group known for its role in the Terri Schiavo saga taking the teenager’s side.

18:19 // 7 months ago
February 27, 2014
15:44 // 7 months ago
February 12, 2014

Trial of alleged Boston Marathon bomber to begin later this year

  • November 3 Alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will officially go on trial just before the end of 2014, much earlier than the September 2015 timeline proposed by his defense team, more than 18 months after the attacks he stands accused of carrying out with his brother, Tamerlan. Tsarnaev’s attorneys argued that they needed more time to prepare for trial, as a result of “sluggish” responses from government organizations, but Judge George O’Toole Jr denied the request. source
14:12 // 8 months ago
November 28, 2013

Need a break from Thanksgiving commercialism? Live in New England

  • three the number of states that, due to so-called “blue laws,” can’t start their Christmas shopping a day early, a phenomenon known as “Black Thursday” or “Gray Thursday.” Those states? All in New England—Rhode Island, Maine, and Massachusetts. For what it’s worth, retailers want to change the laws, some of which have been in place since colonial time. source
12:49 // 10 months ago
November 14, 2013

Multiple life sentences handed down to former Boston crime boss Whitey Bulger

  • 11 murder charges were upheld in the trial of former Boston mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger, who was arrested in 2011 after nearly two decades on the run. Bulger was acquitted on seven of the nineteen charges he faced, and the jury couldn’t reach a conclusion on an eighth.
  • two consecutive life sentences (plus five years) will be served by Bulger, who, barring a successful appeal of today’s ruling, is unlikely to ever be free man again. For his part, Bulger maintains that the entire trial is a sham, and refused to cooperate with probation officials responsible for preparing a sentencing report for Judge Denise Casper. source
16:46 // 11 months ago
November 12, 2013
17:48 // 11 months ago
August 28, 2013
Boston Magazine published dozens of new photos from the final hours of the hunt for accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, including the moments shortly before and after he was taken into custody and sent to a Boston-area hospital for treatment. (The photos were shot by former Sgt. Sean Murphy, who lost his job after releasing some photos to the magazine back in July, in retaliation for the Rolling Stone issue featuring Tsarnaev on the cover.) Head over to the official Boston Magazine site for dozens of additional images.

Boston Magazine published dozens of new photos from the final hours of the hunt for accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, including the moments shortly before and after he was taken into custody and sent to a Boston-area hospital for treatment. (The photos were shot by former Sgt. Sean Murphy, who lost his job after releasing some photos to the magazine back in July, in retaliation for the Rolling Stone issue featuring Tsarnaev on the cover.) Head over to the official Boston Magazine site for dozens of additional images.

17:52 // 1 year ago
August 13, 2013
17:18 // 1 year ago
July 10, 2013
18:01 // 1 year ago
June 27, 2013
Alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been indicted by a grand jury on charges of killing four people and using a weapon of mass destruction in attacks planned alongside his (deceased) elder brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev.The younger Tsarnaev remains in police custody at a hospital outside of Boston. source

Alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been indicted by a grand jury on charges of killing four people and using a weapon of mass destruction in attacks planned alongside his (deceased) elder brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev.The younger Tsarnaev remains in police custody at a hospital outside of Boston. source

16:20 // 1 year ago